CV85 - Bachelor of Agriculture

Overview

Compulsory Residential School

Some units in this course require you to attend a compulsory Residential School or Work Integrated Learning. Please see Course Features in the Getting Started tab for further information.

Course Overview

The Bachelor of Agriculture will equip you with the agriculture knowledge, critical thinking and problem solving skills required to play important professional roles in improving productivity and sustainability of modern agriculture. The course has an applied focus that will provide you with industry relevant training on a firm scientific basis. A suite of eight core units will provide the strong foundation you will use to acquire understanding of increasingly complex concepts in the context of industry relevant problems. A series of eight discipline units starting in year 2 will help you build your systemic thinking and you will learn about emerging agricultural innovations and current technological advances, culminating in a capstone unit where you reinforce and apply the principles and thinking skills acquired throughout the course to address challenging case studies. Through the professional placement or research project, you will apply the theoretical and practical knowledge gained in your degree to an authentic professional work or research environment.

Eight extension units offer great choices to creatively combine your agriculture core knowledge with other disciplines to give you an additional edge as a professional. If you are interested in developing strong business skills you can select a Major in Agribusiness starting with one unit in year 1. Alternatively you can choose two from a suite of Minors including Agribusiness, Food Chemistry and Nutrition, and Sustainable Landscapes.

You will profit from the University's research excellence in agriculture and its focus on regional and industry engagement through the opportunities to learn from leading industry experts, interact with top researchers, hear from experienced practitioners and engagement activities such as summer research projects, conferences attendance, or international activities. The Bachelor of Agriculture course prepares you for the rigours of the real world and ensures you have the skills to make a difference in the context of the emerging opportunities that a highly technical agricultural industry provides.

Career Information

This course offers career opportunities for students wanting to be leaders in Agricultural production or Agricultural businesses. Industry placements ensure that graduates are able to apply theory to practice by involving them in real world situations.

Course Details
Duration 3 years full-time or 6 years part-time
Credit Points that Must be Earned 144
Number of Units Required CQUniversity uses the concept of credits to express the amount of study required for a particular course and individual units. The number of units varies between courses. Units in undergraduate courses normally consist of 6 points of credit or multiples thereof (e.g. 12, 18, 24).
Expected Hours of Study One point of credit is equivalent to an expectation of approximately two hours of student work per week in a term.
Course Type Undergraduate Award
Qualification (post nominal) BAg
AQF Level Level 7: Bachelor Degree

Admission Codes

Where and when can I start?
Units offered internally at the below campuses may be delivered using a combination of face-to-face and video conferencing style teaching.
Units offered via MIX mode are delivered online and require compulsory attendance of site-specific learning activities such as on-campus residential schools, placements and/or work integrated learning. See Course Features tab for further information. Online units are delivered using online resources only.
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The following tables list the courses availabilities by location and term. Directing your pointer over your preferred location will provide further information if this course is not available for the full duration. Please be sure to also check individual unit availability by location and term prior to enrolling.

Domestic Availability

Term 2 - 2022

Bundaberg
Emerald
Online
Rockhampton

Term 1 - 2022

Bundaberg
Emerald
Online
Rockhampton

Term 2 - 2021

Bundaberg
Emerald
Online
Rockhampton

Term 1 - 2021

Bundaberg
Emerald
Online
Rockhampton

Term 2 - 2020

Bundaberg
Emerald
Online
Rockhampton

Term 1 - 2020

Bundaberg
Emerald
Online
Rockhampton

Term 1 - 2019

Bundaberg
Emerald
Online
Rockhampton

Term 1 - 2018

Bundaberg
Distance
Emerald
Rockhampton

Term 2 - 2017

Sorry, no domestic availabilities found.

Term 1 - 2017

Bundaberg
Distance
Emerald
Rockhampton

Term 2 - 2016

Please note that mid year entry is for part time study only
Bundaberg
Emerald
Rockhampton

Term 1 - 2016

Bundaberg
Emerald
Rockhampton
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International Availability

Term 2 - 2022

Bundaberg
Online
Rockhampton

Term 1 - 2022

Rockhampton

Term 2 - 2021

Bundaberg
Online
Rockhampton

Term 1 - 2021

Bundaberg
Online
Rockhampton

Term 2 - 2020

Bundaberg
Rockhampton

Term 1 - 2020

Bundaberg
Rockhampton

Term 1 - 2019

Rockhampton

Term 1 - 2018

Rockhampton

Term 2 - 2017

Sorry, no international availabilities found.

