COTT402 Cotton and the Environment

Updated: 27 September 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 candidature in a postgraduate award
Co-requisites None
Restrictions COTT202 or COTT302 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
COTT302 - 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 Textbook information will be displayed approximately 8 weeks prior to the commencement of the teaching period. Please note that textbook requirements may vary from one teaching period to the next.
Disclaimer Unit information may be subject to change prior to commencement of the teaching period.
Assessment Assessment information will be published prior to commencement of the teaching period.
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.