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Interactions between Subsystems on a Farm

Lesson Overview:

This Stage 6 (Year 11/12) Agriculture lesson has been developed for the N.S.W BOSTES Stage 6 Agriculture Syllabus.  It will allow students to identify the inputs, processes, outputs,  boundaries, subsytemes and interactions on a Forestry Farm. They will also learn some practical examples of how this enterprise operates and compare it to a Beef cattle enterprise. Students will gain skills in representing a Forestry system and subsystem by constructing a model. Information will be collected from a range of online sources and collated in a group activity.

Strand content description:

A student:
P1.1 describes the complex, dynamic and interactive nature of agricultural production systems.
P1.2 describes the factors that influence agricultural systems.
P2.3 describes the farm as a basic unit of production.

Students learn about:

  • The interaction between a subsystem on a farm, resources, plants, animals, microbes and management.

Students learn to:

  • Describe agriculture as a system which is made up of inputs, outputs, boundaries, subsystems, processes, interactions, feedback and monitoring.
  • Simulate, construct or represent an appropriate model showing inputs, outputs, boundaries, subsystems, processes and interactions between subsystems on a farm.

 Key Competencies:

  • Collecting, analysing and organising information
  • Communicating ideas and information
  • Planning and organising activities
  • Working with others in teams
  • Using technology


Year Level/s:

11, 12

Key Curriculum Areas / Subject:

Agriculture Yr 11 & 12

National Curriculum Codes:


Strand Content Description:

Agriculture Yr 11 & 12

General Capabilities:

Critical and Creative Thinking, Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Capability, Literacy, Personal and Social Capabilities

Cross Curriculum Priorities:


Curriculum Connections:

Science, Science - Agriculture

ScOT Catalogue Terms:

Agriculture, Animal Structure and Function, Beef Cattle Production, Environmental Management, Forest management, Forestry, Modelling, Models, Plant Growth, Plant Structure and Function, Resource Management, Seeds


Forests - Ecology and Natural Processes, Forestry - Sustainability and Certification, Forestry Products - Processing and Technology

Resource Type/s:

Primary: Activity

Secondary: Lesson Plan


Interactions between Subsystems on a Farm

Teacher Resource

Teacher Resource - Subsystems

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File Type: PDF


Student Resource

Student Resource - Subsystems

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File Type: PDF


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