Courses & Units

Academic Skills for Agri-food Research KLA483


Master of Applied Science students (K7J1, 5 and 6) should discuss their enrolment in this unit with the course coordinator. Enrolment in the distance mode is not available to on-shore international Master of Applied Science students (K7J1, 5 and 6) students.


This unit is an assignment-based unit in which you will explore a particular aspect of agriculture, food science or microbiology in detail through the production of a review of the scientific literature in that area. The topic is chosen through consultation with the unit coordinator to complement your area of specialisation.

In this unit you will develop skills that allow you to access, evaluate and use information including the use of scientific databases and specialised software such as Endnote. You will learn how to use available tools to improve your own writing through a process of drafting and using feedback. You will critically evaluate both your own, and published writing.


Unit name Academic Skills for Agri-food Research
Unit code KLA483
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Sciences and Engineering
Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture
Discipline Agriculture and Food Systems
Coordinator Doctor Shane Powell
Delivered By University of Tasmania


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 1 On-Campus Off-Campus International International Domestic Domestic
Hobart Semester 2 On-Campus Off-Campus International International Domestic Domestic
Hobart Summer school Off-Campus International Domestic


International students
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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 21/2/2022 22/3/2022 11/4/2022 29/5/2022
Summer school 3/1/2022 14/1/2022 31/1/2022 27/2/2022
Semester 2 11/7/2022 9/8/2022 29/8/2022 16/10/2022

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (refer to How do I withdraw from a unit? for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2022 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2022 will be available from the 1st October 2021. Note census date cutoff is 11.59pm AEST (AEDT during October to March).

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Learning Outcomes

  • Identify relevant information on a topic related to agriculture or food science or food microbiology
  • Evaluate and synthesize authoritative information to develop convincing, evidence-based arguments or perspectives
  • Produce a piece of academic writing to communicate the latest knowledge in a field to a scientific audience
  • Use processes of iteration and a variety of feedback sources to improve the quality of own work
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1,3 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1,3 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2,3 Domestic Full Fee 4
059999 $1,002.00 $1,002.00 not applicable $2,783.00

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Teaching Pattern

1 x 2 hour Tutorial weekly

AssessmentLiterature Review Plan (15%)|Literature Review (70%)|Journal Club (15%)
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Required readings will be listed in the unit outline prior to the start of classes.

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