Module Title:Environmentally Sustainable Farm Management
Language of Instruction:English
Credits: 10
NFQ Level:8
Module Delivered In 1 programme(s)
Teaching & Learning Strategies: This module will be delivered using a learner-centred approach with a strong emphasis on the sustainability of current practices in day-to-day agriculture. A variety of teaching and learning strategies will be used such as lectures, guest lecturers, computer practical, group workshop, case-studies, group discussions and group activities, site visits and classroom assessment techniques. A responsibility for learning will be fostered in the learners. To develop confidence, class participation will be encouraged and collaborative work will be instrumental in nurturing team building amongst the group.
Module Aim: The module aims to ensure learners demonstrate a knowledge of sustainable farm management, energy resources, waste management, water conservation and associated legislation and regulations.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to:
LO1 Apply an in-depth knowledge and understanding of sustainability in the context of agriculture
LO2 Conduct investigations of the factors that are a threat to land resources and explore the development of appropriate solutions
LO3 Critically appraise the resources available to ensure sustainable land and water management
LO4 Provide strategies to determine the need for conservation of water and the potential threats to this resource.
LO5 Develop an integrated waste management strategy
LO6 Apply high ethical standards in the practice of farming
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations

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Incompatible Modules
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Co-requisite Modules
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Requirements
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Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Practices and Ethics of Sustainability
Critically appraise practices and ethics of agricultural production.
Energy Resources
• Critical awareness of the carbon footprint of agriculture and developing strategies to mitigate it through efficient energy usage and other means • Explore potential of renewable energy. • Legislation and regulations in relation to energy
Waste Management
• Introducing best practice in the management of agricultural waste • Legislation informing waste management
Water Conservation
• Recognize and apply best practice in water conservation. • The re-use of water in integral compatible applications • Critically analyse best international practice in the implementation of water conservation • Legislation and regulations associated with water conservation
Assessment Breakdown%
Continuous Assessment100.00%
Continuous Assessment
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Written Report Research Report and Presentation: Learners will be required to find appropriate source material in order to compose a research report. Learners are required to present the findings of their research report in a presentation to the rest of their class. 1,2,6 30.00 n/a
Written Report Research Report and Presentation: Learners will be required to find appropriate source material in order to compose a research report. Learners are required to present the findings of their research report in a presentation to the rest of their class. 1,3,4,6 30.00 n/a
Written Report Research Report and Presentation: Learners will be required to find appropriate source material in order to compose a research report. Learners are required to present the findings of their research report in a presentation to the rest of their class. 1,5,6 30.00 n/a
Reflective Journal Reflective Practice: Learners are required to keep a reflective journal throughout the year. On completion of the module learners are required to present the content of their reflective journal. 1,2,3,4,5,6 10.00 n/a
No Project
No Practical
No End of Module Formal Examination

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Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture 30 Weeks per Stage 2.00
Practicals 30 Weeks per Stage 1.00
Independent Learning 30 Weeks per Stage 3.67
Total Hours 200.00
 

Module Delivered In

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CW_SWSFM_B Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Sustainable Farm Management and Agribusiness 4 Mandatory