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Bachelor of Ecological Agricultural Systems

Graduation requirements

To graduate with the award Bachelor of Ecological Agricultural Systems, students must satisfactorily complete the equivalent of 24 standard subjects including:
a core equivalent to 14 standard subjects (112 points)
10 elective subjects selected to satisfy a major (eight subjects) or a minor (six to seven subjects).

Study Mode

Online Education, Distance Learning & External study modes available

What is this course about?

The Bachelor of Ecological Agricultural Systems explores the connection between social, ecological and business skills and knowledge to produce graduates well suited to a wide range of roles.

CSU's Bachelor of Ecological Agricultural Systems places an emphasis on people and their perceptions and how these impact on the natural world. The course takes natural and social ecology as its foundation stone and develops applied scientific and management approaches to working with people and nature.

The course is structured around four foundational principles:

  • ecological thinking
  • ecological ethics
  • ecological literacy
  • ecological practice

What will I learn?

You will gain ecological knowledge and skills and then learn how to apply this 'ecological thinking' to the management of farming, grazing and related agricultural systems with holistic approaches to situation improvement.

The course will assist you in developing your ecological ethics by providing you with an understanding of the principles of ecology including social ecology, the ethics of land stewardship with consideration of the environmental impact of production activities. It also aims to aims to enhance your imagination and empathy skills.

Your ecological literacy will be developed by placing emphasis on ecological philosophy and holistic thinking as an overarching process that embraces reductionist thinking. The course encourages you to explore your sense of place in evolutionary and geographical terms.

You will learn environmentally responsible practices to minimise the impact of agriculture, effective facilitation and inquiry skills to assist in managing change. You will develop high level managerial capabilities consistent with the ecological foundation of agriculture incorporating communication, interpersonal skills and integrated project management.

You will have the opportunity to study a major in Organic Production or Marketing.

Students may study from one to four subjects per session, but if combining study with full-time work, it is recommended you study two subjects per session.

Students may study from one to four subjects per session, but if combining study with full-time work, it is recommended you study two subjects per session.

Credit

Students who have studied and successfully completed relevant subjects at other universities or TAFE at certificate level of higher may apply for credit for those subjects when applying to CSU's Bachelor of Ecological Agricultural Systems. Credit will be granted for subjects which are equivalent in content and standard at the discretion of the Course Coordinator.

Residential school

You will be required to attend residential school seesion held on campus for some subjects. Residential schools give students the opportunity to come face to face with the teaching staff and fellow students. It gives you the opportunity to see and utilise CSU's facilities and spend some intensive time immersed in the knowledge of the discipline you are studying.

During the residential school sessions you will undertake important learning opportunities such as property tours to leading farmers who apply ecological principles in their operation and field and laboratory work which focus on developing key skills.

Career opportunities

Career opportunities

While the organic industry is an obvious avenue of employment, there is a growing interest in holistic grazing, natural sequence farming, pasture cropping, biodynamics, permaculture, no kill farming, composting, and keyline farming.

The growth in demand for organic foods and fibres has resulted in a range of employment opportunities including advisory services, research, marketing and catchment management services.

Other possible career paths include positions as specialist consultants, roles within government advisory bodies and departments, and community organisations.

There is an overlap between agriculture and land resource management. Organisations such as Landcare need leaders and skilled professionals with an understanding of the agricultural industry, an awareness of the environment and the sustainability of both.

There are many mainstream enterprises that are moving towards an agro-ecological focus who are looking for professionals with the right skills and knowledge to lead these enterprises forward.

Agricultural and environmental experts have already indicated their excitement about the prospects for graduates from this program.

Course structure

Course Structure

The course consists of:

Compulsory core of 112 points (14 subjects)

PLUS EITHER

  • a 80 point Major in Organic Production and Marketing which consists of 56 points of compulsory subjects and 24 points of free elective subjects
    OR
  • 80 points of elective subjects, composed of 64 points of restricted elective subjects relevant to Ecological Agriculture plus 16 points of free elective subjects

Common core subjects (112 points)

AGB260 Rural Change (Inquiry Tools)
AGB363 Rural Change (Industry Project)
AGR141 Introduction to Ecological Agriculture
AGR175 Introduction to Rural Management
AGR156 Plants in Agriculture
AGR237 Property Planning and Development
AGR304 Agricultural Ecology
AGR353 Human Ecology
AGS101 The Biological Environment
AGS202 Applied Ecology
AHT231 Agricultural Finance
HRT221 Ecological Design Systems
MGT245 Managing Yourself and Others
PSC104 Soil Science

