Graduate Certificate in Agriculture

Why study the Graduate Certificate in Agriculture at UNE?

The Graduate Certificate in Agriculture is the first award level of a fully articulated program which gives qualified applicants the opportunity for study at progressive levels in agriculture related disciplines - Master of Agriculture or Master of Science in Agriculture.

The program is designed as a professional development course in areas relevant to agriculture. The flexibility of the program gives students the opportunity to gain fundamental skills from foundation units in Agricultural areas, or broaden and develop their professional knowledge and management skills in a chosen area of study.

It is recommended that students entering the course with limited background in a relevant discipline undertake 12 cp of 200/300-level foundation units after consultation with the Course Co-ordinator.

All major can only be studied on a part-time basis unless a Program of Study has been approved by the Course Co-ordinator.

International Students wishing to undertake the Graduate Certificate in Agriculture on a full-time basis are required to contact the course coordinator to determine an individual Program of Study

Please note: this course was previously known as Graduate Certificate in Rural Science

Career Opportunities

The Graduate Certificate in Agriculture is an intensive course and is designed to provide candidates with the opportunity to broaden or develop their professional knowledge and management skills in their chosen area of study.

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Degree Snapshot

DURATION

0.5 Years Full-time
Up to 2 years Part-time

FEES

CSP (quotas apply)
Full Fee
International

2013 STUDY OPTIONS
Armidale

Trimester 1, Off Campus
Trimester 1, On Campus
Trimester 2, Off Campus
Trimester 2, On Campus

Official Abbreviation GradCertAgr
Course Type Postgraduate
CRICOS Code 008617B
Commencing
Responsible Campus Admission Period Mode of Study
Armidale Trimester 1 Off Campus
Armidale Trimester 1 On Campus
Armidale Trimester 2 Off Campus
Armidale Trimester 2 On Campus
Course Duration
  • 0.5 Years Full-time
  • Up to 2 years Part-time
Fees CSP (quotas apply) / Full Fee / International
Total Credit Points 24
Benefits

Articulation to the Master of Agriculture:

On completion of the Graduate Certificate in Agriculture, students are able to articulate to the Master of Agriculture with up to 24 credit points (no more than 12 credit points at 200 or 300 or 400-level) of advanced standing for units completed within the Graduate Certificate.

How to Apply

All domestic students apply direct to UNE

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International Students apply direct to UNE through International Marketing and Pathways

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Intensive Schools

Intensive mandatory schools may be a requirement of some of the units in this course. See Unit Catalogue for specific requirements.

Entry Requirements

A candidate shall:

(a) hold a bachelor degree from a recognised University; or

(b) satisfy the school by means of other qualifications and relevant experience of adequate preparation for candidature.

Additional Requirements

Practical, Clinical or Work Experience

Advanced Standing

Advanced standing is not granted for units taken to meet course admission requirements (except for an approved articulation in the course).

The maximum advanced standing shall be for units counting 6 credit points which are deemed to be equivalent to units offered by UNE and approved for the course comprising:

(a) 6 credit points for units completed at UNE; or

(b) 6 credit points for units completed from another institution and not counted towards an awarded qualification; or

(c) 6 credit points on the basis of considerable professional experience.

(d) There shall be no maximum advanced standing on the basis of units completed at this University that have not counted towards a qualification.

Academic Colours

Dioptase (BCC 203)

Further Information

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These course rules & plans are ONLY to be used if you commenced, transferred or changed versions in the Graduate Certificate in Agriculture in 2013.

Admission to Candidature

A candidate shall:
(a) hold a bachelor degree from a recognised University; or
(b) satisfy the school by means of other qualifications and relevant experience of adequate preparation for candidature.

Advanced Standing

Advanced standing is not granted for units taken to meet course admission requirements (except for an approved articulation in the course).

The maximum advanced standing shall be for units counting 6 credit points which are deemed to be equivalent to units offered by UNE and approved for the course comprising:
(a) 6 credit points for units completed at UNE; or
(b) 6 credit points for units completed from another institution and not counted towards an awarded qualification; or
(c) 6 credit points on the basis of considerable professional experience.

There shall be no maximum advanced standing on the basis of units completed at this University that have not counted towards a qualification.

Period of Candidature

The period of candidature shall be:
(a) 0.5 year as a full-time candidate;
(b) up to two years as a part-time candidate.

Course Requirements

To qualify for the award a candidate must pass units to the value of 24 credit points from one of the Course Work Programs with no units below 200 level and at least 12 credit points at 500 level.

Program of Study

Candidates shall complete an approved program of study as outlined in the Course Schedule comprising:

Course Structure Credit Points
Complete ONE Course Work Program 24 cps
Total 24 cps

Approved Course Work Programs

Agricultural Consulting
Animal Genetics
Biosecurity
Canine Management
Cotton Production
Sustainable Grains Production
or as approved by the course coordinator.

All course work programs can only be studied on a part-time basis unless a Program of Study has been approved by the Course Coordinator.

Award of Degree

A candidate who meets the course requirements including one approved course work program shall be awarded the Graduate Certificate in Agriculture.

Improper Conduct

Candidates are referred to the Student Coursework Plagiarism and Academic Misconduct Rules.

Course Aims

Learning Outcomes Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
  1. demonstrate an understanding of the scientific knowledge that underpins agricultural sciences, land and resource management and agricultural extension;
  2. demonstrate an understanding of technical, field and/or laboratory competencies relevant to food and fibre production and management of agricultural systems; and
  3. develop skills in written and oral scientific communication, and acquired skills to locate and critically evaluate scientific information.
Graduate Attributes
Knowledge of a Discipline

Students will be required to read literature on practical and theoretical aspects of agricultural science and management.

Communication Skills

Students will be required to express well-organised, logical and clearly written assessment tasks. Students will be exposed to techniques for improved oral and written communication skills throughout the course.

Global Perspectives

Students will examine examples of models, theories and case-studies related to production of food and fibre, products and management of associated natural resources around the world.

Information Literacy

Students will be instructed, assessed and expected to demonstrate research capacity in written assignments and utilise a wide range of sources.

Life-Long Learning

Students will be instructed in, assessed and practise learning skills in critical thinking, research and communication that will be useful to them beyond the unit of learning.

Problem Solving

Students will be challenged to critically examine literature, established theories and models, and techniques from a range of disciplines to address contemporary agricultural issues.

Social Responsibility

Students will be exposed to concepts of social responsibility within the course and will be required to exhibit social responsibility when interacting with other students.

Team Work

Students will be exposed to training in team skills and perspectives throughout the course.

How to Apply

Domestic Students

All domestic students apply direct to UNE

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International Students

International Students apply direct to UNE through International Marketing and Pathways

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