Courses & Units

Farm Business Decision Making and Adoption KLA312




The unit provides students with an overview and understanding of the role that agricultural advisors play in supporting decision making in farm businesses, focusing on decisions to adopt new or modified technologies and management practices. The unit will be framed around theories seeking to explain the diffusion of innovations in rural industries by seeking to match the characteristics of innovations with the livelihood  resources and aspirations of farm households.  It will study the decision making context of farm businesses, including the types of decisions made on farm, and the unique array of external  pressures and stakeholders that seek to influence these decisions.  It will review the theory and practice of extension, and critically review  the logic behind alternative strategies for supporting farm decision making.  The unit will review the use of diverse economic, financial and policy analyses to explore the way data and information are used to inform on-farm decision making.


Unit name Farm Business Decision Making and Adoption
Unit code KLA312
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School Faculty of SET, AMC, IMAS
School of Land & Food
Discipline Agriculture and Food Systems

Dr Alistair Gracie

Teaching staff

Level Advanced
Available as student elective? Yes
Breadth Unit? No


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 1 On-Campus International Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 26/2/2018 23/3/2018 16/4/2018 3/6/2018

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Teaching Pattern

2 x 1 hr lectures, 3-hr tutorial weekly, 1-half day excursion (13 weeks)


3-hr theory exam (50%), internal assessment - assignments (50%)

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