SRUC

 

SRUC Edinburgh Campus

Semester 1:

Action for Biodiversity (Year 4)
Provisional timetable slot: Tuesday PM
This module will look at the mechanisms for delivering biodiversity conservation, the successes and conflicts that they have caused and their impact on wider land use and planning issues. The wide-ranging involvement of groups and the large number of initiatives involved in the delivery of biodiversity conservation mean that case studies will be a valuable method of approaching the topic and will give you the scope to critically assess the success of these initiatives in a seminar format.
Advanced Agronomy (Year 3)
Provisional timetable slot: Thursday AM
The aim of the module is to provide an understanding of the physiological basis of biomass and yield production by crop canopies. This framework can be applied to a wide range of agricultural and horticultural crops, to explain how variation in environmental and management factors affects growth and yield and to discuss practical approaches to maximising yield. Requires some knowledge of Agriculture.
Animal Feed Technology (Year 4)
Provisional timetable slot: Monday PM
The applied animal nutritionist needs to be aware of current concepts of nutrition science and how these influence the formulation and production of diets for livestock. The module will provide a detailed analysis of The issues faced by the Animal Fed industry and techniques USED which are relevant to applied animal nutritionists, as well as exploring the relationship between the needs of the animal and the way these are met from foods produced on the farm or from by-products and compounded foods.Requires some prior knowledge of livestock nutrition.
Animal Science and Society (Year 3)
Provisional timetable slot: Thursday PM
This module provides an opportunity to consider the broad aspects of the relationship between man and domesticated animals. It builds on knowledge of livestock production systems, animal nutrition and animal welfare gained in modules studied in years 1, 2 and 3. It will be seminar-based with individual students leading a presentation and discussion of the individual learning outcomes.
Business Marketing (Year 4)
Provisional timetable slot: Tuesday AM
In this module the principal responsibilities of the marketing function within an organisation will be examined. Within this context, emphasis will be placed on an analysis of the competitiveness of organisations. Students will be provided with an overview of the essential principles and concepts of consumer behaviour. This will be related to how organisations develop strategies based on an understanding of consumer behaviour. Both domestic and international marketing issues will be considered. The module will also equip students with the means of understanding and applying numeric market forecasting techniques which can be used in management decision taking.
Climate Change and the Global Environment (Year 3)
Provisional timetable slot: Thursday PM
The aim of this module is to explain the processes of climate change and to understand the consequences at a global level. The interrelationships between the earth’s different compartments (the geosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere and biosphere) will be described and their interactions discussed. The exchange of matter and energy by these compartments will be considered, and the earth’s climatic systems will be introduced. The consequences of alterations to the earth’s climatic system as a consequence of human activity will be described. The consequences of change on plant, animal and human populations will be assessed.
Ecology: Management and Impacts (Year 3)
Provisional timetable slot: Monday PM
This module reinforces and develops an understanding of ecological principles and how they inform good management practice. The wider countryside and anthropogenic habitats are emphasised. An understanding of the use of the ecological literature is developed and students gain practice in presenting complex scientific material to an audience.
Environmental Chemistry and Toxicology (Year 3)
Provisional timetable slot: Tuesday PM
This module aims to develop an understanding of the origin, fate and effects of pollutants in the environment and in ecosystems. It is also intended to increase the student’s awareness of issues relating to the use and occurrence of agrochemicals and other environmentally important chemicals.
Environmental Economics (Year 4)
Provisional timetable slot: Monday PM
Economic systems depend on resources and services provided by the environment and thus a healthy economy ultimately depends on a healthy and well-managed environment. Environmental economics is the application of the principles of economics to the study of how environmental and natural resources are developed and managed. This module will develop and use tools of economic analysis to discuss key environmental economics issues. Emphasis will be placed on the development of appropriate analytical tools for non-market goods valuation. The role of the government in managing and regulating natural resource use and sustainability will be examined.
Ethnobotany (Year 3)
Provisional timetable slot: Thursday PM
This module is designed to provide students with an appreciation and understanding of ethnobotany (“the study of the relationship between people and plants” - ethno meaning people and botany meaning plants). Students will learn how plants are critical to the lives of people and gain an understanding of why man should use plant resources in a sustainable way. An overview of conservation methods used will be provided and students will gain an understanding of laboratory techniques used to evaluate plant material for future uses.
Experimental and Analytical Techniques (Year 3)
Provisional timetable slot: Monday AM
