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DIPLOMA IN AGRICULTURE VAG020

Duration (approx) 2100 hours
Qualification Diploma
Study the Diploma In Agriculture - gain detailed knowledge to advance in your profession

A Distance Learning Course available for Online study or by eLearning.  The Diploma In Agriculture provides training for people wishing to work in the industry at a technician or management level - in positions such as overseer, property manager, technical and sales representatives, animal care workers, or consultants.

  • Advanced studies in Farming.

  • Gain extensive specialist knowledge - choose areas of study relevant to you.

  • Enrol anytime.

  • Study where and when you want to.

  • Support from experienced and knowledgeable tutors.


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Pursue a professional career in Agriculture - extend your knowledge with a Diploma In Agriculture
 
A diploma level course designed for students who wish to extend their existing studies or knowledge of agriculture.  Suitable for:-
 
  • Anyone wishing to work in agriculture with detailed knowledge.

  • People working in agriculture who want to improve their job and career prospects.

  • Students wanting to focus their studies on chosen areas of studies - the Diploma In Agriculture features a wide range of elective modules to enable students to tailor their studies.
Students are required to complete 20 units or modules of study, to include:


  • Seven Core Modules
  • Eleven Elective Modules
  • Three Stream Modules 
  • plus 100 hours of industry experience/industry related projects.
 
The Research Projects allow students to focus their studies on a particular area of interest that is relevant to their particular situation.  Projects provide an way for students to practice applied skills and show-case their knowledge through a completed presentation.  You can find more information on how this works here - Industry Experience.
 
CORE MODULES
Core units concentrate on the fundamentals of soil and pasture management, water conservation and management, OHS, budgeting and marketing.

There are 7 core modules to be studied. Details of the lessons for each Core Module can be found at the end of this page, and by following the course title links:-
 
 

 

STREAM MODULES
There are 3 stream modules:-
 
 

 

ELECTIVE MODULES
Students are to select 11 elective modules from modules shown below. Lesson listings for the Elective Modules can be found at the end of this page, and by following the course title links.
 
Refrigerating Farm Produce BAG225
 
Note that each module in the Diploma in Agriculture is a short course in its own right, and may be studied separately.
  
 
HOW TO DEVELOP A CAREER
...it is never too early to start
 
The decisions you make today will affect the opportunities you create for yourself tomorrow.

There are an infinite number of choices which a person can make about their career path; and an infinite number of paths you can set yourself on.
 
  • Some paths may take you to a desirable place; while others might not.
  • Some paths are easier to get onto than others.
  • The thing that many people do not appreciate is that most paths have many different entry points. It is often easier to jump from an undesirable path to a more desirable path than to get onto a desirable path when you are on no pathway at all.

The first and most important step in finding a satisfying career path is to get started in the workplace. Get a job, any job, as soon as you can. It doesn’t matter too much what your first job is. It might be delivering pizzas or newspapers, working in an animal shelter or mowing lawns. It doesn’t even need to be paid. It can be a volunteer job.

If you are studying at secondary school or university, still try to do some part time work at the same time. An education is always important, but the majority of people who study something will end up working in something different to what they studied. Even doing volunteer work or starting a small business while you are a student can have a major effect upon your prospects after you complete your studies.

Sometimes it is easier to get experience when you are young and not highly qualified, than when you are older and highly qualified. Experience and learning acquired through part time employment are often just as impressive to a future employer as the qualification you are studying. Either one without the other may put you in a less advantageous position in the future.

Once you have a job keep looking for opportunities to improve your situation, whether in the existing job, or by moving on to something different. You will learn skills in every job you do, even if they are not skills you recognise at the time. As you progress through your career you will build on your skill set and develop new skills. Even if you change career you will often still be able to draw on skills you have developed in a different career, just in a different context. For example, if you start working in farm management you may develop skills in dealing with people which may later be applied to a job in agricultural marketing. If you start working as a veterinary assistant you may develop knowledge and skills that could later help with raising livestock.
 
There are lots of different jobs in agriculture:
  • Not everyone is a farmer
  • Farms employ farm hands, contractors, managers, consultants and other staff
  • Many agriculture graduates work in supplying goods and services to farms
  • Graduates from certificates, diplomas and degrees in agriculture may find employment in jobs as diverse as veterinary assistant and machinery salesperson, to research assistant and training officer.

 

... WHAT NEXT?

  • If you would like to improve your knowledge of agriculture, this course is the one for you.
  • A detailed qualification to enable you to improve your knowledge and career prospects in agriculture.
  • Studying a higher level qualification like this diploma shows your determination and passion for agriculture. It shows you are disciplined and willing to learn.

