Course Units - Agribusiness

Bachelor of Business (Agribusiness) 1st Year Units and topics

Intro to Human Resource & Business Communication

Managing Human Resources & Business Communications


Work Place Supervision


Get the best performance out of yourself and others

This Unit will provide you with the knowledge and confidence to manage yourself effectively in a business environment, as well as developing theoretical knowledge of management functions. You will be able to understand the role and responsibilities of managers within a range of professional organisations.

Agribusiness Economics & Marketing

Agribusiness Marketing


Commodity Marketing




Industry Structures

Become more profitable by understanding how markets work.

Understanding your markets is vital to any business success. This Unit will introduce you to the fundamentals of the marketing process and principles, and you will build marketing plans through your understanding of marketing intelligence and concepts. You will be introduced to agricultural economics and understand how various agricultural industries are structured. You will also study the fundamentals of commodity marketing and risk management.

Agricultural Production Systems 1

Farm Systems


Agribusiness Systems – Plants


Agribusiness Systems  - Animals

Broaden your understanding of production systems across a wide range of topics.

This will provide you with an understanding of systems thinking and the application of systems analysis to Agribusiness. You will develop the theoretical knowledge and skills to identify the issues within both plant and animal production systems that affect the market specifications of the intended product, and understand the on-farm production system of a range of agricultural products.

Introduction to Accounting & Tax

Cash Books, Cash Control & GST

Preparing Financial Statements

Agribusiness Accounting



Prepare and understand farm financial reports to make better decisions.

This subject will develop your knowledge on how to design and manage control systems for the business. You will investigate the specific accounting issues that impact on agribusinesses and gain an insight into the Australian tax system in relation to the specific issues which affect primary production.

Agribusiness Finance & Planning

Farm Budgeting


Agribusiness Analysis


Introduction to Finance


Bank Applications

Develop and use tools to make better planning Decisions.

This subject is aimed at developing your knowledge and skills to analyse the business and prepare a range of tools to make better planning decisions. It will include both short-term and long-term decisions based on production forecasts and estimated prices, allowing for risk, and incorporating production schedules and different business finance structures. You will be able to identify the main strengths and weakness of a business through your business analysis skills.

Information Systems

Data Entry


Data Management and Analysis





Be more productive in the office and in the field through the use of technology.

You will gain the skills required to use computers effectively to improve business efficiency and develop your knowledge and practical skills to use a range of software packages. This will include making use of the interaction between software programs to assist with data entry and capture, as well as presenting information for decision making purposes. and agricultural machinery. Students apply the principles of soil mechanics to irrigation and soil conservation programs.

Information Applications

Hardware and Systems


Financial Management Software Tools


Farm Management Software Tools

Be more productive in the office and in the field through the use specific applications for agribusiness.

This subject will provide you with the practical knowledge and skills to be able to identify features in a range of different software packages. You will be able to enter and analyse data to produce management and accounting reports. The subject will also equip you with the tools to enable sound decision making regarding the establishment of information processing and recording systems in the workplace.

Agribusiness Management Studies 1

Case Studies



Learn to apply the skills you have gained in real and practical way.

This subject is designed to integrate the learning from all units into a comprehensive application to an existing business. Through case studies, tours and professional placement you will have the opportunity to identify business performance issues and develop business plans in a wide range of business.


Bachelor of Business (Agribusiness) 2nd Year Units and topics

Human Resource & Business Communications

Human Resource Management


Industrial Relations


Business and Media Communications


Learn how to make strategic decisions regarding your staff to ensure your business grows.

Human Resource Management is typically applied in contemporary organisations and details the functional activities of managing people and how these can be integrated and linked to the business strategies.

Industrial Relations examines the structure and strategies pursued by trade unions and employer associations, as well as the role played by the State in the conduct of workplace relations. Business Communications studies focus on communication external to the business. This includes working with the media, negotiation and mediation.

International & Applied Marketing

International Marketing


Applied Marketing


Commodity Marketing 2

Identify strategies to ensure the growth of your business in a global market.

Extending the knowledge gained in the first year Diploma of Agribusiness, you will explore concepts and recognise the skills required to analyse markets, select targets and develop product, price, promotion, as well as distribution strategies (export practices and procedures) in the domestic and international arena. Commodity marketing will give you a comprehensive understanding of the futures markets and derivative products with hedging and risk management strategies.

Agribusiness Strategic Management and Economics



Operations Management


Strategic Management

Gain an understanding of the tools and techniques to best manage the business in in an ever changing environment.

Macroeconomics examines the impact of government policy and the global economic environment on agribusiness.  Operations Management covers the skills required to analyse and manage the delivery of goods and/or services to customers. It considers operations management as a core function for agriculture, manufacturing and service organizations.  Strategic Management will equip you with the skill and tools to position your business for long-term sustainable growth. 


Accounting & Business Law

Financial Accounting


Business Law


Tax Planning

Identify the critical financial areas of a business by developing your analytical skills.   Understand the legal and taxation business environment. 

You will be able to enhance your analytical skills in interpreting and understanding business financial reports.  You will also can an understanding into the limitations of financial statements and the consequences of management decisions, identifying critical areas that affect the business such as; leverage, dividend policy, investment for growth, liquidity. You will also develop an awareness of the legal requirements of operating an agribusiness and an understanding of the Australian Tax System and the commercial application within the tax system


Agribusiness Finance

Corporate Finance


Investment Planning

Learn different ways to finance an agribusiness and how to invest for wealth creation.

