Agriculture

overview

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Designed in consultation with industry leaders and educational professionals within Agriculture, this course offers the most relevant, up-to-date information to keep students at the forefront of the agricultural production industry. Based on best management practice, the Agriculture program is designed to produce  a graduate who can operate in the full range of agricultural and horticultural production systems. By aligning both theory and application through our focus on real world case studies our graduates walk away professionally prepared for their role in either a domestic or global agricultural production system or related industry.

To compete in a changing production environment the new generation of agricultural business managers will need to set clear and specific goals for their business. To achieve these goals, they will need advanced financial management and marketing skills. They will also be able to access and use information productively to support management decisions . Good managers will adopt current technology and be able to manage both people and risk in a changing production environment. Above all, successful managers will be required to have a thorough understanding of their business and the factors that impact on the performance and viability of that business at both a national and international level.

A continual rise in world demand for food protein and energy means that future opportunities for graduates who are leading performers in primary production systems will be highly sought after by all sectors of the industry. A  Marcus Oldham graduate with an understanding or both business and agricultural production has always been in demand for placements within all sectors of the agricultural industry.
This is created through pre-entry experience requirements, close consultation with industry, farm visits, an eleven month industry placement covering a full production cycle, case studies and innovative tours to ensure that students at Marcus Oldham are professionally prepared for the workforce.

The Bachelor of Business (Agriculture) Degree and Associate Degree courses are available to both Australian and International applicants.

 

Course Structure

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Our Agriculture program has been designed specifically for those driven towards a management position within production agriculture. Students will develop skills and understanding associated with managing a farming operation from a business perspective.

These skills include:
  • Farm Business Management
  • Agricultural Production Systems
  • Human Resource Management
  • Marketing Management
  • Information Management
  • Sustainable Resource Management
  • Agricultural Engineering
  • Integrated Management Studies
The Degree program, Bachelor of Business (Agriculture) consists of twenty four (24) units of study, each unit has equal weighting and students will be required to complete all 24 units prior to being eligible to graduate at the degree level.

The units are offered on the following basis:

     
 1st year
 8 units full time on-campus delivery (all compulsory)
     
 2nd year  2 units to be completed by distance concurrently within the 11 month period of industry placement
     
 3rd year  8 units full time on-campus delivery (all compulsory)
     
 4th year  6 units offered by flexible delivery comprising 2 core (compulsory) units and 4 elective units taken from selected disciplines.

Students may choose to exit at the end of the 3rd year of study having completed a total of 18 units and be eligible to graduate with the Associate Degree of Farm Business Management.

Graduates of the Associate Degree of Farm Business Management are eligible for admission to the final year of the Bachelor of Business (Agriculture) program

For further details on what each unit covers see Course Units.

Study in both the first and third years of the course curriculum is supported by major study tours, the first each year taking in many parts of Victoria, New South Wales or South Australia and the second at the end of August undertaken internationally. International tours have in the past been conducted to New Zealand, China, Indonesia, and Argentina.

Marcus Oldham’s program delivery offers a unique opportunity to gain the most from your study experience. Students are able to study full time on campus while resident in our hostel facility. This collegiate environment provides an opportunity to draw upon the broad network of experiences and contacts with like-minded students to enhance the learning outcomes. The course is delivered using case studies, industry visits, practical demonstrations and experiential learning along with a strong systems thinking based curriculum.

Career Opportunities

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Graduates of the Agriculture programs at Marcus Oldham are generally well sought after and have enjoyed a great range of employment opportunities.

Graduates have developed businesses or careers in plant and animal production systems including, cereals, oilseeds, coarse grains, fibres, seed production, orchards, vineyards, vegetable production, beef, wool, lamb, dairy, pigs, poultry and many other production systems. The course at Marcus Oldham provides both theoretical and practical application  of content dealing  with a systems based approach to the operation of a farming business . 

In addition to managing their own agricultural production operations our graduates have established successful careers in the management of corporate farming business for both national and international entities.

The Bachelor of Business (Agriculture) provides the graduate with an in depth understanding of the key profit drivers of agricultural businesses and how to assist other businesses maximise their returns.

Using  this mix of theory and practice our graduates have developed careers in finance, investment analysis, corporate farm management, investment decision making , commodity marketing,  farm consultancy and many other agriculture related industries. Success in these fields has been achieved by positively utilising business management, corporate decision making, marketing structures and industry knowledge learned at Marcus Oldham. Graduates have been successful in gaining high profile positions or starting their own businesses all over Australia and internationally.

 

comments from graduates:

Chris Warrick, Farm Management 2008
2009 – Agricultural Consultant Pro-Advice

"I have a passion for agricultural but am well aware of the financial challenges the industry faces. Marcus Oldham College offered me the best balance of business management skills in the areas of finance, production and resources. I found the local and international tours included in the course to be a unique and valuable experience, which broadened my perception of the industry and equipped me with some very useful skills for my career."

