Graduate Diploma in Agriculture and Environment

Candidates for the Graduate Diploma in Agriculture and Environment complete a total of 48 credit points from Table A, including:

  • at least 12 credit points of specialisation elective units

Candidates do not normally complete a research project.

Unit of study Table A
Unit of study Credit points A: Assumed knowledge P: Prerequisites C: Corequisites N: Prohibition Session

Table A units of study

Core units
AFNR5511
Soil Processes, Assessment and Management
6      Semester 1
AGRO4003
Crop and Pasture Agronomy
6      Semester 1
AFNR5801
Climate Change: Process, History, Issues
6    A A basic understanding of climate change processes and issues.
Semester 2
ECOS3013
Environmental Economics
6    P AREC2003 or RSEC2031 or ECOS2001 or ECOS2901
Semester 2
Capstone units
AFNR5905
Research Paper
6    P AFNR5901 and AFNR5904
C AFNR5906
Semester 1
Semester 2
AFNR5906
Research Communication
6    P AFNR5901 and AFNR5904
C AFNR5905
Semester 1
Semester 2
AFNR5901
Research Review
6    C AFNR5904
N AFNR5902 or AFNR5903

Note: Department permission required for enrolment

Semester 1
Semester 2
AFNR5904
Research Proposal and Approach
6    C AFNR5901

Note: Department permission required for enrolment

Semester 1
Semester 2

Specialisation electives

Agricultural and Environmental Economics
AREC3004
Economics of Water and Bio-Resources

This unit of study is not available in 2018

6    P AREC2003 or RSEC2031 or ECOS2001 or ECOS2901
Semester 2
ECOS3006
International Trade
6    P ECOS2001 or ECOS2901
Semester 1
ECOS3005
Industrial Organisation
6    P ECOS2001 or ECOS2901
N ECOS2201
Semester 2
AREC3001
Production Modelling and Management
6    P AREC2001 or AGEC2103 or ECOS2001 or ECOS2901
Semester 2
AREC3002
Agricultural Markets
6    P AREC2001 or AGEC2103 or ECOS2001 or ECOS2901
Semester 2
AREC3005
Agricultural Finance and Risk
6    P AREC2001 or AGEC2103 or AREC2002 or AGEC2101 or ECOS2001 or ECOS2901
Semester 1
Agricultural and Environmental Technologies
AGRO4004
Sustainable Farming Systems
6      Semester 1
ENVI5708
Introduction to Environmental Chemistry
6      Semester 1
AFNR5110
Crop Improvement
6    A Basic knowledge of plant genetics and breeding, similar to that covered by GENE4012 and GENE4013.
Semester 2
AFNR5502
Remote Sensing, GIS and Land Management
6    A ENVX3001 and SOIL3004.
Semester 2
AFNR5510
The Soil at Work
6      Semester 2
AFNR5512
Water Management and Variable Climate
6    A UG Maths or Physics or Hydrology.
Semester 2
Horticultural Technologies
AFNR5210
Sustainable Horticultural Cropping
6      Semester 1
AFNR5701
Plants and the Environment

This unit of study is not available in 2018

6      Semester 1
AFNR5110
Crop Improvement
6    A Basic knowledge of plant genetics and breeding, similar to that covered by GENE4012 and GENE4013.
Semester 2
HORT4005
Research and Practice in Horticulture
6    P HORT3005
Semester 2
Forest and Atmosphere Interactions
AFNR5701
Plants and the Environment

This unit of study is not available in 2018

6      Semester 1
ENSY3002
Fire in Australian Ecosystems
6    P AGEN2005 or BIOL2023 or BIOL2923
Semester 1
AFNR5705
Australian Forest Systems
6      Semester 2
ENSY3003
Forest Ecosystem Science
6    P AGEN2001 or BIOL2023 or BIOL2923 or GEOS2121


Students require a basic understanding of plant biology. Understanding principles of plant taxonomy and ecology will also be an advantage.
Semester 2

Other electives

AFNR5107
Principles of Biochemical Analysis
6    N AGCH4007
Semester 1
AGEN5001
Agricultural and Environmental Extension
6      Semester 1
ECOS3002
Development Economics
6    P ECOS2001 or ECOS2901 or ECOS2002 or ECOS2902
Semester 2
ENVI5708
Introduction to Environmental Chemistry
6      Semester 1
GOVT6135
Global Environmental Politics
6      Semester 1
PHYS5031
Ecological Econ and Sustainable Analysis
6      Semester 1
PHYS5034
Life Cycle Analysis
6   

Minimum class size of 5 students.
Semester 2
AREC3003
Econ of Minerals and Energy Industries
6    P AREC2003 or RSEC2031 or ECOS2001 or ECOS2901
Semester 2
ECOS3002
Development Economics
6    P ECOS2001 or ECOS2901 or ECOS2002 or ECOS2902
Semester 2
ECOS3005
Industrial Organisation
6    P ECOS2001 or ECOS2901
N ECOS2201
Semester 2
ENVI5809
Environmental Simulation Modelling
6    A This unit assumes a sound understanding of scientific principles, HSC level Mathematics and understanding of basic statistics.
Semester 2a
GEOG5004
Environmental Mapping and Monitoring
6    A This unit assumes a sound understanding of scientific principles, HSC level mathematics and understanding of basic statistics.
Semester 2
ECON5001
Microeconomic Theory
6    N ECON5040
Intensive February
Semester 1
Semester 2
PHYS5033
Environmental Footprints and IO Analysis
6   

Minimum class size of 5 students.
Semester 1
Semester 2
SUST5001
Introduction to Sustainability
6   

This unit of study involves essay-writing. Academic writing skills equivalent to HSC Advanced English or significant consultation via the Writing Hub is assumed.
Semester 1
Semester 2