• Offered by Fenner School of Environment and Society
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Course subject Environmental Science
  • Areas of interest Science, Environmental Science
  • Work Integrated Learning Projects
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Rachael Rodney Harris
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Winter Session 2024
    See Future Offerings

This course will provide students with broad underpinning knowledge of practices and systems of the Australian agricultural sector. This course is intended to provide breadth of systems knowledge to allow students of a range of knowledge domains to come together and apply their knowledge in an agricultural context. It will focus on the interface between domain knowledge relevant to the modern agricultural system.  Students will gain an understanding of the complex ecological and biophysical processes and interactions between climate, soils, crop plants, livestock, and management systems. A range of land management issues are examined, with students developing the skills to design and implement improved farming systems to address these issues in the context of barriers to adoption, and key enablers of practice change.

This course is co-taught with undergraduate students but assessed separately.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Apply an understanding of key concepts to the modern agricultural system.
  2. Integrate knowledge of production systems to view Australian agrifood as a system.
  3. Critically review literature and 'real life' examples of agricultural production in context as a system.
  4. Effectively interpret and critique agricultural data using standard analytical and communication techniques, and communicate key information about agri systems to a range of audiences.
  5. Apply holistic thinking on course topics, in the context of real-world challenges.

Work Integrated Learning


All students engage with WIL partners (internal/external) as a minor component of the course

Other Information

This winter intensive course will involve farm visits to the greater ACT or Central West region. Overnight stays will be required and additional fees will apply. Please refer to the Class Summary for full details.

If you do not meet the requisites for this course, it may be possible to receive a permission code. If you are prompted for a permission code on ISIS, please request one online via the following form

Indicative Assessment

  1. Quiz (10) [LO 1,2]
  2. Practical exercises (10) [LO 1,2,3]
  3. Stakeholder communications exercise (20) [LO 2,3,4]
  4. Field trip engagement and report (40) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  5. Critical literature review (20) [LO 3,5]

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The expected workload will consist of approximately 130 hours throughout the session including:

  • Face-to face component consisting of 65 hours of contact delivered intensively over 2 weeks comprising: lectures, practicals and field excursions;
  • Approximately 65 hours of self-study which will include preparation for lectures, practicals and other assessment tasks.

Students are expected to actively participate and contribute towards discussions.

Inherent Requirements

To be determined

Requisite and Incompatibility

Incompatible with ENVS2024

Prescribed Texts


Preliminary Reading

Students will be assigned published papers or reviews as background to core topics and expected to discuss these in the workshops.

Assumed Knowledge

No prior knowledge in agricultural sciences required.


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
If you have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). More information about your student contribution amount for each course at Fees

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are a domestic graduate coursework student with a Domestic Tuition Fee (DTF) place or international student you will be required to pay course tuition fees (see below). Course tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $4680
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $6360
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

Winter Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
6448 17 Jun 2024 17 Jun 2024 19 Jul 2024 22 Jul 2024 In Person N/A

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