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Marcus Oldham’s Industry-Driven Farm Management Syllabus Attracts Students

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Henry Moxham is a first-year student at Marcus Oldham College who believes that a balance of practical experience and classroom theory is the key to a career in agriculture. 

Coming from a farming background, Henry had originally decided to study Agricultural Science at university but wanted to gain some practical experience in Australia and overseas before deciding to enrol in the Advanced Diploma of Farm Business Management.  

After 2½ years with Clyde Agriculture followed by contract harvesting work on wheat crop from Texas to Montana, Henry returned to Australia where he decided to change his tertiary course to one with less theoretical science and more practical farm business management.  

He had heard about Marcus Oldham College from friends and liked the fact that the College offered a more industry-driven syllabus than the courses offered at other Universities.  

The course at Marcus Oldham appealed to him because it offered a mix of business and management subjects essential to any successful farm business.  

The three-year Diploma course involves a one-year practical placement and can be turned into a degree course with an additional six months of study.  

The First Year covers farm business management principles such as planning and financial management, human resources, marketing, resource management as well as engineering and production systems.  

The Second Year involves an 11-month approved industry placement where students develop practical skills and get a hands-on understanding of business management.  

Year Three focuses on farm business management applications and includes study tours through Australia and overseas, as does the First Year.  

Henry plans to study for the Bachelor of Business (Farm Management), which is offered on campus or through external study.  

He says that the course offers a good balance between production and financial subjects so that the student is exposed to farming as well as business skills.  

A number of scholarships are available for students and Henry received the Australian Farm Management Scholarship to study at Marcus Oldham.

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