Term 1 - 2017

Rockhampton

Term 2 - 2016

Please note that mid year entry is for part time study only
Sorry, no international availabilities found.

Term 1 - 2016

Rockhampton
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For any problems regarding admissions availability for the selected course please contact 13 CQUni (13 27 86) or send us an email at http://contactus.cqu.edu.au/
What do I need to start?
Entry Scores
Rank Threshold SR 66 | ATAR 66
Entry Requirements

English Language Proficiency Requirements

If you were not born in  Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Ireland, South Africa or United States of America, you are required to meet the English Language Proficiency requirements set by the University.

Applicants are required to provide evidence of completion of:

  • A secondary qualification (Year 11 and 12, or equivalent), or
  • An Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) diploma level qualification, or
  • Bachelor level qualification study for a period of at least 2 years fulltime with a minimum overall GPA 4.0

completed within Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom, South Africa, Ireland, or United States of America, which will meet the English proficiency.

If you do not satisfy any of the above you will need to undertake an English language proficiency test and achieve the following scores:

  • An International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic) overall band score of at least 6.0 with a minimum 5.5 in each subset; or
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) - Requires 550 or better overall and minimum TWE score of 4.5 (Paper Based Test), or 75 or better overall and no score less than 17 (Internet Based Test); or
  • Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic) - Requires an overall score of 54 with no sub-score less than 46; or
  • An Occupational English Test with Grades A or B only in each of the four components.

English test results remain valid for no more than two years between final examination date and the date of commencement of study, and must appear on a single result certificate.

International Students should visit http://www.cqu.edu.au/international for further information.

Each student will be assessed individually.


Security Requirements
No information available at this time
Health Requirements
No information available at this time
Assumed Knowledge

R - Biology, R - Maths B

Course Features

Awards and Accreditation

Interim Awards Not applicable
Exit Awards CM13 - Diploma of Agricultural Studies
Professional Accreditation Not applicable
Learned Society Accreditation Not applicable

Residential School Requirements

Compulsory Residential School The units in this course that will require mandatory residential school attendance are AGRI11001 - Soil and Irrigation Management; AGRI11002 Plant Science and Crop Production; AGRI11003 Livestock Management; AGRI11007 Plant and Livestock Breeding Strategies; BIOL11102 Life Science Laboratory; AGRI12013 Driving productivity in Food production Systems; AGRI12001 Animal Health and Welfare; AGRI12005 Specialised Food Industries; and, AGRI13009 Resource Smart Food Production: More With Less. In addition, the following units in the Chemistry Minor also have compulsory residential school component: CHEM11043 (Atoms, Molecules and Matter), and: CHEM12077 (Food Science & Analysis).
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Practicum/Work Placement

BIOL12050 - Placement in a professional situation in an enterprise of the agriculture sector with tasks designed to apply skills in an authentic industry or research environment.

Previous and Current Enrolments

Year Number of Students
2021 60
2020 80
2019 67
2018 64
2017 57
Inherent Requirements
There are Inherent Requirements (IRs) that you need to be aware of, and fulfil, to achieve the core learning outcomes of the units and course. IRs are the essential capabilities, knowledge, behaviours and skills that are needed to complete a unit or course.

Please note that in some instances there may be similarities between course, entry and inherent requirements.

If you experience difficulties meeting these requirements, reasonable adjustments may be made upon contacting accessibility@cqu.edu.au. Adjustment must not compromise the academic integrity of the degree or course chosen at CQUniversity or the legal requirements of field education.

