Course Units - Agriculture

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

Farm Business Management 1

Introduction to Farm Business Management

 

Provides students with the basic skills to assess a farm business, including the preparation of a physical resource analysis and enterprise gross margins.

Farm Planning and Accounting

 

Designed to teach students how to prepare and interpret the principle financial statements for a business, and how to assess the current performance of the business and plan for changes within the business.

Farm Financial Management

Focuses on developing student’s skills in managing business finances.

Students learn how to: design, maintain and utilise a cashbook, calculate the tax liability for a business and evaluate the time cost of money.

Human Resource Management 1

Managing Self

Identifies the key skills of professional business managers and provides opportunities for students to identify and develop their own skills.

Time management, stress management, negotiation skills and sound written and oral communication skills are developed in this module.

Marketing Management 1

Marketing Principles and Practice

Relates the knowledge of marketing and economics to the principles of business management.

Students are introduced to the concepts of supply and demand, the key attributes of the major agricultural industries and prepare a basic marketing plan for a given case study situation.

Information Management 1

Managing and Researching Information

Develops an understanding of appropriate research methods and proficiency in a range of software packages to assist decision-making within the business.

Students will gain competency in word processing, spread sheets, databases and the internet.

Sustainable Resource Management 1

Sustainable Resource Management Principles

Identifies the key resources of a sustainable production system and relates the principles of climate, soil and water management to the management of a sustainable farm.

Students develop their practical skills in soil management, farm water supply design and whole farm planning.

Agricultural Engineering 1

Agricultural Engineering Principles

Introduces students to the basic concepts of engineering and demonstrates how to apply them to mechanisation and agricultural machinery.

Students apply the principles of soil mechanics to irrigation and soil conservation programs.

Agricultural Production Systems 1

Plant Production Principles

Provides students with an understanding of the factors influencing pasture and crop production, such as climate, soil, fertility, weeds, pests and diseases.

Students also have the opportunity to obtain a certificate of competency in chemical handling.

Animal Production Principles

Introduces students to the key principles of animal structure and physiology, nutrition, reproduction, genetics and breeding as it relates to animal production and the profitability of the animal system within a farm business.

Crop and Pasture Management

Is designed to teach students to develop a thorough understanding of the major cropping and pasture systems throughout Australia.

The primary focus of the module is on developing the students’ knowledge and skills in managing these production systems.

Animal Management for Profit

Focuses on the application of the key principles of animal production to the management of grazing systems.

Students will develop their knowledge and skills in managing animals for meat, milk and fibre production.

Integrated Management Studies 1

Farm Management Case Studies

Requires students to solve problems associated with managing a real farm business using an integrated case study approach.

Students complete two major case studies designed to draw together and apply all the academic disciplines taught during the first year of the program.

Industry Study Tours

Students travel on two major study tours, exposing them to many different agricultural businesses.

Tours are used to focus on new and developing production and management systems in Australia and overseas. Students have visited Queensland, New South Wales, Tasmania, South Australia, Northern Territory and New Zealand.

 

 

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

Integrated Management Studies 2A

IMS201 Industry Placement

Requires students to complete a minimum of eleven months of approved industry placement.

During this period of industry placement students:

  • Will further develop their practical skills in a wider range of industries.
  • Participate in the full production cycle of the business.
  • Increase their understanding of business management through integrating the knowledge gained in the first year of the program with their practical experience of the business’ operation.

Integrated Management Studies 2B

Industry Case Study 1

Utilises an integrated case study approach to examine the current performance of the business in which the student is working.

Students are required to analyse the current physical and financial performance of the business in relation to the goals and objectives of the owner/manager.

Industry Case Study 2

Complements the previous topic, applying the integrated case study approach to the future potential performance of the business in which the student is working.

Students are required to identify all the potential opportunities for improving the business and analyse the impact on the business of implementing one of these opportunities.

 

 

Bachelor of Business (Agriculture) 3rd Year Units and topics

Farm Business Management 3

Farm Business Analysis:

Is designed to develop the students understanding of the basic principles of strategic management as it applies to a farm business.

Students also develop skills in investment analysis which they apply to key strategic decisions, such as land and machinery purchase.

Farm Finance

Focuses on developing the students knowledge and understanding of the financing options available to farm businesses in Australia.

Students are required to prepare and present an application for finance, investigate the range of financial risk management products available and examine alternative investments outside agriculture.

Farm Business Environment

Focuses on developing students understanding of the regulatory and policy environment in which farm businesses operate.

Students study business law, taxation and the major economic issues which affect both agriculture and the domestic and international economy.

Human Resource Management 3

Managing People and Organisations

Develops students understanding of organisational structures, and how this influences staff performance, managing staff, working in groups, managing effective communication in organisations and other issues which impact on the workplace.

Marketing Management 3

Marketing Agricultural Products and Services

Requires students to apply the principles of marketing to key strategic and international agricultural marketing issues. 

Market research, consumer behaviour, product differentiation, forecasting and analysing market trends and managing price risk through the use of futures and options are all studied.

Information Management 3

Information & Research Applications

Develops the students’ key information management and research skills.

Students explore a range of agricultural software programs and compare their management application. Students review relevant research, visit research projects and gain an appreciation of the role research plays in developing agricultural business opportunities.

Agricultural Engineering 3

Mechanisation and Facility Development

Applies the principles taught elsewhere in the program to the development of an economically sustainable farming system.

Effective water usage, irrigation and drainage, soil conservation, salinity control, catchment management and the use of environmental management systems are key issues discussed in this module.

Sustainable Resource Management 3

Sustainable Resource Management Systems

Applies the principles taught elsewhere in the program to the development of an economically sustainable farming system.

Effective water usage, irrigation and drainage, soil conservation, salinity control, catchment management and the use of environmental management systems are key issues discussed in this module.

Agricultural Production Systems 3

Crop Production Systems

Provides students with the opportunity to develop their knowledge of crop production systems and apply it to an area of personal interest.

Students have the choice of studying winter, summer or intensive cropping systems, and the opportunity to undertake a Special Interest Study Contract (students must complete three of these four topics). Integrated Pest Management is a core element of this module.

Animal Production Systems

Provides students with the opportunity to develop their knowledge of animal production systems and apply it to an area of personal interest.

Students have the choice of studying meat and milk, fibre or intensive animal production systems, as well as the opportunity to undertake a Special Interest Study Contract (students must complete three of these four topics). Animal Health Management is a core element of this module.

Integrated Management Studies 3

Business Planning Case Studies

Requires students to prepare integrated business plans for farm businesses. 

On-farm visits enable students to obtain the necessary information to complete a business plan. Effective problem solving and integration of the disciplines taught throughout the program are a major theme of this module.

Industry Study Tours

Students travel on two major study tours, exposing them to many different agricultural businesses. 

Tours are used to compare production and marketing systems and develop an understanding of global agricultural production and marketing. International tours have been undertaken to New Zealand, Argentina, S.E. Asia and China.

 

Bachelor of Business (Agriculture) 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

(elective)

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

(elective)

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

(elective)

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

(elective)

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

(elective)

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

(elective)

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)

(elective)

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)

(elective)

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

Negotiating in a Business Environment

(elective)

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.