ANSC30320 Dairy Business Project

Academic Year 2022/2023

This project is a key element in the curriculum and will be in the form of a case study. The aim of the Dairy Business Project module is to enable students to bring learning outcomes from other modules taken in the degree programme together in a coherent manner, and express those learning outcomes through a completed project. In this module students are assisted to find a mentor farm and will be responsible for gathering appropriate information from that farm for use in their case study. A project will cover general information on the mentor farm and will focus on specific topics and financial performance provided by the module coordinator. Examples of topics include: grassland management, herd health, animal breeding, fertility/reproduction. An appropriate layout and workplan for the project will be agreed with the module coordinator/supervisor. Students will be required to present their project progress in a seminar forum at a time and date to be arranged by the module co-ordinator prior to completion of the project. A general outline model of the project may include: Title of the project; Project objectives; Background information on the farm, Focus topic, Conclusions and Recommendations based on the findings of the project. The project will be submitted to an announced deadline. Some students may be examined on their projects by the external examiner as part of the examination process. Students will maintain regular contact with their supervisor who will assist by reading and commenting on written work and will provide advice and constructive criticism necessary.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

The student will independently complete their own individual project and will have the following learning outcomes: Complete a structured project of a case study using a data from a mentor farm; Integrate the knowledge acquired in other modules of their programme and bring their application to their project title and design; Develop an ability to synthesise information; Understand the importance of self motivation and application; Understand and appreciate the importance of experimental design; Develop organisational skills; Develop problem-solving abilities; Endeavour to form a conclusion or issue a recommendation from the work completed.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning






Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
This module involves a project that will be based on a case study of a farm and involves visits to the farm and reporting on the key elements of grassland management, breeding/genetics and farm financials. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Project: Draft Project Outline Week 7 n/a Graded No


Project: End of Semester Presentation and Evaluation Week 11 n/a Graded No


Project: Completed Project (within the given time limit) Week 11 n/a Graded Yes


Carry forward of passed components
Remediation Type Remediation Timing
In-Module Resit Prior to relevant Programme Exam Board
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, on an activity or draft prior to summative assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Feedback will be given in class and also individually throughout the module and after the grading of the draft project.