Ethical Behaviour

Examples are:

  • Complying with academic and non-academic misconduct policies and procedures such as CQUniversity’s Student Charter, Student Misconduct Policy and Student Behavioural Misconduct Procedures and Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).
  • Complying with the University Ethics Committees directions when undertaking research.
  • Respecting an individual's/group's diversity by demonstrating sensitivity to religious, cultural and individual differences.
  • Demonstrating an ability to adhere to ethics policies and reflecting on ethical dilemmas and issues concerning to practice as well as taking responsibility for ensuring ethical and professional behaviour including when dealing with animals.
Behavioural Stability

Examples are:

  • Interacting positively and effectively with other students, while attending all activities related to the course including field work.
  • Being receptive and responding appropriately to different viewpoints, to constructive feedback and to direction from academics and other staff.
  • Coping effectively with your own emotions, responses and behaviour, when dealing with challenging situations.
Legal Compliance

Examples are:

  • Understanding and adhering to professional policy around Occupational Health and Safety including appropriate use of social media.
  • Knowing, understanding and complying with safety requirements which are necessary pre-requisites during field and laboratory work, especially when dealing with chemicals, animals and plants, in order to reduce the risk of harm to self and others.
Communication Skills (Verbal, Non-verbal, Written and Technology)

Examples are:

  • Actively participating in discussion activities related to the course.
  • Using language that is appropriate to the context of the individual or group.
  • Verbally communicating your knowledge and skills with accuracy, appropriateness and effectiveness.
  • Present scientific work to various audiences.
  • Recognising and interpreting non-verbal cues of peers and others and responding appropriately.
  • Having access to a computer and having some computer skills to engage in on-line learning, reading and responding to emails, and completing relevant tasks and assessments for the course.
  • Constructing your assessment work to academic standards with attention to correct grammar and punctuation.
  • Constructing fluent summarised written text from complex and detailed information.
  • Constructing legible reports in a timely manner to meet professional standards and clearly communicating the intended message.
  • Having access to a computer for your studies.
  • Regularly accessing the Internet for research and email for communication with peers and lecturers.
  • Analysing, manipulating and displaying scientific information using a variety of specific courses.
Cognitive Abilities (Knowledge and Cognitive Skills, Literacy and Numeracy)

Examples are:

  • Conceptualising and using appropriate knowledge in response to academic assessment items.
  • Performing your duties within set time-frames.
  • Summarising, paraphrasing and referencing in accordance with appropriate academic conventions.
  • Actively listening to information within a variety of academic and professional settings.
  • Reading and accurately interpreting scientific information.
  • Completing documentation that is accurate, clear and concise.
  • Demonstrating competency in applying basic mathematics knowledge and skills when reading scientific information and equipment.
  • Demonstrating effective use of numeracy skills to record accurate measurements during field and laboratory work.
  • Applying numeracy skills to interpret and solve problems in a range of settings and situations.
  • Interpreting graphical information when reading scientific publications.
Sensory Abilities (Visual, Auditory, Tactile)

Examples are:

  • Focussing on and recognising objects that are either near or far.
  • Observing and detecting subtle differences and changes in colours, including interpreting aerial photographs and analysing biological and geological samples.
  • Safely operating electronic equipment.
  • Looking through optical equipment such as microscopes.
  • Observing and detecting subtle differences and changes in the physical environment, such as flora, fauna, water, atmosphere, soils geology and the built environment.
  • Sufficiently hearing verbal communication from other students and lecturers during activities related to the course.
  • Having sufficient auditory ability to consistently and accurately monitor, assess and manage electronic instruments.
Relational Skills
  • Examples are:
  • Building rapport and engaging with other students in order to collaborate with them in group work activities.
  • Creating good working relationships with the supervisor and other staff during work placement. 
  • Respecting and showing empathy to different opinions during discussions and other forms of engagements. 
Reflective Skills

Examples are:

  • Critically reflecting on published literature and methodologies related to the course.
  • Undertaking a SWOT (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, threats) analysis related to agricultural practices. 


