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AGRI321 Agriculture Production and Food Security

Biosecurity, animal health and wellbeing, food integrity, provenance, appellation and branding, nutritional and medicinal properties of food.

This paper focuses on both local New Zealand and global food security in sustainable agricultural production. We will explore various technological advancements used to manage biosecurity and how they are applied in the commercial environment. You will gain relevant and applicable knowledge of New Zealand food regulations on animal products, agricultural chemicals, veterinary medicine, and food safety.

You will acquire advanced and holistic critical thinking on the importance of understanding complex aspects related to agricultural production for creating smart and innovative solution to add value of agriculture produce and by-products and to protect the provenance of a produce important for appellation and branding. Case studies on animal and plant based production will be given to illustrate the effect of these aspects on product quality (including nutritional and medicinal properties), animal health and well-being, and commerce. The students will do various hands-on activities dealing with animal and plant based commodities.

Paper title Agriculture Production and Food Security
Paper code AGRI321
Subject Agriculture
EFTS 0.15
Points 18 points
Teaching period Semester 1 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,141.35
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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AGRI 221
Schedule C

This is a required course for all students majoring in Agricultural Innovation and one of the two required 300-level papers for all students minoring in Agricultural Innovation. It is also suitable for undergraduate and diploma students of all disciplines who meet the prerequisites and are interested in engaging with agricultural production and food biosecurity. Students who do not hold the AGRI 221 prerequisite can apply for special permission to take AGRI 321.


Professor Indrawati Oey -

Teaching staff

Convener: Professor Indrawati Oey

Lecturers from Food Science, Botany and Industry.

Plus guest lecturers.

Paper Structure

AGRI 321(18 points) will be taught through 26 lectures (26 hours) and five hands-on activities (5 x 3 hours). The final examination is three hours in duration and is worth 60% of the final mark with internal assessment accounting for 40%, evaluated through essays/report and presentation.

Teaching Arrangements

AGRI 321 will run in the first semester. Two one-hour lectures will be held per week. Students should allocate 12 hours per week to this course over the semester. This time includes lectures, focus group, hands-on activities, completion of reports and independent study.


No textbooks are required for this paper. Teaching materials will be made available on Blackboard.

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Environmental literacy, Information literacy, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
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Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete this paper will gain

  • An understanding on the importance of biosecurity globally and within New Zealand in agricultural production with regards to food safety and security, postharvest quality (including nutritional and medicinal properties) and animal well-being; and an ability to address these by working in a group
  • An understanding of various technologies used to control the biosecurity for agricultural production
  • Knowledge of NZ food regulation on animal products act, agricultural chemicals, veterinary medicine and food safety
  • Understanding of commercial environment and rationale for the decision making relating to biosecurity
  • Scientific literacy and ability to acquire new knowledge from research papers and reports and present this to a general audience in a clear and understandable manner

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Semester 1

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Monday 11:00-11:50 9-14, 16-22
Wednesday 11:00-11:50 9-14, 16-22


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Friday 09:00-11:50 10-11, 13, 18-20


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Thursday 11:00-11:50 9, 11, 13, 16, 18, 20, 22