Biological Systems Analysis

Subject EVSC40001 (2011)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2011.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 4 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2011.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: Twenty-four hours of lectures, and 36 hrs of tutorials and presentations
Total Time Commitment: Not available
Prerequisites: Admission to Honours or postgraduate degree.
Corequisites: N/A
Recommended Background Knowledge: N/A
Non Allowed Subjects: N/A
Core Participation Requirements:

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Subject Overview:

This subject will examine the biophysical, biological and ecological processes in agricultural production, with an emphasis on plants and plant communities.

Case studies will be used as a framework for students to identify the major factors operating in agricultural systems, and their interrelationships. In each case study, lectures and tutorials will assist students to systematically build a conceptual model of how the system functions, identify key variables and response functions, and find data from literature to parameterise the variables and functions. Appropriate process-based models will be used to explore the behaviour of the system in response to changes in environment and ­management.

The subject should help students develop an understanding of the major driving factors and variables in biological systems, determine future research requirements and identify where management changes will have the greatest impact.

On completion of this subject students should be able to:

  • recognise the complexity of a biological system and how components of biological systems interact at different levels;

  • display an understanding of how models can be used to analyse biological factors and variables, and their interactions;

  • identify research or management priorities from an understanding of ¬≠biological systems; and

  • formulate simple process-based conceptual models at different hierarchical levels.

Objectives: Information not available

Two mid-semester assignments totalling up to 3000 words (20% each), an end-of-semester paper of up to 3000 words (40%) and a seminar presentation (20%).

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Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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Generic Skills:

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