Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Academic Year
Semester 2

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Practical 4 x 3 hour practicals during semester
Lecture 1 x 2 hour lecture per week


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment 1.5 Hours   Mid-module test (short answers, multiple choice)  Outcomes assessed: 1, 2  40%
Semester Exam 1.5 Hours   (Short answer, multiple choice)  60%
Supplementary Exam Candidates will be required to re-take the elements(s) of assessment that led to failure of the module  100%

Learning Outcomes

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

Outcome 1
Describe aspects of plant structure, plant reproductive strategies and plant physiology relevant to crop production systems.

Outcome 2
Describe aspects of plant growth, crop productivity and crop breeding relevant to crop production systems on a UK, European and world scale.

Outcome 3
A knowledge of the importance of microorganisms in the environment, with specific reference to their role in agricultural systems, is demonstrated.

Outcome 4
Examine the principles of crop protection and integrated control measures.

Brief description

A basic understanding of scientific principles and their application is essential to enable the efficient functioning of modern agricultural systems, and their modification in the light of the findings of agricultural and biological research. In agriculture, scientific information is required from diverse areas of biological sciences. This module aims to outline the scientific principles and concepts underlying the practical application of crop husbandry techniques in modern agricultural production systems.

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Communication Read in different contexts and for different purposes. Write for different purposes and audiences.
Problem solving Identify and solve routine and non-routine problems.

Reading List

General Text
Allen D and Williams G (1997) Food, farming and environment Collins Advanced Modular Series Primo search Barnes C and Poore N (1994) Plant science in action. Focus on Biology Hodder and Stoughton Primo search Freeland P (1999) Microbes, medicine and commerce Hodder Advanced Science Primo search Gregory J (1995) Applications of genetics. Cambridge Modular Sciences Cambridge University Press Primo search Jones M and Gregory J (1995) Central concepts in biology Cambridge Modular Sciences Cambridge University Press Primo search Parry D W (1990) Plant pathology in agriculture Cambridge University Press Primo search Taylor D J, Green N P O and Stout, R (1997) Biological sciences 1 and 2 3rd Cambridge University Press Primo search


This module is at CQFW Level 4