AGRICULTURAL STUDIES

AGRICULTURAL STUDIES

AGRICULTURAL STUDIES 1000
The Evolution of Agriculture

Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0

A review of major developments in agriculture from medieval Europe to the new world and industrial agriculture. Particular emphasis on the history of agricultural policy in Canada. The role of indigenous peoples and women in agriculture, world food issues and the environmental consequences of modern agriculture.

AGRICULTURAL STUDIES 3300
Modelling of Agricultural Systems

Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-2-0

Modelling biological, economic, social and ecological components of agricultural systems. The quantitative methods of economic analysis of agricultural systems are introduced. Application of linear algebra and linear programming to farm management problems. Use of computer software.

Prerequisites: Economics 1010 (2001) and third-year standing (a minimum of 60.0 credit hours).

Note: Credit is not allowed for Agricultural Studies 3300 and Agricultural Studies 2000.

AGRICULTURAL STUDIES 3999
Collaborative Registration Placeholder

This is a placeholder registration for students admitted to the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) or Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) with a major in Agricultural Studies who are enrolled in the Technical Studies Semester at an associated college.

Note: No fees are assessed for this registration.

AGRICULTURAL STUDIES 4000
Seminars in Agricultural Issues Series

Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0

Capstone seminars in agricultural issues. Offerings may include guest lectures from prominent administrators and researchers in agriculture, field trips, readings and papers.

Prerequisites will be specified for individual offerings.

AGRICULTURAL STUDIES 4300
Advanced Modelling of Agricultural Systems

Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-2-0

Applied decision analysis with an agricultural focus. Mathematical techniques for solving optimization and constrained optimization problems in agriculture: linear programming, quadratic programming, integer programming, dynamic programming and simulation. Case studies.

Prerequisite: Agricultural Studies 3300.

Note: Credit is not allowed for Agricultural Studies 4300 and Agricultural Studies 3000.

AGRICULTURAL STUDIES 4310 (3310)
Agricultural Systems Modelling in Biological Sciences

Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-2-0

Introduction to modelling, including computer simulation, as a means to understand and manage agroecosystems. Fundamental concepts such as linearity, feedback, mass conservation and validation will be explored. A series of biological case studies will be used to demonstrate the practical application of simulation models to various fields of agroecosystem research and management. The main emphasis will be on modelling dynamic processes and spatial models.

Prerequisites: Agricultural Studies 3300, and Biology 1020 or admission to the Post-Diploma B.Sc. in Agricultural Studies program.

Recommended background: Biology 2200.

AGRICULTURAL STUDIES 4320 (3320)
Systems Modelling in Agricultural Geography

Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-2-0

Introduction to modelling, including computer simulation, as a means to understand and manage agroecosystems. Fundamental concepts such as linearity, feedback, mass conservation and validation will be explored. A series of geographic case studies will be used to demonstrate the practical application of simulation models to various fields of rural geography, economics and agroecosystem research and management. The main emphasis will be on modelling dynamic processes and spatial models. Also an introduction to geographic information systems (GIS) and their applicability to agricultural management decisions.

Prerequisite: Agricultural Studies 3300.