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Bachelor of Food and Agribusiness

Course rules


Bachelor of Food and Agribusiness

Bachelor of Food and Agribusiness (Honours)

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Course resolutions

1 Course codes


Course title


Bachelor of Food and Agribusiness

2 Attendance pattern

The attendance pattern for this course is full time or part time according to candidate choice.

3 Admission to candidature

Admission to this course is on the basis of a secondary school leaving qualification such as the NSW Higher School Certificate (including national and international equivalents), tertiary study or an approved preparation program. English language requirements must be met where these are not demonstrated by sufficient qualifications taught in English. Special admission pathways are open for mature aged applicants who do not possess a school leaving qualification, educationally disadvantaged applicants and for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Applicants are ranked by merit and offers for available places are issued according to the ranking. Details of admission policies are found in the Coursework Rule.

4 Requirements for award

The units of study that may be taken for the course are set out in the tables of units of study for the Bachelor of Food and Agribusiness. The Dean may approve some variation in units of study required for the degree for exceptionally talented students.
To qualify for the award of the pass degree, a candidate must successfully complete 192 credit points, including:
156 credit points of core units of study listed in Tables 1A and 1B including an internship (12 credit points) and a research project (24 credit points); and
36 credit points of electives units of study as listed in Tables FA1 and FA2 in Years 3 and 4.
A maximum of 6 credit points in Year 4 may be taken from units outside of the Table (including from other faculties), to count as Year 4 electives.
To qualify for the award of international specialisation, a candidate must complete a minimum of 48 credit points in approved units of study for two semesters at an approved university. Once a student has applied for and been accepted for International Exchange, the student may then apply for the International Specialisation. For detailed information on the application procedure, requirements and approved universities, please see the Faculty website:

5 Majors

It is a requirement of the course that all students complete the following majors:
Agribusiness; and
Food Science
Outside of the internship (12 credit points) and the research project (24 credit points), students will complete 66 credit points comprising 54 credit points of core units listed in table 1A and 12 credit points of elective units listed in table FA1 to achieve a major in Agribusiness and 66 credit points of core units of study listed in table 1B to achieve a major in Food Science.

6 Award of the degree

The Bachelor of Food and Agribusiness is awarded as either Pass or Honours. The honours degree is awarded in classes ranging from First Class to Second Class according to the conditions specified in 7.2.
Candidates who do not meet the requirements for the award of the Honours degree, but who have otherwise satisfied the course requirements, will be awarded the pass degree.

7 Award of the degree of Bachelor with Honours

To qualify for the award of honours a candidate must have:
achieved an average mark (AM) of at least 65 for 2000 and 3000 level units of study completed in years 2 and 3 of the degree (as defined below), and;
completed an independent research component as part of the final year of the program and achieved an overall honours mark of at least 65.
Units of study included in years 2/3 AM for purposes assessing for the award of Honours:
AGEN 2001 Plant function
AGEN2002 Fresh produce management
AGEC2102 Agribusiness marketing
MICR2024 Microbes in the environment
AGEN2003 Innovation in food supply chains
FINC2011 Corporate finance 1
AGCH3025 Chemistry and Biochemistry of Foods
AGEN3001 Food product development
AGEN3003 Global food security
AGEN3004 Food processing and value adding
A unit on animal production and management and 2000 level unit(s) selected from table FA1 will also be included in the year 2/3 AM. All units will have a weighting of one.
The overall honours mark will be the average of the year 2/3 AM as defined in 7 (1) and the year 4 AM. Research project units will have a weighting of two and all other units will have a weighting of one.
Honours is awarded in the following classes:

Class of honours

Overall honours mark

Minimum AM Years 2/3

First Class

mark >= 75


Second Class, Division 1

70 <= mark < 75


Second Class, Division 2

65 <= mark < 70


Honours not awarded

mark <65