Courses

Bachelor of Agriculture and Technology

Agronomy - Local Students

HELSBATE

The Agriculture and Technology degree majoring in Agronomy will give you a leading edge in plant production industries.

Agronomy

The Agronomy program provides a unique hands-on experience covering every aspect of commercial plant production. You will gain extensive knowledge of;

  1. Growing plants to commercial specifications
  2. How to identify and manage key weeds, pests and diseases
  3. Understanding plant nutrient requirements and fertilizer management
  4. How to class soils, manage soils and water for production outputs

with all these areas contextualised across the agricultural and rural business industries.

An agronomist specialises in commercial plant production, along with understanding animal production, cultivation techniques and technology to improve productivity and sustainability of farms and agricultural industries. This qualification will help you achieve your career as an agronomist where you might be an independent consultant for farmers and small businesses. Employment opportunities are wide ranging and include jobs such as a farm manager, extension worker or if accompanied by post graduate qualifications can lead to such careers as crop scientist, plant pathologist, plant entomologist, plant breeder, soil scientist and geneticist. If your ambition is to own your own farm or a mixed enterprises operation in Agriculture, this qualification will provide essential knowledge and skills.

Major topics include:

  • Agronomy and Advanced Agronomy (includes cropping and pasture management)
  • Plant Physiology
  • Applied Genomics and Plant Breeding
  • Management of Plant Pests and Pathogens
  • Integrated Crop Management
  • Ecological Systems (soil and water)
  • Environmental Management
  • Animal Management and Nutrition
  • Agricultural Marketing
  • Commodity Trading and Applied Plant Research

The Agronomy major in the Bachelor of Agriculture and Technology degree, offers a distinctive vocationally focussed training program in Agriculture that has been designed with industry input to meet industry needs. The world’s agriculture industry faces many challenges in the future; with a growing world population, climate change, new technologies and altering resource conditions. The Agricultural and Technology component of this degree coupled with an agronomy specialisation; will provide you with strong business principles, access to state-of–the-art technology and a “hands on approach” to your learning.

How Do You Study?

Study either full-time or part-time. “Study while you work”, with our blended delivery program that has been developed to facilitate work experience while you study. Blended delivery is a mix of learning about the theoretical concepts via our self-directed online learning and virtual evening classes; with workshops that teach you practical skills in managing plants.

A partnership for success

La Trobe University deliver this program through Melbourne Polytechnic. See the La Trobe program here and ask us about enrolling.

Learn In Australia’s World Class Agricultural Facilities

At the Melbourne Polytechnic Yan Yean and Eden Park farms you can gain insights into a 600 ha commercial mixed farming operation where mixed pasture and broadacre cropping are demonstrated. Experience cattle, sheep and pasture production facilities. We also have a butchery and meat processing facility.

Melbourne Polytechnic has recently been awarded a Victorian Government-funded, Specialised Teaching Equipment Program. This will allow students access to a state-of-the art, commercial, wireless farm/digital homestead that will measure plant, animal, microclimate and soil parameters both on the ground and via aerial monitoring platforms on our farms. Digital technology platforms will assist the agricultural industries to drive increases in efficiency and generate greater profitability; as well as using this information in smarter ways to consider the environmental and rural social drivers.

Industry Connections and Work Experience

Two industry placement subjects are offered in this program to enable students to evidence their industry and specialisation skills. For example if you wish to become a winemaker we encourage you to undertake several vintages while studying in the program.

Assessment

Assessments are a mixture of essays, reports, problem solving tasks, quizzes, case studies, oral presentations, group activities, practical competencies, reflective journals, tutorial tasks, literature reviews and examinations.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

You can apply for RPL when you have evidence of extensive career experience or you can apply for advanced standing (credits) based on previous qualifications. Academic Credit is granted on a case-by-case basis, according to La Trobe Academic Credit policy and associated procedures.

Contact

For any additional information on the Bachelor of Agriculture and Technology, majoring in Agronomy, please contact an Education and Course Advisor (ECA), on 03 9269 8400.

Local Students

Code

HELSBATE

VTAC Code

Commonwealth Supported Places 2100322791 - La Trobe University
See the La Trobe program here and ask us about enrolling

Campuses

Epping, Yan Yean

Department

Agriculture and Animal Studies - HE
03 9269 8400

Duration

Full-time: 3 years
The range of elective options enable you to design your own bespoke agronomy or agricultural industry course. This will ensure you can easily adapt to changes in the workplace.

Part-time: available
6-7 years

Modes of Delivery

Blended, Face-to-face, Blended online

Fees

Find out more on fees and charges

Assessment Methods

Assessments are a mixture of essays, reports, problem solving tasks, quizzes, case studies, oral presentations, group activities, practical competencies, reflective journals, tutorial tasks, literature reviews and examinations.

Entrance Requirements

For details of the Bachelor of Agriculture and Technology entry requirements click the following link: https://www.latrobe.edu.au/courses/bachelor-of-agriculture-and-technology

Pathways to further study

Honours, masters, PhD.

Career Pathways

Agronomist, Farm Manager, Industry Applied Research Manager, Soil Scientist, Expert in mixed agricultural enterprises; can be obtained when experience or further study are accompanied with this degree.

Enrolment Intake

  • February
  • July

Units Of Study

Credit points are a basic measure of student workload. All subjects are given a credit point value. Most subjects at Melbourne Polytechnic are 12 credit points. A normal full-time annual workload is 96 credit points. The academic year is divided into two main semesters; full-time students usually enrol in 48 credit points each semester, part time students usually enrol in 24 credit points each semester or less.

Code Subjects
AGR1AGB AGRIBUSINESS
AGR1AGR AGRONOMY 1
AGR1AST AGRICULTURAL SYSTEMS AND TECHNOLOGY
AGR2IPM PESTILENCE AND PLAGUE:INTEGRATED PEST MANAGEMENT
AGR3AGR AGONOMY 2
AGR3ENV ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT
AGR3IPM INTEGRATED CROP MANAGEMENT
AGR3MCT AGRICULTURE MARKETING AND COMMODITY TRADING
AGR3RP1 APPLIED RESEARCH PROJECT 1
AGR3RP2 APPLIED RESEARCH PROJECT 2
SCI1LS1 LIVING SYSTEMS 1
SCI1LS2 LIVING SYSTEMS 2
SCI2ECO ECOLOGICAL SYSTEMS
SCI2GPB APPLIED GENOMICS AND PLANT BREEDING
SCI2PLP PLANT PHYSIOLOGY
SCI2SED STATISTICS AND EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN