AGR304 Agricultural Ecology (8)

Agricultural Ecology considers agriculture and agricultural practice from an ecological point of view and ecological principles in the context of agriculture. The first two modules provide insights into the basic ecological principles and how agricultural systems work in accordance with them. The third module builds on the system-level interactions and identifies pathways towards sustainability in production systems. This subject focuses on the knowledge of how natural ecosystems work and on how that knowledge can be applied to agricultural ecosystems especially in achieving sustainability.
Distance Education students are required to attend a compulsory residential school as a requirement for this subject.

No offerings have been identified for this subject in 2019.
Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.
Subject Information
Grading System
One session
School of Agricultural and Wine Sciences
Assumed Knowledge
BIO140 and BIO271 and AGR271
Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to accurately explain the concept of agroecosystems and the ecological principles on which natural and managed ecosystems are understood
  • be able to outline and examine key differences between natural ecosystem and a managed agroecosystem
  • be able to apply the theory and principles of agricultural ecology in a critical review of the management of a farm and predict the possible efficacy of the management plan
  • be able to identify and critically reflect on their own needs, biases and emerging position on appropriate directions for agriculture
  • be able to consolidate and synthesise information and justify arguments and ideas using relevant and creditable sources to create a coherent and professional report or discussion
The subject will cover the following topics:
- Characteristics of an agroecosystem
- Sustainability of an agroecosystem
- The interacting factors
- Nutrient cycles and agroecosystems
- Factors and processes of agroecosystems
- Regulatory mechanisms
- Ecology and sustainability of agroecosystems
- Management of arthropod pests, fungal and bacterial pathogens, and weeds in agroecosystems
- Succession
- Application of agroecological principles in achieving sustainability
- Design of sustainable agroecosystems
Residential School
This subject contains a 2 day Compulsory Residential School.

The 2-day residential school for the subject AGR 304 Agricultural Ecology will explore the relevance and usefulness of ecological management of agriculture and attempts at training students to think of alternate, natural methods to manage agricultural problems.

During the residential school, students will attend tutorials and practical sessions relevant to advanced ecological principles pertaining to agriculture, ecological management of agriculture and the practical design of an ecological management plan. Invited professionals will also provide a first-hand knowledge of practical case studies in ecological management of agriculture.

Special Resources

Students are required to attend the compulsory residential school which will involve travel expenses and a time commitment.

Current Students

For any enquiries about subject selection or course structure you will need to contact your Course Director. You can find the name and contact details for your Course Director in your offer letter or contact your School office.

Prospective Students

For further information about Charles Sturt University, or this course offering, please contact info.csu on 1800 334 733 (free call within Australia) or enquire online.

The information contained in the 2017 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: June 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.