AGR*3010 (W) Special Studies in Agricultural Science I

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The following description is for the course offering in Winter 2023 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.


A special study option that enables undergraduate students in semesters 5 through 8 to undertake specific projects in agricultural sciences. The topic of the special study will be determined in consultation with an faculty member and the individual student. Students are responsible for making appropriate arrangements with faculty at the departmental and/or college level prior to registration for the course.

There is expectation the student and supervisor will agree on a project that can be realized within the twelve weeks of the semester. Because of restrictions due to the pandemic, there should be no expectation of having face-to-face meetings between the student and the project supervisor. Additionally, there should be limited expectations as to the possibility of accessing equipment and facilities. A project agreement signed by the student and the supervisor must be delivered to the course coordinator by the end of the second week of the semester.


Teaching Assistant:

Credit Weight:


Course Level:

  • Undergraduate

Academic Department (or campus):

Plant Agriculture



Semester Offering:

  • Winter

Class Schedule and Location:

Not applicable.

Learning outcomes:

By the end of this course, students should be able to:
  1. Plan and conduct a self-directed study experience that includes an in-depth investigation of a specific topic in Agricultural Science that is of interest to the student.
  2. Produce an academic product (e.g., a final report) that is appropriate to the 3000 course level and 0.5-credit weighting. The work will include responding to assessments by a faculty advisor with expertise in the chosen area of study.

The objectives of the course are to enhance love of learning and promote life-long learning through self-directed inquiry.

Lecture Content:

There are no scheduled lectures for this course.

Labs & Seminars:

There are no scheduled labs or seminars for this course.

Course Assignments and Tests:

Marking scheme to be established between the student and the faculty advisor. The student and supervisor must agree that some graded components (at least 20%) must be returned to the student by the 40th day of class (Friday March 10, 2023)

Final examination:

There is no final examination scheduled for this course.

Course Resources:

To be determined in consultation with faculty supervisor.

Course Policies:

Grading policies:

As per agreement between the student and faculty advisor. At least 20% of the final grade to be returned to student by March 10, 2023 (40th day of class)

Course Policy on Group Work:


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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