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Course Structure

The Advanced Diploma of Equine Management* is delivered over three trimesters. There are 12 units. Each unit carries equal weighting and all twelve units must be successfully completed to be awarded the Advanced Diploma of Equine Management*.

The 12 units are:

  • AFE511Business Accounting
  • AFE512 Enterprise Performance Analysis
  • AFE613 Accounting and Finance Systems
  • EPS511 Introduction to Equine Science & Management
  • EPS512 Developing Equine Science & Management Knowledge
  • EPS613 Application of Equine Science & Management Knowledge
  • EMS511Business System Fundamentals
  • EMS512 Developing Business Management Systems
  • EMS613 Applied Business Systems
  • IMS511 Integrated Management Studies
  • IMS512 Equine Enterprise Performance
  • IMS613 Improving Equine Business Performance

The EPS512 and EPS612 Units require students to select one of two electives. One of the electives focuses on racing and thoroughbred breeding and the other on equestrian and sport horse training. Both electives have common learning outcomes.

You can learn more about the units in detail below.

Marcus Oldham’s course delivery offers a unique opportunity to gain the most from your study experience. Students are able to stay full-time on campus and provision is also made for their horse on campus. The collegiate environment provides an opportunity to draw upon the broad network of experiences and contacts to enhance the learning outcomes.

The course is delivered using case studies, industry visits, practical demonstrations and experiential learning along with a strong industry related curriculum.

Marcus Oldham lecturers are also supported by a range of guest lecturers throughout the course.

*  Course subject to final TEQSA approval.

Practical Placement

A four-week Practical Placement follows the international tour where students gain experience working in industry. This gives students the opportunity to build on the theoretical and practical skills gained throughout the year in a field of their choosing. There are opportunities to work on prominent horse establishments across Australia, as well internationally in racing, harness, equestrian stables, administration, horse transport logistics, horse breaking, veterinary practices, marketing, media, financial institutions and more.

An optional three-week Practical Placement block gives students the opportunity to further their practical skills in the field of their choosing.

Some of the businesses our students have undertaken their Practical Placement include:

Study Experience

Marcus Oldham’s program delivery offers a unique opportunity to gain the most from your study experience. Students are able to stay full-time on campus and provision is also made for their horse on campus.

The collegiate environment provides an opportunity to draw upon the broad network of experiences and contacts to enhance the learning outcomes. The course is delivered using case studies, industry visits, practical demonstrations and experiential learning along with a strong industry related curriculum.

Trimester 1 Units - 2023

This unit explores the concepts of biological and anatomical systems within the horse’s physiology, as well as methods to care for, manage, house and train horses in line with behavioural patterns and optimal welfare.

• Equine Husbandry & Management 1
• Horse Handling & Education
• Pasture Management 1
• Equine Science 1
• Equine Nutrition

This unit introduces students to the fundamental skills required to assess the purpose and capacity of an equine property, with a view to understanding what the land resource is capable of producing. The unit content also focusses on how to argue your case and communicate the resource’s capacity to other potential users of that information.

• Principles of Economics
• Business Planning 1
• Principles of Marketing
• Introduction to spreadsheets (MS Excel)
• Introduction to word processing (MS Word).

This unit develops your knowledge to effectively collect and record financial data for equine businesses. You will learn accounting and budgeting principles as they apply to farming and equine business, including fundamental reports such as income statements and statements of financial position.

• Fundamentals of accounting for business
• Budgeting 1

This unit introduces students to the concept of systems thinking and provides opportunities to explore real-world examples of how business decisions in one area affects other aspects of the operation, through i) enterprise profile and ii) a domestic study tour. The holistic nature of this unit also covers wellbeing strategies that are critical to the successful operation of equine businesses and practical skill development in business writing.

• Equine Enterprise Profile
• Domestic study tour
• Health and wellbeing 1
• Business Writing

Trimester 2 Units - 2023

Building upon the foundational knowledge from the previous unit, this unit continues to develop skills and understanding in the veterinary areas of equine production, and how to plan and manage the stallion, mare and foal leading into the southern hemisphere spring and therefore breeding season. This includes understanding pasture growth patterns for particular regions, and tailoring management systems to best utilize this.

• Equine Science 2
• Pasture Management 2
• Electives 1

This unit covers the nature of economic, equine and human resource systems and how these systems interact in a business operation. This knowledge is key to developing and applying these understandings to assist in planning and developing an equine business.

• Business communications
• Managing self
• Business Planning 2
• Websites and Systems

During this unit students develop understandings of production systems needed to build budgets that reflect realistic costs of production activities. This unit also develops understandings of key drivers of profitability and how they affect the preparation of a budget. Students apply and integrate production and budgeting principles to prepare a bank finance proposal.

• Budgeting 2
• Ag analysis
• Financial management
• Production economics

This unit expands upon systems thinking concepts by drawing upon knowledge gained from all units studied to date, as well as experiences and opportunities to integrate key insights through visits to a range of equine enterprises, and the international study tour. These foundations are applied to a case study that will demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the financial performance of a property. For students who are particularly focused on a certain area of the industry, there is the opportunity to undertake an optional 3-week industry placement.

• International study tour
• Enterprise profitability case study
• Health and wellbeing 2

Trimester 2 Units - 2023

This unit applies the previously learned basics of anatomy of the horse, and develops those concepts into an understanding of exercise physiology. Initial skills learned in horse handling and anatomy are also extended into areas of farriery and equine dentistry, enabling students to apply skills and knowledge gained throughout the year.

• Equine Science 3
• Electives 2
• Pasture Management 3
• Equine Husbandry & Management 2

This unit applies knowledge of equine business enterprises to modelling techniques and decision processes that enable the successful allocation of resources and develop strategies to best use assets that are available to achieve appropriate economies of scale. The unit considers allocation of land, capital, technology, people & skills as well as enterprises.

• Advanced spreadsheet modelling (MS Excel)
• Business Communications 2
• Managing workplace teams
• Macroeconomics

Building upon foundational knowledge of production systems, profitability and budgeting, this unit introduces concepts of financial and non-financial data to help analyse business performance. By the end of this unit students will be able to confidently determine the value of information held, and the means to discover what additional information is necessary, to assess performance of an equine business enterprise.

• Accounting and finance systems
• Bank applications
• Cashbook and GST

This unit includes a 4-week industry placement. A key objective of the work placement is to recognise and experience the interrelated systems within the workplace, how they interact with each other and how the management structure of the business allows the interaction of systems to achieve the performance objectives of the business. The experience gained in the work placement can then be applied to the performance improvement case study, designed for students to demonstrate their learnings from the course by reviewing the performance of an equine business and building a case to recommend an improvement.

• 4-Week Industry placement
• 3-Week Industry placement (optional)
• Performance improvement case study
• Health and wellbeing 3