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Unit of study_

AREC3006: Agricultural Production Economics

Semester 1, 2021 [Normal day] - Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney

This unit of study is concerned with the application of microeconomic principles to management decisions in agricultural production systems. It builds on the theoretical knowledge acquired in previous studies and introduces the methods of applied economic analysis through a range of topics including: production, cost and profit functions; methods for the measurement of productivity; optimisation in biological production systems; and production under risk. The unit introduces the linear programming technique to solve decision making problems encountered by agribusiness and natural resource firms and managers in public agencies.

Unit details and rules

Unit code AREC3006
Academic unit Economics
Credit points 6
AREC2001 or AREC3001
AREC2005 or ECOS2001 or ECOS2901 or AREC2003
Assumed knowledge


Available to study abroad and exchange students


Teaching staff

Coordinator Tiho Ancev,
Lecturer(s) Tiho Ancev,
Type Description Weight Due Length
Final exam (Open book) Type C final exam Final exam
Two-hours written exam
50% Formal exam period 2 hours
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
In-semester test (Open book) Type C in-semester exam Mid-semester exam
One hour written exam
35% Week 07
Due date: 23 Apr 2021 at 14:00
1 hour
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3
Assignment Tutorial report
Written report
15% Week 13
Due date: 04 Jun 2021 at 23:00
1000 word equivalent report on tute work
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
Type C final exam = Type C final exam ?
Type C in-semester exam = Type C in-semester exam ?

Assessment summary

Detailed information for each assessment can be found on Canvas.

Assessment criteria

The University awards common result grades, set out in the Coursework Policy 2014 (Schedule 1).
As a general guide, a High distinction indicates work of an exceptional standard, a Distinction a very high standard, a credit a good
standard, and a pass an acceptable standard.

High Distinction


Attains the learning outcomes with outstanding proficiency


75 - 84

Attains the learning outcomes with superior proficiency


65 - 74

Attains the learning outcomes with good proficiency


50 - 64

Attains the learning outcomes


0 - 49

When you don’t meet the learning outcomes of the unit to a satisfactory standard.

For more information see guide to grades.

Late submission

In accordance with University policy, these penalties apply when written work is submitted after 11:59pm on the due date:

  • Deduction of 5% of the maximum mark for each calendar day after the due date.
  • After ten calendar days late, a mark of zero will be awarded.

This unit has an exception to the standard University policy or supplementary information has been provided by the unit coordinator. This information is displayed below:

The Assessment Procedures 2011 provide that any written work submitted after 11:59pm on the due date will be penalised by 5% of the maximum awardable mark for each calendar day after the due date. If the assessment is submitted more than ten calendar days late, a mark of zero will be awarded. However, a unit of study may prohibit late submission or waive late penalties only if expressly stated below.

Academic integrity

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We use similarity detection software to detect potential instances of plagiarism or other forms of academic integrity breach. If such matches indicate evidence of plagiarism or other forms of academic integrity breaches, your teacher is required to report your work for further investigation.

You may only use artificial intelligence and writing assistance tools in assessment tasks if you are permitted to by your unit coordinator, and if you do use them, you must also acknowledge this in your work, either in a footnote or an acknowledgement section.

Studiosity is permitted for postgraduate units unless otherwise indicated by the unit coordinator. The use of this service must be acknowledged in your submission.

Simple extensions

If you encounter a problem submitting your work on time, you may be able to apply for an extension of five calendar days through a simple extension.  The application process will be different depending on the type of assessment and extensions cannot be granted for some assessment types like exams.

Special consideration

If exceptional circumstances mean you can’t complete an assessment, you need consideration for a longer period of time, or if you have essential commitments which impact your performance in an assessment, you may be eligible for special consideration or special arrangements.

Special consideration applications will not be affected by a simple extension application.

Using AI responsibly

Co-created with students, AI in Education includes lots of helpful examples of how students use generative AI tools to support their learning. It explains how generative AI works, the different tools available and how to use them responsibly and productively.

