• Offered by Fenner School of Environment and Society
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Classification Advanced
  • Course subject Environmental Science
  • Areas of interest Science, Environmental Science

This course will provide students with broad underpinning knowledge of practices and systems of the Australian agricultural sector. This course is intended to provide breadth of systems knowledge to allow students of a range of knowledge domains to come together and apply their knowledge in an agricultural context. It will focus on the interface between domain knowledge relevant to the modern agricultural system.  

This course is co-taught with the undergraduate version but is assessed separately.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. Apply an understanding of key concepts to the modern agricultural system.
  2. Integrate knowledge of production systems to view Australian agrifood as a system.
  3. Critically review literature and 'real life' examples of agricultural production in context as a system.
  4. Effectively interpret and critique agricultural data using standard analytical and communication techniques, and communicate key information about agri systems to a range of audiences.
  5. Apply holistic thinking on course topics, in the context of real-world challenges.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Mid-term examination (30) [LO 1,2]
  2. Critical literature review on relevant topic (20) [LO 1,2,3]
  3. Group presentations of outcomes from research projects (20) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  4. Written report on research project, including management relevance (30) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]

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Approximately 130 hours of total student learning time made up from:

a) 30 hours of contact over 6 weeks: 12 hours of lectures, 18 hours of workshops or field trips;

b) 36 hours of mentored group based activity; and

c) 64 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.

Inherent Requirements

To be determined

Prescribed Texts


Preliminary Reading

Students will be assigned published papers or reviews as background to core topics and expected to discuss these in the workshops.

Assumed Knowledge

No prior knowledge in agricultural sciences required.


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

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Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2020 $4050
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2020 $5760
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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Winter Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
4624 21 Jun 2021 22 Jun 2021 02 Jul 2021 02 Aug 2021 In Person View

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