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Agriculture Stage 6 Syllabus Amendments 2009. No changes to the Preliminary course structure Minor amendments to clarify course content and depth of study Outcomes P3.1 and P5.1 have been modified to strengthen the breadth and depth of the outcomes. Preliminary course.

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preliminary course
No changes to the Preliminary course structure

Minor amendments to clarify course content and depth of study

Outcomes P3.1 and P5.1 have been modified to strengthen the breadth and depth of the outcomes

Preliminary course
hsc course structure
Core (80%) (approximately 96 indicative hours)

Plant/Animal Production (50%)

Soil, nutrients and water

Factors contributing to the degradation of soil and water

Sustainable resource management

Plant production systems

Constraints on plant production

Managing plant production

Animal nutrition

Animal growth and development

Animal reproduction and genetics

Animal pests and diseases

Animal ethics and welfare

Experimental analysis and research in plant/animal systems

Farm Product Study (30%)

The farm as a business

Decision-making processes and management strategies

Agricultural technology

Marketing of a specific farm product

Elective (20%) (approximately 24 indicative hours)

Choose ONE of the following electives to study

Agri-food, Fibre and Fuel Technologies

Climate Challenge

Farming for the 21st Century

HSC course structure
  • HSC course changes
  • the core has been increased from 70% to 80%
  • elective choices have been reduced from six to three
  • the number of electives to be studied has been reduced from two to one
  • the time for study of the elective has increased from 15% to 20%
  • the Optional Research Project has been removed
outcomes
Outcomes

The verbs in some outcomes have been modified to strengthen the breadth and depth of the outcomes.

content
Content

Amendments have been made

to the content statements to make them more contemporary and detailed. Content is represented as ‘learn about’ and ‘learn to’ statements in columns.

research
Research

Opportunities for the study of current research and a focus on a research based process have been provided in each elective.

overlap
Overlap

These amendments have reduced the overlap between the core and the electives in the HSC course.

  • Selected content from the previous electives including Plant management, Animal management, Sustainable land and resource management has been incorporated in the Plant and Animal production core.

Plant management

Animal management

Sustainable land

and resource management

Core

electives
Elective (20%)

(approximately 24 indicative hours)

Choose ONE of the following electives to study

Agri-food, Fibre and Fuel Technologies

Climate Challenge

Farming for the 21st Century

Electives
  • HSC elective changes:
  • elective choices have been reduced from six to three
  • the number of electives to be studied has been reduced from two to one
  • the time for study of the elective has increased from 15% to 20%