Full Title:Farm Business Management 2
Module Code:MGMT S6002
Credits: 5
Valid From:Semester 1 - 2013/14 ( September 2013 )
Module Delivered in 2 programme(s)
Module Description:This module explores the global forces that influence Irish agricultural policy. It also enables students to develop their skills in the area of farm accounting and introduces basic management theory.
Learning Outcomes:
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to
  1. Explain how agricultural policy is formed in Ireland with particular emphasis on the influence of the Common Agricultural Policy and World Trade Organisation.
  2. Identify current global forces and trends affecting the Irish agricultural and food industries.
  3. Discuss the basic principles of management.
  4. Keep books of first entry, record receipts and payments, record cash and bank details and prepare a bank reconciliation statement.
  5. Complete a full manual set of accounts from farm case study data.
  6. Distinguish the types and sources of credit and explain a systematic approach to using it in a farm business.

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
European Union
Evolution of the European Union; The institutions of the EU.
Agricultural Policy
Irish agriculture in a European context, Common Agricultural Policy; World Trade Organisation and its influence on agriculture; Consumer trends; Sustainable Agriculture.
Introduction to Management Theory
Can running a farm be compared to running a small business? What does it take to run a small business? Do people who start and run businesses have unique characteristics? What role does management play in business success? The five functions of management; Scanning the business environment.
Farm Accounting
Selecting cost centres on the farm; Recording receipts and payments; Cash and accruals; Bank reconciliation statements Preparing cash flow, profit & loss account and balance sheet.
Controlling the Farm Business
Controlling the farm business; Agricultural credit.
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
Project Students will carry out an individual project relating to a current topic covered in the course. 1,2,3 20.00 0 0 Week 6 0
Continuous Assessment Students will be required to complete a continuous assessment on record keeping. 4 10.00 0 0 Week 8 0
Project Students will be required to complete a full manual set of accounts from farm case study data. 5 20.00 0 0 Week 12 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 1,2,3,4,5,6 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
Independent Study No Description 2.00 Every Week 2.00
Directed Reading No Description 2.00 Every Week 2.00
Lecture No Description 4.00 Every Week 4.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 8.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 4.00
This course has no Part Time workload.
Recommended Book Resources
  • Maher J et al. 2012, Farm Planning, Teagasc
Supplementary Book Resources
  • Teagasc 2008, Management Data for Farm Planning, Teagasc
  • Turner, J. 2012, Applied Farm Management, 3rd Ed., Blackwell Science
  • Tiernan, S. D., Morley, M. J., Foley E., 2006, Modern Management Theory and Practice for Irish Students, 3rd Ed., Gill and Macmillan,
  • Cole G.A. and Kelly P. 2011, Management theory and practice, Andover : South Western Cengage Learning
  • Rynne, P et al 2002, Records and Accounts, Teagasc
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 2 Mandatory
DK_SAGRI_C Higher Certificate in Science in Agriculture 2 Mandatory