Why delay? Enrol today.

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Lesson details for the Core Modules

 

Farm Management BAG104
There are 8 lessons in this module.

Lesson 1. Strategic Planning
Planning procedures;the policy formulation approach, strategic management approach, initial strategy approach; Farm business structures; Management plans; Financial terminology and the money market; Finding finance; Rural finance sources; Financial terminology and record keeping; Contract law; Elements of a simple contract; Offers; Acceptance; Consideration; Strategic plans; Trusts.

Lesson 2. Business Plans
Farm Planning; Quality management systems; Whole farm planning; Preparing a business plan; Integrated production plans.

Lesson 3. Business Assessment
Business goals; factors involved in business assessment;Considering factors affecting your business; Drawing conclusions.

Lesson 4. Viability Analysis
Assessing profit; Risk analysis and managing risk; Standards; Cost efficiency; Cost of production; Quality and quantity standards; Financial records; The bookkeeping process; End of period accounting; Cash flow; Example of budget; sensitivity analysis.

Lesson 5. Management Strategies
Organising the workplace; Scheduling; Production systems; system variables; Animal production systems; Lot feeding; Cropping systems; Polyculture; Office systems; Computers;Business diversification; Value adding.

Lesson 6. Human Resources
Supervision; Oganisational structures; Leadership; Workplace changes; Interviewing, recruitment and staff induction; Giving instructions; managing human resources; work scheduling; Occupational Health and safety; Duty of care; Protective equipment; Dealing with chemicals; Handling tools and equipment; Safety auditing.

Lesson 7. Physical Resources
Managing equipment, machinery and buildings; Managing physical resources;Engineering efficiency; Animal structures.

Lesson 8. Natural Resources
Regulations and legislation; Land Care programs; Rehabilitation; Trees; Erosion control; Soil degradation; Salinity; Soil acidification: Compaction; Chemical Residues; Water management; Water quality; Irrigation and watering systems.

Soil Management (Agriculture) BAG103
There are 8 lessons in this module.

Lesson 1. Introduction: Soils And Soil Classification
Soil health and Agricultural soils; What is soil health?; Soil Composition and Formation; Classifying Soil Groups and Soil Landscapes; Soil Horizons; Key Properties of Selected Soil Groups; Parent Materials; Classifying Soils According to Hydrological Properties; Soil hydrology Groups: Uniform Coarse-textured Soils, Permeability Contrast Soils; Cracking Clays; Medium to Fine Textured soils.

Lesson 2. Properties of Soils and Plant Nutrition
Understanding Soils; Mineral and Rock; How Soils Develop Naturally; Mechanical Weathering; Chemical Weathering; Geo-chemical Weathering Processes; Pedo-chemical Weathering; Soil Fertility and Plant Nutrition; Organic Carbon; Soil Colour; Texture and its Effect on Plant Growth; Structure and its Effect on Plant Growth; Consistence and its Effect on Plant Growth; Depth of Profile and how it Relates to Plant Growth; PH and Plant Growth; Porosity and Plant Growth; Plant Nutrition and Nutrient Toxicity.

Lesson 3. Soil Testing Methods
Tilth and Organic Matter; Soil Sampling for Chemical Analysis; General Principles of Soil Analysis; Tools for Field Sampling and Soil Investigation; Digging a Sample Pit or Hole; Finding Out about your Soil; Settlement Activity; Soil Structure Activity; Recording Soil Colour; Testing Consistence; Describing Texture; Test for Free Carbonates; Soil pH Testing; Stability of Clods to Wetting (Slaking and Dispersion); Bulk Density Testing; Measurement of Organic Matter Content of Soil; Measuring Salinity; Measuring Water Content; Fertiliser; Solubility; Affect of Lime on Soil; Laboratory Testing of Soils.

Lesson 4. Land Degradation and Other Soil Problems
Soil Structure Decline; Water Repellence; Erosion; Hard-Layers in Soils; Transient Bonding; Compaction; Cementation; and Natural Rigidity; Sub-Soil Compaction: Compression,  shearing and smearing; Soil Acidification; Alkalinity and Sodicity; Water-logging; Salinity; Chemical Residues.

Lesson 5. Soil Management on Farms
Conservation Farming; No-Tillage (Zero tillage); Minimum Tillage; Trap Cropping; Cover Crops and Green Manure Cropping; Alley Farming (AF); Contour Farming and Strip Farming; Controlled Traffic Farming; Stubble Management; Establishing Water and Nutrient Management Plans; Soil Conservation Earthworks; Integrated Pest Management; Direct Drilling in Pasture Establishment; Soil Management in Orchards; Soil Management in Market Gardens.

