Agribusiness (2021)

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 2020. Students enrolled previously should consult the Waikato Management School for programme advice.


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  • Prescriptions for the GradCert(AgBus)

    A Graduate Certificate is available to graduates who have not included Agribusiness at an advanced level in their first degree. The qualification regulations define the subject requirements for the Graduate Certificate. There are no specified subject papers that must be completed for this programme.

  • 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 select the remaining 30 points from the papers listed for the subject.

    PGDip(AgBus) students must complete AGBUS501, and select at least 60 points from the papers listed for the subject.

    MMS students must complete MNMGT581 and one of AGBUS590, AGBUS591, AGBUS592, AGBUS593 or AGBUS594. Students taking the 120 point MMS must complete at least 60 points from the papers listed for the subject, including AGBUS501. Students taking the 180 point MMS must complete at least 120 points from the papers listed for the subject, including AGBUS501.

  • 100 Level

    Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
    AGBUS101Agri-Food Business15.021A (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.
  • 200 Level

    Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
    AGBUS201Agriculture, Food and the Environment15.021A (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 Consumer15.021B (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.
  • 300 Level

    Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
    AGBUS304Agri-food Policy15.021B (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 Analytics15.021A (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 Systems15.021A (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 Issues15.021B (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 Environment15.021A (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.
  • 500 Level

    Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
    AGBUS501International Agribusiness30.021A (Hamilton)
    Analysis of international agribusiness examining firm and country strategies, including analysis of specific commodities.
    AGBUS502Agribusiness Case Studies30.021B (Hamilton)
    Analysis of agribusiness decisions pertaining to production and trade.
    AGBUS590Directed Study30.021X (Hamilton)
    Students have the opportunity to pursue a topic of their own interest under the guidance of academic staff.
    AGBUS591Agribusiness Dissertation30.021X (Hamilton)
    A report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation.
    AGBUS592Agribusiness Dissertation60.021X (Hamilton)
    A report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation.
    AGBUS593Agribusiness Thesis90.021X (Hamilton)
    An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.
    AGBUS594Agribusiness Thesis120.021X (Hamilton)
    An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.
    ECONS543Applied Econometrics15.021B (Hamilton)
    A postgraduate paper in econometrics for students who have not included an advanced paper in econometrics in their undergraduate degree.
    MRKTG553International Marketing30.021B (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.

2021 Catalogue of Papers information current as of : 23 October 2020 11:20am

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