FB1AG2-Farm to Fork

Module Provider: Food and Nutritional Sciences
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Level:4
Terms in which taught: Autumn / Spring term module
Pre-requisites:
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Co-requisites:
Modules excluded: FB1FD1 Food Challenges for the Future: Production, Security and Health
Module version for: 2016/7

Module Convenor: Dr Emma Bennett

Email: e.j.bennett@reading.ac.uk

Summary module description:
This module examines the factors affecting food quality from farm to fork and explores this along with other issues such as sustainability within the wider context of global food security. The module covers production methods for animals and plants, interactions with the environment, land use, sustainable food production, non-food crops and postharvest biology. Generic skills relating to formative assessment of key techniques applicable to degree-level study and post-study employment are also included.

Aims:
To provide the student with a basic understanding of the food chain and the principles of food production covering plant and animal derived foods. The student will be provided with an understanding of how issues such as food security, sustainable crop production, food miles and different food production methods can affect the quality of food produced and availability to the consumer.

Assessable learning outcomes:
On completion of the module the student should be able to describe:
1. The generic principles of the food chain
2. The driving factors behind pre-harvest cultivation
3. Factors affecting sustainability and productivity in food production.
4. Methods of livestock and fish production
5. Interaction between genetics and environmental factors in determining food quality
6. Post-harvest biology, packaging, storage
7. Career skills
8. How to write an essay
9. How to read a paper
10. Scientific method
11. Oenology
12. Seasonality

Additional outcomes:

Outline content:
This module consists of a series of lectures, workshops and field trips.

Lectures:
Introduction to food chain ‘farm to fork’,
factors contributing to consumer perception of food quality,
Goals of pre-harvest cultivation and sustainability,
fruit and vegetable breeding,
Food security,
cereal and legume production,
poultry production and processing,
beef production,
Milk production and role of milk in diet,
Fish Farming,
Good science, bad science (scientific method), Pre-harvest treatment of fruit and vegetables, Key issues of public concern in the food chain, Post-harvest biology, oenology, seasonality.

Workshops:
How to read a paper, introduction to library skills, career skills and how to write an essay.

Additional Sessions:
1. Visit to animal production facilities (1 x half day visit in autumn term (dairy farm);
2. Flip lecturing (pod casts, comprehension questions on horticultural garden tour and related papers; 10h of student directed learning).

Global context:
Food security is of global importance and the challenge of feeding a projected 9 billion people in 2050 is immense, particularly in the face of climate change and competition for land use for biofuel production. This module discusses the key issues and possible solutions and provides the students with the basis to make an informed opinion on how food should be sourced and supplied in the future.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
The module will be primarily taught as (interactive) lectures. Flip lecturing will be used alongside podcasts and papers to give students time to assimilate knowledge and undertake blackboard based formative and summative testing.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 14 15
Seminars 2
Practicals classes and workshops 6 6
External visits 3
Guided independent study 77 77
       
Total hours by term 100.00 98.00 2.00
       
Total hours for module 200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written exam 50
Written assignment including essay 20
Oral assessment and presentation 20
Set exercise 10

Other information on summative assessment:
Coursework:
Essay assignment on food security (20%)
Blackboard based knowledge tests on podcasts and paper comprehension (10%)
Presentation (20%)
Relative percentage of coursework: (50%)


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:
    2 hours

    Requirements for a pass:
    overall mark of 40%

    Reassessment arrangements:
    Re-examination during the University resit period in August.

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

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