The aim of this module is to strengthen the practical skills of students and to introduce them to advanced techniques and instrumentation used in laboratory and field scientific research by providing practical experience under supervision. The focus will be primarily directed towards specialist techniques and instrumentation not covered in the earlier years of study.
Horticultural Taxonomy (Year 3)
Provisional timetable slot: Thursday AM
This module is designed to provide students with a deeper understanding of plant classification and nomenclature throughout the complete range of taxa used within horticulture. Students will gain an appreciation of the complexity of plant nomenclature and classification and how this relates to horticultural plantsmanship. The module builds on knowledge gained in the ‘Plantsmanship’ and ‘Plant Classification & Systematics’ modules from year 2 of the course, and allows a deeper understanding of taxonomy and its importance within horticulture.
Integrated Catchment Management (Year 4)
Provisional timetable slot: Tuesday AM
Fresh water and coastal water resources are under increasing pressure worldwide from a wide range of “stakeholders”, including domestic, industry, conservation, fisheries and power supply. Effective management of these resources is best carried out at a catchment scale, with all user demands and effects on the water resource taken into account. This module will explore the physical, chemical and biological characteristics of catchments, illustrate the conflicting demands for water use and impact of water users and seek to identify technical, planning and educational tools for effective management.
Livestock Production Technology (Year 3)
Provisional timetable slot: Tuesday PM
The efficient production of high quality animal products is based on a sound understanding of animal science and a range of established and novel technologies. This module explores the current and future application of animal science, technology and biotechnology in improving the efficiency of livestock production systems in terms of the health and welfare of the animals and the suitability of their products for modern market requirements.
Mammalian Growth, Development and Reproduction (Year 3)
Provisional timetable slot: Tuesday AM
Lifetime performance and well-being of mammals is intrinsically linked to their development from one-cell stage onwards, with events in utero and post-natally contributing to both current and subsequent growth and to reproductive competence as adults. This module will explain key processes at crucial stages of mammalian development, explore animal growth and factors influencing muscle formation and meat quality, evaluate factors influencing mammalian reproduction and look at the importance of notable environmental and health-related factors influencing mammalian growth and reproduction.
Management Skills and Entrepreneurship (Year 3)
Provisional timetable slot: Friday AM
This module is designed to further advance the student’s understanding of business management techniques. Students will then apply these in order to develop their knowledge and understanding of the entrepreneurial skills required by managers in the small business and corporate sectors.
Management Strategies (Year 3)
Provisional timetable slot: Thursday AM
This module is designed to allow students to appreciate the importance and need to develop a strategy for business. Students will apply the various tools and techniques of strategic management for analysis, evaluation and formulation of strategy, allowing them to understand the process of implementation of strategic decisions and the management of change in an organisation.
New Perspectives in Plant Protection (Year 3)
Provisional timetable slot: Friday PM
The objectives of this module are to provide you with knowledge of pest/weed population dynamics, disease epidemiology and pesticides. As crop protection is still dominated by the use of pesticides in the majority of crop systems, the aim is to introduce the discovery and mode of action of pesticides, and to make you aware of the effects of such agents on the environment as well as the strategies to avoid resistance. The forecasting of pest, disease and weed outbreaks, and the use of the appropriate pesticide dose will also be introduced within the context of rationalising pesticide use.
Plant Biotic Interactions (Year 4)
Provisional timetable slot: Monday PM
The module focuses on developing an in-depth understanding of the variety and diversity of interactions between plants and other organisms. This knowledge will help explain how biotic interactions may be manipulated to obtain a beneficial effect. The module is intended to bridge the gap between the earlier explanation of the basic biological information and the application of biological knowledge which will be the key feature of other plant-related modules in year 4.
Sustainable Environmental Management (Year 4)
Provisional timetable slot: Friday AM
This module will focus on the environmental obligations and responsibilities facing organisations and the benefits that can be realised when effective management programmes are implemented. Module content will also cover techniques and protocols used to determine organisations’ wider environmental impacts and provide appropriate mitigation. Measuring the effectiveness of Environmental Management Systems (EMSs) will also be discussed.
The UK Agri-Food Industries (Year 3)
Provisional timetable slot: Thursday PM
This module is designed to develop an understanding of the structure and operation of the food chain both upstream and downstream of the farm and to explore the outlook for these industries. The module will also provide an overview of the interrelationships that exist between the key operators within the food chain.
Timetables – Edinburgh, Semester 1:
Agriculture
 
