|Module Title||THE RURAL RESOURCE|
|Co-ordinator||Mr Penri James|
|Semester||Semester 2 (Taught over 2 semesters)|
|Course delivery||Lecture||2 x 1 hour lectures per week|
|Practical||7 x 3 hour practicals over two semesters|
Identify the factors that influence land use patterns.
a. Differing land use patterns are identified
b. Geographical distribution of land use identified
c. Factors that affect the pattern of land use identified
Land use : crops, livestock, leisure, tourism, forestry and woodland, urban, water
Distribution : regional, national, Europe
Factors : location, geography, market forces, statute, designation, access
Value : physical, economic
Explain forms of land occupation and transfer
a. Pattern access and occupation of land established
b. Legal framework of land tenure identified
c. Procedures for transferring land occupancy explained
Access : landowners, public, footpaths, bridleways, byways, prescriptive rights of way, access agreements.
Occupation : private individuals, public bodies, companies, financial institutions
Tenure : owner occupier, tenant, share farming, common land, leases
Conveyance : public auction, private sale, duty and obligation of vendor, buyer, agent, solicitor
Describe the planning system as it affects the rural context
a. The development plan process is identified and assessed
b. The development control process is identified and assessed
c. The influence of government, organisations and the public within the planning system is identified and assessed
d. Planning tools within the planning system are identified and assessed
Development plans : Structure Plans, Unitary Development Plans, Local Plans
Development control : application, determination, appeal, enforcement
Influence : government (central and local), Planning Policy Guidance, Circulars, Statutory undertakers, public
Planning tools : designations, conditions, enforcement, Agenda 21, agreements
Identify the requisites of an accounting environment
a. The need for an accounting system identified
b. Relevant information and sources identified
c. Relationship between profit, cash, capital identified
d. Trading periods identified and explained
Need : record, monitor, assess performance
Information : physical, financial, farm records, bank statements, management reports
Relationship : receipts, payments, finance, creditors, debtors, depreciation, cash flow
Periods : monthly, quarterly, annual
Collate information to measure the effect of known objectives on the financial status of a business.
a. Proposed system described
b. Relevant physical assumptions accurately stated
c. Relevant financial assumptions accurately stated
System : Physical location, area, land quality, stock, buildings, grant eligibility, financial status
Assumptions : Livestock, crops, market returns, business costs, personal
Construct budgets to demonstrate the effect of future plans on the financial status of a business
a. Financial statements constructed
b. Financial end result of proposed plan established
c. Sensitivity of plan to change quantified
d. Financial statements reconciled
Statements : Gross margins, fixed costs, forage costs, TPLB, balance sheet, cashflow budget,
Plan : Gross margins, business profit, net worth, cash flow, financial analyis calculations
Sensitivity : Gross margin, profit, cash flow, market forces
Reconciliation : Net worths, profit and net cash flow
Explain the basic economic principles that affect the rural economy
a. The factors that affect supply and demand are reviewed.
b. The market mechanism and the equilibrium condition of supply and demand are
c. The role and the states of the market are evaluated.
d. The reasons behind and methods of government intervention in markets are
Determinants of supply, elasticity of supply, demand and elasticity of demand.
Markets and prices: perfect competition, oligopoly and monopoly.
Intervention: legislation, taxation and subsidies.
Simulation: the consumer, the firm and the market place.
.2 IT and information handling
This will be developed in the budgeting assignment through the use of spreadsheets
.3 Use and analysis of numerical information
This will be developed in the budgeting assignment and in preparatory exercises
.5 Oral discussion and presentation
Land designation seminars will develop oral presentation skills
Visit to business will to collect information will develop oral discussion skills
Deadline will be set for land designation seminar
.8 Group activity
This will form part of the land designation seminars
This module is at CQFW Level 4