This unit builds on knowledge gained in undergraduate plant or crop science units to develop an understanding of horticultural cropping systems management. Particular focus will be on intensive production systems and will provide students with a broad overview of current issues affecting the horticultural industries. Emphasis is on minimising the environmental impact of horticultural enterprises and introduces students to current themes and thinking in sustainable practices in horticultural science. Students also select an industry based case study analysis of a sustainable horticultural production system to develop skills in data analysis and interpretation, problem identification and problem solving.
2 hours of lecture per week, 3 hours of practicals/excursions. The unit incorporates lectures and practicals in Production Horticulture HORT3005.
Essay on principles of sustainable horticulture (20%), Group presentation (15%), Project report (25%), 3-hour exam (40%)