Module Information

Module Identifier
BR32020
Module Title
Crop and Grassland Production Science
Academic Year
2015/2016
Co-ordinator
Semester
Semester 2
External Examiners
  • Dr Anita Diaz (Senior Lecturer - Bournemouth University)
 
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Field Trip 3 x 3 Hour Field Trips
Workshop 4 x 3 Hour Workshops
Practical 1 x 3 Hour Practical
Lecture 20 x 2 Hour Lectures
 

Assessment

Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Review of scientific paper.  20%
Semester Assessment Seminar presentation.  20%
Semester Exam 2 Hours   60%
Supplementary Assessment Students must take elements of assessment equivalent to those that led to failure of the module.  40%
Supplementary Exam 2 Hours   Students must take elements of assessment equivalent to those that led to failure of the module.  60%

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

1. Describe and evaluate recent developments in systems of crop production.

2. Identify and evaluate a range of crop / environment interactions.

3. Describe and appraise the use of crops for bioenergy production.

4. Discuss issues associated with modern plant breeding strategies.

5. Explain the mechanisms behind the major biotic constraints to crop productivity in the UK.

6. Identify and evaluate appropriate crop protection strategies.

Brief description

The module describes the development of Crop Management Strategies and Decision Support Systems as a means of improving efficiency, especially in areas of nutrient utilization and crop protection. Biotic constraints on production will focus on the impact of diseases, weeds and pests in arable crops. Introduction of novel crops will be considered, including biomass crops. In an environmental context, the subject material will consider ways of reducing environmental pollution, water usage and the potential impact of climate change. Issues of food security will be discussed. Arguments for and against the introduction of GM crops will be considered along with alternative plant breeding strategies.

Aims

To provide an explanation of the science underpinning current crop management strategies in the areas of crop protection, plant breeding and environmental management.

Content

Crop Management Strategies / Decision Support Systems
Improvements in crop nutrient efficiency
Alternative crops; linseed/flax/hemp/chicory/
Miscanthus/Willow as biomass crops
Cereals and grass for bioethanol production
Environmental pollution
Climate change
Soil management and water usage
Food security, introduction of GM crops
Novel plant breeding strategies
Plant disease resistance and its exploitation
Disease management strategies
Pest management strategies, including biological control
Weed control including herbicide use and non-chemical approaches
Integrated crop protection

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number Students will evaluate and interpret published data in their review of a research paper.
Communication Listen effectively in lectures and on field visits. Write for different purposes and audiences – through the production of the review of a research paper which will be assessed as part of their coursework. Present a seminar which will be assessed as part of the coursework.
Improving own Learning and Performance
Information Technology Students will be expected to produce and present a seminar in Powerpoint (or similar).
Personal Development and Career planning
Problem solving
Research skills Students will research topics beyond the scope of the lecture material for the seminar presentation. Evaluate research methods, design and procedures for the review of a research paper.
Subject Specific Skills
Team work

Notes

This module is at CQFW Level 6