Agribusiness – Diploma – Vermilion Campus

You can choose one of three concentrations:
  • Livestock Production
  • Crop Technology
  • Marketing Communications 
Year I Required Courses
Credits

AC 118 Agribusiness Accounting I 3
AC118 introduces the concepts and applications of financial accounting. Topics in AC118 Agribusiness Accounting I include accounting concepts and principles, the recording process, preparing financial statements, internal control, cash and receivables.
AC 218 Agribusiness Accounting II 3
AC218 is a continuation of AC118. Topics included in AC218 Agribusiness Accounting II are: inventories; capital assets; current liabilities; owner's equity in partnerships and corporations; analyzing financial statements; the statement of cash flows, and accounting information systems. Prerequisite: AC118.
AE 100 Economic Forces in Agriculture 3
This course deals with the economic principles underlying production, markets, and the national economy. Agricultural examples are used throughout.
BA 245 Personal Finance Management 3
This course provides the foundations of personal financial planning in a rigorous conceptual and practical framework and a thorough coverage of all major aspects of family and individual personal finances ranging from budgeting to estate planning. Students acquire expertise in preparing a personal financial plan.
BA 333 Agribusiness Simulation 3
This course bridges the gap between learned theory and applied practices.  Students are able to utilize a software program and make decisions as agricultural business managers in a team environment.  Leadership, management practices, human resources, and marketing are all covered.
CO 165 Effective Communications 3
This is a course in business communication focusing on writing skills. The course content includes an introduction to various business documents.
CO 265 Communications in Agriculture 3
This course offers an opportunity for business students to improve their skills in oral communication.  The course focuses on a variety of oral presentations through the use of different multimedia technologies.  Upon completion of this course, students will have mastered the technical skills required for both effective business writing and presenting.  Prerequisite:  CO 165.


CU 242 Information Technology Applications 3
This course covers a combination of the following computer applications: file management (Windows), word processing (Word), spreadsheets (Excel), and presentations (PowerPoint and / or Prezi). More depth and application of topics follow overviews of each individual application. The File Manager PRO crop database program is used.
AE 210 Farm Taxation and Estate Planning 3
Main features of income taxation for farm businesses. Also covers business organization and estate planning including tax implications. Prerequisites: AE 202 or AC 118.
AE 230 Farm Financial Management 3
Learn to use concepts and tools of economics and financial management as they apply to farming. Large part of course consists of assignments dealing with time principles, economic analysis, financial analysis, budgeting and other management tools. Some assignments use computer programs. Prerequisite: AE 202.
BA 171 Agricultural Sales 3
This course is an examination of the personal qualities and skills required of an agricultural salesperson. This course includes exploration of the motivations underlying the buying decision, the techniques and theory utilized in the preparation of the sales presentation, and a review of the elements of a sales plan. Role-playing and case studies are used to demonstrate sales and leadership techniques. Prerequisites:  None.
BA 222 Agribusiness Management 3
Provides in-depth study of farm and/or ranch financial planning. Complete business plan for actual or proposed farm or ranching business. Prerequisite: AE 230.
BA 333 Agribusiness Simulation 3
This course bridges the gap between learned theory and applied practices.  Students are able to utilize a software program and make decisions as agricultural business managers in a team environment. Leadership, management practices, human resources, and marketing are all covered.
BA 360 Principles of Agricultural Lending 3
This course examines the important roles that money, banking, and financial institutions play in the Canadian economy. Students develop a sound foundation to be an agricultural lender--a good understanding of farm production, farm product marketing, and farm finance. They trace the agricultural credit granting process from loan investigation through assessment, ensuring adequate collateral, considering security and legal issues. Prerequisites:  None.
LA 277 Agricultural Law and Policy 3
This course introduces the learner to select elements of the legal and political environment that plays a significant role in agribusiness. It provides students with the tools to understand and analyze both current and future agricultural laws and policies.
CU 242 Information Technology Applications 3
 This course covers a combination of the following computer applications:
  • file management (Windows)
  • word processing (Word)
  • spreadsheets (Excel)
  •  and presentations (Power Point and/ or Prezi)
 More depth and application of topics follow overviews of each individual application. The File Manager PRO crop database program is used.
CO 165 Effective Communications 3
This is a course in business communications focusing on writing skills. The course content includes an introduction to various business documents.

