Graduate Diploma in Agribusiness (Specialisation) (S6E)

Overview  2023

Entry Requirements

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Duration

Minimum 1 Year, 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

Online
Half Year Period 1, Half Year Period 2

Entry Requirements

See entry requirements

Duration

Minimum 1 Year, 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.

Entry requirements

Location

Online
Half Year Period 1, Half Year Period 2

“This course is not only studying our own business and how we can improve and change it, but it’s also giving me an understanding and appreciation of where our business fits in the entire global dairy picture.” Read more

Trish Hammond, farm owner and current student

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Wednesday 23 November 2022, 7pm - REGISTER HERE

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Hear from the course coordinator and learn more about the Dairy Management specialisation.


The Graduate Diploma in Agribusiness is an ideal steppingstone for those currently working in the dairy industry who wish to improve their management and leadership. Whether you're aiming to bring innovation to your current role or re-enter the industry, this course provides an essential foundation for senior and strategic decision-making positions.

In this online post graduate course you will study Dairy Management designed to enhance your business skills, from operational and technical abilities, to farm management and business strategy.

Created in partnership with Dairy Australia, this course has been developed under the guidance of national industry steering committees for the dairy sector.

Your studies will include the development of a business plan relevant to either growing your business or consolidating it after a period of growth. You will also study a wide range of topics essential to agribusiness operations including leadership, management, finance, marketing and agriculture. And long after you’ve graduated, you’ll be rewarded by the networks you build during the course.

Please note, the specialisation in Dairy Management was previously known as masterclasses.

  • 1 Evaluate production and performance data within an agricultural or horticultural business to make timely, prudent and informed decisions.
  • 2 Assess current business operations and performance strategies to ensure long-term profitability and sustainability in agricultural or horticultural businesses.
  • 3 Develop creative and strategic solutions to dynamic agricultural or horticultural business operation challenges
  • 4 Explain internal business operations and industry wide matters to diverse audiences.
  • 5 Lead self and others effectively within relevant professional, ethical and legal frameworks for sustainable business enterprise.
  • Three face-to-face workshops will be held in strategic locations across Australia. Each workshop will run over a two day duration, also accessible by distance. This experience will foster peer-to-peer engagement, introduce students to online resources, reinforce course learnings, and provide networking opportunities with agribusiness leaders.

    Career outcomes

    "The skill sets that people need in farm management roles are completely different to before. University study has taught me to analyse and think critically about my business to ensure that I am making the right decisions for the farm to be successful."

    Justin Walsh, Owner/ Manager Waljasper Holsteins NSW + NSW Focus Farm

    Graduation from this degree can provide opportunities to advance your career in the agribusiness industry, or accelerate your business success as a manager, second-in-charge or owner.

    Your previous qualification and experience within the agricultural sector, combined with a Graduate Diploma, will allow you to unlock career growth in senior management or expand into running your own business. Graduates can proficiently lead a team, conduct field work, undertake market research, confidently drive sales 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

    Each student completes 5 core knowledge units and a specialisation consisting of 3 units. There are 2 Specialisations to choose from: Dairy Management or Horticulture Business.

    If you are starting in 2023 you can find your course planner here – this helps you plan what units to enrol in and when.  

    This is the “Human Resources” unit of the GradDip course and covers Leadership theory and HR practice. The unit will contrast the difference between leadership and management, what is required to lead others and lead an agricultural team, team leadership…

    Credit Points: 12.5

    LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
    OnlineHalf Year Period 1
    OnlineHalf Year Period 2

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

    In this unit you will engage in learning activities that focus on business structures and company law and the influence of these on financial planning and decision-making. You will learn to identify the key financial and legal risks to agribusinesses.…

    Credit Points: 12.5

    LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
    OnlineHalf Year Period 1
    OnlineHalf Year Period 2

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

    This unit examines the relevance and influence of international political, economic, and regulatory trends on agribusinesses, how trade agreements effect export opportunities, and how to mitigate risks when engaging with international agricultural markets. Students will learn how to plan their…

    Credit Points: 12.5

    LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
    OnlineHalf Year Period 1
    OnlineHalf Year Period 2

