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Module Code: ENV308
Module Title: Agriculture, Food and Environment
Module Level: Level 3
Module Credits: 5.00
Academic Year: 2018/19
Semester: SEM2
Originating Department: Environmental Science
Pre-requisites: ENV105ANDENV207
   
Aims
This module introduces students to the concepts and environmental science behind agriculture and food production. Students will be educated in environmental behaviors of common contaminants from agricultural activities and how those chemicals affect food production and quality and the ecosystem. The contemporary topics of food and environmental health and sustainable agriculture are also covered, and the module will conclude by examining particular case studies that best reflect the complexities of how the environment interact with modern agriculture.

Learning outcomes 
A Demonstrate the linkages between agriculture, the environment, food security and safety, and the challenges in traditional and modern agriculture.

B Consider how major and emerging environmental threats affect food safety and security.

C Appraise the various roles of traditional vs sustainable agriculture and how these contribute to a safe and secure food supply.

D. Analyze the influence of agricultural activities on soil and water quality critically

E. Perform comparative analysis of the advantages and disadvantages of different management strategies in the agriculture and how these affect food safety outcomes.

F. Decipher the reasonability and potential risks of agricultural inputs, including fertilizers, pesticide, medicine, and genetic breeding.

G Investigate the environmental influences on the global food supply chain and food safety.
Method of teaching and learning 
Various teaching methods will apply in this module, including lectures, role-play presentation, hands-on practical and field trip. In the role-play presentation, students will play as an expert on a certain subject to explain the subject for the “audiences”. The students will learn the main aspects of traditional agriculture in the practical and experience sustainable agriculture in the field trip.

*Should the University decide to cancel or postpone the field trip due to unforeseen environmental and/or political circumstances, the Department will either plan an appropriate substitute activity to meet the intended learning outcomes of the trip or make necessary arrangements to organise the trip at a later time, as appropriate.
Syllabus 
Lectures:

Soils: the foundation of agriculture and the degradation;

Water: how soils retain water and water crisis;

Seeds: powerful seeds breading, biodiversity and GMOs;

Nutrients 1: the role of macro- and micro- nutrients and their transportation in soils-plant system;

Nutrients 2: the environmental influences of over-fertilization and the
countermeasures;

Pest: pesticide and food safety;

Sunlight: photosynthesis, carbon fixation and biofuel;

Microbes: the microbial community in soils;

Emerging contaminants in agriculture: antibiotics and antibiotics-resistant genes;

Emerging contaminants in agriculture: heavy metals in soils and crops;

Sustainable Agriculture

Agri-environmental policy and legislation in the world;

Delivery Hours  
Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab/Prcaticals Fieldwork / Placement Other(Private study) Total
Hours/Semester 26     2  24  8  90  150 

Assessment

Sequence Method % of Final Mark
1 Presentation 15.00
2 Lab Notebook 35.00
3 Essay 50.00

Module Catalogue generated from SITS CUT-OFF: 5/26/2018 10:14:24 AM