RDEV40730 Understanding the Family Farm Business

Academic Year 2022/2023

This module is a level 4 module and is an optional module for the Masters in Agricultural Extension and Innovation. It may be available as an optional module to other postgraduate and undergraduate programmes on a case by case basis.

This module introduces students to the unique aspects of the family farm business. It is framed around the role of the family in the farm business and the traditional and emerging family structures around the farm. It will critically analyse the concepts of resilience, attachment to place and succession and inheritance in the family farm structure. It will also examine the role of advice and support as tailored to the unique aspects of a family farm.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this module students will be able to:
• Understand the unique aspects of a family farm business compared to other businesses
• Critically evaluate the role of the family in the farm business
• Examine the concept of resilience as it relates to family farming
• Understand the concept of attachment to place and how it relates to farming
• Understand the theory around farm succession and inheritance and the emerging farm structures such as collaborative
farming arrangements
• Evaluate how farm family businesses engage with knowledge and other support services

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Autonomous Student Learning




Online Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Teaching based approaches will include active/task-based learning, peer and group work, and reflective learning. Lectures and additional group tasks will be provided through the virtual classroom. 
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
Presentation: Group Presentation on a particular case study Week 10 n/a Standard conversion grade scale 40% No


Continuous Assessment: Students will be required to complete the weekly quiz on Brightspace and include substantial feedback Week 12 n/a Standard conversion grade scale 40% No


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, post-assessment
• Group/class feedback, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Students will be provided with feedback based on the rubric for each assignment. Feedback will be given to students individually for the assignment and group feedback for the group project.

Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33 Thurs 16:00 - 16:50