Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Food, Farming and the Environment
Academic Year
Semester 2
Exclusive (Any Acad Year)
Reading List
Other Staff

Course Delivery



Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Semester Assignment  2000 Words  40%
Semester Exam 3 Hours   Exam  60%
Supplementary Assessment Essay  2000 Words  40%
Supplementary Exam 3 Hours   Exam  60%

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.


The module is split into four themes:
• Farming and Food
• Farming Systems and the Environment
• Solutions for Sustainable Agricultural Systems
• The Future of Farming and Food
The module will start with an overview of the different elements of current food production systems whilst looking at how they interact with the environment. The environmental challenges of farming systems will be identified before potential solutions will be highlighted. The module will also considering the future of food production and farming systems.

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
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


This module is at CQFW Level 5