Courses & Units

Food and Fibre Production in a Global Market KLA100

Launceston, Hobart



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 student elective? Yes
Level Introductory


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


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 11/7/2022 9/8/2022 29/8/2022 16/10/2022

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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
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2 Domestic Full Fee
050101 $498.00 $498.00 not applicable

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Teaching Pattern

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

AssessmentExamination - invigilated (externally - Exams Office) (50%)|Report (25%)|Report (15%)|Presentation (individual or group) (10%)
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