Gwybodaeth Modiwlau

Module Identifier
Module Title
Food, Farming and the Environment
Academic Year
Semester 2
Exclusive (Any Acad Year)
Reading List
Other Staff

Course Delivery



Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Semester Assignment  2000 Words  40%
Semester Exam 3 Hours   Exam  60%
Supplementary Assessment Supplementary Assignment  2000 Words  40%
Supplementary Exam 3 Hours   Exam  60%

Learning Outcomes

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

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.


The module is split into four themes:
• 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 also consider the future of food production and farming systems.

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 Identify factors which might influence potential solutions. Evaluate advantages and disadvantages of potential solutions.
Research skills Produce an academically appropriate report.


This module is at CQFW Level 5