PLSC 204

Plant Production Systems

Course overview

You’ll cultivate your understanding of the principles of pasture and crop production and its management in Aotearoa-New Zealand.

Course information

Prerequisites and Restrictions You must satisfy the following requirement(s):


  • Plant Science I, PLSC-104

Available semesters Semester 1 2024
Credits 15
Domestic fees $1,114.00

Please note: This course can’t be fully completed online as you will need to be on campus to complete some activities.

What you will learn

After successfully completing this course, you’ll be able to:

  1. Describe the relationship between pasture and crop production and environmental factors.
  2. Outline how to establish and manage perennial pastures in sustainable animal production systems.
  3. Understand how to grow profitably the main cash and forage crops used in Aotearoa-New Zealand.
  4. Assess the technical efficiency of a pastoral or cropping enterprise and suggest methods for improvement where necessary.
  5. Describe and explain the philosophical, scientific and ethical principles underlying agricultural science research.
  6. Recognise his or her limitations of knowledge about agriculture and agricultural science and a willingness to seek help when these limitations are met.
  7. Demonstrate critical thinking by weighing, evaluating and integrating new information into his or her understanding of issues.
  8. Manage uncertainty in scientific interpretation and decision-making and their application to agriculture and agricultural production by applying the appropriate awareness and skills.

Course examiners

Derrick Moot

Professor Derrick Moot


Department of Agricultural Sciences