Associate Degree in Agribusiness

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  • Objectives
    Are you seeking a career on a family-owned farm or as a salaried manager? Agribusiness degrees are a combination of commerce and technical agricultural units. This course will provide you with business management training particularly as it relates to commercial farming, with a focus on agricultural production. You will cover the fundamentals of animal production and agronomy within a farm business framework. You will undertake mostly technical units in your first year, including soil science, broadacre agronomy, food and fibre production and animal science. These subjects will be supplemented by introductory units in, agribusiness systems farm business management and agribusiness economics. In your second year, as well as studying agricultural production systems at an advanced level, you will become involved in the business management area through units in farm business management, food and agribusiness marketing and farm accounting and finance. You will be encouraged to work within the industry for a at least ten weeks during semester breaks. This work experience can be carried out on any relevant commercial rural enterprise.
  • Entry requirements
    None. Mature-age students, Agricultural College students and students who have completed a TAFE Associate Diploma or Diploma course are encouraged to apply.
  • Academic title
    Associate Degree in Agribusiness
  • Course description
    This course is not available to International Onshore Students on Student Visas


    This course emphasises farm management, catering for those seeking a career on a family-owned farm or as a salaried manager. Students who complete this degree are eligible to enrol in the Bachelor of Agribusiness degree.

    Course Entry Requirements/Prerequisites

    Specific Requirements
    STAT elements considered are E and either V or Q.

    Mature-age students, Agricultural College students with superior grades and students who have completed a TAFE Associate Diploma or Diploma course are encouraged to apply.

    Recognition of Prior Learning

    Applications for recognition of prior learning are assessed on an individual basis. Recognition of prior learning may be awarded for approved TAFE units. Students who have completed the Associate Degree in Agribusiness may apply for recognition of prior learning in the Bachelor of Agribusiness.

    Duration and Availability

    This course is two years full-time or equivalent part-time study.

    Course Organisation

    This course is a combination of lectures, tutorials, laboratory exercises, independent study, relevant industry practical work and visits to commercial enterprises in Western Australia.

    Additional Course Expenses
    Students may be expected to purchase a number of textbooks, readers and other vital study materials. Students are required to pay for their own food and accommodation while on field trips or camps.

    Further Information
    For further information about the program, contact staff in the Muresk Academic Office

    Course Structure Disclaimer
    Curtin University reserves the right to alter the internal composition of any course to ensure learning outcomes retain maximum relevance. Any changes to the internal composition of a course will protect the right of students to complete the course within the normal timeframe and will not result in additional cost to students through a requirement to undertake additional units.

    Course Structure                                                                  Hrs/Wk     Credit
    Year 1 Semester 1
    303220     v.3           Agribusiness Systems 101                              5.0     25.0
    303227     v.4           Agribusiness Communications 101                 1.5     12.5
    303294     v.3           Food and Fibre Production 101                       5.0     25.0
    309728     v.2           Agricultural Soils 101                                       6.0     25.0
    309734     v.2           Agronomy 101                                                 3.0     12.5

    Year 1 Semester 2
    303297     v.3           Animal Science 102                                          5.0     25.0
    303298     v.4           Farm Management 102                                    5.0     25.0
    309729     v.2           Agricultural Statistics 102                                4.0     12.5
    309732     v.2           Agribusiness Economics 102                            6.0     12.5
    309750     v.2           Broadacre Crop Agronomy 102                        5.0     25.0

    Year 2 Semester 1
    303325     v.4           Farm Management 201                                    5.0     25.0
    303399     v.3           Farm Accounting and Finance 201                   5.0      25.0
                                    SELECT OPTIONAL UNITS TO THE TOTAL VALUE OF:    50.0
    Year 2 Semester 2
    303330     v.4           Farm Business Risk and
                                    Resource Management 202                              5.0      25.0
    303334     v.3           Farm Business Management 202                     5.0      25.0
                                     SELECT OPTIONAL UNITS TO THE TOTAL VALUE OF:   50.0

    Optional Units to Select from in Year 2 Semester 1                Hrs/Wk     Credit
    303324     v.3           Food and Agribusiness Marketing 201              5.0     25.0
    303333     v.5           Crop Protection 202                                          5.0     25.0
    303340     v.4           Animal Science 201                                           5.0     25.0

    Optional Units to Select from in Year 2 Semester 2               Hrs/Wk     Credit
    303364     v.5           Commerical Management of
                                     Sheep Enterprises 302                                     5.0     25.0
    303365     v.6           Cropping Systems 301                                      5.0     25.0
    309730     v.2           Agribusiness Taxation 202                                3.0     12.5
    309774     v.2           Agribusiness Law 202                                       3.0     12.5

    Year     Location                    Period     All*     Internal    
    2009     Bentley Campus     Semester 1           Y                 
    2009     Northam Campus   Semester 1           Y                 

    The information displayed above refers to study periods and locations where the course is available for first time entry. Students are normally only offered or admitted to a course once.

    *The course itself may not be available either solely internally or externally but individual units may be offered in either or both of those modes. Prospective students should contact the Course Coordinator for further information.

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