In this interdisciplinary unit, students explore systems approaches to farming, wherein understanding of various components of a farm is linked to broader social, cultural, political, institutional, economic and ecological factors that influence how a farm operates. The first part
of the unit introduces students to systems thinking and systems practice in a farming context. Using local and international case studies, students learn how different systems approaches can be applied to analyse problems and find solutions. The second part of the unit
focuses more specifically on the decision making context of a farm business, that is, how land, labour and capital are used to attain the
goals and aspirations of owners while taking into account the risks and uncertainties involved. Students will learn how to apply appropriate economic and financial techniques to the analysis of business performance and investment decisions, and to communicate
the results clearly and succinctly.
|Unit name||Farming Systems|
|College/School||College of Sciences and Engineering
Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture
|Discipline||Agriculture and Food Systems|
|Coordinator||Ms Saideepa Kumar|
|Available as student elective?||Yes|
|Delivered By||University of Tasmania|
|Location||Study period||Attendance options||Available to|
- International students
- Domestic students
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|Study Period||Start date||Census date||WW date||End date|
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- integrate knowledge from different disciplines into a larger understanding of how farming systems interact with their social, political, economic and ecological environments.
- apply systems approaches to engage critically with complex problems in farming systems and communicate your understanding clearly and succinctly.
- appreciate the fundamental aspects of managing a farm business.
- understand and creatively apply appropriate economic and financial techniques to the analysis of new investments and communicate the results clearly and succinctly.
- analyse the financial position of a farm business using financial statements and use them to create a business case for new investments tailored to the requirements of lending institutions.'
|Field of Education||Commencing Student Contribution 1||Grandfathered Student Contribution 1||Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2||Domestic Full Fee|
- Available as a Commonwealth Supported Place
- HECS-HELP is available on this unit, depending on your eligibility3
- FEE-HELP is available on this unit, depending on your eligibility4
1 Please refer here more information on student contribution amounts.
2 Information on eligibility and Approved Pathway courses can be found here
3 Please refer here for eligibility for HECS-HELP
4 Please refer here for eligibility for FEE-HELP
Please note: international students should refer to this page to get an indicative course cost.
2 x 1 hr lectures, 3-hr tutorial weekly, 1-half day excursion (13 weeks)
|Assessment||Examination (50%)|Report - Business plan for new investment (25%)|Systems Analysis and Operating plan (System diagram, Group presentation and Individual Q&A) (25%)|
|Timetable||View the lecture timetable | View the full unit timetable|
You will need the following text [available as electronic books through the University Library]:
E-book: Thinking in Systems (see unit schedule for important chapters)
E-book: The Farming Game (see unit schedule for important chapters)
|Links||Booktopia textbook finder|
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