An open discussion course designed to review and critically analyze contemporary issues in crop production and management.
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Class Schedule and Location:
Tuesdays 10:30 am to 1:30 pm, Crop Science room 307
By the end of this course, students should be able to:
- Critically investigate cropping systems effects outside a thesis topic.
- Synthesize a seminar that identifies the most relevant information and shows the progressive development and understanding of a topic.
- Effectively present a seminar using effective visual and oral communication.
- Effectively communicate and broaden the knowledge of fellow graduate students and the members of the department.
At the first class meeting at 10:30 am on 14 Jan. 2020, in CRSC 307, students will be presented with a list of topics associated with a field crops focus on cropping systems. We will discuss some major expectations for each topic, then each student will select one of the topics and a schedule will be devised for addressing each student-topic through the course. The students may volunteer a time to deliver their topic to the class, or if that fails, we will pick out names from a hat. We will also review procedures on giving effective presentations and seminars.
We will formally commence the student-topics in Week Two, according to the schedule assigned in Week One. Starting with Week Two, i) the student assigned to Topic One will lead a discussion and literature review with the help of the instructors, ii) will give a draft of the seminar the following week, followed by iii) the final seminar with departmental invite on the week after (i.e., each student-topic will be fully addressed in 3 consecutive weeks followed by a term paper due at the end of the semester). The course of student-topics will overlap with each other through the semester.
Each student will give a draft of their seminar to the class, according to the seminar schedule, with the draft of the first student-topic given on Week 3, followed by the final seminar (open to the department) on Week 4. The second student-topic draft will be presented on Week 4, with the final seminar on Week 5, and so on.
Course Assignments and Tests:
|Assignment or Test||Contribution to Final Mark (%)||Learning Outcomes Assessed|
1, 2, 3, 4
1, 2, 4
1, 2, 3, 4
Marking rubrics will be available on CourseLink.
There is no final examination scheduled for this course.
There is no lab manual.
Scientific literature, books and some general articles, available online (Google Scholar) and through the library.
There are no field trips.
There are no additional costs
Grades for the student-topic seminars will be tabulated over a 3-week period according to the seminar schedule. The final seminar will be graded by both the class and instructor(s). The final seminar grade will be the mean of the class and the instructor grades.
Term Papers are due in DropBox on Courselink on the last class day in Week 13. Late term papers will receive a 20% reduction in mark for each business day it is late.
Students are expected to participate actively in the discussions.
Course Policy on Group Work:
All assignments are to be individual work, conforming with the university policies of academic integrity.
Course Policy regarding use of electronic devices and recording of lectures:
Electronic recording of classes is expressly forbidden without consent of the instructor. When recordings are permitted they are solely for the use of the authorized student and may not be reproduced, or transmitted to others, without the express written consent of the instructor.
Other Course Information:
When you find yourself unable to meet an in-course requirement because of illness or compassionate reasons, please advise the course instructor in writing, with your name, id#, and e-mail contact. See the academic calendar for information on regulations and procedures for Academic Consideration:
- For Graduate Students: https://www.uoguelph.ca/registrar/calendars/graduate/2018-2019/genreg/sec_d0e2182.shtml
- For Undergraduate Students: https://www.uoguelph.ca/registrar/calendars/undergraduate/current/c08/c08-ac.shtml
- For Diploma Students: https://www.uoguelph.ca/registrar/calendars/diploma/current/c08/c08-ac.shtml
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- For Graduate Students: https://www.uoguelph.ca/registrar/calendars/graduate/2018-2019/genreg/sec_d0e2632.shtml
- For Undergraduate Students: https://www.uoguelph.ca/registrar/calendars/undergraduate/current/c08/c08-amisconduct.shtml
- For Diploma Students: https://www.uoguelph.ca/registrar/calendars/diploma/current/c08/c08-amisconduct.shtml
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