By the end of this module students will be able to demonstrate a conceptual understanding of the complex principles that underpin an effective learning experience for a range of age groups including adults. Furthermore, they will be able to critically evaluate existing pedagogic techniques and practices in the context of environmental sciences and more field-based studies. The designing, planning and delivery of both indoor and field-based practicals are analysed and modelled in the context of mixed ability groups, social backgrounds, and cultural diversity. Innovative techniques in both formative and summative assessment are explored within the framework of environmental studies, and in potentially awkward ‘off-site’ situations. Opportunities to develop distinctive learning styles appropriate to both practical-based and fieldbased situations are explored in contrasting circumstances of resource availability. Finally, methods of embedding key / transferable skills in a wide range of learning situations and environments are discussed and modelled.
- Module leader: Peter Hobson
This module develops both creative and analytical thinking to enable students to innovate and implement change in a complex, uncertain and fast changing environment. Theories on system dynamics, chaos, complexity, organisational change and learning, knowledge management and decision making will be evaluated and applied to assist in making sound judgements and solving practical business problems.
This module provides a deeper understanding of the factors which are the basis for modern approaches to crop production. Initially the trends in production and consumption will be reviewed followed by assessing the likely reasons for these developments. The importance of producer understanding the crop’s physiology will be highlighted. Breeding offers many potential advantages to the producer and consumer and progress in plant breeding will be considered. Many aspects of crop production have become increasingly mechanised; these will be detailed and the constraints identified for future mechanisation and use of robotics in crop production. In addition the need for continuity of supply will be demonstrated and scheduled programmes of production developed.
- Module leader: Evy Matha
This module will critically examine the specialist areas of crop production where high levels of energy usage in various forms (heat, light, refrigeration) are accepted practice, particularly intensive protected cultivation and long term cold and controlled atmosphere crop storage. Examples of what can be achieved in terms of increased production, longer term availability and reduced wastage will be illustrated by reference to crop examples. The practicalities of energy use and management and the justification for the approaches used will be discussed.
- Module leader: Simon Hart
This module has been developed to allow students to investigate the application of knowledge and techniques at the forefront of their discipline area and/or area of professional practice. They will operate outside of an academic environment and with a high level of autonomy work upon an industry related problem. Students will therefore be required to critically evaluate current research and/or advanced scholarship and utilise their findings to investigate novel and creative solutions to problems that come from their industry. They will then plan and test these solutions and communicate the results of their work to academic and non-academic audiences.
- Module leader: Sandra Nicholson
The module is designed to demonstrate the breadth and complexity of the financial management function within business and to illustrate the role of finance management in formulating financial strategy. The module also includes capital investment appraisal and analyses how ethical, environmental and social issues need to be considered in business development proposals.
The module will stress the strategic aspects of marketing of relevance to all managers, as well as providing an appreciation of the tasks undertaken by marketing specialists. Thinking and knowledge will be developed via group discussions and assessments, requiring application and critical appraisal of theory and practice. This will be based on case studies or situations in the learners’ workplaces.
The module will cover the storage, drying, cleaning, grading, handling, cooling and packaging of agricultural crops. The module will assist the students to be able to analyse the long and short term storage options for the relevant crops. The potential for value added benefits through cleaning, grading and packaging agricultural crops will be evaluated. The advantages and disadvantages of cooling of agricultural crops and the methods used will be covered. Handling systems and damage avoidance methods will also be considered.
This module prepares students in the capabilities required for effective project management: managing resources, time, people and the project as a whole. It will also prepare students to critically evaluate project management techniques for particular enterprises and will include both the technical and soft side of project management skills. The module will include the use of computer programmes for project management, approaches to managing people and teams and quality.
The module aims to develop and extend the skills required to assess and understand the development of historic sites overtime. This will include identifying and assessing site features and associated documentation to ascertain past activity and the resulting historic layers, followed by analysis and evaluation.
- Module leader: Sandra Nicholson
This module is designed to develop flexible strategic thinking and to both challenge and apply accepted theory to practical situations. The module develops strategic management concepts and theories and explores strategic issues of planning and implementation in complex business environments. Concepts of corporate strategic management are developed by examining the key issues of policy formulation through a cycle of analysis, choice, implementation and assessment of performance using strategic monitoring systems. Marketing strategies are developed and appraised as part of the strategic management process. Theories of strategic marketing in a competitive environment are analysed and applied.
Soil management and soil planning strategies will be examined at both the farm-scale and global-scale, whilst the effects of differing soil management techniques on soil resilience and arable cropping will be critically evaluated. The course will also consider water as an exportable product, climate change and the role of water in carbon management. Management strategies such as the Water Framework Directive will be evaluated. The causes and implications of regional and temporal changes in climate are reviewed and the impact of climate change projections on UK agriculture is considered. The utilisation of energy by UK agriculture is reviewed and potential means of reduction in fossil fuel usage is considered in terms of energy efficiency and substitution with biofuels. The causes and implications of regional and temporal changes in climate are reviewed and the impact of climate change projections on UK agriculture is considered.