Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Academic Year
Semester 1

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Lecture 2 x 1 hour lectures per week
Practical 5 x 3 hour practicals during semester


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Coursework based on field work  Outcomes assessed: 2, 4, 5, 6, 7  30%
Semester Exam 2 Hours   Outcomes assessed:1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7  70%
Supplementary Assessment Candidates must re-take the element(s) of assessment that led to failing the module  100%

Learning Outcomes

On completion of the module, students will be able to:

1. Describe the range and distribution of grassland within the UK and globally
2. Evaluate the characteristics and potential roles of a range of grass and legume species and varieties
3. Assess and compare the suitability of a range of methods of pasture improvement
4. Determine pasture nutrient requirements and recommend appropriate manurial strategies
5. Describe and evaluate principles and systems of grazing
6. Describe and evaluate principles and systems of forage conservation
7. Integrate relevant aspects of grassland management to describe and assess grassland management techniques


To provide students with a sound, basic understanding of the principles and practice of grassland management and forage conservation, with particular reference to UK conditions. Through a series of integrated lectures, practicals and visits, students will be introduced to underpinning concepts and principles and examples of best practice.

Reading List

AVERY, A Pasture management for horses Primo search FRAME J (1992) Improved grassland management Primo search HODGSON, J. (1990) Grazing management Primo search HOPKINS A (ed) (2000) Grass: its production and utilisation 3rd Primo search NASH M (1985) Chapter 2 "Grass and grassland products" in Crop conservation and storage 2nd Primo search Grass Farmer British Grassland Society Primo search Grass and Forage Science British Grassland Society Primo search


This module is at CQFW Level 5