Sustainable Performance

Examples are:

  • Actively participating in activities related to the course with adequate, sustained levels of physical energy and concentration.
  • Actively participating in laboratory and field activities.
Strength and Mobility (Gross Motor Skills and Fine Motor Skills)

Examples are:

  • Incorporating a range of gross motor skills while participating effectively in activities related to the course, including transporting and operating field and laboratory equipment.
  • Maintaining balance while safely transferring delicate equipment.
  • Moving with ease around equipment items while performing various tasks.
  • Safely retrieving and utilising stock and equipment.
  • Physically manipulating material, systems and processes, including mixing concrete, sieving soil, and collecting and transporting samples of flora, fauna, water, gas, soil and rocks.
  • Manipulating delicate, breakable equipment with ease and care.
  • Handling test tubes, Petri dishes and other breakable equipment with care.
  • Handling animals both in field and laboratory situations.
  • Handling potentially harmful chemicals.
Interpersonal Engagement

Examples are:

  • Collaborating positively with fellow students during group activities.
  • Building rapport with fellow students and other stakeholders in order to positively engage them during your study, for instance during difficult situations.
Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Abilities

Examples are:

  • Accessing learning materials via the university's online Moodle platform.
  • Email communication with staff and fellow students.
  • Using basic computer programs e.g. Word for word processing and Excel for data analysis.



Core Learning Outcomes
  • 1. Discuss the theoretical principles and concepts of agriculture.
  • 2. Demonstrate understanding and knowledge of emerging innovations in the context of contemporary agricultural systems.
  • 3. Use research principles to review, analyse, consolidate and synthesise information to solve complex agricultural problems.
  • 4. Demonstrate appropriate teamwork and people skills to achieve business outcomes.
  • 5. Communicate complex agricultural knowledge and ideas, clearly and coherently.
  • 6. Behave ethically, demonstrating initiative and judgement in the agricultural industry.
  • 7. Reflect on performance and take responsibility for further learning and professional development.
  Course Learning Outcomes
Australian Qualifications Framework Descriptors 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1. KNOWLEDGE Have a broad and coherent body of knowledge, with depth in the underlying principles and concepts in one or more disciplines as a basis for independent lifelong learning
2. SKILLS Have cognitive skills to review critically, analyse, consolidate and synthesise knowledge
3. SKILLS Have cognitive and technical skills to demonstrate a broad understanding of knowledge with depth in some areas
4. SKILLS Have cognitive and creative skills to exercise critical thinking and judgement in identifying and solving problems with intellectual independence
5. SKILLS Have communication skills to present a clear, coherent and independent exposition of knowledge and ideas
6. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS Demonstrate initiative and judgement in planning, problem solving and decision making in professional practice and/or scholarship
7. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS Adapt knowledge and skills in diverse contexts
8. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILL Be responsible and accountable for own learning and professional practice and in collaboration with others within broad parameters
Agribusiness Learning Outcomes
Please refer to the Core Structure Learning Outcomes
Chemistry Learning Outcomes
Please refer to the Core Structure Learning Outcomes
Environmental Monitoring and Management Learning Outcomes
Please refer to the Core Structure Learning Outcomes
Food Chemistry and Nutrition Learning Outcomes
Please refer to the Core Structure Learning Outcomes
Liberal Studies Learning Outcomes
Please refer to the Core Structure Learning Outcomes
Sustainable Landscapes Learning Outcomes
Please refer to the Core Structure Learning Outcomes
Major in Agribusiness Learning Outcomes
Please refer to the Core Structure Learning Outcomes
Course Structure

In order to complete this course, you must:

  1. Complete the core structure
Number of units: 16 Total credit points: 96

To complete the Bachelor of Agriculture students must complete 8 compulsory core units, 8 compulsory discipline units, and 8 extension units. Students who wish to qualify for a Major in Agribusiness must use the 8 extension units to complete 8 units in agribusiness listed for the Major. Students who do not wish to major in agribusiness can choose two minors from a recommended range including Agribusiness, Environmental Monitoring, Food Chemistry and Nutrition, and others.

Core and Discipline Component of the Bachelor of Agriculture.

In addition to this Core and Discipline component students must complete either the requirements for the Major in Agribusiness or choose two from a suite of Minors.

