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Agriculture and Technology

Bachelor of

Code: HEPIBAT Cricos: 070935F

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Our courses are being delivered remotely
Melbourne Polytechnic is recognised as an essential service and continues to operate. Due to the coronavirus restrictions, the way our courses are delivered will look a little different for the foreseeable period.

Most of our courses are being taught remotely with an interactive and supportive learning environment, including assessments wherever possible.

Limited activity or training which cannot be delivered entirely remotely will be delivered on campus, with strict health and safety measures in place.






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February, July

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Fields of the future

The world’s agriculture industry faces many challenges including climate change, a growing world population and changing resource conditions. Our Bachelor of Agriculture and Technology (Agronomy) focuses on innovative solutions to current and future industry issues, preparing you for a forward-focused, exciting and increasingly in-demand career path in commercial plant production.

Turn over a new leaf

This major offers a unique vocational degree that has been designed with industry input to meet industry needs. You’ll learn current knowledge and industry standard skills from our team of skilled and dedicated agronomic experts. You’ll study in modern facilities at an accessible rural setting, including our commercial-standard properties at Epping and Yan Yean, including a commercial 600 hectare mixed farming operation, demonstrating mixed pasture and broadacre cropping, as well as cattle, sheep and pasture production facilities.

The cream of the crop

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 provides an essential base for a career as an agronomist, with unique experience that opens doors direct to industry.

Career Pathways

Where will this take me

As a graduate you could expect to gain employment in all aspects of the Agriculture/Agronomy industries
  • Station Manager
  • Farm Manager
  • Agronomist
  • Farmer
  • Agribusiness Owner
  • Rural Business Manager


On successful completion you could consider going on to post graduate study, particularly a Masters degree in Agriculture

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Course Details

Delivery methods

Course delivery continues at Melbourne Polytechnic during the challenges of the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation the world is facing right now. Our top priority remains the health, safety and well-being of our community.

This program has responded to the COVID-19 restrictions by modifying its delivery to a blended model supporting remote learning. For the immediate term, we’ve changed the way our students attend class, with all lectures, tutorials and seminars moved online.

A collaborative learning environment is created through the requirement of students to attend synchronous online sessions at the normal class times. These sessions are run through Moodle, our learning management system, and conferencing software (e.g. Zoom or Teams). This includes assessment wherever possible.

Alternative arrangements are being made for activities which must be conducted on-campus.

  • Face-to-face
  • Flexible

Class Schedule

Learn while you work, we offer a flexible delivery program in this major with online self-directed learning, workshop events and virtual evening classes
Mon - AM and PM
Tue - AM and PM
Wed - AM and PM
Thu - AM and PM

