DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURAL ECONOMICS

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Pregraduate courses

Bachelor’s Programme


Goal:

To develop, for the public and private sectors, skilled agricultural economists and agricultural managers who have a thorough understanding of agricultural economics and agricultural management techniques.

Degree qualifications

Students also have the option to switch, after the first two years of study for BAgricAdmin (Agribusiness Management), to BScAgric (field: Agricultural Economic Analysis and Management).

After successful completion of the programme the graduate will be able to:

  • apply analytical and practical skills in the laboratory, field and on the computer;
  • know and understand terminology, concepts, theories and principles of the various subjects;
  • understand that the various subjects highlight different dimensions of a complex agricultural system and understand how these dimensions fit together;
  • apply the integrated view of the agricultural system to analyse it effectively;
  • develop an effective agribusiness system for the supply of inputs or handling of outputs of a farming system;
  • evaluate and/or improve a farming or agribusiness system in terms of financial-economic, physical-biological and social viability;
  • analyse agricultural, environmental and trade policy in order to determine the nature and magnitude of their potential impact upon agriculture;
  • utilise contributions from various perspectives for more effective problem analysis, marketing and production system design;
  • organise and manage the acquisition of information from literature searches, field surveys, agricultural economic and statistical analysis for effective system analysis and design;
  • communicate effectively with collaborators and suppliers of information on all levels, from labourers to executive management;
  • have a holistic view of a farming or agribusiness system to realise the integratedness of its dimensions and the potential impact of environmental forces on the local, regional and international level for effective strategic management;
  • be more aware of and tolerant for possible opposing viewpoints of different interest groups (input suppliers, product/service buyers, labourers, employees, share holders), illustrating professional and social life skills needed for effective management of the agribusiness; and
  • demonstrate entrepreneurial skills by identifying a business opportunity effectively and to exploit it by applying the necessary knowledge and skills effectively.

Agribusiness Management (BAgricAdmin) - Bachelor's Programme in Agricultural Economics and Management

First Year ( credits)
Compulsory Modules

Animal Reproduction Physiology 112(8)
Business Management 113(8),
142(6)
Crop Production 152(8)
Computer Skills 171(4)
Economics 114(12),
144(12)
Industrial Psychology 112(4)
Soil Science 114(16),
142(8)
Statistical Methods 176(18)
Supply Chain Management 144(12)
Theory of Interest 152(6)

Second Year ( credits)
Compulsory Modules

Agricultural Economics 234(16),
242(8),
262(8)
Financial Accounting 188(24)
and one of the following groups
Financial Management 214(16)
Marketing Management 214(16)
Investment Management 254(16) or
Marketing Management 244(16)
or
Financial Management 214(16)
Logistics Management 214(16),
244(16)
and
Agronomy 212(8)
Horticultural Science 222(8)
Viticulture 244(16)
or
Animal Production 214(16)
and
Animal Science 244(16)

Third Year ( credits)
Compulsory Modules

Agricultural Economics 314(12),
324(12),
344(12),
354(12)

Elective Modules
48 credits from the following modules as per timetable

Financial Management 314(12),
324(12),
344(12),
354(12)
Logistics Management 318(24),
348(24)
Marketing Management 314(12),
324(12),
344(12),
354(12)
Strategic Management 344(12)
one of the following
Agronomy 324(16) or
Crop Protection 244(16)

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Agricultural Economic Analysis (BScAgric or BAgricAdmin) - Bachelor's Programme in Agricultural Economics and Management

First Year ( credits)
Compulsory Modules

Biology 124(16),
144(16),
154(16)
Chemistry 114(16),
154(16)
Computer Skills 171(4)
Economics 114(12),
144(12)
Mathematics (Bio) 124(16)

Second Year ( credits)
Compulsory Modules

Agricultural Economics 234(16),
242(8),
262(8)
Animal Reproduction Physiology 112(8)
Business Management 113(8),
142(6)
Crop Production 152(8)
Financial Accounting 188(24)
Soil Science 114(16),
142(8)
Statistical Methods 176(18)
Theory of Interest 152(6)

