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HR900 - Crop Physiology and Production

  • Module code: HR900
  • Module name: Crop Physiology and Production
  • Department: School of Life Sciences
  • Credit: 20

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

As a basis for exploiting MSc level training in plant biosciences and horticulture this module provides a clear understanding of the principles and limitations of modern crop production practices. The module does not provide specific details for individual crops; the aim is to provide advanced, but generic, understanding of the science underpinning crop production in both the field and glasshouse. The module will deliver insight and understanding in physiology where it is relevant to maximising gains/minimising inputs from/for a wide range of crops. It will also provide an appreciation of the diversity of crop production practices and techniques that are in specific production situations. Lectures will be supported by a visit to a site of commercial production to illustrate application, context and business practice.

Principal learning outcomes

Understand the principles and practices that underpin modern crop production practice. Exploit understanding of plant science gained from this course in the context of different agricultural and horticultural practices. Recognise and communicate best practice from a range of agricultural sectors. Evaluate how quantitative datasets can be used to inform decision making. Recognise, implement and exploit best practice from a range of agricultural sectors. See opportunities to improve and manipulate scheduling, yield and quality in crop production.

Timetabled teaching activities

Module duration: 2 weeks Lectures: approx. 16 hours

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Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
20 CATS (Module code: HR900-20)
AP (Assessed work only) Assessed Presentation 50%
  Essay 50%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:

  • Postgraduate Taught Sustainable Crop Production: Agronomy for the 21st Century (D4A2) - Year 1
  • Postgraduate Taught Food Security (D4A3) - Year 1
Optional Core