Develop a foundation in Agriculture and the Media

Job Opportunities include:

  • Agricultural Extension Officer
  • Agricultural Journalist or Writer
  • Trainer or Educator
  • Agricultural Marketing Officer


Australian Correspondence Schools, Home Studies Farming and Agriculture College

Build a Foundation for an Exciting Career in the Agricultural Media

Modern Agriculture is heavily dependent upon technology.

Between the discoveries and inventions that underpin agriculture, and the farmer, there are large numbers of people working to interpret and convey information and ideas from those who develop them to those who apply them. These people may be writers, extension officers, consultants, teachers or marketing personnel.

This course is designed to prepare you for a professional career as the person who fills a role such as this.


Course Structure and Contents

You need to undertake a total of 15 modules including:

  • 13 X 100 hour Distance Education Modules
  • 1 X 100 hour Research Project Module (Normally Research Project I)
  • 1 X 100 hour Industry Meetings (see below)


The require modules need to relate to both agriculture and the media and typically may be similar to the following. It is possible to negotiate a variation on this structure with one of our academic officers if you so choose.

  • Animal Anatomy and Physiology
  • Animal Health Care
  • Pasture Management
  • Sustainable Agriculture
  • Animal Feed and Nutrition
  • Commercial Vegetable Production
  • Agricultural Marketing
  • Event Management
  • Freelance Writing
  • Graphic Design
  • Machinery and Equipment
  • Soil Management
  • Technical Writing


More Details on Research and Industry Meeting Requirements

Research Project I

There are two parts to this module. In the first part, you learn about basic methods and techniques used in research. In the second part, you apply what you have learnt to conduct a mini research project that is relevant to this discipline. There are 7 lessons as follows:
  1. Determining Research Needs
  2. Searching For Information
  3. Research Methods
  4. Using Statistics
  5. Conducting Statistical Research
  6. Research Reports
  7. Reporting On A Research Project.

Throughout this module you are going to do the following:

  • Evidence of your ability to collect, collate and interpret data and prepare reports in ways relevant to the work environment;
  • Awareness of areas where there is a valid need for research which are relevant to area of study;
  • Ability to explain research methods, including experimental techniques, commonly used in the learner's area of study;
  • Understanding of the basic statistical methods used for research;
  • Ability to locate, collect and evaluate information for a specific research purpose;
  • Ability to prepare a research report in a format which conforms to normal industry procedures.


Industry Meetings

 This involves attendance for a cumulative total of 100 hours at industry meetings such as seminars, conferences, trade shows, industry committees etc. This is normally done after all other modules; allowing you to apply the foundation you have built, and to begin developing contacts and networks within industry (Which often lead to employment opportunities).


Requirements for Industry Meetings

In some courses you are required to attend industry meetings for a specified period of time as part of your course. The purpose of this requirement will be to ensure you are interacting with people who are actively working within your industry, in an “real world” industry context.

Through this interaction, you will have opportunities to relate things you have studied to real life situations, broadening your outlook and relevance with respect to your studies. Industry meetings develop networking and learning opportunities beyond other areas of study and should bring a practical perspective to your education which enhances everything else you do in your course.


What is Acceptable?

The school will accept attendance ant any event or meeting where you have opportunity to interact with people from your industry, which is attended by one or more people who are actively involved in your industry, and are knowledgeable about your industry, whether they be amateurs or professionals.

Examples may be:

  • Joining and attending meetings of a professional association, institute, club, society or some other professional body.
  • Attending meetings as an intern or assistant to a consultant or other professional person (whether a paid or voluntary position)
  • Attending an exhibition, show, field days, festival or any other event.
  • Attending committee meetings, or serving on a committee of any organization which provides opportunities to interact with others from your industry.
  • Attendance at seminars, conferences or workshops which are attended by others from your industry.

You will normally make up your required hours by attending a variety of different events; for example: attending a week long conference might count for 50 to 60 hrs; and attending a trade show may count for 8 hours. Serving on a committee for 6 months may count for 3 to 4 hours per meeting.


Duration: 1,500 hours


Who Decides What to Attend?

You do!

As long as you can verify your attendance and the events can be seen as broadly satisfying the above criteria, it will be accepted,


When Do I Seek Approval?

After attending the events.

There is no need to seek approval or comment from an academic officer before attending meetings.


How Do I Seek Approval?

You need to submit documentation to indicate you have done what you claim.

This documentation may be any of the following:

  • Reports
  • References
  • Receipts
  • Photographs


Reports: These should be brief outlines explaining what you attended, listing at least 1 and no more than three of the relevant industry people who were present. You should explain how each of these people are involved in industry, and their contact details. You should state the date and location of the meeting and write a one paragraph explanation of what you learnt from attending.


References: A letter from an official (eg. committee chairperson, conference official, etc) to verify you attended something and for how many hours; together with contact details.


Receipts: A copy of a receipt for a conference registration, entry to a trade show, etc.


Photographs : Two or more photos, taken of yourself when you attended the event.


With any of this proof; you should also state what the event was, where and when it was and how many hours you were in attendance.


Your submission should be made as you submit any normal assignment but marked clearly: Attention The Principal (Industry Meetings)





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