OnlineSession 2N/A

Unit description

Explores key components of farming systems such as soil health and plant and animal productivity. Farming systems as part of the landscape in a geographic and human context will be introduced. Different farming styles and alternative farming systems will be discussed.  Students will investigate a range of regenerative approaches and the demands on human capacity.

Unit content

  • Overview of key components of farming systems (water, soil, plants and animals)
  • Influence of climate, soils and topography on farming landscapes
  • The context of any farming system, including geography, population and infrastructure
  • Alternative farming systems (such as organic, holistic, regenerative and permaculture)
  • Pest, nutrient and disease management
  • Management requirements and human capacity on farms


Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Session 2

  • Brown, G, 2018, Dirt to Soil, Chelsea Green Publishing.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment


Teaching method
Structured online learning 3 hours (12 weeks)
Residential session 4 days (1 week)
Discussion board15%
Discussion board15%
Reflective writing30%

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Fee information


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