Bachelor of Agricultural and Resource Economics

Why study the Bachelor of Agricultural and Resource Economics at UNE?

Demand for agricultural business professionals continues to grow. The Bachelor of Agricultural and Resource Economics at UNE is the longest running agricultural and resource economics degree in Australia.

Through the study of agricultural and resource economics you will gain an understanding of the key challenges and trade-offs confronting business, government and the community at large. You will develop the knowledge, skills and attributes required for high level problem solving and economic decision making across a diverse range of agricultural and natural resource issues such as food safety and security, natural resource depletion, climate change, sustainability and increasing globalisation and integration of agricultural and food networks.

Core units include microeconomics and macroeconomics, farm and resource management, rural finance and risk management, environmental and natural resource economics, international trade and business, and economic analysis of chains and networks. This degree is taught with a global perspective to ensure you understand the current challenging issues across the economic, environmental, social and political environments. You will also develop an understanding of social responsibility in relation to agricultural and business practices, and an appreciation of the importance of the environment and sustainability.

The degree gives students the flexibility to choose between a coursework only option and an embedded Honours program in which you undertake a supervised program of reading and research involving the preparation of a dissertation that reports on a particular investigation of an area of economic enquiry. Opportunities also exist to undertake practical work experience and to participate in overseas study tours and study exchange programs that value add to the degree.

Career Opportunities

Career opportunities include employment in the private and public sectors, domestically and internationally in professional, managerial or executive positions in such areas as banking, finance and insurance, international agencies, government departments, agribusiness, commodity trading, policy analysis, agriculture or education.

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Degree Snapshot

DURATION

4 Years Full-time
Up to 10 years Part-time

FEES

CSP
International

Guaranteed ATAR Selection Rank

72.55

2019 STUDY OPTIONS
Armidale

Trimester 1, Online
Trimester 1, On Campus
Trimester 2, Online
Trimester 2, On Campus
Trimester 3, Online

Official Abbreviation BAgResEc
Course Type Undergraduate
CRICOS Code 055701E
Commencing
Responsible Campus Admission Period Mode of Study
Armidale Trimester 1 Online
Armidale Trimester 1 On Campus
Armidale Trimester 2 Online
Armidale Trimester 2 On Campus
Armidale Trimester 3 Online
Course Duration
  • 4 Years Full-time
  • Up to 10 years Part-time
Guaranteed ATAR Selection Rank 72.55
Fees CSP / International
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Total Credit Points 192
How to Apply

All domestic students apply through the link below

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International students apply direct to UNE through UNE International

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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 be qualified for admission (see Admission Undergraduate and Postgraduate (Coursework) Rule and Admission Undergraduate and Postgraduate (Coursework) Procedures).

Assumed knowledge is any two units of English. For some units in the economics, finance and quantitative areas it is recommended that students have previously studied mathematics.

Practical, Clinical or Work Experience

Students may complete work integrated learning and professional skills development (WORK300) with approved institutions and/or an overseas study tour (OSSE300) during their degree.

Advanced Standing

Candidates are referred to the University Policy on Advanced Standing.

Advanced standing will not be granted for BUS481C.

Scholarships

The university offers a number of faculty/college and country scholarships available to Australian citizens and permanent residents.

Academic Colours

Peacock Blue (BCC 120)

Further Information

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Course rules and plans for the Bachelor of Agricultural and Resource Economics, 2019, will be available between November and January. Course information relating to other years is available by selecting the year required from the list at the top right hand side of the page.
Course Aims

The Bachelor of Agricultural and Resource Economics aims to produce professional graduates with the knowledge, skills and attributes required for problem solving and economic decision making across a diverse range of agricultural and natural resource issues. This degree provides students with a strong economic and quantitative background that allows them to explore a variety of professional career options or to advance to higher degree studies.

Learning Outcomes Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
  1. BAgResEc: understand, explain and apply disciplinary concepts to agricultural and natural resource issues;
  2. with initiative and judgement apply critical thinking and problem solving skills to address real agricultural and natural resource issues;
  3. use quantitative data to critically analyse agricultural and natural resource issues and understand their role in economic and business decision-making and policy decisions;
  4. be effective communicators of agriculture and resource economics by communicating results, information or arguments to a range of audiences for a range of purposes and using a variety of modes; 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 agricultural and resource economics and personally practising ethical conduct.
  6. BAgResEc with Honours: demonstrate an advanced understanding, explanation and application of disciplinary concepts to complex agricultural and natural resource issues;
  7. with initiative and judgement apply critical thinking and advanced problem solving skills to address complex agricultural and natural resource issues and develop new understanding;
  8. be effective communicators of agriculture and resource economics by communicating results and research to informed professional audiences;
  9. 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
  10. 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 agricultural and resource economics and personally practising ethical conduct.
Graduate Attributes
Knowledge of a Discipline

BAgResEc students: In this course students develop advanced knowledge in the areas of economics, econometrics and agricultural and natural resource issues through lectures, tutorials, readings, online activities, practical experience and interaction with unit coordinators. A global perspective is important in understanding the current challenging issues confronting the agricultural and natural resource sectors in continuously changing economic, environmental, social and political environments. Knowledge will be assessed through a variety of assessment tasks such as assignments, examinations and report writing. BAgResEc with Honours students: In this course students develop advanced knowledge in the areas of economics, econometrics and agricultural and natural resource issues through lectures, tutorials, readings, online activities, practical experience, interaction with unit coordinators and dissertation supervisor(s) and independent research. A global perspective is important in understanding the current challenging issues confronting the agricultural and natural resource sectors in continuously changing economic, environmental, social and political environments. Knowledge will be assessed through a variety of assessment tasks such as assignments, examinations, report writing and a written dissertation.

Communication Skills

BAgResEc students: 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, oral presentations, in-class and online discussions. BAgResEc with Honours students: 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, oral presentations, in-class and online discussions and a written dissertation.

Problem Solving

BAgResEc students: 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. BAgResEc with Honours students: 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

BAgResEc students: Students will use various forms of media to obtain information and data for written assignments and other assessment tasks. Students will be able to use, critically analyse, interpret, construct and communicate economic and quantitative data, with an emphasis on economic decision making and policy applications. BAgResEc with Honours students: Students will use various forms of media to obtain information and data for written assignments and other assessment tasks. Students will be able to use, critically analyse, interpret, construct and communicate economic and quantitative data, with an emphasis on economic decision making and policy applications.

Ethical Conduct and Social Responsibility

BAgResEc students: 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. BAgResEc with Honours students: 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

BAgResEc students: 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 agricultural and natural resource issues. Students have the opportunity to undertake independent research and gain experience in oral seminar presentations. BAgResEc with Honours students: 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 agricultural and natural resource issues. Students have the opportunity to undertake independent research and gain experience in oral seminar presentations.

Independence and Collaboration

BAgResEc students: Students will have worked independently, as well as collaboratively within a multidisciplinary group to achieve common goals, solve problems, contribute specialist knowledge and contribute to group performance. BAgResEc with Honours students: Students will have worked independently, as well as 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 through the link below

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International Students

International students apply direct to UNE through UNE International

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