Graduate Diploma of Regenerative Agriculture

2022 course information for Domestic Students
2022 course information for International Students

updated 6:02 AM on Fri, 20 May

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Duration
1 year full-time; 2 years part-time
1 year full-time; 2 years part-time
Location
Lismore, Online
Online
Start date
March, July
February, June
Course code
1108440
Course abbreviation
GradDipRA
Credit points
96
Equivalent units
8
CRICOS
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Fees
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Please note, some locations may not have all intake periods available. See the full availability details for further information.

Course overview

The Graduate Diploma in Regenerative Agriculture provides students with insight into the processes of transition required to build more resilient farming systems and rural societies.

Drawing on multi-disciplinary knowledges, this course will provide graduate students a sound understanding of how to apply the principles and practices of regenerative agriculture in different farming contexts. They will also learn how to effectively work with landholders and support transitions towards regenerative systems. A broad selection of elective units are available. Students with a science background can select soils-focused elective units, or students can select  Indigenous-Knowledge focused elective units.

This course draws on the University’s specialist expertise in plant science, agronomy, ecology and socio-ecological systems to develop a higher-level understanding of the philosophies underpinning regenerative agriculture and enables students to integrate cross-disciplinary knowledge to develop innovative solutions to agribusiness and land management challenges. 

It is designed for students who want to be a part of a new way of farming that better supports, and is supported by natural processes, building more resilient farms and farmers in a future of increased seasonal and weather variability.

This course responds to industry need not only for regenerative farmers but also for regenerative agronomists and consultants who can advise and guide the supply of food and fibre from regenerative farms and support improved land management. This postgraduate qualification is suited both to people already working in the farming and agribusiness sector and also to those who wish to transition into this dynamic and important industry.

The Graduate Diploma in Regenerative Agriculture provides students with insight into the processes of transition required to build more resilient farming systems and rural societies.

Drawing on multi-disciplinary knowledges, this course will provide graduate students a sound understanding of how to apply the principles and practices of regenerative agriculture in different farming contexts. They will also learn how to effectively work with landholders and support transitions towards regenerative systems. A broad selection of elective units are available. Students with a science background can select soils-focused elective units, or students can select  Indigenous-Knowledge focused elective units.

This course draws on the University’s specialist expertise in plant science, agronomy, ecology and socio-ecological systems to develop a higher-level understanding of the philosophies underpinning regenerative agriculture and enables students to integrate cross-disciplinary knowledge to develop innovative solutions to agribusiness and land management challenges. 

It is designed for students who want to be a part of a new way of farming that better supports, and is supported by natural processes, building more resilient farms and farmers in a future of increased seasonal and weather variability.

This course responds to industry need not only for regenerative farmers but also for regenerative agronomists and consultants who can advise and guide the supply of food and fibre from regenerative farms and support improved land management. This postgraduate qualification is suited both to people already working in the farming and agribusiness sector and also to those who wish to transition into this dynamic and important industry.

Current Southern Cross students – to access your official course details for the year you started your degree, please visit the handbook.

Entry requirements

See the University’s Rules Relating to Awards, in conjunction with the Specific Award Rules listed below.

Language requirements

English language requirements apply to International applicants and other applicants whose previous study was undertaken in a language other than English. The minimum English language requirements for such applicants for entry to this course are as follows

CategoryScore
Overall6.5
Listeningminimum 6.0
Speakingminimum 6.0
Readingminimum 6.0
Writingminimum 6.0

About the course

Students complete six core units:

  • Building Resilience in a Changing Climate: Through Drought, Fire and Flood
  • Ecological Perspectives for Transformational Change
  • Regenerative Agricultural Principles and Practices
  • Regenerative Agricultural Strategies
  • Planning Rural Landscapes
  • Supporting Change in Regenerative Systems 

and two electives from one of the following specialisations:

  • Soils Specialisation
  • Indigenous Knowledge Specialisation

or from a broad range of elective units.

Domestic students

LocationTeaching period
LismoreTerm  1, Term  3
OnlineTerm  1, Term  3

International students

LocationTeaching periodAnnual FeesCRICOS
OnlineTerm  1, Term  3$33,600 ($4,200 per unit)N/A
 Notice

Tuition fees are in Australian dollars, and are subject to change, including annual increases over the duration of a course. Annual tuition fee is based on completing 8 units per year. In addition students are required to pay OSHC for the duration of their visa in advance. Non-tuition fee covers textbooks, stationery and excursions.

