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AHT102 Introduction to Agricultural and Horticultural Systems (8)


In this subject, students gain an appreciation and understanding of systems concepts applied to industry, ie agriculture and horticulture. Skills and methods of observing, monitoring and understanding a production system are developed via a program of study and interpersonal contact with people in the industry. The subject is taught in a manner that encourages the student to develop an understanding of the industry of their choice, to develop an empathy with people at the production level, improve their communication and self confidence.

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Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
One sessionHD/FLSchool of Agricultural and Wine Sciences

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
- Be able to demonstrate how to construct simple systems models to describe the operation of a production unit;
- be able to communicate effectively by presenting a seminar on industry and regional issues and an audio tape with someone in the industry;
- be able to demonstrate how to collect and collate information and write a 2000 word report on the bio-physical and socio-economic aspects of a production system;
- be able to use basic management methods such as gross margins to analyse production enterprises;
- be able to demonstrate how to accurately observe, monitor, analyse understand and report on the weather, growth and production of plant and /or animal production systems;


The subject will cover the following topics:
- Agricultural and horticultural systems. What are systems, how are they described and operate; - Farm and horticulture resources (eg land, water, vegetation, livestock, plant, human and financial); - Goals and management of production systems (eg production, environmental, social and business goals); - Crop/pasture/animal/weather monitoring (eg crop and pasture description and measurement. Managing input like seed fertiliser and chemicals. Recording and analysing the weather over a growing season); - Basic enterprise management methods such as planning, gross margin and parametric budgets. - Communication (eg asking questions, responding to questions. Researching and presenting a critical short talk on a current regional or national issue);

Residential School

This subject contains a compulsory 3 day residential school. Hand on practical tasks rleating to theory taught. Some lectures and a field trip.


The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 07 March 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.