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BT5106 - Contemporary Issues in Agriculture

Credit points: 3
Year: 2012
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: School of Marine & Tropical Biology

Understanding, sustaining and using tropical environments for the production of food, fibre and shelter; tropical crops; tropical pastures; farming systems; land management; and other agricultural issues of concern to students.

Learning Outcomes

  • to develop competence in basic research techniques and research communication;
  • to develop student skills in searching scientific literature, critical reading, writing and seminar presentation with emphasis on topics relevant to tropical agriculture;
  • to introduce students to techniques used in studies of plant and animal production with special relevance to the tropics;
  • to provide training in the design of experiments and field trials in agriculture and in the analysis of results.

Graduate Qualities

  • The ability to think critically, to analyse and evaluate claims, evidence and arguments;
  • The ability to use a variety of media and methods to retrieve, analyse, evaluate, organise and present information;
  • The ability to learn independently and in a self-directed manner.


Townsville, Study Period 2, Internal
Census Date 23-Aug-2012
Coord/Lect: Mr Christopher Gardiner.
Workload expectations:
  • 6 hours lectures
  • 39 hours tutorials
Assessment: presentations (50%); assignments (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.