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Courses for Erasmus students

Erasmus courses at Aberdeen Campus

SRUC Aberdeen Campus

Semester 1:

Advanced Agronomy (Year 3)
Provisional timetable slot: Monday PM
The aim of the module is to provide an understanding of the physiological basis of biomass and yield production by crop canopies. This framework can be applied to a wide range of agricultural and horticultural crops, to explain how variation in environmental and management factors affects growth and yield and to discuss practical approaches to maximising yield. Requires some prior knowledge of Agriculture.
Animal Feed Technology (Year 4)
Provisional timetable slot: Monday PM
The applied animal nutritionist needs to be aware of current concepts of nutrition science and how these influence the formulation and production of diets for livestock. The module will provide a detailed analysis of issues and techniques which are relevant to applied animal nutritionists and will explore the relationship between the needs of the animal and the way these are met from foods produced on the farm and from by-products and compounded foods. Requires some prior knowledge of livestock nutrition.
Business Marketing (Year 4)
Provisional timetable slot: Wednesday AM
In this module the principal responsibilities of the marketing function within an organisation will be examined. Within this context, emphasis will be placed on an analysis of the competitiveness of organisations. Students will be provided with an overview of the essential principles and concepts of consumer behaviour. This will be related to how organisations develop strategies based on an understanding of consumer behaviour. Both domestic and international marketing issues will be considered. The module will also equip students with the means of understanding and applying numeric market forecasting techniques which can be used in management decision taking.
Food and Agri-Business Economic Policy (Year 4)
Provisional timetable slot: Thursday PM
This module will provide an appreciation of the structure of the food and agriculture industries and the major national and international policy issues in this area.
Livestock Production Technology (Year 3)
Provisional timetable slot: Thursday AM
The efficient production of high quality animal products is based on a sound understanding of animal science and a range of established and novel technologies. This module explores the current and future application of animal science, technology and biotechnology in improving the efficiency of livestock production systems in terms of the health and welfare of the animals and the suitability of their products for modern market requirements.
Management Skills and Entrepreneurship (Year 3)
Provisional timetable slot: Wednesday AM
This module is designed to further advance the student’s understanding of business management techniques. Students will then apply these in order to develop their knowledge and understanding of the entrepreneurial skills required by managers in the small business and corporate sectors.
Management Strategies (Year 3)
Provisional timetable slot: Monday AM
This module is designed to allow students to appreciate the importance of and need to develop a strategy for business. Students will apply the various tools and techniques of strategic management for analysis, evaluation and formulation of strategy allowing them to understand the process of implementation of strategic decisions and the management of change in an organisation.
Research Skills and Data Analysis (Year 3)
Provisional timetable slot: Tuesday PM
Research investigation generally involves a process of generating and testing hypotheses – statements relating to our expectations about the relationships between different variables. Statistical analysis of data allows us to prove or disprove such hypotheses so that conclusions can be made. This module will introduce basic qualitative and quantitative data analysis methods, in particular focusing on how to develop hypotheses and make inferences from the particular (experiments and surveys) to the general (the whole population). The aim of the module is to provide the student with a basic knowledge of quantitative statistics and qualitative analytical methods such that the most appropriate method is chosen for a given situation. (Note: this module has all its teaching and examinations in Semester 1, but a later project is submitted in March. This can be done from your home institution if you are only studying for the first semester.)
The UK Agri-Food Industries (Year 3)
Provisional timetable slot: Thursday PM
This module is designed to develop an understanding of the structure and operation of the food chain both upstream and downstream of the farm and to explore the outlook for these industries. The module will also provide an overview of the interrelationships that exist between the key operators within the food chain.
 
Provisional Timetables – Aberdeen:
Agriculture Timetable
 
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
AM
 
 
Management Skills and Entrepreneurship
Livestock Production Technology
 
PM
Advanced Agronomy or Animal Feed Technology
Research Skills and Data Analysis
 
Food and Agri-Business Economic Policy or The UK Agri-Food Industries
 
Business Management Timetable
 
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
AM
Management Strategies
 
Business Marketing or Management Skills and Entrepreneurship
 
 
PM
Advanced Agronomy
Research Skills and Data Analysis
 
Food and Agri-Business Economic Policy or The UK Agri-Food Industries
 

 

Semester 2:

