AGS160 Plant Production Systems (8)

In this subject, the diversity of plant production systems is explored and the basics of plant growth and development investigated. Students will identify key plant production species and develop an understanding of the key management processes associated with significant horticultural, broad-acre and irrigated plant production species. Students will also build an understanding of key concepts associated with plant growth including adaptation, yield and positive and negative inter-species interactions.

Availability

* Offering has a residential school. Please view following information for further details.

Session 2 (60)
On Campus
Wagga Wagga Campus
Online *
Wagga Wagga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: AGS160. 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

HD/FL

Duration

One session

School

School of Agricultural and Wine Sciences

Assumed Knowledge

AGR130 Biology in Agriculture

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to identify key agriculturally significant plant production species grown in Australia including those of horticulture, broad-acre and irrigated production systems;
  • be able to explain key concepts associated with plant growth and development including physiological requirements for growth, adaptation, yield and positive and negative inter-species interactions and how these features differ between species;
  • be able to explain how breeding objectives and techniques are used to meet geo-climatic, market, societal and management needs; and
  • be able to describe and analyse major plant-production systems (including those of horticulture, broad-acre and irrigated production systems) in terms of their temporal and geographic distribution, their production outputs and key management processes associated with establishment, in-crop management, harvest and post-harvest management.

Syllabus

This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Plant production systems
  • Identifying agriculturally significant plant species
  • Plant growth and development:
  • - Physiological requirements
  • - Adaptation
  • - Yield
  • - Inter-species interactions - competition, symbiosis and use by animals
  • Breeding technologies and objectives to meet geo-climatic, market and management needs
  • Management strategies in plant production:
  • - Establishment
  • - In-crop management
  • - Harvest and post-harvest management

Residential School

This subject contains a 4 day Compulsory Residential School.

During the 4 day residential school, students will spend a significant portion of time practically investigating plant species and the production systems pertinent to agriculture.  The residential school is also an opportunity to undertake practical activities and assessment activities, to reinforce key concepts and build students experiences of plant production for a range of systems through field trips.

Travel to and accommodation at a CSU campus may be required for distance education students attending the compulsory residential school.

Special Resources

Travel to and accommodation at a CSU campus may be required for online students attending the compulsory residential school. All students are required to have a laboratory coat, safety glasses and covered footwear for laboratory based practicals.

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: June 2020. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.

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