|Assessment Type||Assessment length / details||Proportion|
|Semester Assessment||Policy Briefing Assignment||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:
1. Explain the ecological processes that occur within food production.
2. Discuss the pressures on the food supply industry.
3. Identify the environmental impacts due to agricultural intensification.
4. Appraise the impacts of food policy and globalisation of food markets.
5. 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 students 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.
• Farming and Food
• Farming Systems and the Environment
• Solutions for Sustainable Agricultural Systems
• The Future of Farming and Food
The module will start with an overview of the different elements of current food production systems whilst looking at how they interact with the environment. The environmental challenges of farming systems will be identified before potential solutions will be highlighted. The module will finish by considering the future of food production and farming systems.
|Skills Type||Skills details|
|Communication||Read in different contexts and for different purposes. Write for different purposes and audiences|
|Improving own Learning and Performance|
|Information Technology||Present information and data. Access information from the web.|
|Personal Development and Career planning|
|Problem solving||Identify factors which might influence potential solutions. Evaluate advantages and disadvantages of potential solutions|
|Research skills||Students will be required to engage with the peer-reviewed research literature and this will require effective use of scientific search engines, and critical reading and appraisal of scientific papers|
|Subject Specific Skills|
This module is at CQFW Level 5