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HR930 - Introduction to BASIS

  • Module code: HR930
  • Module name: Introduction to BASIS
  • Department: School of Life Sciences
  • Credit: 10

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

The principal aim of the module is to provide students with the foundation training in order for them to progress to a full BASIS Certificate in Crop Protection. The certificate requires students to work for a year in industry before qualification is accredited, and this module will provide them with all the necessary academic training and experience. BASIS is an essential career qualification for agronomists, trials managers, consultants and employees of any company prescribing crop protection chemicals, including sales staff. In order to be successful in their careers, students must be able to give sound technical advice in the field. For this reason the syllabus and training programme has been devised to provide practical instruction wherever possible. Consequently, there will be in-filed training thought the course which will be split up to cover all stages of field preparation, crop establishment, phases of growth and maturation and harvesting. This will include learning field-identification of weeds,pests and diseases of all the major crop groups in the UK. Further, it will teach how to prepare a programme for the control of weeds, pests and diseases within safe economic and environmental parameters. An appreciation of the options between chemical types and formulations from different companies, of the benefits of treatment vs non-treatment, of symptom-analysis and tools for diagnosis and the weighing of benefits over remediation will all be covered within the framework of Health & safety on the farm.

Principal learning outcomes

By the end of the module you will be able: To recognise, and propose solutions, for recognised problems in agriculture crops To asses the benefits of different crop protection options To diagnose the principle pest, weed and disease problems in arable crops To communicate diagnosis and remediation options

Timetabled teaching activities

Lectures 2; Seminars 4; Field practical/ tutorials per week 46 hours.

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Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
10 CATS (Module code: HR930-10)
A (Assessed work only) Assessed Course Work 70%
Assessed Course Work 30%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:



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