AGRI13007 - Agricultural Change Implementation

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit focuses on the practice and development of key critical thinking and problem solving skills required in agricultural systems management. You will develop and apply analytical reasoning, to critically analyse challenges, identify and create opportunities, and bring creative, innovative, empathetic and ethical problem solving skills to business management, learning and research opportunities. You will complete a research project that will identify a current emerging issue in agricultural production, and apply the critical thinking and problem solving knowledge and skills to analyse the issue, propose and evaluate solutions, select a solution and develop implementation and monitoring strategies. You will present your research project to an assessment panel.

Details

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

Prerequisite

AGRI13004 Livestock Industry Placement

or

AGRI13005 Cropping Industry Placement

or

AGRI13003 Agricultural Service Industry Placement

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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Residential School No Residential School

Unit Availabilities from Term 2 - 2020

Term 2 - 2020 Profile
Online
Rockhampton
Term 2 - 2021 Profile
Bundaberg
Emerald
Online
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 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

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Group Discussion 0%
2. Written Assessment 60%
3. Presentation 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 - 2019 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.4 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 56.25% 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: Weekly discussion boards
Feedback
Students wanted more information on food security
Recommendation
Dedicate two weeks of content to food security and the agricultural methods in place to address it
Action Taken
Two weeks of content was dedicated to food security and the agricultural methods in place to address it. Students seemed to enjoy this topic, as discussed in their weekly discussions.
Source: Emails and weekly discussion board
Feedback
Students struggled to understand the format of the final report.
Recommendation
Students should become familiarized with literature reviews and the exact structure of the report earlier in the term (week 1 or 2).
Action Taken
Students were familiarized with the exact structure of the final report (assessment 3) in the first few weeks of the unit. This was covered via the lectures and a number of zoom meetings and short videos were arranged to facilitate this.
Source: Weekly discussion boards
Feedback
Students asked for more support by academic staff in the weekly discussions. The UC felt that these spaces should primarily serve as a forum for peer-to-peer discussion and that too much input by lecturers would be disempowering for the students.
Recommendation
Facilitation of the weekly discussion board should be further explained with particular emphasis on the independence and responsibility of the student facilitator to steer the conversation and encourage evidence-based discussions together. Facilitators will be encouraged to contact the relevant academic staff if they are struggling with facilitation. Lecturers will continue to monitor the discussion boards but only engage when necessary.
Action Taken
The nature and purpose of the discussion board was explained to students and their responsibilities outlined. Discussion boards were monitored by the unit coordinator who provided input when required. Students indicated that they preferred to conduct the discussions themselves without the input of the unit coordinator unless it was necessary. Students generally engaged effectively in the discussions.
Source: Email
Feedback
On Campus Teaching
Recommendation
As students complete this unit while undertaking placement, the unit has previously been delivered entirely via recorded lectures and online discussions. However, this unit is still listed as having on-campus delivery. In future offerings of this unit, lectures will be delivered on-campus, with lectures recorded via ISL.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: "Have Your Say" Discussion Board Email
Feedback
The format and variety of the discussion boards
Recommendation
While students enjoyed the online discussions some students requested more variety in their format. Current weekly discussion boards require a student facilitator to begin the thread with an initial post posing a question to the rest of the group. Other students then respond to this question. Students, via "have your say", emails and the discussion board expressed the desire for some variation in this format, as the traditional format sometimes resulted in a series of opinions rather than a true discussion between peers. In future offerings of this unit, some of the weekly discussions should take on an alternative format.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: "Have Your Say"
Feedback
Final assessment submission date
Recommendation
Students remarked that the final assessment was due on the same week as their placement unit's final assessment. In future offerings of this unit, students should be reminded to begin working on their final assessment early in the term. Further, assessment due dates of other units typically undertaken in the same term will be considered. However, students should also be reminded that the end of term period is often populated with many assessment due dates and they should prepare in advance of this.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Interpret problem situations and the reasoning of self and others.
  2. Analyse and evaluate concepts, assumptions, explanations, arguments and solutions to business problems.
  3. Develop problem solving options using evaluative criteria.
  4. Define option implementation and monitoring strategies.
  5. Demonstrate the application of problem solving to practice in agricultural system management.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Group Discussion
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Presentation
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
7 - Cross Cultural 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
1 - Group Discussion
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Presentation