Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Advances in Agriculture
Academic Year
Semester 1
Exclusive (Any Acad Year)
Other Staff

Course Delivery



Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Study Tour Report  4000 Words  100%
Supplementary Assessment Study Tour Report  4000 Words  100%

Learning Outcomes

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

Demonstrate the ability to consider agriculture and agricultural issues from a range of specific, multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary perspectives.

Demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between policy, socio-economic factors, agricultural practices and the rural economy.

Adopt a critical, evaluative and analytical approach towards agriculture and the rural economy.

Evaluate the future prospects of the agriculture industry.

Demonstrate how subject-specific and generic employability skills acquired would be valuable for rural organisations.

Brief description

Students on the module will visit a county or region within the UK on a study tour and gain an appreciation of its geographical, social and economic features. Visits to farms, rural businesses and organizations involved in the regulation and management of the countryside will serve as case studies to highlight the key current and future issues at stake. Students will submit a written report which will evaluate the region and the organisations visited and how the skills they have acquired would be valuable to the organisations. The approach throughout will be analytical, critical and evaluative.


The module will be delivered through a combination of visits undertaken whilst on a study tour of businesses, organisations and sites or locations accompanied by specialist hosts and/or guides. These will be supplemented by further sessions after the study tour to assist students with their assessment .

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Critical and analytical thinking The module will require students to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of real world rural organisations and analyse how their operations are influenced by their physical, regulatory, socio-economic and policy environment and how these may change in the future.
Professional communication Students will be required to write a 'cover letter' to express their interest in applying for a role in one of the organisations focused upon in the module.
Reflection Students will be required to reflect on how the generic and subject specific skills they've acquired would benefit specific rural organisations.
Subject Specific Skills Students will be required to 'benchmark' the performance of rural organisations through comparisons with appropriate data sources.


This module is at CQFW Level 6