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Bachelor of Agriculture

Bachelor of Agriculture - TAFE articulated program [Wangaratta]
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CSU's Bachelor of Agriculture provides graduates with the opportunity to obtain the knowledge and skills in agriculture required to operate in our modern agricultural industries. This course is science-based, but focuses on the practical issues facing agriculture, producers, agribusiness and the environment. It provides training in the major disciplines that underpin our modern agricultural industries.

  • Why study this course?

    CSU's Bachelor of Agriculture reflects the University's commitment to new agriculture, providing students with a variety of study options that maximise their potential and career.

    The foundation in science gained will be drawn upon to build an understanding of management and integration of agricultural issues and allows you to gain a strong foundation in agricultural science and related disciplines.

    CSU's School of Agricultural and Wine Sciences has long been considered a world leader in agricultural education and is located in one of the most productive regions in south-eastern Australia.

    The Bachelor of Agriculture provides graduates with the knowledge, skills and experience they require to be assets in agricultural industries. The course, which has been developed in consultation with industry to ensure that students gain the relevant knowledge and skills required by industry, incorporates the latest industry knowledge and cutting edge technology. The Bachelor of Agriculture is science-based but focuses on the practical issues facing agriculture, producers, agribusiness and the environment and provides training in the major disciplines that underpin modern agricultural industries.

    What will I learn?

    Years one and two provide a strong foundation in the basic sciences and their importance in agriculture with all students studying chemistry, botany, microbiology, soil science and animal physiology. Students are also introduced to basic concepts in agricultural systems, data analysis, agricultural business and economics.

    Years three and four extend your studies in the agricultural sciences with even more agricultural application of the knowledge gained. Topics studied include crop and pasture science, pasture agronomy, animal nutrition and agribusiness. Students also learn essential skills in communication, in various forms, essential for all professions regardless of career path.

    Years five and six studies take on a management focus within agricultural disciplines. Management of plant pests and diseases, crop production, soil fertility and grazing animals are key focuses.

    Learning facilities

    CSU’s School of Agricultural and Wine Sciences is located in the heart of agriculture in some of the most productive regions of south-eastern Australia. As well as the rich resources in the region, students undertaking this course have access to some of Australia’s best agricultural teaching and research facilities for practical experience, including:

    • extensive and diverse farming facilities on a 1300ha university farm incorporating precision agriculture technologies
    • the most sophisticated underground root growth laboratory (drainage lysimeter) in the southern hemisphere
    • access to a range of mixed farms and agricultural research institutions
    • five state-of-the-art laboratories and modern glasshouse facilities
    • access to the university sheep and cattle herds and animal handling facilities.
    • extensive computer facilities
    • working models of a full range of irrigation systems for teaching and research (linear move, overhead sprinklers, drip irrigation systems, furrows, beds, flood and paddy)
    • strong links with the Wagga Wagga Agricultural Institute located on campus.
    Study at CSU in Wangaratta - articulated program

    GOTAFE logoCSU and Goulburn Ovens Institute of TAFE (GOTAFE) have developed an articulated program that allows students who have successfully completed the GOTAFE Diploma of Agriculture or the National Centre for Dairy Education (NCDEA) Diploma of Agriculture to enrol in CSU's Bachelor of Agriculture and receive credit for their previous study.

    This articulated pathway offers:

    • guaranteed entry into the Bachelor of Agriculture
    • credit for four subjects towards the degree
    • the ability to complete the degree part-time in 5.5 years. In the first year of study, students are only required to complete one subject per session.

    This 5.5-year, part-time program is delivered by supported distance education. Online learning may include some or all of CSU forums, recorded lectures, a document or resource repository, email forms, online meetings, interactive video teaching, face-to-face tutorials at Wangaratta and/or supplementary field exercises at Wangaratta. Some subjects may also require students to attend short residential schools at a CSU campus in Orange or Wagga Wagga.

    Professional recognition

    Students are eligible for the Ag Institute Undergraduate Student membership to the Australian Institute of Agricultural Science and Technology.

    Graduated students are eligible for membership to the Australian Institute of Agricultural Science and Technology as 1st year Graduate Member, then 2nd Year Graduate Member and subsequently as a Full Member

    Additionally, students can become members of:

    • The Australian Society of Agriculture
    • The Australian Weed Society
    • The Australian Soil Society

  • Career opportunities

    Agriculture is facing many new challenges and demands. The agricultural industry is a very different industry from that of the past. The industry needs skilled professionals with new ideas, new ways of learning and new ways of producing. Graduates need to be well trained, skilled, knowledgeable, dynamic thinkers, who are confident and job ready.

    It is our aim at CSU to produce graduates with these qualities - graduates who can meet the challenges faced, who can make a difference in the industry and who can help feed the world with new agriculture.

    Career prospects in this new agricultural industry are excellent. There is a massive shortage of skilled professionals in a wide range of positions.

    Graduates find careers as:

    • agronomists
    • livestock/animal production specialists
    • farm managers
    • agricultural merchandise representatives
    • agricultural researchers
    • Landcare coordinatorss/managers
    • advisory and technical consultants
    • teachers
    • journalists
    • irrigation specialists
    • marketing professionals
    • rural financial supply officers
    • parks and recreation officers

    You also have the choice of using the degree as a general qualification finding employment in many areas outside science and agriculture.

