FZCR67W-Sustainable supply systems: part 1- Production to Processing – CPD

Module Provider: Food and Nutritional Sciences
Number of credits: 0 [0 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Spring term module
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Current from: 2018/9

Module Convenor: Dr Emma Bennett

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

Type of module:

Summary module description:

Delivered as an intensive campus based workshop of 3 consecutive days of seminars, tutorials and practical sessions delivered by academic members of teaching and research staff from the department of Food & Nutritional Sciences and the wider University of Reading and invited experts in the field from across academia and industry. This module addresses sustainability issues associated with crop and animal production, covering both intensive and organic production methods and focused on food supply chains with end users in the UK, then considering supply chain and quality constraints as the product enters further processing.


Students will develop the knowledge and skills to critically appraise the complexity of issues surrounding sustainable crop and livestock production and to appreciate the variation in quality standards that exists between different supply chains and commodities. The module will consider the scientific basis behind sustainability guidelines and the challenges that exist in balancing ecological, social and commercial demands.

Assessable learning outcomes:

On completion of the module, learners should be able to:

  • Discuss the issues facing sustainable production and processing of a variety of commodities

  • Critically appraise different types of food supply chains in the context of sustainability

  • Evaluate new technological and methodological approaches to production of livestock and crops

  • Understand the demands placed upon producers by those further along the food supply chain and appreciate why quality standards and criteria are imposed.

  • Discuss the potential for implementing more sustainable practices during raw material processing

Additional outcomes:

The following transferable skills will be developed in this module:

  • Debating skills

Outline content:

The workshop is divided into three days, each with a distinctive theme: supply chain management, crops and ecosystems, livestock production and processing. Students will hear from experts in each field and topics will cover different farming production methods, environmental protection, new developments in farming that address sustainability, and how current research is informing sustainable practice. Talks are accompanied by site visits, debates and interactive activities.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

This module will be delivered via a 3-day intensive on campus workshop that will include 20 hours of academic-led seminars and group discussions supported by expert outside speakers and 10 hours of independent learning and group work

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Tutorials 15
Guided independent study 15
Total hours by term 30.00
Total hours for module 30.00

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Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

There is no summative assessment with this module

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Penalties for late submission:
The Module Convener will apply the following penalties for work submitted late:

  • where the piece of work is submitted after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for that piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day[1] (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.

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    Last updated: 20 April 2018


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