AGRI12004 - Farm Business Management

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit introduces the fundamental principles and applications in farm business management, including strategic planning, business plans, business assessment and viability, business law, taxation and current economic, environmental and social issues impacting on agricultural enterprises. It will enable you to focus on the meaning and scope of farm business management, how to gather relevant information for making decisions on the farm, and how to use business analysis tools in the decision-making process. You will have access to real farm business scenarios to provide a strong context to underpin the principles.

Details

Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 2
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 3
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

AGRI11005 Agricultural Business Planning

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Residential School No Residential School

Unit Availabilities from Term 2 - 2019

Term 2 - 2019 Profile
Bundaberg
Emerald
Mixed Mode
Rockhampton

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Group Discussion 10%
2. Group Work 40%
3. Presentation and Written Assessment 50%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%).

Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 2 - 2018 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 31.58% response rate.

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Source: Student feedback (Have your Say)
Feedback
Some assessments tasks were not clear
Recommendation
Assessment requirements to be explained and discussed in detail at the start of term. This will be done in class and through Moodle forums. To start with, care will be taken to ensure that the language used in the assessments is unambiguous and can clearly be understood. Students will be provided with some exemplars to act as guides to their assessments tasks.
Action Taken
The description of the assessment requirements in the unit profile was improved, and further clarifications were provided via Moodle. Some exemplars and template were provided.
Source: Student feedback (Have your Say)
Feedback
Assessment feedback was vague
Recommendation
More detailed and individualised feedback will be provided. Students will be encouraged to seek more information from the Unit Coordinator if unsure of anything related the feedback provided. Students will be made aware that they can request for further feedback face-to-face (where possible) or through Zoom or telephone.
Action Taken
More detailed and targeted feedback was provided to students. A general feedback to the cohort for each assessment was also provided via Moodle.
Source: Self reflection
Feedback
Learning resources
Recommendation
More learning resources with relevant examples will be provided. This will give the students more confidence, especially as they work on their assessment tasks.
Action Taken
Some more learning resources were availed to the students. However, as per the feedback received (score of 3.8), more needs to be done in this area.
Source: Moodle - Have Your Say
Feedback
Some topics appear to been covered in a first year unit, hence some repetition.
Recommendation
This issue is currently being addressed as part of the rejuvenation of the Agriculture program. The exercise will eliminate repetitive topics.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Moodle - Have Your Say
Feedback
Difficult to find realistic financial records for assessments.
Recommendation
More guidance will be provided regarding financial information and data to be used in assessments. This may include the provision of typical financial records based on various agricultural industries.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Self Reflection
Feedback
Assessment requirements and learning resources
Recommendation
Additional exemplars will be provided to students to help them with their learning and assessments. More Zoom sessions will be organised to provide students more opportunity to seek clarification on their assessments.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  1. Explain the principles of farm business management.
  2. Gather relevant data and use basic economic principles to make farm business management decisions.
  3. Develop strategic planning methods for a farm business.
  4. Use analytical tools to prepare enterprise and whole farm financial and management plans.
  5. Analyse the viability of different agricultural production enterprises.
  6. Critique the regulatory and policy environment in which agricultural enterprises operate.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6
1 - Group Discussion
2 - Group Work
3 - Presentation and Written Assessment
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
5 - Team Work
6 - Information Technology Competence
7 - Cross Cultural Competence
8 - Ethical practice
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
1 - Group Discussion
2 - Group Work
3 - Presentation and Written Assessment