Courses & Units

Farming Systems and Business Management KLA312




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 could 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 learn 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 and Business Management
Unit code KLA312
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Sciences and Engineering
Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture
Discipline Agriculture and Food Systems

Dr Saideepa Kumar

Teaching staff

A/Prof Peter Lane

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


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 1 On-Campus International Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 24/2/2020 23/3/2020 13/4/2020 31/5/2020

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Band CSP Student Contribution Full Fee Paying (domestic) Field of Education
2 2020: $1,190.00 2020: $2,783.00 050100

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Teaching Pattern

2 x 1 hr lectures, 3-hr tutorial weekly, 1-half day excursion (13 weeks)


Exam (50%), Assignments (50%)

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