Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This core subject establishes the foundation for the degree. It introduces concepts of traditional and modern production systems, Australian agricultural enterprises, markets (domestic and export) along with a range of agricultural technologies. Knowledge of key concepts of farming, such as open and closed access systems, climate concepts and composition of landscapes will be developed. Issues specifically relating to agribusiness and agro-ecosystem perspectives will be explored. Agricultural practical skills will be developed in this subject that cross both a generic platform and an enterprise specific pathway depending on the students' primary interests. The safe operation of a range of agricultural equipment will be acquired and all occupational health and safety requirements will be canvassed.

FacultyFaculty of Science, Tech & Engineering

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorPeter Sale

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 1 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Admission into SBATE


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Learning resources


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsAustralian agriculture: its history and challengesRecommendedHensell, T 2007CSIRO PUBLISHING, COLLINGWOOD, VICTORIA
ReadingsFarm business management: analysis of farming systemsRecommendedNuthall,P 2011CABI, WALLINGFORD, ENGLAND
ReadingsFood and agriculture: how we use the landRecommendedSpilsbury, L 2006HEINEMANN LIBRARY, PORT MELBOURNE, VICTORIA
ReadingsNew technologies in aquaculture: Improving production efficiency, quality and environmental managementRecommendedBurnell, G & Allan G 2009CRC PRESS, WOODHEAD PUBLISHING LIMITED, CAMBRIDGE UK
ReadingsOn borrowed time: Australia's environmental crisis and what we must do about itRecommendedLindenmayer, D 2007PENGUIN BOOKS, CAMBERWELL, VICTORIA
ReadingsRecirculating aquaculture systemsRecommendedTimmons, M & Eberling, B 20073RD EDN, CAYUGA AQUA VENTURES, NRAR PUBLICATION, MIAMI, USA
ReadingsThe Farming Game: agricultural management and marketingRecommendedMalcolm, B, Makeham, J & Wright, V 20052ND EDN, CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS, PORT MELBOURNE, VICTORIA

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Epping, 2014, Semester 1, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorPeter Sale

Class requirements

WorkShop Week: 10 - 21
One 2.0 hours workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 21 and delivered via face-to-face.

WorkShop Week: 10 - 21
One 3.0 hours workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 21 and delivered via face-to-face.


Assessment elementComments%
Practical examination at farm, vineyard, winery or at aquaculture centre (2.5 hours)40
Tutorial Assessments (6 x 30 minutes)30
Written Exam (2 hours)30