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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 course is designed to enable you to build knowledge by creating pathways between theory and practice. This course has a skills focus that aims to provide you with industry relevant training. The first year has an embedded VET diploma allowing you to build your learning with a strong focus on competency. This first year will provide the foundation framework that you will use to develop increasingly complex learnings developed in the context of industry relevant problems. The second year builds your core skills in developing your systemic thinking. You will learn about emerging agricultural innovation and start to develop your critical thinking and applied business skills through an industry placement. You will select two out of three specialisations, livestock, cropping or business, during the course. In third year you will acquire information about agricultural practices and technology and develop advanced level technical and people-management skills. You will complete the course by producing a real world consulting project that will address a client driven whole-of-system problem. This course aims to prepare you for the rigours of the real world and ensure you are skilled 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) BAgri
AQF Level Level 7: Bachelor Degree

Admission Codes

Domestic Students
Tertiary Admission Centre Codes (TAC) Codes
International Students
CRICOS 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 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 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 OP 15 | SR 68 | ATAR 65.1
Rank Cut-Off OP 14 | SR 70 | ATAR 67.95
Entry Requirements

Pre-requisite - English (4, SA)

English 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
  • tertiary 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 overall 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; or
  • Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) - Score of 180 or above; or
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English - Score of 200 or above; or
  • Combined Universities Language Test (CULT) - 70% with no individual component score of less than 15.

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.

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 Not applicable
Professional Accreditation
Learned Society Accreditation Not applicable

Residential School Requirements

Compulsory Residential School There are units in this course that will require mandatory residential school attendance for all students, residential schools may be held at Emerald, Bundaberg or Rockhampton dependent on the alignment between unit content and facilities that are available.
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Practicum/Work Placement

AGRI13005 - This will involve identifying a problem and collecting data to research and determine an appropriate solution.
AGRI13003 - This will consider the interface of the ancillary industries on mainstream agricultural production and develop key learnings within the context of a whole of farm case study.
AGRI13004 - This will involve identifying a problem and collecting data to research and determine an appropriate solution.

Previous Enrolments

Year Number of Students
2019 73
2018 64
2017 57
2016 43
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. Apply a broad and coherent knowledge of the theoretical principles and concepts in agriculture.
  • 2. Apply 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
Agricultural Business Learning Outcomes
Please refer to the Core Structure Learning Outcomes
Cropping Learning Outcomes
Please refer to the Core Structure Learning Outcomes
Livestock 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
  2. Complete 2 minors
Number of units: 15 Total credit points: 96

Year 1 - Term 1
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
AGRI11001 Soil and Irrigation Management
AGRI11002 Plant Science and Crop Production
AGRI11003 Livestock Production
SCIE11023 Scientific Research Fundamentals
Year 1 - Term 2
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
AGRI11007 Plant and Livestock Breeding Strategies
AGRI11005 Agricultural Business Planning
AGRI11006 People Management
AGRI11004 Research in Agriculture
Year 2 - Term 1
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
AGRI12001 Livestock Health and Welfare
AGRI12002 Crop Protection
Year 2 - Term 2
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
AGRI12003 Leadership and People Management
AGRI12004 Farm Business Management
Year 3 - Term 1
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
AGRI13001 Social Licence to Operate
AGRI13006 Data Management & Analysis for Agriculture
Year 3 - Term 2
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
AGRI13007 Agricultural Change Implementation

Plus 2 minors in (1 in Yr 2 and 1 in Yr 3) consisting of 2x6cpu units in Term 1 and 1x12cpu unit in Term 2 chosen from:

Livestock

Cropping

Agricultural Business

Course Structure

In order to complete this course, you must:

  1. Complete the core structure
  2. Complete 2 minors
Course Structure

In order to complete this course, you must:

  1. Complete the core structure
  2. Complete 2 minors
Number of units: 3 Total credit points: 24

Available units
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
AGRI12009 Cropping Industry Business Assessment
AGRI12008 Sustainable Crop Production
AGRI13005 Cropping Industry Placement
Course Structure

In order to complete this course, you must:

  1. Complete the core structure
  2. Complete 2 minors
Number of units: 3 Total credit points: 24

Available units
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
AGRI12005 Sustainable Livestock Production
AGRI12006 Livestock Industry Business Assessment
AGRI13004 Livestock Industry Placement
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Rural Industries Skills Training (RIST)

CQUniversity partners with RIST to provide students practical skills in first year units at the Rural Industries Skills Training (RIST) campus at Hamilton, Victoria where RIST academic staff will assist CQUniversity in the delivery of these subjects. These students will be able to apply for recognised prior learning to go towards obtaining a RIST Diploma of Agriculture.

Queensland Agricultural Training Colleges (QATC)

In Rockhampton, Emerald and Bundaberg, CQUniversity partners with Queensland Agricultural Training Colleges (QATC) in delivering first year practical units to students studying at these locations. These students will be able to apply for recognised prior learning to go towards obtaining a QATC Diploma of Agriculture.