BIOL12108 - Agricultural Value Chain Management
Term 2 - 2017


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Overview

This unit examines the scientific basis of value adding in food production, processing and distribution. It covers management of inputs, production practices, post production product handling and processing, and wholesale and retail distribution in agricultural supply chains. Chains from different agricultural industries are analysed to identify where product attributes that are valued by the consumer have been incorporated, and on-farm profitability is assessed within these chain case studies to demonstrate the links between valued product attributes and grower returns. The use of value chain analysis tools in assessing the functioning of existing supply chains is demonstrated. The unit provides students with an understanding of sectors of the agricultural industry beyond on-farm production, knowledge of the tools that can be used to analyse supply chains, and awareness of important aspects of supply chain functioning that underlie profitable agricultural businesses.

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

ENVR11012 Application of Environmental Science

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
  • Distance
  • 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. Written Assessment 25%
2. Written Assessment 25%
3. Examination 50%

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Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

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Some amount of compulsory forum activity (or other interactive learning mode) would possibly be beneficial for students to help consolidate and apply ideas. Students Implement Zoom
A little light in content. Students Add more relevant content.
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Explain the scientific basis of food product quality attributes.
  2. Explain the concepts of value chain management.
  3. Apply the principles of value chain management in the analysis of agricultural supply chains.

Per NPC1156

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

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

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 - Written Assessment            
2 - Written Assessment      
3 - Examination        

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)
  • Microsoft Power Point
  • Microsoft Word
All submissions for this unit must use the American Psychological Association (APA) referencing style (details can be obtained here). For further information, see the Assessment Tasks below.
Unit CoordinatorDaniel Cozzolino (d.cozzolino@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

Introduction to the Unit

Week 2 17-07-2017

Understanding the Features of Australian Agricultural Industries

Week 3 24-07-2017

Features of Agricultural Supply Chains

Week 4 31-07-2017

Identification of the Product Attributes that are Valued by Consumers

Week 5 07-08-2017

Value Linked to Inputs and Production Practices

Vacation Week 14-08-2017
Week 6 21-08-2017

Value Linked to Post Production Sectors of the Supply Chain

Agricultural supply chain features Due Friday (25 Aug 17) 11:45 PM AEST
Week 7 28-08-2017

Tools in Value Chain Analysis

Week 8 04-09-2017

Case Studies in Value Chain Analysis

Fresh fruit and vegetables

Week 9 11-09-2017

Case Studies in Value Chain Analysis

Processed fruit and vegetable products

Week 10 18-09-2017

Case Studies in Value Chain Analysis

Meat products

Value Chain Analysis case study Due Friday (22 Sep 17) 11:45 PM AEST
Week 11 25-09-2017

Case Studies in Value Chain Analysis

Non food agricultural products

Week 12 02-10-2017

Revision

Review/Exam Week 09-10-2017
Exam Week 16-10-2017

1 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Agricultural supply chain features
Task Description

An industry sector (e.g. beef cattle) will be selected by you for this assignment, and each student will be required to summarize the key features of that industry sector, identify major supply chains associated with the sector and present an analysis of the most important aspects of those supply chains.

Assessment Due Date Week 6 Friday (25-Aug-2017) 11:45 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Week 8 Friday (08-Sep-2017)
Weighting 25%
Assessment Criteria

Students will be assessed based on the following criteria;

  1. Knowledge of the industry sector and supply chains analysed in the assignment
  2. Analysis and evaluation of the information presented
  3. Ability to effectively communicate
Conditions Minimum mark or grade - Students must obtain a minimum mark of 40% for each internal assessment item to pass the unit.
Referencing Style American Psychological Association (APA)
Submission Online

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

1. Explain the scientific basis of food product quality attributes.

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

1. Communication

4. Information Literacy



2 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Value Chain Analysis case study
Task Description

A detailed description of an agricultural value chain will be provided to the class. Students will undertake an analysis of this value chain, comparing features to other chains and drawing conclusions on the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats to the value chain.

Assessment Due Date Week 10 Friday (22-Sep-2017) 11:45 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Week 12 Friday (06-Oct-2017)
Weighting 25%
Assessment Criteria

The following assessment criteria will be used in this assignment:

  1. Knowledge of the general principles of value chain analysis.
  2. Analysis and evaluation of information.
  3. Communication, including adherence to English conventions (structure, punctuation, spelling, grammar, terminology and referencing conventions).
Conditions Minimum mark or grade - Students must obtain a minimum mark of 40% for each internal assessment item to pass the unit.
Referencing Style American Psychological Association (APA)
Submission Online

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

1. Explain the scientific basis of food product quality attributes.

2. Explain the concepts of value chain management.

3. Apply the principles of value chain management in the analysis of agricultural supply chains.

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

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy

5. Team Work



Examination

Outline Complete an examination
Date During the University examination period
Weighting 50%
Condition Minimum percentage of examination marks required to pass course - 40% (20 marks out of 50)
Length 180 minutes
Details Dictionary - non-electronic, concise, direct translation only (dictionary must not contain any notes or comments).
No Calculators Permitted
Closed Book
Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Explain the scientific basis of food product quality attributes.

2. Explain the concepts of value chain management.

3. Apply the principles of value chain management in the analysis of agricultural supply chains.

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

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy


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