Module Identifier RS35310  
Academic Year 2003/2004  
Co-ordinator Professor Richard J Moore-Colyer  
Semester Semester 1  
Course delivery Lecture   0 Hours There are no lectures associated with this module, but tutorial support is available  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Assessment Report, not exceeding 10,000 words To be submitted by Week 10 of Semester 1, Year 3.  100%
Supplementary Assessment re-submisson of the project report  100%

Learning outcomes

On completion of the module, students should:

1. have developed an understanding of the relationship between location, rural economy and culture

2. have developed a critical, evaluative and analytical approach towards a rural economy

3. be able to appreciate the complexity of decision-making in the diversification of rural Britain.


The module will be undertaken during the first week of the summer vacation following the second year.

Students are expected to select a county, or other area of comparable size, describe its geographical, social, cultural and economic features, visit farms and businesses related to farming, describe these and relate them to the area in which they are located.

The approach throughout should be analytical, critical and evaluative and contain a thorough review of appropriate literature (after consultation with the module co-ordinator as to what might be termed 'appropriate') in the light of choice of location/business.

The report will be fully referenced in accordance with the Harvard System.


This module gives students the opportunity to develop an appreciation of the interrelationship between farm, rural business, landscape and the community and the importance both of integration and diversification within the rural areas of Britain.

Transferable skills

.1 Independent project work
This entire project will develop students' ability to work independently.

.2 IT and information handling
It is expected that the project will be prepared using a word processor.

.4 Writing in an academic context
This skill is an integral feature of the assessment of project.

.7 Self management
Students will be expected to manage their own time in meeting the submission deadline.


This module is at CQFW Level 6