COTT300 Applied Cotton Production

UNE has cancelled in-person, paper-based exams for Trimester 1 per government advice to avoid large indoor gatherings. Instead, all exams will either be transferred to other modes of assessment, or offered online. We are working as quickly as possible to update the published information regarding unit assessments but warn that the information contained here may be inaccurate or subject to change. Information about assessment changes will be provided to student via individual Moodle unit sites as they become available. Immediate information on online exams is available on UNE's Online Supervised Exams page.

Updated: 25 February 2020
Credit Points 6
Location Teaching Period Mode of Study
Armidale Trimester 1 Online
Armidale Trimester 1 On Campus
Intensive School(s)

Intensive schools are for students enrolled in Online Mode only, unless specified in the notes.

Start Finish Attendance Notes
23 March 2020 25 March 2020 Mandatory Mandatory excursion for on-campus students to be held in Goondiwindi. Exact details to be confirmed in the study guide. The mandatory internal excursion will incur a $150 charge, which must be paid prior to departure at the following link. Mandatory intensive school for online students.
Supervised Exam There is a supervised exam at the end of the teaching period in which you are enrolled. The exam will either be paper-based and offered at an established exam venue or online with supervision via webcam and screen sharing technology. Coordinated by UNE Exams Unit.
Pre-requisites None
Co-requisites None
Restrictions COTT400 or COTT500

All online students will receive a 'Cotton Production' manual produced by the UNE and Cotton Research and Development Corporation (CRDC). Online Students attend a three-day Mandatory Intensive School and on campus Students attend a mandatory excursion to Goondiwindi prior to the beginning of the Trimester. Enrolment into this unit will close two days prior to the commencement of the mandatory excursion for on campus students;

The School of Environmental and Rural Science considers all practical/laboratory/tutorial activities as essential to student learning. Attendance and participation in all practical/laboratory/tutorial classes (sessions) is mandatory - exemptions will not be granted without supporting evidence.

Combined Units COTT400 - Applied Cotton Production
COTT500 - Applied Cotton Production
Coordinator(s) Brendan Griffiths (
Unit Description

This unit provides the grounding for sustainable cotton production by examining aspects of breeding, cotton growth and development, nutrition and soil management, irrigation, farm design and cotton quality. Online students attend an intensive school in Goondiwindi. On-campus students attend a mandatory excursion to Goondiwindi.

Materials No text required
Disclaimer Unit information may be subject to change prior to commencement of the teaching period.
Title Exam Length Weight Mode No. Words
Compulsory Mandatory Excursion Attendance 0%
Assessment Notes

Online Students attend a three-day Mandatory Intensive School in May and on campus Students attend a mandatory excursion to Goondiwindi at the beginning of the Trimester.

Compulsory Online Tasks and Assessment 6% 200
Assessment Notes

Web communication, research and online quizzes.

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1-5

Compulsory Written Essay 6% 300
Assessment Notes

Critical writing - reviewer of 'Cottongrower' magazine article

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1, 2

Compulsory Written Essay 24% 1500
Assessment Notes

Essay on efficient use of cotton production inputs.

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1, 2, 4

Compulsory Written Essay 24% 1500
Assessment Notes

Essay on managing cotton for yield

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1, 2

Compulsory UNE Examination 40% 2000
Assessment Notes

Open book exam on all unit materials.

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1-6

Learning Outcomes (LO) Upon completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. demonstrate a broad and coherent theoretical knowledge of the framework and principles of the cotton production system focussing on the natural, human and economic resources necessary to produce economically and environmentally sustainable cotton crops;
  2. knowledgeably discuss the use of inputs, particularly crop nutrition and water management, for efficient cotton production;
  3. describe the infrastructure behind the production of cotton in Australia, from plant breeding and seed production through in-field growth to ginning of the raw cotton fibre;
  4. demonstrate critical thinking and judgement in discussing the differences between cotton production in Australia and other countries;
  5. explain in some detail the management of cotton crops towards greater economic and environmental sustainability; and
  6. critically evaluate sources, values and validity of information in professional journals.