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BTH2820

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Monash University Handbook 2010 Undergraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 0 (NATIONAL PRIORITY), 0.125 EFTSL

LevelUndergraduate
FacultyFaculty of Science
OfferedSunway Second semester 2010 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Tan Fui Ching

Synopsis

This unit introduces traditional and modern practices involved in crop production. It includes environmental, genetic, physiological and cultural factors influencing crop growth and yield, and emphasises the growth, development and yield of several important tropical crop species and their management for sustainable production. A field trip will enhance students' understanding of crop plant identification, soil and environmental factors affecting plant growth as well as pest management.

Objectives

Upon completion of this unit, students will be able to recognise plant species of agricultural importance; demonstrate good understanding of the principles involved in crop production, methods used for crop improvement, , the important factors affecting crop growth and yield, and the sustainable production of some important tropical crops; and will have further developed skills in analysis, interpretation and presentation of data.

Assessment

Three projects: 30%
Two laboratory reports: 15%
One field trip: 5%
Final examination: 50%

Chief examiner(s)

Dr. Tan Fui Ching

Contact hours

Three hours of lectures per week. Three hours laboratory practical per week for eight weeks and one field trip to either a commercial plantation or a crop research station.

Prerequisites

BTH1802 and BIO1022

Prohibitions

BTH2800