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Bachelor of Agriculture (B-AGR)

Bachelors DegreeYear: 2019 Delivered: On Campus (Parkville)

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Overview

Award titleBachelor of Agriculture
Year & campus2019 — Parkville
CRICOS code037228G
Fees informationSubject EFTSL, level, discipline and census date
Study level & typeUndergraduate Coursework
AQF level 7
Credit points300 credit points
Duration36 months full time or 72 months part time

The Bachelor of Agriculture provides students with a sound understanding of the structure and operation of agricultural production industries of Australia, as well as an understanding of Australia’s role in global food and fibre production.

Students will develop an understanding of fundamental scientific concepts, and will learn to apply this understanding to a range of agricultural contexts, including precision farming.

Through core studies at each year level, students will develop an integrated and multidisciplinary understanding of agricultural science, and of the social, political, and economic drivers of resource management, agricultural development and sustainability.

At the same time, depth of understanding in a chosen major in Plant and Soil Science, Production Animal Science or Agricultural Economics, will equip students with the knowledge, skills and aptitudes required to assess and improve performance in agricultural industries, to ensure long term sustainability, and to contribute as leaders in agricultural industries and communities.

Students will be involved in study at both the Dookie and Parkville campuses (with the option of a full time program of study at the Dookie campus in Semester 2 of second year). Students will also have an opportunity to undertake extra-mural vacation industry placements.

Entry requirements

  1. In order to be considered for entry, applicants must have completed: one of

(a) the Victorian Certificate of Education including:

  • VCE Units 3 and 4 – either a study score of at least 25 in one of English, English Language or Literature or a study score of at least 30 in English as an Additional Language, and
  • VCE Units 3 and 4 – either a study score of at least 25 in one of Mathematical Methods (CAS) or Specialist Mathematics, or a study score of at least 30 in Further Mathematics;

(b) the International Baccalaureate Diploma including

  • at least Grade 4 in English or English B (Standard Level or Higher Level), and
  • at least Grade 5 in Mathematical Studies (SL) or at least Grade 4 in Mathematical Studies (HL), Mathematics or Further Mathematics;

(c) a senior secondary program, foundation studies program or equivalent approved by the Academic Board including appropriate English language and Mathematics studies.

Except for applicants eligible for Access Melbourne, minimum ATAR or equivalent overall performance rankings apply http://futurestudents.unimelb.edu.au/admissions/access_melbourne_and_equity_programs/access-melbourne).

Meeting these requirements does not guarantee selection.

2. In ranking applications, the Selection Committee will consider:

  • Prior academic performance

3. The Selection Committee may seek further information to clarify any aspect of an application in accordance with the Academic Board rules on the use of selection instruments.

4. For applicants who have not completed the Victorian Certificate of Education or the International Baccalaureate Diploma, the undergraduate English language requirements (http://futurestudents.unimelb.edu.au/admissions/entry-requirements/language-requirements) must be met.

Note. For applications through the Victorian Tertiary Admission Centre, “middle-band” selection adjustments are made only on the basis of eligibility for Access Melbourne.

Core participation requirements

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. This course requires all students to enrol in subjects where they must actively and safely contribute to field excursions and laboratory activities. Students who feel their disability will impact on meeting this requirement are encouraged to discuss this matter with the Subject Coordinator and Disability Liaison (8344 0836 or disability-liaison@unimelb.edu.au or visit http://services.unimelb.edu.au/disability for further information ).

A core participation requirement of this course is that students agree to be vaccinated against Q Fever. Q Fever is a relatively common preventable condition which, while rarely fatal, can cause a severe acute illness and can result in damage to heart valves and chronic fatigue. A number of subjects offered in this course may place students at risk of exposure to Q Fever.

Q Fever screening and vaccination can be arranged through the University Health Service. The cost of the vaccination program is separate to tuition fees.

Further information: http://students.fvas.unimelb.edu.au/admin/q-fever

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

Course structure

The Bachelor of Agriculture consists of 300 course points overall.

  • 150 points of course core subjects:
    • 8 core Level 1 subjects (8 x 12.5 points)
    • 3 core Level 2 subjects (3 x 12.5 points)
    • 1 core Level 3 subject (1 x 12.5 points)
  • 37.5 points as completion of one of three prescribed majors
    • 3 prescribed Level 3 subjects for the major (3 x 12.5 points)
  • 25 points of B-AGR electives at Level 3
  • 50 points of B-AGR electives at Level 2. Selected subjects to include prerequisites for student’s intended major. Selected subjects can include Dookie option.
  • 37.5 points of additional B-AGR electives where
    • No more than 25 points at Level 1

Progression: Students must complete at least 50 points of study at one subject year Level before attempting enrolment in a subject at the next subject year Level.

