University Handbook 2018

Bachelor of Agriculture and Technology

Course code/s: SBATE

Course details
Location Epping
Course code SBATE
Mid year intake available Yes (sequence for mid year commencing students is determined in consultation with the Melbourne Polytechnic course advisor.)
Course coordinator Associate Professor Penelope Smith
Course advisor Dr Nicola Cooley (Melbourne Polytechnic)
Available to international students This course is no longer available to international students and only those who are already enrolled, are able to complete the course.
Course duration 3 years full-time, or part-time equivalent
Credit points 360 credit points
Exchange opportunity No
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 Students within this degree will have access to both the La Trobe University library and Melbourne Polytechnic library.
Student support services are also available at both the Bundoora and Epping campuses.

Course description

The Bachelor of Agriculture and Technology will be offered by La Trobe University and be delivered by Melbourne Polytechnic at the Epping Campus. This unique, vocationally-focused course provides a broad understanding of the science, the business economics and the environmental impact of agricultural production systems, and the role that technology plays in these systems. The course also provides an understanding of the specialised knowledge relating to the chosen major for the degree.  These include: Agribusiness, Agricultural Studies, Agronomy, Aquaculture, Viticulture and Winemaking.

There is a close industry focus in the degree with industry placement opportunities occurring in the second and third years of the course. These placements will provide 'Future Ready' training for graduates to enable them to have a seamless transition into employment in their chosen area. In this respect there are many employment opportunities in the agricultural sector and this course will equip students with basic knowledge and hands-on training to fill these positions.

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.

Demonstrate appropriate skills and knowledge of scientific concepts, methods and principles in relation to agricultural processes and related technology.
Investigate and evaluate agricultural problems in the area of major study through critical and analytical thinking to develop technology-based solutions.
Communicate and present ideas, arguments and solutions to problems to a range of audiences, utilizing scientific and business language appropriate to agriculture.
Demonstrate an awareness of scientific and business ethics in analysing and providing solutions to problems.
Participate as an effective member of teams or networks in providing advice and leadership on agricultural related issues.
Demonstrate the ability to quantitatively analyse numerical data and evaluate evidence from experiments and scientific reports.

Course structure

The course requires the completion of 360 credit points over three years of full-time or equivalent part-time study.  This includes a maximum of 150 credit points at first year and a minimum of 120 credit points at third year.  The following core subjects must be completed SCI2SED, AGR3ENV, AGR3RP1 and AGR3RP2 as well as completion of one of the following majors: Agribusiness, Agronomy, Aquaculture or Viticulture and Winemaking.  Students who undertake a selection of subjects across all available majors will be awarded an Agricultural Studies major.  Students must also complete at least 4 of the 8 listed core-choice subjects AGR1AST, SCI1LS1, SCI1LAL, AGR1RBM, AGR1FCW, SCI2INP, SCI2ECO and AGR2FFT as well as complete 8 elective subjects from the electives list, core-choice subjects or available subjects from alternative majors. 

Core subjects

Subject name Subject code Credit points
Academic Integrity Module (online)* LTU0AIM 0
Wominjeka La Trobe: Indigenous Cultural Literacy for Higher Education (online) ** ABS0WOM 0
Statistics and Experimental Design SCI2SED 15
Applied Research Project 1 AGR3RP1 15
Environmental Management AGR3ENV 15
Applied Research Project 2 AGR3RP2 15
Choose 4 of the following 8 core-choice subjects listed below:    
Agricultural Systems and Technology AGR1AST 15
Living Systems 1 SCI1LS1 15
Language and Logic SCI1LAL 15
Rural Business Management AGR1RBM 15
Food Production in a Changing World AGR1FCW 15
Industry Placement SCI2INP 15
Ecological Systems SCI2ECO 15
Future Farming Technologies AGR2FFT 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.


Agribusiness major

Agribusiness major (120 credit points)
Subject name Subject code Credit points
Agribusiness AGR1AGB 15
Agri-Economics AGR1AGE 15
Food QA and Supply Chain Management AGR2SCM 15
International Business AGR2BUS 15
Human Resource Management AGR2HRM 15
Agricultural Marketing and Commodity Trading AGR3MCT 15
Rural Communities, Innovation and Change AGR3COM 15
Agribusiness Management in a Changing Climate AGR3MGT 15

Agronomy major

Agronomy major (120 credit points)
Subject name Subject code Credit points
Agronomy 1 AGR1AGR 15
Living Systems 2 SCI1LS2 15
Plant Physiology SCI2PLP 15
Applied Genomics and Plant Breeding SCI2GPB 15
Pestilence and Plague: Integrated Pest Management AGR2IPM 15
Agricultural Marketing and Commodity Trading AGR3MCT 15
Agronomy 2 AGR3AGR 15
Integrated Crop Management AGR3IPM 15

Aquaculture major

Aquaculture major (120 credit points)
Subject name Subject code Credit points
Biology of Fish SCI1BIF 15
Algology and Zooplankton SCI1AZ 15
Reproduction and Genetics of Aquatic Animals AGR2AQA 15
Aquatic Animal Nutrition AGR2AAN 15
Applied Finfish Aquaculture AGR2AFA 15
Applied Mollusc and Crustacean Aquaculture AGR3MCA 15
Microbiology and Aquatic Animal Diseases AGR3MIC 15
Aquaculture Engineering AGR3AQE 15

Viticulture and winemaking major

Viticulture and winemaking major (120 credit points)
Subject name Subject code Credit points
Winemaking 1 AGR1WIN 15
Living Systems 2 SCI1LS2 15
Plant Physiology SCI2PLP 15
Wine Chemistry 1 AGR2WC1 15
Wine Evaluation 1 AGR2WE1 15
Wine Marketing AGR3WM 15
Viticulture Engineering AGR3VE 15
International Wine Styles AGR3IWS 15


Subject name Subject code Credit points
Animal Anatomy and Physiology SCI1AAP 15
Environmental Chemistry and Biochemistry SCI1ECB 15
Vineyard Management AGR1VM 15
Animal Management and Nutrition AGR2AMN 15
Aquaponics and Integrated Aquaculture Systems AGR2AIA 15
Vine Physiology and Grape Production AGR2PGP 15
Contemporary Issues and Leadership in Agriculture AGR3ISS 15
Seafood Processing and Food Safety Management AGR3SPM 15
Wine Microbiology and Biochemistry AGR3WMB 15
The Australian Wine Industry and its Wines AGR3AWI 15
Winemaking 2 AGR3WM2 15
Restoration of Aquatic Habitat AGR3RAH 15


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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