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Agriculture Business

Agriculture Business (AGB) Courses

AGB 300 Introduction to Agriculture Business

  • Units:3
  • Hours:54 hours LEC
  • Prerequisite:None.
  • Transferable:CSU; UC
  • C-ID:C-ID AG - AB 104
  • Catalog Date:August 1, 2022

This course provides a survey to the business and economics of the agriculture industry; and, an introduction to the economic aspects of agriculture including the agricultural producer, consumer and food system. The management principles encountered in the day-to-day operation of an agricultural enterprise are stressed as they relate to the decision making process.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • SLO #1 Analyze and account for complex issues in agricultural business
  • examine how economic principles relate to commodity marketing sub sectors in agriculture
  • analyze agriculture business organizations, and the principles and functions involved in their organization and operation
  • SLO #2 Examine and demonstrate appropriate responses to key diversity issues in the workplace.
  • examine people behavior in organization
  • examine and assess nature of leadership and the role of the manager as a leader
  • solve problems in the areas of personnel, ethics and planning
  • SLO #3 Demonstrate an understanding of concepts, principles, and practices of management, planning and allocation of resources
  • examine the four functions of management and how to relate to the agribusiness organization
  • design a model plan to allocate resources for an agribusiness organization using a variety of computer software programs
  • identify the basic laws, regulations, and agencies that interact with the agriculture community

AGB 310 Agriculture Computer Applications

  • Units:3
  • Hours:36 hours LEC; 54 hours LAB
  • Prerequisite:None.
  • Transferable:CSU; UC
  • C-ID:C-ID AG - AB 108L
  • Catalog Date:August 1, 2022

This course introduces computer use in the workplace with emphasis on agribusiness situations. Computer applications including word processing, spreadsheets, databases, and presentation managers will be covered. Also included will be accessing information through the Internet and World Wide Web, telecommunications, an introduction to web page design and other software appropriate to agribusiness.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • SLO #1: Create professional looking business documents and presentation materials.
  • Operate proficiently in software used in agriculture including word processors, presentation managers, web browsers, and other specific agricultural software programs.
  • SLO #2: Create a professional looking spreadsheet that includes accurate formulas, functions, and formatting.
  • Design and apply proficient spreadsheet applications for agriculture.
  • SLO #3: Develop and analyze database functions and use analytical tools to summarize data.
  • Operate computer programs such as databases.
  • Utilize telecommunications to access agricultural networks and other networks useful to agricultural applications
  • SLO #4: Employ computer usage with a fundamental in agriculture.
  • Evaluate computer applications as a management tool for agricultural businesses and recommend courses of action to address specific needs or problem areas.
  • SLO #5: Demonstrate critical thinking and analyze problems.
  • Identify and solve problems using computers to complete specific agricultural projects.
  • Evaluate and select computer hardware and software appropriate to agricultural business applications.

AGB 320 Agriculture Accounting

  • Units:3
  • Hours:54 hours LEC
  • Prerequisite:None.
  • Transferable:CSU
  • C-ID:C-ID AG - AB 128
  • Catalog Date:August 1, 2022

This course introduces the principles of agriculture accounting systems and types of records, their use and how to compute and use measures of earnings and cost of production to improve agribusiness efficiency. Also included are farm income tax, Social Security, and employee payroll records.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • SLO #1: Apply accounting concepts and principles in making decisions about agricultural business operations.
  • identify common agricultural bookkeeping terms
  • plan, develop, and effectively utilize agricultural records
  • SLO #2: Apply the concepts and principles underlying accounting procedures.
  • create and maintain an effective record keeping system
  • design and explain a set of agricultural accounts
  • demonstrate the principles of accrual accounting by opening, analyzing and entering transactions, and closing a set of double-entry accounting records
  • construct a balance sheet
  • SLO #3: Analyze, classify, record, and interpret financial information.
  • calculate measure of earning applicable to agricultural records and construct an income statement
  • evaluate efficiencies of an agricultural business through the use of accounts and determine the cost per unit of production
  • construct the basic methods of depreciation and calculated yearly depreciation
  • construct inventory analysis procedures
  • utilize computer spreadsheet template for common accounting analysis
  • determine the payroll for employees given the major deductions
  • explain Social Security records and requirements
  • examine the basis for agricultural income tax computing
  • compute income tax for an agricultural enterprise.
  • summarize an agricultural accounting system

