Module:Introduction to the Agri-Food Industry

Module details

  • Module code

  • Module leader

    Louise Manning
  • Module Level

  • Module credits

  • Min study time

    150 hours
  • Contact hrs

    36 hours

Module content

Indicative content: What are food supply chains?  What are the factors influencing &/or the challenges for food supply and demand in a world context?  The global view of nutrition and malnutrition. Consideration and discussion of the most significant, current food chain issues, drivers for change and their impact on the agri-food industry. This includes, but is not restricted to, aspects of animal welfare, biotechnology, food safety, resource management, the regulatory framework, and the management of the food supply chain.

Module outcomes

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

  • Explain the concept of a food supply chain, complete with the key steps, processes and players that form the chain.
  • Identify the key trends and issues in food supply and demand and the main factors (e.g. quality assurance) driving change, in food chain.
  • Recognise the regulatory framework governing food safety and the roles and responsibilities of businesses in the food chain.
  • Explain how food safety and quality is communicated to consumers.


Assessment Description Weighting
Coursework Presentation 40%
Examination Online multiple choice test 60%

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