University of Florida

AOM 4933
Professional Practices in Agricultural Operations Management

Semester Taught - Spring

Catalog Description

Credits: 1

Professionalism and interfacing of technical skills. Topics include ethics, continuing education, placement skills and professional development in Agricultural Operations Management.


Junior standing in Agricultural Operations Management

Course Objectives

The objective of this course is to expose students to some of the many issues that will impart a sense of professional, ethical and societal responsibility upon them, as well as an awareness of the global and international impact of the profession.


Dr. Richard Scholtz
Office Location: 107 Rogers
Phone: 392-1864 x107

Material/Supply Fees


Class Materials Required

Handouts (available at the Career Resource Center):

  • Job Interview Techniques
  • Job Search Correspondence
  • Office and Plant Trip Interviews
  • Resume Preparation Placement Manual (Gator Career Guide)

Additional Handouts will be provided by the instructor

Course Outline

A complete syllabus will be provided in the class.

Outline: (Subject to change based upon the availability of outside speakers)
40 points for each seminar attended.

  • Week 1: History of the AOM Curriculum
  • Week 2: Resume Preparation
  • Week 3: Review of resumes, Class discussion on resumes
  • Week 4: Speaker for Career Resource center
  • Week 5: Letter writing-Thank you letters, cover letters
  • Week 6: Job interviewing - video tapes
  • Week 7: Practice Questions for job interview
  • Week 8: Speaker representing Agricultural Production Systems Management
  • Week 9: Speaker representing Construction and Process Management
  • Week 10: Speaker representing Technical Sales Management
  • Week 11: Speaker representing Environmental Systems Management
  • Week 12: Speaker TBA
  • Week 13: Graduate School opportunities
  • Week 14: Continuing education, networking, professional organizations
  • Week 15: Professional issues
  Assignment 800 Assignment Points Possible 600 Attendance Points Possible
1 1st Draft Resume 100 points 15 seminar meetings throughout the semester at 40 points each
2 2nd Draft Resume 200 points
3 cover letter 200 points
4 Definition of AOM:
Who are you/What are you?
100 points
5 Career Fair
Compare at least 2 companies and research:
  • Corporate Philosophy
  • Promotion Track
  • Entry Level Positions
  • Locations
200 points



A C- will not be a qualifying grade for critical tracking courses.  In order to graduate, students must have an overall GPA and an upper-division GPA of 2.0 or better (C or better).  Note: a C- average is equivalent to a GPA of 1.67, and therefore, it does not satisfy this graduation requirement.  For more information on grades and grading policies, please visit:

Grade Percent of Points Points Earned
A 90% or above 1260
B+ 85-89% 1190
B 80-84% 1120
C+ 75-79% 1050
C 70-74% 980
D 65-69% 910
E <65% 900
Approximate Grading Point Allocation
class attendance required 40% - 600 total points possible
Preparation of assigned work 60% - 800 total points possible

Academic Honesty

Academic Honesty

As a student at the University of Florida, you have committed yourself to uphold the Honor Code, which includes the following pledge: “We, the members of the University of Florida community, pledge to hold ourselves and our peers to the highest standards of honesty and integrity.”  You are expected to exhibit behavior consistent with this commitment to the UF academic community, and on all work submitted for credit at the University of Florida, the following pledge is either required or implied: "On my honor, I have neither given nor received unauthorized aid in doing this assignment." 
It is assumed that you will complete all work independently in each course unless the instructor provides explicit permission for you to collaborate on course tasks (e.g. assignments, papers, quizzes, exams). Furthermore, as part of your obligation to uphold the Honor Code, you should report any condition that facilitates academic misconduct to appropriate personnel. It is your individual responsibility to know and comply with all university policies and procedures regarding academic integrity and the Student Honor Code.  Violations of the Honor Code at the University of Florida will not be tolerated. Violations will be reported to the Dean of Students Office for consideration of disciplinary action. For more information regarding the Student Honor Code, please see:  

Accommodation for Students with Disabilities

The Disability Resource Center coordinates the needed accommodations of students with disabilities. This includes registering disabilities, recommending academic accommodations within the classroom, accessing special adaptive computer equipment, providing interpretation services and mediating faculty-student disability related issues.

0001 Reid Hall, 352-392-8565,  

Software Use

All faculty, staff and student of the University are required and expected to obey the laws and legal agreements governing software use. Failure to do so can lead to monetary damages and/or criminal penalties for the individual violator. Because such violations are also against University policies and rules, disciplinary action will be taken as appropriate. We, the members of the University of Florida community, pledge to uphold ourselves and our peers to the highest standards of honesty and integrity.

Campus Helping Resources

Students experiencing crises or personal problems that interfere with their general well-being are encouraged to utilize the university’s counseling resources. The Counseling & Wellness Center provides confidential counseling services at no cost for currently enrolled students. Resources are available on campus for students having personal problems or lacking clear career or academic goals, which interfere with their academic performance.

  • University Counseling & Wellness Center, 3190 Radio Road, 352-392-1575,

    Counseling Services
    Groups and Workshops
    Outreach and Consultation
    Self-Help Library
    Training Programs
    Community Provider Database

  • Career Resource Center, First Floor JWRU, 392-1601,