AGB 321 Agriculture Economics

  • Units:3
  • Hours:54 hours LEC
  • Prerequisite:None.
  • Transferable:CSU; UC
  • General Education:AA/AS Area V(b); CSU Area D2
  • C-ID:C-ID AG - AB 124
  • Catalog Date:August 1, 2022

This course introduces the analysis of economic principles of resource allocation, production, cost analysis, and market price equilibrium with primary application to the agricultural sector; supply and demand in commodity pricing under perfect and imperfect competition; and agricultural credit, marketing and policy issues.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • SLO #1: Apply various economical principles in agriculture.
  • compare and contrast the role of agriculture in the economic structure of the country and the world
  • contrast and criticize the different economic systems
  • describe the monetary system in this country
  • SLO #2: Demonstrate the ability to think critically critical thinking and analyze problems
  • interpret factors of production
  • define economic terms
  • analyze market conditions and predict price
  • SLO #3: Apply the concepts and principles underlying economic issues.
  • differentiate legislation affecting the farm system
  • explain the country's fiscal policy
  • solve supply and demand schedules
  • construct graphs to utilize given data on cost factors

AGB 330 Agriculture Sales and Communication

  • Units:3
  • Hours:54 hours LEC
  • Prerequisite:None.
  • Advisory:COMM 301
  • Transferable:CSU
  • C-ID:C-ID AG - AB 112
  • Catalog Date:August 1, 2022

This course involves the study of principles and practices of the selling process: selling strategies and approaches, why and how people buy, prospecting, territory management, and customer service. Self-management, communication, and interpersonal skills necessary in developing managerial abilities, leadership qualities, and facilitating teamwork within the agribusiness sector will be explored. Students will gain experience through role-play, formal sales presentations, and job shadowing. The course content is organized to give students an in-depth understanding of the factors and influences that affect the agribusiness industry on a day-to-day basis. Communication, leadership, and management skills are basic tools necessary for future career development within the agribusiness sector, as well as other aspects of life.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • SLO #1: Explain and interpret the history of agriculture sales industry.
  • discuss the history and development of the agribusiness sales industry including its scope, variety, historical perspective, relationship to other industries, and current and future role U.S economy
  • SLO #2: Design and relate effective sales messages.
  • analyze and apply the component parts and dynamics of the sales process
  • recognize and understand the characteristics needed to be a successful agribusiness salesperson
  • SLO #3: Develop a sales philosophy and relationship strategy that connects with customers
  • identify the major sources for agricultural sales prospects and the methods used to secure sales commitments from potentials buyers
  • explain the benefits of providing post-sales customer service
  • SLO #4: Apply effective listening skills to comprehend spoken messages, analyze information critically and consider multiple perspectives
  • demonstrate interpersonal and organizational communication skills, with particular emphasis on the uniqueness of the agribusiness sector. Become familiar with the principles of good listening, overcoming barriers in communication, and effective verbal and non-verbal communication
  • SLO #5: Demonstrate a fundamental understanding of public speaking
  • explore and demonstrate characteristics of a good public speaker through role-play situations, utilization computer presentation software, and delivering formal sales presentations
  • SLO #6: Explain the principles of management and how managers adopt leadership styles.
  • understand the nature of management.
  • discuss the importance of teamwork in organizations. Understanding teams, becoming a team, team leadership, and team performance
  • define leadership and the characteristics of successful leadership. Explain current theories of leadership and influences on choice of leadership
  • SLO #7: Demonstrate individual responsibility and influence to ethically, effectively and appropriately communicate with diverse settings and people
  • Recognize and apply social responsibility and ethics, in terms of factors affecting ethical choices, criteria for ethical decision-making, and managing company ethics

AGB 331 Agriculture Marketing

  • Units:3
  • Hours:54 hours LEC
  • Prerequisite:None.
  • Transferable:CSU
  • Catalog Date:August 1, 2022

