This Major will allow candidates to acquire knowledge and skills for agricultural systems. Candidates will study farming systems in southern Australia and globally. These systems have relevance to mediterranean environments around the world, and to areas where agricultural production is determined by rainfall during the cooler part of the year. The program will cover science and technology for crop, pasture and livestock production (including the roles of genetics and management in achieving sustainable production against environmental constraints), and their integration into viable farming systems. Special emphasis is placed on emerging technologies for precise management of crops and livestock, and the role of these technologies in ensuring sustainable and environmentally sound production systems into the future. A research project in an area relevant to agricultural systems is an important component of the program.
What you'll learn
- acquire professional skills in management of soil, crop, pasture and livestock, allowing the application of this knowledge to a wide variety of farming situations
- acquire, use and contribute to new agricultural and scientific knowledge and expertise relating to a broad variety of professional situations and recognise the importance of continuous training and education
- students will be effective communicators of modern agricultural technologies and their integration in agricultural systems
- understand the global and cultural issues in agriculture and how these impact on the practice and management of farming systems
- appreciate the importance of cultural and individual human rights and how these impact on the study of agriculture; embrace the diversity and opportunities presented by different cultures; value environmental, indigenous and other community perspectives
- work both as an independent scientist and within teams, either as a professional leader or a collaborator, using industry relevant problem solving and decision making skills in an ethical manner