The UK Food Chain
University of Reading
Area of Study
Agriculture, European Studies
Taught In English
Course Level Recommendations
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Recommended U.S. Semester Credits3
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units4
Hours & Credits
OverviewModule Provider: Agr and Food EconNumber of credits: 10 [5 ECTS credits]Level:4Terms in which taught: Autumn term modulePre-requisites:Non-modular pre-requisites:Co-requisites:Modules excluded:Module version for: 2016/7Summary module description:Aims:The module aims to provide an introduction to the UK Food Chain, its main components, and linkages between them. It also examines the main trends and drivers in the chain, the key problems facing the sector and policy ramifications. Given the fundamental importance of the food industry to us all this module should be of interest to a wide range of students and not just those following food related degrees.Assessable learning outcomes:By the end of this module students should be able to:? Outline the structure, components and magnitude of the UK Food Chain? Assess and discuss the main drivers of change and historic and on-going trends? Identify and assess the key problems of the sector and the role of governmentAdditional outcomes:Outline content:The module will cover the following aspects:? Agriculture and its ancillary industries? Food manufacturing and processing? Food distribution and retailing? Food service and catering? Trend in the demand for food, determinants of dietary change and expenditure on food? Allocation of added value across the food chain? Trends in food supply including trade? Key problems of the food industry and the role of governmentBrief description of teaching and learning methods:Lectures together with presentations by invited speakers from different areas of the food industry. Students will be expected to do background reading around each of the topics covered by the module. The module may also involve one or two visits to local businesses operating within the food chain.Contact hours:AutumnLectures 20Guided independent study 80Total hours by term 100.00Total hours for module 100.00Summative Assessment Methods:Method & PercentageWritten Exam- 50Class Test- 50Formative assessment methods:Students are required to research a food chain of their choice for a branded food product either individually or in groups. The findings of this research are presented in class with oral feedback given after the presentations.Requirements for a pass:A mark of 40% overall.
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