Lesson 6. Crops: Soil and Nutrient Requirements (Part A)
Wheat; Oat; Barley.

Lesson 7. Crops: Soil and Nutrient Requirements (Part B)
Narrow-Leafed Lupins; Canola; Faba Beans; Grapes.

Lesson 8. PBL Soil project - Soil Investigation and Report

Workplace Health And Safety VBS103
There are 10 lessons in this module.

Lesson 1. Introduction
Nature and Scope of Workplace Health and Safety; Work Related Fatalities; Duty of Care: employer, employee, other person, manufacturer; Significance of Illness; Protective Equipment; personal protection, machinery, equipment, signs and information; Further Information and Resources.

Lesson 2. Legislation
Legislation across different countries: Australia, UK, Canada, USA, NZ etc.; Examples: Worksafe Australia, Health & Safety Commission UK, Occupational Health & Safety Commission USA, etc.; International Commission on Occupational Health.

Lesson 3. Protective Equipment
Introduction; Personal Protective Equipment (PPE); Selecting and Maintaining PPE; Hand Protection; Eye Protection; Hearing Protection; Respiratory Protection; Body Protection; Knee Protection; Foot and Leg Protection; Sunscreen; Head Protection; Machine and Equipment Guards; Flooring; Protective and Temporary Barriers; Temporary Signs; Protecting Hearing.

Lesson 4. Handling Chemicals
Storage and Disposal; Transporting Chemicals; Protecting the Environment; Protective Clothing; Safe Use and Mixing Chemicals; Toxicity of Pesticides; Safe Application of Pesticides; Hazardous Substances; Personal Protective Equipment Plan.

Lesson 5. Handling Equipment
General Safety Rules; Manual Handling; Employer Responsibilities; Employee Responsibilities; Safety with Different Types of Equipment; Handling Tools and Equipment Safely; Machinery Safety; Machine Hazards; Machine Guards; Welding Equipment, Compressors, Conveyor Belts; Horticultural Equipment; Mulchers, bruch cutters, mowers, chainsaws; Tool Maintenance; Safety with Electricity.

Lesson 6. Handling Objects
How to Lift; Strategies for Manual Handling; Skin Penetrating Injuries; Risk Categories; Preventative Measures; Treating Wounds: First Aid; Case Studies of Manual Handling Injuries.

Lesson 7. Using Computer Work Stations
Using VDU's; Eyesight; Repetitive Strain Injuries; Carpel Tunnel; Headaches; Radiation; Creating a Healthy Work Station; Rest Breaks, Stretching, Posture.

Lesson 8. Working Alone
Duty of Care, Responsibilities; Common Tasks Undertaken by a Lone Worker; Mobile Workers; Risk Assessment; Risk Management.

Lesson 9. Standards and Rules
Introduction; Identifying Risks; Hazard and Risk Management; Workplace Policy; Risk Assessment Safety Audits; Identifying Risks; Audit Forms; Safety Audit; Safety Outdoors; fire, bites, potential accidents, cuts, strains, poisoning, allergies, etc.; First Aid; Shock, Fainting, Fractures, Strains, Sprains, Heat Exhaustion, etc.; Skin Cancer; First Aid Supplies.

Lesson 10. Signs and Signals
Introduction to standard signs and signals; Conventions in different countries; UK, Australia.

Conservation And Environmental Management BEN201
There are 8 lessons in this module.

Lesson 1. An Introduction To Ecology
Spaceship Earth; Conservation; Use of Resources, ecological value, economic value, genetic diversity; Overkill; Urbanisation; Basic Ecology; The Ecosystem; Constituents for the Ecosystem; Ecological Concepts; The Web of Life; climate, producers, consumers, decomposers; The Food Web; Habitat and Niche; Humans in the Environment; Energy Flow
Imbalances; The Greenhouse Effect and Global Warming; Climate Change; El Nino; International Efforts to Counter Climate Change; IPCC, UNFCC, Kyoto Protocol, Copenhagen Summit, Worldwatch Institute, etc.; Terminology.

Lesson 2. A Perspective On Environmental Problems
History of Conservation; Natural Resources; Renewable, Non Renewable; Goals of Conservation; History from Industrial Revolution to WWII; WW2 and Post War Period; International Conservation; Deforestation; Loss of Agricultural Land; Loss of Biodiversity; Endangered Water Supplies; Exhaustion of Non Renewable Resources; Political and Economic Issues of Conservation; Environmental Damage in Free Economies; Pollution in Planned Economies Supply of Resources; Limits to Growth.

