Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Academic Year
Semester 2
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Lecture 30 x 1 hour lectures
Other 5 x 2 hour drop-in sessions
Other 12 hour student group meetings


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Group case study  2500 word group case study  20%
Semester Assessment Individual case study and report  2500 word individual case study  30%
Semester Assessment Individual scoping report  2500 word report  30%
Semester Assessment Individual written review  1500 word review  20%
Supplementary Assessment Resubmission of individual elements  Resubmission of individual elements. Alternative to group case study report (as determined by the examination board).  100%

Learning Outcomes

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

1. Demonstrate an awareness of how biological systems are being harnessed and exploited to improve the food supply chain.

2. Demonstrate an awareness of the technologies driving the securing of our food supplies.

3. Critically evaluate how human intervention and changes in behavior can alleviate problems of food security

4. Demonstrate an ability to communicate science effectively through oral and written media.


General topics included would include holistic strategies for food production, GM vs non-GM, crop breeding for temperate and tropical agriculture , animal breeding, bioenergy crop breeding and integration with food crops, land restoration-management, biological control, aquaculture developments, minimising food waste, mitigation of environmental impacts.


This module is at CQFW Level 7