Course Descriptions AGRI 5782   Research Design for Agribusiness Research
CREDIT HOURS: 3
An appropriate study design is critically important to gather evidence for the answers of research questions. With examples of evidence-based research in the field of business management, this course will introduce the concept and principle of some intermediate level research designs, as well as their strengths and weaknesses. Based on the research topic of their theses, students will explore options for designing a research protocol including appropriate qualitative and/or quantitative data collection and analytical strategies. They will also learn strategies to mitigate weakness of the certain study design, to manage sampling bias, and to critically evaluate published research results. Although the focus of this course is for business management studies, the principle is generally applicable to economics and social sciences studies, particularly in the fields related to agri-food issues.
FORMAT: Lecture
LECTURE HOURS PER WEEK: 3

AGRI 5783   Food Demand
CREDIT HOURS: 3
This course will apply advanced economic theory to the analysis of food demand, systems and policy. Students will learn how economic theory can be applied to measuring food demand and how theory can be applied to understanding such issues as food subsistence, food poverty and food security. In addition, several trends in food demand will be discussed, including the internationalization of consumer tastes, the rise in demand for food away from home, further processed food, food waste, functional food, local food, etc. Analysis of various food taxes will also be discussed, including their effects on health and well-being.
FORMAT: Lecture

AGRI 5784   Production Economics
CREDIT HOURS: 3
The purpose of this course to introduce graduate students to theoretical and applied models and techniques used to investigate firm level production economics decisions.
FORMAT: Lecture

AGRI 5785   Reflection and Contemplation in Professional Practice
CREDIT HOURS: 3
The goal of this course is to explore meditative and contemplative tradition in various schools of thought, cultures, and spiritual traditions. This includes comparing and contrasting with mechanistic and rationalistic schools of thought. We will consider the diverse methods across the ages and in Eastern and Western thought. The course involves a review of worldviews and philosophies that form community and societal norms and mores and the evidence revealing how reflective and contemplative practices mediate professional practice. This course will enable learners to become aware of challenges with and benefits from reflective and contemplative practices.
FORMAT: Discussion

AGRI 6700   Advanced Research Methods
CREDIT HOURS: 3
This course will present an introduction to the philosophy of science and the scientific method. Students will examine the historical development of knowledge within their area of specialization. The student will explore access to, and use of, the published literature in the development of a research question. Students will consider the means by which they observe, document, and analyze subjects in their area of specialization and through discussion/presentation with other students in the course and invited speakers appreciate how this is undertaken in other fields. The importance of being able to assess and document data quality and the maintenance of data archives and the publishing of datasets will be considered.
FORMAT:
  • Lecture
  • Seminar
  • Discussion

LECTURE HOURS PER WEEK: 3
LAB HOURS PER WEEK: 3

AGRI 6800   Advanced Graduate Seminar
CREDIT HOURS: 3
This course is one of the two required courses in the PhD in Agricultural Sciences program. We will examine the methods of enquiry and develop advanced communication skills. As part of the course requirement students will complete a program requirement of presenting their research outcomes through an oral presentation at the Faculty of Agriculture Research Day. In class seminar presentations will also be conducted by students participating in the class.
FORMAT:
  • Lecture
  • Seminar
  • Discussion
  • Online Delivery

FORMAT COMMENTS: Multiple teaching formats including online delivery, seminar speakers, discussion groups, and presentations
LECTURE HOURS PER WEEK: 3

AGRI 9000   Graduate Thesis
CREDIT HOURS: 0

NOTES: Students register for this course when they are engaged in research work for credit towards the M.Sc. in Agriculture degree.

AGRI 9530   Doctoral Thesis
CREDIT HOURS: 0
Students in the PhD Program must be registered in this course in every term.