Third Year ( credits)
Compulsory Modules

Agricultural Economics 314(16),
364(16)
Economics 214(16),
244(16)
and one of
Financial Accounting 288(32) or
Statistics 214(16),
244(16)
and one of the following groups
Agronomy 212(8)
Horticultural Science 222(8)
Viticulture 244(16)
or
Animal Production 214(16)
and
Animal Science 244(16)
or
Aquaculture 314(16),
344(16)

Fourth Year ( credits)
Compulsory Modules

Agricultural Economics 414(16),
424(16),
444(16),
454(16),
478(32)
Economics 318(24) and
348(24) or
388(24)

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Agricultural Economic Analysis and Management (BScAgric) - Bachelor’s Programme in Agricultural Economics and Management

First Year ( credits)
Compulsory Modules

Animal Reproduction Physiology 112(8)
Business Management 113(8),
142(6)
Crop Production 152(8)
Computer Skills 171(4)
Economics 114(12),
144(12)
Industrial Psychology 112(4)
Mathematics (Bio) 124(16)
Soil Science 114(16),
142(8)
Statistical Methods 176(18)
Theory of Interest 152(6)

Second Year ( credits)
Compulsory Modules

Agricultural Economics 234(16),
242(8),
262(8)
Financial Accounting 188(24)
and
Agronomy 212(8)
Horticultural Science 222(8)
Viticulture 244(16)
or
Animal Production 214(16))
and
Animal Science 244(16)

Elective Modules
Elect a minimum of 48 credits from one of the following groups

Financial Management 214(16)
Investment Management 254(16)
Marketing Management 214(16),
244(16)
or
Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management 214(16),
244(16)
Financial Management 214(16)
Investment Management 254(16)
or
Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management 214(16)
Investment Management 254(16)
Logistics Management 214(16),
244(16)
or
Logistics Management 214(16),
244(16)
Marketing Management 214(16),
244(16)
or
Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management 214(16),
244(16)
Logistics Management 214(16),
244(16)

Third Year ( credits)
Compulsory Modules

Agricultural Economics 314(16),
364(16)
Crop Protection 244(16)

Elective Modules
Elect a minimum of 48 credits from one of the following groups (*)

Economics 214(16),
244(16)
Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management 318(24)
Financial Management 314(12),
324(12),
354(12)
Financial Accounting 288(32)
Logistics Management 318(24), 348(24)
Strategic Management 344(12)
or
Financial Accounting 288(32)
Logistics Management 318(24), 348(24)
Marketing Management 314(12), 324(12), 344(12)
Strategic Management 344(12)
or
Economics 214(16), 244(16)
Financial Accounting 288(32)
Financial Management 314(12),
324(12),
354(12)
Logistics Management 318(24),
348(24)
Strategic Management 344(12)
Transport Economics 214(16)
or
Economics 214(16),
244(16)
Financial Accounting 288(32))
Financial Management 314(12),
324(12),
354(12)
Logistics Management 318(24),
348(24)
Marketing Management 314(12),
324(12),
344(12)

(*) Only if the class, test and exam timetable allow the specific combination of modules.

Fourth Year ( credits)
Compulsory Modules

Agricultural Economics 414(16),
424(16),
444(16),
454(16),
478(32)

Elective Modules
Elect a minimum of 48 credits from one of the following groups (*)

Economics 318(24),
348(24),
388(24)
Financial Accounting 389(48)
Financial Management 314(12),
324(12),
344(12),
354(12)
Investment Management 314(12),
324(12),
344(12),
348(12)
Project Management 378(24) or
Strategic Management 344(12)
or
Economics 318(24),
348(24),
388(24)
Financial Accounting 389(48)
Investment Management 314(12),
324(12),
344(12),
348(12)
Marketing Management 314(12),
324(12),
344(12),
348(12)
Project Management 378(24) or
Strategic Management 344(12)
or
Economics 318(24),
348(24),
388(24)
Financial Accounting 389(48)
Investment Management 314(12),
324(12),
344(12),
348(12)
Logistics Management 318(24),
348(24)
Project Management 378(24) or
Strategic Management 344(12)

(*) Only if the class, test and exam timetable allow the specific combination of modules.

