283101

Plants in Agriculture

An introduction to the pasture, arable crop and tree species that are important to New Zealand's agriculture. The growth and development of agricultural plants, their responses to the environment, and how these responses affect both vegetative and reproductive yield. Identification of agricultural plants. Introduction to the identification and biology of weeds, pest and pathogens important to agricultural plant production.

Course code

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283101

Level

The fourth number of the course code shows the level of the course. For example, in course 219206, the fourth number is a 2, so it is a 200-level course (usually studied in the second year of full-time study).

100-level

Credits

Each course is worth a number of credits. You combine courses (credits) to meet the total number of credits needed for your qualification.

15

Subject

Agriculture/Horticulture Plants

Course planning information

Course notes

All assessments are compulsory. To pass the course students must achieve a minimum of 40% in final exam, with an aggregate mark of 50.

Restrictions

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The courses listed above have similar content to this one meaning you can only enrol in this course or one of the listed courses. Only one of the courses can be credited towards your qualification.

Learning outcomes

What you will learn. Knowledge, skills and attitudes you’ll be able to show as a result of successfully finishing this course.

  • 1 Describe which pasture, arable crop and tree species are important to New Zealand agriculture, explain their past, present and potential geographical distribution, and discuss their past, present and potential importance to agricultural production.
  • 2 Explain the principles of plant growth and development, and describe the role of plant organs in vegetative and reproductive growth.
  • 3 Discuss how plant growth and development respond to the environment, and describe how environmental factors such as temperature, photoperiod, water, fertility and plant density affect plant establishment, vegetative growth and reproductive yield.
  • 4 Identify the major pasture, arable crop, tree and weed species, recognise important pests and pathogens of agricultural plants, and understand the life cycle of selected weeds, pests and pathogens.
  • 5 Appreciate the dynamic relationship between agricultural plants, the environment and people, and how these relationships will fluctuate in response to new technologies, consumer issues, changing land use and climate change.

Learning outcomes can change before the start of the semester you are studying the course in.

Assessments

Assessment Learning outcomes assessed Weighting
Written Assignment 1 3 5 10%
Test 1 2 3 4 5 15%
Test 4 20%
Exam (centrally scheduled) 1 2 3 4 5 55%

Assessment weightings can change up to the start of the semester the course is delivered in.

You may need to take more assessments depending on where, how, and when you choose to take this course.

Explanation of assessment types

Computer programmes
Computer animation and screening, design, programming, models and other computer work.
Creative compositions
Animations, films, models, textiles, websites, and other compositions.
Exam College or GRS-based (not centrally scheduled)
An exam scheduled by a college or the Graduate Research School (GRS). The exam could be online, oral, field, practical skills, written exams or another format.
Exam (centrally scheduled)
An exam scheduled by Assessment Services (centrally) – you’ll usually be told when and where the exam is through the student portal.
Oral or performance or presentation
Debates, demonstrations, exhibitions, interviews, oral proposals, role play, speech and other performances or presentations.
Participation
You may be assessed on your participation in activities such as online fora, laboratories, debates, tutorials, exercises, seminars, and so on.
Portfolio
Creative, learning, online, narrative, photographic, written, and other portfolios.
Practical or placement
Field trips, field work, placements, seminars, workshops, voluntary work, and other activities.
Simulation
Technology-based or experience-based simulations.
Test
Laboratory, online, multi-choice, short answer, spoken, and other tests – arranged by the school.
Written assignment
Essays, group or individual projects, proposals, reports, reviews, writing exercises, and other written assignments.

Textbooks needed

Textbooks can change. We recommend you wait until at least seven weeks before the semester starts to buy your textbooks.

Compulsory

NEW ZEALAND PASTURE AND CROP SCIENCE

Author
JAMES WHITE & JOHN HODGSON
ISBN
9780195583755
Edition
1999 (1ST EDITION)
Publisher
OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS, AUCKLAND

Highly recommended

AN ILLUSTRATED GUIDE TO COMMON WEEDS OF NEW ZEALAND

Author
POPAY, I., CHAMPION, P., AND JAMES, T.
ISBN
9780473162856
Edition
2010 (3RD EDITION)
Publisher
New Zealand Plant Protection Society, Lincoln

AN ILLUSTRATED GUIDE TO COMMON GRASSES, SEDGES AND RUSHES OF NEW ZEALAND

Author
CHAMPION, P., JAMES, T., POPAY, I. AND FORD, K.
ISBN
9780473216603
Edition
2012 (1ST EDITION)
Publisher
New Zealand Plant Protection Society

Recommended

PASTURE AND FORAGE PLANTS FOR NEW ZEALAND

Author
STEWART, A.; KERR, G.; LISSAMAN, W. AND ROWARTH, J.
ISBN
0110-8581
Edition
2014 (4TH EDITION)
Publisher
New Zealand Grassland Association, Dunedin

AGRICULTURAL PLANTS

Author
LANGER, R.H.M. AND HILL, G.D.
ISBN
0521405637
Edition
1991 (2ND EDITION)
Publisher
CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS, CAMBRIDGE, UK.

A GUIDE TO THE IDENTIFICATION OF NZ COMMON WEEDS IN COLOUR

Author
UPRITCHARD, E. A.
ISBN
0959767614
Edition
1985 (REPRINTED AT LEAST UP TO 1997)
Publisher
NZ PLANT PROTECTION SOCIETY (INC.), ROTORUA

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