University Handbook 2016

Bachelor of Agricultural Sciences/Bachelor of Business

Course code/s: SZAGB

Course details
Location Bundoora
Course code SZAGB
Course coordinator Dr Gary Clark
Available to international students Yes
CRICOS 077312C
Course duration 4.5 years full-time, or part-time equivalent
Credit points 540 credit points
Exchange opportunity Yes
Leave of absence available Yes, for a maximum of 12 months
Course queries Current students: ASK La Trobe
Notes This degree is being phased out. No new enrolments will be permitted from 2015.

This double degree provides selected students with the opportunity to combine the practical career-orientated science of the agricultural sciences degree with the business and management skills of the Bachelor of Business. The course combines an agricultural science degree with a business degree, to provide a powerful set of skills for the multi-billion dollar a year agricultural and agribusiness industries.

Industry experience

An essential requirement of the agricultural science degree is twelve weeks of approved industry experience taken during vacations.

Course structure

This double degree is of four and a half years’ full-time or equivalent part-time duration and requires the completion of 540 credit points overall. Students may complete this double degree in four years as part of an accelerated study program.

Students will take first year chemistry, biology and economics subjects, followed by subjects in the second and third year in soil management, animal nutrition, animal protection, plant pests and diseases, management, marketing, financial management and business economics. Electives are chosen from those available in the Bachelor of Business to extend interests in particular areas of business studies.

First year (135 credit points)

Teaching period Subject name Subject code Credit points
TE-SEM-11 Academic Integrity Module (online) * SCI1AIM 0
TE-SEM-1 Introduction to Animal and Agricultural Sciences AGR1AAS 15
TE-SEM-1 Organisation and Function of Cells and Organisms BIO1OF 15
TE-SEM-1 Processes that Shape the Earth GEO1PRO 15
TE-SEM-2 Genetics, Human Biology and Evolut BIO1GEN 15
TE-SEM-2 Plant Science BIO1PS 15
TE-SEM-2 Business Analytics BUS1BAN 15
TE-SEM-2 Statistics for Life Sciences STA1LS 15
TE-SEM-1 / TE-SEM-2 One first year level business or accounting subject    

Choose one first-semester chemistry subject. Students who have passed VCE chemistry, units 3 and 4 or equivalent, must choose CHE1GEN.

TE-SEM-1 Chemistry Foundations CHE1CHF 15
TE-SEM-1 General Principles of Chemistry CHE1GEN 15

Key: *SCI1AIM is a not-for-credit subject which you are required to complete at the commencement of your first semester. The subject is designed to enhance your knowledge and awareness of issues concerning academic integrity.

Second year (135 credit points)

Teaching period Subject name Subject code Credit points
TE-SEM-1 Introductory Microbiology MIC2MI 15
TE-SEM-1 Inner Life of Plants BOT2ILP 15
TE-SEM-1 Accounting and Finance for Business BUS1AFB 15
TE-SEM-1 Business Foundations BUS1BUF 15
  Choose one of the following two subjects:    
TE-SEM-2 Remote Sensing and GIS ENV2REM 15
TE-SEM-1 Groundwater – Sustainability and Contamination ENV2EGW 15
       
TE-SEM-2 Biochemistry for Agricultural and Animal Sciences AGR2BAA 15
TE-SEM-2 Business Economics BUS1BUE 15
TE-SEM-2 One first-year level business or accounting subject (excluding Law subjects) in keeping with the chosen major1   15
TE-SEM-2 One second-year level business or accounting subject (excluding Law subjects) in keeping with the chosen major1   15

Third year (135 credit points)

Teaching period Subject name Subject code Credit points
TE-SEM-1 Introduction to Land and Soil Management AGR2ILS 15
TE-SEM-1 Plant Pests and Diseases AGR2PPD 15
TE-SEM-2 Animal Nutrition AGR2AN 15
TE-SEM-2 Animal Physiology ZOO2AP 15
TE-SEM-2 Land and Soil Management AGR3LS 15
TE-SEM-1/TE-SEM-2

Two second-year level business or accounting subjects (excluding law subjects) in keeping with the chosen major1

  30
TE-SEM-1/TE-SEM-2 Two third-year level business or accounting subjects (excluding law subjects) in keeping with the chosen major1   30

Fourth year (135 credit points)

Teaching period Subject name Subject code Credit points
TE-SEM-1 Animal Health AGR3AH 30
TE-SEM-1 Agricultural Management Economics AGR3AME 15
TE-SEM-S Commodity Risk Management AGR3CRM 15
TE-SEM-2 Agricultural and Animal Case Studies AGR3CS 30
TE-SEM-2

Third year elective

  15
TE-SEM-1 / TE-SEM-2 Two third-year level business or accounting subjects (excluding law subjects) in keeping with the chosen major1   30

Key: 1 Business electives must be chosen to ensure that at least one major or two minors are completed.

Business and accounting majors

Students are required to complete either one business major (120cp) or two business minors (60cp each). Please see the Bachelor of Business entry for detail on majors and minors.

Honours

An Honours degree in business or agricultural sciences is available to suitably qualified students and will require an additional year of full-time study each. Please see the College of Arts, Social Sciences and Commerce if interested in an Honours year in business.

Bachelor of Agricultural Sciences (Honours)

Honours degree students are selected based on their performance in the final year of the pass degree course. Students must obtain a minimum average of 60% across all of their third year subjects and obtain at least 65% in subjects germane to the Honours discipline to the value of 60 credit points.

Honours year (120 credit points)

Teaching period Subject name Subject code Credit points
TE-SEM-1 or TE-SEM-2 Honours Agriculture A AGR4HA 60
TE-SEM-2 or TE-SEM-1 Honours Agriculture B AGR4HB 60

Please note: Some of these subjects may not be offered in the current year. For a full description of subjects, including the subject name, subject code, credit points, campus/location, teaching period and availability, subject coordinator, class requirements, assessment, prerequisites and readings, please click on the appropriate subject code.

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