Intended learning outcomes
Students are introduced to the basic scientific concepts associated with agricultural production, they will then develop an understanding of the current issues faced by the industry throughout the various sectors. They will also develop knowledge of the technology available to both assess and improve the various sectors. A key focus of the course is to develop student ability to critically evaluate options as well as skills in decision making that will ensure long term industry 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 forestry and agro-forestry) influence the landscape
- Appropriate knowledge and the ability to critically evaluate knowledge gained from a range of scientific, economic and social sources
- The ability to disseminate scientific and industry information
- Skills to effectively analyse, and scientifically evaluate agricultural and environmental problems and reach appropriate solutions
- Effective communication skills in a variety of media
- The capacity for initiating cooperative relationships with colleagues, employers and clients
- Basic practical skills required to manage a farm enterprise and supervise workers
- Appropriate group facilitation skills
- The ability to collect and interpret agricultural and environmental data for interpretation
- An understanding of the research methodologies necessary to design and interpret small experiments.
- Acommitment to the highest standards of academic and intellectual integrity and an acceptance of the community responsibilities of citizenship befitting their professional standing.
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.
Graduates will be expected to:
- Have a strong sense of intellectual integrity and the ethics of scholarship
- Have in-depth knowledge of their specialist discipline(s)
- Reach a high level of achievement in writing, generic research activities, problem-solving and communication
- Be critical and creative thinkers, with an aptitude for continued self-directed learning
- Be adept at learning in a range of ways, including through information and communication technologies
- Be well-informed citizens able to contribute to their communities wherever they choose to live and work
- Be advocates for improving the sustainability of the environment
- Engage in meaningful public discourse, with a profound awareness of community needs.
Last updated: 16 September 2021