This course is a survey of marketing aspects of the agriculture industry. Students will acquire an overview of the structure and institutional aspects of the marketing system including global agricultural markets. Student projects will include industry studies of the marketing of selected locally grown commodities.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • SLO # 1 Define the function of marketing, where and how they are performed and implement them into a scenario that is provided by the instructor.
  • SLO # 2 Identify general problems in the marketing system and devlop a solution for a locally grown commodity.
  • Identify and explain the problems of marketing specific commodities in local area.
  • Diagram how to use marketing channels in our area.
  • Analyze and evaluate current trends in marketing .
  • SLO #3 Evaluate the role of government in agricultural marketing and summarize their effectiveness.
  • Explain the role of marketing cooperatives.
  • Analyze risk and develop plans for reducing risk in an agricultural company.
  • Compare and contrast the marketing alternatives available to individual firms.
  • Collect and analyze marketing information.
  • SLO #4 Identify and design a marketing strategy for a specific commodity.
  • Chart and interpret market information for a specific commodity.
  • Analyze market structure of specific agricultural commodities of local region.

AGB 495 Independent Studies in Agriculture Business

  • Units:1 - 3
  • Hours:54 - 162 hours LAB
  • Prerequisite:None.
  • Transferable:CSU
  • Catalog Date:August 1, 2022

An independent studies project involves an individual student or small group of students in study, research, or activities beyond the scope of regularly offered courses. See the current catalog section of "Special Studies" for full details of Independent Studies.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • SLO #1: Actively engage in intellectual inquiry beyond that required in order to pass a course of study (College Wide Learning Outcome – Area 4).
  • Discuss and outline a proposal of study (that can be accomplished within one semester term) with a supervising instructor qualified within the discipline.
  • Design an independent study (to be completed individually or by collaboration of a small group) to foster special knowledge, skills, and experience that are not available in any one regularly scheduled course.
  • Use information resources to gather discipline-specific information.
  • SLO #2: Utilize modes of analysis and critical thinking to apply theoretical perspectives and/or concepts in the major discipline of study to significant problems and/or educational activities (College Wide Learning Outcome – Area 3).
  • Analyze and apply the knowledge, skills and experience that are involved in the independent study to theoretical perspectives and/or concepts in the major discipline of study.
  • Explain the importance of the major discipline of study in the broader picture of society.
  • SLO #3: Communicate a complex understanding of content matter of the major discipline of study (College Wide Outcome – Area 3).
  • Demonstrate competence in the skills essential to mastery of the major discipline of study that are necessary to accomplish the independent study.
  • SLO #4: Identify personal goals and pursue these goals effectively (College Wide Outcome – Area 4).
  • Utilize skills from the “academic tool kit” including time management, study skills, etc., to accomplish the independent study within one semester term.

AGB 498 Work Experience in Agriculture Business

  • Units:0.5 - 4
  • Hours:30 - 300 hours LAB
  • Prerequisite:None.
  • Enrollment Limitation:Students must be in a paid or unpaid internship, volunteer position or job related to career goals in Agriculture Business.
  • Transferable:CSU
  • General Education:AA/AS Area III(b)
  • Catalog Date:August 1, 2022

This course provides students with opportunities to develop marketable skills in preparation for employment in their major field of study or advancement within their career. It is designed for students interested in work experience and/or internships in transfer level degree occupational programs. Course content includes understanding the application of education to the workforce; completion of required forms which document the student's progress and hours spent at the work site; and developing workplace skills and competencies. Appropriate level learning objectives are established by the student and the employer. During the semester, the student is required to participate in a weekly orientation and 37.5 hours of related paid work experience, or 30 hours of unpaid work experience for 0.5 unit. An additional 37.5 or 30 hours of related work experience is required for each additional 0.5 units. Students may take up to 16 units total across all Work Experience course offerings. This course may be taken up to four times when there are new or expanded learning objectives. Only one Work Experience course may be taken per semester.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • Understand the effects time, stress, and organizational management have on performance.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of consistently practicing ethics and confidentiality in a workplace.
  • Examine the career/life planning process and relate its relevance to the student.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of basic communication tools and their appropriate use.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of workplace etiquette.
  • Link personal goals to long term achievement.
  • Display an understanding of creating a professional first impression.
  • Understand how networking is a powerful job search tool.
  • Understand necessary elements of a résumé.
  • Understand the importance of interview preparation.
  • Identify how continual learning increases career success.

AGB 499 Experimental Offering in Agriculture Business

  • Units:0.5 - 4
  • Prerequisite:None.
  • Transferable:CSU
  • Catalog Date:August 1, 2022

This is the experimental courses description.

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