Bachelor of Agrifood Systems

Why study the Bachelor of Agrifood Systems at UNE?

This course will be renamed in 2018 to Bachelor of Agricultural Production and Management.

The course is designed for students who want to progress their career into agricultural management. There are five Majors: (1) Crop Production; (2) Livestock Production; (3) Feedlot Management; (4) Production Horticulture; and (5) Poultry Production.

The course covers the latest technology and production techniques for your industry. You will complete vocational units to develop practical skills in farm management, while deepening your understanding of the science and technology of modern agriculture through the UNE units.

By completing this degree you will be able to apply your technical knowledge and business management skills to improve the sustainability, productivity and profitability of farming systems.

You will need access to a farm enterprise for your selected Major on which to base projects and reports throughout the course. All units are supported by online study guides and you can complete the degree part-time while you work in agriculture.

Further Information

Candidates will be required to enrol with a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) in order to complete the Vocational Education Training (VET) units from the Diploma in Agriculture or Diploma in Holistic Management - Sustainable Rural Lands, Business and Communities and the Advanced Diploma in Agriculture contained within the Bachelor of Agrifood Systems program.

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Career Opportunities

Graduates from this degree will be able to be employed in farm management, in agricultural supply industries and in service industries such as advisory services and land management.

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Degree Snapshot

DURATION

Up to 10 years Part-time
1 or 2 or 2.5 or 3 Years Full-time

FEES

Commonwealth Supported Place

2016 ATAR / OP

72.55 / 12

2017 STUDY OPTIONS
Armidale

Trimester 1, Off Campus
Trimester 1, On Campus
Trimester 2, Off Campus
Trimester 2, On Campus
Trimester 3, Off Campus
Trimester 3, On Campus

Official Abbreviation BAgrifoodSys
Course Type Undergraduate
CRICOS Code 093387F
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
Armidale Trimester 3 Off Campus
Armidale Trimester 3 On Campus
Course Duration
  • Up to 10 years Part-time
  • 1 or 2 or 2.5 or 3 Years Full-time
2016 ATAR 72.55
2016 OP 12
Fees Commonwealth Supported Place
Total Credit Points 144
How to Apply

New domestic students to UNE apply to study on-campus by Early Entry or through UAC or QTAC

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New domestic students to UNE apply to study off-campus direct to UNE and

Former or current domestic UNE students apply to study on or off campus direct to UNE

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Entry Requirements

A candidate shall:

(a) be qualified for admission (see Admission Undergraduate and Postgraduate (Coursework) Rule and Admission Undergraduate and Postgraduate (Coursework) Procedures); or

(i) hold a VET Certificate IV or higher qualification in any field; or

(ii) have completed 4 units from an approved Diploma; or

(iii) have achieve the required minimum skills profile against the Australian Core Skills Framework; or

(b) hold an approved Diploma, including the required VET units for the chosen Major, from an Australian TAFE or Registered Training Organisation (RTO) under the Articulation Programs; or

(c) hold an approved Advanced Diploma, including the required VET units for the chosen Major, from an Australian TAFE or Registered Training Organisation (RTO) under the Articulation Programs; or

(d) international students must hold a completed approved Diploma, including the required VET units for the chosen major, from a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) under the Articulation Programs.

Additional Requirements

Inherent Requirements: Students must meet the Inherent Requirements in order to complete this course.

Access to a Commercial Farm: All candidates must have access to a commercial farm to complete the case study components of their vocational units.

Registered Training Organisation (RTO) Requirement: Candidates who are admitted to the program will be required to enrol with a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) in order to complete the Diploma in Agriculture or Diploma Diploma in Holistic Management - Sustainable Rural Lands, Business and Communities and the Advanced Diploma of Agribusiness Management as Vocational Education Training (VET) units contained within the Bachelor of Agrifood Systems.

Course plans for when VET units are available in each Rule and Major are suggestions only. Students must liaise with their RTO to ensure all VET units are completed in time.

Advanced Standing

Candidates admitted under Rule (a) are referred to the University Policy on Advanced Standing.

Candidates admitted under Rule (b), Rule (c) or Rule (d) shall be granted Block or Specified Advanced Standing, based on their admission to candidature, according to the relevant program of study under the Articulation Programs.

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 Bachelor of Agrifood Systems in 2017.

Admission to Candidature

A candidate shall:

(a) be qualified for admission (see Admission Undergraduate and Postgraduate (Coursework) Rule and Admission Undergraduate and Postgraduate (Coursework) Procedures); or

  1. hold a VET Certificate IV or higher qualification in any field; or
  2. have completed 4 units from an approved Diploma; or
  3. have achieved the required minimum skills profile against the Australian Core Skills Framework; or

(b) hold an approved Diploma, including the required VET units for the chosen Major, from an Australian TAFE or Registered Training Organisation (RTO) under the Articulation Programs; or

(c) hold an approved Advanced Diploma, including the required VET units for the chosen Major, from an Australian TAFE or Registered Training Organisation RTO under the Articulation Programs; or

(d) international students must hold a completed approved Diploma, including the required VET units for the chosen Major, from a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) under the Articulation Programs.