  • Credit and pathways

    Students who have studied and successfully completed subjects at other universities or TAFE that are likely to be equivalent to subjects in the CSU Bachelor of Agriculture may apply for credit for those subjects when applying. Credit will be granted for subjects that are equivalent in content and standard at the discretion of the Course Coordinator.

    GOTAFE / NCDEA Diploma of Agriculture

    Students who have successfully completed the GOTAFE or NCDEA Diploma of Agriculture may apply for the Bachelor of Agriculture TAFE articulated program. These students will receive credit for the equivalent of four subjects (32 points) towards CSU's Bachelor of Agriculture and will graduate with the Bachelor of Agriculture in 5.5 years of part-time study.

    Credit for prior learning and credit for current competencies will be granted to eligible applicants.

    More about Credit

    No special arrangements apply

  • Subjects

    The below information is for new students. Current students should select their subjects by checking the Handbook for the year of their enrolment

    Course structure

    Common Subjects

    AGB110 Agricultural Economics
    AGB310 Agricultural Marketing
    AGR202 Food, Environment and Culture
    AGS107 Precision Agriculture and Data Handling
    AHT101 Professional Skills in Agriculture and Horticulture
    AHT231 Agricultural Finance and Business Management
    PSC104 Soil Science

    Additional Compulsory Subjects

    AGR220 Extension
    AGR203 Production Analysis and Optimisation
    AGS203 Agricultural Biotechnology
    AGS301 Weed and Pesticide Sciences
    CHM108 Chemical Fundamentals
    IKC101 Indigenous Australian Cultures, Histories and Contemporary Realities
    PSC102 Botany
    PSC201 Invertebrate Pests
    PSC202 Crop and Pasture Science
    PSC271 Crop Agronomy
    PSC360 Pastures and Rangelands
    PSC371 Plant Pathology
    PSC415 Soil Management
    ASC171 Animal Anatomy and Physiology
    ASC273 Animal Nutrition OR IRR200 Principles of Irrigation
    ASC350 Animal Health
    MCR101 Introduction to Microbiology
     

    Enrolment pattern

    Year 1

    Session 1
    AHT101 Professional Skills in Agriculture and Horticulture
    PSC102 Botany

    Session 2
    AGS107 Precision Agriculture and Data Handling
    MCR101 Introduction to Microbiology

    Year 2

    Session 3
    CHM108 Chemical Fundamentals
    AGB110 Agricultural Economics

    Session 4
    ASC171 Animal Anatomy and Physiology
    PSC104 Soil Science

    Year 3

    Session 5
    AHT231 Agricultural Finance and Business Management
    AGR203 Production Analysis and Optimisation

    Session 6
    PSC201 Invertebrate Pests
    AGR220 Extension

    Year 4

    Session 7
    AGS203 Agricultural Biotechnology
    PSC202 Crop and Pasture Science

    Session 8
    PSC360 Pastures and Rangelands
    ASC273 Animal Nutrition OR IRR 200 Principles of Irrigation

    Year 5

    Session 9
    IKC101 Indigenous Australian Cultures, Histories and Contemporary Realities
    PSC415 Soil Management

    Session 10
    PSC371 Plant Pathology
    AGR202 Food, Environment and Culture

    Year 6

    Session 11
    AGB310 Agricultural Marketing
    ASC350 Animal Health

    Session 12
    PSC271 Crop Agronomy
    AGS301 Weed and Pesticide Sciences


    GOTAFE & NCDEA Articulated Program
    For eligible candidates who are GOTAFE or NCDEA alumni holding the Diploma of Agriculture the completion of the artculation program requires successful completion of hte subjects listed below:

     

    Year 1

    Session 1
    AHT101 Professional Skills in Agriculture and Horticulture
    PSC102 Botany

    Session 2
    AGS107 Precision Agriculture and Data Handling
    MCR101 Introduction to Microbiology

    Year 2

    Session 3
    CHM108 Chemical Fundamentals
    AGB110 Agricultural Economics

    Session 4
    ASC171 Animal Anatomy and Physiology
    PSC104 Soil Science

    Year 3

    Session 5
    AHT231 Agricultural Finance and Business Management
    AGR203 Production Analysis and Optimisation

    Session 6
    PSC201 Invertebrate Pests
    AGR220 Extension

    Year 4

    Session 7
    AGS203 Agricultural Biotechnology
    PSC202 Crop and Pasture Science

    Session 8
    AGR202 Food, Environment and Culture
    ASC273 Animal Nutrition OR IRR 200 Principles of Irrigation *

    Year 5

    Session 9
    IKC101 Indigenous Australian Cultures, Histories and Contemporary Realities
    PSC415 Soil Management

    Session 10
    PSC271 Crop Agronomy
    AGS301 Weed and Pesticide Sciences

    Year 6

    Session 11
    AGB310 Agricultural Marketing
    ASC350 Animal Health

  • Residential schools

    Students may be required to attend residential school sessions on Wagga Wagga Campus. The sessions provide intensive teaching on the practical aspects of the course. Generally, the sessions are of three to five days' duration per subject.