Lesson 3. Pollution and Industry Effects On The Environment
Nature and Scope of Pollution; Industrial Pollution; Types of Pollutants; Effects of Pollution; Nuclear Pollution; Sick Building Syndrome; Asbestos Fibre; Urbanisation; Energy Alternatives; Deforestation; Nuclear Energy, Hydro Power, Solar Energy, Wind, Waste Power.

Lesson 4. Water and Soil
Introduction; Dams; River Catchments; Wetlands; Water Pollution; Recycling; Desalination; Water Environments; The Hydrological Cycle; Infiltration, Rainfall, Evaporation, Effective Rainfall, etc.; Water and Plant Growth; Keeping Water Clean; Sewerage Treatment; Soil; pH, texture, structure; Land and Soil Degradation; Loss of soil fertility; Erosion; Salinity; Soil compaction; Soil acidification; Build up of dangerous chemicals.

Lesson 5. Vegetation Conservation and Management
Value of Trees; Commercial Value of Trees; Rainforests; Forest Systems and Biomass; Forest Conservation; Trees and the Environment; Environmental consequences of Deforestation; Afforestation; Classification of Forests; Desertification; Acid Rain; Environmental Weeds; Strategies for Preservation of Native Grasslands.

Lesson 6. Animal Conservation and Management
The Human Animal; Urbanisation; Wildlife; Threatened Species; Invasive Species; Wildlife Management: approaches, preservation, conservation, goals; Wildlife Habitats; Water Management for Wildlife; Wildlife Surveys.

Lesson 7. Marine Conservation and Management 
Estuaries; Fisheries: stock management, assessment, biomass, stock management methods;
Conservation of Sandy Shores.

Lesson 8. The Future
Tourism and the Environment; Ecotourism; Ecologically Sustainable Development (ESD); Framework for ESD.

Pasture Management BAG212
There are 8 lessons in this module.

Lesson 1. Introduction to Pastures
Pasture Improvement. Choosing a Pasture Mix. Seed Coating. Variety Selection. Sustainability. Definitions.

Lesson 2. The Pasture Plant
Grasses. The grass plant. Growth and development. Phases of development. Annual and perennial grasses. Carbohydrate sinks. The physiology of grasses. The structure of grasses. Growth habits. Legumes.

Lesson 3. Pasture Varieties
Introduction to common pasture grasses. Identifying grasses. Legumes. The Importance of Legumes in Pasture. Nitrogen Fixation in Legumes. The Rhizobium bacteria. Common legumes. Grasses to Grow With Clovers.

Lesson 4. Site Considerations
Managing pastures. Choosing the Correct Site for a Pasture. Choosing the correct seed mix. Seed quality.

Lesson 5. Establishing New Pastures
Preparation of the land for pasture. Prepared seedbed. Sowing. Germination. Direct drilling. Weed control. Seeders. Grazing new pastures.

Lesson 6. Managing Existing Pastures
Native Grasses versus Pasture. Carrying Capacity of Native Grasses. Stocking Rate of Native Grass Areas. The Establishment of the Native Grasslands. The developing grasslands. How grasslands deteriorate. Factors promoting succession or retrogression. Limiting factors and terminal plant communities. Allogenic Factors. Autogenic Factors. Rests To Promote Rapid Growth. Rests to change the composition of the community. Rests designed to eliminate or control bush encroachment. Rests to accumulate grazing material. Rests to provide out of season fodder. Physiological aspects.

Lesson 7. Managing Stock on Pasture
Factors affecting food intake by animals. Animal factors. Feed factors. Grazing factors. Grazing behaviour. Complementary Grazing. Rank Order of Dominance. Selective Grazing. Ruminant Time. Herd Group Behaviour. Grazing Time. Pasture management principles - rest, grazing period, stocking, carrying capacity. Equal Utilisation or the Removal of the Top Hamper, paddock size, number in herd etc. Grassland management principles - Split - season Systems, Continuous Light Stocking, One Herd, Four Paddock System, Intensive systems etc. Horse pastures. Food trees and shrubs.

Lesson 8. Pasture Management Work Tasks
Fertilizer. Pest and weed control. Biological control. Advantages of Biological Methods. Disadvantages of Biological Methods. Irrigation. Fallowing. Cultivation. Pasture renovation. Managing pasture after drought. Managing pasture after fire.

Agricultural Marketing BAG304
There are 8 lessons in this module.

Lesson 1. Agricultural Marketing Concepts
Marketing; Goods and Services; The Marketing Concept; Managing the Marketing Process; The Role of Marketing; Approaches to Marketing; The Goals of Marketing; Organising, analysing, and selecting target markets; Developing the Marketing Mix; Managing the Market Effort.

