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BT5102 - Tropical Crops

[Offered in even-numbered years]

Credit points: 3
Year: 2012
Student Contribution Band: Band 4
Administered by: School of Marine & Tropical Biology

Offered in even numbered years.

This subject aims to present the major principles of crop production in tropical climates by studying the growth, physiology, agronomy, pest control, breeding and cropping of contrasting crops: rice (cereal), soybean (grain legume), sugarcane (commodity crop) and mangoes (tree crop).

Learning Outcomes

  • to develop basic knowledge of the sustainable production of tropical crops;
  • to understand the constraints to plant growth and productivity in tropical cropping systems;
  • to enhance knowledge of a specific area of applied biology;
  • to develop critical thinking and writing skills.

Graduate Qualities

  • The ability to think critically, to analyse and evaluate claims, evidence and arguments;
  • The ability to calculate, produce, interpret and communicate numerical information;
  • A coherent and disciplined body of skills, knowledge, values and professional ethics in at least one discipline area.


Townsville, Study Period 1, Internal
Census Date 22-Mar-2012
Coord/Lect: Mr Christopher Gardiner.
Workload expectations:
  • 23 hours lectures
  • 30 hours practicals
  • 3 days fieldwork
Assessment: end of semester exam (50%); (50%).

Note: Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest official information.