Courses & Units

Food and Fibre Production in a Global Market KLA100

Hobart, Launceston



Approximately two thirds of Australia's agricultural commodities are exported each year, generating $47 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
Faculty/School College of Sciences and Engineering
Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture
Discipline Agriculture and Food Systems

Stephen Quarrell

Teaching staff

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


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


International students
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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 12/7/2021 10/8/2021 30/8/2021 17/10/2021

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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 $493.00 $493.00 not applicable $2,783.00

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Teaching Pattern

Hobart: All lectures delivered online. Tutorials, field trips and practical delivered face-to-face.

Launceston: All lectures and some tutorials delivered online. 4 x whole-day face-to-face workshops/field trip/practicals scheduled.


1. Examination - invigilated (externally - Exams Office) Final exam (50%)

2. Report Report (25%)

3. Report 1000+ words (15%)

4. Presentation (individual or group) Oral presentation (10%)

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