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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 Major) 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.
This course offers a unique vocational degree that has been designed with industry input to meet industry needs. You will learn current knowledge and industry standard skills from our team of skilled and dedicated experts. You will study in facilities at an accessible rural setting, including our commercial-standard property at Yan Yean - a commercial 600 hectare mixed farming operation, demonstrating mixed pasture and broadacre cropping, as well as cattle, sheep and pasture production facilities.
An agronomist specialises in commercial plant production, along with understanding soil science, 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.
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.
Learn while you work! We offer a flexible delivery program in this major including online self-directed learning, workshop events, and virtual evening classes in several subjects. Depending on subject selection, classes may be scheduled across:
Mon - AM and PM
Tue - AM and PM
Wed - AM and PM
Thu - AM and PM
Subjects are assessed in a variety of ways including practical exercises, case studies, demonstrations, exams and assignments.
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.
|ALM211||Animal Anatomy and Physiology||Elective||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|
|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.||1||2|
|BES110||Living Systems 2||Core||Living Systems 2 builds on the knowledge and skills acquired in Living Systems 1, which synthesises the fields of traditional biology and chemistry to explore the interrelationship of the two fields. Living Systems 2 extends concepts from the preceding subject into selected aspects of more advanced fields including genetics, metabolism, ecology and organic chemistry.||1||2|
|AEM306||Industry Placement||Core||The industry placement provides opportunities to consolidate knowledge, enhance skills and to gain perspectives and skills essential for employment in the industry. Practical experiences and application of scientific and business theory in a commercial agricultural environment will assist students to critically evaluate technical and generic aspects of the agricultural sector.||2|
|ALM212||Animal Management and Nutrition||Elective||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||This subject explores plant breeding technologies and applied genomics across a number of commercial enterprises. Students will develop skills in conventional plant breeding methods, as well as modern molecular and cell biology techniques used for breeding.||2||1|
|BAT204||Ecological Systems||Core||This subject will develop and expand student knowledge and skills in ecological systems that are considered essential to an understanding of agricultural science, including its practical application and its relationship to the surrounding environment. A healthy ecological system is a key indicator of a sustainable environment.||2||1|
|BAT205||Future Farming Technologies||Core||Knowledge of technology used in global rural enterprises and agriculture technological will be explored with relevant industry examples. (1) Sensing systems which include a background to Global Positioning Systems, Geographical Information Systems, telemetry and drones, with examples of sensing applications such as environment, climate, plant, animal and soil (2) Modelling technologies will assist in providing productivity estimation and the final topic (3) Emerging technologies, will assist the student in developing skills in technology suitability assessment.||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||In this subject you will consolidate and extend your knowledge of plants and plant physiology, and examine the impact of, and interactions between, components of crop production. You will study the biological processes occurring in plants at a cellular level from seedling emergence to maturity.||2||2|
|BAT201||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|
|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|
|BAT304||Applied Research Project 1||Core||This subject aims to develop students theoretical knowledge of the methods and relevant project management skills required to plan and undertake an applied research project in the primary industries field.||3||1|
|BAT305||Applied Research Project 2||Core||In this subject you will complete the second part of an applied research project initiated in the subject Applied Research Project 1. You will apply knowledge and skills to undertake a research project including: the collection, analysis and interpretation of data, adherence to ethics considerations, and the development of recommendations for industry.||3||1|
|BAT308||Environmental Management||Core||This subject will provide you with the theoretical background and conceptual framework to undertake a critical analysis of selected contemporary issues in environmental management and conservation.||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||In this project-based subject students will draw together acquired knowledge and further research on a broad range of relevant topics, into a whole-of-system, integrated production management plan for a selected agricultural system.||3||2|
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As well as the specific entry requirements above, Melbourne Polytechnic admits students on the basis of the following categories:
If you have already studied higher education: Y ou may meet the admissions criteria for higher education at Melbourne Polytechnic if your highest level of study since leaving secondary education is a higher education course, such as a university degree.
If you have studied a VET course: You may meet the admissions criteria for higher education at Melbourne Polytechnic if your highest level of study since leaving secondary education is a vocational education and training (VET) course.
If you have recent secondary education: You may meet the admissions criteria for higher education at Melbourne Polytechnic if you are a recent secondary education student whose admission is primarily based on the completion of Year 12 within the past two years.
If you have work and life experience: You may meet the admissions criteria for higher education at Melbourne Polytechnic if you have work and life experience and left secondary education more than two years ago and have not undertaken vocational education training (VET) or higher education study since then.Academic:
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.
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