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  • School of Business, Agriculture & Environment - Ag & Enviro


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Courses And Costs

To graduate with an Agribusiness Diploma you must successfully complete 120 academic credits and 15 practical credits.

Costs are for domestic students. International students should refer to our 'Estimated Fees for International Students' sheet.

*Costs are approximate and subject to change.

  • Year 1

    • Course ID Title Credits/CEUs Study

    • Legend: D - Distance Education, P - PLAR, E - Elective

      HLTH-0030 1st Aid - Emergency 0 credit(s)
      This course includes first aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) guidelines 2005 and meets Occupational Health and Safety regulations, the minimum standard regulations for basic first aid. Simple first aid and CPR techniques are taught in an interactive environment, for individuals who want an overview of first aid and CPR for the workplace or home. The course covers skills needed to recognize, prevent and respond to cardiovascular emergencies for adults, CPR, and other topics such as choking, airway and breathing emergencies, and prevention of disease transmission. Required CPR level (B, C or HCP) is included in this course. Participants who meet the required standard receive a nationally recognized certification that is valid for three years. Texbook included in cost of tuition.

      MATH-0106 Agribusiness Math 6 credit(s)
      In this course, students learn to apply mathematical concepts to agricultural, financial and business applications in agribusiness management. More than a math refresher, this course prepares students for performing calculations in subsequent courses, their professional career and personal life. These skills form the foundation to make reliable and profitable decisions essential to the success of agribusinesses through the implementation of new and emerging technologies.

      AGRC-0162 Agro-Ecology Field Laboratory 6 credit(s)
      This course introduces students to key features, challenges and sustainable management of the prairie agro-ecological landscape systems. Based on various field and laboratory exercises and guided site tours this course provides hands on training to students by introducing them to various agricultural and environmental sites discussing origin, development and classification of soils, water resources, wetlands and river dynamics, crop agronomy and weeds identification, wild-life habitat, forestry and shelterbelts, the Dominion Land Survey (DLS), mapping and Global Positioning System (GPS), agricultural equipment, and livestock production. Based on field and laboratory exercises and tours, this course introduces students to key features of the prairie agro-ecological landscape. Various aspects are discussed including soils, water, native vegetation, the Dominion land survey, map reading, and crop and livestock production. The concepts of integrated watershed management and the use of mapping and GPS technology are introduced.

      COMP-0571 Communications and Technology 6 credit(s)
      This course will help students communicate better in the work world.  Using technology as a communication tool, students will learn to write, present, organize and interpret data, and interact with the online world.  

      COOP-0025 Co-op Work Placement - AGRB 15 credit(s)
      Prerequisites: AGRC-0100 Plant Science, AGRC-0092 Soil Fertility and Fertilizers, AGRC-0005 Weed Management, plus cumulative weighted grade point average (CWGPA) of 2.0 or greater. This requires a minimum of 600 hours of full-time, paid, related work experience. The work placement is subject to prior approval of and monitoring by a faculty member. Credit is based on successful completion of the work placement plus assignments based on the student's work experience.

      AGRC-0295 Crop Pest Management 6 credit(s)
      Co-requisite: AGRC-0162 Agro-Ecology Field Laboratory Students learn integrated pest management skills to provide sustainable pest (weed, disease and insect) management solutions for major crops in Western Canada. Students learn to understand biology, identification and cultural control of agricultural pests at various lifecycle stages. Pest monitoring and scouting techniques are also examined in detail to determine pest severity and population threshold levels during field investigations. Research on benefits of pest forecasting using pest sampling, remote sensing and aerial imagery are also examined. Integrated pest management tools, especially cultural, mechanical and biological control (natural enemies and predators) are discussed in detail to help students design pest management programs for major crops in Western Canada.

      AGRC-0219 Crop Production Systems 6 credit(s)
      Prerequisite: AGRC-0278 Food Production Methods This course covers the production of cereal grains, oilseeds, legumes, forages and special crops. Topics include the history and development of crop production and plant breeding. Students focus on the anatomy of cultivated plants and the key production practices unique to each crop including crop establishment, harvest and storage. Students examine the concepts of sustainable decision making in cropping systems as it relates to crop rotation and managing plant health. This course includes a hands-on laboratory component focused on crop staging and health.

      ACCT-0003 Financial Accounting 1 6 credit(s) D P
      This introductory course in the fundamental principles of accounting provides a basic understanding and application of principles relating to the accounting cycle and current assets.

