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AGR2902 Field Practice

Semester 3, 2020 External
Short Description: Field Practice
Units : 0
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences
School or Department : School of Civil Engineering and Surveying
Student contribution band : Band 2
ASCED code : 050999 - Environmental Studies not else
Grading basis : Pass/Not Pass


Examiner: John Bennett


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. This will involve actively visiting industry and commercial sites on a four day field trip during which time students will not be on campus (accommodation on route).

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.

This course contains a mandatory residential school.


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;
  6. undertake critical self-review and performance evaluation against course objectives as a primary means of tracking personal development needs and achievements;
  7. demonstrate an appreciation of appropriate safety procedures and workplace health and safety requirements.


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

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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, JW 1995, The scientific basis of modern agriculture, Sydney University Press, Sydney, NSW.
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, NSW.

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Directed Study 6.00
Report Writing 4.00
Residential Schools 40.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Objectives Assessed Notes
OH&S induction/activity 1 2 19 Feb 2021 7
Oral Presentation 1 48 19 Feb 2021 1,5
Project Report 1 48 19 Feb 2021 1,2,3,4,5,6
Res School Attend & Particip 1 2 19 Feb 2021 1,2,3,4,5,6,7 (see note 1)

  1. The dates and location of the mandatory residential school are available from the Residential School Timetable ( The residential school will contain a field trip over four days during which time accommodation will be remote to Toowoomba and booked as a part of the residential school.

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    Students must attend the mandatory 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 satisfactorily complete each assessment item students must achieve a mark of 1 out of 1 for that assessment item.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure (point 4.2.4)

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade students must attend and participate in the mandatory residential school and achieve a mark of 1 out of 1 for each assessment item.

  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

Assessment notes

  1. Students must familiarise themselves with the USQ Assessment Procedures (

  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.

  3. As part of the mandatory residential school, students may be expected to undertake a combination of lectures, tutorials, laboratories, practical classes, field trips, site visits and assessment as advised by the course examiner.

Date printed 12 February 2021