AGR795 Managing Agroecosystems (8)

Agricultural systems are managed ecosystems. This core subject will enable students to develop their understanding of natural ecosystems and how that knowledge can be applied to agricultural ecosystems. This subject will explore the relationship between the environment and the ecological suitability of agricultural enterprises. A major outcome of this subject will be to impart skills in developing and applying systems models towards the understanding of management options and their implications, from the perspectives of productivity, stability, social equity, economics, and natural resource management. 

Subject availability
Session 2 (60)
On Campus
Orange Campus
Orange Campus
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
Enrolment restrictions

This subject is restricted to students enrolled in the Doctor of Sustainable Agriculture. 

Subject Relationships
AGR595 Paired Subject
Incompatable Subjects
Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • Be able to demonstrate a conceptual understanding of the ecological principles that drive agriculture;
  • Be able to characterise the principles to manage and conserve complexity in agro-ecosystems and apply these principles to management plans and policies;
  • Be able to evaluate sustainability in broad context of disturbance and recovery;
  • Be able to demonstrate management skills in generating sustainable technologies in crop ecosystems;
  • Be able to critically analyse trials in sustainable farming practices and apply the outcomes to planning and implementing practice change;
  • Be able to develop eco-friendly models to preserve agricultural resources and evaluate the efficiency of such models;
  • Be able to research, critically review, and discuss sustainable agricultural systems in the broader context of current issues of global significance (e.g. food security).
The subject will cover the following topics:
  • Ecological principles relevant to agriculture
  • The natural ecosystems
  • Energy flow and material cycles
  • Populations and communities
  • Human ecology and social traps
  • Theory of sustainable yield
  • The agroecosystem
  • Ecological processes in agro-ecosystems, and the concept of sustainability in agriculture
  • Practice of conventional agriculture and why it is unsustainable
  • Plant production systems and the environment
  • Population processes in agriculture
  • Agro-ecosystem diversity and stability
  • Management of genetic resources in agro-ecosystems
  • Disturbance, succession, and agroecosystem management
  • Energetics in agro-ecosystems
  • Efficient management of sustainability: towards eco-friendly agricultural systems
  • Designing sustainable agro-ecosystems
  • Alternative production systems
  • Ecological management of pests, pathogens and weeds
  • Achieving sustainability
  • Human landscape and how to set priorities
  • From sustainable agriculture to sustainable food systems
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.