      HLTH-0277 Occupational Health & Safety 6 credit(s)
      Students learn the importance of having a safety first attitude and the responsibilities of owners, supervisors and employees in applying safe work skills. From primary production to agri-retail service and input supply, businesses require detailed safety systems and programs to manage and control hazards. As agribusinesses grow larger and become specialized with larger equipment, the need for customized components within a safety system increases. Training and certification for Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS 2015), updated with the Globally Harmonized System of Classification, Transportation of Dangerous Goods (TDG), for safe shipping, transporting, receiving and handling of crop protection products and Anhydrous Ammonia is also provided. Safety requirements for businesses covered provincially (Workplace Safety and Health Act – W210) and federally (The Canada Labour Code) is discussed. Students gain hands-on experience implementing a Safety and Health system for an employer in a group project and host a safety workshop showcasing their applied safety training.

      PEST-0103 Pesticides in Agriculture 6 credit(s)
      Students learn the unique properties of pesticide products, proper use, handling and storage of pesticides, safety and health precautions for the student and the environment, and emergency responses and procedures. They focus on proper application and dispensing of agricultural pesticides in accordance with federal and provincial legislation. Students demonstrate pesticide rate calculations, sprayer calibration techniques and proper pesticide complaint handling procedures. A focus is placed on pesticide rotation to prevent the development of pesticide resistance. This course prepares the student for the Pesticide Core and Agriculture Ground exams required for licensing as a pesticide applicator/dispenser.

      PEDV-0313 Professional Development 6 credit(s)
      This course prepares students to perform at a high level as stakeholders in the agriculture and environmental industries. Topics include preparing for and understanding the workplace, striving for performance, interacting efficiently, and sharing the organizational vision.

      AGRC-0290 Soil & Soil Fertility 6 credit(s)
      Prerequisite: AGRC-0162 Agro-Ecology Field Laboratory In this course, students investigate the nature and properties of soils, i.e. how physical, chemical, and biological properties and processes within soils influence the crop growth and development. Students also analyze the key topic of development, degradation and conservation of soil resources. Methods of soil sampling and soil test interpretation are also discussed in details to help students understand the nutrient requirements of crops of Western Canada. Students learn to determine crop nutrient requirements, deficiency symptoms and select proper fertilizer application techniques based on sustainable soil management practices. This course also prepare students to decision-making as it relates to crop nutrient requirement calculations, fertility planning and application of agricultural fertilizers using suitable agricultural machinery.

    Tuition and other related fees: $4660
    Textbooks, tools, supplies and extracurricular costs: $1470

  • Year 2

    • Course ID Title Credits/CEUs Study

    • Legend: D - Distance Education, P - PLAR, E - Elective

      MKTG-0002 Advertising and Promotions 3 credit(s)
      Prerequisite: MKTG-0044 Marketing Principles Students learn about total quality management in marketing. They see how this concept can serve as a basis for the control and direction of the marketing process. They develop local and regional marketing plans. This course also covers the various methods agribusinesses use to communicate with their target markets and how they can combine and balance these alternatives in an efficient and successful program. Students examine the areas of advertising copy, displays, exhibits, broadcast media, direct mail, newsletters and press releases.

      COMM-0267 Ag & Enviro Communications 2 3 credit(s)
      Prerequisite: COMM-0266 Ag & Enviro Communications 1 Students study the organization, format and writing style of technical reports and proposals. They apply accumulated technical knowledge and polish basic communication skills to produce professional proposals, reports and presentations relevant to industry.

      ECON-0012 Agricultural Economics & Mgmt. 6 credit(s)
      Prerequisites: MATH-0001 Financial Mathematics, COMP-0007 Spreadsheets 1, ACCT-0026 Accounting Principles Students learn to create accurate and reliable reports using AgExpert Analyst financial management software. Microeconomic concepts are applied with the guidance of business mentors in various business planning scenarios to evaluate and optimize profitability. Students also learn to apply macroeconomic concepts and credit management skills to reduce financial risk and evaluate market growth within the Canadian agriculture and agri-food system. Business risk management, succession planning and accompanying tax implications are also examined in various workshops using expert speakers.

      AGRC-0006 Agricultural Equipment 3 credit(s)
      In this course students learn about the operation and management of equipment used in farming, grain/feed handling, the fertilizer industry and other areas of the agribusiness sector. They also examine the sales, parts and service components of the agricultural equipment industry.

      ENVR-0001 Agriculture & Environment 3 credit(s)
      Prerequisites: AGRC-0092 Soil Fertility and Fertilizers, AGRC-0005 Weed Management In this course students examine the physical landscape focusing on land and water and its interconnection and interdependence within an agricultural production context. Topics include erosion, water sources, water quality, environmental regulations, risk assessment and Best Management Practices.

