AGRI06006 2016 Crop Production
This module will provide students with an overview of the main crop production systems in Ireland and the associated agronomic practices. An emphasis will be placed on the requirement for cost effective and sustainable crop production. Students will obtain a fundamental understanding of crop breeding, cultivation practices and nutrition. Established approaches used for the control of plant disease and pests will be explained.
On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;
To identify the main categories of crops grown in Ireland (including crops for energy and biofuel).
To understand the principles of plant breeding and crop cultivation techniques.
To explain crop nutrition and fertiliser requirements, in addition to the main processes for nutrient uptake.
Evaluate the Influence of environmental factors on crop growth.
Explain the practices for the control of plant disease, weeds and pests.
Understand the principles of sustainable crop production.
Teaching and Learning Strategies
The teaching and learning strategy for the module will comprise direct instructional learning, independent learning and enquiry based learning.
Module Assessment Strategies
Students will be assessed individually and as groups through a variety of written assignments. Tests comprised of short questions will be used to assess each individual student's overall knowledge of the theoretical component of the module.
- The major arable crop production systems in Ireland.
- Energy crops and biofuel.
- An introduction to plant breeding.
- Essential nutrients for crop growth.
- Climatic factors influencing crop growth.
- Crop cultivation systems (including crop rotation systems).
- Conservative farming practices.
- An introduction to plant pathology.
- Control of weeds and pests.
- Crop harvesting and storage.
Coursework & Assessment Breakdown
|Title||Type||Form||Percent||Week||Learning Outcomes Assessed|
|1||Class Test - Short Questions||Continuous Assessment||Assessment||20 %||Week 5||1,2,3,4,5,6|
|2||Class Test - Short Questions||Continuous Assessment||Assessment||20 %||Week 10||1,2,3,4,5,6|
|3||Report||Continuous Assessment||Written Report||30 %||Week 7||2,3,4|
|4||Assignment||Continuous Assessment||Assignment||15 %||Week 12||5|
|5||Assignment||Continuous Assessment||Assignment||15 %||Week 9||6|
Full Time Mode Workload
|Lecture||Lecture Theatre||Theoretical component||2||Weekly||2.00|
|Practical||Not Specified||Practical Component||1||Weekly||1.00|
Fageria, N.K., 2014 Nitrogen Management in Crop Production CRC Press
ISBN-10 1482222833, ISBN-13 9781482222838
Fageria,N.K., 2006 Physiology of Crop Production (Crop Science) CRC Press
ISBN-10 1560222883, ISBN-13 9781560222880
Hakeem, K.R., 2015 Crop Production and Global Environmental Issues Springer
ISBN-10 3319231618, ISBN-13 9783319231617
Waldren, R.P., 2005 Principles of Field Crop Production Pearson College Div
ISBN-10 0130259675, ISBN-13 9780130259677.