Module: General Agriculture

Module details

  • Module code

  • Module leader

    Tom Overbury
  • Module Level

  • Module credits

  • Min study time

    150 hours
  • Contact hrs

    36 hours

Module content

  • Current agricultural issues pertinent at the time, (e.g. TB, Commodity and energy prices, Food scares, Government policy, etc)
  • European Policy / CAP, Agricultural subsidy history and details, current subsidy schemes
  • Food chain efficiency, Farm Assurance schemes, Agri Environment Schemes
  • Personnel and Human Resource Management
  • Presentation skills

Module outcomes

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

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the reasons behind agricultural support and the effect that it has on agriculture
  2. Demonstrate familiarity with current and topical agricultural issues
  3. Prepare a presentation on a topical subject, and deliver the presentation to an audience of their peers and others


Assessment Description Weighting
Coursework In-class test 30%
Coursework Group project 40%
Examination 1 x 1.5 hour unseen exam 30%

Assessments may differ in 2020/21 due to adjustments for Covid-19. Please check Gateway for the latest regulations.

Key texts

Students should be familiar with the content of at least one of the following:

  • Turner, J.C. and Taylor, M.R. (1998). Applied Farm Management. (2nd edition). Blackwell Science.
  • Current Agricultural Trade Journals (e.g. Farmers Weekly, Crops).
  • DEFRA and other websites.