Agribusiness major

Agribusiness refers to the collective business activities involved in production, financing, processing and marketing of food and fibre to sustain humanity. With the need to feed the growing world population, the agribusiness sector is emerging to be one of the most important and dynamic in terms of production, consumer spending and employment. Undertaking the Agribusiness major will provide students the opportunity to be part of this growing sector. The major prepares students to apply business and economic principles to address the managerial challenges in the food systems and value chains. Students learn about the management of businesses operating from the farm gate to consumer plates.

Outcomes

Students are able to (1) critically review agribusiness markets in Australia and globally; (2) demonstrate skills and knowledge to assess agricultural value chains and markets using experimental, modelling and statistical methods; (3) explain fundamental agricultural policy, economic, and management tools for agribusiness applications; (4) demonstrate capacity to solve agribusiness-related problems using data analysis, business strategy and modeling methods; (5) integrate agricultural, scientific and market data with farming systems information to guide agribusiness decision making for improved efficiency, profitability and/or environmental outcomes; (6) demonstrate networking, communication and leadership skills; and (7) apply relevant employability skills for agribusiness.

Broadening guidelines

All students studying towards a Bachelor's Degree at UWA are required to Broaden their studies by completing a minimum of four units (24 points) of study outside their degree specific major. Broadening is your opportunity to explore other areas of interest, investigate new disciplines and knowledge paradigms and to shape your degree to suit your own aspirations and interests. Many of you will be able to undertake more than this minimum amount of broadening study and we encourage you to do so if this suits your aspirations. Over the next few months you will find here some broadening suggestions related to your degree-specific major. While we know that many students value guidance of this sort, these are only suggestions and students should not lose sight of the opportunity to explore that is afforded by your Broadening Choices. Advice can also be sought from your Allocated Student Advising Office.

Prerequisites

ATAR Mathematics Methods or equivalent or higher

Agribusiness can be taken as a degree-specific major in the following degree courses:

BP004 Bachelor of Science
BH005 Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours)

Overview of unit sequence

Agribusiness is a degree-specific single major comprising:

  • five Level 1 units
  • four Level 2 units
  • three Level 3 units
Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2; N/A = not available in 2021

Note: Units that are indicated as N/A may be available in 2022 or 2023.

Level 1

Degree-specific major units
Take all units (30 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S1 ACCT1100 Business Reporting and Analysis
Incompatibility:
ACCT1101 Financial Accounting; FINA1221 Introduction to Finance
S1 AGRI1001 Feeding the World
S2 ECON1000 Economics for Business
Incompatibility:
ECON1101 Microeconomics: Prices and Markets; ECON5541 Economics for Business: Applications and Policy
S1, S2 MKTG1203 Introduction to Marketing
Incompatibility:
MKTG2203 Marketing Management
S1, S2 SCIE1104 Science, Society and Data Analysis
Co-requisites:
MATH1721 Mathematics Foundations: Methods (only required if students haven't completed ATAR Mathematics Methods; WACE Mathematics: Specialist 3A/3B;
or
equivalent
or
higher.
Incompatibility:
STAT1520 Economic and Business Statistics
Bridging units
Bridging units must be successfully completed within the first 48 points of study. Students who have not achieved a scaled mark of at least 50 in Mathematics Methods ATAR or equivalent or higher are required to complete MATH1721. Students who have not achieved a scaled mark of at least 50 in Mathematics Applications ATAR or equivalent or higher are required to complete MATH1720 and MATH1721.
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S1, S2 MATH1720 Mathematics Fundamentals
Prerequisites:
Mathematics Applications ATAR (with a scaled score of less than 50)
or
with permission.
Incompatibility:
Mathematics Applications ATAR (with a scaled score of 50
or
greater)
or
equivalent
or
higher.
S1, S2 MATH1721 Mathematics Foundations: Methods
Prerequisites:
Mathematics Applications ATAR
or
MATH1720 Mathematics Fundamentals
or
Mathematics Methods ATAR (with a scaled score of less than 50)
or
equivalent .
Incompatibility:
WACE Mathematics: Specialist 3A/3B; MATH1038 Calculus and its Applications; MATH1045 Intermediate Calculus; Mathematics Specialist ATAR; MATH1001 Mathematical Methods 1; MATH1002 Mathematical Methods 2; MATH1011 Multivariable Calculus; MATH1012 Mathematical Theory and Methods; STAT1400 Statistics for Science;
or
STAT1520 Economics and Business Statistics.

Level 2

Degree-specific major units
Take all units (24 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S2 AGRI2201 Pasture and Livestock Systems
Prerequisites:
BIOL1130 Frontiers in Biology
or
BIOL1131 Plant and Animal Biology
or
AGRI1001 Feeding the World and (SCIE1104 Science Society and Data Analysis
or
STAT1400 Statistics for Science
or
STAT1520 Economic and Business Statistics )
S2 ECON2245 Business Economics
Prerequisites:
ECON1101 Microeconomics: Prices and Markets
S2 MKTG2301 Small Business Management
Prerequisites:
MKTG1203 Introduction to Marketing
or
MKTG1342 Introduction to Enterprise and Innovation
Incompatibility:
MGMT3301 Small Business Management
S1, S2 SCIE2205 Science Work Placement
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Bachelor of Science (BP004)
or
the Bachelor of Biomedical Science (BP006)
or
the Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) (BH005) and completion of 60 points of study at UWA and approval of the unit coordinator.

Level 3

Degree-specific major units
Take all units (18 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
N/A AGRI3004 Agribusiness Planning and Management
Prerequisites:
AGRI1001 Feeding the World and completion of 48 points
S2 ANIM3306 Clean, Green and Ethical Animal Production
Prerequisites:
any Level 2 ANIM unit
or
AGRI2201 Pasture and Livestock Systems
S1 ECON3300 Agricultural Economics and Marketing
Prerequisites:
completion of 48 points

Choosing your degree-specific major

Specialised degrees – Bachelor of Advanced Computer Science (Honours), Bachelor of Automation and Robotics, Bachelor of Environmental Design, Bachelor of Music

You must satisfy the requirements of the degree-specific major in your degree before you complete your course. (You have the choice to either nominate your degree-specific major when you first enrol in the course or delay nominating it until your second year.)

Bachelor of Philosophy, Politics and Economics

This comprehensive degree does not require you to choose a degree-specific major.

General degrees

You must satisfy the requirements of a degree-specific major before you complete your course. The flexible structure of an undergraduate course allows you to try out a number of different subjects to see what interests you before nominating your degree-specific major. You have the choice to either nominate your degree-specific major when you first enrol in the course or delay nominating it until your second year.

To plan the first year of your study without nominating a degree-specific major, you are advised to choose units that will pave the way to two or more degree-specific majors that are of interest to you. For examples of the choice of units available in first year, search the first-year study plans .

To fully understand the structure of an undergraduate course, read the course structure information and the Undergraduate Degree Course Rules.

The following example illustrates how the Agribusiness degree-specific major can be included in the Bachelor of Science course.

Example: Course Study Plan: CSP004-AGBUS

There are more choices open to you. For more examples, search the study plans .

Choosing a second major

You also have the option to choose a second major from those available in the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Biomedical Science, Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Design Only available to re-enrolling students. and Bachelor of Science courses, giving you the opportunity to pursue your interests no matter how different they are.

For more examples of combinations of majors, search the study plans .