How to apply

Where and when do you want to study?

Applications for this course are made directly to Southern Cross University via our online application service.

Australian/Domestic students

Lismore
Term 3 July 2022
Online
Term 3 July 2022

International students studying online or outside of Australia

Online
Term 3 June 2022
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Course requirements

To be eligible to receive the Graduate Diploma of Regenerative Agriculture students must complete the equivalent of 8 units (96 credit points), comprising: 

To be eligible to exit with a Graduate Certificate in Regenerative Agriculture, students must complete the equivalent of 4 units (48 credit points), comprising 4 core units.

 


Course structure


Schedule of units

Unit CodeUnit TitleNotes

Unit CodeUnit TitleNotes

Core Units

AGRC5001Regenerative Agricultural Principles and Practice
ENVR5007Building Resilience in a Changing Climate: Through Drought, Fire and Flood
ENVR6008Ecological Perspectives for Transformational Change
ENVR6009Supporting Change in Regenerative Systems
Students may be eligible to exit with the Graduate Certificate in Regenerative Agriculture after completing the above four units.
AGRC3004Planning Rural Landscapes
AGRC3003Regenerative Agricultural Strategies

Option Units

Select Two (2) Units from the following:
INDG3001Caring for Country
FOOD5004Food as Medicine
BIOL2011Ecology for Natural and Managed Systems
LAWS2065Ecological Jurisprudence
AGRC2008Agricultural and Forest Value Chains
ENVR2011Ecological Economics
FORS2001Fire Ecology and Management
ENVR3004Protected Area Management
BUSN1007The Interconnected World
FORS3007Pest and Disease Management

Unit CodeUnit TitleNotes
Students choosing the Soils Specialisation are expected to have undergraduate-level foundational knowledge of earth processes and chemistry.
ENVR5007Building Resilience in a Changing Climate: Through Drought, Fire and Flood
ENVR6008Ecological Perspectives for Transformational Change
AGRC3004Planning Rural Landscapes
AGRC3003Regenerative Agricultural Strategies
ENVR6009Supporting Change in Regenerative Systems
AGRC5001Regenerative Agricultural Principles and Practice
SOIL2001Soil Processes
AGRC6001Soil Management for Biodiversity

Unit CodeUnit TitleNotes
ENVR5007Building Resilience in a Changing Climate: Through Drought, Fire and Flood
ENVR6008Ecological Perspectives for Transformational Change
AGRC3004Planning Rural Landscapes
AGRC3003Regenerative Agricultural Strategies
ENVR6009Supporting Change in Regenerative Systems
INDG1002Indigenous Knowledge
INDG3001Caring for Country
AGRC5001Regenerative Agricultural Principles and Practice


Course progressions

Your course progression is in the recommended order you should complete your course in. It is important that you follow this to ensure you meet the course requirements. Assistance on how to enrol can be accessed here.

Students should use course progression information to select units specific to their course and enrol in these units using My Enrolment

Browse uni-wide elective units by selecting Uni-wide elective in the advanced filter of the Unit search

Browse shared majors and their units at Shared majors

Unit CodeUnit TitleAvailableNotes

Complete the following units to satisfy the Requirements of the Award

AGRC5001Regenerative Agricultural Principles and Practice
Term1,3
LocationDomesticInternational
Lismore
Term1,3
Term1,3
Online
Term1,3
Term1,3
Anti-requisitesone of: (AGRC2006) or : (AGRC1001)
Enrolment informationThere will be a 4 day industry tour for all students. The tour will leave from the Lismore campus. All students participating in the tour will need to pay a contribution ($300 in 2022) towards accommodation by the end of week 1. Places on the Industry Tour may be limited.
ENVR5007Building Resilience in a Changing Climate: Through Drought, Fire and Flood
Term1,3
LocationDomesticInternational
Lismore
Term1,3
Term1,3
Online
Term1,3
N/A
Enrolment informationStudents will have intermediate to advanced skills in academic writing.
ENVR6008Ecological Perspectives for Transformational Change
Term2,4
LocationDomesticInternational
Lismore
Term4
Term4
Online
Term2,4
N/A
ENVR6009Supporting Change in Regenerative Systems
Term2,5
LocationDomesticInternational
Lismore
Term2,5
Term2,5
Online
Term2,5
Term2,5
AGRC3003Regenerative Agricultural Strategies
Term3
LocationDomesticInternational
Lismore
Term3
Term3
Online
Term3
Term3
AGRC3004Planning Rural Landscapes
Term4
LocationDomesticInternational
Lismore
Term4
Term4
Online
Term4
Term4
Enrolment informationAs this is a capstone unit for the Regenerative Agriculture Specialisation, it is highly recommended that students complete the unit AGRC3003 - Regenerative Agricultural Strategies prior to enrolling in this unit.
Choose two units from the following, subject to availability:
Option Units

