Module Information

Module Identifier
BR21920
Module Title
Food, Farming and the Environment
Academic Year
2018/2019
Co-ordinator
Semester
Semester 2
Mutually Exclusive
Reading List
External Examiners
  • Dr Robert Baxter (Senior Lecturer - University of Durham)
 
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Field Trip 1 x 3 Hour Field Trip
Lecture 22 x 2 Hour Lectures
Workshop 3 x 3 Hour Workshops
 

Assessment

Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Policy Briefing Assignment  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:

1. Explain the ecological processes that occur within food production.

2. Discuss the pressures on the food supply industry.

3. Identify the environmental impacts due to agricultural intensification.

4. Appraise the impacts of food policy and globalisation of food markets.

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 students 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.

Content

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
Application of Number Interpretation of published research.
Communication Read in different contexts and for different purposes. Write for different purposes and audiences
Improving own Learning and Performance
Information Technology Present information and data. Access information from the web.
Personal Development and Career planning
Problem solving Identify factors which might influence potential solutions. Evaluate advantages and disadvantages of potential solutions
Research skills Students will be required to engage with the peer-reviewed research literature and this will require effective use of scientific search engines, and critical reading and appraisal of scientific papers
Subject Specific Skills
Team work

Notes

This module is at CQFW Level 5