Lesson 2. Farm Marketing Objectives and Strategies
Supply and Demand; Developing the Farm Marketing Plan; Organising the Planning process; Reviewing the Business's Situation; Establishing Marketing Objectives; Developing Strategies; Market Penetration; Price Advantages.

Lesson 3. Target Marketing
Preliminary Research; Target Markets in Agriculture; Defining the Target; Resources; Analysing Market Opportunities; External Influences; General Economic Conditions; Government Policy and Regulations; Overseas influences; Demographic Patterns; Technological Change; Customer Values and Attitudes; Alternative Marketing Methods; Internal Influences; Selecting Target Markets; Market Segmentation.

Lesson 4. Handling Produce
Developing the Marketing Mix; The "Product" element of the Marketing Mix; Logos, packaging, positioning and image etc.; The "Price" Element of the Marketing Mix; Pricing objectives and methods; The "Promotion" element of the Marketing Mix; Publicity and Public Relations; Advertising, sales and personal selling; The "Place" element of the Marketing Mix; Market coverage; Determining Emphasis with the Marketing Mix; Impact of Product Life-cycle.

Lesson 5. Customer Relations
Customer Care Policy; Levels of Involvement; Effective Communication; Becoming an effective communicator; Dealing with complaints; Self evaluation; Maximising customer service.

Lesson 6. Market Research
The Importance Of Market Research; What to Research?; The Research process; Analysing Costs and Benefits.

Lesson 7. Promotions
Promoting Product; Creating customer awareness; Promotional Campaign Strategy; The Promotional Message; Promotional Material; Making Promotions Cost Effective; Channels of Communication; Publicity Marketing; Advertising; Structuring an Advertisement or Promotion.

Lesson 8. Managing Marketing
Market Retention; Balancing Strategy; Market Development; Market Growth; Managing the Marketing Plan; Sales and the Market.

Water Conservation And Management BEN302
There are 10 lessons in this module.

Lesson 1. Introduction to water conservation
Importance of water; The water cycle rainfall, evaporation, infiltration, effective rainfall; Water sources and storage water quality; Facts on water uses water use at home, in primary and other industries; Why conserve water personal, regional and global significance.

Lesson 2. Water conservation at home
In Australia; In the United Kingdom; In the United States; Measures undertaken to save water in the home in the kitchen, bathroom and in the garden; Water Saving Devices.

Lesson 3. Water conservation in the workplace
General principles; Implementing water saving strategies; Installing small appliances; Large water saving devices.

4. Water management
Water quality maintaining water quality, salinity, chemical contaminants; Controlling Use and Quality of Water - water flow measurement, water quality control, testing water salinity; Preserving Water Quality minimising evaporation, water sanitation; Water Audits; Water Management Plans.

Lesson 5. Water conservation in Primary Production I
Water Saving Measures; Water Wise Plants; Water Wise Procedures; Water Wise Irrigation systems; Water Wise Landscaping; Equipment, structures and tools to save water.

Lesson 6. Water conservation in Primary Production II
Use of water in primary production; Methods of water storage; Rainwater collection and storage; Bore water; Farm dams planning, lined ponds; Water Requirements livestock requirements, domestic requirements; Water Quality; Water Problems on Farms -contamination and disposal of water, evaporation, seepage, runoff, overspray, scheduling; Using Farm Waste Water; Irrigation System Design; Maintenance Procedures and Scheduling; Surface/Flood Irrigation; Sprinkler Irrigation; Swales and Keylines.

Lesson 7. Water conservation in Services industries
Use of Water in Services Industry; Contamination and Disposal of Water; Reduce/Reuse/Recycle.

Lesson 8. Water conservation and Health
Hospitals, nursing homes, laundries, clinical laboratories, dental practices, human and animal research facilities; Uses of water in Health Industry control pathogens, general use; Water minimisation; Water efficiency.

Lesson 9. Water conservation in other sectors
Use of water in manufacturing, construction and heavy industry; Water use in the production process; Examples of water using activities in food facilities; Water holding; Benefits of cleaner production.

Lesson 10. Water treatment, reuse and recycling
Water Sanitation filtering and disinfection; Water Reuse and Recycling classification and composition of waste water; Recycling Wastewater; Wastewater treatment; Suitable plants; Treating saline water.

 

Lesson details for the Elective Modules

Animal Health Care VAG100
There are 12 lessons in this module.

