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AGR2902 Field Practice

Semester 3, 2013 External Toowoomba
Units : 0
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Engineering & Surveying
School or Department : Agricultural, Civil, Environmental Engineering
Version produced : 23 April 2014

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Staffing

Examiner: Rabi Misra
Moderator: Steven Raine

Synopsis

Agricultural and Environmental Engineers require a practical understanding of the operation of rural industries and the environmental constraints and impacts associated with the industries. This residential school will provide students with an introduction to natural resource and production management issues faced by a variety of rural enterprises. In particular, commercial examples will be presented to highlight the physical, economic and social constraints to rural industry development, environmental issues associated with the industry development, the processes of land degradation, and the principles of property management planning and sustainable land management.

Objectives

The course objectives define the student learning outcomes for a course. On completion of this course, students should be able to:

  1. demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of rural production systems in Australia;
  2. describe the physical, economic and social constraints to commercial land use;
  3. describe the major causes of land degradation and environmental concerns in rural Australia;
  4. demonstrate an understanding of natural resource management issues and environmental impacts associated with commercial rural enterprises;
  5. effectively communicate agricultural principles and practices by presenting oral and written reports.

Topics

Description Weighting(%)
1. Introduction to resource management 12.00
2. Introduction to rural industries 56.00
3. Environmental issues in rural Australia 32.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

ALL textbooks and materials available to be purchased can be sourced from USQ's Online Bookshop (unless otherwise stated). (https://bookshop.usq.edu.au/bookweb/subject.cgi?year=2013&sem=03&subject1=AGR2902)

Please contact us for alternative purchase options from USQ Bookshop. (https://bookshop.usq.edu.au/contact/)

  • There are no texts or materials required for this course.

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.
  • Campbell, KO & Bowyer, JO 1995, The Scientific Basis of Modern Agriculture, Sydney University Press, Sydney.
  • Malcolm, B, Sale, P, Leury, B & Barlow, S 2009, Agriculture in Australia: An Introduction, 2nd edn, Oxford University Press, South Melbourne, Vic.
  • Roberts, B 1995, The Quest for Sustainable Agriculture and Land Use, University of NSW Press, Sydney.

Student workload requirements

Activity Hours
Directed Study 6.00
Field Trips or Excursions 32.00
Lectures 1.00
Report Writing 5.00
Seminars 6.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
ORAL PRESENTATION 500 50 03 Feb 2014
PROJECT REPORT 500 50 07 Feb 2014

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    This course requires attendance at a residential school. It is the students' responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities (such as lectures, tutorials, laboratories and practical work) scheduled for them, and to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To complete the practical component satisfactorily, students must submit, by the due date, a practical report which meets the requirements of the assessment scheme. Students whose oral presentation is unsatisfactory will be required to repeat the presentation to a satisfactory standard in the semester of enrolment in order to achieve a passing grade.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    If students submit assignments after the due date without (prior) approval of the examiner then a penalty of 5% of the total marks gained by the student for the assignment may apply for each working day late up to ten working days at which time a mark of zero may be recorded. No assignments will be accepted after model answers have been posted.

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade students must satisfactorily complete at least 80% of the practical and other activities (as defined in statement 2).

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    As P is the only passing grade available for this course, all students who are qualified for a passing grade, under the requirements in 4 above, will be given a grade of P. Other students will be given either a Failing grade or an Incomplete grade.

  6. Examination information:
    There is no examination in this course.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Not applicable.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at http://policy.usq.edu.au.

Assessment notes

  1. The due date for an assignment is the date by which a student must despatch the assignment to the USQ. The onus is on the student to provide proof of the despatch date, if requested by the Examiner.

  2. Students must retain a copy of each item submitted for assessment. This must be despatched to USQ within 24 hours if required by the Examiner.

  3. In accordance with University Policy, the Examiner may grant an extension of the due date of an assignment in extenuating circumstances.

  4. If electronic submission of assessments is specified for the course, students will be notified of this in the course Introductory Book and on the USQ Study Desk. All required electronic submission must be made through the Assignment Drop Box located on the USQ Study Desk for the course, unless directed otherwise by the examiner of the course. The due date for an electronically submitted assessment is the date by which a student must electronically submit the assignment. The assignment files must be submitted by 11.55pm on the due date using USQ time (as displayed on the clock on the course home page; that is, Australian Eastern Standard Time).

  5. If the method of assessment submission is by written, typed or printed paper-based media students should (i) submit to the Faculty Office for students enrolled in the course in the on-campus mode, or (ii) mail to the USQ for students enrolled in the course in the external mode. The due date for the assessment is the date by which a student must (i) submit the assessment for students enrolled in the on-campus mode, or (ii) mail the assessment for students enrolled in the external mode.

  6. The Faculty will NOT normally accept submission of assessments by facsimile or email.

  7. Students who do not have regular access to postal services for the submission of paper-based assessments, or regular access to Internet services for electronic submission, or are otherwise disadvantaged by these regulations may be given special consideration. They should contact the examiner of the course to negotiate such special arrangements prior to the submission date.

  8. Students who have undertaken all of the required assessments in a course but who have failed to meet some of the specified objectives of a course within the normally prescribed time may be awarded the temporary grade: IM (Incomplete - Make up). An IM grade will only be awarded when, in the opinion of the examiner, a student will be able to achieve the remaining objectives of the course after a period of non-directed personal study.

  9. Students who, for medical, family/personal, or employment-related reasons, are unable to complete an assignment or to sit for an examination at the scheduled time may apply to defer an assessment in a course. Such a request must be accompanied by appropriate supporting documentation. One of the following temporary grades may be awarded IDS (Incomplete - Deferred Examination; IDM (Incomplete Deferred Make-up); IDB (Incomplete - Both Deferred Examination and Deferred Make-up).

  10. Harvard (AGPS) is the referencing system required in this course. Students should use Harvard (AGPS) style in their assignments to format details of the information sources they have cited in their work. The Harvard (AGPS) style to be used is defined by the USQ Library's referencing guide.
    http://www.usq.edu.au/library/referencing