Module:Agricultural Management

Module details

  • Module code

  • Module leader

    Christopher Brough
  • Module Level

  • Module credits

  • Min study time

    300 hours
  • Contact hrs

    80 hours

Module content

An introduction to farming in the UK – husbandry requirements for the main crop and livestock enterprises, machinery and buildings; political, economic and environmental pressures affecting the industry; the circumstances, policy and management of the Royal Agricultural University farms and other commercial farms, estates and rural businesses; current issues affecting farmers and landowners and their strategic responses to them; field identification skills.

This module is delivered through a series of introductory lectures and seminars, backed up with farm and estate visits and includes a one-week study tour towards the end of the module teaching period..

Module outcomes

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

  1. Recognise and appreciate through the use of case studies, demonstrations, farm visits, lectures and seminars the importance, and significance of the integration of technological, scientific, and political and environmental issues relating to, and their effect upon, commercial farm businesses and production systems in the UK.
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of practical farming and management decision making in conversation with an academic assessor.
  3. Produce a crop or livestock blueprint  that provides an evaluation of the various methods required to minimize the use of chemical applications, based on agronomic advice / guidance, and reduce the incidence of pests, disease and weed burdens.
  4. Make a reasoned argument with reference to government policy and farm issues based on an understanding of:
  • Individual farm resources, and factors that limit  / increase production;
  • Commercial / market access requirements of an agricultural business;
  • The key management decisions required of an agricultural business to operate effectively in response to external pressures and challenges.


Assessment Description Weighting
Coursework 1 x oral examination 35%
Coursework 1 x case study 15%
Coursework 1 x study tour group presentation 15%
Coursework 1 x crop or livestock blueprint 35%

Assessments may differ in 2021/22 due to adjustments for Covid-19. Please check Gateway for the latest regulations.