AGRI13008 - Agriculture Technology Transformation: The Future of Food and Fibre

General Information

Unit Synopsis

In this unit you will explore advanced digital technologies and their application to agriculture. Agricultural technology (Agri-tech) is one of the fastest developing industries, with new innovations regularly becoming available to improve the understanding of agricultural systems and production and environmental sustainability. You will learn the basic concepts underpinning the operation of sensors, communication platforms and data management systems and will be exposed to both established and emerging technology innovations. You will use a wide range of agri-tech to collect and analyse data, and provide recommendations for application of the technology in the context of intensive and extensive plant and animal production industries. You will explore the social adoption, economic and legislative issues related to these rapidly developing technologies. As well as gaining a theoretical understanding, you will practise using a range of sensor hardware, software and analysis systems, providing you with essential skills as an agricultural professional.


Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 3
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 1
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Students must have completed a minimum of 72 credit points to enrol in this 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 - 2023

Term 2 - 2023 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. Online Quiz(zes) 25%
2. Portfolio 35%
3. Written Assessment 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

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Previous Feedback

Term 2 - 2022 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 60.00% (`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 Unit Comments
A marking rubric or marking sheet would help to make assessment requirements more clear.
A marking rubric will be provided for the written assessment.
Action Taken
Source: SUTE Unit Comments
The use of more technology links would help students to understand the technologies being discussed.
More links to the relevant technologies will be provided on the Moodle page.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Explain the basic principles and development of precision agriculture management for plant and animal production systems
  2. Discuss the scientific concepts underpinning sensors and radio communication platforms
  3. Explain how collecting, managing, analysing and visualising data can improve decision making in plant and animal production systems
  4. Map and assess agricultural landscapes using appropriate technologies
  5. Critique digital technologies and make specific recommendations for use in agricultural industries.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Online Quiz(zes)
2 - Portfolio
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
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 - Online Quiz(zes)
2 - Portfolio
3 - Written Assessment