|Delivery Type||Delivery length / details|
|Other||3 x 3 hour visits during semester|
|Lecture||2 x 2 hour lectures per week|
|Assessment Type||Assessment length / details||Proportion|
|Semester Assessment||Report in the style of a popular scientific magazine Outcomes assessed: 2, 3, 4||50%|
|Semester Exam||2 Hours Examination Outcomes assessed: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5||50%|
|Supplementary Assessment||2 Hours Candidates will be required to re-take the element(s) of assessment that resulted in failure of the module.||100%|
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
How communities work
Multi-cropping and arable systems
Boundary habitats and habitat fragmentation
Impacts due to agricultural intensification – direct/indirect
Food supply in the UK
Globalisation of food markets
Impact of policy on systems and the environment
Issues in the food chain food and human health, animal welfare, biotechnology,
Sustainability criteria and sustainability assessment
Sustainable resource use in agriculture – sustainable intensification.
|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||dentify factors which might influence potential solutions. Evaluate advantages and disadvantages of potential solutions.|
|Research skills||Produce an academically appropriate media report.|
Reading ListGeneral Text
Carson, R (1962) Silent Spring Penguin Primo search Collins, W W and Qualset, C O (1999) Biodiversity in agroecosystems CRC Press Primo search Conway GR & Pretty JN (1991) Unwelcome Harvest: agriculture and pollution Primo search Dodds, F (editor) (1991) Earth Summit 2002: a New Deal Earthscan Primo search FAO (2001) The state of food and agriculture Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations Primo search Gliessman, S R (2000) Field and laboratory investigations in agroecology Primo search Jackson, L E (1997) Ecology in agriculture Primo search McNeeley, J A and Scherr, S J (2003) Ecoagriculture: Strategies for feeding the world and saving wild biodiversity Island Press Primo search Meffe, G K et al (2002) Ecosystem management: adaptive, community-based conservation Island Press Primo search Open University (2000) A globalising world? Culture, economics, politics Routledge Primo search Pimbert, M (1999) Sustaining the multiple functions of agricultural diversity. Gatekeeper Series No 88 International Institute for Environment and Development Primo search Rolling N G and Wagemakers M A E (1998) Facilitating sustainable agriculture Cambridge University Press Primo search Tansey, G and D'Silva (1999) The meat business: devouring a hungry planet Earthscan Primo search World Bank (2003) Sustainable development in a dynamic world: Transforming Institutions, Growth and Quality of Life The World Bank Primo search
This module is at CQFW Level 5