Agriculture is one of the world’s largest, most important and dynamic sectors. Strong competitive forces in Australia and world economies have transformed modern agricultural systems. These changes have resulted in an increasing demand for managers, scientists and researchers who can understand the science, technologies, information, decision and communications systems which lie at the heart of evolving agriculture. The increase in production and trade of food and fibre has resulted in strong impacts elsewhere: growing environmental concerns have brought a sharp focus on the need to put agricultural output within the context of its wider natural and social environments, striking sustainable balances between production and conservation, income and welfare.
This course is designed to meet the needs of students entering middle management positions within agricultural and related sectors and provides a pathway to further study through:
* Developing knowledge, skills, understanding and competence in the area of agriculture;
* Developing an understanding of agricultural science through appreciation of the interdependence of the biological, economic, social and environmental factors which shape the development of agricultural systems, both in Australia and internationally;
* Increasing knowledge and analytical capabilities appropriate to the specialist discipline of their choice;
* Developing competence in the design, conduct and analysis of research questions and experimental work;
* Extending scholarly and critical attitudes in the agricultural disciplines.
Students study the following core subjects:
208-820 Research Study in Agricultural Science
and 208-411 Researh Philosophies and Statistics
or 207-506 Social Research Methods