PLNT*6240 (W) Colloquium in Crop Production & Management

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The following description is for the course offering in Winter 2022 and is subject to change. It is provided for information only. The course outline distributed to the class at the beginning of the semester describes the course content and delivery, and defines the methods and criteria to be used in establishing the final grades for the course.

An open discussion course designed to review and critically analyze contemporary issues in crop production and management.


Teaching Assistant:

Credit Weight:


Course Level:

  • Graduate

Academic Department (or campus):

Department of Plant Agriculture



Semester Offering:

  • Winter

Class Schedule and Location:

Tuesdays 10:30 am to 1:30 pm, Crop Science room 307

Learning outcomes:

By the end of this course, students should be able to:
  1. Critically investigate cropping systems effects outside a thesis topic.
  2. Synthesize a seminar that identifies the most relevant information and shows the progressive development and understanding of a topic.
  3. Effectively present a seminar using effective visual and oral communication.
  4. Effectively communicate and broaden the knowledge of fellow graduate students and the members of the department. 

Lecture Content:

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.  

Labs & Seminars:

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

Colloquium Seminar


1, 2, 3, 4



1, 2, 4

Term Paper


1, 2, 3, 4

Marking rubrics will be available on CourseLink.

Final examination:

There is no final examination scheduled for this course.

Course Resources:

Required Texts:


Recommended Texts:


Lab Manual:

There is no lab manual.

Other Resources:

Scientific literature, books and some general articles, available online (Google Scholar) and through the library. 

Field Trips:

There are no field trips.

Additional Costs:

There are no additional costs

Course Policies:

Grading Policies:

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.

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