Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Academic Year
Semester 2
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Lecture 2 x 1 hour lectures per week
Practical 2 x 3-hr visits


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Oral presentation.  Working in pairs, an enterprise is selected, studied and reported on orally.  Outcomes assessed: 1, 2, 3  30%
Semester Exam 1.5 Hours   Outcomes assessed: 1, 2, 3  70%
Supplementary Exam 1.5 Hours   100%

Learning Outcomes

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

Outcome 1
Identify and describe the range, distribution and scale of farming systems in the UK

Outcome 2
Identify and describe UK cropping systems and their essential components

Outcome 3
Identify and describe UK livestock systems and their essential components

Brief description

Agriculture has a significant influence on the rural economy and the countryside. Knowledge of agricultural systems is therefore an important requirement for those undertaking rural studies, such as countryside managers. This module aims to provide a basic understanding of livestock and crop systems in the UK and the interaction of biological, physical and economic factors within them.

Transferable skills

.4 Writing in an academic context
This is assessed in the written examination

.5 Oral discussion and presentation
This will be tested in the seminar presentation

.8 Group activity
This will be developed in preparation for the seminar presentation.

Reading List

Blowey, R. W. (1999.) A veterinary book for dairy farmers /R. W. Blowey. 3rd ed. Farming Press Primo search Haines M (1982) An introduction to farming systems Primo search Soffe R J (Editor) (1995) The Agricultural Notebook Primo search Spedding C R W (Editor) (1992) Fream's Principles of food and agriculture Primo search Spedding C R W, Walsingham J M and Hoxey A M (1981) Biological efficiency in agriculture Primo search


This module is at CQFW Level 4