Bachelor of Agribusiness with Honours

Why study the Bachelor of Agribusiness with Honours at UNE?

Students with above average grades are encouraged to undertake a fourth year of advanced study in their specialised stream, leading to the degree of Bachelor of Agribusiness with Honours. This course is designed to allow well-qualified graduates to extend their studies in areas of agribusiness, either to improve their career prospects or to proceed to higher degree studies.

Career Opportunities

Examples include positions in rural lending and investment, farm products merchandising, rural politics, stockbroking, public accounting, small and medium enterprise management and government departments such as trade and industry. Honours graduates are also able to go on to complete higher degree research studies.

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Degree Snapshot

DURATION

1 Year Full-time
Up to 2 years Part-time

FEES

CSP
International

2017 STUDY OPTIONS
Armidale

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

Official Abbreviation BAgBus(Hons)
Course Type Bachelor Honours
CRICOS Code 050061F
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
  • 1 Year Full-time
  • Up to 2 years Part-time
Fees CSP / International
Total Credit Points 48
How to Apply

All domestic students apply direct to UNE

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Intensive Schools

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

Entry Requirements

A candidate shall have:

(a) either fulfilled the requirements for the degree of Bachelor of Agribusiness or the Bachelor of Business with a major in Agribusiness, or an equivalent AQF Level 7 award as determined by the school; and

(b) completed units to the value of at least 36 credit points at 300 level in the discipline; and

(c) passed units to the value of at least 36 credit points at 200 level or above with a GPA of 5 (Credit) or better in the discipline.

Advanced Standing

Candidates are referred to the University Policy on Advanced Standing.

Advanced standing will not be granted for BUS481C.

Academic Colours

Peacock Blue (BCC 120)

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Admission to Candidature

A candidate shall have:
(a) either fulfilled the requirements for the degree of Bachelor of Agribusiness or the Bachelor of Business with a major in Agribusiness, or an equivalent AQF Level 7 award as determined by the school; and
(b) completed units to the value of at least 36 credit points at 300 level in the discipline; and
(c) passed units to the value of at least 36 credit points at 200 level or above with a GPA of 5 (Credit) or better in the discipline.

Advanced Standing

Candidates are referred to the University Policy on Advanced Standing.
Advanced standing will not be granted for BUS481C.

Period of Candidature

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

2. Candidates who have been granted approval to complete the course requirements off-campus shall meet such on-campus requirements as are specified in the UNE Business School Honours Handbook and approved by the Head of School on the recommendation of the course coordinator.

3. The Head of School, on the recommendation of the course coordinator, may specify conditions under which a full-time candidate may transfer to part-time candidature.

4. In exceptional circumstances, the course coordinator may vary the requirements of Rule 1. by:
(a) granting leave of absence from candidature for a period or periods totalling not more than 12 months and the period of such leave shall not be counted as part of the prescribed time of candidature; or
(b) extending the period of candidature for a period or periods totalling not more than 12 months.

Course Requirements

A candidate for the program shall complete advanced course work units at 400-level to the value of 18 credit points in the relevant subject, a research methodology unit and a dissertation component with a value of 24 credit points in the relevant subject. The advanced coursework units can be selected from any unit offered by the University, as approved by the Course Coordinator, subject to candidates meeting overall course requirements and prerequisite and timetabling requirements for individual units.

Program of Study

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

Course Structure Credit Points
Core Units 30 cps
Elective Units 18 cps
Total 48 cps

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Award of Degree

A candidate who meets the course requirements shall be awarded the Bachelor of Agribusiness with Honours.

Classes of Honours

There shall be three classes of honours, namely Class I, Class II and Class III. Class II shall have two divisions. Whilst these classes of Honours relate to the University grading system (Class I = HD, Class II Division 1 = D, Class II Division 2 = C, Class III = P) numerical conversion scores and aggregate marks will be used to determine each Class of Honours.
The most distinguished candidate who has been awarded Honours, Class I may, if of sufficient merit, be awarded a University Medal.

Calculation of Honours Result

The ratio of assessment components will equal the ratio of marks within the final grade. The calculation of results for each discipline can be found in the UNE Business School's Honours Handbook.

Dissertation

1. A candidate shall submit a dissertation embodying an original investigation on a topic approved by the course coordinator.

2. Depending on the topic under investigation, the approval of the relevant Ethics Committee must be sought if required.

3. The School, on the advice of the Course Coordinator, shall appoint a supervisor, who shall be a member of the teaching or research staff of the University or an associate of the University. The supervisor shall advise and supervise the candidate during the period of candidature.

4. Except with the permission of the School, on the recommendation of the supervisor, the dissertation shall not exceed 20,000 words of text, excluding appendices.

5. Where a candidate submits a research seminar or dissertation as part of the Honours program the candidate shall state generally in the Honours program the candidate shall state generally in the preface of the work and specifically in the text as required the sources from which the information is derived and the extent to which the candidate has availed himself or herself of the work of others.

6. Candidates shall be required to enrol in and complete the dissertation in two trimesters in the case of full-time candidature and in four trimesters in the case of part-time candidature.

Submission of Dissertation

Dissertations are due in the last week of the teaching period. Candidates must submit an electronic copy of the dissertation for examination. An electronic version of the dissertation, incorporating any changes suggested following examination, must also be submitted prior to a grade being awarded for the dissertation. The copies must be submitted to: The Coordinator - Minor Dissertations, UNE Business School. The supervisor's name should normally be included in the acknowledgements section of the dissertation.