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Agricultural Economic Analysis and Management with Food Science (BScAgric or BAgricAdmin) - Bachelor’s Programme in Agricultural Economics and Management

First Year ( credits)
Compulsory Modules

Animal Reproduction Physiology 112(8)
Business Management 113(8),
142(6)
Crop Production 152(8)
Animal Reproduction Physiology 112(8)
Computer Skills 171(4)
Economics 114(12),
144(12)
Food Science 144(16)
Industrial Psychology 112(4)
Mathematics (Bio) 124(16)
Soil Science 114(16),
142(8)
Statistical Methods 176(18)
Theory of Interest 152(6)

Second Year ( credits)
Compulsory Modules

Agricultural Economics 234(16),
242(8),
262(8)
Financial Accounting 188(24)
Food Science 214(16),
244(16)
and
Agronomy 212(8)
Horticultural Science 222(8)
Viticulture 244(16))
or
Animal Production 214(16))
and
Animal Science 244(16)

Elective Modules
Elect a minimum of 16 credits from one of the following groups (*)

Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management 214(16),
244(16)
Marketing Management 214(16),
244(16)

Third Year ( credits)
Compulsory Modules

Agricultural Economics 314(16),
364(16)
Crop Protection 244(16)
Financial Management 214(16)
Food Science 314(16), 344(16)

Elective Modules
Elect a minimum of 32 credits from one of the following groups (*)

Economics 214(16),
244(16)
Financial Accounting 288(32)
Logistics Management 214(16),
244(16)
Marketing Management 314(12),
324(12),
344(12)
Strategic Management 344(12)

Fourth Year ( credits)
Compulsory Modules

Agricultural Economics 414(16),
424(16),
444(16),
454(16)
Food Science 434(16),
454(16)

Elective Modules
Elect a minimum of 48 credits from one of the following groups (*)

Economics 318(24),
348(24),
388(24)
Financial Accounting 389(48)
Financial Management 314(12),
324(12),
344(12),
354(12)
Logistics Management 318(24),
348(24)
Marketing Management 314(12),
324(12),
344(12),
354(12)

(*) Only if the class, test and exam timetable allow the specific combination of modules.

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Agricultural Economic and Food Science (BScAgric or BAgricAdmin) - Bachelor’s Programme in Agricultural Economics and Management

First Year ( credits)
Compulsory Modules

Biology 124(16),
154(16)
Chemistry 114(16),
154(16)
Computer Skills 171(4)
Economics 114(12),
144(12)
Food Science 144(16)
Mathematics (Bio) 124(16)
Theory of Interest 152(6))

Second Year ( credits)
Compulsory Modules

Agricultural Economics 234(16),
242(8),
262(8)
Financial Accounting 188(24)
Food Science 214(16),
244(16)
Microbiology 214(16)
and
Agronomy 212(8)
Horticultural Science 222(8))
Viticulture 244(16)
or
Animal Production 214(16)
and
Animal Science 244(16)

Third Year ( credits)
Compulsory Modules

Agricultural Economics 314(16),
364(16)
Crop Protection 244(16)
Food Science 314(16),
344(16)

Elective Modules
Elect a minimum of 44 credits from one of the following groups (*)

Financial Accounting 288(32)
Financial Management 214(16)
Logistics Management 214(16), 244(16)
Transport Economics 214(16)

Fourth Year ( credits)
Compulsory Modules

Agricultural Economics 414(16),
424(16),
444(16),
454(16)
Food Science 434(16),
454(16)

Elective Modules
Elect a minimum of 48 credits from one of the following groups (*)

Financial Accounting 389(48)
Financial Management 314(12),
324(12),
344(12),
354(12)
(*) Only if the class, test and exam timetable allow the specific combination of modules.

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 Dept. of Agricultural Economics
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 Private Bag X1
 7602

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