Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This subject knowledge and skills in agribusiness principles and practices in local and global contexts are developed. This will be undertaken through examination of national and international rural business environments, contextual factors impacting on agribusiness and risk management for agricultural commodities. The development of immature and mature agribusiness commodities and their markets will be investigated. Students will examine agribusiness case studies at the regional, national and international level and be able to describe key attributes of successful Australian agricultural enterprises. Through written work and presentations, students will develop communication skills appropriate for interacting with industry professionals.

SchoolSchool of Life Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorPenelope Smith

Available to Study Abroad StudentsNo

Subject year levelYear Level 1 - UG

Exchange StudentsNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Admission into SBATE


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditions This elective will only run subject to sufficient enrolments


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsAgribusiness Association of Australia
ReadingsAgribusiness managementRecommendedBarnard, F, Akridge, J, Dooley, F, Foltz, J 20124TH EDN, ROUTLEDGE, NEW YORK.
ReadingsAgribusiness management: increasing food production with environmental, viewed 1 August 2013,, E 2012tba
ReadingsE issues in agribusiness: the what, why and howRecommendedBryceson, K 2006CABI, OXFORDSHIRE.
ReadingsThe farming game: agricultural management and marketingRecommendedMalcolm, B, Makeham, J & Wright, V 20052ND EDN, CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS, PORT MELBOURNE, VICTORIA.

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Describe and explain the structure and function of agribusinesses

Students will give group presentations on the variety and purpose of different business structures and how they apply to wider agribusiness enterprises.

02. Compare agribusinesses in national and international context

Essay, lectures and tutorials will examine the commonalities and differences between national and international agribusinesses

03. Describe and explain the developmental stages of immature and mature agribusinesses

Using case studies, students will examine agribusinesses in various stages of development. These stages will then be applied to other business to validate this model.

04. List key attributes of successful Australian agribusinesses

Using case studies, students will give group presentations to highlight the attibutes of successful agribusinesses and how these might be applied.

05. Communicate and present concepts of agribusiness using verbal and written academic and professional conventions

Students will use a variety of presentation and communication techniques including electronic and print for different audiences to present agribusiness concepts.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Epping, 2018, Week 29-43, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorPenelope Smith

Class requirements

Lecture Week: 29 - 42
One 2.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 29 to week 42 and delivered via face-to-face.

Tutorial Week: 29 - 42
One 2.0 hours tutorial per week on weekdays during the day from week 29 to week 42 and delivered via face-to-face.


Assessment elementComments% ILO*
2 hour Exam (2000 words equivalent)30 01, 02, 03
Essay (1500 words)45 01, 02, 04, 05
Group Presentation (5 minutes/student, 500 words equivalent)25 01, 04, 05