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Bachelor of Agriculture (B-AGR) // Attributes, outcomes and skills

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Intended learning outcomes

Key learning objectives of the course are to develop in our students:

  • Abilities to critically evaluate options, and formulate plans that will ensure long term industry and environmental sustainability
  • A 'systems-thinking' approach to agricultural production and land management, including an understanding of: the structures of agriculture-related industries; the principal factors that determine location, environmental impact, sustainability, profitability and international trade competitiveness
  • An understanding of how agriculture and other land uses (including agro-forestry) influence the landscape
  • Breadth and depth of knowledge relevant to agriculture, and the ability to critically evaluate knowledge gained from a range of scientific, economic and social sources
  • Skills to effectively analyse, and scientifically evaluate agricultural and environmental problems and reach appropriate solutions
  • The ability to communicate and discuss scientific and industry information with relevant stakeholders
  • Effective communication skills in a variety of media and settings
  • The capacity for initiating and maintaining cooperative relationships with colleagues, employers and clients
  • Effective team collaboration and leadership skills
  • The ability to collect, analyse and interpret agricultural and environmental data for appropriate decision making
  • An understanding of the research methodologies necessary to design, conduct and interpret small scientific research projects
  • A commitment to the highest standards of academic and intellectual integrity, and an acceptance of the community responsibilities of citizenship befitting their professional standing

Generic skills

The Bachelor of Agriculture aims to provide students with:

  • 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

Graduate attributes

Graduates of the Bachelor of Agriculture will be:

  • Scientists equipped with the knowledge and skills to contribute to the agricultural sector and the profession of agricultural science as soil scientists, agronomists and plant scientists, animal scientists, agricultural economists or social scientists
  • Confident in their ability to solve problems, create new knowledge, and apply knowledge and skills to create solutions
  • Flexible and energetic team players who can communicate effectively with a wide range of stakeholders
  • Aware of their role as leaders locally, nationally and globally in ensuring sustainable agricultural production outcomes