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Module Code: ENV308
Module Title: Agriculture, Food and Environment
Module Level: Level 3
Module Credits: 5.00
Academic Year: 2017/18
Semester: SEM2
Originating Department: Environmental Science
Pre-requisites: ENV105ANDENV207
This module introduces students to the concepts and environmental science behind food supply, food safety and food security. Students will be educated in environmental effects and how these mediate toxins in food, as well as specialised topics relating to food preservation, packaging, and special classes of foods. 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 affects both food safety and food security.
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 Evaluate the relationship between food and human health on a multidisciplinary level.

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

F Decipher the causes and potential risks of food safety incidents.

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.

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

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   12    24  8  80  150 


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

Module Catalogue generated from SITS CUT-OFF: 10/22/2017 10:31:42 AM