Module Identifier RD10420  
Academic Year 2006/2007  
Co-ordinator Dr Malcolm H Leitch  
Semester Semester 2 (Taught over 2 semesters)  
Other staff Dr Alun Davies  
Course delivery Lecture   1 x 2 hour lecture per week  
  Practical   1 x 2 hour practical per week  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Assessment Crop report  30%
Semester Assessment Soil report  25%
Semester Assessment Oral presentation  10%
Semester Exam3 Hours  35%
Supplementary Assessment Students will be required to resit the element(s) of assessment that contributed to the failure of the module. If one or more of the assignments contributed to the failure, a combined Soil and Crop assignment will be set. 100%

Learning outcomes

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

Outcome I
Describe the soil profile and initial requirements for cereal production

Outcome 2
Identify the key factors for crop establishment

Outcome 3
Identify the key factors in crop husbandry following establishment.

Outcome 4
Identify the key factors in crop husbandry during spring growth

Outcome 5
Identify the nutrient transformations in the soil leading to plant food availability

Outcome 6
Discuss the late protection and harvesting of the crop


The relationship between the plant and the soil is highly complex. The module aims to introduce students to the principles of soil structure and soil chemical/biological processes necessary for the supply of plant nutrients. These principles will be applied by the students in the management of their own winter cereal plots for crop establishment, crop nutrition, crop protection and crop yield.

Through an integrated programme of lectures, laboratory practicals and field plot work students will be made aware of the management requirements accorded to cereal crop production underpinned with an understanding of the importance of soil conditions.

Module Skills

Problem_solving The student must be responsible for growing his/her own individual plot of w.wheat and w.barley and solve any problems which may arise  
Research skills Writing in an academic context. Coursework will require own research and reference to published information  
Communication Oral presentation and discussion  
Improving own Learning and Performance Independent project work. Coursework will be based on an individually compiled written presentation  
Team work Laboratory practicals and fieldwork will contain group activity  
Information Technology Presentation of coursework will entail the development of word processing, spreadsheet and editing/presentation skills  
Personal Development and Career planning Preparation of coursework will require attendance at timetabled lectures and practicals and good time management to ensure the submission deadline is met  

Reading Lists

BATEY, T (1988) Soil husbandry Soil and Land Use Consultants
RUDEFORTH, C et al (1984) Soils and their use in Wales Soil Survey of England and Wales
WHITE, R E (1987) Introduction to the Principles and Practice of Soil Science Blackwell Scientific Publications

Technical Reports
NIAB Cereals variety handbook NIAB, Cambridge


This module is at CQFW Level 4