Prerequisite: Grade 12 English or equivalent
MA 140 Agribusiness Mathematics 3
Solving practical financial and mathematical problems encountered in the business world is the focus of this course. It reviews the mathematics of ratios, percentage, and basic algebra and their applications to business problems. The principle of the time value of money is covered in depth with its important applications to finance, investments and capital budgeting. Use of financial calculators is emphasized throughout. Prerequisite: Grade XII Math or equivalent.
Year I required courses for concentrations:

Livestock Production - AN 212, CR 188

Crop Technology - CR 160, SO 102

Marketing Communications - CR 188, MK 302

(see "Concentrations" section for descriptions).
Year II Required Courses
Credits

AE 210 Farm Taxation and Succession Planning 3
Main features of income taxation for farm businesses. Also covers business organization and estate planning including tax implications. Prerequisites:  AE 202 or AC 118.
AE 230 Farm Financial Management 3
Learn to use concepts and tools of economics and financial management as they apply to farming. Large part of course consists of assignments dealing with time principles, economic analysis, financial analysis, budgeting and other management tools. Some assignments use computer programs.
BA 171 Agricultural Sales 3
This course is an examination of the personal qualities and skills required of an agricultural salesperson. This course includes exploration of the motivations underlying the buying decision, the techniques and theory utilized in the preparation of the sales presentation, and a review of the elements of a sales plan. Role-playing and case studies are used to demonstrate sales and leadership techniques.
BA 360 Agricultural Lending 3
This course examines the important roles that money, banking, and financial institutions play in the Canadian economy. Students develop a sound foundation to be an agricultural lender--a good understanding of farm production, farm product marketing, and farm finance. They trace the agricultural credit granting process from loan investigation through assessment, ensuring adequate collateral, considering security and legal issues.
BA 375 Student-Managed Enterprise I 3
Students integrate the knowledge and skills they have learned in a functioning business setting. The creation of business cases, implementation of various management practices, and critical thinking is crucial. Students are exposed to external clients, resources, and expertise to expand their knowledge, skills, and relationships in business.
BA 376 Student-Managed Enterprise II 3
Students integrate the knowledge and skills they have learned in a functioning business setting. The creation, revision and updating of business cases, implementation of various management practices, and critical thinking is crucial. Students are exposed to external clients, resources, and expertise to expand their knowledge, skills, and relationships in business. Prerequisite: BA375.
LA 277 Agricultural Law and Policy 3
This course introduces the learner to select elements of the legal and political environment that plays a significant role in agribusiness. It provides students with the tools to understand and analyze both current and future agricultural laws and policies.
CR 235 Range and Forage Crops 3
Investigate major agronomic practices in management of forage crops including varieties, plant growth requirements, quality, processing and storage. Range management component investigates major plant and animal interactions, effects of various grazing systems, and management practices available. Effects of management practices on plants, soil, water and economics studied.
CR 160 Plant Science and Field Crops 3
Introduction to basic plant botany and production of grain and oilseed crops in western Canada. Study plant physiology, major plant parts and their role in plant growth and development. Discover what the major growth factors are for crops on the prairies and how they can affect these crops. Combine this with specific best practices for major grain and oilseed crops of western Canada.
CR 259 Weed and Insect Management 3
This course is an introduction to various crop pests and their control measures. Pest groups include weeds, insects, and diseases. Control measures include cultural practices and/or the use of pesticides. The impact on the environment of these measures is studied. Chemical toxicity, risk, and hazard are discussed in relation to food safety. Prerequisites:  None.
PA 211 Applications in Precision Farming 3
Overview of precision farming techniques, and equipment used to implement these techniques. Study and use DGPS receivers, yield monitors, variable rate application equipment and field scouting computers to collect data for crop planning decisions. Use Geographical Information Systems (GIS) to display, manipulate and query crop production information. Create profit maps used for decision-making and create prescription maps for variable rate equipment.
AN 300 Livestock Production 3
MK 303 Public Relations and Event Management 3
This course allows students to explore public relations and event management as they pertain to careers in the agricultural industry. This course utilizes and builds upon knowledge obtained in MK 302 and MK 304. Prerequisite: MK302.
MK 304 Print, Web, and Social Media 3
This course offers students the opportunity to expand their knowledge in various areas of media related to agricultural businesses. Prerequisite:  MK302
AN 320 Cow-Calf Management 3
Detailed study of Canadian ranch operation including day to day duties, planning and strategic management. Lecture sessions used to investigate good management practices along with new ideas within the industry. Skills in team work developed as students assist in calving college cow herd. Students encouraged to use own practical experience in lecture and lab as they investigate, develop and discuss working plans that can be implemented into current operation.
AN 325 Feedlot Production 3
Cover common practices and guidelines of production in Western Canadian feedlots. Topics include history, induction, cattle types, feeds and feeding, performance, economics, marketing, day-to-day management, efficiency and future of the industry. Emphasis placed on knowledge for employment and self-management decision-making.
AN 330 Dairy Cattle Husbandry 3
Detailed study of dairy cattle: anatomy of udder, physiology of milk production, equipment, nutrition, record keeping, dairy herd improvement, sanitation and economics.
CO 265 Communications in Agriculture 3
This course offers an opportunity for business students to improve their skills in oral communication. The course focuses on a variety of oral presentations through the use of different multimedia technologies. Upon completion of this course, students will have mastered the technical skills required for both effective business writing and presenting. Prerequisite: CO165.
Year II required courses for concentrations:

