AGRI13001 - Social Licence to Operate

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit introduces the principles and practices relevant to the social licence to farm. You will learn about the concept of the social licence to operate, the social obligations of farmers and identify drivers of social licence. You will also develop the skills to measure the levels and factors of the social licence to operate, and learn techniques for raising the level of social licence, using specific industry case studies and scenarios.

Details

Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 3
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 1
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Prerequisite

AGRI11005 Agricultural Business Planning

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

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Unit Availabilities from Term 1 - 2020

Term 1 - 2020 Profile
Bundaberg
Emerald
Online
Rockhampton
Term 1 - 2021 Profile
Bundaberg
Emerald
Online
Rockhampton
Term 1 - 2022 Profile
Bundaberg
Emerald
Online
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. Written Assessment 40%
2. Presentation and Written Assessment 60%

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 1 - 2020 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 3.2 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 35.29% 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: Moodle feedback
Feedback
While most students felt that this was an interesting unit with many important aspects of agricultural relevance, some students felt the social licence to operate should not have constituted an entire unit in the Bachelor of Agriculture.
Recommendation
In order to further convey the importance and industry-relevant nature of this unit, students should be given the opportunity to hear industry/government perspectives on the social licence to operate in agriculture at the outset of the term. While students have received guest lecturers throughout the term, a contribution from an industry contact in week one or two of term may be more effective in giving the whole unit greater context. The social licence to operate attracts significant attention in agricultural discourse and many in the industry have commented on the importance of this unit in CQUni's Bachelor of Agriculture.
Action Taken
Weekly readings, additional multimedia resources and industry perspectives were provided to convey the relevance of the social licence to operate in the agricultural industry. Nevertheless, more guest lecturers from industry should continue to be invited to present in this unit.
Source: Moodle feedback In class discussions
Feedback
Students felt that the field trip was too short.
Recommendation
The length of the field trip should be extended to allow more time for students to engage in the workshops and sessions of the field trip.
Action Taken
The field trip was canceled due to COVID-19 restrictions and held via zoom.
Source: Moodle feedback
Feedback
Students wanted to engage in more in class debates.
Recommendation
Students should be given some more opportunities to engage in in-class debates/discussions with their peers on various social licence to operate topics. Students felt that these debates/discussions were helpful and useful opportunities to explore the relevant content and to challenge their own views and evaluate the views of others. Although these debates/discussions were conducted from time to time in-class any unfinished debates/discussions were moved online. However students were reticent to engage in online debates. While the number of peer-to-peer debates on topics of relevance should be increased, care should be taken to still include other learning activities such as critiquing perspectives of other individuals and groups; discussing and evaluating industry or research publications; and analysing regulatory frameworks relevant to the social licence to operate in agriculture.
Action Taken
Students engaged in a greater number of debates, aided through the use of Zoom's breakout room feature. Students also participated in scenario- and problem-based activities which gave students the opportunity to understand, critique and discuss various perspective related to agriculture's social licence to operate.
Source: Assessment
Feedback
Assessment 2 weightings - group vs individual component.
Recommendation
Assessment 2 is worth 60%. In T1 2020, 5% of this was associated with a self and peer assessment task, 15% to an individual presentation and 40% to a written group assessment. This distribution of marks, particularly the large percentage assigned to the group component, seemed to have the impact of medializing overall student grades such that students who excelled in individual assessment tasks were significantly disadvantaged by the lower group component mark. In the self and peer assessment tasks, some students commented on the inequity in contributions to the group assessment task among their team members. To overcome this, steps should be taken to either ensure better participation in the group assessment component, or to reduce the weighting of group component of Assessment 2.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Moodle "Have Your Say" Feedback
Feedback
Students needed more information and assistance with Assessment 1
Recommendation
Students felt that Assessment 1 required some more information and clarity. To ensure that students are clearer on the requirements of Assessment 1, a tutorial in weeks 1 or 2 should be dedicated to explaining and discussing this assessment. An exemplar should also be made available on Moodle.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Explain the principles of a social licence to operate.
  2. Make an informed decision regarding the social obligation of farmers.
  3. Apply the concepts and principles of a 'social licence to operate' to a business case in agriculture.
  4. Present a case for the requirements of maintaining a durable 'social licence to operate'.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Written Assessment
2 - 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
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 - Written Assessment
2 - Presentation and Written Assessment