|Assessment Type||Assessment length / details||Proportion|
|Semester Assessment||Forum posts||10%|
|Semester Assessment||Electronic group poster on issues and developments in feed and forage science. Discussion threads and note of individual contributions to be submitted.||20%|
|Semester Assessment||Critical literature review (2,000 word) of the potential of novel feeds and forages to maximize the delivered ecosystem services||35%|
|Semester Assessment||Production of a briefing note (1,000 word) targeted to the farming community summarizing the utilization of a novel feed||20%|
|Semester Assessment||Forum posts||15%|
|Supplementary Assessment||Re-submission of failed or missing course work||100%|
On successful completion of this module students should be able to:
1. Review and evaluate the development of new forages for ruminants.
2. Review and evaluate the development of novel cereals and grain legumes for ruminants.
3. Critically appraise the potential for current research in feed and forage development to allow agricultural production to adapt to the challenges of climate change.
4. Critically appraise the potential for current research in feed and forage development to decrease the greenhouse gases produced by animal agriculture.
Through an integrated programme of workshops and distance learning, students will evaluate the role of novel feeds and forages and investigate the factors underpinning the development of such crops. Current research being carried out in IBERS will have a significant impact on the precise module content.
The module will include the following areas:
- Grass genetics and grass breeding
- Clover breeding and genetics
- Novel forage crops
- Grain legumes
- Forage maize.
- Oat and barley breeding
- Adapting to climate change
- Reducing greenhouse gases from animal livestock
- Reducing environmental footprint of livestock production
|Skills Type||Skills details|
|Application of Number||One of the assessments will be based around the potential of novel feeds and forages to decrease greenhouse gases from animal production systems will require the student to calculate emissions from different aspects of the production system.|
|Communication||Students will be expected to be able to express themselves appropriately in their assignments and in regular forum posts.|
|Improving own Learning and Performance||Detailed feedback will be given for assignment work and in the forum assessment.|
|Information Technology||Students will be required to source information from a variety of scientific publication data bases.|
|Personal Development and Career planning|
|Problem solving||Online forum posts will be used to help develop and improve students problem solving skills.|
|Research skills||Students will be required to undergo directed self study and work towards their assignment and so will develop their literature research skills.|
|Subject Specific Skills||The underlying genetics in feeds and forages that govern the development of new feeds and forages.|
|Team work||Students will be required to work together to produce the poster page.|
This module is at CQFW Level 7