University Handbook 2018

Bachelor of Agricultural Sciences

Course code/s: SBAGW

Course details
Location Albury-Wodonga
Course code SBAGW
Mid year intake available Yes (students can commence in either semester without a change in the course structure)
Course coordinator Dr James Hunt
Course advisor Dr Ewen Silvester
Available to international students No
Course duration 3 years full-time, or part-time equivalent
Credit points 360 credit points
Exchange opportunity Yes
Leave of absence available Yes, for a maximum of 12 months
Study plan guide To assist with planning your enrolment, you can download the course structure PDF here
Course queries Current students: ASK La Trobe
Prospective students: Future Students
Notes Only the first year of this degree is offered on the Albury-Wodonga Campus. Students transfer to the Melbourne (Bundoora) Campus to complete the remainder of the degree.

Course description

This course provides a basic understanding of the relationships between soils, plants, animals, economics and the environment. It is about the science that underpins plant and animal production and not a training to become a farmer. The learning occurs through the prism of sustainable land management, and with consideration for animal welfare. The course therefore addresses the challenge of how we can increase food production under a changing climate, and to do so sustainably and profitably in the long term.

The course concentrates on the sciences concerned with soil productivity, plant and animal production, and on agribusiness and marketing. These include soil science, plant and animal nutrition, physiology and biochemistry, plant and animal health, pest ecology and management, climate change, agribusiness, statistics and the integrating case studies on agricultural production and its impact on the environment and on the wellbeing of animals. The optional Honours year in Melbourne provides a training and an understanding in research methodology.

The applied science and agribusiness studies, which are the foundations of the Bachelor of Agricultural Sciences, have a highly successful record in leading to a wide variety of careers in agricultural, industrial research and commercial organisations.

Student exchange & overseas short programs

Student exchange and overseas short programs offer a unique opportunity for a meaningful learning and educational experience abroad.  La Trobe University encourages all students to make the world their campus by participating in an exchange or overseas short program that fits within your degree structure.  Student exchange and overseas short programs may also be eligible for a mobility grant.

College of Science, Health and Engineering students with a third-year elective option in their course have a unique opportunity to enrol in SHE3ISP, with permission from their course coordinator and the subject coordinator.  Please note: enrolment into SHE3ISP requires students to be accepted into an LTU approved short term international program.

Essentials subjects

The three Essentials - Global Citizenship, Innovation & Entrepreneurship and Sustainability Thinking are specialist areas designed to give you an edge with employers. Essentials will enable you to adapt your knowledge and skills to new contexts in a rapidly changing world. Subjects addressing the Essentials are part of all undergraduate La Trobe degrees and can be identified in the subject search by distinct icons. The list of approved subjects can be found on the Essentials webpage.

Course intended learning outcomes

Course Intended Learning Outcomes (CILOs) are brief statements defining what students are expected to demonstrate they know and can do by the end of a course.

Write / Create academic and scientific written reports that are grammatically correct in order to communicate to peers, and/or scientific and non-scientific communities.
Debate, discuss and defend scientific issues and ideas with peers and scientists.
Analyse and evaluate numerical data and evidence from experiments, scientific reports and journals in order to make recommendations to peers, scientific and/or nonā€scientific audience.
Formulate purposeful and clear questions in order to explore scientific ideas, seek evidence and information, and to generate new scientific knowledge and solutions.
Develop rational and rigorous arguments to interrogate assumptions, synthesise scientific information, formulate hypothesis, draw unbiased conclusions and defend scientific ideas.
Analyse using a systematic approach to reasoning and conceptualising scientific ideas to solve constructed and real world scientific and technical problems.
Demonstrate effective teamwork through collaborations, negotiations, conflict resolutions, self-assessment and communication skills in order to complete professional projects and tasks.
Demonstrate a coherent grasp of the legal, ethical, and political values that shape the work of a scientist.
Demonstrate a scientific understanding of the role of the biophysical, economic and human components in the functioning of agricultural production systems, and to use this understanding to address and solve problems that affect the productivity and/or sustainability of such systems.

Course structure

The course requires the completion of 360 credit points over three years of full-time or equivalent part-time study.

First year

First year (120 credit points)
Teaching period Subject name Subject code Credit points
TE-SEM-1 Academic Integrity Module (online)* LTU0AIM 0
TE-SEM-1 Wominjeka La Trobe: Indigenous Cultural Literacy for Higher Education** ABS0WOM 0
TE-SEM-1 Introduction to Animal and Agricultural Sciences AGR1AAS 15
TE-SEM-1 Chemistry Foundations CHE1CHF 15
TE-SEM-1 Molecules, Genes and Cells BIO1MGC 15
TE-SEM-1 Processes That Shape the Earth GEO1PRO 15
TE-SEM-2 Animal, Plant and Microbial Life BIO1APM 15
TE-SEM-2 Ecology, Evolution and Biodiversity BIO1EEB 15
TE-SEM-2 Critical Thinking with Statistics STA1CTS 15
TE-SEM-2 Students to select a first-year level elective subject to the value of 15 credit points.   15

Key: * LTU0AIM is a not-for-credit subject that 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.
** ABS0WOM is a not-for-credit subject that you are required to complete at the commencement of your first semester. The subject is designed to introduce students to Indigenous Australian perspectives, experiences, history, culture and customs.

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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