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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
History of Agriculture: Crop Domestication
Feeding the World
Biology of plant reproductive systems.
Food versus fuel
Chemistry of food plants
Genetic improvement of crops
Biotechnology in Crops
Picking from the sun
Biotic stress: Plant pathogens
|Student Effort Type||Hours|
|Specified Learning Activities||
|Autonomous Student Learning||
This module is not suitable for 2nd year Agriculture students.
|Description||Timing||Component Scale||% of Final Grade|
|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||
|Class Test: Mid-term MCQ (45mins)||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||
|Resit In||Terminal Exam|
|Autumn||Yes - 2 Hour|
• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Online automated feedback
• Self-assessment activities
Feedback is done individually post-assessment via Brightspace for the project. Throughout the module MCQ questions examples are discussed after each lecture.
|Dr Angela Feechan||Lecturer / Co-Lecturer|
|Dr Gary Gillespie||Lecturer / Co-Lecturer|
|Dr Sujit Jung Karki||Lecturer / Co-Lecturer|
|Mr Cathal McCabe||Lecturer / Co-Lecturer|
|Lecture||Offering 1||Week(s) - 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32||Thurs 10:00 - 10:50|
|Lecture||Offering 1||Week(s) - 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32||Tues 10:00 - 10:50|