- Mr Henry J S Finch (Principal Lecturer - Royal Agricultural University (RAU))
|Delivery Type||Delivery length / details|
|Field Trip||3 x 3 Hour Field Trips|
|Lecture||22 x 2 Hour Lectures|
|Assessment Type||Assessment length / details||Proportion|
|Semester Assessment||Report. Written in the style of a popular scientific magazine.||50%|
|Semester Exam||2 Hours||50%|
|Supplementary Assessment||Students must take elements of assessment equivalent to those that led to failure of the module.||50%|
|Supplementary Exam||2 Hours Students must take elements of assessment equivalent to those that led to failure of the module.||50%|
On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
Explain the ecological process that occur within food production.
Discuss the pressures on the food supply industry.
Identify the environmental impacts due to agricultural intensification
Appraise the impacts of food policy and globalisation of food markets.
Discuss the concept of sustainability in food production
The module describes the scientific knowledge required to understand the applied ecological aspects that constitutes agricultural production systems. This module will provide the student with an awareness of the impact of agriculture and food supply systems on the environment. The module is designed to highlight issues in the human food chain including the globalisation of food markets, the homogenisation of production systems, sustainability, environmental impacts of agricultural and aquacultural intensification, agricultural policy development, public concerns with food production and health, animal welfare, and future consumer and population demands on the food production industry.
How communities work
Multi-cropping and arable systems
Boundary habitats and habitat fragmentation
Impacts due to agricultural intensification - direct/indirect
Food supply in the UK
Globalisation of food markets
Impact of policy on systems and the environment
Issues in the food chain – food and human health, environmental benefits of precision farming, farm assurance schemes, biotechnology, biofuels
Sustainability criteria and sustainability assessment
Sustainable resource use in agriculture - sustainable intensification.
|Skills Type||Skills details|
|Communication||Read in different contexts and for different purposes. Write for different purposes and audiences|
|Information Technology||Present information and data on a subject related to the module. Access information from the web.|
|Problem solving||dentify factors which might influence potential solutions. Evaluate advantages and disadvantages of potential solutions.|
|Research skills||Produce an academically appropriate media report.|
This module is at CQFW Level 5