Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


CODE MSA5001

 
TITLE Teaching Agribusiness as a Vocational Subject

 
LEVEL 05 - Postgraduate Modular Diploma or Degree Course

 
ECTS CREDITS 5

 
DEPARTMENT Mathematics and Science Education

 
DESCRIPTION This study-unit encompasses the pedagogy of the two main aspects of teaching agribusiness - namely the teaching of its science and the teaching of the business and marketing aspects. Through a grounding in agribusiness science, it responds to new needs as pertaining to animal science, soil science, crop science, crop production, crop management, integrated pest management, organic farming and sustainable agriculture. This focus on the scientific aspect of agribusiness ensures that students are at the forefront of further preparing the market for the new realities required of farmers, highly skilled, practical experimentalists, and engaged in adaptive research and technology testing services. Farmers as makers rather than mere users of knowledge. Through a grounding in best practices in business it reflects the needs of farmers to develop their management, marketing, and leadership skills. Through a focus on the new realities of agribusiness students are prepared to become educators where the farm is their "lab".

The science component emphasises the teaching of the scientific aspect as a core component of the teaching of agribusiness, while the business component emphasises the business aspects of agribusiness, acknowledging the importance of learning how to apply marketing techniques and theories to develop creative and innovative solutions to agribusiness problems. It explores the role of the agribusiness studies teacher in supporting young people to get a good start in developing the skills they’ll need for their everyday professional life, and how their wider education can contribute to their long-term prospects.

It consists of opportunities for self-reflection, a literature review on main differences between general and vocational education, an opportunity to debate the need of agribusiness in schools including as pertaining to ensuring the learning needs of all students are met through equitable access to appropriate learning and life skills programmes. Students will also familiarise themselves with the MATSEC syllabus, working scientifically, education outside the classroom, fieldwork training, and planning strategies for the delivery of sustainable outcomes, and industry and market analysis to assess market opportunities by analysing customers, competitors, collaborators, and other external forces.

The fieldwork prepares students in community involvement, public speaking, hands-on experience and real-life skills.

Study-Unit Aims:

The aims of this study-unit are:
- To provide the student teacher with a basic toolbox to make meaningful agribusiness learning happen in the classroom;
- To enable student-teachers to acquire basic classroom teaching competence to do satisfactory work from the start of the career;
- To provide the student teacher with the knowledge, skills and confidence to make full use of the subject pedagogy associated with the effective teaching of aspects of science relevant to agribusiness;
- To provide the student teacher with the knowledge, skills and confidence to lead practical activities outside the classroom or laboratory;
- To provide the student teacher with the knowledge, skills and confidence to make full use of the subject pedagogy associated with the effective teaching of business;
- To explore the role of the agribusiness studies teacher in supporting young people to get a good start in developing the skills they’ll need for their everyday professional life, and how their wider education can contribute to their long-term prospects.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:
- Describe the differences between general and vocational education;
- Explain the role of agribusiness in schools within a framework of ensuring the learning needs of all students are met;
- Identify best practices in the teaching of agribusiness.

2. Skills:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:
- Demonstrate critical attitudes towards their own professional actions;
- Apply marketing techniques and theories to develop creative and innovative solutions to agribusiness problems;
- Apply the scientific method in response to newly emerging needs of farmers;
- Implement meaningful agribusiness learning experiences in the classroom;
- Create meaningful learning experiences in agribusiness outside the classroom.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

- Developing Vocational Expertise: Principles and Issues in Vocational Education. By John Stevenson. Publisher: Allen & Unwin Pty., Limited. Publication date: 08/28/2003.
- Lecturer's Notes.

 
STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture, Independent Study, Fieldwork and Tutorial

 
METHOD OF ASSESSMENT
Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Fieldwork SEM2 Yes 40%
Assignment SEM2 Yes 60%

 
LECTURER/S

 
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