Module: Agriculture

Module details

  • Module code

  • Module leader

    Dr Nicola Cannon
  • Module Level

  • Module credits

  • Min study time

    150 hours
  • Contact hrs

    30 hours

Module content

Familiarisation with livestock, deadstock and growing crops, grasses, buildings and fixed equipment found on agricultural landscapes in the UK.

Enterprise outputs, husbandry requirements for the main UK farm enterprises. Enterprises to be studied include: cereals, combinable break crops, grasses, forage crops and conserved forage, dairying, beef and sheep production; pigs and poultry. Farm machinery requirements, farm buildings, fixed equipment and farm waste management issues.

Evaluation of physical efficiencies of production system, yields and prices.

Students will become familiar with variation across farms with farm visits acting as the main teaching tool.

Module outcomes

With reference to the main UK farm enterprises, on successful completion of the module students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a systematic understanding of the integration of the physical factors of production, including land, buildings, fixed equipment, labour and machinery and their impact on the choice of farming system and physical performance.
  2. Evaluate husbandry requirements and demonstrate an application of the principles and systems of practical farming methods.
  3. Compare and critically evaluate changes in efficiency of production system.

Additional transferable skills fostered include library, oral and team-working skills.


Assessment Description Weighting
Examination Exam (3 hours) 100%

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 the following:

  • Agro Business Consultants (annual) Agricultural Budgeting and Costing Book. Agro Business Consultants
  • Bell, B. (2016) Farm Machinery. 6th ed. Old Pond Publishing
  • Finch, H.J.S., Samuel, A.M. and Lane, G.P.F. (2014) Lockhart and Wiseman’s Crop Husbandry including Grassland. 9th ed. Woodhead Publishing Ltd
  • Francis, S.A. (2005) British Field Crops: A Pocket Guide to the Identification, History and Uses of Traditional and Novel Arable Crops in Great Britain. Published by Author
  • McConnell, P. and Soffe, R.J. (2003) The Agricultural Notebook. 20th ed. Blackwell Science
  • Nix, J. (annual) Farm Management Pocketbook. Imperial College at Wye
  • Parkin, S. (2015). British sheep breeds. National Sheep Association.
  • Porter, V. (2002) British Cattle Shire Publications Ltd. / Porter V (2008) The Field Guide to Cattle. Motorbooks International
  • Prag, P.A.B. (2001) Understanding the British Countryside. Estates Gazette
  • SAC (annual) Farm Management Handbook. SAC 

Supporting texts

Additionally, module web pages will be available and, included in these, will be links to relevant internet sites such as and and