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Bachelor of Agricultural Economics

Course rules


Bachelor of Agricultural Economics

Bachelor of Agricultural Economics (Honours)

These resolutions must be read in conjunction with applicable University By-laws, Rules and policies including (but not limited to) the University of Sydney (Coursework) Rule 2000 (the 'Coursework Rule'), the Resolutions of the Faculty, the University of Sydney (Student Appeals against Academic Decisions) Rule 2006 (as amended) and the Academic Board policies on Academic Dishonesty and Plagiarism.

Course resolutions

1 Course codes


Course title


Bachelor of Agricultural Economics

2 Attendance pattern

The attendance pattern for this course is full time or part time according to student choice.

3 Admission to candidature

Admission to this course is on the basis of a secondary school leaving qualification such as the NSW Higher School Certificate (including national and international equivalents), tertiary study or an approved preparation program. English language requirements must be met where these are not demonstrated by sufficient qualifications taught in English. Special admission pathways are open for mature aged applicants who do not possess a school leaving qualification, educationally disadvantaged applicants and for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Applicants are ranked by merit and offers for available places are issued according to the ranking. Details of admission policies are found in the Coursework Rule.

4 Requirements for award

The units of study that may be taken for the course/s are set out in the table of units of study for Bachelor of Agricultural Economics. The Dean may approve some variation in units of study required for the degree for exceptionally talented students.
To qualify for the degree of Bachelor of Agricultural Economics a candidate must successfully complete 192 credit points, comprising:
72 credit points of core units of study; and
two majors including an Agricultural Economics major and an additional major; and
elective credit points.

5 Majors

A major requires a minimum of 36 credit points above junior level. The majors available are:
Agricultural Economics
Agriculture Finance
Agricultural Marketing
Agricultural Science
Commercial Law
Government and International Relations
Core units of study that are common to the requirements of a major may count to that major, however, any unit of study may only count towards one major. Where a unit of study is common to more than one major, the student must nominate, by the end of their final year, the particular major to which the unit is to be allocated.

6 Award of the degree

The Bachelor of Agricultural Economics is awarded as either Pass or with Honours. Honours are awarded in classes ranging from First Class to Second Class.

7 Weighted average mark (WAM)

For the Bachelor of Agricultural Economics, the Faculty of Agriculture and Environment uses a Year 2/3 WAM that includes all 2000 level and 3000 level units of study. All 4000 level units of study count towards Year 4 WAM.
The WAM calculations use the following formula:
sum(Wc x Mc)  
where Wc is the unit of study credit points x the unit weighting and Mc is the mark achieved for the unit. The mark used for units with a grade AF is zero. Pass/fail units and credited units from other institutions are not counted. All units carry a weighting of one, except the individual research components of undergraduate degrees, which carry a weighting of two.

8 Award of the degree of Bachelor with Honours

For the degree of Bachelor of Agricultural Economics
To qualify for the award of Honours a student must normally:
have a Year 2/3 WAM of at least 65; and
complete an independent research component as part of the final year of the program with an overall honours mark of at least 65.
The overall honours mark shall be the average of the Year 2/3 WAM and the Year 4 WAM.
Honours is awarded in the following classes:

Level of honours

Overall honours mark

Minimum WAM Years 2/3

First Class

mark >= 75


Second Class, Division 1

70 <= mark < 75


Second Class, Division 2

65 <= mark < 70


Honours not awarded

mark <65


9 Transitional provisions

These resolutions apply to persons who commenced their candidature after 1 January, 2013 and persons who commenced their candidature prior to 1 January, 2013 who elect to proceed under these resolutions.
Candidates who commenced prior to 1 January, 2013 may complete the requirements in accordance with the resolutions in force at the time of their commencement, provided that requirements are completed by 1 January, 2018. The Faculty may specify a later date for completion or specify alternative requirements for completion of candidatures that extend beyond this time.