Approved Diplomas
  • Diploma of Agriculture (AHC50116 or AHC50110)
  • Diploma of Holistic Management - Sustainable Rural Lands, Business and Communities (10219NAT or TAFENSW10428)
  • Diploma of Production Horticulture (AHC50310)
  • Diploma of Crop Agronomy (22273VIC)
Approved Advanced Diplomas
  • Advanced Diploma of Agriculture (AHC6110)
  • Advanced Diploma of Agribusiness Management (AHC60316)

Additional Requirements

Inherent Requirements

Students must meet the Inherent Requirements in order to complete this course.

Access to a Commercial Farm

All candidates must have access to a commercial farm to complete the case study components of their vocational units.

Registered Training Organisation (RTO) Requirement

Candidates who are admitted to the program will be required to enrol with a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) in order to complete the Diploma of Agriculture or Diploma of Holistic Management - Sustainable Rural Lands, Business and Communities and the Advanced Diploma of Agribusiness Management as Vocational Education Training (VET) units contained within the Bachelor of Agrifood Systems.
Course plans for when VET units are available in each Rule and Major are suggestions only. Students must liaise with their RTO to ensure all VET units are completed in time.

  • Australian College of Agriculture and Horticulture offers AHC50116 Diploma of Agriculture and AHC50310 Diploma of Production Horticulture and AHC60316 Advanced Diploma of Agribusiness Management (Majors: Crop Production; Production Horticulture)
  • Longerongong College offers 22273VIC Diploma of Crop Agronomy and AHC60316 Advanced Diploma of Agribusiness Management (Major: Crop Production)
  • Queensland Agricultural Training Colleges offers AHC50116 Diploma of Agriculture and AHC60316 Advanced Diploma of Agribusiness Management (Majors: Crop Production; Livestock Production; Production Horticulture)
  • RuralBiz Training offers AHC50116 Diploma of Agriculture and AHC60316 Advanced Diploma of Agribusiness Management (Majors: Crop Production; Livestock Production; Production Horticulture)
  • TAFE NSW Hunter; Illawarra; New England; North Coast; Riverina; Western; and Western Sydney Institutes offer AHC50116 Diploma of Agriculture and AHC60316 Advanced Diploma of Agribusiness Management (Majors: Crop Production; Feedlot Management (New England only); Livestock Production; Poultry Production; Production Horticulture)
  • Tocal Agricultural College offers AHC50116 Diploma of Agriculture and AHC60316 Advanced Diploma of Agribusiness Management (Majors: Crop Production; Livestock Production; Production Horticulture)
  • Western Institute of TAFE NSW offers TAFENSW10428 Diploma of Holistic Management - Sustainable Rural Lands, Business and Communities (Majors: Crop Production; Livestock Production)

Advanced Standing

Candidates admitted under Rule (a) are referred to the University Policy on Advanced Standing.
Candidates admitted under Rule (b), Rule (c) or Rule (d) shall be granted Block or Specified Advanced Standing, based on their admission to candidature, according to the relevant program of study under the Articulation Programs.

Period of Candidature

For candidates admitted under Rule (a), the period of candidature shall be:
(a) three years as a full-time candidate;
(b) up to ten years as a part-time candidate.
For candidates admitted under Rule (b) or Rule (d), the period of candidature shall be:
(a) two and a half years as a full-time candidate;
(b) up to ten years as a part-time candidate.
For candidates admitted under Rule (c), the period of candidature shall be:
(a) two years as a full-time candidate;
(b) up to ten years as a part-time candidate.

Course Requirements

To qualify for the award a candidate must pass units to the value of 144 credit points, with not more than 60 credit points at 100-level, at least 36 credit points at 300-level and not more than 12 credit points at 400-level.
To qualify for the award a candidate must also complete the 10 VET units from the AHC50116 Diploma of Agriculture or the 10 VET units from the 10219NAT Diploma of Holistic Management - Sustainable Rural Lands, Business and Communities and the 7 VET units from the AHC60316 Advanced Diploma of Agribusiness Management as detailed in the programs of study.

Program of Study

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

For candidates admitted under Rule (a)
Course Structure Credit Points
Core Units 60 cps
One Major 84 cps
Total 144 cps

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Majors

Crop Production
Feedlot Management
Livestock Production
Production Horticulture

Articulation Programs

For candidates admitted under Rule (b) and (d)

For students who have completed the AHC50116 Diploma of Agriculture or TAFENSW 10428 Diploma of Holistic Management - Sustainable Rural Lands, Business and Communities or the AHC50310 Diploma of Production Horticulture, which included the required VET units for the chosen Major.

Course Structure Credit Points
Block Advanced Standing 36 cps
Core Units 48 cps
One Major 60 cps
Total 144 cps

Majors

Crop Production
Livestock Production
Poultry Production (Rule (b) students only)
Production Horticulture

For candidates admitted under Rule (c)

For students who have completed the AHC60316 Advanced Diploma of Agibusiness Management and the AHC50116 Diploma of Agriculture or TAFENSW 10428 Diploma of Holistic Management - Sustainable Rural Lands, Business and Communities or the AHC50310 Diploma of Production Horticulture, which included the required VET units for the chosen Major.