Year 1 - Term 1
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
AGRI11008 Introduction to Agricultural Systems
BIOL11102 Life Science Laboratory
SCIE11023 Scientific Research Fundamentals
Year 1 - Term 2
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
AGRI11001 Soil and Irrigation Management
AGRI11002 Plant Science and Crop Production
AGRI11003 Livestock Production
AGRI11007 Plant and Livestock Breeding Strategies
Year 2 - Term 1
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
AGRI12013 Driving Productivity in Food Production Systems
AGRI12001 Animal Health and Welfare
Year 2 - Term 2
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
AGRI12005 Specialised Food Industries
AGRI12002 Weeds, Pests and Plant Diseases
Year 3 - Term 1
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
BIOL12050 Professional Placement or Project
AGRI13001 Social Licence to Operate
Year 3 - Term 2
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
AGRI13010 Agricultural Extension
AGRI13008 Agriculture Technology Transformation: The Future of Food and Fibre
AGRI13009 Resource Smart Food Production: More With Less
Course Structure

In order to complete this course, you must:

  1. Complete the core structure

Agribusiness Minor

Number of units: 4 Total credit points: 24

MRKT11029 and MGMT13151 are also available over Term 3.

Minor in Agribusiness

Available units
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
MGMT13151 Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Start-ups
MGMT19128 Strategy and Change
Available units
Students must complete 2 from the following units:
ECON11026 Principles of Economics
MRKT11029 Marketing Fundamentals
MGMT19105 Quality Management
Course Structure

In order to complete this course, you must:

  1. Complete the core structure
Number of units: 4 Total credit points: 24

Minor in Chemistry

Available units
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
CHEM11043 Atoms, Molecules and Matter
CHEM13080 Analytical Science
CHEM13081 Biomaterials: Environmental and Medical Applications
CHEM12077 Food Science & Analysis
Course Structure

In order to complete this course, you must:

  1. Complete the core structure

Environmental Monitoring and Management Minor

Number of units: 4 Total credit points: 24

Minor in Environmental Monitoring and Management

Available units
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
ENVR11011 Modern Environmental Issues
GEOG19021 Geographic Information Systems
EVST13015 Mining, Urban & Industrial Lands Rehabilitation
EVST19007 Environmental and Social Impact Assessment

Course Structure

In order to complete this course, you must:

  1. Complete the core structure

Food Chemistry and Nutrition Minor

Number of units: 4 Total credit points: 24

Minor in Food Chemistry and Nutrition

Available units
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
CHEM11043 Atoms, Molecules and Matter
NUTR12001 Human Nutrition
CHEM12077 Food Science & Analysis
CHEM11045 Chemical Investigation and Theory
Course Structure

In order to complete this course, you must:

  1. Complete the core structure

Liberal Studies Minor

Number of units: 4 Total credit points: 24

Select four units from the above minors, ensuring requisites are met. Students should also ensure that the Minor consists of at least one level 2 unit and at least two Level 3 units. Please consult the Course Advice Team when selecting units for the Liberal Studies minor.

Course Structure

In order to complete this course, you must:

  1. Complete the core structure

Sustainable Landscapes Minor

Number of units: 4 Total credit points: 24

Minor in Sustainable Landscapes

Available units
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
GEOG19021 Geographic Information Systems
EVST19021 Sustainability Issues and Solutions
GEOG13013 Sustainable Regions and Cities

Complete one of the following units

Available units
Students must complete 1 from the following units:
GEOG12021 Remote Sensing of Environment
GEOG12020 Australian Weather and Climate
Course Structure

In order to complete this course, you must:

  1. Complete the core structure

Major in Agribusiness Unit Pack

Number of units: 8 Total credit points: 48

To complete the Bachelor of Agriculture students must complete 8 compulsory core units, 8 compulsory discipline units, and 8 extension units. Students who wish to qualify for a Major in Agribusiness must use the 8 extension units to complete 8 units in agribusiness listed for the Major. Students who do not wish to major in agribusiness can choose 2 minors from a recommended range including Agribusiness, Environmental Monitoring, Food Chemistry and Nutrition, and others.

Major in Agribusiness

Year 1 - Term 1
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
ECON11026 Principles of Economics
Year 2 - Term 1
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
LAWS11030 Foundations of Business Law
MRKT11029 Marketing Fundamentals
Year 2 - Term 2
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
FINC19011 Business Finance
MGMT13151 Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Start-ups
Year 3 - Term 1
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
FINC19012 Investment Analysis and Risk Management
Year 3 - Term 2
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
MGMT19128 Strategy and Change
Year 3 - Term 3
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
MGMT19105 Quality Management
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