Agribusiness Management

Purpose of the programme
The Agribusiness Management programme is designed to equip students with agribusiness management and/or agricultural economics skills and expose them to the environment in which an agricultural economist operates. These include pursuing a career within the agribusiness value chain such as the supply of agricultural inputs, agricultural production, agro-processing, agricultural trade and agricultural marketing. The program also focuses on the managerial functions in the farm business operations as well as throughout the agribusiness sector. With this qualification graduates will be qualified to enter various fields of agribusiness as practitioners in both the private and public sectors. Graduates will also be equipped with the necessary skills that will enable them to pursue their own business interests if they wish to do so.

Employment opportunities citing typical employers
A qualification in BSc Agribusiness Management and/or Agricultural Economics offers graduate/s a wide array of career opportunities that include but not limited to own business ownership, marketing/sales representatives, research and education (universities and research institutes), agricultural trade industries including but not limited to government departments and International Trade platforms and/or ports of entry/exit, financial specialists/banking sector (Land Bank including the big 4 (Standard Bank, ABSA, FNB and Nedbank – Agricultural Finance Units) farm or ranch management and natural resources management in all spheres of the economy; at micro and macro levels (government and food multinationals).

Entrepreneurial opportunities citing sector, industry and typical businesses
Graduates will be equipped with the necessary skills that will enable them to start their own business in any sector of the economy including those not necessarily linked to agriculture. Graduates will have a good understanding of the entrepreneurial process and the legal requirements that will enable them to start their own businesses. This not only includes any business activity related to the entire agricultural sector but also any other business if the individual wishes to do so. Opportunities in to the agricultural sector ranging from consultancy work to providing goods and services to the participants in the agricultural sector.

Vertical articulation for further / higher degree studies
The programme/ qualification is at NQF level 8 (an equivalent of an honours degree) and designed to be sufficient for students who wish to further their studies to an MSc and doctoral (PhD) degrees studies, and in this way obtain the kind of depth that will make them attractive as professionals and knowledgeable in the Agribusiness sector both for the public and private sector/s, and including research and academic institutions. For example, there is a shortage of Doctorate (PhD) holders in the country in this qualification. Vertical articulation within the MSc and doctoral degrees within this field may help bridge this gap and enhance the competitiveness of the Agribusiness sector in terms of the production of knowledge and human capital in South Africa.

Horizontal articulation with other qualifications 
The programme is also well positioned to articulate horizontally for example with commerce, and other agricultural, environmental, resource management and rural development degree studies/ qualifications. It articulates horizontally further also with the education sector; teacher education programmes, which is amongst the fastest employing sectors in the country especially given that Agricultural Economics skills is a scarce/critical skill in South Africa.

Contact details for inquiries 
• Programme coordinator [Prof G.E. Zharare, BSc hons  (Crop Science), MSc (Crop Physiology), PhD (Plant nutrition),
E: ZharareG@unizulu.ac.za
T: +27 (0) 35 902 6072] • Head of Department [Prof G.E. Zharare, BSc hons  (Crop Science), MSc (Crop Physiology), PhD (Plant nutrition),
E: ZharareG@unizulu.ac.za
T: +27 (0) 35 902 6072]

FACULTY FACULTY OF SCIENCE AND AGRICULTURE
DEPARTMENT: AGRICULTURE
DEGREE(DESIGNATOR) BACHELOR OF   SCIENCE
QUALIFIER AGRICULTURE
MAJORS AGRIBUSINESS MANAGEMENT
ABBREVIATION BSC (AGRICULTURE)
QUALIFICATION CODE (SAQF)
UNIZULU CODE SBSC51
EXIT NQF LEVEL 8
ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS ENGLISH 4 (50%)
ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS MATHEMATICS 4 (50%)
ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS AGRICULTURAL SCIENCE OR LIFE SCIENCE 4 (50%)
MINIMUM CREDITS FOR ADMISSION NATIONAL SENIOR CERTIFICATE WITH DEGREE ENDORSEMENT AND WITH 30 NSC POINTS
MINIMUM DURATION OF STUDIES 4 YEARS
PRESENTATION MODE OF SUBJECTS: DAY CLASSES
INTAKE FOR THE QUALIFICATION: JANUARY
REGISTRATION CYCLE FOR THE SUBJECTS: JANUARY
READMISSION: SUBJECT TO PRIOR PERFORMANCE AND CURRENT APPLICABILITY OF PASSED MODULES
TOTAL CREDITS TO GRADUATE: 480

