AGRI06007 2019 Crop Production

General Details

Full Title
Crop Production
Transcript Title
Crop Production
75 %
Subject Area
AGRI - Agriculture
ESCI - Environmental Science
06 - NFQ Level 6
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2019 - Full Academic Year 2019-20
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Frances Lucy, Guy Marsden, Uma Tiwari
Programme Membership
SG_SSUST_C06 201900 Higher Certificate in Science in Sustainable Food Production SG_SAGRI_B07 201900 Bachelor of Science in Science in Agri-Food Science SG_SAGRI_H08 201900 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Science in Agri-Food Science SG_SAGRI_H08 202000 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Science in Agri-Food Science

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.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;


Identify the main categories and environmental factors of crops grown in Ireland (including crops for energy and biofuel).


Understand the principles of plant breeding and crop cultivation techniques.


Explain crop nutrition and fertiliser requirements, in addition to the main processes for nutrient uptake.


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.

Repeat Assessments


Indicative Syllabus

  1. The major arable crop production systems in Ireland.
  2. Energy crops and biofuel.
  3. An introduction to plant breeding.
  4. Essential nutrients for crop growth.
  5. Climatic factors influencing crop growth.
  6. Crop cultivation systems (including crop rotation systems).
  7. Conservative farming practices.
  8. An introduction to plant pathology.
  9. Control of weeds and pests.
  10. Crop harvesting and storage.

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Class Test - Short Questions Continuous Assessment Assessment 20 % Week 5 1,2,3,5
2 Class Test - Short Questions Continuous Assessment Assessment 20 % Week 10 1,2,3,4,5
3 Report Continuous Assessment Written Report 30 % Week 7 2,3,4
4 Assignment Continuous Assessment Assignment 30 % Week 12 5

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Lecture Theatre Theoretical component 2 Weekly 2.00
Practical Not Specified Practical Component 1 Weekly 1.00
Independent Learning Not Specified Independent Learning 4 Weekly 4.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 3.00 Hours

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

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.


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