WK Topic Learning activity Learning outcomes
Week 01 Introduction and housekeeping Lecture and tutorial (3 hr)  
Week 02 Production function and optimisation Lecture and tutorial (3 hr)  
Week 03 Inputs (including fixed inputs), costs, and input demand functions Lecture and tutorial (3 hr)  
Week 04 Land and land rents Lecture and tutorial (3 hr)  
Week 05 Productivity, efficiency and technological change Lecture and tutorial (3 hr)  
Week 06 Supply curve and optimal production under restrictions Lecture and tutorial (3 hr)  
Week 07 Economies of scale and size Lecture and tutorial (3 hr)  
Week 08 Dynamic production decisions Lecture and tutorial (3 hr)  
Week 09 Risk and Uncertainty Lecture and tutorial (3 hr)  
Week 10 Multiple outputs and multistage production Lecture and tutorial (3 hr)  
Week 11 Production planning using linear programming (LP) Lecture and tutorial (3 hr)  
Week 12 Applications of LP models Lecture and tutorial (3 hr)  
Week 13 Revision and focus on assessment Lecture and tutorial (3 hr)  

Attendance and class requirements

Attendance: According to Faculty Board Resolutions, students in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences are expected to attend
90% of their classes. 

Study commitment

Typically, there is a minimum expectation of 1.5-2 hours of student effort per week per credit point for units of study offered over a full semester. For a 6 credit point unit, this equates to roughly 120-150 hours of student effort in total.

Required readings

Prescribed reading for this Unit is:

Rasmussen, Svend, 2013. Production Economics: The Basic Theory of Production Optimisation, 2nd Edition, Springer

This book is available as e-book via the University Library

Learning outcomes are what students know, understand and are able to do on completion of a unit of study. They are aligned with the University's graduate qualities and are assessed as part of the curriculum.

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. Demonstrate ability to conceptualise production decisions made by producers
  • LO2. Apply production theory to empirical economic problems in agricultural, environmental and natural resource contexts
  • LO3. Perform basic evaluation of productivity and efficiency
  • LO4. Conceptualise and analyse risk and uncertainty in production economics context
  • LO5. Analyse production behaviour in a dynamic context
  • LO6. use linear programming techniques to analyse and optimise production decisions

Graduate qualities

The graduate qualities are the qualities and skills that all University of Sydney graduates must demonstrate on successful completion of an award course. As a future Sydney graduate, the set of qualities have been designed to equip you for the contemporary world.

GQ1 Depth of disciplinary expertise

Deep disciplinary expertise is the ability to integrate and rigorously apply knowledge, understanding and skills of a recognised discipline defined by scholarly activity, as well as familiarity with evolving practice of the discipline.

GQ2 Critical thinking and problem solving

Critical thinking and problem solving are the questioning of ideas, evidence and assumptions in order to propose and evaluate hypotheses or alternative arguments before formulating a conclusion or a solution to an identified problem.

GQ3 Oral and written communication

Effective communication, in both oral and written form, is the clear exchange of meaning in a manner that is appropriate to audience and context.

GQ4 Information and digital literacy

Information and digital literacy is the ability to locate, interpret, evaluate, manage, adapt, integrate, create and convey information using appropriate resources, tools and strategies.

GQ5 Inventiveness

Generating novel ideas and solutions.

GQ6 Cultural competence

Cultural Competence is the ability to actively, ethically, respectfully, and successfully engage across and between cultures. In the Australian context, this includes and celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, knowledge systems, and a mature understanding of contemporary issues.

GQ7 Interdisciplinary effectiveness

Interdisciplinary effectiveness is the integration and synthesis of multiple viewpoints and practices, working effectively across disciplinary boundaries.

GQ8 Integrated professional, ethical, and personal identity

An integrated professional, ethical and personal identity is understanding the interaction between one’s personal and professional selves in an ethical context.

GQ9 Influence

Engaging others in a process, idea or vision.

Outcome map

Learning outcomes Graduate qualities

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