It is essential that the modern agribusiness manager understands the concepts, and has the financial management skills, to create value through the finance function. You will develop an understanding of different business structures and sources of capital. You will also develop an awareness of capital structures of businesses, the management of capital and an understanding of risk management and investment strategies for agribusinesses.

Information Systems & Data Analysis



Computer Business Programing


Computer Modelling


Research Methods and Statistics


Ensure your business is more productive through the use of technology and research.

Agribusiness Systems covers two main areas: Research Methods and Systems Analysis and Design. An understanding of research methods will allow you to  gather and analyse data so that you can make systematic and informed decisions. Systems Analysis and Design provides you with the practical skills needed when investing in technology to improve the efficiency of ecommerce.

Professional Experience

Agribusiness Professional Experience

Apply your skills in an agribusiness work environment of your choice.

To develop your career you will, in conjunction with the Marcus, seek and obtain employment in a business for ten weeks. This gives you the opportunity to try various career paths as well as build up your experience in the agribusiness industry.

Agribusiness Management Studies 2

Case Studies



Bring together all aspects of the course to understand and develop clear and concise business plans that suit the modern agribusiness environment.

Case studies and tours will give you the opportunity to analyse, identify and integrate the aspects you have learned during the course into a report that makes recommendations on management and financial strategies that a business should adopt.


Bachelor of Business (Agribusiness) Final Year Units

Financial Management for Agribusiness (core)

Build techniques to answer the three main finance functions of the business; the investment decision, the finance decision and the dividend decision.

 During this unit of study you will develop the ability to use a range of analytical processes in order to appraise the investment characteristics of a business. Choose appropriate analytical tools for the appraisal of agricultural and agribusiness enterprises.

Agribusiness Management Studies 3 (core)

Develop your strategic planning techniques and entrepreneurship.

You will build on your capabilities and confidence in business planning and strategic implementation. You will develop a comprehensive medium-term business plan for a large agribusiness operation, focusing on the integration of complex production, marketing, human resources, organisational, legal and financial factors.

Human Resource Management 4


Build human capital. 

Human capital is essential to all business; this Unit develops theoretical knowledge and a practical understanding of Human Resource Management (HRM). It details the functional activities of HRM, which includes planning, job design and job analysis, recruitment and selection, training and development, performance management and remuneration, legal issues and evaluation, and how these can be integrated and linked to an organisation’s business strategies.

Sustainable Resource Management 4


Maintaining and building your natural resources. 

You will be able to evaluate feasibility of introducing technological changes into an existing agricultural production system. Evaluate the impact of implementing this change from economic, technical, human and environmental perspective.

Contemporary Managerial Issues in Agriculture and Agribusiness


Understand the foremost issues affecting agriculture and agribusiness. 

This is a dynamic Unit as it is about understanding the key drivers in agribusiness sector both domestically and in the global context.  Contemporary managerial issues covers such topics as; the role of government in the agribusiness sector, agricultural policy agendas of our competitors, World Trade Organisations - impact on global trade, climate change and global warming, carbon trading, water resource management and water trading, animal welfare, environmental and natural resource management, biofuels, GMO’s, food safety and environmental labelling, managed investment schemes, labour resourcing.

Agribusiness Marketing


Take your products and services to market. 

This Unit focuses on the application of contemporary marketing theory and practice to agribusiness products and services.  It can be applied to all stages of the agribusiness value chain including input suppliers of finance, fertilisers, seeds and farm machinery; primary producers of food and fibre; food processors and food retailers.

Principles of Rural Land Valuation


What is that worth? 

There are a range of tooling in which to values the biggest investment in primary production; land. Studying this Unit will help you understand the principles of land valuation to establish the market value of a rural property.  As well as being able to apply other techniques to estimate the economic value of an investment opportunity in agricultural investments. 

Risk Management in Agribusiness


Make decisions in an uncertain environment. 

This Unit aims to introduce you to the complex and diverse range of risks that organisations must manage in today's increasingly global agribusiness environment.   Agribusinesses are exposed to both uncertainty and risk, thereby creating both opportunities and the risk of financial losses.  As agribusiness managers operating in one of the world’s most risky business environments it is fundamental that risk management play an important part in ensuring an organisation’s ability to manage risks. This unit is designed to identify the risks in agribusinesses and food/fibre supply chains, to discover methods to measure these risks, and then find strategies to manage these risks.

Research Methods (single unit)


Become an expert in an area you are interested in. 

This Unit is a minor thesis which allows you to pursue a research project of your choice.  In the past students have research a variety of topics from international trade to animal nutrition.  This Unit can be a very educational and rewarding experience. 

Research Methods (double unit)


This unit is a double unit and carries the weight of two units toward the award.

Negotiating in a Business Environment


Stay out of court. 

After an introduction to some of the foundational concepts you will be involved in exercises ranging from fairly simple negotiations to complex mediations; really a form of facilitated negotiation by third party neutrals.  You will perform a number of roles and required to engage in forms of collaborative learning styles. The Unit is designed to facilitate your understanding of the theory in specific contexts very much like the ones many of you will encounter in professional life.