Compulsory subjects in Organic Production & Marketing Major (56 points)

AGB125 Financial Planning for Agriculture
AGB310 Agribusiness Marketing
AGB356 Agribusiness Plan
AGR306 Biological Farming Systems
AGS100 Livestock Production Systems
AHT254 Organic Agriculture and Horticulture
MKT110 Marketing Principles

Restricted Elective subjects

AGB110 Agricultural Economics
AGB165 Agribusiness Systems
AGB310 Agribusiness Marketing
AGB340 Rural Resource Economics
AGF201 Agroforestry
AGR220 Extension
AGR227 Water Resource Management
AGR347 Rural Project
AGR356 Grazing Management
AGS204 Livestock Breeding and Selection
AGS300 Livestock Management
AGS301 Weed and Pesticide Sciences
AHT404 Climate Change
BIO312 Landscape Ecology
BIO380 Fire Planning and Management
ECO120 Macroeconomics
GEO164 Earth Systems Processes
GEO360 Catchment Management Thru Comm Devel
HRT110 Hort Science
HRT222 Fruit and Nut Crop Mgt
HRT232 Veg and Flower Management
HRT301 Plant Propogation
IRR200 Principles of Irrigation
IRR401 Management of Irrigation Systems
LAW110 Business Law
MGT360 Risk Management
PHL 206 Problems of Philosophy
PSC201 Invertebrate Pest Mangement
PSC236 Pasture Production and Management
PSC270 Annual Crop Management
PSC271 rop Agronomy
PSC371 Plant Pathology
PSC415 Soil Management
PSC420 Water Policy and Management
VIT211 Viticultural Science
WSC111 Grape and Wine Science

Enrolment pattern

GENERIC COURSE

By Part-time Distance Education study

Session 1 (S1)

AGR141 Introduction to Ecological Agriculture
AGR175 Intro to Rural Management

Session 2 (S2)

PSC104 Soil Science
AGS101 The Biological Environment

Session 3 (S1)

AGR156 Plants in Agriculture
[ ] Restricted Elective

Session 4 (S2)

[ ] Restricted Elective
[ ] Restricted Elective

Session 5 (S1)

AGR237 Property Planning and Development
AGS202 Applied Ecology

Session 6 (S2)

HRT221 Ecological Design Systems
AGB260 Rural Change (Inquiry Tools)

Session 7 (S1)

[ ] Restricted Elective
[ ] Restricted Elective

Session 8 (S2)

MGT245 Managing Yourself and Others
[ ] Restricted Elective

Session 9 (S1)

AGR304 Agricultural Ecology
AGR353 Human Ecology

Session 10 (S2)

AGB363 Rural Change (Industry project)
[ ] Restricted Elective

Session 11 (S1)

AHT231 Agricultural Finace
[ ] Free Elective

Session 12 (S2)

[ ] Restricted Elective
[ ] Free Elective

ORGANIC PRODUCTION AND MARKETING MAJOR

By Part-time Distance Education study

Session 1 (S1)

AGR141 Introduction to Ecological Agriculture
AGR175 Intro to Rural Management

Session 2 (S2)

PSC104 Soil SCience
AGS101 The Biological Environment

Session 3 (S1)

AGR156 Plants in Agriculture
[ ] Free Elective

Session 4 (S2)

AGB125 Fiancial Planning for Agriculture
AGS100 Livestock Production Systems

Session 5 (S1)

AGR237 Property Planning and Development
AGS202 Applied Ecology

Session 6 (S2)

HRT221 Ecological Design Systems
AGB260 Rural Change (Inquiry Tools)

Session 7 (S1)

AHT254 Organic Agriculture and Horticulture
[ ] Free Elective

Session 8 (S2)

MGT245 Managing Yourself and Others
MKT110 Marketing Principles

Session 9 (S1)

AGR304 Agricultural Ecology
AGR353 Human Ecology

Session 10 (S2)

AGB363 Rural Change (Industry project)
AGR306 Biological Farming Systems

Session 11 (S1)

AHT231 Agricultural Finance
AGB310 Agribusiness Marketing

Session 12 (S2)

AGB356 Agribusiness Planning
[ ] Free Elective

At a glance

Study Mode

Distance education

Where

Orange

When

Session 1; Session 2

Level

Undergraduate

Duration

6 years distance education

International?

YES

Indicative ATAR

N/A

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