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Bachelor of Agriculture and Technology

Code: HEPIBAT Cricos: 070935F

Overview

Campus

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Campus

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Duration

3 years full time / 7 years part time

Duration

Course will consist of 20 weeks non study period per year

Next Intake

February, July

Next Intake

February, July

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.

Career Pathways

Where will this take me

As a graduate you could expect to gain employment in all aspects of the Agriculture/Agronomy industries
  • Project Manager
  • Station Manager
  • Farm Manager
  • Technical Agronomist
  • Pasture Agronomist
  • Soil Agronomist
  • Technical Sales Agronomist
  • Agricultural Consultant
  • Territory Manager
  • Commodity Trader
  • Grain Quality Officer
  • Master Grower
  • Agricultural Researcher
  • Agricultural Educator
  • Agricultural Technician
  • Agronomist
  • Farmer
  • Agribusiness Owner/Operator
  • Rural Business Manager

Pathways

Successful completion means you could go on to undertake post-graduate courses including an Honours or Masters qualification.

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 and tutorials offered online or face-to-face.

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 online learning management system, and conferencing software called Zoom.

  • Face-to-face
  • Flexible

Class Schedule

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

Assessment Methods

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

Fees & Costs

Per year $19500
Per semester $9750
Per year $27636
Per semester $13818

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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.

Materials

Lists of required materials, books and timetables will be provided at course induction or class enrolment by the teaching department.

Fees explained

The fees for those ineligible for a government-funded enrolment. 

The cost of tuition for those eligible for government funding.

Additional expenses

Amenities fees are used to improve non-academic services including libraries, counselling services, student support, and recreational activities.

Amenities must be paid each academic year you are enrolled.

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Requirements

Academic:
  • 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) with 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:
  • 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) with 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
English:

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.

Next Steps

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Applicants for this course will need to have met the academic requirements. Meeting the minimum admission criteria does not guarantee entry into this course. Past academic performance may be considered.

You may also be required to attend an interview to discuss your career plans, aptitude and understanding of your chosen course of study and the requirements of tertiary study. (This may be conducted face-to-face or by through a video conference call using Skype or other application).

During your interview, you may be asked to provide:

  • Your CV outlining your relevant work and life skills and experience
  • Any letters of reference from employers
  • Documents relating to prior study including course transcripts and subject outlines from other Higher Education Providers if you wish to apply for credit

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