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2021 unit offering information will be available in November 2020

Unit description

Introduces students to food systems theory and practice to understand the physical, social and institutional forces that organize and interconnect, both from within and outside the food supply chain. Organic food systems methodologies and quality assurance systems will be presented with the opportunity for students to put methods of analysis and problem solving into practice on a case study. Incorporating knowledge of the social and natural sciences, multidimensional and creative approaches to problem solving will be encouraged.

Unit content

Module 1: Food Systems: Local to global

Module 2: Systems Thinking: Case Study

Module 3: Supply Chains and Value Chains: Tracking and Transparency

Module 4: Quality Assurance Systems

Module 5: Policy and Advocacy

Module 6: Future of Sustainable Food Systems

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

GA1: Intellectual rigour, GA2: Creativity, GA3: Ethical practice, GA4: Knowledge of a discipline, GA5: Lifelong learning, GA6: Communication and social skills, GA7: Cultural competence
On completion of this unit, students should be able to:GA1GA2GA3GA4GA5GA6GA7
1Explain key concepts in food systems and systems thinkingKnowledge of a discipline
2Explain the interconnections between social, economic and environmental elements in a food system.CreativityKnowledge of a discipline
3Describe the debate about the economics of sustainable food systemsKnowledge of a discipline
4Apply the principles of Hazard Analysis; Critical Control Points (HACCP) to organic food supply chains pre- and post-farm gate.Knowledge of a discipline
5Work collaboratively to analyse and synthesise a range of complementary approaches related to food systems, harnessing systems thinking.CreativityCommunication and social skills

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. Explain key concepts in food systems and systems thinking
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  2. Explain the interconnections between social, economic and environmental elements in a food system.
    • GA2: Creativity
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  3. Describe the debate about the economics of sustainable food systems
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  4. Apply the principles of Hazard Analysis; Critical Control Points (HACCP) to organic food supply chains pre- and post-farm gate.
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  5. Work collaboratively to analyse and synthesise a range of complementary approaches related to food systems, harnessing systems thinking.
    • GA2: Creativity
    • GA6: Communication and social skills

Teaching and assessment

Notice

Intensive offerings may or may not be scheduled in every session. Please refer to the timetable for further details.

Southern Cross University employs different teaching methods within units to provide students with the flexibility to choose the mode of learning that best suits them. SCU academics strive to use the latest approaches and, as a result, the learning modes and materials may change. The most current information regarding a unit will be provided to enrolled students at the beginning of the study session.

Fee information

Domestic

Commonwealth Supported courses
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Commencing 2021 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 3

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International

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