Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Academic Year
Semester 1 (Taught over 2 semesters)
Mutually Exclusive

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Lecture In Semester 1, there will be 1 x 2 hour lecture per week, and in Semester 2, there will be 1 x 1 hour lecture per week
Practical 2 x 3 hour practicals per week


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Spreadsheet  Outcomes assessed: 2, 5  5%
Semester Assessment Investment appraisal report  Outcomes assessed: 4, 6  30%
Semester Assessment Business planning case study  Outcomes assessed: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6  65%
Supplementary Assessment Case study, covering all outcomes  100%

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module students will be able to

1. Understand the requirements when planning farming businesses.

2. Construct fully detailed farm business plans (including financial statements).

3. Understand and appreciate the effects of different trading structures.

4. Appreciate informational requirements of financial institutions in lending assessments.

5. Appreciate the different techniques and resources available for planning.

6. Understand and evaluate investment decisions.


To introduce students to whole business planning techniques. These techniques will include business and personal aspects, uncertainty and risk analysis and business distress and failure. Alternative structures for farming businesses will be examined. Investment analysis and appraisal will also be covered.


The object of this module is to introduce students to farm planning and advanced farm management techniques, uncertainty and risk analysis and business distress and failure. Alternative structures for farming will also be examined. Investment appraisal techniques will be investigated and assessed.

Transferable skills

.1 Independent project work
The Investment Appraisal Report and the Business Planning Case Study are independent pieces of work.

.2 IT and information handling
Case study submission is word processed.
Data analysis using spreadsheets

.4 Writing in an academic context
Both reports will develop this skill.

Reading List

Barnard A and Nix J (1979) Farm planning and control 2nd CUP Primo search Dale B and Cooper C (1992) Total quality and human resources Blackwell Primo search Hardmans J P Hardmans tax rates and tables CCH Publications Primo search Paice D A (1982) Critical path analysis basic techniques Longman Primo search Agricultural Budgeting and Costing Book No 41 Agro Business Consultants Primo search (1992) Croner's Farm Business Management Corner Publications, London Primo search


This module is at CQFW Level 6