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GG5048: AGRICULTURAL PRINCIPLES AND PRACTICE (2016-2017)

Last modified: 16 Nov 2016 17:52


Course Overview

Students will gain a valuable introduction to all aspects of agricultural production systems and management.  This includes land use for agriculture (crop production and animal husbandry), the management of the countryside, its economic significance, geographical spread and social significance. Visits to farms include projects on farm types and different systems, the importance of mixed farming and sustainable agriculture. Also covered is sustainable agri practices and grant schemes, CAP support system and annual cycle of operations.

Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 5
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Mr John Carnie

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Either Geography (GG) (Studied) or Master of Land Economy in Rural Surveying & Rural Property Mgmt (Studied)
  • Any Postgraduate Programme (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?

None.

What courses cannot be taken with this course?

None.

Are there a limited number of places available?

No

Course Description

  • Introduction to course, objectives, learning outcomes, teaching methods, farm visit procedures etc.
  • Introduction to agriculture, the management of the countryside, its economic significance geographical spread and social significance.
  • Discussions about farm types, and different system, the importance of mixed farming and sustainable agriculture. Land classification and soils.
  • Assessing a farm, developing an understanding of what makes a farm work and understanding the farmers objectives.
  • Agricultural Support mechanisms, what is available, how they work and where the system is heading.
  • Beef Production and sheep production, and introduction to beef and sheep management systems, discussing the annual cycle of operations, terminology, economic significance, and gross margins.
  • Arable production, including potatoes, discussing the annual cycle of operations, terminology, economic significance, and gross margins.
  •  Dairy production, pigs and poultry, discussing the annual cycle of operations, terminology, economic significance, and gross margins.
  •  Environmental management and a holistic approach to land management.

Degree Programmes for which this Course is Prescribed

  • Master of Land Economy in Rural Surveying & Rural Property Mgmt

Contact Teaching Time

38 hours

This is the total time spent in lectures, tutorials and other class teaching.

Teaching Breakdown


Assessment

1 three hour examination (60%) Continuous assessment: (40%) Farm report (1200 words) Environmental report (2000 words) Gross margins accounts

Formative Assessment

None.

Feedback

None.

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