School Of Science

Advanced Greenhouse TechnologyWestern Sydney University Unit Code: 301358.1


Student Contribution Band: 1

Level: 7

Credit Points: 10

Assumed Knowledge
Students entering this unit may have basic knowledge of crop physiology and production, and basic understanding of the physical principles pertaining to glass house design. Student may also have knowledge and experience in one of the following subject areas: horticultural production systems; environmental sustainability analytics; technological design and development; marketing principles and business management.

About this Unit
This unit explores a range of advanced greenhouse technologies in Australia and overseas—from simple low-cost options, through to cutting-edge technology in energy and water-efficient production. Students will observe current status and future trends in the industry to examine how advanced technologies can improve sustainability measures along with the reliability of horticultural output. This unit focuses on engineering aspects of greenhouse horticulture systems as well as crop growth and development. The basics of crop growth and development and the physical principles of greenhouse systems at different levels will be taught. The main in depth topics of the unit are: the selection of suitable greenhouse technology, physics of greenhouse climate, greenhouse systems (passive greenhouse, climate controlled, closed or semi-closed greenhouse), cropping systems, cover materials and smart glass technologies, energy saving technologies, water and nutrient recycling, and robotics for de-leafing and picking.

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3772.1Graduate Diploma in Protected CroppingCURRENT
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3777.1Graduate Diploma in Science (Exit only)CURRENT


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