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
AM
 
Business Marketing
 
Advanced Agronomy
Management Skills and Entrepreneurship
PM
Animal Feed Technology
Action for Biodiversity or  Livestock Production Technology
 
 
The UK Agri-Food Industries
New Perspectives in Plant Protection
Animal and Biological Sciences
 
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
AM
Experimental and Analytical Techniques
Mammalian Growth, Development and Reproduction
 
 
 
PM
Animal Feed Technology or Ecology: Management and Impacts
 
 
Animal Science and Society
New Perspectives in Plant Protection
Business Management
 
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
AM
 
Business Marketing
 
Advanced Agronomy or Management Strategies
Management Skills and Entrepreneurship
PM
Animal Feed Technology
Livestock Production Technology
 
The UK Agri-Food Industries
 
Environment and Countryside
 
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
AM
Experimental and Analytical Techniques
Integrated Catchment Management
 
 
Sustainable Environmental Management
PM
Ecology: Management and Impacts or Environmental Economics
Action for Biodiversity or Environmental Chemistry and Toxicology
 
Climate Change and the Global Environment
 
Horticulture
 
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
AM
Experimental and Analytical Techniques
Business Marketing
 
Horticultural Taxonomy
Management Skills & Entrepreneurship or Sustainable Environmental Management
PM
Ecology: Management and Impacts or Plant Biotic Interactions
Action for Biodiversity
 
Climate Change and the Global Environment or Ethnobotany
New Perspectives in Plant Protection

 

Semester 2:

