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AGRI101 Agricultural Innovation

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Current issues and solutions in agriculture, including social, commercial, and environmental aspects, and the role of science and technology for driving innovation.

This paper will focus on how science and innovation can provide solutions to our biggest challenge – how to sustainably feed a world population that is expected to grow to nearly 10 billion by 2050 – with no more land available for agriculture.

Coping with climate change and reducing the environmental impact of farming will require innovative solutions, new expertise and ways of thinking.

AGRI 101 will focus on the role of scientific innovation, but will also provide an understanding and appreciation for agriculture in a broader context including economic, social, cultural, and environmental aspects. Māori perspectives relating to agriculture and the importance of Māori throughout the primary sector will be woven into the fabric of the course, providing students with an ethical framework to consider environmental impacts. Māori perspectives relating to agriculture and the importance of Māori throughout the primary sector will be woven into the fabric of the course, reinforcing for students an ethical framework and guidelines for engagement.

Paper title Agricultural Innovation
Paper code AGRI101
Subject Agriculture
EFTS 0.15
Points 18 points
Teaching period Semester 2 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,092.15
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $5,004.75

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Schedule C
Arts and Music, Commerce, Science

Emeritus Professor Frank Griffin, convenor of AGRI101

Teaching staff

Convenor: Emeritus Professor Frank Griffin

Other Lecturers: Professor Phil Bremer (Food Science), Dr Anna Campbell (AbacusBio), Professor Hugh Campbell (Centre for Sustainability), Dr Rob Hamlin (Marketing), Dr Sarah Mager (Geography), Associate Professor Miranda Mirosa (Food Science), Dr Phillip Wilcox (Maths & Statistics)

Teaching Fellow: Kaitlyn Martin

Paper Structure

Lectures cover the following areas:

  • Agricultural Science and Technology
  • Modern Agriculture and Challenges
  • Innovation in Māori Farming
  • Soil, Nutrients, and Water
  • Integrity of the Food Chain
  • Food Production Systems
  • Agricultural Commerce
  • Agriculture Meeting Demand


  • Fieldwork – 6%
  • Tutorials – 6%
  • Case study project – 6%
  • Practicals – 12%
  • Mid-term test – 10%
  • 3-hour final exam – 60%
Teaching Arrangements

39 lectures and five 3-hour laboratory sessions.


No textbooks are required for this paper. All readings will be made available via eReserve on Blackboard.

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Environmental literacy, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
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Learning Outcomes
  • Appreciate the Maori farming models and ethical frameworks, and the major role Maori play in contemporary New Zealand agriculture.
  • Comprehend the role of the Green Revolution, and how technology was involved with agricultural advances in New Zealand since 1950.
  • Develop and appreciation of different food production systems that farming needs to be financially as well as environmentally sustainable, and the role of science and innovation in achieving this.
  • Analyses of how developments in management, genetics and biotechnology have sustained increased production in New Zealand agriculture for the past century.
  • Develop skills in scientific literacy and ability to acquire and assess new knowledge, and present this to a general audience.
  • Become familiar with the confounding demands and strictures demanded by the public, which may influence food producers’ and farmers’ “Licence to Operate”, in a world with ever demanding regulatory constraints.

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Semester 2

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Saturday 08:00-16:50 34


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Monday 12:00-12:50 28-34, 36-41
Wednesday 12:00-12:50 28-34, 36-41
Thursday 12:00-12:50 28-34, 36-41


Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
A1 Monday 14:00-16:50 30-32, 34, 37, 39
A2 Tuesday 14:00-16:50 30-32, 34, 37, 39


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Tuesday 12:00-12:50 28-34, 36-41
Friday 12:00-12:50 28-34, 36-41