AGRI06002 2019 Introduction to Agri-Food Systems

General Details

Full Title
Introduction to Agri-Food Systems
Transcript Title
Introduction to Agri-Food Syst
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Subject Area
AGRI - Agriculture
ESCI - Environmental Science
06 - NFQ Level 6
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2019 - Full Academic Year 2019-20
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Cait Coyle, Uma Tiwari
Programme Membership
SG_SAGRI_B07 201900 Bachelor of Science in Science in Agri-Food Science SG_SSUST_C06 201900 Higher Certificate in Science in Sustainable Food Production SG_SAGRI_H08 201900 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Science in Agri-Food Science SG_SAGRI_H08 202000 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Science in Agri-Food Science

This module comprises an overview of agricultural systems and food processing operations. Students will be introduced to the fundamentals of food science, including food quality and food safety. The contribution of the agri-food sector to society and the economy will be examined. Key environmental impacts from the agri-food sector will be introduced.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;


Explain the main agricultural systems in Ireland.


Demonstrate an understanding of the socioeconomic value of the agri-food sector.


Outline the link between agriculture and the environment.


Distinguish between the different parts of the food chain.


Identify the main components of food and examine the importance of the supply of safe food.

Teaching and Learning Strategies


Module Assessment Strategies

  1. Continuous assessment (reports) on field trips to examine the fundamental knowledge of the learner.
  2. Group presentation on key topics.
  3. Regular summative tests to encourage engagement with the module, monitor progress and provide feedback.

Repeat Assessments


Indicative Syllabus

1.0 Explain the main agricultural systems in Ireland.

1.1 The key agricultural systems in Ireland.

2.0 Demonstrate an understanding of the socioeconomic value of the agri-food sector.

2.1 Socioeconomic value of the agri-food sector in Ireland (current and future).

2.2 Key policies and strategies driving the Irish agri-food sector.

3.0 Outline the link between agriculture and the environment.

3.1 Soils, water, air quality and biodiversity.

4.0 Introduction to the food chain.

5.0 Food safety and quality.  



Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Regular Summative Tests Continuous Assessment Assessment 60 % OnGoing 1,2,4,5
2 Group Presentation Continuous Assessment Group Project 20 % Week 9 3,4,5
3 Agri-Food Report Practical Written Report 20 % Week 11 1,4,5

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Tiered Classroom Lecture 2 Weekly 2.00
Site Visit Not Specified Farm/industrial site visit 1 Weekly 1.00
Independent Learning Not Specified Independent Learning 4 Weekly 4.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 3.00 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Recommended Reading
2009-03-27 Agriscience Fundamentals and Applications Delmar Cengage Learning
ISBN 1435419669 ISBN-13 9781435419667

Agriscience Fundamentals and Applications, 5th edition is an introductory applied science textbook intended for use in high school agriculture programs. The text provides a broad-spectrum overview of the agricultural industry and the industry-based sciences, including basic principles of science as they apply to plants, animals, soils and foods. Agriscience Fundamentals and Applications, 5th edition contents includes chapters that detail the information age, natural resources, integrated pest management, plant sciences (including botany, crops, & ornamentals), animal science, food science, and communication and management. Each chapter includes visual aids such as color photos, sketches, diagrams, and tables. Agriscience Fundamentals and Applications, 5th edition, also identifies chapter objectives, evaluation materials, suggested class activities, key terms, and internet key words to guide student's in-depth study.

Recommended Reading
2011-01-28 The Science of Agriculture: A Biological Approach Delmar Cengage Learning
ISBN 1439057761 ISBN-13 9781439057766

THE SCIENCE OF AGRICULTURE: A BIOLOGICAL APPROACH, 4th EDITION integrates biological sciences with modern agricultural concepts. Easy-to-follow and superbly illustrated, this text will develop the reader's comprehension of Agriscience, as thorough coverage is given to plant and animal systems, soils, cell functions, genetics, genetic engineering, plant and animal reproduction, entomology, the uses of biotechnology, environmental concerns as well as new direction in agriculture and careers. The text also includes an examination of the controversy and concerns over the use of genetic engineering, genetically modified organisms, cloning, and their perceived and potential dangers to humans and the environment. An emphasis is placed on critical thinking, and practical activities to reinforce key information are featured at the end of each chapter. New directions in agriculture and agricultural career choices for the 21st century are also considered.

Recommended Reading
2007-12-10 Handbook of Plant Science (2 volume set) Wiley-Interscience
ISBN 0470057238 ISBN-13 9780470057230

Plant Science, like the biological sciences in general, has undergone seismic shifts in the last thirty or so years. Of course science is always changing and metamorphosing, but these shifts have meant that modern plant science has moved away from its previous more agricultural and botanical context, to become a core biological discipline in its own right. However the sheer amount of information that is accumulating about plant science, and the difficulty of grasping it all, understanding it and evaluating it intelligently, has never been harder for the new generation of plant scientists or, for that matter, established scientists. And that is precisely why this Handbook of Plant Science has been put together. 

  • Discover modern, molecular plant sciences as they link traditional disciplines!
  • Derived from the acclaimed Encyclopedia of Life Sciences!
  • Thorough reference of up-to-the minute, reliable, self-contained, peer-reviewed articles cross-referenced throughout!
  • Contains 255 articles and 48 full-colour pages, written by top scientists in each field!

The Handbook of Plant Science is an authoritative source of up-to-date, practical information for all teachers, students and researchers working in the field of plant science, botany, plant biotechnology, agriculture and horticulture.

Recommended Reading
2015-09-25 Agriculture and Settlement in Ireland Four Courts Press
ISBN 1846825075 ISBN-13 9781846825071

Published in association with the Group for the Study of Irish Historic Settlement and the Agricultural History Society of Ireland, this collection explores the relationship between Irish settlement and agricultural practice from the Neolithic to the 18th century. The types of farming that took place in any particular period of Irish history had a powerful impact on the development of settlement. Interdisciplinary studies in this volume address key periods to illustrate that process: from the spread of Neolithic pastoralism, the very basis of farming on the island; through the medieval focus on tillage, which gave rise to manorial villages and granges; to the 18th-century agricultural revolution and the impact that had on urban and rural landscapes. Contents include: an introduction to agriculture and settlement * the early medieval farm * the evolution of cattle and of cattle farming systems * the Cistercian grange: a medieval farming system * agriculture and the medieval manor * the creaght: farming system or social unit? * the changing structure of Irish agriculture in the 17th century * Collon, Co. Louth: the landscape legacy of an 18th-century estate * Irish farming systems. [Subject: History, Irish Studies, Agriculture, Medieval Studies]

Recommended Reading
1982-04-30 Agricultural Plants Cambridge University Press
ISBN 0521224500 ISBN-13 9780521224505

Book by Langer, R. H. M., Hill, G. D.

Recommended Reading
1995-06-01 The Food System Routledge
ISBN 1853832774 ISBN-13 9781853832772

Food is a massive industry and the many key players involved have very different interests. In wealthy nations those interests can range from corporate survival and maintaining profitability in a market with limited demand, to promoting a healthy diet and ensuring food safety. For the poor, the emphasis is all too often on simply getting enough to eat. As information technology and biotechnology are set to revolutionize the food system, it is essential to understand the broad context in which the different actors operate, so that all the world's people can enjoy a safe, secure, sufficient and sustainable food supply. 

This text provides an overview of today's dominant food system - one developed in and controlled by northern industrialized countries, and one that is becoming increasingly globalized.

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