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Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

7

Level of learning

Introductory

Unit aim

This unit 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.

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On completion of this unit, students should be able to: GA1 GA2 GA3 GA4 GA5 GA6 GA7
1 describe the factors that can constrain or enable farming systems
2 compare and contrast farming systems
3 discuss the underpinning principles of regenerative agriculture
4 discuss the role of human capacity in a farming system.

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

  1. describe the factors that can constrain or enable farming systems
    • GA4:
  2. compare and contrast farming systems
    • GA4:
    • GA7:
  3. discuss the underpinning principles of regenerative agriculture
    • GA4:
  4. discuss the role of human capacity in a farming system.
    • GA6:

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