Livestock Production - AN 260, AN 300, AN 105

Crop Technology - CR 242, CR 259, SO 242

Marketing Communications - AN 300, MK 303, MK 304

(see the "Concentrations" section for descriptions).

Required Courses for Concentrations
Years I & II
Credits

AE 300 Grain, Oilseed, and Pulse Crop Marketing 3
In-depth analysis of pricing and delivery options available to farm manager. Learn how to analyze grain, oilseed, and pulse crop markets. Prerequisite: AE 100
AN 105 Genetics of Livestock 3
This is a basic genetics course that provides a background for animal breeding. The physical basis of heredity variations in economic traits of animals, principles of selection, breeding systems and the general effects of various breeding systems are studied.
AN 212 Applied Livestock Nutrition 3
Students learn the principles and practices of nutrition as they apply to large animals. Each nutrient class is studied in relation to its function, deficiency and requirement in the body. Nutrient requirements for maintenance, growth, and production are applied through the formulation of diets for beef, dairy, swine, and horses. Students work through practical feeding programs based on economics and available feeds.
AN 260 Livestock Marketing and Sales 3
This course explores various aspects of market trends, issues, and strategies related to the marketing of livestock. The course will explore fundamentals of both sales and marketing as they relate to commercial and registered livestock operations.
AN 300 Livestock Production 3
This course provides an introductory overview of production practices for the beef, dairy, swine, sheep, equine, and poultry industries in Canada. Economic benchmarks are essential to understanding the basic principles of this course. The course includes a brief introduction to supply managed marketing in the dairy, poultry, and egg industries. Regulatory issues and environmental farm planning related to livestock enterprises are investigated.
CR 160 Plant Science and Field Crops 3
Introduction to basic plant botany and production of grain and oilseed crops in western Canada. Study plant physiology, major plant parts and their role in plant growth and development. Discover what the major growth factors are for crops on the prairies and how they can affect these crops. Combine this with specific best practices for major grain and oilseed crops of western Canada.
CR 170 General Agronomy 3
This course provides an overview of plant science and soil science. Students study the parts of plants, their functions, and the management of common forage and field crop species. Students are introduced to soil science in the areas of soil formation, properties, classification, and conservation. The integration of soil properties and their management with forage and field crop management prepares the student for further study in agricultural production.
CR 188 Agronomy 3
CR 259 Weed and Insect Management 3
This course is an introduction to various crop pests and their control measures. Pest groups include weeds, insects, and diseases. Control measures include cultural practices and/or the use of pesticides. The impact on the environment of these measures is studied. Best management practices for specific pests are covered and demonstrate critical thinking skills necessary for other pest management.
MK 302 Strategic Marketing 3
This course is designed to develop knowledge and understanding of marketing techniques.  It includes analysis of marketing operations, product assortment, price structure, channel of distribution and promotion of goods and services.
MK 303 Public Relations and Event Management 3
This course allows students to explore public relations and event management as they pertain to careers in the agricultural industry. This course utilizes and builds upon knowledge obtained in MK 302 and MK 304. Prerequisite: MK302.
MK 304 Print, Web and Social Media 3
This course offers students the opportunity to expand their knowledge in various areas of media related to agricultural businesses. Prerequisite: MK302
SO 102 Soil Science 3
This course involves a study of the basic properties of soils. The course studies physical, chemical, and biological properties of soils to provide an understanding of how soils function as a growth medium in agriculture. The Soil Orders of the Canadian System of Soil Classification relevant to field crop production in Western Canada are reviewed.
SO 242 Soil Fertility 3
This course studies the nutrient requirements mainly for field crop production.  The type of nutrients required by plants, sources of these nutrients, and methods of application are considered.  Emphasis is given to understanding the chemical and physical properties of fertilizers commonly used, availability of nutrients to plants, and the potential for loss of applied nutrients from the soil.  Soil testing and economics of nutrient application are considered. Prerequisite: SO 102




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