CPSC10010 Introduction to Crop Science

Academic Year 2023/2024

This module provides the student with an overview of crop production globally and in Ireland.
An opportunity is provided to see how scientific principles are applied in crop science, including; how plants grow in the field. It will describe how crop production is influenced by biotic factors such as pests and diseases, and abiotic factors such as light and water availability. An introduction to crop genetics and biotechnology will be provided.
Each student will be assigned a project designed to illustrate basic principles in crop science.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this module students should be able to: fully understand the development of crop production in Ireland and appreciate the factors that have influenced it in the past and may do in the future. Students should also be able to explain and demonstrate the relevance of the basic sciences in crop science including:
1. Describe and explain the importance of crops for world food production.
2. Identify and describe the basic principles of plant growth.
3. Evaluate the theoretical and practical aspects of agronomic principles

Indicative Module Content:

History of Agriculture: Crop Domestication
Crop classification
Crop Taxonomy
Biology of plant reproductive systems.
Chemistry of food plants
Genetic improvement of crops
GMO and gene editing
Sustainable agriculture
Crop Development
Cropping systems
Biotic stress: crop pathogens
Crop - microbe interactions
Resistance to crop pathogens
Abiotic Stress

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning






Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
The approaches to teaching and learning include:

An active/task-based learning project.
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations
Learning Exclusions:

This module is not suitable for 2nd year Agriculture students.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Class Test: Mid-term Examination (Week 7) - (45mins)

Mix of MCQ/Short answer questions (20 in total)
Throughout the Trimester n/a Standard conversion grade scale 40% No


Multiple Choice Questionnaire: Final exam, will focus on questions from throughout the trimester. 2 hour End of Trimester Exam n/a Standard conversion grade scale 40% No


Project: A practical project will be completed which will require independent field work and completion of an online associated worksheet via Brightspace. Throughout the Trimester n/a Standard conversion grade scale 40% No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Autumn Yes - 2 Hour
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Online automated feedback
• Self-assessment activities

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Feedback is done individually post-assessment via Brightspace for the project. Throughout the module MCQ questions examples are discussed after each lecture.

Name Role
Assoc Professor Angela Feechan Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Gary Gillespie Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Sujit Jung Karki Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Cathal McCabe Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Zoe McKay Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Eoghan Curran Tutor
Nikolaos Mastrodimos Tutor
Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33 Thurs 10:00 - 10:50
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33 Tues 10:00 - 10:50