AGRI13005 - Cropping Industry Placement

General Information

Unit Synopsis

You will develop specific skills in reviewing cropping production systems and industry related literature with an emphasis on understanding emerging trends in sustainable cropping production. The unit requires you to develop a research project to address an area of improvement identified in the enterprise sustainability assessment. Your project is designed for you to develop a consultancy report that can be presented to the host enterprise owner/manager that addresses strategies for developing the sustainability of the enterprise. You will be required to apply academic knowledge and practice skills to undertake this project.


Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 3
Credit Points 12
Student Contribution Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.25
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites


AGRI12008 Sustainable Crop Production

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Unit Availabilities from Term 2 - 2019

Term 2 - 2019 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 12-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 25 hours of study per week, making a total of 300 hours for the unit.

Assessment Tasks

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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 Procedures for more details of interim results and final grades

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 2 - 2018 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.2 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 45.45% 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: CQU staff/self reflection
Allowing students to choose their placement sites was good practice.
A majority of students were able to secure placement sites for themselves. In most cases, this worked very well for the students and staff. Students selected sites that not only offered the type of experience they most desired, but also convenient in other aspects, e.g. accommodation and travel. The Unit Coordinator and Head of Program, in collaboration with the WIL staff, provided the students with guidelines to assist with the selection of the placement sites. The Unit Coordinator assessed each site nominated by the students to ensure that they were appropriate. In most cases this involved direct communication with the sites (e.g. through the phone or email).
Action Taken
Consistent with the guidelines in place in 2017, this year, students were also allowed/asked to select their work placement sites. This has proved to be popular with students as they get the chance to select an agricultural business that is most relevant to them.
Source: Unit Coordinator/CQU staff
Some students had not secured placement sites by the beginning of Term 3. This led to to some delay in their commencement.
CQU staff and students to start engaging potential placement sites at least three months in advance of the placement.
Action Taken
Discussions with students about work placement began in April 2018, almost three months to the start of Term 2.
Source: Self reflection
Additional learning resources required to support learning
Additional learning resources e.g. work integrated learning videos and lectures will be made available through Moodle.
Action Taken
Additional resources e.g. videos were provided vial Moodle.
Source: Moodle - Have Your Say
Assessment tasks should be more concisely written.
The students' concerns mainly emanated from the word "research" in the assessments. The current unit design as seen in the unit profile, especially the learning outcomes will be revised and made clearer. This will also apply to the assessments. It will be made clear that students are not expected to plan and run experiments in order generate data for the consultancy report. Students may obtain data from farm records and a review of relevant literature, including Government/Industry websites. Further information regarding the assessments was provided via Moodle.
Action Taken
The assessments were described in a clearer manner, and specifically stressed that it was not a requirement for students to conduct trials and experiments during their placement.
Source: Self Reflection/Moodle Have Your Say
Assessment Tasks and Learning Resources
Further improvements will be made in the description and presentation of the assessment tasks. Additional exemplars will be provided to students to help them with their learning and assessments. More Zoom sessions will be organised to provide students more opportunity to seek clarification on their assessments.
Action Taken
Source: Students via email
Difficulty recording and editing videos
Earlier in the term resources will be provided to guide students on how to record and edit videos. This will include a discussion on the software options available.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes
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