Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Food, Farming and the Environment
Academic Year
Semester 2
Mutually Exclusive
Other Staff

Course Delivery



Due to Covid-19 students should refer to the module Blackboard pages for assessment details

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.


An overview of the food supply system
The globalisation of food production and agricultural systems
Trends in food consumption and the effects on human diet and health
Food safety, traceability and farm assurance
Farming systems and the environment: Then and now.
The influence of policies and politics on agriculture and the environment
Managing organisms and communities within the farmed environment
Effects of agricultural intensification on the environment
The importance of boundary habitats and landscape connectivity within the farmed environment
Developing multi-species agricultural systems
Integrated crop management and advances in agricultural systems
Biotechnology in the field and on your plate?
Food, or fuel from the field?
How do we create sustainable agricultural systems?
The use of Whole Farm Conservation Schemes
The role of Agri-Environment schemes

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 dentify factors which might influence potential solutions. Evaluate advantages and disadvantages of potential solutions.
Research skills Produce an academically appropriate media report.


This module is at CQFW Level 5