Advanced Case Studies (Year 3)
Provisional timetable slot: Thursday PM
This module will develop investigative and problem solving skills through the use of a number of integrative case studies. Each of the case studies – usually a visit to a relevant business or industrial site – will focus on specified aspects of a business and involve the integration of technical knowledge and management skills.
Advanced Financial Management and Taxation (Year 4)
Provisional timetable slot: Monday AM
This module is intended to provide you with a deeper insight into the role of financial decision-making within an enterprise. It will provide an understanding of the problems of allocation of scarce financial resources within the business, as well as identifying the future effects of present day management planning. Assumes previous study of both Accounting and Economics
Animal Breeding and Genetics (Year 4)
Provisional timetable slot: Friday AM
This module will give you an up-to-date knowledge of current practices, issues and opportunities in the application of genetic understanding to the development of animals through genetic selection. You will study current and developing methods in quantitative genetics such as genotype x environment interactions, customisation of selection, breeding strategies, factors affecting response to selection and breeding values.
Animal Welfare and Behaviour (Year 3)
Provisional timetable slot: Monday PM
This module will show how infringement of behavioural expression influences animal welfare and will give an understanding of the ways in which animals experience suffering and the physiological basis of these events. Current animal welfare legislation and common welfare problems will also be addressed.
Crop Production, Vegetables and Fruit(Year 3)
Provisional timetable slot: Monday PM
The objectives of this module are to provide students with underlying knowledge of scientific principles upon which vegetable and fruit crops are grown, harvested and marketed, combined with an understanding of the environmental and socio-economic factors that influence both the distribution of production and production trends in the UK.
Crop Products and Potential (Year 3)
Provisional timetable slot: Tuesday PM
This module is intended to provide an introduction to the diversity of world crops and their products, and to their improvement through conventional plant breeding. It also allows you the opportunity to conduct a review of the production, utilisation, and breeding of a crop of your choice. This module will provide a knowledge base if you are wishing to enter a career in crop science, crop production or their support industries, and if you are wishing to study the advanced module examining biotechnological approaches to crop improvement.
Economic Policy and Analysis (Year 3)
Provisional timetable slot: Tuesday AM
This module introduces you to industrial structures and the policy environment within which your industry operates. You will review the scope and potential of economics, and how it can help us understand the issues affecting society today, including inflation, growth, unemployment, the environment, government policy and the international scene. You will gain an understanding of the behaviour of consumers, how policy makers may influence economic decisions and analyse market structures. 
NB: Do not confuse with Environmental Policy Analysis
Evolutionary Biology (Year 3)
Provisional timetable slot: Friday APM
This module will build on basic concepts of biology and ecology, and will explore how groups of organisms survive, interact and evolve in the environment. The module will provide a background for students wishing to specialise in applied aspects of ecological management in the Honours year.
Environmental Policy Analysis  (Year 4)
Provisional timetable slot: Tuesday AM
Environmental policy analysis looks at how the major environmental issues of today are being tackled at a global, EU, national and local level. The module will look at the development, actors and evaluation of environmental policies through the use of both economic and non-economic assessment. A case study approach will be used to explore the application of assessment methodologies to environmental policy including climate change and biodiversity.
NB: Do not confuse with Economic Policy Analysis
Environmental Psychology and Greenspace Design (Year 4)
Provisional timetable slot: Wednesday AM
The design of our environment has an important role to play in social welfare and by considering landscape composition, garden designers are making places for communities and individuals to live in healthily. Green infrastructure, which includes greenspaces, park systems (open space systems) and greenways, is increasingly being considered by planners in urban and rural areas. This module examines how design and use of plants can affect the health and well-being of individuals and communities. Urban regeneration, place-making, personal space and enclosure, and factors such as noise pollution will also be discussed.
Environmental Science for Garden and Greenspace Design (Year 3)
Provisional timetable slot: Monday PM
This module covers aspects of environmental science specifically applicable to garden design and discusses the ways in which responsible garden design can have a positive effect on the environment. Examples of solutions to mitigate adverse effects will be studied, for example, sound barriers, stabilisation of river banks, pollution control, local climate modification, increasing biodiversity. Sustainability of materials used in landscapes and constraints on sustainable design will be examined in an international context. The effects of development on the environment and Environmental Impact Assessment procedures will be covered.
Global Horticulture (Year 4)
Provisional timetable slot: Monday AM
This module allows students to investigate the importance of horticulture globally. It will compare and contrast the factors that have shaped the similarities and differences in horticulture worldwide, whether these be physical, cultural or philosophical. Tropical and temperate horticultural climates are defined and described. The historical development of horticulture and the movement of plants by man around the globe and the subsequent impact on crop production and ornamental horticulture will be reviewed.
Heritage Garden Conservation (Year 4)
Provisional timetable slot: Monday PM (at RBGE)
This module is concerned with the issues, methods and approaches to the conservation of historic gardens. The characteristic gardening styles of the historic periods, together with the factors that caused changes was introduced in the second year. The ephemeral nature of gardens as an art form, and the many changes that have often taken place results in a multilayered garden today, often challenging to interpret and more difficult to conserve. This module studies the various aspects of research and recording information, evaluation of sites and the decisions regarding the method of conservation and management of heritage gardens.
Horticultural Plant Physiology (Year 3)
Provisional timetable slot: Tuesday PM
This module provides an understanding of the physiological basis for horticultural practices. Evaluation of the effect of changes to these practices and plant stress is necessary in order to predict and maximise both horticultural crop production and landscape plant establishment and growth. Students will investigate and discuss a range of techniques for monitoring physiological changes in nursery/landscape situations as well as in the laboratory.
Lactation and Neonatal Nutrition in Mammals (Year 3)
Provisional timetable slot: Thursday AM
This module explores the processes involved, drawing mainly on bovine and porcine scenarios while also highlighting, in the context of comparative biology, patterns and processes whereby lactation is tailored to neonatal nutrition across a range of non-primate animal species.
Land-based Environmental Issues (Year 3)
Provisional timetable slot: Friday AM
