AGBUS101-21A (HAM)

Agri-Food Business

15 Points

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Paper Description

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Agribusiness is the business of agriculture, it is a broad term used to denote the business side of agricultural production. This paper explores key business concepts along the agricultural value chain, which typically involves production, processing, marketing and trade. There is a broad discussion within the paper of the emerging need for agribusiness systems to minimise their adverse effects on the environment, while encouraging social sustainability. The paper also aims to develop skills in the use of key tools applied broadly within agribusiness management.

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Paper Structure

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This paper is taught through lectures and discussion.

The lectures in AGBUS101 are based around five core themes. These are:

  1. Agribusiness systems
  2. Agricultural production and society
  3. Processing of agricultural products
  4. Development and marketing of agricultural products
  5. Agricultural trade
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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the paper should be able to:

  • Discuss the role of fibre and food systems with national and global economies.
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  • Specify and analyse value chains for agricultural products.
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  • Outline key principles of efficient input use in the production of food and fibre.
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  • Conceptualise agribusiness systems and design means to improve their ability to meet the needs of individuals and/or society.
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  • Discuss the implications of corporate structure, innovation, seasonality and historical trends for processing industries.
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  • Describe the process and application of marketing strategies in agricultural industries.
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  • Critically outline the importance of trade to many agricultural industries, particularly in the context of New Zealand agriculture.
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Assessment

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Please Note: As listed in the Component list below. 100% Internal, No Exam.
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Assessment Components

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The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 75:25. There is no final exam. The final exam makes up 25% of the overall mark.

The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 75:25 or 0:0, whichever is more favourable for the student. The final exam makes up either 25% or 0% of the overall mark.

Component DescriptionDue Date TimePercentage of overall markSubmission MethodCompulsory
1. Assignment 1
19 Mar 2021
5:00 PM
5
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
2. Test
7 Apr 2021
4:00 PM
25
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3. Assignment 2
27 Apr 2021
5:00 PM
20
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4. Assignment 3
2 Jun 2021
6:00 PM
25
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5. Exam - replaced with online Final Test
0
6. Final test - online
24 Jun 2021
12:00 AM
25
7. Exam
0
Assessment Total:     100    
Failing to complete a compulsory assessment component of a paper will result in an IC grade
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Recommended Readings

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Emerson, A.; Rowarth, J.S.; Scrimgeour, F.G. 2014. New Zealand Agriculture: an economic perspective. NZX Publishing.

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Information and resources will be posted on Moodle each week.
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This is a 15 point paper and 150 hours of contact and study are expected. There are generally 3 hours of contact a week, leaving 114 hours for study and assignment development.
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Restricted papers: AGRI101

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