Summary module description:

This distance learning module aims to develop in students a systematic understanding of a range of different livestock production systems.  Using a series of interactive, online sessions and discussions, it examines the challenges and opportunities facing different livestock sectors, and explores the relative environmental, economic and social sustainability associated with each sector.  


To provide a critical awareness of the challenges and opportunities associated with developing sustainable livestock production systems. 

Assessable learning outcomes:

By the end of the module, students will be able to:

  • Critically evaluate the challenges and opportunities facing different livestock sectors

  • Critically evaluate measures to improve the sustainability of a livestock production system

Additional outcomes:

  • Use appropriate tools to identify reliable information and literature on a given topic

  • Communicate research findings clearly

Outline content:

Topics within this module will include:

  • Pig production systems

  • Poultry production systems

  • Dairy production systems

  • Ruminant meat production systems

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

Each topic will be introduced with some interactive online material and downloadable materials.  There will be a series of online discussions and exercises to support learning.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Demonstration 25
Guided independent study 40
Total hours by term 65.00
Total hours for module 65.00

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Other information on summative assessment:

There is no assessment of this module

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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:

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Last updated: 18 August 2017

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