• Class Number 6794
  • Term Code 3360
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Dr Steven Crimp
    • Dr Steven Crimp
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 24/07/2023
  • Class End Date 27/10/2023
  • Census Date 31/08/2023
  • Last Date to Enrol 31/07/2023
    • Harry Campbell-Ross
SELT Survey Results

This course will introduce students to advanced concepts associated with agri-food system innovation and adaptation. This course will build on understanding gained in ENVS2023 and ENVS6223 and explore how innovation and adaptation:

  • can identify future opportunities and mitigate threats or productivity declines in agri-food systems;
  • can alter existing trajectories away from commodity-specific and incremental change, towards transformational change;
  • can ensure that a more balanced approach to delivering agri-food system outcomes is achieved, that considers multiple outcomes e.g. economic, environmental and social;
  • must operate in tandem with an improved regulatory environment in order to achieve sustained agri-food system outcomes.

The course is intended to provide students the knowledge and skills to be able to identify where disruptions may occur in existing agri-food systems and formulate technical and policy-based adaptation options that will serve to mitigate these disruptions.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. Explain the interconnectivity of domain knowledge critical to the modern agricultural system.
  2. Describe innovation and change within the agrifood and environmental systems.
  3. Critically review strategies for managing innovation and change within agricultural systems.
  4. Engage, inform and influence stakeholders in the agri system.
  5. Describe and compare specialised knowledge and skills in the area of agricultural innovation.

Field Trips

In Week 11 (Wednesday 2:30 pm to 5 pm) we will visit Capital Brewing Company in Fyshwick to discuss the supply and value chain innovation implemented by the company. There will be no additional costs associated with this field trip.

Please see the CoS Field Trip page for more information.

Additional Course Costs

Not applicable

Recommended student system requirements 

ANU courses commonly use a number of online resources and activities including:

  • video material, similar to YouTube, for lectures and other instruction
  • two-way video conferencing for interactive learning
  • email and other messaging tools for communication
  • interactive web apps for formative and collaborative activities
  • print and photo/scan for handwritten work
  • home-based assessment.
  • To fully participate in ANU learning, students need:
  • A computer or laptop. Mobile devices may work well but in some situations a computer/laptop may be more appropriate.
  • Webcam
  • Speakers and a microphone (e.g. headset)
  • Reliable, stable internet connection. Broadband recommended. If using a mobile network or wi-fi then check performance is adequate.
  • Suitable location with minimal interruptions and adequate privacy for classes and assessments.
  • Printing, and photo/scanning equipment

For more information please see https://www.anu.edu.au/students/systems/recommended-student-system-requirements

Staff Feedback

Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:

  • written comments
  • verbal comments
  • feedback to whole class, groups, individuals, focus group etc

