AP3EP1-Regulation of the Food Industry

Module Provider: Agr and Food Econ
Number of credits: 10 [5 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Spring term module
Pre-requisites: AP2EP1 Policy Analysis
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2016/7

Module Convenor: Dr Giuseppe Nocella

Email: g.nocella@reading.ac.uk

Summary module description:

This module aims to foster an understanding of the regulation of the food industry in the UK, including the rationale for government intervention, the means by which intervention takes place, and the impact of policy.

Assessable learning outcomes:
Following the course, students should be able to critically appraise current and proposed interventions in food markets.

Additional outcomes:
The module aims to further develop the analytical skills of students.

Outline content:
Readings and topics will be placed on Blackboard during the course of the term. The topics to be covered will include: * Rationale for government intervention in food markets * Policy/regulatory mechanisms in the UK/EU * Objectives, mechanisms and evaluation of selected contemporary food policy issues such as: * Food safety * Food quality * Obesity, diet and health * Farm animal welfare * Sustainability and food *and *Food security*.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 20
Guided independent study 80
Total hours by term 100.00
Total hours for module 100.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Report 20
Class test administered by School 80

Other information on summative assessment:
One and a half hour class test at the end of the module.

Formative assessment methods:

Penalties for late submission:
The Module Convenor will apply the following penalties for work submitted late, in accordance with the University policy.

  • where the piece of work is submitted up to one calendar week after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for the piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;
  • where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.

  • The University policy statement on penalties for late submission can be found at: http://www.reading.ac.uk/web/FILES/qualitysupport/penaltiesforlatesubmission.pdf
    You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.

    Length of examination:

    Requirements for a pass:
    An overall mark of 40%.

    Reassessment arrangements:
    A Re-examination in August/September.

    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
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    Last updated: 21 December 2016

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