Module Information

Module Identifier
BDM1740
Module Title
Nuffield Scholarship Project (New Awards)
Academic Year
2020/2021
Co-ordinator
Semester
Distance Learning
Mutually Exclusive
Nuffield 2 (Graduates)
Pre-Requisite
Student must currently be in receipt of a Nuffield Scholarship but not completed report.Had proposal accepted by IBERS.

Course Delivery

 

Assessment

Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment ​Literature review ​  (2000 words)  20%
Semester Assessment Study tour report  (8,000 words)  65%
Semester Assessment Dissemination activity  (20 min or 2000 words, Presentation, film, technical article or panel discussion)  15%

Learning Outcomes

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

​1. Explain the current and future challenges facing the UK’s agri-food sector.

2. Synthesise information from industry and peer reviewed literature.

3. Compare the approaches taken to address specific challenges to the industry.

4. Evaluate the extent to which new approaches and practices might be applied to UK based systems.​

Brief description

This module will only be available to students who are current successful recipients of a Nuffield Scholarship.

Through an introductory workshop and a series of self-directed international visits (funded through the Nuffield Scholarship), students will gain an appreciation of how specific challenges affecting UK agriculture are being met elsewhere. Students will identify a topic for study which is relevant to current or future challenges facing the UK’s agri-food sector; for which they must provide a detailed rationale and study plan.

In line with the Nuffield Scholarship, the academic focus of the module will be:

Independent research into good practice in either farming, food, horticulture or rural industries outside of the UK; and
Exploring the potential for applying these in a UK context.

Scholars are able to travel anywhere in the world for a period of no less than 8 weeks to further their knowledge and understanding of their chosen study topic. On return from their travels they will submit a written report and present their findings, including recommendations to the relevant industry at the Annual Nuffield Farming Conference.

Content

Through an introductory workshop and a series of self-directed international visits this module will enable students to gain an appreciation of how specific challenges affecting UK agriculture are being met elsewhere. Students will identify a topic for study which is relevant to current or future challenges facing the UK’s agri-food sector; for which they must provide a detailed rationale, literature review and study plan. Students will travel for a minimum of eight weeks to countries of their choice. In order to gain most from their studies, students are required to travel independently for at least four weeks and are advised not to visit too many countries.
The travel and accommodation costs associated with this module are self, or scholarship funded. Applicants wishing to undertake this module must apply for a Nuffield Scholarship and attend the New Scholars Briefing and Annual Conference held each November.

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number Data analysis
Communication Students will be expected to communicate complex research outputs to their peers in their dissemination activity and through their final report.
Improving own Learning and Performance Detailed feedback will be given for assignment work providing general guidance towards the student’s next assignment.
Information Technology Students will be required to source information from a variety of scientific publication data bases and to use Blackboard.
Personal Development and Career planning The Nuffield Scholarship is available to people working in the agri-food sector. In itself the scholarship provides an opportunity that can benefit careers, industry and business, as well as advancing personal development. Nuffield Scholarships are recognised worldwide and provide access to a network of forward thinking professionals.
Problem solving The development and execution of the study tour will help develop and improve student’s problem-solving skills.
Research skills Students will be required to undergo directed self-study, so will develop their literature research skills.
Subject Specific Skills Students will explore in detail challenges to the UK’s agri-food sector, look at how these are being met elsewhere; and apply this learning to UK based systems.
Team work N/A

Notes

This module is at CQFW Level 7