AGRI11001 - Soil and Irrigation Management

General Information

Unit Synopsis

proposed This unit covers the fundamentals of soil and irrigation 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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Unit Availabilities from Term 3 - 2020

Term 2 - 2022 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. Online Quiz(zes) 30%
2. Portfolio 30%
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

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 2 - 2020 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.4 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 44.44% response rate.

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: 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
Additional learning materials (including videos) were made available to the students.
Source: Feedback Survey
Feedback
Assignments were not always clearly explained
Recommendation
More detailed explanations will be provided on Moodle site.
Action Taken
Assessments were explained multiple times over the course of the term.
Source: Feedback Survey
Feedback
More details how cropping and irrigation systems work
Recommendation
Case studies in the Australian context will be provided.
Action Taken
The nexus between cropping and irrigation was clarified. During the Residential School, students were taken on a field trip to see irrigated cropping.
Source: Moodle - Have Your Say
Feedback
Enjoyed the unit and particularly the Residential School
Recommendation
We shall strive to improve the delivery of this unit and make it even more enjoyable to students. The residential school activities will be refined to make them more engaging and clearer.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Moodle - Have Your Say
Feedback
Exemplars were provided to help with assessments
Recommendation
The assessments will be explained better and exemplars will be provided.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Moodle - Have Your Say
Feedback
More emphasis on basic sciences (especially biology) is required.
Recommendation
Basic sciences (biology and chemistry) will be embedded in the first four lectures and tutorials (first four weeks of term). A good understanding of basic sciences is crucial in this unit.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Apply knowledge of soil testing results in order 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 - Online Quiz(zes)
2 - Portfolio
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
2 - Portfolio
1 - Online Quiz(zes)
3 - Written Assessment