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PgCert Business for Agri-food & Rural Enterpise

Academic Year 2019/20

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Programme Title

PgCert Business for Agri-food & Rural Enterpise

Final Award
(exit route if applicable for Postgraduate Taught Programmes)

Postgraduate Certificate

Programme Code

AFL-PC-BA

UCAS Code

HECoS Code

100517

ATAS Clearance Required

No

Health Check Required

No

Portfolio Required

Interview Required

Mode of Study

Full Time

Type of Programme

Postgraduate

Length of Programme

1 Academic Year(s)

Total Credits for Programme

60

Exit Awards available

INSTITUTE INFORMATION

Awarding Institution/Body

Queen's University Belfast

Teaching Institution

College of Agriculture, Food and Rural Enterprise

School/Department

Biological Sciences

Framework for Higher Education Qualification Level 
www.qaa.ac.uk

Level 7

QAA Benchmark Group
www.qaa.ac.uk/quality-code/subject-benchmark-statements

Agriculture, horticulture, forestry, food and consumer sciences (2009)

Accreditations (PSRB)

REGULATION INFORMATION

Does the Programme have any approved exemptions from the University General Regulations
(Please see General Regulations)

n/a

Programme Specific Regulations

Awards, Credits and Progression of Learning Outcomes
Candidates who pass the Postgraduate Certificate in Business for Agri-food and Rural Enterprise may, on the recommendation of the Board of Examiners and with the permission of the Adviser of Studies, be permitted to transfer to the Postgraduate Diploma in Business for Agri-Food and Rural Enterprise.

Students with protected characteristics

The programme does not contain barriers to access or progression among protected groups

Are students subject to Fitness to Practise Regulations

(Please see General Regulations)

No

EDUCATIONAL AIMS OF PROGRAMME

On completion of the programme students will be able to:
1. Effect positive change and development within the Agri-food and rural business sectors
2. Communicate effectively within a job context
3. Apply the principles of Business management across a range of development areas relevant to the Agri-food and rural sectors.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

Learning Outcomes: Cognitive Skills

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

Apply critical thinking and modelling to individual, group and organisational situations to provide explanations for behaviour (BIO 9001, BIO9002, BIO9003)

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Independent thinking is encouraged within the programme when applied to unique industry based problems. Case study material analysed and reported upon. Work based skills and classroom presentations incorporated into classroom activities.

Methods of Assessment

Assessed through coursework.

Apply a number of decision making frameworks to the solving of problems with predicted and non-predicted outcomes (BIO 9001, BIO9002, BIO9003)

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Case studies, Placement experiences and the use of ICT technology assisted in delivery Class discussions support development of skills

Methods of Assessment

Assessed through coursework.

Learning Outcomes: Knowledge & Understanding

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

Demonstrate the use of simple models as a means of analysing communication situations (BIO9001)

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Learning outcomes are supported through interactive class lectures and class discussions.

Methods of Assessment

Assessed through coursework

Specify in behavioural terms, objectives and criteria of performance (BIO9003)

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Real life case study material is used extensively to support argument.

Methods of Assessment

Assessed through coursework

Identify different types of group and how they develop (BIO9002)

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Transferable skills encourage exchange of ideas across all modules of the programme. Portfolio building allows students to make decisions regarding their own learning.

Methods of Assessment

Assessed through coursework

Learning Outcomes: Subject Specific

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

Uses applied technology (ICT and AV) as required in presentations and within programmes to affect change (BIO9001, BIO9003)

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Role play exercises and skills development through the teaching placements (full-time) and through class room teaching ( Part-time)

Methods of Assessment

Assessed through coursework.

Collects data using appropriate communication skills for both qualitative and quantitative situations (BIO9001, BIO9002, BIO9003, BIO9009)

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Planning and implementation skills are developed through the work based learning experiences of both full-time and part-time students

Methods of Assessment

Assessed through coursework

Presents information to defined target audiences using the appropriate methods (BIO9001, BIO9003, BIO9015)

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Practical sessions, supportive feedback and case study discussions

Methods of Assessment

Assessed through coursework

Learning Outcomes: Transferable Skills

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

Effectively plan and organise resources under his/her control (BIO 9001, BIO9002, BIO9003)

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Setting of objectives that relate to students own performance and aims

Methods of Assessment

Assessed through coursework.

Work effectively independently and in teams (BIO 9001, BIO9002, BIO9003)

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Team exercises, subject presentations using wide range of media, presentations.

Methods of Assessment

Assessed through coursework.

Selects and applies the appropriate communication method(s) to achieve change using individual, group and mass methods to achieve the desired effect (BIO 9001, BIO9003)

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Presentations related to work based learning experiences

Methods of Assessment

Assessed through coursework.

Appreciated the views of others in discussions (BIO 9001, BIO9002, BIO9003)

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Feedback provided at all times on students’ performance.

Methods of Assessment

Assessed through coursework

Learn effectively for the purpose of continuing professional development and in a wider context throughout their career. (BIO9002)

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Tutorials and guest speakers on relevant career routes

Methods of Assessment

Coursework incorporating Self evaluation

MODULE INFORMATION

Programme Requirements

Module Title

Module Code

Level/ stage

Credits

Availability

Duration

Pre-requisite

 

Assessment

 

 

 

 

S1

S2

 

 

Core

Option

Coursework %

Practical %

Examination %

Skills to Affect Change within Businesses

BIO9001

7

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Rural Business Dynamics

BIO9002

7

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Integrating Learning with Business Needs

BIO9003

7

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Notes