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2021 unit offering information will be available in November 2020

Unit description

Introduces ecological principles in the context of productive agricultural systems and healthy rural landscapes. Important ecological and landscape processes of energy flow, nutrient and water cycles and community dynamics are examined. Students will compare natural and managed ecosystems. Farming systems will be explored in relation to agroecological principles including biodiversity, synergy, efficiency, recycling, ecological resilience, animal and soil health.

Unit content

  • Introduction to agroecology; natural and managed ecosystems
  • Ecological concepts and landscape processes: energy flow, nutrient and water cycles, ecosystem services
  • Scale and hierarchy
  • Community dynamics
  • Patches, connectivity and the five landscape functions
  • Principal elements of agroecological systems: biodiversity, synergy, efficiency, recycling, animal and soil health, knowledge sharing.
  • Ecological resilience
  • Applying agroecology for healthy agricultural landscapes.

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.

GA1: Intellectual rigour, GA2: Creativity, GA3: Ethical practice, GA4: Knowledge of a discipline, GA5: Lifelong learning, GA6: Communication and social skills, GA7: Cultural competence
On completion of this unit, students should be able to:GA1GA2GA3GA4GA5GA6GA7
1describe the differences between natural ecosystems and managed agroecosystemsIntellectual rigourKnowledge of a discipline
2explain key agroecological conceptsIntellectual rigourKnowledge of a discipline
3explain the principles and attributes relevant to an agroecological systemKnowledge of a discipline
4critically evaluate agricultural systems against key agroecological principlesIntellectual rigourCreativityKnowledge of a discipline

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. describe the differences between natural ecosystems and managed agroecosystems
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  2. explain key agroecological concepts
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  3. explain the principles and attributes relevant to an agroecological system
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  4. critically evaluate agricultural systems against key agroecological principles
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA2: Creativity
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline

Prescribed texts

  • Prescribed text information is not currently available.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching method
Structured online learning 3 hours (12 weeks)
Assessment
Discussion board15%
Reflective writing35%
Case study50%
Notice

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Fee information

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Commencing 2021 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 2

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