LPLB10368U Organic Agriculture

Volume 2015/2016

This course is a basic course in organic food production, linking ecological theory with organic farming practises. The course is targeted to students in the last part of their BSc studies who seeks knowledge of the principles, the practice and the environmental impacts of organic agriculture as well as an understanding of the application of ecological mechanisms in the organic production. The main content is:

- The natural and socio-economic conditions for and the status of organic agriculture in Denmark, Europe and overseas

- Sustainability concepts and organic standards

- Principles and practise of cropping system design

- Crop and soil management, including fertilization, pest management and technological aspects of organic agriculture

- Function and management of biodiversity in organic farming

- Impacts of organic agriculture on nature and environment

Learning Outcome


After completing the course the student should be able to:



- Show overview of production practices in different contexts

- Reflect on the role of organic standards as an external condition for organic food production



- retrieve, process and communicate information



- discuss the values and principles behind the organic practices

- explain how ecological mechanisms are employed in management of crops and soils, nutrients and pests

- explain differences in the environmental impact of different farming systems

- reflect on own learning

The course requires basic knowledge in natural sciences and can be followed by students in agriculture, environmental science, biology or geography. Basic knowledge within soil and crop science is recommended. Students from other backgrounds must seek teacher advice
Learning methods are a combination of staff input and individual and group activities in class. They include lectures, workshops, independent reading and information gathering, student presentations, exercises, assignments and excursions to organic farms.
  • Category
  • Hours
  • Colloquia
  • 10
  • Exam
  • 10
  • Excursions
  • 20
  • Lectures
  • 35
  • Preparation
  • 96
  • Theory exercises
  • 35
  • Total
  • 206
7,5 ECTS
Type of assessment
Oral examination
Description of Examination: An individual portfolio containing 4 of 6 deliverables is assessed, supplemented by an individual oral examination based on two deliverables, selected by the student and staff respectively.
Weight: 50% portfolio, 50% oral examination
All aids allowed
Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
No external censorship
1 internal examiner

The student has to hand in the assignments again for reevaluation and pass an oral examination.

Criteria for exam assesment

See learning goals