Subject options

The following description represents a full time enrolment. A part-time enrolment would be a variation of this.

Year 1 - 100 points

All core subjects

Code Name Study period Credit Points
AGRI10045 Foundations of Agricultural Sciences 1
Semester 1
12.5
AGRI10046 Foundations of Agricultural Sciences 2
Semester 2
12.5
AGRI10047 Agriculture in Australia
Semester 1
12.5
AGRI10048 Plant Production Systems
Semester 2
12.5
AGRI10049 Animal Production Systems
Semester 2
12.5
ENVS10001 Natural Environments
Semester 1
12.5
AGRI10050 Agricultural Systems Biology
Semester 1
12.5
AGRI10051 Genetics for Agriculture
Semester 2
12.5

Year 2 - 100 points

Three core subjects

Code Name Study period Credit Points
AGRI20038 Principles of Soil Science
Semester 2
Semester 2
12.5
AGRI20043 Biochemistry in Agricultural Systems
Semester 1
12.5
AGRI20042 Agricultural Economics
Semester 1
12.5

(Note. AGRI20043 is a course core subject for students commencing from 2018 onwards. It is not a course core subject for students commencing the B-AGR prior to 2018, however it is recommended that all students complete it).

Plus 62.5 points of B-AGR Electives - or, for students who commenced prior to 2018, 75 points of B-AGR electives.

  • A student’s choice of electives in Year 2 is informed by prerequisites for selected subjects at Level 3 in Year 3, including the required Level 3 subjects in the student’s selected major
  • In Year 2 students should select Level 2 subjects as per course progression rules.

Recommended Level 2 B-AGR electives, based on intended major:

Production Animal Science major:

Code Name Study period Credit Points
AGRI20003 Sustainable Food Systems
July
12.5
AGRI20036 Ecology and Grazing Management
Semester 2
Semester 2
12.5
ANSC20001 Animal Physiology and Growth
Semester 1
12.5
ANSC20002 Comparative Nutrition and Digestion
Semester 2
12.5
AGRI20044 Microbiology in Agriculture
Semester 1
12.5

Plant and Soil Science major:

Code Name Study period Credit Points
AGRI20003 Sustainable Food Systems
July
12.5
AGRI20026 Plant Growth Processes
Semester 1
12.5
AGRI20036 Ecology and Grazing Management
Semester 2
Semester 2
12.5
AGRI20037 Crop Production and Management
Semester 2
12.5
AGRI20044 Microbiology in Agriculture
Semester 1
12.5

Agricultural Economics major:

There are no specific recommended elective subjects in Year 2 for this major.

Dookie Campus Option

Students who select to undertake studies in semester 2, Year 2 at the Dookie Campus enrol in four prescribed subjects. One of these subjects is a course core (AGRI20038 Principles of Soil Science). The remaining three are approved Level 2 B-AGR Electives.

Code Name Study period Credit Points
AGRI20035 Applied Crop Production and Horticulture
Semester 2
12.5
AGRI20036 Ecology and Grazing Management
Semester 2
Semester 2
12.5
AGRI20038 Principles of Soil Science
Semester 2
Semester 2
12.5
AGRI20040 Enterprise Management
Semester 2
12.5

Students undertaking the Dookie Campus option are expected to enrol in all four subjects. Completion of the Dookie Campus option does not preclude a student from undertaking any of the three majors in the course.

Additional costs (transport/accommodation) apply for students undertaking the Dookie Campus option.

Year 3 - 100 points

Core subject

Code Name Study period Credit Points
AGRI30038 Professional Practice for Agriculture
Semester 2
Semester 2
12.5

Major

37.5 points

In Year 3 students in the Bachelor of Agriculture choose a major from one of the following:

  • Production Animal Science
  • Plant and Soil Science
  • Agricultural Economics

The major is comprised of 37.5 points at Level 3. The combination of subjects available within each major differentiate it from other majors. Students will need to complete Level 2 prerequisites prior to enrolment in the Level 3 subjects of the major.

The balance of points to make up the required 300 course points can be selected from the following list of B-AGR electives. Select a minimum 25 points at Level 3. Select no more than 25 points at Level 1.

NB. Some of these subjects have prerequisites.

