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Bachelor of Agriculture and Technology

Code: HEPIBAT Cricos: 070935F

Overview

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Duration

3 years full time / 7 years part time

Requirements

Australian Year 12 or equivalency to include mathematics and one of either chemistry or biology. Students without chemistry or biology may undertake bridging studies to meet this pre-requisite.

Next Intake

February, July

Next Intake

February, July

Our Bachelor of Agriculture and Technology Viticulture and Winemaking major is a hands-on, industry-focused vocational degree, taking advantage of Melbourne Polytechnic’s on-campus winery, laboratories and teaching facilities. You will learn everything about viticulture and winemaking from grape to glass.

Our program is designed and taught by industry experts to provide the knowledge needed to work across the wine industry. You will have access to state-of-the-art facilities, including two fully-operational wineries, a wine-tasting laboratory, and over 28 hectares of vineyards located at Ararat and Yan Yean.

Graduates from this degree are capable of performing as highly-competent professionals in viticulture and winemaking anywhere in the global wine industry with real vineyard and winery experience.

Career Pathways

Where will this take me

Graduates can expect to gain employment in all aspects of the Viticulture and Winemaking industry, in Australia and also overseas
  • Viticulture or Winemaking Researcher
  • Wine Educator
  • Viticulturist
  • Oeneologist (Winemaker)
  • Cellar Hand (Assistant Winemaker)
  • Cellar Manager
  • Vineyard Manager
  • Wine Exporter
  • Wine Retailer

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.

  • Class based
  • Combination

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
  • Fri - 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
BVW110 Introductory winemaking Core This subject introduces the concepts of vintage, major wine types and styles, production techniques and the materials and decisions that affect wine style. During the subject students will control the production of their own wine, from harvesting through to bottling. 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
BVW109 Vineyard Management 1 Core This hands-on subject examines the annual production management cycle of a vineyard and the factors that influence yield and quality of grapes and wine. 1 2
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
BVW209 Wine Evaluation 1 Core The objective of this subject is to introduce you to the principles and practices of the sensory evaluation of wine. During extensive practical wine tasting sessions, skills in wine assessment will be developed via palate training exercises that explore sight, smell, taste, flavour and mouth feel of the samples. 2
BVW203 Wine Chemistry 1 Core This practical subject examines the chemical constituents of wine and wine products and the chemical reactions that take place during production and maturation. By the conclusion of the subject students will be competent in undertaking most standard winery analyses. 2 1
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 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
BVW211 Vine Physiology and Grape Production Elective This subject provides students with a thorough understanding of the biochemical mechanisms that convert vineyard practices into grape and wine properties. 2 2
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
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 2
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
BVW308 Wine Microbiology and Biotechnology Elective This practical subject examines the role of micro-organisms in the production and spoilage of wine. 3 1
BVW318 Wine Marketing Core In this subject you will develop knowledge and skills relevant to marketing of rural products and services along with matters of business management that can be applied in a broad range of contexts. Principles of marketing such as market segmentation, the 4 P's model - Price, Promotion, Place, and Product - and the marketing mix, will be used as a basis for the development of marketing plans and programs. 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
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
BVW302 Wine Production 2 Elective This subject explores traditional techniques and emerging international practices in winemaking. During this subject students will guide the production of a commercial wine, from the creation of wine production proposals, to setting grape harvesting parameters, and all stages of production all the way through to labelling. 3 2
BVW303 The Australian Wine Industry and Its Wines Elective This subject explores topics including the history, current practices, products, economy, marketing, industry structures and regulation of the Australian wine industry, through both theory and wine evaluation. 3 2
BVW305 Viticulture Engineering Core Concepts of viticulture engineering practices in commercial viticulture operations and the safe operation of facilities and equipment. Evaluate new information, concepts and techniques relating to viticulture engineering and investigate the management of engineering problems in the vineyard. 3 2
BVW306 Wine Chemistry 2 Elective This subject examines the basic principles and concepts of biochemistry and their relationship to viticulture and winemaking. 3 2
BVW207 International Wine Styles Elective This subject explores international wine styles, the characteristics of various international wines and the techniques used in their evaluation and assessment. This subject involves intensive weekly tasting sessions. 3 2

Fees & Costs

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

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Fees displayed are effective for new applications received on or after 19 November 2020. 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.

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.

When you are studying higher education courses you may qualify for FEE-HELP payments for part or all of your tuition fees. FEE-HELP loans do not cover materials costs.

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Requirements

Academic:
  • Australian Year 12 or equivalency to include mathematics and one of either chemistry or biology. Students without chemistry or biology may undertake bridging studies to meet this pre-requisite, 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) 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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