Feb 25, 2020  
2019 - 2020 Cowley College Academic Catalog 
2019 - 2020 Cowley College Academic Catalog



3 Credit Hours

Student Level:

This course is open to all students.

Catalog Description:

AGR1257 - Agriculture Business Management (3 hrs.)

Introduction to managing production, marketing, risk, human resources and financial as it relates to a manager position.

Course Classification:




Controlling Purpose:

The purpose of this course is to give the agricultural student a realistic understanding of economics, personnel, operation, and management techniques of Agriculture Businesses.

Learner Outcomes:

Upon completion of the course, the student will:

  1. Identify and define the basic business model for agriculture.
  2. Define and utilize different management techniques.
  3. Identify, define and use terminology related to markets and business management.
  4. Demonstrate management techniques utilized to manage employees, financials, and facilities.

Unit Outcomes for Criterion Based Evaluation:

The following outline defines the minimum core content not including the final examination period. Instructors may add other material as time allows.

UNIT 1: Introduction to Business Management

Outcomes: Students will be introduced to all entry level aspects of agricultural business.

  • Identify basic business model concepts.
  • Define Agriculture Business.
  • List and define management practices.
  • Demonstrate understanding of agriculture sales.

UNIT 2: Management

Outcomes: Students will define and identify the different management techniques.

  • Demonstrate proper leadership skills.
  • Analyze and apply proper problem-solving skills.
  • Employ and practice proper record keeping skills.
  • Develop and use strong and proper communication skills.

UNIT 3: Terminology and Commodity Exchange

Outcomes: Students will identify, define and use terminology related to markets and business management.

  • Identify various marketing techniques.
  • Explain the usage of commodity exchanges.
  • Describe social media utilization.
  • Demonstrate understanding of risk management.
  • Define and use relative terminology.

UNIT 4:  Finances and Record Keeping

Outcomes: Students will demonstrate management techniques used to manage employees, financials, and facilities.

  • Demonstrate appropriate leadership skills.
  • Recognize and identify inventory management.
  • Identify and apply different record management systems.
  • Recognize inter-facility troubleshooting and management techniques.

Projects Required:

Varies, refer to syllabus.


Contact Bookstore for current textbook.

Attendance Policy:

Students should adhere to the attendance policy outlined by the instructor in the course syllabus.

Grading Policy:

The grading policy will be outlined by the instructor in the course syllabus.

Maximum class size:

Based on classroom occupancy.

Course Time Frame:

The U.S. Department of Education, Higher Learning Commission and the Kansas Board of Regents define credit hour and have specific regulations that the college must follow when developing, teaching and assessing the educational aspects of the college.  A credit hour is an amount of work represented in intended learning outcomes and verified by evidence of student achievement that is an institutionally-established equivalency that reasonably approximates not less than one hour of classroom or direct faculty instruction and a minimum of two hours of out-of-class student work for approximately fifteen weeks for one semester hour of credit or an equivalent amount of work over a different amount of time.  The number of semester hours of credit allowed for each distance education or blended hybrid courses shall be assigned by the college based on the amount of time needed to achieve the same course outcomes in a purely face-to-face format.

Refer to the following policies:

402.00 Academic Code of Conduct

263.00 Student Appeal of Course Grades

403.00 Student Code of Conduct

Disability Services Program: 

Cowley College, in recognition of state and federal laws, will accommodate a student with a documented disability.  If a student has a disability which may impact work in this class which requires accommodations, contact the Disability Services Coordinator.