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Agribusiness Innovation and Entrepreneurship KLA507


This unit runs  Monday 11/4/22 to Friday 13/5/22 and  Monday 26/9/22 to Friday 28/10/22


In this unit, students will explore aspects of innovation and entrepreneurship that can grow your business through the creation of new opportunities. Students will investigate disruptive and incremental innovations that may contribute to the development of increased efficiencies in production processes or, assist students to respond to changing customer trends as a market-driven practitioner. In addition, students will reflect on personal and interpersonal skills in the context of entrepreneurial attributes. Students will explore how to develop new opportunities through creative and design-led approaches, and to protect and capitalise on the intellectual property that your business generates. Case studies are used to examine innovative production, packaging, processing, and marketing methods. This unit will introduce students to:
1. The different types of innovation; incremental, radical, disruptive, open, and closed.
2. The different approaches to innovation; design-thinking, market-pull, technology-push, process intensive and customised.
3. Idea sources and ideation techniques.
4. Concept selection- which need, and potential innovation is chosen.
5. The Stage-Gate model of innovation.
6. Entrepreneurial pathways, process, and types.
7. Protection of innovative ideas, products, and processes.
In conjunction with the discipline theory, this unit fosters learning through practice and its application to specific business settings. The content of this unit and other units undertaken in this course will support the development of a personal and business portfolio.


Unit name Agribusiness Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Unit code KLA507
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
Online Half Year Period 2 Off-Campus International Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Half Year Period 1 27/2/2023 6/3/2023 15/3/2023 31/3/2023
Half Year Period 2 25/9/2023 2/10/2023 11/10/2023 27/10/2023

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Learning Outcomes

  • Identify a problem or opportunity within an agricultural business utilising automation and/or available data
  • Evaluate the potential effectiveness of an innovation or entrepreneurial idea through the development of a series of internal/external personas.
  • Plan an innovation or entrepreneurial idea to increase the value and/or profitability of an agricultural business.
  • Develop a strategy to protect an innovative and entrepreneurial idea using an appropriate process or legal instrument.
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1,3 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1,3 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2,3 Domestic Full Fee 4
$515.00 $515.00 not applicable $2,922.00

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AssessmentQuizzes (15%)|Identify innovations (40%)|Implement and protect an innovation (45%)
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