Module Information

Module Identifier
RD20420
Module Title
Food, Farming and the Environment
Academic Year
2018/2019
Co-ordinator
Semester
Semester 1
Mutually Exclusive
Reading List
External Examiners
  • Mr Henry J S Finch (Principal Lecturer - Royal Agricultural University (RAU))
 

Course Delivery

 

Assessment

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%

Learning Outcomes

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

Outcome 1
Explain the ecological process that occur within food production.

Outcome 2
Discuss the pressures on the food supply industry.

Outcome 3
Identify the environmental impacts due to agricultural intensification

Outcome 4
Appraise the impacts of food policy and globalisation of food markets.

Outcome 5
Discuss the concept of sustainability in food production

Brief description

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.



Content

Population dynamics
Managing populations
How communities work
Multi-cropping and arable systems
Boundary habitats and habitat fragmentation
Impacts due to agricultural intensification ? direct/indirect
Agri-environment schemes
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, animal welfare, biotechnology,
biofuels
Sustainability criteria and sustainability assessment
Sustainable resource use in agriculture ? sustainable intensification.

Module Skills

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.

Notes

This module is at CQFW Level 5