Charles Sturt University
Charles Sturt University

Dr Yann Guisard

Dr Yann Guisard

BVit (CSU), BAppSc (Honours)(UQ), PhD (CSU)

Yann completed a Bachelor in Viticulture at CSU and an Honours degree at the University of Queensland, establishing statistical allometric models for the prediction of grapevine leaf area.  Following a period in industry, he completed a PhD in viticulture, observing the physiological response of grapevines to water stress comparing a traditional pressure chamber to a novel thermal imagery methodology to predict the onset of the closure of leaf stomata.

Yann was originally employed at CSU as a lecturer in Horticultural Production.  He was the coordinator for a range of horticulture and viticulture subjects, but also taught aspects of statistics and information systems to undergraduate and postgraduate agricultural students.

Yann was appointed as a Course Director in 2010. As such, his duties include the design, evaluation and review of a range of programs. In accredited courses he liaises between the accreditation bodies (when appropriate) and the discipline leaders to satisfy accreditation requirements.  This includes the articulation and integration of pedagogical concepts in a range of Science Courses, with a focus on Pharmacy, Paramedicine and Medical Science at under and Post graduate levels.

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The position of Courses Director in the Faculty of Science does not include teaching duties.  Yann continues to teach through invited lectures.

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Research Interests

  • Understanding the factors contributing to the student experience at University for internal and online cohorts.
  • The quantitative analysis of efficacy of various forms of assessments such as examinations, short and long answers questions, practicals and OSCEs.
  • The design, implementation and evaluation of modern curricula.

Current Research Projects

  • 2017-2018 CSU Seed Grants – Evidence Based Practice – What is happening? Competitive grant funded by the Faculty of Science - $4,000.
  • 2012- 2017 CSU Foundation – Agricultural Education and Research grant - $22,000.
  • 2013-2016 Online problem-based learning as a strategy to enhance learner-learner engagement in distance education – Competitive grant funded by CSU – u!magine $34,000.
  • 2013-2015 A consensus approach to defining standards for learning outcomes and informing curricula design for agriculture. Funded by the Office of Learning and Teaching (OLT) $219,000. Collaborating partners: Dr Tina Botwight Acuna (UTas), Dr Jo-Anne Kelder (UTas), Dr Richard Doyle (UTas), Prof Holger Meinke (UTas), A/Prof Amanda Able (Adel), Prof Bill Bellotti (UWS), Dr Elizabeth Johnson (La Trobe).

PhD Students

  • Erini Messi (in progress). "Towards improving cardiovascular care in Arabic-speaking migrants with cardiovascular diseases". CSU.
  • Maihemuti Kare "The role the root environment on nutrient and water uptake in grapevines". CSU. (Submitted 2016).
  • Basil Baldwin "The floral phenology, growth and productivity of Hazelnut genotypes (Crylus avellana L.) in Australia". The University of Sydney (Submitted 2013).

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Professional Memberships

  • Member of the Society for Research in Higher Education.

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