Agribusiness (2019)

If you'd like to work alongside farmers, growers, scientists and other businesses focused on agriculture/horticulture, this subject will equip you with the skills for a dynamic global business career. In an export-based economy such as New Zealand, successful agribusiness relies on the ability to understand competitive global markets, sustainable farm systems and environmental impacts, technological innovations, free trade agreements, international marketing, and managing complex supply chains.

Agribusiness is available as a minor.

To complete a minor in Agribusiness, students must complete 60 points from the papers listed for Agribusiness, including at least 30 points above 100 level. Students must complete AGBUS101.

Note: There will be no new enrolments in the Agribusiness major in 2019. Students enrolled previously should consult the Waikato Management School for programme advice.


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  • Prescriptions for the PGCert(AgBus), PGDip(AgBus) and MMS.

    The qualification regulations define the subject requirements for the PGCert(AgBus), PGDip(AgBus) and MMS.

    The specified subject papers that must be completed for these programmes are below.

    PGCert(AgBus) students must complete AGBUS501 and 30 points from AGBUS502, AGBUS590, INMGT501, MRKTG553, ECONS543.

    PGDip(AgBus) students must complete AGBUS501, MRKTG553 and 30 points from AGBUS502, AGUBS590, INMGT501, ECONS543.

    MMS students must complete one of AGBUS590, AGBUS591, AGBUS592, AGBUS593 or AGBUS594, and AGBUS501, AGBUS502, MRKTG553.

  • 100 Level

    Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
    ACCTN101Accounting for Management19A (Hamilton), 19A (Tauranga), 19B (Hamilton), 19B (Tauranga) & 19C (Zhejiang University City College, Hangzhou China)
    This paper explains that accounting is an important social practice; an integral aspect of organisational management and covers both the technical aspects of the provision and use of accounting information.
    AGBUS101Agri-Food Business19A (Hamilton)
    This paper focuses on the business of food in modern society. It covers the production, processing, trade, and consumption of food, while emphasising their economic, environmental, and social impacts.
    ECONS101Business Economics and the New Zealand Economy19A (Hamilton), 19A (Secondary School - Unistart), 19A (Tauranga), 19B (Hamilton), 19B (Tauranga), 19C (Zhejiang University City College, Hangzhou China) & 19S (Hamilton)
    This paper offers insights into the behaviour of consumers, firms and the government within the economy, giving students skills in analysing and predicting the actions of individuals and businesses.
    FINAN101Introduction to Finance19A (Hamilton), 19A (Tauranga), 19B (Hamilton), 19B (Tauranga), 19C (Zhejiang University City College, Hangzhou China) & 19S (Hamilton)
    This paper introduces the three core areas of finance -- financial management, investments, and capital markets and institutions. The paper also examines applications of corporate finance concepts to personal finance.
    MGSYS101Integrated Thinking - Digital Business and Supply Chain Management19A (Hamilton), 19A (Tauranga) & 19B (Hamilton)
    This paper explores the dual concepts of digital business and supply chain management. The interactive lectures help in developing critical thinking skills and highlight many topical case studies.
  • 200 Level

    Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
    AGBUS201Agriculture, Food and the Environment19A (Hamilton)
    This paper focuses on the environmental impacts of food systems. Sustainable production, processing, trade, and consumption patterns are explored. Their links to the social context of food are reinforced.
    AGBUS202Food and the Consumer19B (Hamilton)
    Students will learn about food systems from the perspective of the consumer including: Demand analysis/product differentiation, preferences for non-taste attributes (e.g. organic/free-range) and analytical tools used to assess food preferences.
    ECONS205Data Analytics with Business Applications19B (Hamilton), 19B (Tauranga), 19C (Zhejiang University City College, Hangzhou China), 19T (Hamilton) & 19T (Tauranga)
    This paper introduces various data analytical methods and illustrates their business and economics applications, showing how to use data to communicate more convincingly and to produce better-informed business decisions.
  • 300 Level

    Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
    AGBUS304Agri-food Policy19B (Hamilton)
    Students will learn about industry and government policy-making and critical analysis of current and proposed policies in the context of Agri-Food industries drawing on concepts learnt in AGBUS202 and AGBUS201.
    AGBUS306Agri-food Business Analytics19A (Hamilton)
    This paper focuses on agri-food industry analytics. It incorporates biophysical and economic financial tools associated with budgeting, cash flow and analysis, investment analysis and the analysis of environmental footprints and agri-food value-chains.
    AGBUS308Global Agri-food Systems19A (Hamilton)
    This paper focuses on the theory and practice of international agribusiness and trade in food products. It includes applied analysis of trade policies, agri-food value chains and food consumption and production institutions.
    ECONS304International Economics Issues19B (Hamilton)
    This paper covers in-depth analysis of the global economic environment, including international trade, access to markets and cross-border movement of factors of production including capital and labour.
    ECONS307Economics of Land, Water and Environment19A (Hamilton)
    This paper provides students with a detailed understanding of the role of economic analysis in solving real world environmental problems including pollution, sustainable development, resource scarcity, and climate change.
    SCMGT303Supply Chain Management19A (Hamilton)
    Every company is part of a supply network for producing products and services that satisfy customer needs. This paper introduces basic concepts of supply chain management.
    STMGT305Doing Business Internationally19B (Hamilton)
    Explores the international dimensions of business that enable growth and provide new markets, but increase the complexities involved (e.g. scale, different regulations, cultures).
  • 500 Level

    Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
    AGBUS501International Agribusiness19A (Hamilton)
    Analysis of international agribusiness examining firm and country strategies, including analysis of specific commodities.
    AGBUS502Agribusiness Case Studies19B (Hamilton)
    Analysis of agribusiness decisions pertaining to production and trade.
    AGBUS590Directed Study19C (Hamilton)
    Students have the opportunity to pursue a topic of their own interest under the guidance of academic staff.
    AGBUS591Agribusiness Dissertation19C (Hamilton)
    A report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation.
    AGBUS592Agribusiness Dissertation19C (Hamilton)
    A report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation.
    AGBUS593Agribusiness Thesis19C (Hamilton)
    An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.
    AGBUS594Agribusiness Thesis19C (Hamilton)
    An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.
    ECONS543Applied Econometrics19A (Hamilton)
    A postgraduate paper in econometrics for students who have not included an advanced paper in econometrics in their undergraduate degree.
    INMGT501E-Global Business: Strategic Management and Marketing19S (Online)
    Rapid expansion of global communications has changed the environment of international commerce resulting in the re-evaluation of the way firms conduct their transactions internationally.
    MRKTG553International Marketing19B (Hamilton)
    This advanced level paper aims to find solutions to potential problems that firms entering a global market may face. The paper investigates managerially relevant topics (e.g. country-of origin effects, branding and pricing strategies, etc.) using the latest theories.

2019 Catalogue of Papers information current as of : 15 November 2018 2:19pm

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