Lesson 1. Introduction to Animal Health Care
Lesson 2. Common Health Problems in farm animals and pets
Lesson 3. Animal Behaviour
Lesson 4. Signs of Ill Health
Lesson 5. Veterinary Facilities
Lesson 6. Safety Procedures
Lesson 7. Administration of Animal Health
Lesson 8. Animal First Aid
Lesson 9. Preventative Health Care
Lesson 10. Routine Health Treatments
Lesson 11. Health Problems in Domestic Pets
Lesson 12. Rehabilitation Care

Botany I - Plant Physiology And Taxonomy BSC104
There are 10 lessons in this module.

Lesson 1. Taxonomic Classification of Plants
Lesson 2. Cells and Tissues
Lesson 3. Specific Vegetative Parts of a Plant
Lesson 4. Flowers and Fruit
Lesson 5. Seed and the Developing Embryo
Lesson 6. Photosynthesis and Growing Plants
Lesson 7. Respiration 
Lesson 8. The Role of Water 
Lesson 9. Movement of Water and Assimilates Through a Plant 
Lesson 10. The Effects of Tropisms and Other Growth Movements

Environmental Studies VEN100
There are 6 lessons in this module.

Lesson 1: Living Things
Lesson 2: Basic Ecology
Lesson 3: Global Environmental Systems
Lesson 4: Environmental Problems
Lesson 5: Conservation
Lesson 6: Acting Locally: Thinking Globally

Horse Care I BAG102
There are 7 lessons in this module.

Lesson 1. Horse Psychology and Handling
Lesson 2.  Buying A Horse
Lesson 3.  Conformation
Lesson 4.  The Digestive System and the Principles Of Feeding and Watering
Lesson 5.  The Grass Kept Horse & Pasture Management
Lesson 6.  Grooming
Lesson 7.  Industry Applications

Outdoor Plant Production (Crops I) BHT112
There are 10 lessons in this module.

Lesson 1. Crop Production Systems
Lesson 2. Organic Crop Production
Lesson 3. Soils and Nutrition
Lesson 4. Nursery Stock Production
Lesson 5. Tree Fruit Production
Lesson 6. Soft Fruits Production
Lesson 7. Vegetable Production
Lesson 8. Cut Flower Production
Lesson 9. Herbs, Nuts and Miscellaneous Crops
Lesson 10. Crop Production Risk Assessment

Animal Feed And Nutrition BAG202
There are 10 lessons in this module.

Lesson 1. Introduction To Animal Foods
Lesson 2. Food Components - Carbohydrates and Fats
Lesson 3. Food Components - Proteins, Minerals, and Trace Elements
Lesson 4. Evaluating Foods and Digestibility
Lesson 5. Classifying Foods Part A
Lesson 6. Classifying Foods Part B
Lesson 7. Classifying Foods Part C
Lesson 8. Calculating Rations Part A
Lesson 9. Calculating Rations Part B
Lesson 10. Calculating Rations Part C

Animal Health BAG201
There are 10 lessons in this module.

Lesson 1. Introduction to Animal Health
Lesson 2. Signs & Symptoms of Diseases 
Lesson 3. Disease Classification 
Lesson 4. Causes and Diagnosis of Disease
Lesson 5. Treatment of Disease 
Lesson 6. Inflammation
Lesson 7. Fever and Immunity 
Lesson 8. Tissue Repair 
Lesson 9. Wounds 
Lesson 10. Cell changes 

Beef Cattle BAG206
There are 9 lessons in this module.

Lesson 1. Introduction to Beef Cattle and Beef Cattle Breeds
Lesson 2. Beef Cattle Production Systems
Lesson 3. Beef Cattle Breeding
Lesson 4. Diseases in Beef Cattle (Viral and Bacterial)
Lesson 5. Parasitic and Other Diseases in Beef Cattle
Lesson 6. Nutrition in Beef Cattle
Lesson 7. Commercial Herd Management
Lesson 8. Feed Lot Management
Lesson 9. Stud Herd Management

Calf Rearing BAG207
There are 7 lessons in this module.

Lesson 1. Calving and Culling
Lesson 2. Calving Management
Lesson 3. Calf Health Management
Lesson 4. Calf Rearing Systems
Lesson 5. Calf Housing
Lesson 6. Weaning
Lesson 7. Post-weaning

Commercial Organic Vegetable Growing VHT241
There are 12 lessons in this module.

Lesson 1. Introduction
Lesson 2. Cultivation and Planting
Lesson 3. Soils and Nutrition
Lesson 4. Soil Management
Lesson 5. Review of Major Vegetable Varieties
Lesson 6. Pests and Disease
Lesson 7. Seed
Lesson 8. Greenhouse Growing
Lesson 9. Lesser Grown Varieties and Herbs
Lesson 10. Irrigation
Lesson 11. Mulching
Lesson 12. Harvesting and Marketing

Commercial Vegetable Production BHT222
There are 8 lessons in this module.

