|Delivery Type||Delivery length / details|
|Seminars / Tutorials||12 x 2 hour problem-centred seminars|
|Other||4 x 3 hour research and assessment-based workshops; 4 x 3 hour student-led workshops|
|Assessment Type||Assessment length / details||Proportion|
|Semester Assessment||Group presentations (staff assessed) Outcomes 2, 4||20%|
|Semester Assessment||Seminar summaries Outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4||15%|
|Semester Assessment||800-word journalistic article Outcomes 3, 4||15%|
|Semester Assessment||1800-word research paper on selected 'hot topic'. Outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4||50%|
|Supplementary Assessment||Resubmission of all failed elements. Outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4||100%|
On successful completion of this module students should be able to:
1. Appreciate the demands for, and identify the constraints upon access to food and water resources at both local and global scales.
2. Illustrate their understanding of the environmental impacts of, and threats to food production and water resource availability.
3. Make confident, sound and objective judgments on the complex scientific and societal issues associated with food security.
4. Demonstrate ability in the communication of scientific issues, to the public and their peers, with accuracy and clarity, both orally and in writing.
The module introduces the major themes and complexities involved in maintaining food and water security both in a local and global context. A student-centred learning approach will be supported by 12 problem-centred topical lectures, background reading, workshops and the production of reports and presentations.
Through 12 problem-centred seminars, the module will explore a broad range of relevant and research topics. This will include fish stocks and aquaculture, land degradation and availability of land capable of generating sustainable crop production, food/energy conflicts for land use, biological invasions, declining water supply/quality, declining/expensive food production resources, broader environmental impacts of agriculture and climate change impacts on plants/soil including flooding, soil erosion, and nutrient run-off, food supply chains, food wastage.
The module will employ a student-centred learning approach supported by research seminars, background reading, workshops and the production of reports and presentations.
|Skills Type||Skills details|
|Application of Number||Assessment of data for problem solving and objective testing of research questions.|
|Communication||Oral presentation and group work|
|Improving own Learning and Performance||Targeted self-learning|
|Information Technology||Use of computational resources for accessing and analysing data|
|Personal Development and Career planning||Advanced networking and research skills|
|Problem solving||Practical workshops involving case studies|
|Research skills||Research for the report and presentation assessments|
|Subject Specific Skills||Understanding the methods and resources use for crop/food production. Including resource constraints, environmental impacts and sustainable alternative.|
|Team work||Group work|
This module is at CQFW Level 7