DEVELOP YOUR CAPACITY FOR INDEPENDENT STUDY, RESEARCH AND PRACTISE

  • Develop an in-depth appreciation for the research process
  • Develop individual investigative skills, critical thought and the ability to evaluate information and to analyse data
  • Increase knowledge and understanding of the discipline area
  • Develop academic research and academic writing skills

Course Description

A Bachelor of Agriculture Honours degree will prepare you for a career in agriculture or research.

On completion of your honours year, you will have developed:

  •  A 'system-thinking' approach to agricultural production and land management, including an understanding of the structures of agriculture-related industries; the principle factors that determine their location, environmental impact, sustainability, profitability and international trade competitiveness; and the biophysical, economic and social factors that affect production systems;
  • Appropriate knowledge and ability to critically evaluate knowledge gained from a range of scientific, economic and social sources;
  • The ability to communicate and disseminate scientific and industry information;
  • The skills to effectively analyse, and scientifically evaluate agricultural problems and reach appropriate solutions;
  • Effective communication skills in a variety of media; 
  • The capacity to initiate cooperative relationships with colleagues, employers and clients;
  • Appropriate group facilitation skills;
  • The ability to collected and interpret agricultural data for interpretation;
  • An understanding of the research methodologies necessary to design and interpret experiments;
  • And a commitment to the highest standards of academic and intellectual integrity befitting to your professional standing.

The honours year in the Bachelor of Agriculture commences annually in February and is comprised of advanced coursework and an individual research project designed to extend students' knowledge and skills in solving research problems. 

On completion, the School determines the award of honours degrees on the basis of average mark of the weighted average of all fourth-year subjects. The resulting figure is the 'Honours Score'.

Coursework component

The coursework subject component of 25 points is made up of a compulsory Research Methods and Statistics subject and one elective subject preferably at a 400 level that is relevant to the project discipline.

Applicants to the program will need to demonstrate the completion of appropriate prerequisite subjects in their undergraduate courses when selecting coursework subjects. Students will also be expected to participate in research discussion groups or 'journal clubs' and to attend the Faculty's research seminar series.

Research Component

Students will select a project from a list formulated by supervisors through the Honours Research Project subject coordinator. Some of these projects may be offered in collaboration with industry, and collaborating institutions. Project proposals detailing the experimental plan and a literature review will be presented to the Honours Panel orally and in writing about 2 months after commencement for discussion and approval prior to commencing experimental work.  The proposal is assessed and is worth 10% of the  final mark. 

Students will be required to present seminars on both their project proposal and the outcomes of their research. The expected length of the thesis (including references) is 15,000 - 20,000 words.

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