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

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The following description is for the course offering in Winter 2019 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:

Day and time to be determined at first class.

Colloquium Presentations: Fridays, 2-3pm CRSC 121B

Practice Sessions: Mondays 2:30-4:00pm

Learning outcomes:

By the end of this course, students should be able to:
  1. Explore and evaluate areas of science 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 both visual and oral communication.
  4. Effectively communicate and broaden the knowledge of fellow graduate students and the members of the department.

Lecture Content:

Mondays 2:30 - 4 pm
At the first class meeting at 2:30 pm on Monday Jan. 7, in CRSC 307, students will be asked to volunteer for a seminar date and topic. Volunteers will be accepted in weekly order, starting with the first seminar. The first volunteer will have his/her first choice of available topics, etc. If no one volunteers, a name will be pulled from a hat until all slots are filled.The second class meeting at 2:30 on Monday Jan. 14, in CRSC 307 will review effective presentations and seminar outcomes. Starting with the first week of public presentations Mondays will also be reserved as a time for students to rehearse and review their seminar before giving their final seminar.
Labs & Seminars:
Fridays 2-3 PM
Colloquium Presentations
Presentation of the public seminar.

Course Assignments and Tests:

Assignment or Test Contribution to Final Mark (%) Learning Outcomes Assessed

Colloquium Presentation



Preliminary Outline






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 through the library.

Field Trips:

There are no field trips.

Additional Costs:

There are no additional costs

Course Policies:

Grading Policies:

Outlines are due Friday February 1st at 5pm and will be submitted in DropBox on Courselink. Presentations will be made on Fridays not before Friday February 8th. Late outlines will be accepted, with a reduction in mark of 20% 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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