Module Title:Agricultural Sustainability 1
Language of Instruction:English
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:6
Module Delivered In 2 programme(s)
Teaching & Learning Strategies: Formal lectures will be supplemented with field trips and case studies of agri-businesses that have engaged in sustainable management practices. Where appropriate, guest lecturers will be invited to share their knowledge on specific aspects of sustainability.
Module Aim: This module aims to provide the student with an in-depth understanding of the importance of sustainable food production. The three pillars of sustainability will be covered giving the student the knowledge required to put these concepts into practice in a commercial agricultural setting.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to:
LO1 Demonstrate an understanding of the key performance indicators for sustainability at farm level
LO2 Understand the interaction between farming and the environment including effects on air, water, biodiversity and the rural community
LO3 Identify resources used on farms and strategies that ensure their sustainable use
LO4 Can defend the role of Irish agricultural systems in the sustainable production of food
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations

This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is recommended before enrolment in this module.

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Incompatible Modules
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Co-requisite Modules
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Requirements
This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is mandatory before enrolment in this module is allowed.
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Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Environmental KPI
Key environmental performance indicators that apply to farm will be used to critically evaluate farming systems. Reports from Bord Bia and Teagasc will be reviewed to assess current environmental performance of farms along with strategies for improvement
Environmental resource management
Farming systems can have a considerable impact on the environment. Individual case studies from the IFA Smart Farming initiative will be used to examine how the environmental performance of a farm can be improved both from a greenhouse gas emission and a biodiversity perspective
Public image of farming
Understanding how the work of Bord Bia and other organisations promotes a positive image of Irish Agriculture.
Assessment Breakdown%
Continuous Assessment50.00%
Project50.00%
Continuous Assessment
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Examination Inclass assessment on Learning Outcome 1 1 12.50 n/a
Examination Inclass assessment on Learning outcome 2 2 12.50 n/a
Examination Inclass assessment on Learning outcome 3 3 12.50 n/a
Examination Inclass assessment on Learning outcome 4 4 12.50 n/a
Project
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Project Project on identifying the environmental impact of a farm which the student is familiar with including upstream and downstream effects 1,2 25.00 Sem 1 End
Project Review of the role of farming in ensuring the sustainability of food production in Ireland including a poster presentation to the college. 3,4 25.00 Sem 2 End
No Practical
No End of Module Formal Examination

ITCarlow reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment

 

Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Every Week 1.50
Independent Learning Every Week 1.50
Total Hours 3.00
 

Module Delivered In

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CW_SWSFM_B Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Sustainable Farm Management and Agribusiness 2 Mandatory
CW_SWSFM_D Bachelor of Science in Sustainable Farm Management and Agribusiness 2 Mandatory