|Assessment Type||Assessment length / details||Proportion|
|Semester Assessment||Crop Protection Plan (2500 words)||30%|
|Semester Assessment||Grass and Forage System Evaluation (1,500 words)||30%|
|Semester Exam||2 Hours||40%|
|Supplementary Assessment||Students must take elements of assessment equivalent to those that led to failure of the module.||60%|
|Supplementary Exam||2 Hours Students must take elements of assessment equivalent to those that led to failure of the module.||40%|
On successful completion of this module students should be able to:
1. Explain the mechanisms behind the major biotic constraints to crop productivity in the UK.
2. Describe the agronomic requirements of a range of non-cereal arable and forage crops.
3. Describe and critically analyse crop production systems.
4. Identify and evaluate appropriate crop protection strategies.
5. Describe plant breeding programmes and strategies and evaluate their past and future value to crop production systems.
These lectures will include discussion of the variety development, registration, multiplication and certification procedures and the likely impact of advances in biotechnology on future crop production and management.
Crop rotation and rotation planning
Integrated crop management
For grassland and forages
Management systems, production and environmental protection
For crop plants incl. oilseed rape, potatoes, sugar beet and field beans :
Varietal characteristics and end use
Rotation, soil preparation and seed establishment
Plant protection: weed, disease and pest control
Harvesting and post-harvest treatment and storage
Disease development and epidemiology
Disease management strategies
Pests and pest damage
Pest management strategies
Weed biology and competition
Integrated crop protection
|Skills Type||Skills details|
|Application of Number|
|Communication||Students will write coursework in contrasting styles and formats.|
|Improving own Learning and Performance|
|Personal Development and Career planning|
|Problem solving||Students will draw up a crop protection programme for a given set of conditions|
|Research skills||Students will research material beyond the scope of the lecture material for both components of coursework|
|Subject Specific Skills|
This module is at CQFW Level 5