agr3mgt agribus and climate




Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This subject aims to give a comprehensive overview of the management and policy issues surrounding current and likely global Climate Change. Students will demonstrate knowledge of past and present climates, an understanding of the science behind anthropogenic global warming, the current state of knowledge on likely Climate Change scenarios, and mitigation and adaptation efforts and the issues for agribusiness management. Students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of current Government policy and management systems and develop problem-solving skills as applied to Climate Change management adaptation and mitigation options. Students will be able to evaluate the significance of new Climate Change research and will gain sufficient knowledge to be able develop agribusiness management options.

SchoolSchool of Life Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorPeter Sale

Available to Study Abroad StudentsNo

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Exchange StudentsNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Admission into SBATE


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Learning resources


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsAdapting agriculture to climate changeRecommendedHowden, S., Soussana, J, Tubiello, F, Chhetri, N, Dunlop, M & Meinke, H 2007PROCEEDINGS OF NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCE, DECEMBER 11, USA, PP. 19691-19696.
ReadingsAgribusiness GippslandRecommendedTBAAGRIBUSINESSGIPPSLAND.COM.AU/
ReadingsAustralian Centre for International Agricultural ResearchRecommendedTBAWWW.ACIAR.GOV.AU
ReadingsAustralian Government Bureau of Meteorology - Climate change & variabilityRecommendedTBAHTTP://WWW.BOM.GOV.AU/CLIMATE/CHANGE/?REF=FTR#TABS=CLIMATE-UPDATES
ReadingsAustralian Government Bureau of Meteorology - Water and the Land Agriculture ServicesRecommendedTBAHTTP://WWW.BOM.GOV.AU/WATL/INDEX.SHTML
ReadingsBirchip Cropping GroupRecommendedTBAWWW.BCG.ORG.AU
ReadingsCRC Future Farm IndustriesRecommendedTBAWWW.FUTUREFARMCRC.COM.AU
ReadingsCSIRO Plant IndustryRecommendedTBAWWW.CSIRO.AU/ORG/PI.HTML
ReadingsCSIRO Sustainable Agriculture FlagshipRecommendedTBAWWW.CSIRO.AU/ORG/SAF-OVERVIEW.HTML
ReadingsClimate adaptation futuresRecommendedPalutikof, J, Boulter, S, Ash, A, Stafford Smith, M (eds.), 2013WILEY BLACKWELL, LONDON.
ReadingsConservation Farmers Inc.RecommendedTBAWWW.CFI.ORG.AU
ReadingsDepartment of Agriculture, Fisheries and ForestryRecommendedTBAWWW.DAFF.GOV.AU
ReadingsGlobal Sustainability as a Business ImperativeRecommendedWankel, C & Stoner, J (eds.) 2011PALGRAVE MCMILLAN, USA.
ReadingsGrains Research and Development CorporationRecommendedTBAWWW.GRDC.COM.AU
ReadingsLand and Water AustraliaRecommendedTBAWWW.LWA.GOV.AU
ReadingsLandcare VictoriaRecommendedTBAWWW.LANDCAREVIC.NET.AU
ReadingsManaging wicked problems in agribusiness: the role of multi-stakeholder engagements in value creationRecommendedDentoni, D, Hospes, O & Ross, R 2012INTERNATIONAL FOOD AND AGRIBUSINESS MANAGEMENT REVIEW, VOL. 15, SPECIAL ISSUE B, PP. 1-12.
ReadingsMeat and Livestock AustraliaRecommendedTBAWWW.MLA.COM.AU
ReadingsNational Association for Sustainable AgricultureRecommendedTBAWWW.NASAA.COM.AU
ReadingsNational Centre for Rural Greenhouse Gas ResearchRecommendedTBAWWW.DPI.NSW.GOV.AU/RESEARCH/ALLIANCES/NCRGGR
ReadingsNational Climate Change Research Strategy for Primary IndustriesRecommendedTBACCRSPI.COM.AU/
ReadingsNew South Wales Industry and InvestmentRecommendedTBAWWW.INDUSTRY.NSW.GOV.AU
ReadingsPrimary Industries Adaptation Research Network (PIARN)RecommendedTBAHTTP://WWW.PIARN.ORG.AU
ReadingsPrimary industries, enterprises and communities adapting to climate changeRecommendedTBAHTTP://WWW.CSIRO.AU/ORGANISATION-STRUCTURE/FLAGSHIPS/CLIMATE-ADAPTATION-FLAGSHIP/
ReadingsState of the climate 2012,
ReadingsThe greening of food, farming and agriculture green economics (handbook of green economics)RecommendedKennet, M, De Oliveira, M, Blunkett-Ord, R & Mahendra, A (eds.) 2013THE GREEN ECONOMICS INSTITUTE, UK.
ReadingsVictoria Department of Primary IndustriesRecommendedTBAWWW.DPI.VIC.GOV.AU
ReadingsVictorian Department of Sustainability and EnvironmentRecommendedTBAWWW.DSE.VIC.GOV.AU

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Explain implications of climate change on agricultural production, agricultural services and agribusiness supply chains

Using case study analysis, group discussion and group research tasks, students will explore climate change issues and how they affect world and domestic agribusiness.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Creative Problem-solving(Creative Problem-solving)
Discipline-specific GCs(Discipline-specific GCs)
Inquiry/ Research(Inquiry/ Research)

02. Critique policies and methods proposed for managing climate change in light of ethical, social and environmental considerations in relation to agribusiness management

Using case study analysis, group discussion and group research tasks, students will explore and critique issues of policy for managing climate change and how they affect world and domestic agribusiness.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Critical Thinking(Critical Thinking)
Inquiry/ Research(Inquiry/ Research)
Discipline-specific GCs(Discipline-specific GCs)

03. Research, analyse and apply enterprise management strategies for agricultural commodities in a climate change scenario

Using case study analysis, group discussion and group research tasks, students will explore climate change issues and how they affect agricultural commodities.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry/ Research(Inquiry/ Research)
Critical Thinking(Critical Thinking)

04. Apply effective communication and negotiation skills with stakeholders

Using case study analysis, group discussion and group research tasks, students will explore climate change issues. A presentation to the class by students in small groups will be done.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Epping, 2015, Semester 2, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorPeter Sale

Class requirements

WorkShopWeek: 31 - 43
Two 2.0 hours workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.


Assessment elementComments%ILO*
Essay (1500 words)3501, 02
Roleplay, report & presentation (10 min role play, 15 min presentation, 750 words group report)4503, 04
Tutorial Exercises (2 x 30 minute presentations)2001, 02