Examination of Dissertation

The dissertation is examined by two examiners. The supervisor shall not act as an examiner. The supervisor must submit the names and contact details of the recommended examiners to the Coordinator - Minor Dissertations at least two weeks prior to submission of the dissertation for examination. A short statement should accompany the recommendation when an examiner is external indicating the qualifications of the recommended examiner and the reason why the recommended examiner is deemed appropriate to examine the dissertation.

The supervisor may consult with the candidate prior to the submission of the dissertation regarding potential examiners, but the names of the examiners finally recommended by the supervisor to the Coordinator - Minor Dissertations should not be made available to the candidate.

The supervisor must provide a statement to the Coordinator - Minor Dissertations indicating that the dissertation is suitable for examination.

Examiners are normally expected to complete and return their report within FOUR (4) weeks of the dissertation being delivered. The Coordinator - Minor Dissertations will advise the supervisor of the outcome of the examination, along with a summary of examiners' reports as appropriate, indicating any amendments to be considered. Students need to consult with the supervisor and undertake any minor amendments to the satisfaction of the supervisor.

The supervisor is to send a note to the Coordinator - Minor Dissertations, that any amendments suggested by the examiners have been addressed to his or her satisfaction and that the result may be finalised. The Coordinator - Minor Dissertations will finalise the result and make a summary recommendation to the School Teaching and Learning Committee regarding:
(a) the grade to be awarded for the dissertation (Fail, Pass, Credit, Distinction or High Distinction);
(b) the percentage to be awarded for the dissertation;
(c) if amendments to the dissertation were made before the grade was finalised;
(d) whether the candidate should be allowed to revise and resubmit the dissertation for re-examination (a maximum grade of Pass and score of 50% shall be given for any resubmitted dissertation).

The School Teaching and Learning Committee shall make the final determination as to the outcome of the examination, based on the recommendation from the Coordinator - Minor Dissertations.

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 and Plagiarism Rule and the Student Coursework Academic Misconduct and Plagiarism Procedures.

Course Aims

The Bachelor of Agribusiness with Honours is designed to equip graduates with the knowledge and skills necessary to either enhance their professional career prospects or to advance to higher degree studies. This degree program allows well-qualified Bachelor graduates to undertake a fourth year of study comprising a major research component and specialised subject areas.

Learning Outcomes Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
  1. demonstrate an advanced understanding, explanation and application of disciplinary concepts to complex agricultural and agribusiness issues;
  2. with initiative and judgement apply critical thinking and advanced problem solving skills to address complex agricultural and agribusiness issues, and develop new understanding;
  3. be effective communicators of research and results to informed professional audiences;
  4. conduct a research investigation under supervision in a research or professional environment by critically analysing a challenging complex or multi-faceted problem, identifying research questions, designing and planning a project; selecting and applying practical and/or theoretical techniques or tools to address a research question; analysing, interpreting and critically evaluating research findings; and
  5. be accountable for their own learning and work by being independent and self-directed learners; working effectively, responsibly and safely in an individual or team context; taking responsibility and accountability for personal outputs and all aspects of the work or function of others within broad parameters; and demonstrating knowledge of the regulatory frameworks relevant to agribusiness and personally practising ethical conduct.
Graduate Attributes
Knowledge of a Discipline

Students develop advanced knowledge in their specialised stream of study through lectures, tutorials, readings, online activities, interaction with unit coordinators and dissertation supervisor(s) and independent research. This knowledge includes the use and application of economic and business skills in regional, national and international contexts. A global perspective is important in understanding issues confronting agribusiness and associated industries in continuously changing economic, environmental, social and political environments. Knowledge will be assessed through assessment tasks such as assignments, examinations and a written dissertation.

Communication Skills

Communication skills are essential in this course and students will develop both written and oral competency. These communication skills will be taught, practised and assessed in numerous activities including written assignments, a written dissertation, oral presentations and in-class and online discussions.

Problem Solving

Students will combine discipline knowledge with information literacy skills to develop their adeptness in being able to apply critical thinking to identify problems and to formulate solutions, particularly through the application of advanced discipline knowledge to real-world situations.

Information Literacy

Students will use various forms of media and liaise with academia and industry to obtain information and data for written assignments and the written dissertation. Students will be assessed on their ability to gather, examine, analyse, interpret and present information and data.

Ethical Conduct and Social Responsibility

Students are taught numerous dimensions of social responsibility in relation to agricultural and business practices. Students will be able to acknowledge and respect the viewpoints and ideas of others, behave ethically and appreciate the importance of the environment and sustainability.

Lifelong Learning

Lifelong learning skills are taught and practised in assessment tasks. The discipline knowledge, information literacy and problem solving skills obtained in this course equip students with the ability to understand, interpret and critically evaluate regional, national and international issues of relevance to agriculture and business. Students develop the ability to undertake independent research and gain experience in oral seminar presentations.

Independence and Collaboration

While students will have worked independently on a range of learning activities and assessments, they will also have worked collaboratively within a multidisciplinary group to achieve common goals, solve problems, contribute specialist knowledge and contribute to group performance.

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 UNE International

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