REMRFT-Rural Field Trip

Module Provider: Real Estate and Planning
Number of credits: 10 [5 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Summer term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Current from: 2021/2

Module Convenor: Mrs Angela Cropley

Type of module:

Summary module description:

The Rural Field Trip module gives students an insight into a diverse range of rural land-based businesses located in either a different part of Britain, or abroad. Students will be expected to integrate and apply core estate management skills and understanding developed in the taught element of the programme, evaluate land and property issues in their wider economic, social, political and legal context, and develop field-based skills of observation, analysis and evaluation. 


  • To develop policy, political, economic and social assessment skills in a variety of contexts. 

  • To develop resource appraisal skills in the field. 

  • To apply subject knowledge and understanding to solving real life problems. 

  • To develop transferable skills, including communication skills. 

Assessable learning outcomes:

On completion of the module, students will be able to: 

  • Assess the impact of national, regional, and local issues on rural businesses in the study area.

  • Undertake evaluation and assessment of different activities in a variety of rural settings.

  • Describe and discuss management issues that arise from conflict between competing rural land uses. 

  • Use data collection and analytical skills to prepare wri tten reports of their findings. 

Additional outcomes:

Students will develop their written presentation skills, and their ability to communicate effectively in a discussion situation. 

Outline content:

The study tour will usually involve: 

  • Pre visit briefing. 

  • A residential field trip to a region of the UK or an overseas country. Students will attend a programme of presentations and project visits in the case study location, incorporating a variety of rural land management and business enterprises.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

Prior to the field trip, students will attend a preparatory session. Part of the experience for students will be to research, prior to the visit, the wider economic, social, political and legal context of the area and be able to apply this to the module assessment.

On the study tour, students will visit sites that illustrate particular development and management issues within the area. Talks and guided tours of sites will be conducted by key personnel o f the organisations operating the enterprises in the study tour location.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 2
Fieldwork 35
Guided independent study:      
    Wider reading (independent) 63
Total hours by term 0 2 98
Total hours for module 100

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 100

Summative assessment- Examinations:

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

Essay 2500 words (100%)

Formative assessment methods:

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:

Assessment requirements for a pass:

The pass mark for this module is 50%

Reassessment arrangements:

Reassessment will by an essay (2,500 words) using the same method as for the module’s original assessment requirements, subject to variation by the Examination Board where appropriate. 

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

The study tour will commence at the University of Reading. Students are expected to pay for some meals and all drinks during the trip. 

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

Travel, accommodation and subsistence: £100

Last updated: 13 September 2021


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