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This subject provides students with the opportunity to apply the theoretical and practical knowledge acquired during their Bachelor of Agriculture degree to analysis of large-scale challenges confronting agricultural industries. Students will develop the capacity to apply a 'systems thinking' approach to problems, utilising the understanding that they have developed throughout their studies of relevant environmental, economic, social and political factors. They will also develop their skills in gathering and interpreting evidence, teamwork, and oral and written communication. Students will undertake an investigation of an industry challenge of their choice, working both individually, and in small groups with colleagues from other majors within the degree. Students will undertake guided reflection on their learning, as a basis for developing personal principles for ethical professional practice. This subject sits alongside the core subjects in each of the majors of the degree, to provide the capstone learning experience of the Bachelor of Agriculture degree.
Intended learning outcomes
On completion of this subject students should
- Have an enhanced understanding of current challenges facing agricultural production systems
- Be able to apply a 'systems-thinking' approach to agriculture, and to the sustainability of agricultural production systems;
- Be able to gather and interpret evidence, in order to identify options for addressing problems;
- Be able to work effectively with colleagues and other stakeholders;
- Be able to articulate the principles of ethical professional practice, to guide them in their future study or employment.
- This subject will develop the following generic skills: • The capacity for independent critical thought, rational inquiry and self-directed learning and research • An ability to derive, interpret and analyse ecological, biological, social, technical or economic information from primary sources • Highly developed written communication skills to allow informed dialogue with individuals and groups from industry, government and the community • An ability to participate effectively as part of a team • An ability to plan work, use time effectively and manage small projects
Last updated: 18 December 2020