Diploma of Agribusiness (Z1A)

Overview  2020

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Duration

mode.loadCategory not equal to Part Time
Minimum 1 Years, up to a maximum of 3 Years

Duration

Duration refers to the minimum and maximum amounts of time in which this course can be completed. It will be affected by whether you choose to study full or part time, noting that some programs are only available part time.

Location

Hobart
Term 1, Term 3
Launceston
Term 1, Term 3
Cradle Coast
Term 1, Term 3

Commonwealth Supported places available

This course may not be available to international students. Please see the list of distance courses (i.e. online and taken outside Australia) that are offered to international students

The Diploma of Agribusiness is an industry-focused course aimed for people who want to learn everything there is to know about running a successful farm-based business from paddock to plate. It is an ideal stepping stone for those currently working in agriculture who wish to move into leadership and management roles, or a great foundation for those wishing to enter the industry.

The program combines business studies in management, finance, marketing and planning with technical studies in agriculture through a unique blend of online learning, face-to-face classes, practical workshops and industry placements. The course content has been developed in consultation with industry experts and they are actively involved in its delivery.

Upon the completion of the course the opportunity for further study in this area can be obtained through the Associate Degree in Agribusiness, with full credit.

The program is available for full-time and part-time study across all campuses in Tasmania.

Completing our Diploma of Agribusiness will give you:

  • a pathway to a great career in agriculture
  • strong commercial awareness of agribusiness industries
  • practical skills to take straight into the workplace
  • opportunities to advance in your chosen field
  • the skills to help you meet personal career development goals
  • credit towards the Associate Degree in Agribusiness.

On completion of the Diploma of Agribusiness, graduates will be able to:

  1. Understand how management of an agribusiness enterprise reflects and responds to the interaction of productivity and profitability;
  2. Apply knowledge of business management in practical agribusiness settings;
  3. Identify personal goals, abilities and pathways to guide career development in agribusiness; and
  4. Demonstrate their value to an agribusiness employer using evidence drawn from reflections on subjects, projects and experiences of the Associate Degree.

Experiential education and work integrated learning approaches are central to the Diploma of Agribusiness. Students will therefore learn through project and problem-based learning activities such as field work, case studies (local and international), action learning, design thinking, simulated environments, placements, data for decision making, wicked problems and more. These approaches ensure practical experiences are placed at the centre of learning and assessment and that students have the opportunity to develop work-related skills, knowledge and behaviours.

In the diploma year, students are introduced to learning through practice and exposed to authentic experiences that develop skills and understandings related to industry, community or global needs. Students engage with (i) a range of methods and approaches to practice, (ii) principles and perspectives such as values, ethics, empathy and leadership in real world scenarios, (iii) reflection and deliberative thinking as a means of developing knowledge, skills, attitudes and aspirations, and (iv) ways of understanding problems and developing solutions through active inquiry.

A key component of the course, which is established in the first year, is a Practice Manual. The Practice Manual contains all portfolio requirements for the course, including the Professional Development Plan (PDP) and is a collection of evidence that highlights personal, academic and professional development. Dedicated teachers are in coaching roles to support you to continuously develop your Practice Manual over the duration of the course. This involves working with you to determine what evidence best highlights your ability to apply theory in practice, and what activities and experiences showcase your achievement in terms of transferable skills, professional attributes, technical skills and knowledge, and so forth.

Career outcomes

Career Outcomes

Graduation from the Diploma of Agribusiness can provide an entry opportunity for those seeking work in an agribusiness, accelerate progression through a graduate's present agribusiness organisation, or open up new career paths and opportunities.

New to agribusiness and never worked in the industry before?

For those graduates new to agribusiness, roles including trainee positions, team leaders, field officers and researchers are likely.

Already working and want to fast track or leverage off past experience?

For those graduates already working in agriculture, the Diploma of Agribusiness should enable graduates to progress from assistant positions to managerial roles, lead a small team, become a field officer, research team member or salesperson and liaise better with suppliers and/ or customers.

Potential types of employers:

  • Upstream of the farm: suppliers of seed, fertiliser, chemicals, machinery, stockfeed, labour, finance, business advisory, transport, consultancy, and specialist services such as harvesting contractors.
  • Primary production: cropping, horticulture, animal based enterprises, aquaculture, pharmaceuticals, wineries, farm-based tourism.
  • Downstream of the farm: processors and value-adders, distributors, wholesalers, retailers, transport and storage operations, logistics, consultants.

Course structure

The Diploma of Agribusiness is a one-year full-time (or equivalent part-time) course requiring the successful completion of 8 units, each with an embedded work integrated learning component. The program is offered over four teaching terms of 10 weeks.

Study areas include:

  • Agribusiness management
  • Agribusiness finance
  • Agribusiness marketing
  • Value chain management in agribusiness
  • Data and analysis
  • Agribusiness costing and feasibility
  • Agribusiness strategy and planning
  • E-Agribusiness, technology and innovation.

The Diploma of Agribusiness requires students to develop knowledge and skills through a learning approach based on work integrated opportunities such as industry placements, field work, case studies and applied research.

The Diploma of Agribusiness is offered in a blended mode, where students receive access to comprehensive learning materials and a Lecturer for each subject of study. There is a workshop component where students attend campus to practice their skills and also online sessions where students can integrate theory and practice.

