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Undergraduate Course: Farm Business Management (VETS08015)

Course Outline
SchoolRoyal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies CollegeCollege of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 1 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course will give students an understanding of Key elements of Farm Management. These include principles of farm accounting, farm economics and credit management, leadership and staff management, labour planning and resource use, land use, classification and rotation, waste management and international farm business. Throughout the course, the national and international legislative framework for farm business operation will provide the context within which the scope for farm business operation is possible.
Course description The course will give the students knowledge, understanding and skills in the following areas:
- Principles of farm accounting and economics
- Farm budgeting, planning and credit control
- International Agribusiness operations
- Farm resource planning including land, buildings, labour, machinery, soil, carbon and waste management
- Farm business operation within the legislative framework
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2020/21, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 15, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 2.5, Fieldwork Hours 5, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 173 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Feedback Students will receive oral and written feedback on the oral presentation. Written feedback on the Farm Business Budget will be given, which will feed forward in to the Farm Business Management Plan.

Tutorials will be provided during the course to give formative feedback on Budget and Management plan development.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Describe the core elements of farm business management required for effective business operation.
  2. Recognise and describe key attributes of an effective farm business manager.
  3. Prepare a farm business budget.
  4. Explain the main legislative frameworks for national and international farm business operations.
  5. Describe the constraints to effective farm management.
Reading List
Farm Business Management: The Core Skills (9781845936679)
Farm Business Management: The Human Factor, 2nd Edition (9781789240733)
Farm Business Management: Analysis of Farming Systems (9781845938390)
The Farm Management Handbook
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Enquiry and lifelong learning - will be developed through independent learning, supported by tutorials
Aspiration and personal development - will be developed through involvement in tutorials, laboratories and field visits
Outlook and engagement - will be developed through involvement in tutorials, laboratories and field visits

Research and enquiry - will be developed through involvement in tutorials, laboratories and field visits
Personal and intellectual autonomy - will be developed through involvement in tutorials, laboratories and field visits
Personal effectiveness - will be developed through managing independent learning and involvement in tutorials, laboratories and field visits
Communication - will be developed through involvement in tutorials, laboratories and field visits
KeywordsNot entered
Course organiserDr Shailesh Shrestha
Course secretaryMr Gordon Littlejohn
Tel: (0131 6)51 7454
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