Module Information

Module Identifier
BR11810
Module Title
Land Use
Academic Year
2017/2018
Co-ordinator
Semester
Semester 2
Mutually Exclusive
Reading List
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Miscellaneous 1 x 3 Hour Miscellaneous
Field Trip 2 x 3 Hour Field Trips
Lecture 22 x 1 Hour Lectures
 

Assessment

Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Group oral presentation and individual written report  50%
Semester Exam 1.5 Hours   50%
Supplementary Assessment Students must take elements of assessment equivalent to those that led to failure of the module.  50%
Supplementary Exam 1.5 Hours   Students must take elements of assessment equivalent to those that led to failure of the module.  50%

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

1. Identify the way in which land is used as a primary resource.

2. Identify and describe the range, distribution and scale of farming in the UK.

3. Demonstrate an understanding of the factors that influence agricultural productivity

4. Identify and describe the development of agricultural policy and its influence on farming practices.

5. Discuss the essential components of livestock and crop production systems.

Brief description

This module will allow students to identify the concepts attached to land ownership, transfer and management as well as rural/agricultural business activity. It will demonstrate the parameters that define the environment in which the businesses operate and determine which factors affect the way in which land is utilised as a primary resource.

Content

The module will be delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars and farm visits and will cover the following aspects:

1. The factors that influence land use patterns
2. Forms of land occupation and transfer
3. Introduction to agriculture and the structure of the UK industry
4. The range, distribution and scale of farming systems in the UK and the influence of environment on agriculture and choice of system
5. Manipulation and management of basic resources
6. The policy framework and its impact
7. The demand for food and characteristics of consumer behaviour
8. Trends in farm incomes
9. Sustainable agriculture
10. Examples of crop, grassland, milk, meat, fibre and egg production
11. Diversification of farm businesses

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number
Communication Oral Presentation
Improving own Learning and Performance
Information Technology Use of Powerpoint will be an essential component of the Oral Presentation
Personal Development and Career planning
Problem solving
Research skills Students will be expected to research an agricultural enterprise of their choice in preparation for the Oral Presentation
Subject Specific Skills
Team work Oral Presentation will be prepared and delivered in groups of three

Notes

This module is at CQFW Level 4