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HR930 - Introduction to BASIS (British Agrochemical Standards Inspection Scheme)

  • Module code: HR930
  • Module name: Introduction to BASIS (British Agrochemical Standards Inspection Scheme)
  • 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. The BASIS Certificate in Crop Protection has been established since 1978 to provide training and certification for sellers of agrochemicals and those giving advice on their use. In 1985 the Food & Environment Protection Act (FEPA) made certification a statutory obligation for pesticide sellers. The BASIS Certificate in Crop Protection has been approved by Ministers to meet the requirements of Schedule 2 of FEPA for certification for those involved in sale and supply of pesticides. 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-field training throughout 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 weighting of benefits over remediation will all be covered within the framework of Health and Safety on the farm.

Principal learning outcomes

• To identify the main growth stages of arable crops and be aware of the agronomic operations required at each stage • To recognise, diagnose and propose solutions, for weed, pest and disease problems in arable crops • To evaluate the benefits of different crop protection options • To communicate diagnosis and remediation options

Timetabled teaching activities

Module duration (weeks): Throughout the academic year to allow for monitoring of crop growth Lectures: 1 Seminars: 2 Fieldwork 46 (combining field practicals with tutorials)

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Other essential notes

Field practicals will require appropriate footwear (wellies recommended).

Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
10 CATS (Module code: HR930-10)
A1 (Assessed work only) Project write-up 50%
  Field Assessment of Skills 50%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:

  • Postgraduate Taught Sustainable Crop Production: Agronomy for the 21st Century (D4A2) - Year 1
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