Gwybodaeth Modiwlau

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

Course Delivery



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.


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 finish by considering 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