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Agriculture and Technology

Bachelor Of

Code: HELSBATE Cricos: 070935F

Overview

Campus

Epping, Yan Yean at Northern Lodge

Campus

Epping, Yan Yean at Northern Lodge

Duration

3 years full time / available part time

Duration

3 years full time / available part time

Next Intake

February, July, Midyear

Next Intake

February, July, Midyear

Turn your love of horses into a career

Melbourne Polytechnic’s Bachelor of Agriculture and Technology - Equine Studies (Local Students) opens the gate to a career working with horses. Australia’s horse industry contributes $6.3 billion a year to our economy. This major couples a rounded education in agriculture with an equine specialisation. At Melbourne Polytechnic, our sights are firmly set on the future of farming and sustainability and you’ll learn modern and dynamic skills and techniques to bring Australia’s horse industry forward.

Industry experience to put you ahead of the herd

Melbourne Polytechnic’s Equine Studies major aims to get you industry-ready. You’ll cover a concise introduction to the Australian and international industry, the practical skills required for industry employment, anatomy & physiology, behaviour, nutrition, reproduction, health, and much more. Every day will be different on our commercial training farms. As well as classroom and online learning, you will have access to our established 300 hectare thoroughbred stud farm, Northern Lodge at Eden Park. You will also undertake two industry placements as part of the qualification. This degree is an applied qualification in equine studies that will put you at the forefront of specialist knowledge and provide you with practical skills ready for the demands of industry.

Career Pathways

Where will this take me

Pathways

Honours, masters, PhD.

Akolda Bil

"It means future to me now. All I was doing before this was working in small jobs, or jobs that aren't going to get me far in life, so studying is a huge deal to me. It got me where I am now.... And it actually, studying gave me a path to go somewhere in my life."

Course Details

Class Schedule

3-6 Years

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.

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.

Units of Study
Code Subject Elective Description Year Semester
SCI2SED STATISTICS AND EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN Core Introduction to statistical concepts and techniques and the application of statistics in management and decision makings. Experimental design and sampling techniques within a management context for a range of primary industries. Statistical analysis techniques to interpret, transform, manipulate and present data.  Ability to use appropriate terminology in presenting findings. 2 2
SCI1LS1 LIVING SYSTEMS 1 Core Living Systems I brings together biology and chemistry. Chemistry its role in biological systems. Significance of biological compounds. Molecular structures and processes, measurement and bonding and their significance. Living cells, their arrangement in organs and significance in partial and whole systems. Safe handling of materials and environmental and ethical responsibilities. 1 1
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
SCI2ECO ECOLOGICAL SYSTEMS Core Develop ecological processes to understand primary industries. Ecosystems and how processes link the living and non-living components. Areas includes: soil origin, formation, classification, chemistry, carbon and organic matter;  characteristics of water; the principles of aquatic science; aquatic ecosystems; nutrient cycles in ecosystem health, energy flows and food chains. 2 2
SCI1LS2 LIVING SYSTEMS 2 Core Living Systems II builds on Living Systems I, which synthesises the fields of traditional biology and chemistry to explore the interrelationship of the two fields. Living Systems II extends concepts into aspects of more advanced fields including metabolism, ecology, organic chemistry and water analysis. 1 2
AGR1SSM STUD AND STABLE MANAGEMENT Core STUD AND STABLE MANAGEMENT 1 1
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
AGR1AST AGRICULTURAL SYSTEMS & TECHNOLOGY Core This subject introduces traditional and modern production systems, Australian agricultural enterprises, markets agricultural technologies. Knowledge of key concepts of farming, systems, climate concepts and composition of landscapes. Agricultural practical skills that cross both a generic platform and an enterprise specific pathway. The safe operation of agricultural equipment will be acquired. 1 1
AGR3AES ADVANCED EQUINE SPECIALISATION Core 3 2
AGR3FTE FUTURE TECHNOLOGIES Core 3
AGR3EQN EQUINE NUTRITION Core 3 2
AGR3EHM EQUINE HEALTH MANAGEMENT Core 3 1
AGR2EQR EQUINE REPRODUCTION Core 3 2
AGR2ELP EQUINE LOCOMOTION AND EXERCISE PHYSIOLOGY Core 2 1
AGR2AEP APPLIED EQUINE BEHAVIOUR AND PRACTICES Core 2 1
AGR1EAP EQUINE ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY Core 1 2

Fees & Costs

Course Fees

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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.

Tuition Fees
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Next Steps

Melbourne Polytechnic delivers this course on behalf of La Trobe University. All applications for this course are made directly applying to La Trobe University.