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AGRI 630 - Integrated Decision Making/Management Skills

  • 3 credits

This course is designed as an introduction to the Integrated Resource Management (IRM) graduate program. Using the context of agriculture, it helps students develop the skills necessary to be successful in graduate school, including critical thinking, problem solving, communication and leadership. The class lays the groundwork for the remainder of the 10 courses in the IRM program, and it is intended to equip students with the skills necessary to succeed in those courses.

Students who are enrolled in the IRM program or who wish to enroll in the IRM program would be a great fit for this class. It is also appropriate for students in the Colleges of Agricultural Sciences, Natural Resource, and Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences who want to take the course as an elective.

When students have completed this class, they will:

  • Be able to demonstrate a working understanding of leadership and leadership strategies as well as effective communication
  • Understand statistical methods and be able to explain the use of statistics in agricultural enterprises.
  • Understand the goals and objectives of the IRM graduate program.


Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Graduate (GR) OR Professional (PR).

Textbooks and Materials

Section 801


  • The Elements of Style: The Original Edition (2006)
    Strunk Jr., William
  • On Becoming a Leader, 4th Ed. (2009)
    Bennis, W.
    ISBN: 978-0465014088
  • Courage: The Backbone of Leadership (2006)
    Lee, Gus
    ISBN: 978-0787981372

Textbooks and materials can be purchased at the CSU Bookstore unless otherwise indicated.


Kraig Peel
Kraig Peel

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Ph.D. Meat Science, Texas A&M University; M.S. Animal Nutrition, Texas A&M University; B.S. Animal Sciences, Angelo State University

Dr. Peel is an Assistant Professor at Colorado State University and is the coordinator for the Integrated Resource Management master's program. He helped develop this innovative graduate program in IRM and routinely guest lectures in a variety of College of Agricultural Sciences courses.