      BUSN-0120 Business Planning in Ag 1 6 credit(s)
      Prerequisites: MATH-0001 Financial Mathematics, COMP-0007 Spreadsheets 1, ACCT-0026 Accounting Principles In this course, students integrate their knowledge of business, finance and marketing into an in-depth business planning project. Advanced spreadsheet skills are also developed.

      BUSN-0130 Business Planning in Ag 2 3 credit(s)
      Prerequisite: BUSN-0120 Business Planning in Ag 1 Using a case study approach, students learn to use techniques and processes introduced in the prerequisite course to investigate the primary financial factors that influence different types of agribusinesses, from commercial farm operations to farm supply outlets.

      MKTG-0050 Commodity Risk Management 3 credit(s)
      Price risk management strategies on agricultural commodities and inputs are discussed to provide producers the opportunity to preserve production margin and increase net returns. A variety of marketing tools such as delivery contracts, hedges and options are examined. Fundamental and technical analysis along with basis tracking and assessment skills are provided to enable the producer to select and time effective marketing tools. This is a hands-on course using online information, merchant interviews, broker presentations, calculations and interactive discussions. Preserving the producer's flexibility, while pricing, is an important objective in this course.

      MKTG-0040 Crop Marketing Systems 3 credit(s)
      Students learn about market classifications and end uses of western Canadian cereal, oilseed and special crops. They become familiar with Canadian and world production characteristics for cereal, oilseed and special crops. Students identify significant grade determinants and practice grain grading techniques. They understand steps in the elevation, transport and export of western Canadian crops.

      BUSN-0001 Customer Relations 3 credit(s)
      In this course students study the basic skills of selling as well as creative selling approaches. They learn how to develop a business relationship with customers and how to build a comfort zone with customers.

      AGRC-0098 Feeds and Nutrition 3 credit(s)
      Prerequisite: AGRC-0103 Livestock Production This course examines digestive systems and nutritional requirements of ruminant and non-ruminant livestock. Students learn to characterize feed and its components while being introduced to ration formulation.

      AGRC-0123 Forage and Pasture Management 3 credit(s)
      Students learn to identify common range and forage plants using their knowledge of plant morphology and physiology. Topics include the history and ecology of native and tame rangeland, forage quality and use by grazers, tame and native range management principles, comparison of forage grazing systems, riparian management and pasture management systems including their role in greenhouse gas mitigation.

      GEOS-0003 GPS Applications 1 3 credit(s) D
      This course introduces students to the use and application of tools related to Global Positioning Systems (GPS). Decision-making as it relates to differential GPS use and application is stressed. Students learn proficiency in GPS equipment, including the fundamental concepts of what makes GPS work, the basics of setting up the receiver, taking a position fix, and activating navigation functions. The concepts of coordinates systems and how to plot and read the coordinates of positions on a map and on the recreational grade GPS will also be studied. Students become proficient in data collection and mapping field collected data.

      AGRC-0102 Integrated Crop Management 3 credit(s)
      Prerequisites: AGRC-0092 Soil Fertility and Fertilizers, AGRC-0099 Disease & Insect Management, AGRC-0005 Weed Management, AGRC-0219 Crop Production Systems This advanced agronomics course focuses on Best Management Practices to maximize returns. A systems approach to crop management is emphasized using multiple case studies. Students analyze production factors including crop rotation, tillage, soil fertility, cultivar selection, planting strategies, pest management and harvesting techniques.

      MKTG-0044 Marketing Principles 6 credit(s) P
      This course provides students with an understanding of the basic marketing skills that are required by employers for success in today's competitive marketplace. Students gain a basic understanding of the role of marketing in society and business, types of markets, the marketing environment, the elements of the marketing mix and the development of marketing strategies and plans.

      PSSY-0038 Organizational Behaviour 3 credit(s)
      This course introduces students to employee, work group and management perspectives of organizational life. Such common themes as personality, motivation, stress, performance, organizational structure and change are examined. Students explore the implications of current organizational strategies like restructuring, computerization, downsizing and just-in-time staffing as features of the new workplace.

      COMP-0387 Precision Ag Techniques 3 credit(s) D
      Prerequisite: GEOS-0003 GPS Applications 1 This course familiarizes students with date collection techniques, equipment and software commonly used in precision agriculture. Agriculture specific data is used to expose students to real life GIS industry applications. Current precision agriculture tools and accessories are explored and evaluated in an economic sense.

    Tuition and other related fees: $3750
    Textbooks, tools, supplies and extracurricular costs: $700

Fast Facts

Duration/Start 2 years / September

Credential Diploma

Credits 135

Optional Exit No

Co-op Work Placement Yes

Distance Delivery No

International Students No

Study Options
On Campus



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