Advanced Case Studies (Year 3)
Provisional timetable slot: Thursday all day
This module will develop investigative and problem solving skills through the use of a number of integrative case studies. Each of the case studies – usually a visit to a relevant business or industrial site – will focus on specified aspects of a business and involve the integration of technical knowledge and management skills.
Advanced Financial Management and Taxation (Year 4)
Provisional timetable slot: Monday AM
This module is intended to provide you with a deeper insight into the role of financial decision-making within an enterprise. It will provide an understanding of the problems of allocation of scarce financial resources within the business, as well as identifying the future effects of present day management planning.
Animal Welfare and Behaviour (Year 3)
Provisional timetable slot: Friday PM (by Video Conference)
This module will show how infringement of behavioural expression influences animal welfare and will give an understanding of the ways in which animals experience suffering and the physiological basis of these events. Current animal welfare legislation and common welfare problems will also be addressed.
Crop Products and Potential (Year 3)
Provisional timetable slot: Tuesday PM 
This module is intended to provide an introduction to the diversity of world crops, their current and potential products and to their improvement through plant breeding methods. It will be delivered mainly by lectures, seminars and tutorials and also allows students the opportunity to conduct a review of the production, utilisation, and breeding of a crop of their choice. 
Economic Policy and Analysis (Year 3)
Provisional timetable slot: Tuesday PM
This module introduces you to industrial structures and the policy environment within which your industry operates. You will review the scope and potential of economics, and how it can help us understand the issues affecting society today, including inflation, growth, unemployment, the environment, government policy and the international scene. You will gain an understanding of the behaviour of consumers, how policy makers may influence economic decisions and analyse market structures. 
Land-based Environmental Issues(Year 3)
Provisional timetable slot: Friday AM
This module will provide an understanding of the main environmental issues associated with land-based industries. It reinforces and builds on material covered in previous course years and broadens the scope to provide a global perspective. UK environmental issues will be reviewed and explored with reference to current practices and solutions. Alternative means of dealing with environmental problems will be examined,
Plant Protection Technology (Year 4)
Provisional timetable slot: Tuesday AM
This module addresses the developing technologies appropriate to plant protection and provides the opportunity for the student to acquire practical skills, and enhance their subject knowledge and core skills. The module will draw on underpinning knowledge from plant protection modules/modules delivered in the first three years of the course, and will appraise novel and emerging technologies and strategies. Delivery of the module will encourage learner autonomy and direct involvement in topical issues in the students’ chosen academic field.
Resource Management (Year 3)
Provisional timetable slot: Monday AM
A farm business is a complex system. To be successful it has to be managed efficiently to achieve goals. This means taking difficult decisions on how best to allocate the physical, financial and people resources, given that the quality and availability of these resources is both variable and limited. This module will help you develop a logical approach to solving farm management problems involving the effective integration of the principal resources of land, labour and capital. In particular, you will learn how to solve problems involving the efficient use of energy, labour, machinery, equipment and buildings on farms.
Rural Planning and Land Law (Year 4)
Provisional timetable slot: Tuesday AM
The module provides a framework from a management and employer perspective, for the student to understand rural law in Scotland and the standards of competence that will be expected of them in professional practice in a rural industry, preferably through direct practical experience. 
Rural Sociology, Psychology and the Countryside (Year 3)
Provisional timetable slot: Monday AM
This module examines the background to attitudes to rural areas through rural sociology and environmental psychology. The perceived rural urban divide and apparent conflicts need to be understood and assessed in the light of changing attitudes and changing rural societies. The use of countryside and green space by individuals is influenced by many factors which may constrain that use or inhibit it altogether.
Topical Issues (Year 4)
Provisional timetable slot: Wednesday AM
This module is designed to develop the critical and evaluation skills of students. The module will consist of a series of structured debates on selected topics of contemporary relevance. Students will be encouraged to research the topics and present the issues for open discussion. The purpose of the module is to allow students to integrate the knowledge they possess and, by constructing a reasoned argument, develop broader understanding of their vocational area and its relevance to related industries and the wider society.
 
Provisional Timetables – Aberdeen, Semester 2:
Agriculture Timetable
 
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
AM
Advanced Financial Management and Taxation or Resource Management
Economic Policy and Analysis or Plant Protection Technology
Topical Issues
Advanced Case Studies
Land-based Environmental Issues
PM
 
Crop Products and Potential
 
Advanced Case Studies
 
Business Management Timetable:
 
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
AM
Advanced Financial Management and Taxation or Rural Sociology, Psychology and the Countryside
Economic Policy and Analysis or Rural Planning and Land Law
Topical Issues
Advanced Case Studies
Land-based Environmental Issues
PM
 
Crop Products and Potential
 
Advanced Case Studies
Animal Welfare and Behaviour

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