AGS 104 Introduction to Agribusiness Management


Campus Location:
Georgetown
Effective Date:
2020-51
Prerequisite:
ENG 090 or ENG 091, MAT 010, SSC 100 or concurrent
Co-Requisites:
None
Course Credits and Hours:
3.00 credits
3.00 lecture hours/week
0.00 lab hours/week
Course Description:

In this course, students learn the role and organization of agribusiness, the function and operation of an agribusiness, and the skills necessary to become a valued employee or entrepreneur.

Required Text(s):

Obtain current textbook information by viewing the campus bookstore online or visit a campus bookstore. Check your course schedule for the course number and section.

Additional Materials:

None

Schedule Type:
Classroom Course
Online Course
Disclaimer:

None

Core Course Performance Objectives (CCPOs):
  1. Examine the importance of agribusiness in the United States and in the global market. (CCC 1, 2, 5, 6; PGC BMT 1, 2; LOH 2; PAG 1, 4)
  2. Explain the role of management in agribusiness. (CCC 1, 2, 4, 5; PGC BMT 1, 2, 3, 4; PGC LOH 3; PAG 1, 2; TMT 5)
  3. Identify forms of business ownership associated with agriculture. (CCC 1, 2, 4, 5; PGC BMT 1, 2, 4; LOH 5; PAG 1, 4; TMT 5)
  4. Analyze the planning process necessary for success in agribusiness management. (CCC 1, 2, 4, 5; PGC BMT 1, 2, 3; LOH 5; PAG 1, 2, 4; TMT 5)
  5. Explain the processes involved in the production of goods and services. (CCC 1, 2, 5; PGC BMT 1, 2, 3; LOH 1, 2, 4, 5, 6; PAG 1, 2, 3, 4, 5; TMT 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)
  6. Explain the importance of human resource management in agribusiness. (CCC 1, 2, 3, 4, 5; PGC BMT 1, 2, 3; LOH 2, 3, 5; PAG 1, 4; TMT 5)
  7. Explain the importance of accurate record keeping in agribusiness. (CCC 1, 2, 4, 5, 6; PGC BMT 1, 2, 3, 4, 5; LOH 4, 6; PAG 1, 2, 3, 4; TMT 1, 2, 4, 5)
  8. Analyze how marketing relates to agribusiness. (CCC 1, 2, 4, 5; PGC BMT 1, 2, 3  LOH 2; PAG 1, 4; TMT 5)
  9. Identify resources for funding an agribusiness. (CCC 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6; PGC: BMT 1, 2, 3; PGC LOH 2; PAG 1, 4; TMT 5)

See Core Curriculum Competencies and Program Graduate Competencies at the end of the syllabus. CCPOs are linked to every competency they develop.

Measurable Performance Objectives (MPOs):

Upon completion of this course, the student will:

  1. Examine the importance of agribusiness in the United States and in the global market.
    1. Review agribusiness’ function in today’s society.
    2. Categorize sectors involved in the agribusiness system.
    3. Analyze the trends that have occurred in United States farming.
    4. Explain agribusiness’ role in the United States and international economies.
  2. Explain the role of management in agribusiness.
    1. Explain skills necessary to become a successful manager.
    2. Discuss the functions involved in the management process.
  3. Identify forms of business ownership associated with agriculture.
    1. Identify the types of ownership available to agribusinesses.
    2. Assess factors involved in selecting a type of business ownership.
    3. Compare advantages and disadvantages of each type of ownership.
  4. Analyze the planning process necessary for success in agribusiness management.
    1. Explain the parts of a mission statement.
    2. Identify a mission statement for an agribusiness.
    3. Examine how having a strategy relates to the planning process.
    4. Compare strategies and objectives to determine how they are part of the planning process.
  5. Explain the processes involved in the production of goods and services.
    1. Define the types of production processes used in agribusiness management.
    2. Explain factors to consider in locating the production facility.
    3. Explain how a facility’s layout can affect an agribusiness.
  6. Explain the importance of human resource management in agribusiness.
    1. Identify key areas of human resource management.
    2. Create a job description in order to advertise for an agribusiness position.
    3. Discuss factors to consider when hiring new employees.
  7. Explain the importance of accurate record keeping in agribusiness.
    1. Explain the need for financial records in an agribusiness.
    2. Identify the two methods of accounting used in a business.
    3. Analyze financial records such as balance sheets, income statements, and inventories.
  8. Analyze how marketing relates to agribusiness.
    1. Explain the planning involved in marketing an agribusiness.
    2. Compare types of marketing commonly used with agribusinesses.
  9. Identify resources for funding an agribusiness.
    1. Explain types of capital available to finance an agribusiness.
Evaluation Criteria/Policies:

