AGR512 Property and Catchment Planning (8)

The main emphasis of this subject is on the development of skills to create a plan for a rural property that meets the business goals of the farm yet is ecologically sustainable. Although it focuses on the farm, consideration is given to planning within a catchment. The subject involves an appraisal of the biophysical resources of a property and an assessment of the impact of agricultural activities on the environment. A plan for future development is prepared which integrates issues associated with ecology, agricultural production, economics, natural resource management, and personal aspirations. Students must have access to a farm and will need an aerial photograph of the farm to complete this subject. This subject is not recommended for students beginning postgraduate studies with little knowledge of agriculture or soils.

Subject Outlines
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Session 1 (30)
Wagga Wagga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: AGR512. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Agricultural and Wine Sciences

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • Be able to analyse how agricultural practices impact on the environment
  • be able to discuss the relevance and application of the principles of sustainability to property planning
  • be able to prepare and present an audit of the biophysical resources of a rural property
  • be able to analyse key issues that emerge from the audit of the biophysical resources
  • be able to prepare a property management plan for sustainable development and management that
  • integrates environmental considerations with the strategic goals of the farm business
  • be able to identify and describe the costs and benefits of proposed measures


This subject will cover the following topics:

- The impact of agriculture on the environment

- Sustainability and its application to property planning

- The biophysical planning process

- Appraising the biophysical resources

- Property planning for sustainable, productive and economic land use

- Property planning and the environmental/catchment context


Current Students

For any enquiries about subject selection or course structure please contact Student Central or or phone on 1800 275 278.

Prospective Students

For further information about Charles Sturt University, or this course offering, please contact info.csu on 1800 275 278 (free call within Australia) or enquire online.

The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: August 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.