Module Identifier RS10610  
Academic Year 2006/2007  
Co-ordinator Dr Iwan G Owen  
Semester Semester 2  
Other staff Dr Basil T Wolf, Dr Phillipa K Nicholas, Dr Michael T Rose  
Course delivery Lecture   2 x 1 hour lectures per week  
  Practical   2 x 3 hour visits  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Assessment Coursework  30%
Semester Exam1.5 Hours  70%
Supplementary Exam1.5 Hours  100%

Learning outcomes

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

1. Identify and describe the range, distribution and scale of farming systems in the UK.

2. Identify and describe the influence of agricultural policy on farming practices.

3. Discuss the essential components of livestock and crop systems.


To provide a basic understanding of livestock and crop production systems in the UK and the interaction of biological, physical and economic factors that influence them.


The module will be delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars and farm visits and will cover the following aspects:
Introduction to agriculture, structure of the UK industry, the policy framework and its impact, consumer influences, farming systems and their distribution, influence of environment on agriculture and choice of system, manipulating basic resources, sustainable agriculture, examples of crop systems, grassland systems, milk, meat and egg production, trends in farm incomes, diversification of farm businesses.

Transferable skills

.4 Writing in an academic context
   This is assessed in the written examination

.5 Oral discussion and presentation
   This will be tested in the seminar presentation

.8 Group activity
   This will be developed in preparation for the seminar presentation

Reading Lists

Haines M (1982) An Introduction to Farming Systems
Soffe R J (ed) (1995) The Agricultural Notebook
Spedding C R W (ed) (1992) Fream's Principles of Food and Agriculture
Spedding C R W, Walsingham J M, Hoxey A M (1981) Biological Efficiency in Agriculture


This module is at CQFW Level 4