AGR237 Property Planning and Development (8)

This subject provides students with the concepts, knowledge and skills needed to design and implement a rural property plan that responds to the complex demands of sustainable development. Students will recognise the benefits of physical property planning and learn how to weigh up the sometimes conflicting demands of environmental and economic goals in whole farm management. They will also critically reflect on the needs of the wider catchment ecosystem and attempt to come to a balanced view on the role of agricultural production within a rural environment. Students will also prepare development plans for a specific property aimed at long term sustainability then, in the role of project manager, demonstrate an ability to evaluate technical details for selected aspects of the plan.


Session 1 (30)
On Campus
Wagga Wagga Campus
Wagga Wagga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: AGR237. 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 appraise the biophysical resources of a rural property
  • Be able to evaluate current land use practices from a sustainability perspective
  • Be able to analyse the issues influencing future land use, and identify appropriate land management strategies
  • Be able to develop a biophysical plan for property development and/or restoration, based upon sustainable management of the natural resources of the property and its surroundings, which addresses business, operational and environmental issues
  • Be able to reflect on the planning process, and evaluate their ability to manage in relation to biophysical property planning


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • the impact of agriculture on the environment
  • the biophysical planning process
  • appraising the biophysical resources
  • property planning for sustainable, productive and economic land use
  • property planning and the environmental/catchment context
  • case study of the property planning process

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of AGR237 in Session 1 2020. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
The case for a property plan
The property audit
The plan for the future

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.