    Students enrolled in the TAFE articulated program may undertake face-to-face tutorials and/or supplementary field exercises at CSU in Wangaratta. Some subjects may also require students to attend short residential schools at a CSU campus in Orange or Wagga Wagga.

    The following subjects may have a residential school component:

    AGR220 Extension
    PSC415 Soil Management
    CHM108 Chemical Fundamentals
    PSC271 Crop Agronomy
    PSC102 Botany
    ASC171 Animal Anatomy and Physiology
    MCR101 Introduction to Microbiology
    AGS301 Weed and Pesticide Sciences
    ASC261 Animal Reproduction
    IRR200 Principles of Irrigation
    PSC104 Soil Science
    PSC371 Plant Pathology
    PSC201 Invertebrate Pest Management
    ASC350 Animal Health
    PSC202 Crop And Pasture Science
    PSC360 Pastures and Rangelands

  • Admission information

    Applicants to the Bachelor of Agriculture - TAFE articulated program should submit supporting documentation as evidence of their prior study, along with their application.

    Completion of a minimum of one year of study in a relevant certificate 4 course or above as accredited against AQF, provided by TAFE or other accredited vocational education provider.

    For school leavers, assumed knowledge is NSW HSC or equivalent 2 unit Mathematics and 2 unit Chemistry.

    Q Fever immunisation

    Students entering this course must be immunised against Q Fever. You will be required to provide evidence of immunisation by 31 March in the first year of study.


    See standard CSU admission criteria

  • Cost of study

    Fees - please visit the fees and costs page or contact us for current fee information.

    Tax deduction - in some instances a tax deduction may be claimed for self education expenses. Please seek independent qualified taxation advice.

  • Course details

    Campus locations listed for Distance Education students are purely for administrative purposes and have no relevance to the student experience.

    Enrol TypeModeCampusFee typeSession1Session2Session3Admission Code
    DirectDistance EducationWangarattaCGSYNNETAG
    DirectDistance EducationWagga WaggaFPOSYYNJTAQ
    DirectDistance EducationWagga WaggaCGSYYNETAQ

    LEGEND
    CGS: Commonwealth Government supported places
    FPPG: Fee-paying postgraduate places
    FPOS: Fee-paying overseas student places
    Admission Code: For your reference if required during your application process
    NO TAC: An admission code is not required for applications to CSU Study Centres
    TEMP: An admission code has not yet been assigned for this course

    Graduation requirements

    To graduate, students must satisfactorily complete 192 points,  including all core subjects in the course structure.

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  • About the School
    The School of Agricultural and Wine Sciences

    The School of Agricultural and Wine Sciences is the largest and most successful provider of agricultural, horticultural and wine science education supporting rural industries in Australia. Operating out of the Orange and Wagga Wagga campuses, the School comprises of approximately 70 academics, research, technical and administration staff, offering courses and research focus in fields such as agriculture, horticulture, wine making and viticulture. Research is undertaken through key CSU Research Centres, and staff have major involvement in national Cooperative Research Centres – linking universities, government bodies and industry organisations across Australia to focus on national sector-wide issues. The School’s industry linkages ensure courses remain relevant and topical, and that we develop graduates who will make an impact within their profession.

  • Preparing for Study

    STUDY LINK

    This School recommends any of the following short, self-paced, online STUDY LINK subjects to students who wish to reinforce knowledge and skills prior to starting at CSU:

    • SSS010 - Introduction to Chemistry
    • SSS021 - Transition to University Study
    • SSS026 - Developing Skills in Information Technology

    Any of the following subjects are recommended for students who wish to improve the areas of writing and grammar prior to starting at CSU:

    • SSS022 - Writing at University
    These subjects are particularly useful for those people who feel that they may have knowledge gaps and need a refresher because they have not studied for some time. STUDY LINK subjects are free for CSU Commonwealth-supported students as soon as they accept their offer of a place; small fees apply for others. They are non-credit bearing subjects.  A Subject Coordinator assists students with any questions. The full subject list and enrolment forms are on the STUDY LINK website.

  • Academic expectations

    For each 8 point subject at CSU, students should normally expect to spend between 140-160 hours engaged in the specified learning and assessment activities (such as attending lectures or residential schools, assigned readings, tutorial assistance, individual or group research/study, forum activity, workplace learning, assignments or examinations). The student workload for some subjects may vary from these norms as a result of approved course design.

    Students will be assessed on the basis of completed assignments, examinations, workplace learning, or other methods as outlined in specific subject outlines.

    Where applicable, students are responsible for travel and accommodation costs involved in workplace learning experiences, or attending residential schools (distance education students).

    Expectations relating to academic, workplace learning, time and cost requirements for specific subjects are provided in the subject abstracts and in course materials.

    Throughout their studies, CSU students have a responsibility to continue to develop skills in English Language, literacy and numeracy as appropriate to their discipline. This ongoing development will enable students to effectively participate in their course and graduate as competent professionals.

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