Assessment Methods

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

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 Subject Elective Description Year Semester
ALM211 Animal Anatomy and Physiology Core This subject provides an overview of the anatomy and biological processes that underpin growth, production and reproduction in the major agricultural animal species. 1
ALM110 Agronomy 1 Core This subject explores the practice of agronomy as an interdisciplinary study that underpins sustainable agricultural plant production practices. 1 1
TER102 Language and Logic Core This subject introduces students to the ways of learning in an academic context. It focuses on the critical reading skills required to understand and engage with academic texts and the writing skills required for higher education. Academic skills will be gained through a range of printed and visual material including textbooks, newspapers, scholarly articles, blogs and documentaries. 1 1
BAT101 Agricultural Systems and Technology Core This subject introduces traditional and modern farming systems, Australian agricultural enterprises, markets, and agricultural technologies. Knowledge of the key concepts of farming systems and how they elate to climate, concepts of composition and landscapes will be covered. Agricultural practical skills that are based on generic examples, as well as being enterprise specific, will be examined and the safe operation of agricultural equipment will be acquired through practical classes. 1 1
BES109 Living Systems I Core This subject is a synthesis of traditional biology and chemistry that reflects the interrelationship of the two fields. Traditional chemistry concepts are explored through their role in biological systems. 1 1
BVW213 Rural Business Management Core This subject develops the student’s knowledge of financial requirements and marketing principles as applied to rural enterprises. 1 2
BES110 Living Systems 2 Core This subject extends concepts from Living Systems I into advanced fields including metabolism, ecology, organic chemistry and water analysis. 1 2
AEM306 Industry Placement Core This subject enables the student to develop the skills and knowledge essential for employment in the industry. 2
ALM212 ANIMAL MANAGEMENT AND NUTRITION Core This subject examines management systems for farm animals and the principal activities involved in their management throughout the production cycle. 2
BAT202 Applied Genomics and Plant Breeding Core 2 1
BAT205 Future Farming Technologies Core 2 1
AEM201 STATISTICS AND EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN Core This subject introduces the student to statistical concepts and techniques and their application in management and decision making. 2 2
BVW214 Plant Physiology Core This subject examines how plants grow together, the behaviour of plants in response to natural and artificial influences and the impact of, and interactions between, components of crop production. 2 2
AGR2IPM PESTILENCE AND PLAGUE - INTEGRATED PEST MANAGEMENT Core Research and development in the plant protection.  Ethical, environmental and sociological aspects, control techniques such as genetic engineering and beneficial organisms.  Identification and assessment of disease and pest infestations.  Develop sustainable pest management will involve ecological principles, life and disease cycles, environmental conditions, integrating management techniques. 2 2
BAT204 Ecological Systems Core 2 2
BAT102 Food Production in a Changing World Core This subject is designed to give participants a strong appreciation for human food production and its challenges from both Australian and global perspectives. The subject will examine the evolution of food production and factors driving change, such as global population dynamics. Advances in knowledge and technology and globalization of markets will be examined, as will concepts such as food security, climate change, and agro-ecosystem resilience. 2 2
AGR3RP1 APPLIED RESEARCH PROJECT 1 Core This subject develops student theoretical knowledge and skills of the methods and project management skills required to plan and undertake an applied research project. Students will develop an understanding of applied research practices and processes including searching, analysing and synthesising relevant literature; research methodologies, methods of data collection; ethical considerations. 3
AGR3RP2 APPLIED RESEARCH PROJECT 2 Core Students will continue and complete the second part of an applied research project begun in Applied Research Project 1. Undertake a small research project including: collection, analysis and interpretation of data; present findings. Students will demonstrate selected relevant project management processes and techniques to complete their project on time. 3
ALM309 Agricultural Marketing and Commodity Trading Core This subject examines marketing theory, marketing concepts and their evolution from a strategic and applied agribusiness perspective. 3 1
BAT308 Environmental Management Core 3 1
ALM210 Agronomy 2 Core This subject extends the student’s knowledge of agronomy and the relationship of plant structures and functions to the management of agricultural systems. 3 2
BAT303 Integrated Crop Management Core 3 2

Fees & Costs

Per year $
Per semester $
Per year $27620
Per semester $13810

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Fees displayed are effective for new applications received on or after 1 November 2019. Tuition fees do not include textbooks, course materials or overseas student health insurance and visa fees.

After initial deposit, international students are able to pay tuition fees in installments, four times per year.

For more detailed information please read the International Student Fees.


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  • Australian Year 12 or equivalent, to include mathematics, and one of either chemistry or biology, OR
  • Satisfactory completion of a Diploma course in Agriculture (or equivalent), OR
  • Mature age applicants (21 years of age or over) relevant industry experience defined as professional industry engagement for a minimum of two years and demonstrated capacity to undertake work at degree level. Supporting document to include a CV with at least 2 supporting written references

Academic IELTS 6.0 overall, with no individual band below 5.5, or Pearson PTE Academic 50 overall with no individual communicative skill below 42, or Melbourne Polytechnic recognised equivalency.

Applicants are required to provide a 300-500 word written statement outlining any experience in the Agriculture industry (voluntarily, informally, or as employment) and how this course will align with personal career goals.