- 6 points
If this unit does not have an online alternative, then students who are presently unable to enter Western Australia and whose studies would be delayed by an inability to complete this unit, should contact the unit coordinator (details given on this page) to ascertain, on an individual case-by-case basis, if alternate arrangements can be made to support their study in this unit.
Availability Location Mode Semester 2 UWA (Perth) Face to face Predominantly face-to-face. On campus attendance required to complete this unit. May have accompanying resources online.
- Details for undergraduate courses
- Honours option in Agricultural Science [Bachelor of Science (Honours)]
- This unit is designed to introduce students to the relevant concepts and principles in economics and business management and analytical tools in making strategic decisions in the agribusiness environment. The unit starts by exploring economic concepts and principles relevant for analysing strategic decisions in perfect competitive markets. The economic fundamentals of strategic management in agribusiness are explored by examining principles that underlie production decisions, the cost structure and profit maximization behaviour of firms. Logistical and organisational issues that affect the size and scope of a firm and how decisions are made along the food value chains are examined. Students are also introduced to research methods in agribusiness.
The goal of this unit is to prepare students for professional endeavours that demand skills in managerial decision making and communication in an agricultural-related environment.
- Students are able to (1) understand theoretical concepts in managerial economics; (2) evaluate different strategic options for an agribusiness firm facing competition in the marketplace; and (3) apply economic concepts, principles and analytical tools to conduct industry analysis and competitive analysis for firms operating in an agricultural environment.
- Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) examination; (2) oral presentations; and (3) reports. Further information is available in the unit outline.
Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
- Unit Coordinator(s)
- Dr Amin Mugera
- Unit rules
- enrolment in the Master of Agricultural Economics (73530) or the Master of International Development (71550) or the Master of Agricultural Science (72510) or honours in the Faculty of Science or Business School
- Advisable prior study:
- ECON3300 Agricultural Economics and Marketing or equivalent
- AGRI4402 Agribusiness
- Contact hours
- total workload: 150 hours; contact hours: 10 half days
Besanko, D. et al. Economics of Strategy, 5th edn: John Wiley & Sons 2010
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- Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.