For assistance with enrolment, please email U.Connect@utas.edu.au or call 1300 361 928.

In this unit, you will identify skill sets and knowledge required to work in a chosen agribusiness/industry and evaluate your own skills, attributes and learning goals in this context. Through case studies, workshops, online materials and tutorials, you will gain…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartTerm 1
HobartTerm 3
LauncestonTerm 1
LauncestonTerm 3
Cradle CoastTerm 1
Cradle CoastTerm 3

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Planning is an essential activity for Agribusiness Managers in order to guide the allocation of valuable resources to priority areas. An agribusiness plan is a set of goals, actions, commitments and targets developed as part of a strategy to achieve…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartTerm 1
LauncestonTerm 1
Cradle CoastTerm 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

The effective and efficient operation of agribusiness is human resource-intensive. Strategies used to attract, motivate, manage and retain the right people are challenges facing all agribusiness managers. This unit introduces you to how these challenges can be met in practice.…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartTerm 2
LauncestonTerm 2
Cradle CoastTerm 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Management decisions in agribusiness are informed by relevant and reliable data. Agribusiness managers identify sources of data and how it can be most effectively analysed and interpreted. This unit explains why managers need data, what constitutes data in the agribusiness…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartTerm 2
LauncestonTerm 2
Cradle CoastTerm 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

In this unit you will investigate and evaluate the application of financial concepts, practices and tools used in assessing the financial performance of a business. Throughout the unit, case studies, tasks and simulations will develop your skills and knowledge on…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartTerm 3
LauncestonTerm 3
Cradle CoastTerm 3

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Value chain management is an important strategy to improve the performance of agribusinesses. VCM integrates value chain components and resources including performance management and monitoring processes. Understanding value chains enables insight into the supply chain and supports identifying efficient strategy…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartTerm 3
LauncestonTerm 3
Cradle CoastTerm 3

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit introduces the principles of marketing in business and the influence of consumers. You will explore why and how a business identifies and analyses the markets for its products, services and experience. This will include investigating the scope of…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartTerm 4
LauncestonTerm 4
Cradle CoastTerm 4

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit introduces the rationale and basic approaches behind costing and feasibility analysis. Effective business managers determine whether changes or initiatives in business operations are financially feasible, and justify their rationale. You will explore small scale changes involving existing operations,…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartTerm 4
LauncestonTerm 4
Cradle CoastTerm 4

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Entry requirements

This Diploma is open to applicants from a broad range of backgrounds.

If you have completed Year 12 or completed Year 10 at least two years ago, you can gain Direct Entry to the Associate Degree in one of the following three ways:

  1. ATAR Entry - An ATAR result of 40 or greater achieved within the last 5 years.
  2. UTAS Pathway Entry – Completed the University Preparation Program or Diploma of University Studies (offered by University of Tasmania).
  3. Vocational Education and Training (VET) Entry - A VET certificate III or higher (in a related field of study) within the last 10 years.

The following two Alternative Entry pathways are also available:

  1. Tasmanian Certificate of Education (TCE) Entry - Completed the TCE (or equivalent) with a minimum of Satisfactory Achievements (SA) in 5 x Level 2 subjects.
  2. Personal Competency Entry – Completed a Personal Competency Statement as part of the application process and met the criteria for entry. This statement can include prior work experience, qualifications (e.g. VET qualifications), skills, competencies and/or previous education.

If you are unsuccessful in meeting the Alternative Entry criteria, you will be offered a place in the University Preparation Program or Diploma of University Studies. Completion of either program will allow you direct entry into an Associate Degree (see UTAS Pathway Entry above).

Further information

It is recommended that you submit supporting documentation (e.g. certificates, qualifications, resume etc.) as part of your application. We will attempt to access certain documents on your behalf (e.g. Year 11 and 12 College results or University academic records). Otherwise, you may be contacted to provide additional documentation when your application is reviewed.

Articulating into the Diploma of Agribusiness will be in line with the University's standard application for credit process. Please see the Articulation/ Credit webpage for more information. Applications for credit can be made upon application to the Diploma of Agribusiness course.

Students wishing to articulate from the Diploma of Agribusiness into the Associate Degree in Agribusiness will receive one year of full credit.

Fees & scholarships

Domestic students

Domestic students enrolled in a full fee paying place are charged the Student Services and Amenities Fee but this fee is incorporated in the fees you pay for each unit you enrol in. Full fee paying domestic students do not have to make any additional SSAF payments.

Domestic students enrolled in a Commonwealth supported place will be charged a fee based on the number of units they enrol in. In 2020, this fee is $46.20 per unit (of 12.5 credit points). In 2020, the maximum charge for full time students is $308.

International students

International students should refer to the International Students course fees page to get an indicative course cost.

Scholarships

Each year the University of Tasmania administers an estimated $7 million in scholarships to students from all walks of life, including those who have achieved high academic results; those from low socio-economic backgrounds; students with sporting ability; students undertaking overseas study; and students with a disability.

For more information on scholarships and to view the full range of scholarships available to you, head to the Scholarships website.

Additional costs

In addition to course costs, students may be subject to other costs related to study at university including:

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