Student Feedback

ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). Feedback can also be provided to Course Conveners and teachers via the Student Experience of Learning & Teaching (SELT) feedback program. SELT surveys are confidential and also provide the Colleges and ANU Executive with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Two lectures and a workshop exploring agricultural supply and value chains and where innovation can occur to improve productivity, sustainability and resilience of food systems. Workshop exercise that gets students to pick a specific food commodity from a list of six and to map out where this product is produced, manufactured and distributed. 
2 The two lectures are aimed at providing an understanding of value chains as systems that create value for consumers and how that value is shared amongst members of the chain. Students will be expected to work in groups and review materials that examine the concept of value chain innovation and how Innovation efficiency can be improved. Students will be asked to provide an in class assessment of the top five drivers of innovation efficiency and apply this to the wheat industry of Australia.
3 The two lectures and workshop will examine the policy drivers that currently encourage and inhibit innovation in food value chains. We explore a number of case studies of government policies targeted at enhancing innovation and identify approaches that have worked and approaches that have not and why. Students will be expected to work in groups and review the Conversation Article https://theconversation.com/australias-innovation-problem-explained-in-10-charts-51898. The groups will then be expected to examine websites that measure Australia's economic complexity and innovation over time and report back on the current trends. 
4 The two lectures will examine the current trends in Australian agricultural market reform and explore the implications for innovation. Students will be expected to work in groups to examine the motivations for farmers to farm and critically evaluate if current policies support these drivers.
5 The two lectures will provide students with an overview of some of the current challenges with commercializing agricultural innovations. Students will hear from two CSIRO scientists currently in the process of commercializing scientific research e.g Future Feed and SABLE. Quiz 1 will take place during the workshop session for week five (Wednesday 23 August, between 4 pm and 6 pm).
6 New digital technologies in agriculture have the potential to bring productivity and efficiency gains, as well as improved environmental outcomes, to the sector. However, in the case of the Australian Agri-Technology innovation system, farmers want to know who will be using their data, for what purpose, what value will be generated and how benefits will be distributed. So, as these new areas of science and technology emerge, there is a need to equip all those involved with the skills to navigate the fundamental socio-technical impacts. We will explore the multiple dimensions of ethical and responsible innovation as part of the lectures and workshop activities. Students will be expected to work in groups and review materials that examine where innovation has not occurred responsibly and the impacts this has had on communities. Students will be asked to provide an in-class assessment of the ongoing challenges to responsible innovation. 
7 The process of discovery, testing, scaling and commercialization of innovations all require effective partnerships and for those partnerships to be equitable and long-standing. The two lectures will cover the key components of successful partnerships. Students will be expected to work in groups and review materials that examine the key elements for effective partnerships to catalyze innovations. Students will be expected to report back on the key elements of effective partnerships.
8 Managing food safety hazards in supply chains is an increasingly important aspect of food systems, especially as they become more globalised. Risk management policies are moving from a prescriptive-basis, to ones focused on quantitative science-based outcomes, such as Food Safety Objectives. This approach integrates quantitative risk assessment, predictive models and other science-based information to meet food safety standards set by government and industry. The two lectures will explore digital supply chain management. Quiz 2 will take place during the workshop session of week 8 (Wednesday 27 September, between 4 pm and 6 pm).
9 Global warming and price volatility are increasing uncertainty for the future of agriculture. Therefore, agricultural systems must be sustainable not only under average conditions, but also under extreme changes of productivity, economy, environment and social context. In these two lectures and workshop, we review four concepts: stability, robustness, vulnerability and resilience in response to Future Climate Change.  During the workshop session, students will be provided with a number of papers that outline future climate change impacts for Australian primary industries. Students will be expected to these papers in the group session and then subsequently draft a critical review of the major climatic risks and likely disruptions to Australian cereal and livestock industries. The review will be no more than 2000 words outlining the major climatic risks, possible impacts. The review will be due by 12 pm on Thursday 21 September.
10 The lectures and workshop will introduce a practical systems thinking and modelling approach that has been developed to help a research or policy-making group come to terms with the feedback dynamics of their system-of-interest. This approach is entitled Collaborative Conceptual Modelling (CCM) and serves to increase awareness of, three critical sets of interactions in value chains: (a) the feedback interactions, (b) the interpersonal interactions, and (c) the interactions between studies of the past and plans for the future. During the workshop session, students will continue to develop the tools required to describe the systems, via practical examples.
11 A lecture will introduce the concepts associated with the psychology of innovation and adaptation. Students will be presented with real-life examples on the role psychology in catalyzing or paralyzing innovation and adaptation. Field trip  Canberra Capital Brewing Company
12 This week will be reserved for oral presentation associated with systems diagrams and CCM development. Group Oral presentations on the CCMs developed as part of Week 9 lectures and workshop sessions (Monday 23 October and Tuesday 24 October 2023, between 11 am and 12 pm)

Tutorial Registration

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Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Learning Outcomes
Quizzes 30 % 1,2,5
Workshop review activity 20 % 1,2,3
Group Oral Presentation 30 % 2,3,4
Research Report 20 % 1,2,3,4,5

* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details


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Moderation of Assessment

Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 30 %
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,5


Two quizzes will be undertaken. The first will be in week 5 (Wednesday 23 August , between 4 pm and 6pm) and the second in week 8 (Wednesday 27 September, between 4 pm and 6pm). The first quiz will cover the materials presented in Weeks 1 to 4 (i.e. agricultural value chains, value chain innovation and innovation output versus innovation efficiency). The second quiz will cover the materials presented in Weeks 5 to 7 (i.e. innovation diffusion, farm business decision-making, stability/robustness/vulnerability/resilience of value chains, responsible innovation). Each quiz will count 15% towards your final grade. Moderated quizzes will be returned within 2 weeks of completion.

