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MAB242 - Agribusiness Governance


2020 unit information

Important Update:

Classes and seminars in Trimester 2, 2020 will be online.

Last updated: 2 June 2020

Enrolment modes:Trimester 2: Warrnambool, Cloud (online)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit Chair:Trimester 2: Helen Scarborough

HSN105 or MAB251 or MAE101

Incompatible with: Nil
Typical study commitment:

Students will on average spend 150 hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - campus:

1 x 2 hour weekly class and 1 x 2 hour seminar every second week

Scheduled learning activities - cloud:

Online independent and collaborative learning activities including 5 scheduled online seminars


This unit introduces students to analytical foundations to study various issues related to the governance of food and agribusiness industries. Issues such as the function of coordination and contracting from the value chain perspective will be covered. Students will also be provided with a solid understanding of the rationale for public policies and necessary analytical skills to evaluate their socio-economic and environmental impacts, as well as understanding of the dynamics in agricultural and food international trade. Discussions in this Unit will also cover current topics such as global food security, food safety and traceability with a focus on how improved governance in the industry can help tackle those issues

  These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this unit.
At the completion of this Unit, successful students can:
Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes


Demonstrate an understanding of the changing structure of food and agribusiness industries, and think critically in practice how this impacts the operation of farms and agribusiness firms

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities


Identify and evaluate the rationale for and impacts of public policies in food and agribusiness industries

GLO4: Critical thinking


Assess a range of socio-economic, sustainability and resource availability factors, and contrast their impact on global agricultural and food trade and the part they play in global value chains through the use of relevant information

GLO3: Digital literacy

GLO8: Global citizenship


Collaborate in teamwork to collectively and critically review issues related to the governance of food and agricultural sectors

GLO7: Teamwork

These Unit Learning Outcomes are applicable for all teaching periods throughout the year



Assessment Description

Student output

Grading and weighting
(% total mark for unit)

Indicative due week 

Assessment 1 (individual) - Online test   15% Information not yet available
Assessment 2 (group 2-3 students)- Written report maximum 2500 words 35% Information not yet available
Examination 2 hours 50% Exam period

The assessment due weeks provided may change. The Unit Chair will clarify the exact assessment requirements, including the due date, at the start of the teaching period.

Hurdle requirement

Hurdle requirement: Submit all assessments

Learning Resource

The texts and reading list for the unit can be found on the University Library via the link below: MAB242 Note: Select the relevant trimester reading list. Please note that a future teaching period's reading list may not be available until a month prior to the start of that teaching period so you may wish to use the relevant trimester's prior year reading list as a guide only.

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