|Assessment Type||Assessment length / details||Proportion|
|Semester Assessment||Essay - Breeding Systems 1 (1250 words)||20%|
|Semester Assessment||Essay - Breeding Systems 2 (1250 words)||20%|
|Semester Assessment||Essay - Breeding Systems 3 (1250 words)||20%|
|Semester Assessment||Essay - Breeding Systems 4 (1250 words)||20%|
|Semester Assessment||Essay - Breeding Systems 5 (1250 words)||20%|
|Supplementary Assessment||(Students must take elements of assessment equivalent to those that led to failure of the module.)||100%|
On successful completion of this module students should be able to:
1. Evaluate different plant breeding systems.
2. Demonstrate an understanding of how the biology of specific plant species and the environment impacts upon choice of plant breeding system.
3. Explain the practical and environmental requirements and constraints of different plant breeding systems.
4. Critically discuss relevant selection criteria and selection methods for traits in different crop species.
Students will monitor and assess, alongside our plant breeders, our plant breeding programmes at Gogerddan providing experience of contrasting systems (inbreeding and outcrossing; wind, self and insect pollination) and crop types (forages, energy crops, cereals, pulses).
Hybrid ryegrasses and festuloliums
White and red clovers
Peas and field beans
Millets and other tropical species.
|Skills Type||Skills details|
|Application of Number||Crop assessments and trait analysis.|
|Improving own Learning and Performance||The five essays will be staggered such that there will be significant opportunity to improve learning performance through feedback and experience during the process.|
|Information Technology||Students will learn different methods of data capture.|
|Personal Development and Career planning||The different crops assessed may well inform career direction.|
|Problem solving||Students will learn how problems presented by crop biology can be overcome with different breeding systems.|
|Research skills||The students will be exposed to different experimental designs, they will need to research literature and integrate information from taught and practical sessions.|
|Subject Specific Skills||Experimental design, breeding systems, trait assessment and data analysis.|
|Team work||Some of the crop assessments will be done in groups of two or three.|
This module is at CQFW Level 7