COTT302 Cotton and the Environment

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Updated: 10 October 2019
Credit Points 6
Location Teaching Period Mode of Study
Armidale Trimester 1 Online
Intensive School(s)

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

Start Finish Attendance Notes
04 May 2020 07 May 2020 Mandatory None
Supervised Exam There is no supervised examination.
Pre-requisites None
Co-requisites None
Restrictions COTT202 or COTT402 or COTT502

All online students will receive a 'Cotton and the Environment' manual produced by the UNE and CRDC personnel and will attend a 3.5 day Mandatory Intensive School and take part in online exercises and communication. Final examination will be held as an open book examination on the final day of the intensive school.

Combined Units COTT202 - Cotton and the Environment
COTT402 - Cotton and the Environment
Coordinator(s) Rhiannon Smith (
Unit Description

This unit examines aspects of environmental management as affected by the cotton industry. Areas covered include: ecology; soil degradation; pesticide breakdown; water quality; salinity; vegetation; legal obligations; and pesticide application techniques.

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 Online Tasks and Assessment 10% 600
Assessment Notes

Web communication

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1-5

Compulsory Open Book Examination 30% 2000
Assessment Notes

Open book exam on all Unit materials.

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1-5

Compulsory Written Essay 30% 1700
Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1, 3, 5

Compulsory Written Essay 30% 1700
Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 2-5

Learning Outcomes (LO) Upon completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. demonstrate a broad and coherent knowledge of the actual, and potential impact of cotton production on the environment, and an ability to apply this understanding in the development of optimal management practices for sustainable cotton production;
  2. knowledgeably discuss the Best Management Practices program (BMP) of the Australian Cotton industry in terms of the application of an Environmental Management System (EMS);
  3. exercise critical thinking and judgement in identifying and suggesting solutions relating to environmental sustainability issues in regard to soils, soil water, salinity, biodiversity and climate;
  4. critically assess farms for environmental status, eg. Native vegetation assessments; and
  5. present a clear, coherent and independent exposition on the environmental implications of pesticide applications.