Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Crop and Grassland Production Science
Academic Year
Semester 1 (Taught over 2 semesters)
Other Staff

Course Delivery



Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Seminar Presentation x 1  25%
Semester Assessment Review of Scientific Paper x 1  25%
Semester Exam 2 Hours   50%
Supplementary Assessment Students must take elements of assessment equivalent to those that lead to failure of the module.  50%
Supplementary Exam 2 Hours   Students must take elements of assessment equivalent to those that lead to failure of the module.   50%

Learning Outcomes

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

1. Describe and evaluate recent developments in systems of crop and grassland production.

2. Identify and evaluate a range of crop / environment interactions.

3. Describe and appraise the use of crops for bioenergy production.

4. Discuss issues associated with modern plant breeding strategies.

5. Explain the mechanisms behind the major biotic constraints to crop productivity in the UK.

6. Identify and evaluate appropriate crop protection strategies.

Brief description

The module describes the development of Crop Management Strategies and Decision Support Systems as a means of improving efficiency of forages and arable crops, especially in areas of nutrient utilization and crop protection. Biotic constraints on production will focus on the impact of diseases, weeds and pests in arable crops. Introduction of novel crops will be considered, including biomass crops. In an environmental context, the subject material will consider ways of reducing environmental pollution, water usage and the potential impact of climate change. Issues of food security will be discussed. Arguments for and against the introduction of GM crops will be considered along with alternative plant breeding strategies.


Crop Management Strategies / Decision Support Systems
Improvements in crop nutrient efficiency
Alternative crops; food / feed / fibre / fuel
Alternative crop uses: cereals and grass for bioethanol production
Environmental pollution
Climate change
Soil management and water usage
Food security, introduction of GM crops
Novel plant breeding strategies
Plant disease resistance and its exploitation
Disease management strategies
Pest management strategies, including biological control
Weed control including herbicide use and non-chemical approaches
Integrated crop protection

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number Students will evaluate and interpret published data in their review of a research paper.
Communication Listen effectively in lectures and on field visits. Write for different purposes and audiences – through the production of the review of a research paper which will be assessed as part of their coursework. Present a seminar which will be assessed as part of the coursework.
Improving own Learning and Performance Outside the formal contact hours, students will be expected to research materials, manage time and meet deadlines for the coursework and exam. Feedback on this will be given for the coursework.
Information Technology Students will be expected to produce and present a seminar in Powerpoint (or similar).
Personal Development and Career planning Not assessed, but students will have contact with employers as part of the field visits which will mean that career destinations will be made known to students and thus their career planning will be developed.
Problem solving The written report will involve problem solving relating to Crop and Grassland Production Science.
Research skills Students will research topics beyond the scope of the lecture material for the seminar presentation. Evaluate research methods, design and procedures for the review of a research paper.
Subject Specific Skills Interpretation, evaluation, application of research evidence and communication with non-specialist audience in relation to crop and grassland production and utilization and systems change to adapt to climate change.
Team work Not a significant component of this module.


This module is at CQFW Level 6