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WIN2203 Viticultural Practice 1

Semester 1, 2011 On-campus Toowoomba
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Sciences
School or Department : Biological & Physical Sciences

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Examiner: Ursula Kennedy
Moderator: Mark Lynch


Pre-requisite: WIN1101


This is the third of a series of practical courses for the Bachelor of Technology (Wine). It provides practical introduction to determining optimal time for harvest through yield estimation, vineyard assessment grape berry chemical testing and Berry Sensory Assessment (BSA), and late season vineyard management. It is designed to impart industrially relevant skills in wine analysis in a real vineyard setting, coupled with students gaining wine industry experience. Specific practical activities and skills development are targeted according to what is occurring in industry at that stage of the growing season in which the residential school occurs, in this case the harvest and late season vineyard management period (February to March). Emphasis is given to developing competence in practical vineyard management skills.


This course mainly comprises a compulsory, intensive 5 day residential school, based at the Queensland College of Wine Tourism, and provides a practical introduction to determination of harvest date and vineyard management during the harvest season through activities in the Queensland College of Wine Tourism vineyard facilities, and field trips to local commercial vineyards. The activities to be undertaken include determining optimal time for harvest through grape berry chemical testing and Berry Sensory Assessment (BSA), and late season vineyard management. In addition students will be guided through appropriate preparatory activities prior to the residential school and follow-up activities will include completion of a report on activities and outcomes. The practical experience in this course is set in context of relevant viticultural activities, and relates to elements of the theoretical courses WIN1101 (Grape and Wine Production) and WIN2205 (Viticultural Principles).


On completion of this course students will be able to:

  1. conduct vineyard yield determination and vine canopy assessment (Assignment 1, Residential School Report);
  2. demonstrate an awareness of the rationale of determining optimal timing of grape harvest, and harvest-season vineyard management (Residential School Report);
  3. demonstrate an understanding of the equipment and analyses applied for determining optimal timing of grape harvest, and harvest-season vineyard management (Practical Competence Test, Residential School Report);
  4. demonstrate competence in the methods of determining timing of grape harvest, and harvest-season vineyard management (Practical Competence Test).


Description Weighting(%)
1. Vineyard yield estimation and assessment of vine balance and health 10.00
2. The rationale behind determining optimal timing of grape harvest, and harvest-season vineyard management 10.00
3. Methodology of assessment of fruit suitability for harvest and harvest-season vineyard management 20.00
4. Practical assessment of grape suitability for harvest, and harvest-season vineyard management 60.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

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  • Coombe, BG & Dry, PR 2005, Viticulture, 2nd edn, Winetitles, Adelaide.
    (Volume 2: Practices ISBN 1 875130 01 2 (v2) - reprinted 2004.)
  • Dry, PR & Coombe, BG 2005, Viticulture, 2nd edn, Winetitles, Adelaide.
    (Volume 1: Resources ISBN 09756850 07(vi).)
  • Kennedy, UJ & Learmonth, RP 2011, WIN2203 Viticultural Practice 1 Course Manual, University of Southern Queensland, Toowoomba.

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.
  • Gladstones, J 2002, Viticulture and Environment, Winetitles, Adelaide.
    (ISBN 1875130128.)
  • Mullins, MG, Bouquet, A & Williams, LE 1992, Biology of the grapevine, Cambridge University Press, London.
  • Smart, R & Robin, M 2006, Sunlight into Wine: A Handbook for Winegrape Canopy Management, Winetitles, Adelaide.
    (ISBN 1875130101.)

Student workload requirements

Activity Hours
Directed Study 60.00
Private Study 60.00
Residential Schools 40.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
ASSIGNMENT1 20 20 28 Feb 2011
PRACTICAL COMPETENCE TEST 50 50 31 Mar 2011 (see note 1)
RESIDENTIAL SCHOOL REPORT 30 30 29 Apr 2011 (see note 2)

  1. Practical Competence Testing is integrated with activities during the Residential School; individual procedures will be verified once mastery is demonstrated
  2. The Compulsory Residential School will be scheduled over 5 days 28 February - 4 March 2011.

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    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 thecourse and to be informed of course-related activities and administration. To maximise their chances of satisfying the objectives of the compulsory Residential School which delivers the practical component of the course, students should attend and actively participate in the industry experience and laboratory sessions in the course and maintain a satisfactory record of practical work. The residential school will be held from 28 February to 4 March, 2011 at the Queensland College of Wine Tourism, Stanthorpe.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To complete each of the assessment items satisfactorily, students must obtain at least 50% of the marks available for each assessment item. (Depending upon the requirements in Statement 4 below, students may not have to satisfactorily complete each assessment item to receive a passing grade in this course).

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    If students submit assignments after the due date without prior approval then a penalty of 5% of the total marks gained by the student for the assignment will 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 a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the aggregate of the weighted marks obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.

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

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    As there is no examination for this course there will be no Deferred/Supplementary examination.

  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

Assessment notes

  1. In order to attend laboratory classes, students must provide and wear appropriate personal protective equipment. This shall include a laboratory coat, closed in shoes, and safety glasses. Such equipment must be approved by supervising staff. To attend classes and industry experience in vineyards and wineries, suitable attire will include comfortable, robust footwear, safety glasses, clothing appropriate to the season of activities, and for outdoor activities appropriate sun protection (clothing, sun block, hat etc.). Failure to provide and wear the appropriate safety equipment will result in students being excluded from classes and activities.

  2. 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. Students must retain a copy of each item submitted for assessment. If requested by the Examiner, students will be required to provide a copy of the assignments submitted for assessment purposes. Such copies should be despatched to USQ within 24 hours of receipt of a request being received. The examiner of a course may grant an extension of the due date of an assignment in extenuating circumstances.

  3. 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. //