AGRI12008 - Sustainable Crop Production

General Information

Unit Synopsis

You will be introduced to emerging trends and practices in sustainable management and improvement of the major cropping industries in Australia. You will explore production cycles, roles of genetics, environment, soils, water and sustainable management practices and profitability, new and emerging industries and issues affecting the development of major cropping industries.


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


AGRI11002 Crop Management Systems

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Unit Availabilities from Term 3 - 2023

There are no availabilities for this unit on or after Term 3 - 2023

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. Presentation 20%
2. Written Assessment 20%
3. Written Assessment 60%

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%).

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2020 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.6 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 35.71% 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: Unit evaluation
The field trip was very good because it helped a lot to see in the field what we studied
Retain the field trip in the unit schedule and deliver in similar structure to 2019
Action Taken
A field trip was planned but because of the Covid 19 situation an alternative event (virtual field day) was offered. During the virtual field day, experts in the field from a research and industry background provided insights into the latest advances in cropping in CQ.
Source: Unit evaluation
More time for the lectures
Add optional tutorial sessions so students wishing to discuss aspects of lectures that they may not have fully understood can have an opportunity to further explore the unit content.
Action Taken
Two hours of lectures and two hours of tutorials were offered every week. In addition, one-on-one support was offered throughout the term to support the learning experience of the students.
Source: SUTE
Students highlighted that numerous topics were integrated that kept the unit interesting and expanded knowledge.
The range of topics will be kept and, in addition, updated with the latest advances in research and trends in industry.
Action Taken
Source: SUTE
Students noted that the unit was delivered well.
Engaging delivery of the materials will be maintained.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Analyse crop production systems and identify strategies for improvement.
  2. Review global emerging trends in sustainable crop production.
  3. Develop and evaluate an innovation implementation strategy.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3
1 - Presentation
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Written Assessment
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
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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
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
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