Dairy Business (DBS1)

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The BAgrSc Dairy Business programme aims to provide students with a high level of scientific, technical and business knowledge and skills relevant to those entering the dairy industry. We encourage our students to think critically, be active, motivated, autonomous learners and our ambition is to foster lifelong learning, leadership, and individual and career growth. We aim to provide learning environments that integrate teaching, research, assessment and learning, individually and through group activities so as to develop leadership, critical and reflective practice, effective communication and enquiry skills. The diversity of learning environments (off campus, classroom, work placement) and methods ensure that students have a stimulating learning experience, which should equip them with the skills necessary to provide professional leadership and support for this expanding and dynamic dairy industry. The programme aims to be integral component in ensuring the continued success of the Irish dairy industry. To achieve the aims of the programme, a research-based learning approach is employed, incorporating a diverse range of teaching and assessment methods such as case studies, group work, project work and work placements.


1 - Demonstrate strong business and leadership skills, and an in‐depth knowledge of core issues related to dairy production
2 - Analyse systems of production both from the biological/technical and financial perspectives, identify their strengths and weaknesses, and make recommendations for remedial action as appropriate
3 - Understand the dairy industry in Ireland, the context in which it operates and its relationship to dairy industries internationally
4 - Implement knowledge to offer well‐founded advice on sustainable dairy systems, incorporating knowledge of current and future policy constraints
5 - Demonstrate an ability to think critically and creatively to solve problems
6 - Use strong communication skills, both written and oral
7 - Use their knowledge of the scientific method to devise, analyse, interpret and report on scientific investigations
8 - Develop and utilise a wide range of generic skills useful in further career development through specific class exercises and PWE.
In addition to the highly skilled role of dairy farm management, opportunities exist in a wide variety of areas including:

  • Research
  • Animal feed industry
  • Banking
  • Teaching
  • Consultancy

    Research opportunities to master’s and PhD level are also available.
  • Stage 1

    In addition to the 55 credits of core and option modules, students must take elective modules amounting to 5 credits

    Stage 2

    In addition to the 50 credits of core modules, students must take elective modules amounting to 10 credits

    Stage 4

    In addition to the 50 credits of core modules, students must take elective modules amounting to 10 credits

    Module ID Module Title Trimester Credits
    Stage 1 Core Modules
         
    AESC10010 Land Use and the Environment Autumn

    5

    CHEM00020 Introductory Chemistry Autumn

    5

    MATH10230 Mathematics for Agriculture I Autumn

    5

    RDEV10020 Information Skills Autumn

    5

    RDEV10030 Introduction to Agricultural Economics and Business Autumn

    5

    ANSC10010 Introduction to Animal Science Spring

    5

    BIOL10010 Animal Biology and Evolution Spring

    5

    BIOL10030 Cell and Plant Biology Spring

    5

    BMGT10060 Introduction to Management Spring

    5

    RDEV10040 Introduction to Food and Agribusiness Management Spring

    5

    Stage 1 Core Modules
         
    Stage 1 Options - A)1OF:
    Select one of the following options in the Autumn term:
         
    FOR10020 Trees and Forests in Ireland Autumn

    5

    BMGT10140 Business Plan Autumn and Spring (separate)

    5

    Stage 1 Options - A)1OF:
    Select one of the following options in the Autumn term:
         
    Stage 1 Options - B)MIN0OF:
    The following modules are closely related to your programme and may be taken in place of electives:
         
    BMGT10180 Business Management Simulation Spring

    5

    CPSC10010 Introduction to Crop Science Spring

    5

    Stage 1 Options - B)MIN0OF:
    The following modules are closely related to your programme and may be taken in place of electives:
         
    Stage 2 Core Modules
         
    AESC20060 Soil Science Basics Autumn

    5

    ANSC30010 Animal Reproduction Autumn

    5

    FOR20100 Applied Biostatistics Autumn

    5

    MKT20020 Marketing: Firms, Customers & Society Autumn

    5

    ACC10060 Accounting for non-Business students Autumn and Spring (separate)

    5

    AERD20020 Business Law Spring

    5

    ANSC20020 Animal Nutrition I Spring

    5

    ANSC20050 Principles of Dairy Production Spring

    5

    BMGT20150 Global Operations & SCM Spring

    5

    RDEV20140 Health, Welfare & Safety in Agriculture Spring

    5

    Stage 2 Core Modules
         
    Stage 3 Core Modules
         
    ANSC30370 Professional Work Experience Autumn

    30

    ANSC30280 Herd Health & Milk Quality Spring

    5

    ANSC30290 Grassland Management and Applied Dairy Nutrition Spring

    5

    ANSC30310 Dairy Systems Spring

    5

    ANSC30320 Dairy Business Project Spring

    10

    ANSC30330 Applied Dairy Breeding and Fertility Spring

    5

    Stage 3 Core Modules
         
    Stage 4 Core Modules
         
    AERD30190 Farm Business Management Autumn

    5

    AESC30080 Agri-Environmental Issues and Policy Autumn

    5

    ANSC30020 Animal Breeding I Autumn

    5

    ANSC30040 Animal Nutrition II Autumn

    5

    BMGT30100 Leadership and Change Management Autumn

    5

    AERD30210 Food and Agricultural Policy Spring

    5

    AERD40040 Food and Agribusiness Strategy Spring

    5

    AESC40140 Agri-Environmental Nutrient Management Spring

    5

    ANSC30050 Experimental Design and Data Analysis Spring

    5

    RDEV30060 Professional Communications Spring

    5


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