AGRIC 3500WT - Professional Skills in Agricultural Science III
Waite Campus - Semester 2 - 2023
General Course Information
Course Code AGRIC 3500WT Course Professional Skills in Agricultural Science III 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 for the first 6 weeks of Semester Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N Prerequisites AGRIC 1510WT, AGRIC 1520WT or ANIML SC 1015RW Course Description The Professional Skills III course has two equally-weighted components:1] Communication theory and skills, and 2] Professional Internship.
Communication theory and skills is coursework undertaken in the first half of Semester 2, in Year 3. Students learn: how to design training and extension events using action learning processes and adult learning principles; how to design complex communication and evaluation programs; how to resolve conflict and negotiate in the workplace and business. They will also receive training in career planning, applying for jobs and interview technique.
The Professional Internship is a period of 12 weeks employment engaged from mid-year of Year 2 until end of Semester 2 of Year 3. Work can be conducted in areas that are related to agricultural science, including research, agribusiness, agricultural production (including farm experience) and related industries such as food processing, veterinary, livestock, wildlife and natural resource management.
By completing the internship students will achieve the following outcomes:
- Apply knowledge gained in the undergraduate program to a professional working environment
- Develop a deeper understanding of work in areas of professional agricultural or animal science practice
- Develop a professional approach and attitude to work
- Enhance their ability to synthesise information and present it in written reports
Course Coordinator: Mr Ben Pike
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning OutcomesOn successful completion of this course students should be able to:
1 Demonstrate communication skills appropriate for a range of professional settings 2 Apply critical thinking and problem solving skills to real worl scenarios 3 Exaplain models of leadership and teamwork in an agricultural context 4 Demonstrate project management skills for agricultural projects 5 Recognise ethical and sustainability issues in the agricultural sector
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.
1, 2 & 5
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.
1, 2, 4 & 5
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.
1, 2, 3 & 4
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.
3 & 5
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.
4 & 5
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.
4 & 5
Recommended ResourcesThe following texts are good background for the Program Planning assignment
• C. Leeuwis 2004 “Communication for rural innovation: rethinking agricultural extension”
• A.W. van den Ban & H.S. Hawkins 1996. “Agricultural Extension”
• N. G. Roling 1988 “Extension Science: information systems in agricultural development’
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Description and Assessment Submission due Marks Hurdle Learning Outcome assessed Convince Me Video week 3 20 No 1,3,5,7 Conflict Resolution Video week 6 10 No 2,3, Extension Plan
25 No 1,3,4,5,8 Job application and interview: week 5 10 No 2,9 Intern Reports week 12 35 No 10 TOTAL 100
Assessment DetailConvince Me video (20%)
Students pick a topic of significance to agricultural science, policy or practice and present either a 6 minute Oral Presentation or a 5 minute video to convince the audience of their view.
Conflict Resolution (10%)
You tube video of how a manager will handle the situation of conflict in the workplace.
Extension Plan (25%)
A professional document that integrates communication theory into practice by providing a plan to implement a major communication and development project.
Part 1 (5%)
Extension plan core framework
Part 2 (10%)
Planning the details
Part 3 (10%)
Job application and interview (10%)
You will write an application letter and CV for an actual job that is currently on the market. You will undergo a mock, but formal, interview. Both items assessed by criteria discussed in class.
Application letter and CV (5%)
Job interview 15-20 minutes (5%))
Intern Reports (35%)
The number of reports depends on the number of different periods of work experience. The first report should be submitted as early as possible in semester so that feedback can be given. All reports must be submitted by end of the semester.
SubmissionIt is a university-wide policy that assignments must be submitted by their deadline. There will be a penalty of 10% of the total mark for each day (or part of a day) that an assignment is late, up to a maximum penalty of 50% of the total mark. Assignments that are submitted after the assignments for the rest of the class have been marked may not be accepted.
Extensions of deadlines may be allowed for reasonable causes. Such situations would include compassionate and medical grounds of the severity that would justify the awarding of a replacement examination. Evidence for the grounds must be provided when an extension is requested. Extensions of deadlines should be negotiated with the course coordinator before the assignment is due. Extensions will not be provided on the grounds of poor time management.
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
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