ACE1047 : Introduction to Agri-Food Business Management
- Offered for Year: 2017/18
- Module Leader(s): Mr Simon Parker
- Owning School: Natural and Environmental Sciences
- Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value:
Semester 2 Credit Value:
This module is to introduce students to a range of current commercial agribusiness and rural business systems in practical and theoretical contexts. To develop analytical skills for evaluating merits and deficiencies of successful agribusiness and rural systems. To enable students to make further progress in the development of their studies in agribusiness and rural management. To require students to undertake an analytical and problem solving approach to business investigation. To provide students with the fundamental communication skills (written and oral) that satisfies the minimum criteria for succeeding in higher education and commercial environments.
Outline Of Syllabus
Topics to be covered in the rural and agribusiness context: financial management, business strategy, human resource management, the commercial marketing environment, public sector/not-for-profit sector management. Business analysis, consultation and business report presentation
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Lecture||13||1:00||13:00||N/A|
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||1||13:00||13:00||Preparation of presentation on group report|
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||3||4:00||12:00||Preparation of assessment report from field visits|
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||1||10:00||10:00||Preparation for group report|
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||12||0:30||6:00||Revision & completion of semester 1 examination|
|Guided Independent Study||Directed research and reading||1||40:00||40:00||Support reading for tutorial preparation.|
|Guided Independent Study||Directed research and reading||1||40:00||40:00||Support reading for lecture preparation|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Small group teaching||3||1:00||3:00||Tutorial: Preparation for field visits|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Small group teaching||3||2:00||6:00||Student-led seminars|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Fieldwork||3||5:00||15:00||Three field trips to local agribusinesses|
|Guided Independent Study||Independent study||1||42:00||42:00||Writing up lecture notes|
Jointly Taught With
|ACE1033||Introduction to Business Management|
Teaching Rationale And Relationship
Lectures and compulsory field visits will provide a learning environment for developing a range of theoretical and practical knowledge & understanding to undergraduate, stage-1 students (related to Intended Knowledge Outcome #1,2 & Intended Skills Outcome #1,2). Staff will utilise a variety of teaching methods to ensure that students are actively engaged and participating in lectures and field trips. Group presentations of existing commercial agribusinesses will provide students with the opportunity to further explore the topics and cases covered in the lectures (Related to Intended Knowledge Outcome #1,2 & Intended Skills Outcome #1,2,3,4,5,6). This in-depth analysis of various commercial rural businesses and agribusinesses will expose students to the current market environment in which they operate as consumers and will enter into as professional graduates (Related to Intended Knowledge Outcome #1,2 & Intended Skills Outcome #1,2,3,4,5,6).
The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners
|PC Examination||60||1||A||35||Computer-based, multiple-choice, unseen examination.|
|ACE1033||Introduction to Business Management||1||N/A|
|Case study||1||M||15||Group work: a 15-min presentation on a chosen agribusiness system (inc. peer assessment).|
|Report||2||M||50||Three assessed reports from field trips 500 words each; increasing valence 10%, 15%, 25%|
Assessment Rationale And Relationship
1. During the exam, students will show their overall knowledge of rural and agribusiness management functions, demonstrate their knowledge of specific aspects of rural and agribusiness management (e.g. agribusiness management’s contribution to corporate strategy) and demonstrate their ability to analyse specific rural and agribusiness functions. Related to Intended Knowledge Outcome #1 & Intended Skills Outcome #1,2.
2. For the group presentations, students will work in small groups to develop their team work, organisation and presentation skills. Knowledge gained from critically analysing current commercial agribusinesses will be shared with class members. Related to Intended Knowledge Outcome #1,2 & Intended Skills Outcome #3,4,5.
3. Written submission of combined field trip reports and group presentation findings will allow students to develop their skills in writing, referencing, note-taking and formal presentation of report-style communications. Related to Intended Knowledge Outcome #1,2,3 & Intended Skills Outcome #1,2,3.