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DRPS : Course Catalogue : Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies : Veterinary Sciences

Postgraduate Course: Sustainable Food Production (VESC11199)

Course Outline
SchoolRoyal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies CollegeCollege of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
Course typeOnline Distance Learning AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryPopulation growth, climate change and access to resources place pressure on food production systems to operate within sustainable limits┐. This course explores the concepts of sustainable development from a food production perspective
Course description What is sustainability? Exploration of the principle theories, concepts and principles of Sustainability, including competing definitions
The Sustainable Development Goals and Food Production mapping the goals to impacts and opportunities within food production
A critical review of Sustainable Intensification
Sustainability metrics for key crops
Crop production systems (top five crops globally)
Sustainability metrics for livestock
Alternative production systems
Gender and equality in food production
Food production policy and sustainability
Research and technology for sustainable food production
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesNone
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2019/20, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 2
Course Start Date 13/01/2020
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 196 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 30%: A report on a simulated exercise based on mixed media material which students must audit and identify non conformities against a set sustainability standard. Max word count 1500 (SQF 11.2, 11.5) LO 3

20%: Reflective journal based on production system of students choice, informed by discussion boards and topics from weeks 2 ┐ 5. LO1

Formative assessment: MCQ on legal compliance in sustainable certification

50%: Essay. Maximum word count: 2000 (SQF 11.3) LO 1 and 2
Feedback Not entered
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Knowledge and understanding of the concepts and discourses of sustainability and sustainable development in relation to food production (SQF 11.1)
  2. Ability to critically analysis the UN Sustainable Development goals, and how they influence the practicalities of food production (SQF 11.3)
  3. An ability apply standard sustainability assessment tools to issues concerning the production of key crops and livestock (SQF 11.2)
Reading List
None
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
KeywordsNot entered
Contacts
Course organiserDr Fiona Borthwick
Tel: (0131 6)50 7300
Email: fiona.borthwick@ed.ac.uk
Course secretaryMs Natalie Honeyman
Tel: (0131 6)51 3194
Email: Natalie.Honeyman@ed.ac.uk
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