Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2012.
|Year and Campus:||2012 - Parkville|
|Fees Information:||Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date|
|Duration & Credit Points:||150 credit points taken over 18 months full time. This course is available as full or part time.|
Mr Peter McSweeney
Phone: +61 3 9035 5319
Melbourne School of Land & Environment Student Centre
Ground Floor, Land & Food Resources (building 142)
Phone: 13 MELB (13 6352)
The Master of Agribusiness (online) is a coursework degree that is primarily online and suits both the busy lives of agribusiness professionals as well as those located in remote areas. The course is accessible to all, with the technology allowing not only information but the opportunity to participate in lively discussions. Students are also able to interact with each other at one-week residentials held in Melbourne in the first two years of the course.
The couse is normally run part time but students can also be taken full time. Students can also enrol into an on campus version of the course (704BB).
The study of agribusiness is the study of decision-making within the context of the food and fibre business, from input suppliers to primary producers to wholesalers, processors, retailers and consumers in a competitive, consumer-directed market under the influence of government.
The course focuses on enhancing the specific skills required to make effective business decisions within the context of this unique and complex system.
The course will broaden the learners' understanding of the industry in which they operate and enhance the analytical skills they bring to bear on problems faced in the day-to-day work environment. Successful applicants will benefit from a focused learning environment involving international University partners, interacting regularly with other students, academic staff, and industry mentors and from active, extensive networking through the two annual residential programs and electronic assignments, tutorials and online discussions.
|Course Structure & Available Subjects:||
The Masters program consists of 150 credit points of study of which 100 points are offered at Master’s level.
The course will be offered during four study periods per annum and will commence with intensive residential programs at the beginning of the first (Leadership 6 days) and second years (Business Strategy 5 days; Managing Risk 3 days). The program will be delivered to students as they work in their home or office primarily using online, web-based delivery augmented where necessary by print, CD-ROM, and other learning materials. Examination, if required, will be in the form of an open-book exam, which students will take at home. A team-based approach to problem solving will be fostered. The computer communication will incorporate three main components: subject learning and content; communications including email, online discussions/messaging openly shared by all members and access to remote web sites and databases such as library support.
|Subject Options:|| The Master of Agribusiness subjects are run during four study periods throughout the year extending past normal semester dates. Prospective students are encouraged to view the current delivery schedule located at http://www.land-environment.unimelb.edu.au/agribusiness/ |
Year 1 (Part time) CORE
Study Period Commencement:
Year 2 (Part Time) CORE
Study Period Commencement:
Year 3 (Part Time) ELECTIVES
Study Period Commencement:
Semester 1, Semester 2
Note: The Master of Agribusiness is also available in FULL TIME MODE and ON CAMPUS MODE (704-BB).
1. The Selection Committee will evaluate the applicant’s ability to pursue the course successfully using the following criteria: |
2. The Selection Committee may conduct interviews and tests and may call for further referee reports or employer references to elucidate any of the matters referred to above.Note. 50 points of advanced standing in the Master of Agribusiness will be awarded for the completion of the Graduate Certificate in Agribusiness.
|Core Participation Requirements:||
The Melbourne School of Land and Environment (MSLE) welcomes applications from students with disabilities. It is University and School policy to take reasonable steps to make reasonable adjustments so as to enable the student’s participation in the School’s programs. MSLE contributes to the New Generation degrees and offers a broad range of programs across undergraduate and post-graduate levels many of which adopt a multi-disciplinary approach.
Students of the School’s courses must possess intellectual, ethical, and emotional capabilities required to participate in the full curriculum and to achieve the levels of competence required by the School. Candidates must have abilities and skills in observation; motor in relevant areas; communication; in conceptual, integrative, and quantitative dimensions; and in behavioural and social dimensions.
Adjustments can be provided to minimise the impact of a disability, however students need to be able to participate in the program in an independent manner and with regard to their safety and the safety of others.
I. Observation: In some contexts, the student must be able to observe demonstrations and experiments in the basic and applied sciences. More broadly, observation requires reading text, diagrams, maps, drawings and numerical data. The candidate should be able to observe details at a number of scales and record useful observations in discipline dependant contexts.
II. Communication: A candidate should be able to communicate with fellow students, professional and academic staff, members of relevant professions and the public. A candidate must be able to communicate effectively and sensitively. Communication includes not only speech but also reading and writing.
III. Motor: Candidates should have sufficient motor function necessary for participation in the inherent discipline-related activities. The practical work, design work, field work, diagnostic procedures, laboratory tests, require varying motor movement abilities. Off campus investigations may include visits to construction sites, urban, rural and/or remote environments.
IV. Intellectual-Conceptual, Integrative and Quantitative Abilities: These abilities include measurement, calculation, reasoning, analysis, and synthesis. Problem solving, the critical skill demanded of professionals in land and environment industries, requires all of these intellectual abilities. In addition, the candidate should be able to comprehend three-dimensional relationships and to understand the spatial relationships of structures.
V. Behavioural and Social Attributes: A candidate must possess behavioural and social attributes that enable them to participate in a complex learning environment. Students are required to take responsibility for their own participation and learning. They also contribute to the learning of other students in collaborative learning environments, demonstrating interpersonal skills and an understanding of the needs of other students. Assessment may include the outcomes of tasks completed in collaboration with other students.
Students who feel their disability will prevent them from meeting the above academic requirements are encouraged to contact the Disability Liaison Unit.
The Melbourne Experience enables our Graduates to become:
Knowledgeable across disciplines
Our graduates will be expected to:
Leaders in communities
Attuned to cultural diversity
Active global citizens
|Links to further information:||http://www.land-environment.unimelb.edu.au/agribusiness/|
International students |
The course is delivered online so students can study part-time from anywhere in the world while continuing to work full-time in the industry. Students who are studying the online version of this course are only required on campus for residential teaching blocks each year. The Department of Immigration and Citizenship will allow students to attend the residential school with a Visitor's Visa. International students may prefer to consider the on-campus stream of the Master of Agribusiness (704-BB).
Computer equipment requirements
Students undertaking online subjects will use the University's Learning Management System: http://www.lms.unimelb.edu.au/
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