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Unit Summary

Unit type

PG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

Faculty/College

Faculty of Health

Unit aim

Provides an overview and socio-cultural history of ‘organics’, starting literally from the ground up. Introduces types of organic farming, and evaluates  basic agroecological and regenerative food production principles.  Critically evaluates the scientific evidence for the benefits and impacts associated with organics.

Unit content

Module 1: From the ground up: An introduction to organics

Module 2: History of organic farming principles

Module 3: Agroecology and regenerative land use

Module 4: Integrative soil ecology and good soil health

Module 5: Understanding the science of organics

Module 6: Impacts of organic food production and consumption

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 define and evaluate 'organics', tracing its environmental, socio-cultural and indigenous roots.
2 explain agroecology and apply basic principles of regenerative land practice
3 critically evaluate the philosophical principle that 'healthy soils generate healthy crops'
4 evaluate the potential impact of organic farming on resource use, productivity and food security including climate change.

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

  1. define and evaluate 'organics', tracing its environmental, socio-cultural and indigenous roots.
  2. explain agroecology and apply basic principles of regenerative land practice
  3. critically evaluate the philosophical principle that 'healthy soils generate healthy crops'
  4. evaluate the potential impact of organic farming on resource use, productivity and food security including climate change.

Prescribed texts

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