Course Units

Bachelor of Business (Agribusiness)
Year 1

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.

  • Manaing Human Resources & Business Communicatoins
  • Work Place Supervision

 

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.

  • Agribusiness Marketing
  • Commodity Marketing
  • Economics
  • Industry Structures

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.

  • Farm Systems
  • Agribusiness Systems – Plants
  • Agribusiness Systems – Animals

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.

  • Cash Books, Cash Control & GST
  • Preparing Financial Statements
  • Agribusiness Accounting
  • Taxation

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.

  • Farm Budgeting
  • Agribusiness Analysis
  • Introduction to Finance
  • Bank Applications

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

  • Data Entry
  • Data Management & Analysis
  • Database
  • Websites

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.

  • Hardware & Systems
  • Financial Management Software Tools
  • Farm Management Software Tools

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.

  • Case Studies
  • Tours
Year 2

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.

  • Human Resource Management
  • Industrial Relations
  • Business & Media Communications

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.

  • International Marketing
  • Applied Marketing
  • Commodity Marketing 2

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.

  • Macroeconomics
  • Operations Management
  • Strategic Management

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.

  • Financial Accounting
  • Business Law
  • Tax Planning

 

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.

  • Corporate Finance
  • Investment Planning

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.

  • e-Business
  • Computer Business Programming
  • Computer Modelling
  • Research Methods & Statistics

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 Professional Experience

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.

  • Case Studies
  • Tours
Year 3

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.

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, and organisational, legal and financial factors.

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.

The unit explores the difference between content (what we are negotiation about) and the process (how we conduct the negotiation). This will help manage the negotiation process to achieve better outcomes and improve business profitability.

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.

This can either be a single unit or double unit of study.  This unit will familiarise you with business research methods and to give you an opportunity to study in depth a topic you are particularly interested in.

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.

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.

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.

This unit focuses upon how an entrepreneur or entrepreneurial team goes about creating a new business venture. It begins by looking at the process of assessing a business idea to determine whether or not it is a true opportunity to add value to a set of customers. Once an opportunity has been identified, you will learn how to develop a business model that can take that opportunity to market. With an understanding of business modelling, you can then develop a business plan.

Entrepreneurship is becoming an increasingly important set of activities to the success and continuous renewal of local, regional and national economies. This unit examines the development of the entrepreneur within a rural context. It explores the self-awareness that is essential to successful entrepreneurship. It looks at the needs of entrepreneurs and the skill set they must master to consistently meet those needs. It also examines the process that entrepreneurs use to make decisions. These are all topics that pertain to the individual entrepreneur. The unit also sets the context for rural entrepreneurship by defining and mapping rural ecosystems and examining the art of building entrepreneurial networks that support rural entrepreneurship.

The twenty first century is set for a new and dynamic period in global agricultural production and trade as the world’s population grows and incomes increase dramatically.  This unit examines the factors affecting global food demand and supply.  It investigates the efforts being made by importing countries to meet their food demand requirements and of exporters to compete effectively in global food and fibre markets.

The role of culture, politics, financial and monetary systems and global weather conditions on global food and fibre production and trade are all examined.  A range of prediction tools and models are also assessed for their value in assisting agribusiness operators determine the appropriate strategies for their businesses.

At the end of this unit you will have a clear understanding of the market, cultural, political and environmental intricacies of conducting business in the changing and volatile global business environment.

This unit builds on the fundamental concepts of animal nutrition allowing you to develop and analyse diets specifically for ruminant animal production.