COTT402 Cotton and the Environment

Updated: 05 March 2019
Credit Points 6
Offering
Responsible Campus 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
30 April 2019 03 May 2019 Mandatory Details to be confirmed in Moodle.
Supervised Exam There is no supervised examination.
Pre-requisites candidature in a postgraduate award
Co-requisites None
Restrictions COTT202 or COTT302 or COTT502
Notes

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
COTT302 - Cotton and the Environment
Coordinator(s) Rhiannon Smith (rsmith66@une.edu.au)
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.
Assessment
Must
Complete
Title Exam Length Weight Mode No. Words
Compulsory Online Assessment 10% 300
Assessment Notes

Web Communication, debate on environmental issues incorporating 2 online quizzes

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1-5

Compulsory School Examination 30% 2000
Assessment Notes

Open book exam on all unit material

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1-5

Compulsory Written Essay 25% 1500
Assessment Notes

Water Quality

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1, 3, 5

Compulsory Written Essay 35% 2200
Assessment Notes

Carbon and Cotton Production

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1, 3, 5


Learning Outcomes (LO) Upon completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. demonstrate specialised 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. review, analyse and consolidate knowledge of Best Management Practices program (BMP) of the Australian Cotton industry in terms of the practical application of an Environmental Management System (EMS) in a given situation;
  3. make independent, high level judgement in identifying and suggesting solutions to environmental sustainability problems in regard to soils, soil water, salinity, biodiversity and climate;
  4. initiate, plan, implement and evaluate a farm assessment for environmental status, eg. Native vegetation assessments; and
  5. transfer complex knowledge and ideas to specialist and non-specialist audiences on the environmental implications of pesticide applications.