AGRI12009 - Cropping Industry Business Assessment
Term 2 - 2017


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Overview

This unit prepares you for an industry placement in the area of cropping enterprise management. You will build on your existing theoretical knowledge of cropping production systems from units already completed in the Bachelor of Agriculture course to conduct a business strategy assessment relevant to your host enterprise.

Details

Career Level Undergraduate
Unit Level Level 2
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Co-requisites

AGRI12008 Sustainable Crop Production

Prerequisite

AGRI11002 Crop Management Systems

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Offerings

Term 2 - 2017
  • Bundaberg
  • Emerald
  • Rockhampton

Website

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Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Class Timetable

Assessment Overview

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Practical Assessment 10%
2. Written Assessment 30%
3. Written Assessment 60%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%). Consult the University’s Grades and Results Procedures for more details of interim results and final grades.

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On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Communicate appropriately within the cropping industry.
  2. Analyse physical and financial cropping performance.
  3. Prepare a business plan.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3
1 - Practical Assessment    
2 - Written Assessment    
3 - Written Assessment    

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

  • Introductory Level
  • Intermediate Level
  • Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3
1. Communication
2. Problem Solving    
3. Critical Thinking
4. Information Literacy  
5. Team Work      
6. Information Technology Competence  
7. Cross Cultural Competence  
8. Ethical practice

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

  • Introductory Level
  • Intermediate Level
  • Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1 - Practical Assessment        
2 - Written Assessment      
3 - Written Assessment  

Textbook Information

There are no required textbooks.

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
  • Financial Management for Agribusiness (ebook -accessible through CQUniversity Library). Authors: Obst, W, Graham, R, & Christie, G.; Year 2007. Publisher: Landlinks Press, Collingwood, Victoria, Australia.
  • The Farming Game - Agricultural management and Marketing. Authors: Malcolm, B., Makeham, J. and Wright, V: Year 2005. Publisher: Cambridge University Press, Victoria, Australia.
All submissions for this unit must use the Harvard (author-date) referencing style (details can be obtained here), OR American Psychological Association (APA) referencing style (details can be obtained here). For further information, see the Assessment Tasks below.
Unit CoordinatorRichard Koech (r.koech@cqu.edu.au)
Note: Check the Term-Specific section for any additional contact information provided by the teaching team
Week Begin Date Module/Topic Chapter Events and Submissions
Week 1 10-07-2017

Topic 1 - Communication

Part 1 - Agricultural extension

Week 2 17-07-2017

Topic 1 - Communication

Part 2 - Oral and written communication

Week 3 24-07-2017

Topic 1 - Communication

Part 3 - Marketing strategies in the cropping industry

Week 4 31-07-2017

Topic 2 - Analyse physical and financial cropping performance

Part 1 - Organisation of the cropping industry in Australia

Assessment 1: Cropping farmer interview is due on Sunday 6th August, 2017; 11:00PM AEST.

Week 5 07-08-2017

Topic 2 - Analyse physical and financial cropping performance

Part 2 - Analysing the physical performance of the cropping industry in Australia

Vacation Week 14-08-2017
Week 6 21-08-2017 Topic 2 - Analyse physical and financial cropping performance

Part 3 - Analysing the financial performance of the cropping industry

Week 7 28-08-2017

Topic 2 - Analyse physical and financial cropping performance

Part 4 - Labour management strategies in the cropping industry

Week 8 04-09-2017

Topic 2 - Analyse physical and financial cropping performance

Part 5 - Background on what influences financial farm performance

Assessment 2: Cropping Industry Case Study is due on Sunday 10th September, 2017; 11:00PM AEST.

Week 9 11-09-2017

Topic 3 - Prepare a business plan to introduce a major innovation

Part 1 - Revision of whole-farm business planning

Week 10 18-09-2017

Topic 3 - Prepare a business plan to introduce a major innovation

Part 2 - Understanding whole-farm business plans for cropping

Week 11 25-09-2017

Topic 3 - Prepare a business plan to introduce a major innovation

Part 3 - Assessment of cropping farm business strategies

Week 12 02-10-2017

Revision of key concepts

Review/Exam Week 09-10-2017

Assessment 3: Prepare a business plan to introduce an innovation is due on Friday 13th October, 2017; 11:00PM AEST.

