|Semester 2, 2021 Toowoomba On-campus|
|Short Description:||Emerging Technologies in Agric|
|Faculty or Section :||Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences|
|School or Department :||School of Sciences|
|Student contribution band :||Band 1|
|ASCED code :||050101 - Agricultural Science|
|Grading basis :||Graded|
Examiner: Keith Pembleton
Given the rising global human population, increasing competition from alternative land uses, limitations to available water and the challenges of maintaining soil fertility and plant health worldwide, commercial agriculture across the globe is seeking to increase productivity through technological innovation and practice change. A broad understanding of the nature of these new technologies and their potential to contribute to food security and sustainable agricultural landscapes is essential for professionals in rural industries.
The course begins by considering the historical effects of technological change on agriculture and on rural communities and the flow on effects to society as a whole. The contribution made to technological innovation by advances in our fundamental understanding of biological and physical sciences is discussed. Innovations arising from advances in genetics, crop protection, soil science; agricultural engineering and robotics, data collection and analysis, computer technologies and other fields will be surveyed. Students will have the opportunity to prepare two case studies of their choice.
On successful completion of this course students should be able to demonstrate:
- an understanding of the historical role of innovation in advancing agricultural practice and in driving social change.
- an enhanced understanding of new knowledge and technological innovation driving advances in crop and animal productivity.
- an overview of the application of engineering and computing technologies in improving the productivity of farming systems.
- the ability to research, critically evaluate and present a case study of technological innovation in agriculture.
|1.||Historical perspective on innovation in agriculture||15.00|
|2.||The relationship of fundamental research and technological innovation||15.00|
|3.||Innovation in breeding, nutrition, and crop and livestock protection||20.00|
|4.||Innovation in engineering, robotics, remote sensing and computing||20.00|
|5.||Farming systems (incl. irrigation)||15.00|
|6.||Future agricultural industries||15.00|
Text and Materials
ALL textbooks and materials available to be purchased can be sourced from USQ's Online Bookshop (unless otherwise stated). (https://omnia.usq.edu.au/textbooks/?year=2021&sem=02&subject1=AGR8002)
Please contact us for alternative purchase options from USQ Bookshop. (https://omnia.usq.edu.au/info/contact/)
(pp.621-628. (online) http://www.unibots.com/Papers/Blackmore_RoboAg_Final.pdf or http://eprints.usq.edu.au/4557/2/Billingsely_Visala_Dunn_Author_version.pdf.)
(This site gives access to a wide range of related and relevant material.)
(This journal allows limited download of the full text of some articles in pdf format and reading on line of the abstract and some text of remaining articles).
Student Workload Expectations
|Description||Marks out of||Wtg (%)||Due Date||Notes|
|Case Study A Progress Present1||10||10||29 Jul 2021|
|Case Study A Progress Present2||5||5||12 Aug 2021|
|Case Study A Written Report||35||35||26 Aug 2021|
|Case Study B||50||50||21 Oct 2021||(see note 1)|
- Case Study B Presentations and Written Report: This is a multipart assessment item that has multiple parts with separate submission due dates. The examiner will advise the due date of each part.
Important assessment information
There are no attendance requirements for this course. However, 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.
Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
To satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the
marks or a grade of at least C-. (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.)
Penalties for late submission of required work:
Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure http://policy.usq.edu.au/documents.php?id=14749PL (point 4.2.4)
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.
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.
There is no examination in this course.
Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
Deferred and Supplementary examinations will be held in accordance with the Assessment Procedure https://policy.usq.edu.au/documents/14749PL.
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.