Unit CodeUnit TitleAvailableNotes

Complete the following units to satisfy the Requirements of the Award

AGRC5001Regenerative Agricultural Principles and Practice
Term1,3
LocationDomesticInternational
Lismore
Term1,3
Term1,3
Online
Term1,3
Term1,3
Anti-requisitesone of: (AGRC2006) or : (AGRC1001)
Enrolment informationThere will be a 4 day industry tour for all students. The tour will leave from the Lismore campus. All students participating in the tour will need to pay a contribution ($300 in 2022) towards accommodation by the end of week 1. Places on the Industry Tour may be limited.
ENVR5007Building Resilience in a Changing Climate: Through Drought, Fire and Flood
Term1,3
LocationDomesticInternational
Lismore
Term1,3
Term1,3
Online
Term1,3
N/A
Enrolment informationStudents will have intermediate to advanced skills in academic writing.
ENVR6008Ecological Perspectives for Transformational Change
Term2,4
LocationDomesticInternational
Lismore
Term4
Term4
Online
Term2,4
N/A
ENVR6009Supporting Change in Regenerative Systems
Term2,5
LocationDomesticInternational
Lismore
Term2,5
Term2,5
Online
Term2,5
Term2,5
AGRC3003Regenerative Agricultural Strategies
Term3
LocationDomesticInternational
Lismore
Term3
Term3
Online
Term3
Term3
AGRC3004Planning Rural Landscapes
Term4
LocationDomesticInternational
Lismore
Term4
Term4
Online
Term4
Term4
Enrolment informationAs this is a capstone unit for the Regenerative Agriculture Specialisation, it is highly recommended that students complete the unit AGRC3003 - Regenerative Agricultural Strategies prior to enrolling in this unit.
INDG1002Indigenous Knowledge
Term2
LocationDomesticInternational
Online
Term2
N/A
INDG3001Caring for Country
Term3,5
LocationDomesticInternational
Lismore
Term5
Term5
Online
Term3,5
N/A
Enrolment informationThis unit has a compulsory 5-day residential for internal and online students.

Unit CodeUnit TitleAvailableNotes

Complete the following units to satisfy the Requirements of the Award

AGRC5001Regenerative Agricultural Principles and Practice
Term1,3
LocationDomesticInternational
Lismore
Term1,3
Term1,3
Online
Term1,3
Term1,3
Anti-requisitesone of: (AGRC2006) or : (AGRC1001)
Enrolment informationThere will be a 4 day industry tour for all students. The tour will leave from the Lismore campus. All students participating in the tour will need to pay a contribution ($300 in 2022) towards accommodation by the end of week 1. Places on the Industry Tour may be limited.
ENVR5007Building Resilience in a Changing Climate: Through Drought, Fire and Flood
Term1,3
LocationDomesticInternational
Lismore
Term1,3
Term1,3
Online
Term1,3
N/A
Enrolment informationStudents will have intermediate to advanced skills in academic writing.
ENVR6008Ecological Perspectives for Transformational Change
Term2,4
LocationDomesticInternational
Lismore
Term4
Term4
Online
Term2,4
N/A
ENVR6009Supporting Change in Regenerative Systems
Term2,5
LocationDomesticInternational
Lismore
Term2,5
Term2,5
Online
Term2,5
Term2,5
AGRC3003Regenerative Agricultural Strategies
Term3
LocationDomesticInternational
Lismore
Term3
Term3
Online
Term3
Term3
AGRC3004Planning Rural Landscapes
Term4
LocationDomesticInternational
Lismore
Term4
Term4
Online
Term4
Term4
Enrolment informationAs this is a capstone unit for the Regenerative Agriculture Specialisation, it is highly recommended that students complete the unit AGRC3003 - Regenerative Agricultural Strategies prior to enrolling in this unit.
SOIL2001Soil Processes
Term1,5
LocationDomesticInternational
Lismore
Term1,5
Term1,5
Online
Term1,5
N/A
Pre-requisites CHEM1001 - Chemistry AND SCIN1004 - Earth Systems
Enrolment informationThis is an Intermediate level unit that requires students to have an understanding of minerals and landscape development and of basic chemistry. This essential background is provided by completion of the pre-requisite units or equivalent experience. There will be a three day compulsory residential for Online students that will be held on the Lismore campus. Please refer to http://scu.edu.au/timetables for further information on timetables. For on-campus students there are weekly compulsory practical sessions. Please refer to timetable information for details.
AGRC6001Soil Management for Biodiversity
Term3
LocationDomesticInternational
Lismore
Term3
Term3
Online
Term3
N/A
Pre-requisites have completed unit SOIL5001 - Soil Processes OR SOIL2001 - Soil Processes, or equivalent.
Enrolment informationHave a good working knowledge of chemistry. There will be a compulsory 2 day residential for Online students that will be held on the Lismore campus. Please refer to http://scu.edu.au/timetables for further information on timetables.


