Harper Adams University

Food Sustainability Management*

Harper Adams University
In Newport

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Typology Bachelor's degree
Location Newport
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  • Bachelor's degree
  • Newport
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The course Sustainability is one of the core challenges facing business, governments and our wider societies. This degree provides a comprehensive overview of the interdisciplinary field of sustainability as it applies to the food sector. The course takes an international perspective from production through to consumption and how sustainability issues play out both at the local and global level Core subjects covered will be sustainable supply chain management, sustainable marketing and communications, food policy and ethics, urban food security, new product development, managing and understanding environmental and resource issues, sustainability tools such as Life Cycle Analysis and Environmental Impact Assessments, project management and working in multicultural settings, to sustainability reporting and corporate responsibility.  The course is structured to cover key concepts and theory and is taught using real world case studies to understand the challenges of implementing sustainability management practices across food supply chains.  The course will address sustainability as it impacts both major corporations and small and medium-sized enterprises. Addressing sustainability issues is increasingly being seen by the business world as an opportunity to create shared value, to lower costs, differentiate products and services and as a source for innovation. It also concerns investors – 75 per cent of the world’s 250 largest companies acknowledge risks to their business from environmental and social ‘megaforces’, such as resource scarcity and climate change. The food sector is at the forefront of global sustainability challenges as the planet collectively strives to feed the world of more than nine billion mouths by 2050 – this course prepares the professionals of tomorrow who will meet these sustainability challenges. Work placement You will gain first-hand experience in an area of your choice through the work...

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Harper Adams University College, TF10 8NB, Shropshire, England
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Harper Adams University College, TF10 8NB, Shropshire, England
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What you'll learn on the course

IT Management
IT Development
Product Development
IT Security

Course programme

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Course structure Year 1 6Academic Development 3Personal Development 6Introduction to Research Methods 15Introduction to Food Service and Retail 15Issues in Global Food Production 15Logistics and Distribution 15Nature of Food 15Introduction to Food Science 15Principles of Marketing 15Wellbeing Through the Lifecycle Year 2 15Research Methods 15Hygiene and Food Safety 15Food Product Development and Sensory Evaluation 15Leadership and Innovative Practice in SME Environment 15Farm Assurance and Quality 15Principles and Practices of Sustainability 15Public Health Nutrition 15Food Marketing Year 3 Placement (Term 1) Placement (Term 2) Placement (Term 3) Year 4 30Honours Research Project 15Food Policy, Law and Ethics 15Managing People 15Food Quality Management 15Strategic Management 15Food Security and Sustainable Food Production 15Supply Chain Management Teaching and learning

Learning at Higher Education level is a big step up from further education so we make sure you get lots of advice and support. Everyone learns differently and in the workplace you’ll need to work in different ways, so we make sure our courses test you in every way possible. Therefore, you will attend lectures and tutorials, undertake regular hands-on practical work in the laboratories or on the farm, sit exams, and complete coursework assignments. Guest speakers and visits to industry all support the learning. All students undertaken a major project in their final year concentrating on a topic that is of particular interest to them.

Assessment methods

Assessment is via a balance of course work and examination. Students receive written feedback on all course work to help them improve. In addition, first year students undertake examinations in two subjects at the end of the first term to enable them to gauge how they are progressing and feedback is provided on these exams. Examples of assessments may include a group of three students present on a specific issue in food production – e.g. pesticide residues in crops / fresh produce – and how the relevant farm assurance schemes requirements effectively manages the risk to levels which remove the problem / risk from the food chain.

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