Exam Week 16-10-2017

1 Practical Assessment

Assessment Title Assessment 1 - Cropping farmer interview (10%).
Task Description

You are required to find and interview a farmer currently running a cropping enterprise. Your interview should focus on asking the farmer their thoughts on the following:

  • Key physical and financial influences on their production system
  • Identify the market for their product and how that links back to their on-farm practices (note: details on the strategic decisions required)

Following this interview, you are required to summarise the key points from your interview into a 500-word report. This report should be pitched to a non-expert.


Assessment Due Date Assessment 1: Cropping farmer interview - is due on Sunday 6th August, 2017; 11:00PM AEST. (Week 4)
Return Date to Students All assessments will be returned to students 10 working days after the due date.
Weighting 10%
Assessment Criteria
You will be assessed on:
  • Appropriate information gathering
  • The detail of information gathered from the grower
  • Presentation of the document
Further details and the marking rubric will be available on the Moodle page.
Conditions Minimum mark or grade - 50%
Referencing Style Harvard (author-date) or American Psychological Association (APA)
Submission Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Communicate appropriately within the cropping industry.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

3. Critical Thinking

7. Cross Cultural Competence

8. Ethical practice



2 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Assessment 2- Cropping Industry Case Study (30%) [1500 words, ±10%]
Task Description

You will be provided with some initial details of a cropping enterprise. You are to prepare a case study of the cropping business, including the following information:

  • Overview of the industry/farm/company
  • Some primary (collect your own) and/or secondary (published) data or statistics. Examples of data/statistics include: production methods, yield, prices, inputs and costs
  • Physical and financial performance
  • Threats and opportunities

You are to assume the location of the property is in your region of study (e.g. Bundaberg students are to assume the business is located in the Burnett region)

The structure of the case study should be as follows:

  • Title Page
  • Executive Summary
  • Table of Contents
  • Introduction to the report and case study background
  • Body of the report
  • Conclusion/recommendations
  • Reference List
  • Appendices (if necessary)

Word limit: 1,500

Note: The word count excludes Table of Contents, Reference List and Appendices (if any).


Assessment Due Date Assessment 2: Cropping Industry Case Study - is due on Sunday 10th September, 2017; 11:00PM AEST. (Week 8)
Return Date to Students All assessments will be returned to students 10 working days after the due date.
Weighting 30%
Assessment Criteria

You will be assessed on:

  • Content
  • Structure
  • Writing style
  • Grammar/spelling
  • Referencing

Further details and a marking rubric will be available on the Moodle page.

Conditions Minimum mark or grade - 50%
Referencing Style Harvard (author-date) or American Psychological Association (APA)
Submission Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

2. Analyse physical and financial cropping performance.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy

6. Information Technology Competence

8. Ethical practice



3 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Assessment 3: Prepare a business plan to introduce an innovation (60%) [2500-3000 words]
Task Description

Identify a specific issue from your Case Study (Assessment 2) and prepare a business plan which includes the introduction of an innovation to reduce or remove the issue. The purpose of your business plan should be made clear in your report. Typical purposes of agricultural business plans include:

  • Analysis of business performance
  • Proposal of new business ventures
  • Review of current business direction and procedures
  • Detailed study of an issue to aid in decision-making

The following is a guideline of the structure of your business plan:

  • Title Page
  • Table of Contents
  • Executive Summary
  • Introduction
  • Business Environment
  • Strategic Goals
  • Operational Planning
  • Financial Plan & Analysis
  • Legal Obligations & Risk Management
  • Performance Management
  • Implementation Strategies & Review
  • Conclusion & Summary
  • References
  • Appendix (if any)

Length: 2500-3000 words

Note: The word count excludes Table of Contents, Reference List and Appendices (if any).


Assessment Due Date Assessment 3: Prepare a business plan to introduce an innovation - is due on Friday 13th October, 2017; 11:00PM AEST. (Week 13)
Return Date to Students All assessments will be returned to students 10 working days after the due date.
Weighting 60%
Assessment Criteria

You will be assessed on:

  • Content
  • Structure
  • Writing style
  • Grammar/spelling
  • Referencing
Conditions Minimum mark or grade - 50%
Referencing Style Harvard (author-date) or American Psychological Association (APA)
Submission Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

3. Prepare a business plan.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy

6. Information Technology Competence

7. Cross Cultural Competence

8. Ethical practice




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