This module will provide an understanding of the main environmental issues associated with land-based industries. It reinforces and builds on material covered in previous course years and broadens the scope to provide a global perspective. UK environmental issues will be reviewed and explored with reference to current practices and solutions. Alternative means of dealing with environmental problems will be examined.
Marine Ecology and Conservation (Year 4)
Provisional timetable slot: Friday PM
This module allows students to develop an interest in the marine environment and encourages them to examine some of the issues affecting the oceans and coasts today. It looks at the relationship between physical and chemical factors and the ecology of marine communities, the impacts of human activities on them and the current conservation issues and initiatives which affect them.
Marketing Management (Year 3)
Provisional timetable slot: Wednesday AM
This module covers the process of new product development, branding and brand management, and leads students to understand the role of marketing within the strategic planning process.
Multi-purpose Woodland Management (Year 3)
Provisional timetable slot: Thursday AM
This module investigates how to design and manage woodlands to meet modern multi-purpose objectives, such as recreation, landscape, nature conservation and environmental improvement – as well as timber/wood production. It includes arboricultural aspects – tree health assessment and public liability – as well as the environmental psychology, public preference and public perception of trees and woods and of their benefits and disadvantages.
Parasitology (Year 3)
Provisional timetable slot: Friday AM
This module is designed to develop knowledge and understanding of animal parasites, their relationships with animal hosts and their interactions with the environment and other management factors. It focuses particularly on parasites of farm livestock. Knowledge of the morphology, life cycles and epidemiology of parasites in relation to the environment and the animal host helps to determine methods for the diagnosis, treatment, control and prevention of parasitic infection.
Pharmacology in Animal Health (Year 3)
Provisional timetable slot: Thursday PM (some Video Conference)
The aim of this module is to introduce the student to the concept of drugs and drug action at both the physiological and pharmacological level. An understanding of the mechanism of drug action will be developed in relation to the live animal and isolated tissues. The module will develop an awareness of the role of drugs as physiological mediators, therapeutic agents, poisons and pollutants.
Plant Geography (Year 3)
Provisional timetable slot: Thursday PM (at RBGE)
This module is designed to provide students with an appreciation of the major floral kingdoms of the world. It will allow students to investigate plant communities for specific geographic region(s) and draw on the expertise of botanists and the preserved and living collections at RBGE. The module will compare and contrast the major plant communities of the world and relate their differences and evolution to the climatic and geographical changes that have occurred.
Pollution Control (Year 3)
Provisional timetable slot: Tuesday PM
The aim of this module is to give students a thorough understanding of the science of environmental pollution. The management of pollution is controlled by legislation and regulation, which provides a context for studying the scientific principles. The module focuses on the sources, transport mechanisms and treatment of pollutants for a range of industries. It aims to provide students with the information and skills to evaluate the relative importance of different sources and pollutants. The scientific principles which govern the mechanisms of transport through air, water and soil will be explored, thus enabling critical evaluation of predictive models. Safe and sustainable methods for the treatment and disposal of pollutants is a key part of the module.
Reproduction and Developmental Biology (Year 4)
Provisional timetable slot: Tuesday AM
This module will give students an up-to-date knowledge of current practices, issues and opportunities in reproductive and developmental biology. It looks at the underlying physiology of reproduction and how this can be manipulated,  advances in developmental biology and their relationship with embryonic and foetal competency and new developments in reproductive technologies and their use commercially or in research.
Resource Efficiency and Security NEW (Year 3)
Provisional timetable slot: Wednesday AM
This module will examine progress in achieving resource efficiency and security; using case study examples to analyse how resource efficiency is delivered in key sectors, including food, housing, energy and transport. These examples will be used to analyse how resource efficiency is supporting sustainable production and consumption, improvements in waste management and research & innovation. 
Resource Management (Year 3)
Provisional timetable slot: Wednesday AM
A farm business is a complex system. To be successful it has to be managed efficiently to achieve goals. This means taking difficult decisions on how best to allocate the physical, financial and people resources, given that the quality and availability of these resources is both variable and limited. This module will help you develop a logical approach to solving farm management problems involving the effective integration of the principal resources of land, labour and capital. In particular, you will learn how to solve problems involving the efficient use of energy, labour, machinery, equipment and buildings on farms.
Rural Development (Year 3)
Provisional timetable slot: Monday AM
This module will explore rural development issues in Western Europe and specifically the United Kingdom from a social sciences perspective. The module examines the shortcomings of historical policies aimed at rural areas and the transition to the modern rural development ethos. Recent rural socio-economic trends are examined to highlight the need for and effects of rural development initiatives.
Rural Planning and Environmental Impact Assessment (Year 3)
Provisional timetable slot: Monday PM
This module will look at the planning framework, discussing why it is necessary and appraising its role in determining the way in which the countryside is developed, in particular examining its success in promoting the sustainable management of the countryside. The role of development plans, non-statutory plans and planning policy instruments in forward planning will also be examined. Emphasis will be placed on case studies in this section.
Victorian Horticulture(Year 3)
Provisional timetable slot: Thursday AM (at RBGE)
This module builds on the second year ‘History of Landscape Design’ module. It pursues important trends and landmarks in Victorian horticulture including the effects of important plant introductions and the contribution of significant plant hunters and horticulturists; consequences of fashions for particular plant groups and the challenges of growing characteristic plants associated with the Victorian era.
Waste Reduction and Recycling (Year 4)
Provisional timetable slot: Monday PM
This module develops concepts and principles previously introduced in waste management optional modules in years 2 and 3. The module will integrate these principles and concepts and show how they can be implemented in industrial practice.
World Climate Zones and Ornamental Plants (Year 3)
Provisional timetable slot: Friday AM
In this module, climatic zones around the world and impacts of climate on plant growth, horticultural techniques and planting design are examined. Case studies of specific geographic locations will be undertaken. Hardiness zoning systems used in different countries, sourcing and procurement of plants in a range of developed and developing countries, the impact of foreign plant species and examples of legislation regarding importing new species into foreign countries will be discussed. Sustainability and suitability of indigenous plants in comparison with other plants which might require additional horticultural care such as irrigation or major soil improvement will be explored. 

