ACE3024 : Farm Business Planning and Control
- Offered for Year: 2018/19
- Module Leader(s): Dr Michael Wallace
- Lecturer: Dr Jeremy Robert Franks, Dr William Taylor
- Owning School: Natural and Environmental Sciences
- Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
|Semester 1 Credit Value:||10|
|Semester 2 Credit Value:||10|
To provide knowledge and understanding of the management control systems used in crop and livestock enterprises. At the whole farm level the module deals with strategic planning of the business, the compilation of feasibility studies and development of business plans. The module covers the principles and practice of farm enterprise management through recording, monitoring and controlling crop and livestock units with the principal aim of identifying and implementing improvements in performance.
Outline Of Syllabus
1. Arable enterprise mangagement:
Crop recording systems
2. Livestock enterprise mangagement:
Dairy bureau and on-farm systems
Pig recording systems
Beef and sheep systems
Automated recording systems
3. Whole-farm planning:
4. Personnel management.
5. Machinery organisation.
6. Land and farming agreements.
7. Farm planning by computer.
8. Commercial farm planning software.
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||1||15:00||15:00||Preparation of presentation on farm development Semester 2|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Lecture||23||2:00||46:00||N/A|
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||1||36:00||36:00||Preparation of feasibility study Semester 2|
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||1||15:00||15:00||Preparation of computer exercises Semester 2|
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||1||15:00||15:00||Prepration of Arable Enterprise Plan Semester 1|
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||1||15:00||15:00||Preparation of apparaisal of enterprise performance Semester 1|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Workshops||5||3:00||15:00||N/A|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Fieldwork||5||3:00||15:00||N/A|
|Guided Independent Study||Independent study||1||28:00||28:00||Collation of lecture notes and supported reading|
Teaching Rationale And Relationship
Lectures and workshop teaching are used to introduce concepts of business planning at both unit and whole-business levels, workshops within these sessions allow students to practise the application of the concepts, and case studies are used to both practise and assess the business planning skills acquired. Field work visits will assist students integrate the theoretical apsects of the lecture content and underpin the case-study exercises.
The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners
|Case study||1||M||20||Report on appraisal of livestock unit performance. (1500 words)|
|Case study||1||M||20||Enterprise plan for farm arable unit.(1500 words)|
|Computer assessment||2||M||10||Spreadsheet budgeting exercise.|
|Report||2||M||50||Feasibility study report and presentation on major farm re-development. (2500 words)|
Assessment Rationale And Relationship
The coursework assesses students' integration of farm enterprise knowledge with analytical and business planning techniques to produce a range management reports covering both individual farm enterprises and whole-farm developements.