Students must demonstrate proficiency on all CCPOs at a minimal 75 percent level to successfully complete the course. The grade will be determined using the Delaware Tech grading system:

92 100 = A
83 91 = B
75 82 = C
0 74 = F

Students should refer to the Student Handbook for information on the Academic Standing Policy, the Academic Integrity Policy, Student Rights and Responsibilities, and other policies relevant to their academic progress.

Final Course Grade:

Calculated using the following weighted average

Evaluation Measure

Percentage of final grade

Exams (2-3) (summative) (equally weighted)

20%

Quizzes (3-4) (summative) (equally weighted)

10%

Business Plan  (summative)

20%

Interview Report  (summative)

10%

Formative Assessments (case studies, assignments, activities) (equally weighted)

40%

TOTAL

100%

Core Curriculum Competencies (CCCs are the competencies every graduate will develop):
  1. Apply clear and effective communication skills.
  2. Use critical thinking to solve problems.
  3. Collaborate to achieve a common goal.
  4. Demonstrate professional and ethical conduct.
  5. Use information literacy for effective vocational and/or academic research.
  6. Apply quantitative reasoning and/or scientific inquiry to solve practical problems.
Program Graduate Competencies (PGCs are the competencies every graduate will develop specific to his or her major):

AGSAASBMT

  1. Distinguish among business career areas in agribusiness.
  2. Examine current agricultural issues.
  3. Prepare a business plan for an agricultural enterprise.
  4. Apply management theories to agricultural business operations through practical experience.
  5. Apply basic recordkeeping and accounting procedures to agribusiness operations.

AGSAASLOH

  1. Safely operate landscape equipment.
  2. Demonstrate basic greenhouse management functions to include environmental controls, scheduling, production, pest control, nutrient management, and marketing of floriculture crops.
  3. Demonstrate effective customer service skills for horticulture business success.
  4. Apply business principles and strategies to the landscape and ornamental horticulture industries.
  5. Explain the importance of soil and water management to the landscape and ornamental horticulture industries.
  6. Design and install a finished landscape plan.

AGSAASPAG

  1. Apply basic agribusiness management procedures to production and marketing of agriculture products.
  2. Integrate pest management procedures into crop production techniques.
  3. Demonstrate production techniques related to sustainable agriculture.
  4. Demonstrate scheduling, production, marketing, harvesting, and safe handling of crops.
  5. Describe the importance of poultry, livestock, and crop production to the agriculture industry.
  6. Assess breeding, care, and nutrition of livestock animals.

AGSAASTMT

  1. Select preventive maintenance programs for greens, fairways, and equipment.
  2. Apply basic installation techniques for irrigation systems.
  3. Explain the importance of soil and water management to the turfgrass management industry.
  4. Safely operate turf equipment.
  5. Apply business principles and strategies to the turfgrass industry.
  6. Cultivate and maintain golf course landscapes.
Disabilities Support Statement:

The College is committed to providing reasonable accommodations for students with disabilities. Students are encouraged to schedule an appointment with the campus Disabilities Support Counselor to request an accommodation needed due to a disability. A listing of campus Disabilities Support Counselors and contact information can be found at the disabilities services web page or visit the campus Advising Center.

Minimum Technology Requirements:
Minimum technology requirements for online, hybrid, video conferencing and web conferencing courses.