This professional doctorate involves one-third coursework comprising the Master of Sustainable Agriculture and two-thirds research dissertations. Students' research will be supervised by leading researchers from the University and be applied in nature.
The Doctorate of Sustainable Agriculture aims to increase the capacity of the students to develop their own philosophical and ethical views on sustainable agriculture.
Students will learn to collaborate with others in learning, undertake cooperative project work with farmers and others in the rural sector, and integrate their studies in ecologically-sustainable agricultural production systems, business management, self-management and social behaviour. Students graduate with enhanced analytical and creative thinking skills through the application of their learning to real world issues and become autonomous or self-directed learners who are competent in research areas relating to their choice of study.
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.
On campus; Distance education
Session 1; Session 2
Higher Degree by Research
3-4 years full-time, 6-8 years part-time
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