Module:Introduction to Food Production

Module details

  • Module code

  • Module leader

    John Dooley
  • Module Level

  • Module credits

  • Min study time

    150 hours
  • Contact hrs

    30 hours

Module content

This module will provide you with an introduction to food production and agricultural systems through a range of topics selected from the following areas:  definitions; an overview of the policy framework; the dynamics of food supply chains in relation to external policy and regulation;  the influence of science and technology;  supply chain relationships;  primary food production and agricultural industries;  international perspectives on resource use;  population dynamics;  food supply, food security and quality;  drivers for agri-food change;  future prospects.  Examples of local, regional, national and international supply chains will be considered and the fundamental link between food and farming methodologies will be emphasised.

Module outcomes

To achieve credit for this module, students must be able to:

  1. Identify and describe the external and international regulatory factors and frameworks affecting food supply and distribution and global drivers for change.
  2. Discuss the importance of primary production standards in the context of food supply in respect of meat and crop product supply.
  3. Describe consumer behaviour in relation to food purchasing, consumption and other socio-economic, environmental and ethical factors.


Assessment Description Weighting
Coursework Presentation 50%
Examination Exam (2 hours) 50%

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