 

Claire Bibby, Farm Management 2006
Apprenticeship Coordinator – Longerenong College

"Marcus Oldham is renowned for its quality staff, education, facilities and courses. This is part of the reason I chose Marcus. Furthermore its course structure with farm tours, international study tours, experienced lecturers and immense networking facility appealed to me. The Bachelor of Business studies provided me w ith a sound understanding of business and finance management which held me in good stead for my current vocation. The course allowed me to develop perspective in all aspects of agriculture which is fundamental basis of any Agricultural occupation. The skills that I developed whilst completing the course have assisted me in my current role and in my previous role delivering finance to the Agricultural Industry. I recommend Marcus Oldham to anyone looking to pursue a career in agriculture."

 

William Gurry, Farm Management 2005
Rural Valuer CBRE Agribusiness

"Completing the Marcus Oldham Farm Management Course was a fulfilling experience that enabled me to develop the skills I needed to pursue a career in agribusiness. The industry tours, practical year and guest lectures provided a great balance of classroom and practical learning and also introduced me to career options I had not previously considered. The Bachelor of Business (Agriculture) helped me secure employment at CBRE Agribusiness where I am now a Rural Analyst and Rural Valuer . CBRE is a financial advisor providing a wide range of services to predominantly agricultural clients. These services include investment and rural consulting to clients throughout Australia"

 

Jane Appleby, Farm Management 2004
Agricultural Consultant, PrincipleFocus

“Completing the Marcus Oldham Farm Management course has been imperative for my career as an agricultural consultant. The year of practical placement provided me with a terrific opportunity to test the water in the consulting industry and I still work for the same company now, six years on. The course topics and material covered are relevant to commercial industry conditions and I have drawn on my study notes from each unit (to varying degrees) during my career. If I hadn’t studied at Marcus I wouldn’t be where I am today.”

 

Tom Murphy, Farm Management 2003
Farm Manager of The Sustainable Agricultural Fund cropping properties north of Moree NSW

“I had always dreamt of being a farmer. I chose to study Farm Management at Marcus because I thought it would provide me with the skills needed to achieve my goal. My study paid off as I am now managing five large cropping properties near Moree and I love it! I also had a fantastic time at Marcus and made some great mates from all over Australia."

 

Tim Croagh, Farm Management 1982
Western Plains Pork, Mt Mercer, Vic

"The years spent at Marcus Oldham have proven to be invaluable to me. The business approach to the course and the different skills needed to run an agricultural business sets Marcus Oldham apart from other courses on offer. This knowledge learnt was critical in my approach to look at all different types of agriculture. Marcus has also created an enormous network of contacts for me since graduating and so has given me the advantage I was looking for."

 

criteria

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The first year of this course is currently available full time on campus only.

Applicants must have completed at least one complete year (preferably two years) of industry placement after their secondary school education.

Marcus Oldham College maintains a flexible policy in relation to entrance criteria and judges each applicant on their individual merits. Ideally, applicants will:
  • be at least 18 years of age by day 1 of the academic year (generally the beginning of February)
  • have successfully completed secondary education (mature age applicants accepted on merit)
  • have completed at least 12 months in an industry placement following secondary school
  • have a strong desire to pursue a career in the agricultural industries
All applicants are required to have a VCE or equivalent qualification. Applicants that have not completed VCE or equivalent will have to demonstrate significant post-secondary school experience.

The requirement for pre-entry experience is subjective based on the applicant’s circumstances. In some cases it will be acceptable for an applicant to have completed their pre-entry experience on their home property. The preferred situation is that all applicants have had significant exposure to two or more farming systems, one of which may be the home property.

For direct entry into either the second, third or fourth year of the program, applicants will need to contact the Director of Agriculture to discuss eligibility for advanced standing. If advanced standing is to be granted for all or any part of a year of study, there may still be a requirement to satisfactorily complete either one or more selected units or specifically designed bridging units.

The course entry criteria for international students requires some additional processes.  See further details about  entry requirements for international students.

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To apply, complete and sign the following application form, print, sign and post to:

       Student Enquiries
       Marcus Oldham College
       Private Bag 116
       Geelong Mail Centre Vic 3216
       Australia

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scan the completed and signed application form and forward via email to courses@marcusoldham.vic.edu.au

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fax the completed and signed application form to Student Enquiries at Marcus Oldham College on 03 5244 1263 (Australian) or +61 3 5244 1263 (international)

Upon receipt of your application we will contact you to arrange an admission interview. The admission interview is often conducted on campus face to face or elsewhere by arrangement. If it is impractical to arrange a face to face interview, a telephone interview opportunity may be offered.

Successful applicants will be offered a place at the College which must be accepted and the requisite deposit paid before the position is confirmed.

  Application Form - Bachelor of Business Agriculture (FORM-002) Application Form - Bachelor of Business Agriculture (FORM-002)  (257 KB)

  International Application for Admission to a Course (FORM-006A) International Application for Admission to a Course (FORM-006A)  (179 KB)

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