Code Name Study period Credit Points
AGRI10039 Australia in the Wine World
February
July
Semester 2
12.5
ANSC10001 Animals in Society 1: Introduction
Semester 2
12.5
FOOD10001 Beer Styles and Sensory Analysis
Semester 1
12.5
UNIB10009 Food for a Healthy Planet
Semester 1
12.5
AGRI20003 Sustainable Food Systems
July
12.5
AGRI20026 Plant Growth Processes
Semester 1
12.5
AGRI20027 Vine to Wine
February
12.5
AGRI20030 Australia in the Wine World
February
July
September
12.5
AGRI20035 Applied Crop Production and Horticulture
Semester 2
12.5
AGRI20036 Ecology and Grazing Management
Semester 2
Semester 2
12.5
AGRI20037 Crop Production and Management
Semester 2
12.5
AGRI20040 Enterprise Management
Semester 2
12.5
AGRI20041 Principles of Farm Practice Change
Semester 2
12.5
ANSC20001 Animal Physiology and Growth
Semester 1
12.5
ANSC20002 Comparative Nutrition and Digestion
Semester 2
12.5
ANSC20005 Companion Animal Biology
Semester 1
12.5
ANSC20003 Topics in Animal Health
Semester 2
12.5
ANSC20004 Animals and Society 2: Humans & Animals
Semester 2
12.5
FOOD20007 Principles of Brewing
July
12.5
AGRI20044 Microbiology in Agriculture
Semester 1
12.5
UNIB20012 Water for Sustainable Futures
Semester 1
12.5
UNIB20014 Food For a Healthy Planet II
Semester 2
12.5
AGRI30011 Innovation Change & Knowledge Transfer
July
12.5
AGRI30016 Irrigation and Water Management
July
12.5
AGRI30030 Livestock Production Systems
Semester 1
12.5
AGRI30033 Farm Management Economics
Semester 1
12.5
AGRI30037 Soil Management
Semester 1
12.5
AGRI30039 Applied Farm Economic Analysis
July
12.5
AGRI30040 Agribusiness Marketing & Value Chains
September
12.5
AGRI30041 Industry Internship
Summer Term
Semester 2
12.5
AGRI30042 Plant Pathology
Semester 1
12.5
AGRI30043 Resource Management Economics
Semester 2
12.5
AGRI30044 Agricultural Trade and Policy Not available in 2019 12.5
AGRI30045 Applications in Precision Agriculture
Semester 2
12.5
AGRI30046 Agronomy Not available in 2019 12.5
AGRI30047 Soil Fertility and Nutrient Management Not available in 2019 12.5
AGRI30048 Plant Breeding and Genetics
Semester 2
12.5
ANSC30001 Animal Disease Biotechnology 1
Semester 1
12.5
ANSC30002 Animal Disease Biotechnology 2
Semester 2
12.5
ANSC30003 Applied Animal Behaviour
Semester 1
12.5
ANSC30004 Applied Animal Reproduction & Genetics
Semester 1
12.5
ANSC30005 Animal Welfare and Ethics
Semester 2
12.5
ANSC30006 Production Animal Health
Semester 1
12.5
ANSC30007 Managing Production Animal Health
Semester 2
12.5
ANSC30008 Production Animal Physiology
Semester 2
Semester 2
12.5

Majors, minors & specialisations

Name Credit Points
Production Animal Science 37.5
Plant and Soil Science 37.5
Agricultural Economics 37.5

Further study

Students may wish to continue their undergraduate studies and undertake their Honours year.

The Faculty offers excellent opportunities for students to pursue postgraduate studies in the fields of agricultural science incorporating streams within animal science, crop science, food security and agribusiness; food science; agribusiness and wine technology and viticulture. Programs available include Graduate Certificates, Graduate Diplomas, Masters (by coursework), Masters (by research) and Doctoral degrees.

Q Fever

A core participation requirement of this course is that students agree to be vaccinated against Q Fever. Q Fever is a relatively common preventable condition which, while rarely fatal, can cause a severe acute illness and can result in damage to heart valves and chronic fatigue. A number of subjects offered in this course may place students at risk of exposure to Q Fever.

Q Fever screening and vaccination can be arranged through the University Health Service. The cost of the vaccination program is separate to tuition fees.

Further information: http://students.fvas.unimelb.edu.au/admin/q-fever

Reassessment

In accordance with the Assessment and Results Policy (MPF1326), Examiners may offer reassessment (as a second attempt at passing a subject for a borderline failure in a single subject) to a student enrolled in this course. A borderline failure is defined as a mark of 45% or more.

Last updated: 20 June 2019