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Course Information Undergraduate prospectus


Course summary

Course code: FORE1002
Level: 7
Credits: 15
School: Engineering and Science
Department: Natural Resources Institute
Course 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 completing this course successfully you will be able to:

1. Evaluate the concept of agroforestry and its changing role, and how it has been applied by farmers;
2. Critically discuss the main tree-crop interactions and their effect on productivity;
3. Apply the environmental benefits of agroforestry as practitioners;
4. Evaluate the potential costs and benefits between environmental and
productivity/economic benefits of agroforestry;
5. Appreciate the factors that influence the adoption of agroforestry;
6. Apply participatory methods to design and manage agroforestry with farmers.

Indicative content

What are agroforestry systems?
Tree-crop interactions in 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.

Learning Time (1 credit = 10 hours)
Scheduled contact hours:

Note: include in scheduled time: project supervision, demonstrations, practical classes and workshops, supervised time in studio or workshop, scheduled lab work , fieldwork, external visits.
lectures 39
supervised practical sessions
formative assessment 5
other scheduled time
Guided independent study

Note: include in guided independent study preparation for scheduled sessions, follow up work, wider reading or practice, revision

Independent coursework 30
Independent laboratory work
other non-scheduled time 76
Placements & year abroad
Work placements
Work based learning
Year abroad
Other placement
Total hours (’Should be equal to credit x 10’) 150


Seminar presentation: 20% weighting. Pass mark 50%. 20 minute presentation. Assessment of sustainability characteristics of an agroforestry system not examined in the course (1, 2, 5, 6).

Examination: 80% weighting, pass mark 50%. 2 hour exam to test understanding of the course content
(1 ,2, 3, 4, 5, 6).