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Food and Fibre Production in a Global Market KLA100


Approximately two thirds of Australia's agricultural commodities are exported each year, generating $50 billion. This unit provides an understanding of historical developments, current status and future opportunities and challenges of the dominant agricultural and horticultural industries in Tasmania and Australia. Key factors involved in establishing new industries and the importance of comparative and competitive advantages to the ongoing success of existing industries in a competitive global market are considered. The concepts of supply chains, value chains, value adding and quality assurance, and food and fibre processing are introduced. Practical and tutorial sessions will involve guest speakers, group discussions and a 3.5 day field trip to the north-west of the State during the mid-semester break.


Unit name Food and Fibre Production in a Global Market
Unit code KLA100
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Sciences and Engineering
Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture
Discipline Agriculture and Food Systems
Coordinator Doctor Stephen Quarrell
Available as an elective? Yes
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Introductory


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 2 On-Campus International Domestic
Launceston Semester 2 On-Campus International Domestic
Online Semester 2 Off-Campus International Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 22/7/2024 16/8/2024 9/9/2024 27/10/2024

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Learning Outcomes

  • Describe Australian agricultural and horticultural industries from a historical, contemporary and future perspective
  • Conduct comparative and competitive advantage and SWOT analyses that appraise the growth and sustainability of agricultural industries
  • Identify innovative technologies, processes, and integration platforms in contemporary Australian agriculture

Fee Information

The 2024 Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) rates are still being finalised by the Government and we will update the domestic fee information as soon as we have more details.


Teaching Pattern

2 x 50 minute lectures weekly, 4 x 3 hr tutorials, 3.5 day residential course

AssessmentABARES Presentation (10%)|SWOT analysis (20%)|Industry Report (30%)|Final exam (40%)
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