GMIT Prospectus 2021/22

Code: GA187 Level: 8 Code: GA172 Level: 7

Bachelor of Business (Honours) in Rural Enterprise and Agri-Business (Level 8) Bachelor of Business in Rural Enterprise and Agri-Business (Level 7)

Why study Rural Enterprise and Agri-Business? This programme will enable the learner to improve their knowledge and understanding of general business and to develop business skills, particularly as they apply to the rural enterprise and agri-business sector. The aim of the BB (Hons) in Rural Enterprise and Agri-Business is to provide the learner with a business education that emphasises the importance of rural enterprise and agri- business by developing an understanding of the theory, concepts and methods as well as the practical implementation of a range of skills and tools in these areas. What will I study?

What are my career opportunities? Graduates will be well prepared to operate in a variety of managerial and administrative positions in rural and agri-enterprises, or to become self-employed. Graduates can progress to a variety of work in agri-business and agricultural services: for example, in marketing, information processing, administration and management posts; as well as various employment opportunities in rural development. Follow-on Studies GMIT honours (Level 8) qualifications are recognised worldwide for postgraduate entry. Student experience

Year 1: • Financial and Farm Accounting • Plant and Animal Science • Animal and Crop Production Science • Learning and Innovation Skills • Soil Science and Chemistry • Management Accounting 1 • Macroeconomics • Statistics for Business • Computer Applications Year 2: • Business Information Systems • Marketing • Farm Management, Safety and Law • Agricultural Economics • Industry Placement (one semester) Electives: • Advanced Dairy Production • Advanced Drystock Production • Animal and Plant Science: Field and Lab • Farm Buildings and Maintenance

Year 3: • New Venture Creation • Digital Business • Financial Management and Taxation • Rural Development • Food Science, Technology and Quality Assurance • Market Research • Operations Management • New Venture Planning • International Economic Policy • Sustainable Agriculture • Agri-Marketing Management • Business Communications and Negotiations Year 4: • Irish Economic Policy • Agri-business and Food Company Management • Soil Science and Nutrient Management • Strategic Management • Dissertation • Rural Resource Planning, Management and Agricultural Research • Integrated Enterprise Systems • Supply Chain Management • Animal Nutrition and Breeding

Maeve Keane Growing up on our family farm in Waterford I have always had a passion for agriculture, but I also loved studying business. Studying Rural Enterprise & Agri-Busines in GMIT Mountbellew Agriculture College allowed me to do both. It is a small agri-college where it was easy to settle in and get to know everyone. I think this made the transition between 2nd and 3rd level so much easier.

During first year we were bussed into the main campus in Galway GMIT for one day each week for labs, lectures and to avail of other student support services. One of the big attractions of the course for me was in second year we went out for a full semester on industry placement For mine, I went to the Teagasc office in Clonmel. There I got to work alongside the advisors, meeting farmers and completing paperwork. There are a lot of schemes that Teagasc are involved with. I organised discussion groups for farmers and advisors and travelled to the other Teagasc offices in Tipperary. I really enjoyed learning about the different schemes, such as GLAS, KT, and how to fill out farmer's Basic Farm Payment forms. After my work placement I start my third year on my main GMIT Campus in Galway. While I thought I was comfortable there it definitely exceeded my expectations. There were so many clubs and societies to choose from and get involved with. This was a great way to meet my new friends from outside of my course. Because GMIT lecture sizes are small, lecturers know everyone by name and are always there to give you a hand. It was a huge benefit knowing all my lecturers, and them knowing me, when I was struggling with assignments or understanding lectures. I am glad I chose to study in GMIT. If not, I know I wouldn’t have had the skills and motivation to have attained my current role as a Sales Account Manager with AgriLand Media LTD , all before officially graduating.

Campus Galway and Mountbellew

Places 45

Duration 3/4 years

School of Business

Talk to us: Eamon Walsh, Head of Department of Enterprise & Technology Tel: +353 91 742559 | E-mail: eamon.walsh@gmit.ie Talk to us: Dr Edna Curley, Head of Centre, Mountbellew Tel: +353 9096 79205 | E-mail: mac@gmit.ie

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