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Unit Summary

Unit type

PG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

Anti-requisites

one of: (AGRC2006) or : (AGRC1001)

Unit aim

Examines a range of alternative farming approaches and systems in relation to their geographical, social, economic and climatic context. Students will explore and critique a range of regenerative agricultural practices aimed at improving soil health and farm productivity, including agroecological design, organics, cropping, livestock management approaches and Indigenous agriculture. Key components of farming systems across different farming contexts will be evaluated.

Unit content

  1. Principles of regenerative agriculture in the Australian context
  2. Regenerative cropping systems
  3. Regenerative grazing systems
  4. Regenerative horticulture
  5. Organics and biodynamics
  6. Nutrient cycling and circular economies

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.

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:
1 explore and explain the underpinning principles and practices of regenerative agriculture, including agroecological design
2 evaluate the factors that can constrain or enable farming systems in relation to the principles of regenerative agriculture
3 critically evaluate a range of alternative farming systems, through practical experience in horticulture, integrated livestock, cropping, organics and permaculture
4 create a project relating to an alternative farming system as part of a team

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

  1. explore and explain the underpinning principles and practices of regenerative agriculture, including agroecological design
  2. evaluate the factors that can constrain or enable farming systems in relation to the principles of regenerative agriculture
  3. critically evaluate a range of alternative farming systems, through practical experience in horticulture, integrated livestock, cropping, organics and permaculture
  4. create a project relating to an alternative farming system as part of a team

Prescribed texts

  • No prescribed texts.

  • No prescribed texts.
Prescribed texts may change in future teaching periods.