RSNR120 Sustaining Our Rural Environment II

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Updated: 29 January 2020
Credit Points 6
Location Teaching Period Mode of Study
Armidale Trimester 2 Online
Armidale Trimester 2 On Campus
Intensive School(s)

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

Start Finish Attendance Notes
20 August 2020 22 August 2020 Mandatory None
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 AGSY110

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 None
Coordinator(s) Janelle Wilkes (
Unit Description

This is an integrative agricultural systems unit which aims to equip students with the foundational tools to sustainably manage agricultural systems, considering complex relationships between different dimensions of sustainability. The unit is split into modules and will examine: i. economic issues in order to appreciate the economic principles that are involved in decision making about sustainable resource management in agricultural ecosystems; ii. key concepts of sustainable plant and animal agricultural production and environmental management at a landscape level; iii. the physics and applications of agricultural technology for monitoring, description and manipulation of agricultural systems, including precision agriculture. Students will also develop their scientific analysis and communication skills.

Important Information

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Further information

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 a technical and theoretical understanding of the key principles of sustainability and environmental management as they relate to Australian agricultural resources;
  2. analyse information in order to appreciate the economic principles that are involved in decision making about sustainable resource management in agricultural ecosystems;
  3. demonstrate a technical and theoretical understanding of how agricultural plant and animal systems provide resources to meet human needs and aspirations;
  4. appreciate and describe the scientific principles that underpin agricultural technologies (agtech) and their applications, and in doing so demonstrate the ability to work autonomously and use of judgment within the subject area; and
  5. demonstrate a range of manipulative, observational, interpretive, written, graphical and verbal communication skills.