 

Timetables – Edinburgh:

 

Agriculture Timetable:
 
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
AM
Advanced Financial Management and Taxation
Economic Policy and Analysis
Resource Management
Multi-purpose Woodland Management
Animal Breeding and Genetics or Land-based Environmental Issues
PM
Animal Welfare and Behaviour or Crop Production, Vegetables and Fruit
Crop Products and Potential
 
Advanced Case Studies
 
Animal and Biological Sciences Timetable:
 
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
AM
 
Reproduction and Developmental Biology
 
 
Lactation and Neonatal Nutrition in Mammals
Animal Breeding and Genetics or Parasitology
PM
Animal Welfare and Behaviour
 
 
Pharmacology in Animal Health
 
Business Management Timetable:
 
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
AM
Advanced Financial Management and Taxation or Rural Development
Economic Policy and Analysis
Marketing Management
Lactation and Neonatal Nutrition in Mammals or  Multi-purpose Woodland Management
Animal Breeding and Genetics or Land-based Environmental Issues
PM
Animal Welfare and Behaviour or Rural Planning and EIA
Crop Products and Potential
 
Advanced Case Studies
 
Environment and Countryside Timetable:
 
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
AM
Advanced Financial Management and Taxation or Rural Development
Economic Policy and Analysis or Environmental Policy Analysis
Resource Efficiency and Security
Multi-purpose Woodland Management
Evolutionary Biology
PM
Rural Planning and EIA or Waste Reduction and Recycling
Pollution Control
 
 
Advanced Case Studies or Marine Ecology and Conservation
 
Horticulture and Garden Design Timetable:
 
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
AM
Global Horticulture
Plant Protection Technology
Environmental Psychology and Greenspace Design
Multi-purpose Woodland Management or Victorian Horticulture
Land-based Environmental Issues or World Climate Zones and Ornamental Plants
PM
Crop Production, Vegetables and Fruit or Environmental Science for Garden and Greenspace Design or Heritage Garden Conservation or Rural Planning and EIA
Crop Products and Potential or Horticultural Plant Physiology
 
Plant Geography