AGRI11008 - Introduction to Agricultural Systems

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit will introduce you to agricultural production systems, historical agricultural production methods including Indigenous agriculture, and the development of modern agricultural systems. You will learn the characteristics of important livestock, cropping and horticultural industries in Australia and discuss the economic, social and environmental sustainability of these systems. You will enhance your understanding of the pressure placed on the physical and biological resources upon which agricultural production depends. You will examine the impact of agricultural practices on the economics of primary production and on the environmental and social fabric of rural and urban communities. You will also explore the concept of agricultural production systems as managed ecosystems, and analyse the principles of ecosystems in natural and managed systems.


Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 1
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 1
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 - 2023

Term 1 - 2024 Profile

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. Group Discussion 10%
2. Written Assessment 40%
3. Written Assessment 50%

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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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2023 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 100.00% (`Agree` and `Strongly Agree` responses), based on a 25.00% 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: SUTE and email
Review the assessment design, in particular the first two assessments (Group Discussion and Group Work). Most students, especially those enrolled on-line, found it challenging to participate in group assessments bearing in mind that this unit is offered in the first term of the first year of study.
Through an Update Unit Proposal, Assessment 2 will be changed from group work to individual assessment. Group Discussion will be conducted on the Moodle platform.
Action Taken
An Update Unit Proposal was raised, and Assessment 2 was changed from group work to individual assessment.
Source: Deputy Dean, Learning and Teaching (DDLT)
Review the alignment of assessment tasks to learning outcomes
This unit has five unit learning outcomes. An Update Unit Proposal will be raised to better align the assessments tasks to the learning outcomes in accordance with the university policy.
Action Taken
An Update Unit Proposal was raised to better align the assessment tasks to the learning outcomes in accordance with the university policy. Specifically, unit learning outcome 1 "Describe major agriculture production systems in Australia" is now assessed under Assessments 1 and 2.
Source: Self-reflection
Students generally welcomed and engaged guest speakers who contributed to the unit during the term. The guest speakers included a practicing farmer, an agricultural manager, and an Indigenous person who spoke about Indigenous agricultural practices.
Continue to invite guest speakers to speak and engage with students on particular topics of interest.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Describe major agriculture production systems in Australia
  2. Explain the factors that have led to changes in agricultural production systems throughout history
  3. Explore the impact of key changes in the development of modern farming practices on the ecology of natural and agricultural systems
  4. Identify the concepts of social, economic and environmental sustainability in agricultural production
  5. Develop and review agricultural management strategies to address natural resource issues.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Group Discussion
2 - 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
7 - Cross Cultural Competence
8 - Ethical practice
9 - Social Innovation
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 10