FIRST YEAR

SUBJECT NAME CODE CREDITS NQF LEVEL PREREQUISITE CO-REQUISITE
SEMESTER 1
BASIC CHEMISTRY 121 SCHM121 15 5 NONE
CLASSICAL MECHANICS BIO SPHY121 15 5 NONE
CYTOLOGY, GENETICS AND PHYSIOLOGY SBOT111 15 5 NONE
INTRODUCTION TO ZOOLOGY I SZOL111 15 5 NONE
SEMESTER 2
BASIC CHEMISTRY SCHM122 15 6 SCHM121
MATHS AND STATS FOR EARTH AND LIFE SCIENCE SMTH122 15 5
MORPHOLOGY AND TAXONOMY SBOT112 15 6
INTRODUCTION TO ZOOLOGY II SZOL112 15 6 SZOL111
TOTAL 120

 

SECOND YEAR

SUBJECT NAME CODE CREDITS NQF LEVEL PREREQUISITE CO-REQUISITE
SEMESTER 1
INTRODUCTION TO ANIMAL SCIENCE SAAS211 15 6 SZOL111
INTRODUCTION TO EXTENSION AND RURAL DEVELOPMENT SAAE211 15 6 NONE
INTRODUCTION TO SOIL SCIENCE SAAG211 15 6 NONE
ELEMENTARY STATISTICS FOR SCIENCE STUDENTS SSTT111 15 5 NONE
SEMESTER 2
PRINCIPLES OF ANIMAL PRODUCTION SAAS212 15 6 SZOL112
INTRODUCTION TO AGRICULTURAL ECONOMICS & FARM MANAGEMENT SAAE212 15 6 NONE
INTRODUCTION TO CROP PRODUCTION SAAG212 15 6 SBOT111, SBOT112
EXTENSION METHODS SAAE222 15 6
TOTAL 120

 

THIRD YEAR

SUBJECT NAME CODE CREDITS NQF LEVEL PREREQUISITE CO-REQUISITE
SEMESTER 1
FARM MANAGEMENT SAAE311 15 7 SAAE211, SAAG212, SAAS 212
LAND USE AND NATURAL RESOURCES MANAGEMENT SGES331 15 7
INTERMEDIATE MICROECONOMICS CECN201 15 6 NONE
BUSINESS MANAGEMENT CBMG201 15 6 NONE
SEMESTER 2
RURAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP SAAE312 15 7 NONE
PRINCIPLES OF PRODUCTION ECONOMICS SAAE322 15 7 SAAS211, SAAG212, SAAE211
PRINCIPLES MACROECONOMICS CECN102 15 6 NONE
BUSINESS MANAGEMENT CBMG202 15 6 NONE
TOTAL 120

 

FOURTH YEAR

SUBJECT NAME CODE CREDITS NQF LEVEL PREREQUISITE CO-REQUISITE
SEMESTER 1
AGRIBUSINESS MANAGEMENT SAAE411 15 8 SAAE212
RISK MANAGEMENT SAAE421 15 8 SAAE312, SAAE311
BUSINESS MANAGEMENT CBMG301 15 7 NONE
AGRIBUSS RESEARCH PROJECT I SAAE441 15 8 SAAE211, SAAE212, SAAE222, SSTT111 SAAE311, SAAE312, SAAE322
SEMESTER 2
 

FARM PLANNING

 

SAAE412

 

15

 

8

SAAE212, SAAS212, SAAG212, SGES331, SAAS211, SAAE311
AGRICULTURAL POLICY SAAE422 15 8 CECN201, CECN102
ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT SGES312 15 7
AGRIBUSS RESEARCH PROJECT II SAAE442 15 8 SAAE211, SAAE212, SAAE222, SSTT111 SAAE311, SAAE312, SAAE322
TOTAL 120