AGB450 Agricultural Business Risk and Investment (8)


The subject addresses the application of financial business management, economic and risk management principles to decision making in agribusiness and agricultural  systems. Major areas of study include: agribusiness management and decision making principles; managing risk and decision making under uncertainty; historical and projected agribusiness productivity and financial analysis; benchmarking & best practise analysis; analysing and acquiring capital resources; and accounting for sustainability and environmental agribusiness assets. The subject also develops a framework on how to assess and measure risk, and formulate strategies to reduce it from a qualitative and quantitative perspective. The influence of the decision maker through individual bias and decision making heuristics are also examined.

+ Subject Availability Modes and Location

Session 1
InternalCY O'Connor - Muresk Institute
InternalOrange Campus
InternalWagga Wagga Campus
DistanceWagga Wagga Campus
Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: AGB450
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Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
One sessionHD/FLSchool of Agricultural and Wine Sciences

Assumed Knowledge

AHT231 Agricultural Finance and Business Management

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to demonstrate how to develop and apply basic principles of management and decision making in relation to agribusiness
  • be able to demonstrate how to develop and apply principles of historical and projected performance analysis for agribusinesses
  • be able to carry out benchmarking and best practice analysis of individual agribusiness and understand industry expectations, including the consideration of environmental assets and agribusiness sustainability
  • be able to demonstrate how to carry out formal procedures of capital investment appraisal in agriculture and be able to interpret the answers of these analyses;
  • be able to identify the sources of risk to an agribusiness and their management implications
  • be able to define risk, differentiate between risk and uncertainty, and explain and detail the key variables influencing risk
  • be able to understand and examine the roles of qualitative and quantitative analysis in risk management
  • be able to apply techniques for the assessment of risk and develop strategies to enhance decision making under uncertainty


The subject will cover the following topics:
  • Agribusiness system performance analysis
  • Comparative analysis and an introduction to productivity and efficiency analysis
  • Agribusiness decision making and risk management
  • Activity and innovation analysis, and agribusiness activity optimisation
  • Capital Investment Appraisal
  • Modelling and measuring risk using qualitative and quantitative techniques
  • Analysing and accounting for risk in decision analysis


The information contained in the 2016 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 06 September 2016. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.