Assessment Task 2

Value: 20 %
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3

Workshop review activity

During the workshop session in week 6 students will be expected to work in groups and review materials that examine where innovation has not occurred responsibly and the impacts this has had on communities. Students will be asked to provide an in-class assessment of the ongoing challenges to responsible innovation. The review will be no more than 2000 words outlining the major climatic risks, possible impacts. The review will be due by 12 pm on Thursday 21 September. Moderated review reports will be returned within 2 weeks of submission.

Assessment Task 3

Value: 30 %
Learning Outcomes: 2,3,4

Group Oral Presentation

During Week 10 students will participate in a facilitated exercise in developing collaborative conceptual models. Students will be organised into groups to apply the CCM learning's to describe an Australian value chain. In Week 12 (Monday 23 October and Tuesday 24 October, between 11 am and 12 pm) these groups will report back during the workshop session and provide a description of the CCM and the rationale for its development. Oral presentations will be made during the lecture periods. Group oral marks will be available one week after completion.

Assessment Task 4

Value: 20 %
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5

Research Report

Students will be required to choose a specific Australian food commodity and map out the geographical extent of the value chain, describing the different nodes of the chain and potential exposure of these nodes to climate variability and change. The assessment is due in the last week of Semester 2 (Wednesday 25 October at 6 pm). The word limit for this assessment is 3000 words. Moderated research reports will be returned within 2 weeks of submission.

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The University expects all staff and students to be familiar with the academic integrity principle, the Academic Integrity Rule 2021, the Policy: Student Academic Integrity and Procedure: Student Academic Integrity, and to uphold high standards of academic integrity to ensure the quality and value of our qualifications.

The Academic Integrity Rule 2021 is a legal document that the University uses to promote academic integrity, and manage breaches of the academic integrity principle. The Policy and Procedure support the Rule by outlining overarching principles, responsibilities and processes. The Academic Integrity Rule 2021 commences on 1 December 2021 and applies to courses commencing on or after that date, as well as to research conduct occurring on or after that date. Prior to this, the Academic Misconduct Rule 2015 applies.


The University commits to assisting all students to understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. All coursework students must complete the online Academic Integrity Module (Epigeum), and Higher Degree Research (HDR) students are required to complete research integrity training. The Academic Integrity website provides information about services available to assist students with their assignments, examinations and other learning activities, as well as understanding and upholding academic integrity.

Online Submission

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Hardcopy Submission

For some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, art works, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Associate Dean (Education). Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.

Late Submission

Late submission permitted. Late submission of assessment tasks without an extension are penalised at the rate of 5% of the possible marks available per working day or part thereof. Late submission of assessment tasks is not accepted after 10 working days after the due date, or on or after the date specified in the course outline for the return of the assessment item. Late submission is not accepted for take-home examinations.

Referencing Requirements

The Academic Skills website has information to assist you with your writing and assessments. The website includes information about Academic Integrity including referencing requirements for different disciplines. There is also information on Plagiarism and different ways to use source material.

Returning Assignments

Assignments will be returned to students via email.

Extensions and Penalties

Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure. Extensions may be granted for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.

Resubmission of Assignments

Resubmission is not permitted

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Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.

Support for students

The University offers students support through several different services. You may contact the services listed below directly or seek advice from your Course Convener, Student Administrators, or your College and Course representatives (if applicable).

Dr Steven Crimp

Research Interests

Food and Nutritional Security; Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation; Weather and Climate Processes

Dr Steven Crimp

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Dr Steven Crimp

Research Interests

Dr Steven Crimp

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Harry Campbell-Ross

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