Module Identifier RS10810  
Academic Year 2007/2008  
Co-ordinator Dr Malcolm H Leitch  
Semester Semester 2 (Taught over 2 semesters)  
Pre-Requisite Entry to a science degree scheme  
Course delivery Lecture   1 x 2 hour combined lecture/practical per week  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Assessment Oral presentation Outcomes assessed: 1, 3  20%
Semester Assessment Report. Outcomes assessed 4  40%
Semester Exam1.5 Hours Outcomes assessed: 1, 2, 3  40%
Supplementary Assessment Report  50%
Supplementary Exam1.5 Hours  50%

Learning outcomes

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

1. Describe the importance of cereal crops in UK and world agriculture

2. Identify the factors associated with the physical and financial performance of cereal crops

3. Describe the requirements of the cereal market and identify varietal characteristics which meet market needs

4. Plan, evaluate and implement a cereal crop's manurial and crop protection requirements with due regard to their potential impact on the environment


To develop the knowledge and skills associated with cereal crop production as appropriate to the needs of students of agriculture and related disciplines.


This module will be delivered through a combination of lectures, laboratory practicals and field visits, with an assignment, oral and written presentations and a written examination.

Economic importance, uses and distribution of cereals in UK and world agriculture, market quality requirements and variety characteristics and selection, crop development and structure, husbandry, crop manuring, crop protection, harvesting and storage.

Module Skills

Problem solving The management of cereal plots will produce problems that students will have to solve.  
Communication Students will be required to produce a technical report and make an oral presentation.  
Improving own Learning and Performance The timing of a range of crop management decisions is crucial to their effectiveness. Students will have to manage their own time in achieving objectives.  
Team work Students will work in groups to manage cereal plots and make decisions on management strategies.  
Information Technology Students will be required to produce a word processed technical report and create visual aids for the oral presentation.  

Reading Lists

** General Text
Gair R, Jenkins JEE, Lester E (1987) Cereal Pests and Diseases
Kent N L (1994) Technology of Cereals: An Introduction for Students of Food Science and Agriculture 4th.
NAC Arable Unit (1987) Cereal Crop Manual
Palmer GH (1989) Cereal Science and Technology

Web Page/Sites


This module is at CQFW Level 4