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

    In this unit, students will explore aspects of innovation and entrepreneurship that can grow your business through the creation of new opportunities. Students will investigate disruptive and incremental innovations that may contribute to the development of increased efficiencies in production…

    Credit Points: 12.5

    LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
    OnlineHalf Year Period 1
    OnlineHalf Year Period 2

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

    This unit is the culmination of all learnings from this course. By collating previous course work and assignments, students will prepare and deliver a business plan relevant to either growing your business or consolidation. The students plan may cover all…

    Credit Points: 12.5

    LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
    OnlineHalf Year Period 1
    OnlineHalf Year Period 2

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

    This unit is the mandatory first unit of the course, it is the foundational unit by setting up the student up for the remainder of the units in the course. It introduces the student to strategic management and shows the…

    Credit Points: 12.5

    LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
    OnlineHalf Year Period 1
    OnlineHalf Year Period 2

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

    In this unit, students gain an understanding of the differences between supply and value chain concepts, and the role of a student’s dairy business in a dairy supply and value chain. Students will learn about the key drivers of the…

    Credit Points: 12.5

    LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
    OnlineHalf Year Period 1
    OnlineHalf Year Period 2

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

    This unit introduces the different types of dairy farming systems and the internal and external alignment of these with production-oriented business practices and value creation. Farming systems are both complex and dynamic and a holistic management approach requires an understanding…

    Credit Points: 12.5

    LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
    OnlineHalf Year Period 1
    OnlineHalf Year Period 2

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

    This unit is the mandatory first unit of the course, it is the foundational unit by setting up the student up for the remainder of the units in the course. It introduces the student to strategic management and shows the…

    Credit Points: 12.5

    LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
    OnlineHalf Year Period 1
    OnlineHalf Year Period 2

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

    Value chain and supply chains are both concerned with the same activities: creating goods or services and delivering them to a customer. However, value chains describe this process in terms of how each business and its components adds value for…

    Credit Points: 12.5

    LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
    OnlineHalf Year Period 1
    OnlineHalf Year Period 2

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

    In this unit you will learn about the contemporary marketing concepts, tools and strategy that are suitable for use in agribusiness, as well as the theoretical underpinning behind them. These will then be applied to your own business, and considerations…

    Credit Points: 12.5

    LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
    OnlineHalf Year Period 1
    OnlineHalf Year Period 2

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

    Entry requirements

    For admission to this degree you need to have:

    1. An Australian Bachelor Degree, Graduate Certificate or equivalent level standard and a minimum of one year relevant work experience in the agricultural or horticultural sectors; OR
    2. A minimum of five years approved relevant work experience in the agricultural or horticultural sectors; OR
    3. Other special circumstances (e.g. post‐secondary qualifications) as approved by the Dean or delegated authority.

     

    Fees & scholarships

    Domestic students

    Options for this course

    Cost shouldn’t get in the way of you studying.

    If you’re a domestic undergraduate student, you may be eligible for a Commonwealth Supported Place in this course. This means your fees will be subsidised by the Australian Government. You’ll only need to pay the student contribution amount for each unit you study within the course.

    You may also be able to defer payment of the student contribution amount by accessing a HECS-HELP loan from the Government. If eligible, you’ll only have to pay your tuition fees once you start earning above a specific amount.

    Further information is available at Scholarships, fees and costs.

    Student contribution

    Student contribution amounts are charged for each unit of study. This means that how much you’ll pay will depend on which units you choose. Find out more about student contribution amounts.

    Further information

    Detailed fee information for domestic students is available at Scholarships, fees and costs, including additional information in relation to the compulsory Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF).

    International students

    2023 Total Course Fee (international students): $31,950 AUD*.

    Course cost based on a rate of $31,950 AUD per standard, full-time year of study (100 credit points).

    * Please note that this is an indicative fee only.

    International students

    International students are charged the Student Services and Amenities Fee but this fee is incorporated in the annual rate. International students do not have to make any additional SSAF payments.

    Scholarships

    For information on general scholarships available at the University of Tasmania, please visit the scholarships website.

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