Courses & Units

Fundamental Principles of Agriculture (A) ZAB221

Hobart, Launceston, Cradle Coast


This unit will provide you with an understanding of biological, geological, chemical and physical processes, in an agricultural context (commercial food and fibre productions systems). Processes explored will include biogeochemical cycles, photosynthesis, respiration, energy flows and transfer of nutrients. You will learn about the roles and interactions of living organisms and non-living components of agricultural production systems. You will have the opportunity to explore agricultural production systems and processes through practical experiences, tutorials and workshops.

This unit also builds on concepts of learning through practice from Year 1 by introducing you to more complex learning experiences including:

- discipline-based skills and knowledge in dynamic practice situations. This will include authentic and purposeful, industry-related experiences

- concepts of managing effective relationships and communicating with others

- the development and use of adaptive leadership skills and how these skills relate to innovative and entrepreneurial practice

- the nature of responsible, accountable and reflective workplace skills, and creative and critical thinking relevant to para-professional practice


Unit name Fundamental Principles of Agriculture (A)
Unit code ZAB221
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School University College
Discipline Agribusiness

Suzie Jones

Available as student elective? No
Breadth Unit? No


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Term 1 On-Campus Domestic
Launceston Term 1 On-Campus Domestic
Cradle Coast Term 1 On-Campus Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Term 1 3/2/2020 24/2/2020 31/5/2020 9/4/2020

* 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 (see withdrawal dates explained for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2020 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2020 will be available from the 1st October 2019.

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Learning Outcomes

I. Define and describe key components of agricultural production systems

2I. Apply knowledge to explain the processes and interactions among the components of agricultural production systems

3. Analyse and evaluate practical management approaches for agricultural production systems

4. Evaluate and communicate practical application of key concepts to agricultural production systems



Band CSP Student Contribution Field of Education
2 2020: $1,190.00 050101

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Teaching Pattern

Workshop: two full days.


AT1: Hydrological   cycle graphic (20%)

AT2: Industry   Engagement Report (30%)

AT3: Case   Study Report (50%)

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