Courses

Bachelor of Agriculture and Technology

HELSBATE

This is one of the few agriculture degrees in Australia with a practical focus. It was designed with industry input to meet industry needs.

As well as classroom and online learning, you will study at wineries, vineyards or commercially operated farms that are accessed through our partnership. Digital technology platforms are increasingly important to the industry and you will learn by using the wireless sensor platforms that are operating at the Melbourne Polytechnic Farms.

The course gives you the skills needed for employment in industries related to our specialisations:

In the three-year degree you will complete an Agricultural studies major with core subjects that provide the fundamentals to underpin your specialisation. Alternatively, rather than completing a set specialisation you can choose a bespoke pathway matching subjects with your own career ambitions. Industry placements are encouraged and supported in this degree.

The core areas in the degree centre around agricultural systems, technologies, strong business principles, practical sector based skills, sustainable practices and climate change impacts.

The degree core topics include:

  • Living Systems 1 & 2 – we teach you the basics of biology and chemistry)
  • Agricultural Systems and Technology – Introduction to technologies along with teaching the practical skills, and ensuring you can evidence those skills with certificates ensure employment in this sector
  • Ecological Systems – Foundations of soil and water along with how these are integrated into Ecological Systems.
  • Statistics and Experimental Design – Gives you the skills to undertake applied research in your area of specialisation.
  • Applied Research Project 1 & 2 – Provides an opportunity to undertake an applied research project of your choosing in your area of specialisation.
  • Future Technologies – All areas of the Agriculture sector are increasingly high tech. In this subject, you will learn the theory and assumptions that underpin the major technology. You will learn how to integrate these technologies to enable optimal output within a stainable framework.

A partnership for success

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

Industry Connections and Work Placement

Second and Third Year Industry Placement subjects are available in this program. This will enable the student to provide evidence of industry experience and exposure to possible employment opportunities.

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.

How To Apply?

Applications for the Bachelor of Agriculture and Technology degree can be made via VTAC code 2100322791 or by direct entry through La Trobe University. Once students have been accepted into the program, they can chose to study any of the majors thus providing students with a fulfilling and professional career across all sectors of the equine industry.

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.

Local Students

Code

HELSBATE

VTAC Code

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

Campuses

EPPING, Yan Yean, FAIRFIELD

Department

Agriculture and Animal Studies - HE
03 9269 8400

Duration

Full-time: 3 years

Part-time: 6-7 years

Class Schedule: *

Mon - AM and PM
Tue - AM and PM
Wed - AM and PM
Thu - AM and PM
Fri - AM and PM

*Classes run across these days and times. Detailed timetable information is available from an Education and Course Advisor

Modes of Delivery

Blended, Face-to-face, Blended online

Fees

Find out more on fees and charges

Assessment Methods

Subjects are assessed in a variety of ways including exams, practical exercises, case studies, demonstrations and assignments

Entrance Requirements

Entry 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

Successful completion means you can go on to further post-graduate study in Agriculture - you could consider a Masters qualification in any of the majors

Career Pathways

Graduates can expect to gain employment in all aspects of the agriculture, viticulture and winemaking, agribusiness and aquaculture industries

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
AGR1AGR AGRONOMY 1
AGR1AST AGRICULTURAL SYSTEMS AND TECHNOLOGY
AGR1FCW FOOD PRODUCTION IN A CHANGING WORLD
AGR2AMN ANIMAL MANAGAMENT AND NUTRITION
AGR2FFT FUTURE FARMING TECHNOLOGIES
AGR3COM RURAL COMMUNITIES INNOVATION CHANGE
AGR3ENV ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT
AGR3ISS CONTEMPORARY ISSUES AND LEADERSHIP IN AGRICULTURE
AGR3MCT AGRICULTURE MARKETING AND COMMODITY TRADING
AGR3MGT AGRIBUSINESS MANAGEMENT IN A CHANGING ENVIRONMENT
AGR3RP1 APPLIED RESEARCH PROJECT 1
AGR3RP2 APPLIED RESEARCH PROJECT 2
AGR3WM WINE MARKETING
BUS1RBM RURAL BUSINESS MANAGEMENT
BUS2HRM HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT
SCI1AAP ANIMAL ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY
SCI1LAL LANGUAGE AND LOGIC
SCI1LS1 LIVING SYSTEMS 1
SCI1LS2 LIVING SYSTEMS 2
SCI2ECO ECOLOGICAL SYSTEMS
SCI2GPB APPLIED GENOMICS AND PLANT BREEDING
SCI2INP INDUSTRY PLACEMENT
SCI2PLP PLANT PHYSIOLOGY
SCI2SED STATISTICS AND EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN