AGRI11001 - Soil and Irrigation Management

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit covers the fundamentals of soil and water systems, integrating the VET competency units 'Monitor and manage soils for production' and 'Managing water systems'. You will learn how soil properties affect crop growth; how management strategies can be applied to manage variable soil conditions; how to interpret soil analytical data and how to develop soil improvement programs. The unit will show you how different growing conditions define management options and how a range of irrigation systems can be used to increase production.

Details

Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 1
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites There are no pre-requisites for the unit.

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

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Residential School No Residential School

Unit Availabilities from Term 3 - 2019

Term 2 - 2020 Profile
Bundaberg
Emerald
Mixed Mode
Rockhampton
Term 2 - 2021 Profile
Bundaberg
Emerald
Mixed Mode
Rockhampton

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Portfolio 40%
2. Practical and Written Assessment 20%
3. Written Assessment 40%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%).

Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades

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Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Source: Moodle site - student feedback
Feedback
Lack of details in assessment information
Recommendation
An unanticipated change of unit coordinator mid term resulted in significant disruption of unit delivery. It also hindered the replacement unit coordinator ability to rectify or modify issues related with assessments and resources.
Action Taken
All assessments were clearly explained to students in the lectures. Additional assessment help sessions towards the end of term were organised. Marking rubrics were added to the Moodle site.
Source: Moodle site - student feedback
Feedback
Need for improved feedback
Recommendation
An unanticipated change of unit coordinator mid term resulted in significant disruption of unit delivery. It also hinder the replacement unit coordinator ability to rectify or modify issues related with assessments and resources. CQUniversity staff will continue to work with the partner organisation to ensure appropriate feedback is provided to students
Action Taken
Extensive and timely feedback were provided for the students. All feedback and grades were provided within 10 working days to improve on subsequent assessments.
Source: Moodle site - student feedback
Feedback
Unit content and alignment with assessments
Recommendation
CQUniversity staff will continue to work with the partner organisation to ensure appropriate content and its alignment with assessments.
Action Taken
All contents were taught prior to the submission dates and assessment help sessions were also organised.
Source: Moodle site - student feedback
Feedback
Unit delivery and content
Recommendation
CQUniversity staff will continue to work with the partner organisation to ensure appropriate content and its alignment with assessments.
Action Taken
All lectures were delivered prior to the assessment piece submission date. Extensive additional learning materials were added to the Moodle. Additional short videos were also added to the Moodle.
Source: Feedback Survey
Feedback
More details in biology and chemistry
Recommendation
Short videos and learning material for basic biology and chemistry will be provided on the Moodle site.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Feedback Survey
Feedback
Assignments were not always clearly explained
Recommendation
More detailed explanations will be provided on Moodle site.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Feedback Survey
Feedback
More details how cropping and irrigation systems work
Recommendation
Case studies in the Australian context will be provided.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  1. Use soil testing information to describe different soil types.
  2. Explain how soil properties determine production opportunities.
  3. Develop, monitor and review soil amendment practices.
  4. Determine the feasibility of using or upgrading irrigation systems.
  5. Develop and evaluate an appropriate irrigation plan.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Portfolio
2 - Practical and Written Assessment
3 - Written Assessment
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
5 - Team Work
6 - Information Technology Competence
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
1 - Portfolio
2 - Practical and Written Assessment
3 - Written Assessment