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Graduate Certificate in Sustainable Agriculture

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CSU's Graduate Certificate in Sustainable Agriculture introduces the knowledge and skills students need to balance natural resource, human and economic factors in the agricultural industry.

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  • Why study this course?

    The aim of Graduate Certificate of Sustainable Agriculture is to provide a graduate qualification in sustainable agriculture which will meet the vocational and professional requirements of students. It aims to develop further understanding of topic areas undertaken in a prior qualification, or develop new understanding in areas to broaden the knowledge of students.

    You will study three key areas:

    • agricultural and natural systems
    • agribusiness
    • the humanities.

    CSU's Sustainable Agriculture programs allow students to complete the Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma or Master degree with credit in each higher level for the subjects completed. You may then receive credit into CSU's Doctor of Sustainable Agriculture when entry requirements are met.

  • Career opportunities

    CSU's courses in Sustainable Agriculture are ideal for retraining professionals to redirect or enhance their existing capabilities for a career in the agricultural or agribusiness sectors.

    Graduates find careers in advisory and policy/advocacy roles, executive management, agriculture and agribusiness consultancy, the agricultural finance sector, Landcare and catchment management agency roles, natural resource management, agricultural education and training and as rural counsellors.

  • Subjects

    The below information is for new students. Current students should select their subjects by checking the Handbook for the year of their enrolment

    Course structure

    Graduate Certificate

    Core subjects

    AGR475 Sustainable Agriculture Issues and Viewpoints
    AGR595 Managing Agro-Ecosystems
    Plus 2 electives

    Graduate Diploma

    Core subjects

    AGR475 Sustainable Agriculture Issues and Viewpoints
    AGR595 Managing Agro-Ecosystems
    AGR402 Reading in Science and Agriculture
    AGB440 Resource Economics
    AGB555 Managing Rural Change
    Plus 3 electives

    Masters

    Core subjects

    AGR475 Sustainable Agriculture Issues and Viewpoints
    AGR595 Managing Agro-Ecosystems
    AGR580 Research Methods
    AGR610 Sustainable Agriculture Dissertation (16pts)
    AGR402 Reading in Science and Agriculture
    AGB440 Resource Economics
    AGB555 Managing Rural Change
    Plus 4 electives

    Electives can be from any of the following areas.

    Agribusiness/Rural Management

    AGB410 Agribusiness Marketing
    AGB450 Agricultural Business Risk and Investment
    MGT580 Forecasting and Risk Management
    AGR501 Special Topics 1
    AGR502 Special Topics 2
    AGR503 Special Topics 3
    AGR512 Property Catchment and Management

    Irrigation and Water Resource Management

    AHT404 Climate Change Impacts, Mitigation and Adaptation
    IRR400 Fundamentals of Irrigation
    IRR401 Management of Irrigation Systems
    PSC420 Water Policy and Management
    AGR501 Special Topics 1
    AGR502 Special Topics 2
    AGR503 Special Topics 3

    Cropping Systems Management

    AHT404 Climate Change Impacts, Mitigation and Adaptation
    AGR583 Alternative Agriculture
    AGS402 Weed and Pesticide Sciences
    PSC415 Soil Management
    AGR501 Special Topics 1
    AGR502 Special Topics 2
    AGR503 Special Topics 3

    Extension and Capacity Building

    AHT404 Climate Change Impacts, Mitigation and Adaptation
    AGB520 Extension Post Graduate
    AGR501 Special Topics 1
    AGR502 Special Topics 2
    AGR503 Special Topics 3

    Enrolment pattern

    It is recommended that elective subjects be chosen based on those attributes and skills you require to further your chosen pathway or career in sustainable agriculture.

    Other subjects within the University may be substituted with the advice an approval of the Course Director.

