APMA106-Sustainable Livestock Production

Module Provider: School of Agriculture, Policy and Development
Number of credits: 30 [15 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn / Spring / Summer module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2016/7

Module Convenor: Dr Caroline Rymer

Email: c.rymer@reading.ac.uk

Summary module description:
This distance learning module is available to students enrolled on the distance learning Sustainable Livestock Production programme and the Advanced Training Partnership programmes. It aims to develop in students a systematic understanding of the biological processes, environmental impacts and the economic opportunities and constraints associated with livestock production. Using a series of interactive, online sessions, online discussions and case studies, it examines the sources of inputs and routes for outputs of different livestock production systems, and highlights the key issues associated with livestock production in a range of settings.

To provide a systematic understanding and critical awareness of the opportunities and constraints associated with the production systems used in the management of the main species of farmed livestock.

Assessable learning outcomes:
By the end of the module, students will be able to:
•Critically evaluate the security of supply of inputs to key livestock production systems
•Critically appraise the scope of the market for livestock products
•Analyse the financial, environmental and biological sustainability of key livestock production systems.

Additional outcomes:
•Use appropriate tools to identify reliable information and literature on a given topic
•Communicate research findings clearly
•Demonstrate good academic practice in the use, citation and referencing of source material

Outline content:
Topics within this module will include:
•Role and importance of livestock in agricultural systems
•Nutrition and feeding
•Breeding systems
•Animal health and welfare
•Pig, poultry, dairy, beef and sheep production systems
•Limits and sustainability of livestock production

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
Each topic will be introduced with some interactive online material and downloadable materials that will be available to the student permanently. There will be a series of online discussions and exercises. Feedback and contributions from the module convenor or deliverer will be the main source of formative assessment. Papers or screencasts submitted by the student may form part of an online conference at the end of key points in the module.

Please note that all contact hours relate to online interactive materials, exercises and discussion.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Seminars 10 10 10
Practicals classes and workshops 15 15 15
Guided independent study 75 75 75
Total hours by term 100.00 100.00 100.00
Total hours for module 300.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Report 33
Set exercise 67

Other information on summative assessment:
The module will be assessed by written coursework and screencasts:
(a) A case study comparing different systems of livestock production (33%).
(b) Screencasts uploaded for viewing by peers and academic staff as part of an online conference (67%).

Formative assessment methods:
Online exercises and quizzes, and feedback and contributions from others in the online discussion fora will provide the basis for formative assessment.

Penalties for late submission:
Penalties for late submission on this module are in accordance with the University policy. Please refer to page 5 of the Postgraduate Guide to Assessment for further information: http://www.reading.ac.uk/internal/exams/student/exa-guidePG.aspx

Length of examination:

Requirements for a pass:
A mark of 50% overall (weighted average of the coursework marks).

Reassessment arrangements:
Re-submission of coursework.

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
1) Required text books:
2) Specialist equipment or materials:
3) Specialist clothing, footwear or headgear:
4) Printing and binding:
5) Computers and devices with a particular specification:
6) Travel, accommodation and subsistence:

Last updated: 21 December 2016

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