Module Identifier RS11010  
Academic Year 2006/2007  
Co-ordinator Dr Michael T Rose  
Semester Semester 2 (Taught over 2 semesters)  
Other staff Dr Basil T Wolf  
Pre-Requisite Entry to a science degree scheme  
Course delivery Lecture   1 x 1 hour lecture per week  
  Other   4 x 3 hour visits, to be arranged over two semesters  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Assessment 1500 word assignment - outcomes assessed 1, 2, 340%
Semester Exam1.5 Hours  60%
Supplementary Assessment1.5 Hours Examination - covering all outcomes100%

Learning outcomes

On completion of this module students will be able to:

1. Discuss the importance of animal production systems in agricultural enterprises

2. Identify the main constraints on productivity

3. Compare efficiency of different systems of production

4. Identify the scope for the application of the results of research in animal production


To give an introduction to farm animal production systems and their design in the context of UK and world agriculture. Particular reference will be made to constraints on production - economic, social, environmental and animal health and welfare. The scope for the application of scientific knowledge and research will be highlighted as a foundation for subsequent modules.


Thin module taught through the medium of lectures, practicals and visits.

Reading Lists

Allen D Planned Beef Production and Marketing Blackwell Scientific
Croston D & Pollott G Planned Sheep Production Blackwell Scientific
Webster A J F Understanding the Dairy Cow BSP Professional Books


This module is at CQFW Level 4