Unit groups

Option Units

Unit CodeUnit TitleNotes
BUSN1007The Interconnected World
AGRC2008Agricultural and Forest Value Chains
BIOL2011Ecology for Natural and Managed Systems
ENVR2011Ecological Economics
FORS2001Fire Ecology and Management
LAWS2065Ecological Jurisprudence
ENVR3004Protected Area Management
FORS3007Pest and Disease Management
INDG3001Caring for Country
FOOD5004Food as Medicine

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Learning outcomes

Course Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a course. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes.

Course Learning Outcome

Develop creative solutions to dynamic complex problems in agriculture, by synthesising information from a range of relevant multidisciplinary sources and disciplines, using an approach grounded in holism.

Demonstrate an integrative understanding of regenerative agriculture by critically evaluating the role and relevance of regenerative agriculture and its application in society.

Develop creative solutions to dynamic complex problems in agriculture, by synthesising information from a range of relevant multidisciplinary sources and disciplines, using an approach grounded in holism.

Reflect on the role of self, ethics and continuous learning in building new discipline-specific knowledge and applying it to socio-ecological challenges in science and agriculture.

Demonstrate a comprehensive and nuanced understanding of the nature of complex socio-ecological systems in an agricultural context.

Demonstrate an integrative understanding of regenerative agriculture by critically evaluating the role and relevance of regenerative agriculture and its application in society.

Demonstrate an integrative understanding of the major biophysical, social and policy drivers that underpin agricultural practice and how they contribute to practice change.

Reflect on the role of self, ethics and continuous learning in building new discipline-specific knowledge and applying it to socio-ecological challenges in science and agriculture.

Effectively communicate and generate ideas, concepts and knowledge for a variety of stakeholders in the agricultural context using a range of mediums.

Incorporate diverse cultural perspectives and Indigenous ways of knowing to inform understandings of complex and interconnected ecological, social and economic systems.


Assessment methods

Assessments vary for each unit and may comprise a mix of assessment types, including laboratory and readings-based assignments, seminar presentations, field and investigation reports, and critical reflection.

Teaching methods

Our online study option is highly interactive and strives to promote collaboration and a sense of community. Students may receive a combination of podcast or video-linked lectures, electronic study materials, workshops, online discussion forums and virtual classes. All Regenerative Agriculture units will require that students attend compulsory field-trips to experience regenerative agricultural practices in different farming systems and regions.

On-campus students experience a variety of teaching approaches including lectures, tutorials, online activities and video-linked or podcast virtual classes. The method of teaching may vary from unit-to-unit, but there is a compulsory, 4-day farm tour for the unit Regenerative Agricultural Principles and Practices.

Career opportunities

Graduates will have enhanced employment opportunities within organisations seeking graduates with a good understanding of regenerative agriculture principles and practice, with advanced skills in problem solving in the context of complex socio-ecological systems, for farm and landscape management.

The course prepares students seeking senior management, leadership and consultancy roles within a diverse range of industries including agriculture, land management, food and fibre production and supply chain management, within private and public sectors including on farms, with agronomic consulting companies, in landcare programs, research, education, interpretation programs and government departments such as Local Land Services, DPI and PIRSA.

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