Lesson 1.  Introduction to Vegetable Growing
Lesson 2.  Cultural Practices for Vegetables
Lesson 3.  Pest, Disease and Weed Control
Lesson 4. 4.  Hydroponic and Greenhouse Growing
Lesson 5.  Growing Selected Vegetable Varieties
Lesson 6.  Irrigation
Lesson 7.  Harvest and Post-Harvest
Lesson 8.  Marketing Vegetables

Dairy Cattle BAG205
There are 9 lessons in this module.

Lesson 1. Dairy Breeds
Lesson 2. Dairy Products
Lesson 3. The Lactation Cycle
Lesson 4. Pests & Diseases of Dairy Cattle
Lesson 5. Feeding Dairy Cattle
Lesson 6. Managing Dairy Cattle
Lesson 7. Breeding Dairy Cattle
Lesson 8. Managing Dairy Facilities
Lesson 9. Dairy Business Planning

Diagnosing Animal Diseases BAG219
There are 9 lessons in this module.

Lesson 1. Dairy Breeds
Lesson 2. Dairy Products
Lesson 3. The Lactation Cycle
Lesson 4. Pests & Diseases of Dairy Cattle
Lesson 5. Feeding Dairy Cattle
Lesson 6. Managing Dairy Cattle
Lesson 7. Breeding Dairy Cattle
Lesson 8. Managing Dairy Facilities
Lesson 9. Dairy Business Planning

Irrigation BAG213
There are 10 lessons in this module.

Lesson 1: Introduction to Irrigation
Lesson 2: Soil Characteristics and Problems
Lesson 3: Estimating Plant Needs and Irrigation Scheduling
Lesson 4: Drainage
Lesson 5: Types of Irrigation Systems
Lesson 6: Trickle Irrigation
Lesson 7: Design Specifications of an irrigation system
Lesson 8: Pumps and Filters
Lesson 9: Selecting the Right System for a plant
Lesson 10: Design and Operation of Systems

Mariculture - Marine Aquaculture BAG220
There are 11 lessons in this module.

Lesson 1. Aquaculture Production Systems
Lesson 2. Starting a Marine Aquaculture (Mariculture) Business
Lesson 3. Choosing a Species
Lesson 4. Finfish
Lesson 5. Crustaceans
Lesson 6. Molluscs and Echinoderms
Lesson 7. Seaweeds and Aquatic Algae
Lesson 8. Pharmaceuticals
Lesson 9. Diet Formulation and feeding
Lesson 10. Health Management – Diseases and Parasites
Lesson 11. Harvest and Post Harvest Handling

Natural Health Care For Animals BAG218
There are 8 lessons in this module.

Lesson 1. Introduction to Natural Animal Health Care
Lesson 2. Signs of Ill Health
Lesson 3. Natural Nutrition for Animals
Lesson 4. Holistic Health Care - Maintaining Health
Lesson 5. Holistic Health Care - Treating Health Problems
Lesson 6. Animal Diseases & Health Problems (Domestic Animals)
Lesson 7. Animal Diseases & Health Problems (Livestock)
Lesson 8. Animal Health Care Case Study Research Project

Nut Prodcution BHT219
There are 8 lessons in this module.

Lesson 1. Introduction
Lesson 2.  The Most Commonly Grown Varieties
Lesson 3.  Culture of Nuts
Lesson 4.  Less Common Nuts
Lesson 5.  Propagation
Lesson 6.  Harvest & Post-harvest of Nuts
Lesson 7.  Marketing Nuts
Lesson 8.  Risk Management

Permaculture Systems BHT201
There are 8 lessons in this module.

Lesson 1. Permaculture Principles
Lesson 2. Natural Systems
Lesson 3. Zone and Sector Planning
Lesson 4. Permaculture Techniques
Lesson 5. Animals in Permaculture
Lesson 6. Plants in Permaculture
Lesson 7. Appropriate Technologies
Lesson 8. Preparing a Plan

Pigs BAG209
There are 9 lessons in this module.

Lesson 1. Background to pig raising
Lesson 2. Breeding and selection
Lesson 3. Feeding Pigs
Lesson 4. Pig diseases
Lesson 5. Managing the boar
Lesson 6. Managing the sow and litter
Lesson 7. Management of Fattening pigs
Lesson 8. Economics and Records
Lesson 9. Managing a Piggery

Poultry BAG208
There are 8 lessons in this module.

