Full Title:Agriculture in the Environment
Module Code:ENVR S7003
Credits: 5
Valid From:Semester 1 - 2013/14 ( September 2013 )
Module Delivered in 2 programme(s)
Module Description:no description provided
Learning Outcomes:
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to
  1. Analyse the of interactions between agricultural practices and the physical, chemical and biological components of the environment.
  2. Evaluate the effects of agriculture on biodiversity in terrestrial and aquatic environments.
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of the content and the significance of the relevant environmental directives, and national legislation and regulations, to the farming community.
  4. Analyse the role of sustainable agriculture in reducing the impact of farming on the environment.
  5. Perform laboratory and field analyses of environmental samples, including nutrient analysis,using a range of physico-chemical, biological and microbiological methods.

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Soil and terrestrial ecology and biodiversity; soil-water interactions, including the effects of slurry, fertilisers and pesticides on the aquatic environment.
The implications of EU directives and national regulations for the agricultural community.
Sustainability in agriculture, including alternative methods to control farm pollution.
Implications of global climate change for agriculture in Ireland, including the contribution of agriculture to greenhouse gases, and the challenges of adapting to a changing climate.
Identification of grassland and aquatic flora and fauna.
Laboratory analyses of environmental samples; laboratory analyses of farm pollutants including nitrates and phosphates.
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work50.00%
End of Module Formal Examination50.00%

Full Time

Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Marks Out Of Pass Marks Assessment Date Duration
Written Report Weekly practical reports 5 30.00 0 0 Every Week 0
Group Project Project relating to farming environmental issues. 1,2,3,4 20.00 0 0 Sem 2 End 0
No Project
No Practical
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Marks Out Of Pass Marks Assessment Date Duration
Formal Exam End-of-Semester Final Examination 1,2,3,4 50.00 0 0 End-of-Semester 0

DKIT reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload & Resources

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Practical No Description 2.00 Every Week 2.00
Lecture No Description 3.00 Every Week 3.00
Independent Study Group project 2.00 Every Week 2.00
Directed Reading No Description 2.00 Every Week 2.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 9.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 5.00
This course has no Part Time workload.
Recommended Book Resources
  • Merrington, G., Winder, L., Parkinson, R. and Redman, M. 2004, Agricultural Pollution: Environmental Problems and Practical Solutions, Spon Press
  • Teagasc 2002, Our soil and its management., Teagasc
  • EPA 2004, Landspreading of organic waste : guidance on groundwater vulnerability assessment of land., EPA Wexford
  • Teagasc 2006, Farmland habitats, Teagasc/The Heritage Council Dublin.
  • Klaus Hahlbrock 2009, Feeding the planet : environmental protection through sustainable agriculture, Haus Publishing London
  • Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine 2011, Environmental Impact Assessment (Agriculture) Regulations 2011, a guide for farmers., Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine Dublin
Supplementary Book Resources
  • Geoff M. Gurr, Steve D. Wratten, William E. Snyder, Donna M.Y. Read. 2012, Biodiversity and pests: key issues for sustainable management, John Wiley & Sons Ebrary E-Book
  • Feehan, J. (2003) Farming in Ireland: History, Heritage and Environment. Walsh Printers.
  • Wright, R.T. (2005) Environmental Science: Toward a Sustainable Future. Prentice Hall.
  • Jones, A.M. (2000) Environmental Biology. Routledge.
This module does not have any article/paper resources
Other Resources

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
DK_SAGRI_8 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Agriculture 6 Mandatory
DK_SAGRI_7 Bachelor of Science in Agriculture 2 Mandatory