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Irrigation and Water Management (AGRI30016)

Undergraduate level 3Points: 12.5On Campus (Dookie)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 3
Subject codeAGRI30016
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On completion of this subject students should be able to:

  • Describe the scale and distribution of the major irrigation systems in south-eastern Australia

  • Evaluate plant water requirements in terms of water quality and frequency of supply

  • Apply basic principles of hydraulics to the selection of irrigation systems appurtenances and structures

  • Assess irrigation systems in terms of efficiency, economy, energy-use and environmental impact

  • Recognise the advantages and disadvantages of common irrigation systems

  • Recognise the need for efficient irrigation drainage as well as water supply

The content includes:

  • Water supply potential for the development of irrigation systems, management planning and operation of water allocations, water law, cost benefit analysis, environmental and energy-use implications of resource utilisation and development, efficiency of irrigation systems and long-term viability

  • Climatic factors in irrigation development, rainfall, evaporation, evapotranspiration and hydrology

  • Plant physiology and plant water use, transpiration crop water requirements in terms of water quality and quantity

  • Soils and water, soil moisture retention and movement, plant root zones and development, infiltration and leaching

  • Irrigation scheduling, soil moisture measurement

  • Types of irrigation systems, selection of irrigation systems, irrigation drainage, seepage, surface and subsurface drainage systems, salinity, conveyance and disposal of drained effluent, re-use systems, management of irrigation systems, operations and maintenance requirements

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Last updated: 16 November 2018