Lesson 1. Introduction, Terminology and Breeds
Lesson 2. Poultry Nutrition
Lesson 3. Diseases
Lesson 4. Layers
Lesson 5. Broilers
Lesson 6. IncubationThe natural method (using broody hens)
Lesson 7. Brooding
Lesson 8. Record Keeping, economics and Marketing

Sheep BAG210
There are 8 lessons in this module.

Lesson 1. Introduction: Terminology and Breeds
Lesson 2. Selection and Breeding
Lesson 3. Nutrition of sheep
Lesson 4. Diseases in sheep
Lesson 5. General management of commercial flocks
Lesson 6. Care of lamb
Lesson 7. Wool
Lesson 8. The marketing of sheep and sheep products

Viticulture BHT220
There are 10 lessons in this module.

Lesson 1. Introduction
Lesson 2. Climate & Soils
Lesson 3. Selecting Grape Varieties
Lesson 4. Vineyard Establishment
Lesson 5. Grapevine Culture Part A (Training & Pruning
Lesson 6. Grapevine Culture Part B (Weeds, Pests & Diseases
Lesson 7. Grapevine Culture Part C (Irrigation & Feeding
Lesson 8. Improving Grape Quality
Lesson 9. Harvesting and Selling 
Lesson 10. Wine

Weed Control BHT209
There are 8 lessons in this module.

Lesson 1.  Weed Identification
Lesson 2.  Weed Control Methods
Lesson 3.  Chemical Weed Control
Lesson 4.  Weed Control In Specific Situations
Lesson 5.  Safe Chemical Application
Lesson 6.  Non-Chemical Weed Control
Lesson 7.  Dealing With Specific Weed Control Problems
Lesson 8.  Developing A Major Weed Control Program

Agronomy BAG306
There are 8 lessons in this module.

Lesson 1. Introduction To Agronomic Practices
Lesson 2. Culture - What Influences Crop Growth
Lesson 3. Crop Husbandry Practices
Lesson 4. Seed And Seed Management
Lesson 5. Arable Cereal Crops
Lesson 6. Arable Broadleaf Crops
Lesson 7. Harvesting
Lesson 8. Crop Management - Special Project

Horticultural Marketing BHT304
There are7 lessons in this module.

Lesson 1.  Introduction to Horticultural Marketing
Lesson 2.  Horticultural Marketing Processes
Lesson 3.  Horticultural Marketing Methods        
Lesson 4.  Customer Service
Lesson 5.  Horticultural Marketing Research
Lesson 6.  Developing An Advertising Program
Lesson 7.  Developing A Horticultural Marketing Strategy

Irrigation Management BAG303
There are 8 lessons in this module.

Lesson 1. Ways to Optimise Water Efficiency
Lesson 2. Scheduling Irrigation for Crops and Pastures
Lesson 3. Drainage System Design
Lesson 4. Operating Irrigation Controllers
Lesson 5. Managing System Maintenance
Lesson 6. Managing Fertigation
Lesson 7. Evaluating Irrigation Designs
Lesson 8. Design of Different Systems

Organic Farming BAG305
There are 10 lessons in this module.

Lesson 1. Introduction to Organic Farming 
Lesson 2. Integrated Farm Management Systems
Lesson 3. Organic Management Issues
Lesson 4. Organic Soil Management and Crop Nutrition
Lesson 5. Weed Management
Lesson 6. Pest and Disease Management
Lesson 7. Livestock Management I
Lesson 8. Livestock Management II
Lesson 9. Pasture
Lesson 10. Crops

Plant Ecology BSC305
There are 8 lessons in this module.

Lesson 1. Introductory Ecology
Lesson 2. Plant Communities
Lesson 3. Plants and  their Environment
Lesson 4. Plants, Soils and Climate
Lesson 5. Plant Adaptations to Extreme Environments
Lesson 6. Manipulating Plant Environments
Lesson 7. Environmental Conservation
Lesson 8. Environmental Organisations, Assessment and Funding

Statistics BSC304
There are 10 lessons in this module.

Lesson 1. Introduction
Lesson 2. Distributions
Lesson 3. Measures of central tendency
Lesson 4. The Normal curve and Percentiles and Standard Scores 
Lesson 5. Correlation 
Lesson 6. Regression
Lesson 7. Inferential Statistics
Lesson 8. The t Test
Lesson 9. Analysis of variance
Lesson 10. Chi square test

Warm Climate Nuts BHT308
There are 8 lessons in this module.

Lesson 1. Introduction
Lesson 2. Culture
Lesson 3. Propagation
Lesson 4. The Macadamia
Lesson 5. The Pecan
Lesson 6. Other Varieties which Grow in Warm Climates
Lesson 7. Selecting a site and planting a plot
Lesson 8. Growing, harvesting and using nuts

 

 

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