AGS120 Managing Contemporary Farm Systems (8)

This subject immerses students in the practicalities of farming. Depending on whether they are studying on-campus or online, students will spend time on CSU farm or an approved farm developing practical skills, monitoring and reporting skills, and their general understanding of farm systems and supply chains. As part of their monitoring activities, students will develop skills in numeracy, data management and descriptive statistics. Students will also spend time exploring career pathways within the Agriculture field, auditing their own skills profiles and identifying developmental opportunities.


* Offering has a residential school. Please view following information for further details.

Session 2 (60)
On Campus
Wagga Wagga Campus
Online *
Wagga Wagga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: AGS120. 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

Enrolment Restrictions

This subject is restricted to students enrolled in the undergraduate Agriculture courses offered at CSU or upon approval of the Subject Convenor.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to describe a range of contemporary farm systems and their value chains;
  • be able to demonstrate the development of literacy and numeracy skills to understand, interpret and report information;
  • be able to demonstrate developing digital literacy for professional practice and research;
  • be able to appraise their personal and professional capabilities through individual skills gap analysis and identify/undertake opportunities for development;
  • be able to demonstrate skills in communication and strategic questioning;
  • be able to demonstrate skills in monitoring and data collection of key farm information and the use of descriptive statistics in its presentation; and
  • be able to demonstrate the development of skills in the recognition and mitigation of risks; associated with Workplace Health and Safety in Agricultural enterprises.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Contemporary farm systems
  • Value chains for Agricultural production systems
  • Future farm systems the role of information (data management, monitoring)
  • Numeracy, data management and descriptive statistics in Agriculture
  • Introduction to the Agricultural Professions
  • Self-directed and self-determined learning for tertiary education and post-university professional and career development
  • Individual skills gap analyses
  • Work, Health and Safety on Farms

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of AGS120 in Session 2 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 %
Workplace learning
Industry skills gap analysis
Contemporary farm case study analysis
Reflection on digital agriculture
Data collection & management of a mushroom system
reflective placement review
Group oral report on an enterprise data collection

Workplace Learning

This subject contains a 5 days Compulsory Workplace Learning component.

Students are required to undertake activities associated with general farm maintenance, monitoring and management of a farm.  On-campus students may spend up to 30 hours of WPL on CSU farm with the remainder of their WPL time supplemented by off-campus, approved farm experiences. Online students can also choose to spend time at CSU farm outside the internal university study periods or find their own (approved) farm experiences in a region more convenient for their studies.

Residential School

This subject contains a 3 day Compulsory Residential School.

During the 3 day residential school students will attend a series of tutorials and practical activities exploring relevant systems, supply chains and technology use on farms in addition to receiving face to face assistance with strategic questioning.  As the CSU farm is a key teaching resource in this subject, significant time will be spent learning about the farm system and interacting, observing and gaining practical experience on the farm.  This is also an opportunity for some students who do not have farm connections, to connect with a property for the purpose of workplace learning.


Special Resources

Travel to and accommodation at a CSU campus is required for distance education students attending the compulsory residential school.

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.