    Graduate Certificate

    Session 1

    AGR475 Sustainable Agriculture Issues and Viewpoints
    Plus 1 Elective

    Session 2

    AGR595 Managing Agro-Ecosystems
    Plus 1 Elective

    Graduate Diploma

    Session 1

    AGR475 Sustainable Agriculture Issues and Viewpoints
    AGR402 Reading in Science and Agriculture
    AGB440 Resource Economics
    Plus 1 elective

    Session 2

    AGR595 Managing Agro-Ecosystems
    AGB555 Managing Rural Change
    Plus 2 electives

    Masters

    Session 1

    AGR475 Sustainable Agriculture Issues and Viewpoints
    AGR402 Reading in Science and Agriculture
    AGR580 Research Methods
    AGB440 Resource Economics

    Session 2

    AGR595 Managing Agro-Ecosystems
    AGR610 Sustainable Agriculture Dissertation
    AGB555 Managing Rural Change
    Plus 1 elective

    Session 3

    AGR610 Sustainable Agriculture Dissertation
    Plus 3 electives (from the list of electives)

  • Residential schools

    The following subjects may have a residential school component for distance education students:

    PSC415 Soil Management
    IRR400 Principles of Irrigation
    AGS402 Weed and Pesticide Sciences
    AGB555 Managing Rural Change
    PSC420 Water Policy and Management
    AGS453 Human Ecology (PG)

  • Admission information

    A completed Bachelors Degree (or equivalent) in a relevant discipline from a University or other tertiary education provider.
    OR
    Relevant Industry experience from the agricultural/business sector of at least 2 years or equivalent knowledge gained through alternate means.
    AND
    Minimum CSU English Language Proficiency requirements apply.

     

    See standard CSU admission criteria

  • Cost of study

    Fees - please visit the fees and costs page or contact us for current fee information.

    Tax deduction - in some instances a tax deduction may be claimed for self education expenses. Please seek independent qualified taxation advice.

    Alumni discount

    Already studied with CSU? Our 10% Alumni discount applies to this course!
    Find out more

  • Course details

    Campus locations listed for Online students are purely for administrative purposes and have no relevance to the student experience.

    Enrol TypeModeCampusFee typeSession1Session2Session3Admission Code
    DirectOnlineOrangeFPOSYYNJTGC
    DirectOn campusOrangeFPOSYYNITGC
    DirectOn campusOrangeFPPGYYNGTGC
    DirectOnlineOrangeFPPGYYNOTOC

    LEGEND
    CGS: Commonwealth Government supported places
    FPPG: Fee-paying postgraduate places
    FPOS: Fee-paying overseas student places
    Admission Code: For your reference if required during your application process
    NO TAC: An admission code is not required for applications to CSU Study Centres
    TEMP: An admission code has not yet been assigned for this course

    Graduation requirements

    Completion of 4 subjects including 2 Core subjects and 2 elective subjects equalling 32 points.

  • How to apply
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    Apply direct to CSU

    Apply direct to CSU for on campus study at a CSU regional campus, or study by distance education.

    Apply online

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    CRICOS Code(s)

    065834J (Orange)

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  • About the School

    The School of Agricultural and Wine Sciences

    The School of Agricultural and Wine Sciences is the largest and most successful provider of agricultural, horticultural and wine science education supporting rural industries in Australia. Operating out of the Orange and Wagga Wagga campuses, the School comprises of approximately 70 academics, research, technical and administration staff, offering courses and research focus in fields such as agriculture, horticulture, wine making and viticulture. Research is undertaken through key CSU Research Centres, and staff have major involvement in national Cooperative Research Centres – linking universities, government bodies and industry organisations across Australia to focus on national sector-wide issues. The School’s industry linkages ensure courses remain relevant and topical, and that we develop graduates who will make an impact within their profession.

  • Preparing for Study

    We recommend the following Studylink subjects for this course:

    • SSS018 - Foundation Mathematics
    • SSS021 - Transition to University Study
  • Academic expectations

    For each 8 point subject at CSU, students should normally expect to spend between 140-160 hours engaged in the specified learning and assessment activities (such as attending lectures or residential schools, assigned readings, tutorial assistance, individual or group research/study, forum activity, workplace learning, assignments or examinations). The student workload for some subjects may vary from these norms as a result of approved course design.

    Students will be assessed on the basis of completed assignments, examinations, workplace learning, or other methods as outlined in specific subject outlines.

    Where applicable, students are responsible for travel and accommodation costs involved in workplace learning experiences, or attending residential schools (distance education students).

    Expectations relating to academic, workplace learning, time and cost requirements for specific subjects are provided in the subject abstracts and in course materials.

    Throughout their studies, CSU students have a responsibility to continue to develop skills in English Language, literacy and numeracy as appropriate to their discipline. This ongoing development will enable students to effectively participate in their course and graduate as competent professionals.

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