AGRI12005 - Specialised Food Industries

General Information

Unit Synopsis

In this unit you will be introduced to the vast number of industries that support food production in Australia including livestock, cropping and horticulture. You will learn about the principles and practices of crop production as well as animal genetics, nutrition and reproduction. You will explore synergies between these industries and how technology can be used to improve production whilst improving profitability and environmental sustainability. Further, current and global trends will be investigated, in conjunction with new and emerging industries and issues affecting industry development.


Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 2
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 1 - 2024

Term 2 - 2024 Profile
Mixed Mode

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 20%
2. In-class Test(s) 30%
3. Portfolio 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 2 - 2023 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 80.00% (`Agree` and `Strongly Agree` responses), based on a 20.83% 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: Student Unit Evaluation
The residential school was a highlight of the unit and one of students most memorable experiences
Continue to ensure that the residential school provides new and unique opportunities to students across a number of industries
Action Taken
Opportunities were organised that students would not be able to do themselves, including new partnerships developed with industry partners.
Source: Student Unit Evaluation
More real-world problems in assignments and theory content would be well-received
Maintain the incorporation of real-world problems faced in agriculture, and use guest lecturers and appropriate case studies to deliver content where possible
Action Taken
Guest lecturers were incorporated into this unit where possible.
Source: Student feedback during residential schools
Students found the residential school invaluable to learning.
Maintain industry partner collaborations to ensure students have access to new opportunities and experiences during residential schools.
Action Taken
Source: SUTE
All students agreed that feedback received for assessments was useful.
Continue to ensure marking rubrics for assessments are provided, are easy to follow and provide students with detailed feedback for improvements to be made.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Critically evaluate global emerging trends in food production
  2. Develop and evaluate an implementation strategy for innovations in food production utilising technology, data collection and analysis
  3. Analyse food production systems and identify strategies for improvement.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3
1 - Portfolio
2 - In-class Test(s)
3 - Portfolio
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
5 - Team Work
6 - Information Technology Competence
8 - Ethical practice
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
1 - Portfolio
2 - In-class Test(s)
3 - Portfolio