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Bachelor of Agriculture

  • Study mode
    This course is taught on campus, starting at the Parkville campus and finishing at the Dookie campus.
  • Program rating
    The University of Melbourne is considered as one of the best universities in Austraila. Studying agriculture, students will learn about animal production and agribusiness, applications of science, catchment management, economics and other business and multidisciplinary practices. Studying both the basic concepts and current industry issues and trends will gives students the skills to be able to successfully work in the agricultural industry today.
  • Aimed at
    People wishing to work in the sustainable production of food and fibre in the agriculture industry.
  • Employability
    Graduates of Agriculture can work in areas such as aquaculture, biotechnology, cattle and dairy, crops and soil, the equine industry, farming, food, horticulture, logging and forestry, packaging, poultry, seeds and viticulture.
  • Expected salary
    The average annual salary in the Agriculture/Agribusiness industry in Australia is between AUD 70,000 and 76,000
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  • Objectives
    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 * a commitment to the highest standards of academic and intellectual integrity and an acceptance of the community responsibilities of citizenship befitting their professional standing.
  • Academic Title
    Bachelor of Agriculture
  • Course description

    First Year

    610-171  Fundamentals of Chemistry
    On completion, the student should have an understanding of the nature of matter, solutions and gases, the chemical change related to equilibrium, energy and kinetics, and the nature of redox processes; and structures and functional groups in organic ...     Semester 1     12.50


    650-141  Biology of Cells and Organisms
    Structure and function of multicellular organisms including cell function, systems involved in energy transformations, nutrition, water uptake, excretion, gas exchange, circulation, and immune responses; plant and animal reproduction and development;...     Semester 1     12.50

    800-121 (UNIB10009) Food for a Healthy Planet

    Food is a basic human need. But what should we eat? Not all food is good for us, and a balance between diet and exercise is required for a healthy life. Likewise, not all food production methods are good for the environment. Again, a balance between human needs and the health of our environment is required, especially as the world's population grows and global climate patterns change.

    So how should we judge our food, nutritionally and environmentally? What do our foods contain? How much energy, water, labour etc is used in their production, processing, and distribution? How does the food chain operate in developed and developing economies, and what does this mean for the future of food production locally and globally?

    This subject will address these and other topical issues through the following content:
    • Human dietary needs: energy, protein and vitamins
    • Food composition: meeting dietary needs
    • Food consumption trends: relationships with demographic and lifestyle changes
    • Food production, processing and distribution: knowing where our food comes from
    • Inputs to food production: how profitable and how sustainable?
    • Global population growth: feeding the 10 billion
    • Issues and challenges for sustainable and equitable food production and supply

    880-101 (ENVS10001) Natural Environments

    An understanding of natural systems is crucial for sustainable management and design. This core subject of the Bachelor of Environments degree introduces students to the main systems that shape the natural world. The subject examines the evolution of the planet Earth, our climate and global weather and the formation and processes of our present landscapes and associated ecosystems.



    208-127  Data & Decisions
    The collection and evaluation of technical information is essential for farm planning, precision agriculture, post harvest storage, product processing, transport, and marketing of commodities and processed goods. Success depends upon th selection of ...     Semester 2     12.50

    207-107 (AGRI10043) Land Water and Food Economy 1
    650-142  Genetics & The Evolution of Life
    Topics studied include the nature of variation, inheritance, genes and chromosomes, human genetics, DNA replication, gene action and expression, population genetics, selection, the genetics of speciation, molecular evolution, evolutionary biology and...     Semester 2     12.50

    800-191 (UNIB10007) Introduction to Climate Change

    This subject is an introduction to the major topics in climate change, including the scientific basis of the greenhouse effect, the history of Earth’s climate, energy options, economics and public policy, the effect of climate change on food, water and health, and the national and international legal frameworks for the management of climate change.

    The issues around climate change are evolving rapidly, both politically and within the wider community. This subject is the first of a sequence of three subjects, aimed to provide a broad, cross-disciplinary approach to climate change. In particular, students will explore and debate the issues on a range of topics, with an emphasis on the international and global implications.



    Second Year

    Subject     Semester     Credit Points

    200-266 (DASC20012) Comparative Nutrition and Digestion
    208-293 (AGRI20026) Plant Growth Processes
    208-296 (AGRI20028) Research Methods for Life Science
    800-268 (UNIB20012) Water for Sustainable Futures
    200-264 (DASC20010) Applied Animal Physiology
    202-210 (AGRI20003) Sustainable Food Systems
    202-203 (EVSC20002) Soil and Water ResourcesThis subject will
    208-259 (AGRI20033) Agricultural and Resource Economics



    Third Year

    202-307 (AGRI30005) Industry Project
    208-308 (AGRI30016) Irrigation and Water Management
    208-358 (AGRI30032) Plant Health and Improvement
    202-314 (AGRI30011) Innovation Change & Knowledge Transfer
    208-352 (AGRI30031) Crop Production and Management Field crop

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