Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Academic Year
Semester 2

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Lecture 4 x 1 hour lectures per week
Practical 1 x 3 hour practical per week


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Crop evaluation assignment  Outcomes assessed: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6  15%
Semester Assessment Pasture management assignment  Outcomes assessed: 7, 8, 9  15%
Semester Exam 3 Hours   Written examination  Outcomes assessed: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9  70%
Supplementary Assessment Re-present assignment(s) using alternative data  Outcomes assessed: Dependent on work re-presented  30%
Supplementary Exam 3 Hours   Written examination  Outcomes assessed: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9  70%

Learning Outcomes

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

1. Identify and describe the range and distribution of grasslands in the UK and the characteristics of common herbage species

2. Identify the influence of management and environment on pasture composition and plan a programme of pasture improvement / renovation

3. Identify and evaluate the nutrient requirements of grassland and forages and recommend appropriate manuring practices

4. Describe the range and use of forage crops in the UK and recommend appropriate forage cropping programmes.

5. Identify and appraise grazing and forage conservation systems and their components.

6. Integrate grazing and forage conservation requirements and systems to create grassland and forage management plans.

7. Identify and assess the critical factors that determine the yield and quality of non-cereal arable crops.

8. Appraise the husbandry, harvesting and storage of non-cereal arable crops

9. Discuss the need for and recommend planned cropping programmes.


The module aims to introduce students to the principles and practices underpinning the husbandry of grassland, forages and non-cereal arable crops. Through an integrated programme of lectures and visits, students will be made aware of the precise management requirements of a range of forage and arable crops and the factors that underpin a range of cropping programmes.

Transferable skills

.1 Independent project work - Coursework will be based on an individually compiled written presentations.

.2 IT and information handling - Presentation of coursework will entail the development of word processing, spreadsheet and editing/presentation skills.

.3 Use and analysis of numerical information - Numerical information will be an integral part of the coursework and appropriate understanding, use and analysis of this information will be essential.

.4 Writing in an academic context - Coursework will include reference to published information.

.7 Self-management - Preparation of coursework will require attendance at timetabled lectures and practicals and good time management to ensure the submission deadline is met.

.8 Group activity - Aspects of fieldwork associated with coursework

Reading List

Cooke D A & Scott R K (Editors) (1993) The sugar beet crop Primo search Frame J (1992) Improved Grassland Management Primo search Harris P M (Editor) (1992) The potato crop : the scientific basis for improvment Primo search Hodgson, J. (1990) Grazing management Primo search Hopkins A (ed) (2000) Grass: its production and utilisation 3rd Primo search Kimber D & McGregor D I (Editors) (1995) Brassica oilseeds: production and utilisation Primo search


This module is at CQFW Level 5