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Applications in Precision Agriculture (AGRI30045)

Undergraduate level 3Points: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 3
Subject codeAGRI30045
Semester 2
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Precision Agriculture can be broadly defined as site-specific soil-crop or animal-specific management of agricultural production systems by leveraging on technology and data. This subject will build students’ knowledge and skills in the key principles and practices of Precision Agriculture in a range of agricultural production contexts including broadacre cropping, horticulture and dairy farming. Frameworks and case studies of technological innovation, adoption and diffusion in the agricultural sector will be an integral component of the curriculum. Through a series of seminars, practicals, fieldwork excursion activities coupled with industry involvement, students will be equipped to work effectively in the increasingly networked, digital, automated and data-rich environment of primary production, and gain experience with Precision Agriculture equipment. Adopting a ‘Big Data’ perspective, students will acquire skills in agricultural/environmental data management and analysis, and their application to crops and animals

Intended learning outcomes

Upon completion of this subject, students should be able to:

  • Discuss the principles and processes of Precision Agriculture in the Australian and global context
  • Explain how Precision Agriculture operates in the broadacre, horticulture and dairy production contexts
  • Utilise selected software package(s) to apply Precision Agriculture principles for improved production efficiency and sustainability
  • Discuss key issues influencing Precision Agriculture innovation adoption in the context of theoretical frameworks and case studies

Generic skills

  • Respect for truth, intellectual and professional integrity
  • The capacity for independent critical thought, rational inquiry and self-directed learning and research
  • An ability to derive, interpret and analyse technical information from primary and other sources
  • An ability to integrate information to solve problems in applied situations
  • The ability to plan work, use time effectively and manage small projects
  • Ability to work effectively as part of a team

Last updated: 21 September 2019