AGRIBUS 2520WT - Agribusiness II

Waite Campus - Semester 2 - 2024

This course provides a perspective and understanding of the key components of Agricultural Business management, with a focus on the management tools used to measure business performance. There will be an emphasis on evaluating farm businesses incorporating financial, marketing, production and human resource management tools, decision making techniques, technology adoption and management of risk.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code AGRIBUS 2520WT
    Course Agribusiness II
    Coordinating Unit Agricultural Science
    Term Semester 2
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s Waite Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 5 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Assumed Knowledge AGRIC 1510WT and AGRIC 1520WT
    Course Description This course provides a perspective and understanding of the key components of Agricultural Business management, with a focus on the management tools used to measure business performance. There will be an emphasis on evaluating farm businesses incorporating financial, marketing, production and human resource management tools, decision making techniques, technology adoption and management of risk.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Mr Darren Koopman

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    On successful completion of the course students should be able to:
    1 calculate and record financial aspects of a farm business using a complex spreadsheet,
    2 demonstrate their understanding of farm financial analysis, including the influence of physical, financial and human resources,
    3 discuss the key aspects of new products and enterprises possible for a farm business and how to choose a new enterprise, analyse its potential and integrate it into an existing business,
    4 understand the need for careful management of a business' human resources
    5 understand the process of recruitment both from the applicant's and employer's point of view
    6 discuss the key aspects of industrial relations laws and processes as they apply to a rural business
    7 discuss the impact of planning, decision making and risk taking on a farm business
    8 explain the imperatives of productivity, improvement, innovation, and superior business management performance by farm managers
    9 discuss key principles of production economics theory, and its relevance to management decision making
    10 explain the key concepts of risk management including forward contracts, futures and hedging options, and the application of futures and options to 'over the counter' risk management products
    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)

    Attribute 1: Deep discipline knowledge and intellectual breadth

    Graduates have comprehensive knowledge and understanding of their subject area, the ability to engage with different traditions of thought, and the ability to apply their knowledge in practice including in multi-disciplinary or multi-professional contexts.


    Attribute 2: Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving

    Graduates are effective problems-solvers, able to apply critical, creative and evidence-based thinking to conceive innovative responses to future challenges.


    Attribute 3: Teamwork and communication skills

    Graduates convey ideas and information effectively to a range of audiences for a variety of purposes and contribute in a positive and collaborative manner to achieving common goals.


    Attribute 4: Professionalism and leadership readiness

    Graduates engage in professional behaviour and have the potential to be entrepreneurial and take leadership roles in their chosen occupations or careers and communities.


    Attribute 5: Intercultural and ethical competency

    Graduates are responsible and effective global citizens whose personal values and practices are consistent with their roles as responsible members of society.


    Attribute 6: Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural competency

    Graduates have an understanding of, and respect for, Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander values, culture and knowledge.


    Attribute 7: Digital capabilities

    Graduates are well prepared for living, learning and working in a digital society.


    Attribute 8: Self-awareness and emotional intelligence

    Graduates are self-aware and reflective; they are flexible and resilient and have the capacity to accept and give constructive feedback; they act with integrity and take responsibility for their actions.

  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    No specific text books are required for this course
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    Lectures will be integrated with case study tutorials to achieve the learning outcomes of the course

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    The course has five hours of teaching time per week allocated for lectures, tutorials, and practicals.
    Learning Activities Summary
    Week 1 Introduction to the course, Agriculture, Business and Agribusiness, Cashflow management
    Week 2 The business planning process
    Week 3 Alternative business structures, Succession and Estate planning
    Week 4 Options for land use, information management, physical records
    Week 5 Gross margin budgets
    Week 6 Price risk management, allowing for risk and uncertainty
    Week 7 Financial records
    Week 8 Markets and marketing
    Week 9 Whole farm and development budgets
    Week 10 Business administration and information managemnt
    Week 11 Budgeting for change, partial budgeting
    Week 12 Financial Analysis, Business profitability, Financial performance indicators
  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Assessment Task Task Type Weighting Hurdle Learning Outcome Due
    Assignment Summative 10% No 1,2,9 Week 5
    Case study report Formative and Summative 50% No 3,4,5 Week 12
    Exam Summative 40% No 1-10 Exam Period
    Assessment Detail
    Assessment Task Task Type Due Weighting Learning Outcome
    Assignment Summative

    Week 5

    10% 1,2,9
    Case study report Formative and Summative Week 12 50% 3,4,5
    Exam Summative Exam Period 40% 1-10

    Late Submission

    If an extension is not applied for, or not granted then a penalty for late submission will apply. A penalty of 10% of the value of the assignment for each calendar day that the assignment is late (i.e. weekends count as 2 days), up to a maximum of 50% of the available marks will be applied. This means that an assignment that is 5 days late or more without an approved extension can only receive a maximum of 50% of the marks available for that assignment.

    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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