AGRIBUS 2520WT - Agribusiness II

Waite Campus - Semester 2 - 2014

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 School of Agriculture, Food and Wine
    Term Semester 2
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s Waite Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 5 hours per week
    Assumed Knowledge AGRIC 1510WT & 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
    1 On successful completion of the course students should be able to:
    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 pmpact 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)
    Knowledge and understanding of the content and techniques of a chosen discipline at advanced levels that are internationally recognised. 2,3,7,8,9,10
    The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 1,2
    An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 2,3,8
    Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 4,5,6
    A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 1
    A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 2,9,10
    A commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the community. 8
    An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 2,4,5
  • 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
    Workload

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

     The course has five of teaching time per week allocated for lectures, tutorials, and practicals.
    Learning Activities Summary
    Schedule
    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 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
    Assessment Detail

    No information currently available.

    Submission

    No information currently available.

    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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