COTT403 Cotton Farm Systems and Technology Transfer

Updated: 20 March 2019
Credit Points 6
Responsible Campus Teaching Period Mode of Study
Armidale Trimester 2 Online
Intensive School(s)

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

Start Finish Attendance Notes
Mandatory Students attend a mandatory four-day intensive school to be held in Goondiwindi. Exact details to be confirmed in study guide. There are several essential exercises and assessment tasks at the intensive school but no supervised exam.
Supervised Exam There is no supervised examination.
Pre-requisites candidature in a postgraduate award
Co-requisites None
Restrictions COTT203 or COTT303 or COTT503

All online students will receive a 'Cotton Farming Systems' manual produced by the UNE and Cotton CRC personnel and attend a 3.5 day Mandatory Intensive School in August/September.

Combined Units COTT203 - Cotton Farm Systems and Technology Transfer
COTT303 - Cotton Farm Systems and Technology Transfer
Coordinator(s) Brendan Griffiths (
Unit Description

This unit brings together the many aspects in COTT500 and COTT501. Emphasis is given to topics beyond the farm gate and understanding the business environment that irrigated cotton production operates in. This includes technical aspects of the cotton fibre for spinning and garment manufacture, economic benchmarking of cotton farms and an on-farm consultancy. Business, consultancy and communications are major components of the intensive school.

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 BMP Assessment 20%
Assessment Notes

Complete a module of choice using student login to the cotton industry 'My BMP' program either using the case study farm or farm choice.

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1-6

Compulsory Magazine Article 15% 1500
Assessment Notes

Write a magazine article on a cotton production subject for publication in the Australian Cotton Grower magazine.

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1

Compulsory Online Tasks and Assessment 10% 100
Assessment Notes

Web communication, research and online fibre technology and cotton spinning quizzes.

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1-5

Compulsory Oral Presentation 10% 500
Assessment Notes

Oral presentation about one aspect of the on-farm consultancy exercise at the intensive school.

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 2-5

Compulsory Written Report 45% 3000
Assessment Notes

Individual written report from on-farm consultancy team excercise producing recommendations for improved production, business and envrionmental enterprises.

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1-6

Learning Outcomes (LO) Upon completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. integrate critically, analyse, consolidate the knowledge learnt in previous units with a broad and coherent knowledge of the business environment in which the cotton industry operates and synthesise new knowledge and skills in a professional situation;
  2. demonstrate advanced knowledge and skills in some technical aspects of cotton spinning and cotton fibre technology;
  3. critically evaluate and apply the business decisions that face cotton growers in irrigated farming enterprises;
  4. analyse, evaluate and synthesise knowledge of all aspects of the cotton industry to make independent recommendations on production, environmental and business for improved economic and environmental sustainability in the cotton industry;
  5. utilise communication skills to present a clear, coherent and independent exposition of knowledge and ideas in professional report form and orally; and
  6. demonstrate autonomy and well-developed judgement in application of economic benchmarking of cotton farms.