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Horticultural Business Management KLA501


This unit is the mandatory first unit of the course, it is the foundational unit by setting up the student up for the remainder of the units in the course. It introduces the student to strategic management and shows the student how each unit fits into the course structure, and therefore, the final unit artifact, the Strategic Plan. The output of this unit is as follows: 1. Introduction to the business operation, Mission and Vision Statement, and current high-level Risk profile which includes a risk heat map and a risk register with residual risk analysis. 2. A situational analysis of the operation within its environment using contemporary tools viz SWOT and PESTEL


Unit name Horticultural Business Management
Unit code KLA501
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Sciences and Engineering
Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture
Discipline Agriculture and Food Systems
Coordinator Doctor Alexander Malherbe
Delivered By University of Tasmania


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Online Half Year Period 1 Off-Campus International Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Half Year Period 1 22/1/2024 29/1/2024 7/2/2024 23/2/2024

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (refer to How do I withdraw from a unit? for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2024 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2024 will be available from the 1st October 2023. Note census date cutoff is 11.59pm AEST (AEDT during October to March).

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Learning Outcomes

  • Apply business analytical tools to establish a current business profile and position in the horticultural industry.
  • Assess a horticultural business proposition using situational analysis tools
  • Select a business strategy approach through comparing and contrasting a range of strategy formats, suitable to a horticultural business

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.


AssessmentStrategic Management Content Questions (15%)|Business background, overall strategy and risk profile (35%)|Situational Analysis (50%)
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