Foundation degrees

Course Information


Module summary

Module code: FORE1002
Level: 7
Credits: 15
School: Engineering and Science
Department: Natural Resources Institute
Module Coordinator(s): Jeremy Haggar


Pre and co requisites



Agroforestry systems offer alternative production options for farmers providing a diversity of products and supporting ecological processes that support sustainable production. The course will provide an introduction to the students on the concept and different types of agroforestry, how the interaction between trees and crops determines the productivity and functioning of the system, the potential trade-offs between productivity and environment, and finally the social and economic factors that affect their adoption by farmers.

The course aims to:

• Present the concept of agroforestry and the different ways in which it has been applied across the world
• Analyse the interactions between crops and trees in agroforestry systems and how this affects productivity
• Explore the environmental benefits of agroforestry and potential trade-offs with productivity
• Understand the social and economic factors that influence adoption of agroforestry systems by farmers.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this course a student will be able to:

1 Critically discuss the main tree-crop interactions and their effect on productivity
2 Evaluate the environmental benefit or impacts of agroforestry
3 Evaluate the potential trade-offs between environmental and productivity/ economic benefits of agroforestry
4 Appreciate the factors that influence the adoption of agroforestry

Indicative content

• What are agroforestry systems?
• What determines whether there are productive advantages to agroforestry
• Tree-crop interactions in agroforestry
• Environmental and biodiversity benefits of agroforestry
• Production and environmental benefits and trade-offs from agroforestry
• Adoption and socioeconomic benefits of agroforestry

Teaching and learning activity

Material will be delivered in lectures, supplemented by workshop sessions and discussions. Students will be expected to give a short presentation during the course.


Method of summative assessment: Seminar
Outcomes assessed:1,2,3,4
Grading Mode (e.g. pass/ fail; %): %
Weighting % :20%
Passmark: 50%
Word Length: 20 minute presentation.
Outline Details:Assessment of sustainability characteristics of an agroforestry system not examined in the course.

Method of summative assessment: Examination
Outcomes assessed:1,2,3,4
Grading Mode (e.g. pass/ fail; %): %
Weighting % :80%
Passmark: 20%
Outline Details:2 hour examination to test understanding of the course content.

Nature of FORMATIVE assessment supporting student learning:
1. A group exercise to analyse papers regarding Land Equivalent Ratios.
2. Analysis of Environmental Services methods, exercise.