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MAB353 - Applied Agribusiness Project


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: Risti Permani

MAB242, MAB251 and MAB352

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:

4 x 3-hour class in Weeks 1, 3, 7 and 10 and consultation hours in other weeks

Scheduled learning activities - cloud:

4 x 3-hour class in Weeks 1, 3, 7 and 10 via Zoom, and consultation hours in other weeks via Zoom.


This unit provides opportunities for students to apply key conceptual frameworks, analytical tools and knowledge of food and agribusiness into a realistic project. Unique to this Unit is the flexibility for students to either undertake an internship, with an approved organisation such as an agribusiness company, farm, and government agency (subject to place availability) to work on a specific and defined task or project; or conduct an independent study to investigate a current issue or explore business opportunities in a select industry. Topics such as effective literature review, proposal writing, analytical methods, presenting professionally, and networks in agribusiness will be covered. At the end of this Unit, students will present results from their individual project in various flexible formats, including a business analysis, research report, and a policy review. This flexibility will enable students to gain experience that is aligned with their individual professional goals.

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


Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of key conceptual frameworks and analytical tools in agribusiness gained in previous units, and apply these to investigate a topic related to food and agribusiness industry within Australia and/or globally taking into account the socio-economic, sustainability, and environmental aspects.

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities GLO8: Global citizenship


Demonstrate insights into current and emerging industry challenges GLO4: Critical thinking


Develop practical and reasoned solutions and/or recommended courses of action to address real- world challenges and opportunities faced in the food and agribusiness sector GLO5: Problem solving


Demonstrate ability to manage a project within the set timeline and with clear milestones, objectives, and final outputs, and gain personal and professional career readiness GLO6: Self-management


Present results from analytical findings effectively to a wide range of audiences GLO2: Communication

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) – Report (Business) max 1500 words 25% TBC
Assessment 2 (individual) - Report (Business) 4500 words 60% TBC
Assessment 3 (individual)- In-class presentation/ video recording 10 minutes 15% TBC

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 requirements: submit all summative assessment tasks and successfully complete the professional literacy module to gain acess to the assignment 1 dropbox.

Learning Resource

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