Agribusiness Project

Subject 208-731 (2009)

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Credit Points: 25.00
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2009:

Semester 1, - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

Semester 2, - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: This subject is taken over two consecutive 8-week study periods. The subject will contain structured readings, specific learning tasks and online discussion and should expect to commit 15 hours, on average, per week, to study. Individual students will work with the subject co-ordinator on the development of the problem description. An academic supervisor will provide feedback and constructive input as necessary throughout the analysis undertaken by the student. An industry professional will be invited to advise on the project. The supervisor will grade the final management report. The student will also be required to present the report findings to an appropriate audience and submit the final report by the completion of the study period.
Total Time Commitment: Not available
Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support:


Mr Peter Francis Mcsweeney
Subject Overview: This subject follows up the work commenced in

208-730 Project Management. Students and apply project

planning and management processes and a suitable method/s

toward an investigation of a business problem or issue that may

relate to a firm or industry. The business problem may require

the application of a multi-disciplinary approach to its resolution;

alternatively it may focus on an investigation within a single

disciplinary area. Through individual supervision of this project

they can be guided toward the most efficient way to define the

problem, develop solution strategies and select optimal

solutions. Industry professionals can assist where possible in

the advising on the project.

Students will be assessed on some of the key elements

associated with effective project management.

These include lodging brief interim progress reports; meeting

project milestones as outlined in the proposal; adapting the

project to unexpected events or circumstances; justifying

project changes; providing a brief self-assessment of the

project approach and outcomes.


The objective of this subject is to extend

the students ability to focus on the critical aspects of an

industry or firm problem; apply the relevant techniques and

skills to resolve the problem; establish a set of solutions; select

and implement the optimal problem solution; verbally

communicate the findings of the project.

Assessment: Project management (15%); oral and power point

presentation (15%); final report of 10,000 words (70%).

Prescribed Texts: None
Recommended Texts: Nil
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:

It is expected students will develop:

  • A profound respect for truth, intellectual and professional integrity and the ethics of scholarship
  • Capacity for independent critical thought, rational inquiry and self-directed learning and research
  • Ability to derive, interpret and analyse information from primary and other sources in addressing specific management problems and decision making
  • Ability to integrate information across related management disciplines to solve problems in applied situations
  • Highly developed written communication skills to allow informed dialogue with individuals and groups from industry, government and the community
  • Ability to collaborate, exchange ideas and debate across on-line learning platforms
  • Ability to plan, use time effectively and manage small projects.
Related Course(s): Master of Agribusiness (Coursework)

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