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WIN3302 Viticultural Production

Semester 1, 2013 External Toowoomba
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Sciences
School or Department : Biological & Physical Sciences
Version produced : 21 July 2014

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Examiner: Ursula Kennedy
Moderator: Robert Learmonth


Pre-requisite: WIN2205


This course allows students to advance their knowledge of vineyard management practices introduced in Viticultural Principles and other wine technology courses. The focus of this course is on application of this knowledge in vineyard management.


Viticulture practices focuses on the practices involved in yield estimation and vineyard management throughout different times of the year, including pruning, irrigation and nutrition management, canopy and vineyard floor management and ripening and harvesting of quality fruit. It offers an in depth investigation into the issue of vineyard pest and disease management and the importance of monitoring and recordkeeping. Emerging vineyard technologies are introduced.


On completion of this course students will be able to:

  1. Discuss the factors influencing yield and quality;
  2. Explain vineyard management practices through different seasons;
  3. Demonstrate knowledge of advances in vineyard technologies;
  4. Demonstrate understanding of major vineyard pests and diseases;
  5. Describe vineyard pest and disease management options;
  6. Detail the importance of vineyard monitoring and recordkeeping.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Factors influencing yield and quality 10.00
2. Vineyard management in winter - pruning and vineyard floor management 10.00
3. Vineyard management in spring - canopy and vineyard floor management, irrigation and nutrition 10.00
4. Vineyard management in summer/autumn - ripening and harvesting 10.00
5. Emerging vineyard technologies 10.00
6. Establishing a vineyard 10.00
7. Vine diseases, pests and disorders 10.00
8. Disease and pest management 10.00
9. Disease and pest monitoring and recordkeeping 5.00
10. Impact of diseases and pests on wine quality 5.00
11. Global pest and disease management 10.00

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). (

Please contact us for alternative purchase options from USQ Bookshop. (

  • Dry, PR & Coombe, BG 2005, Viticulture, 2nd edn, Winetitles, Adelaide.
    (Volume 1: Resources ISBN 09756850 07(vi).)
  • Dry, PR & Coombe, BG 2005, Viticulture, 2nd edn, Winetitles, Adelaide.
    (Volume 2: Practices ISBN 1 875130 01 2 (v2) - reprinted 2004.)

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.)
  • Ingels, C A, Bugg, R L, McGourty, G T and Christensen, L P 1998, Cover Cropping in Vineyard, Winetitles, Adelaide.
  • Magarey, P A, MacGregor, A M, Wachtel, M F and Kelly, M C 2006, Field Guide for Diseases, Pests and Disorders of Grapes for Australia and New Zealand, Winetitles, Adelaide.
    (ISBN 1875130330.)
  • May, P 2004, Flowering and fruitset in grapevines, Winetitles, Adelaide.
    (ISBN 0975126067.)
  • Mullins, MG, Bouquet, A & Williams, LE 1992, Biology of the grapevine, Cambridge University Press, London.
  • Nicholas, E P, Magarey, P and Wachtel, M 2007, Diseases and Pests, Winetitles, Adelaide.
    (ISBN 1875130152.)
  • Nicholas, P 2004, Soil, irrigation and nutrition, Winetitles, Adelaide.
    (ISBN 1875130403.)
  • Smart, R and Robin, M 2006, Sunlight into Wine: A Handbook for Winegrape Canopy Management, Winetitles, Adelaide.
    (ISBN 1875130101.)
  • Somers, T and Quirk, L, Grapevine Management Guide 2006-2007, Winetitles, Adelaide.
    (ISBN ISSN 10367551.)
  • The American journal of enology and viticulture.
    (This periodical may also be of value.)
  • The Australian and New Zealand grape grower and winemaker (annual technical issue).
    (This periodical may also be of value.)
  • The Australian and New Zealand wine industry journal.
    (This periodical may also be of value.)
  • The Australian journal of grape and wine research.
    (This periodical may also be of value.)
  • Vitis: Journal of grapevine research.
    (This periodical may also be of value.)

Student workload requirements

Activity Hours
Directed Study 80.00
Examinations 2.00
Private Study 83.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
ASSIGNMENT ONE 20 20 26 Feb 2013 (see note 1)
ASSIGNMENT TWO 20 20 26 Feb 2013 (see note 2)
2 HOUR CLOSED EXAMINATION 60 60 End S1 (see note 3)

  1. Examiner will advise due dates of Assignments 1 and 2.
  2. Examiner will advise due dates of Assignments 1 and 2.
  3. The date of the exam will be during the examination period and will become available during the semester. Please check the exam timetable once published.

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    It is the students' responsibility 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 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:
    In a Closed Examination, candidates are allowed to bring only writing and drawing instruments into the examination.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Any Deferred or Supplementary examinations for this course will be held during the next examination period.

  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. 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.

  2. 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.