Course Structure Credit Points
Block Advanced Standing 66 cps
Core Units 18 cps
One Major 60 cps
Total 144 cps

Majors

Crop Production
Livestock Production
Poultry Production
Production Horticulture

Award of Degree

Candidates who meet the course requirements including one approved major shall be awarded the Bachelor of Agrifood Systems.

Exit Pathways

Subject to meeting Advanced Standing rules, candidates admitted to the Bachelor of Agrifood Systems who apply to discontinue their studies in the course may be eligible to exit with the Associate Degree in Agrifood Systems upon completion of 96 credit points comprising not more than 60 credit points at 100-level, at least 24 credit points at 200-level and at least 6 credit points at 300-level. Candidates who apply to discontinue their studies and exit with the Associate Degree in Agrifood Systems must apply for re-admission and will be subject to current course requirement of the Bachelor of Agrifood Systems. This may mean that they will not receive full recognition for their previous studies should the course structure be changed in response to University requirements or the requirements of the Registered Training Organisation.

Appeals

Candidates are referred to the Academic Assessment Appeals Policy and the Academic Assessment Appeals Procedures.

Course Progression

Candidates are referred to the Course Progression Rule and the Course Progression Procedures.

Improper Conduct

Candidates are referred to the Student Coursework Academic Misconduct Rule and the Student Coursework Academic Misconduct Procedures.

Course Aims

This course aims to equip graduates with a combination of the technical and management skills required to integrate agricultural technology into production systems, with the capability to evaluate the productivity and efficiency, the profitability, and the ecological sustainability of agricultural enterprises.

Learning Outcomes Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
  1. analyse the profitability and viability of a rural enterprise and assess financing alternatives;
  2. carry out business planning for an agricultural enterprise, based on a knowledge of financial procedures and reports, industry benchmarks and best practices, market requirements for the product and the role of risk management strategies;
  3. evaluate the natural resource base and infrastructure requirements for an agricultural enterprise and incorporate the information into enterprise planning;
  4. apply high level business communication skills (including online networking), reflect on the effectiveness of communication and develop alternative approaches;
  5. research and discuss a range of marketing strategies and develop a marketing plan for an agricultural product to meet customer requirements and enterprise profitability targets;
  6. apply spatial imaging technology to monitor the environmental impacts and improve the management of an agricultural enterprise;
  7. demonstrate the use of techniques for sustainability and production monitoring and analyse the collected data against appropriate benchmarks; and
  8. explain systems theory and risk management principles and integrate these into adaptive decision making.
Graduate Attributes
Knowledge of a Discipline

Students will receive knowledge from lectures, practicals and course materials, and will be asked to find relevant knowledge in industry publications, technical texts and from primary sources. Students will also gain industry knowledge from work-based learning on actual enterprises where they apply farm management competencies. Knowledge will be assessed in examinations, quizzes, essays and reports. Students will complete core units in Sustaining our Rural Environment which cover global food production and associated issues such as resource depletion, global warming and climate change, biodiversity and food security.

Communication Skills

Students are required to complete a core unit in management communication. This will include written and spoken communication in the contexts of personnel management, business operations and internet communication. Students will study theoretical perspectives on effective communication and be able to demonstrate the ability to be self-reflective and draw on alternative approaches.

Problem Solving

The VET units require evidence of problem solving as one of the components of competency. This will be assessed through tasks which pose specific management problems and through evidence of problem solving detailed in work experience reports. Students will be expected to observe, record and draw conclusions from data. Students will be expected to show initiative in applying technology, and to problem solve as part of the process of introducing and integrating technology into agricultural operations.

Information Literacy

All units will have an online component and students will be assessed on their ability to obtain appropriate information through hard copy, e-libraries and online sources. Students will need to demonstrate the appropriate use and acknowledgement of primary and secondary sources of information.

Ethical Conduct and Social Responsibility

The core 'Sustaining Our Rural Environment' units look at the social dimension of agriculture and its image and importance in general society. The degree emphasises the efficient use of non-renewable resources and the importance of sustainable farm practices to maintain soil and water quality and biodiversity in the farming landscape.

Lifelong Learning

This course is unique in that it includes both VET units and university units. The degree will provide for an integrated work and learning pathway which will allow students to complete training in practical and technical skills, and move through the AQF levels to complete education and training at management level. Students will learn the importance and value of becoming self-directed learners, and the importance of learning in adapting to change.

Independence and Collaboration

Students are encouraged and taught to develop independence of thought and action. The management communications unit specifically addresses interpersonal communication at work and the use of negotiation and inclusive language. Students will also be asked to complete learning activities in groups and competency assessments for the VET units can be based around group activities.

How to Apply

Domestic Students

New domestic students to UNE apply to study on-campus by Early Entry or through UAC or QTAC

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New domestic students to UNE apply to study off-campus direct to UNE and

Former or current domestic UNE students apply to study on or off campus direct to UNE

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