CPSC30030 Root and Alternative Crop Production

Academic Year 2021/2022

This module is designed for students who already have some knowledge of crop production techniques. It specialises in aspects of the production and utilisation of a range crops such as potatoes, oilseed rape, faba beans and fodder crops such as swedes and kale. This modules also covers catch crops and crop biotechnology as well as dealing with the issues relating to the increasing interest in non-food crops for the production of biofuels, fibre and biomass. Aspects of plant root management and nutrition are also covered.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this module the student should be able to: Discuss the production of various crops and be able to make management decisions. Appreciate the factors underpinning the increasing interest in non-food crops at farm, industry and government level. Evaluate and make decisions re the future viability of these new cropping options.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours


Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
In this module the following approaches are used:
1. face to face lectures;
2. active/task-based learning;
3. case-based learning;
4.critical writing.

Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations
Learning Recommendations:

It is recommended that students should have completed first, second and thrid year modules before enrolling in this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Root and Alternative Crop Prod (CPSC37030)

Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Assignment: Library based Coursework (End of Trimester) n/a Alternative linear conversion grade scale 40% Yes


Class Test: Mid-term MCQ exam Week 7 n/a Alternative linear conversion grade scale 40% No


Multiple Choice Questionnaire: MCQ 1 hour End of Trimester Exam n/a Alternative linear conversion grade scale 40% Yes


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

• Group/class feedback, post-assessment

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Name Role
Professor James Burke Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Mr Andrew Doyle Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Gary Gillespie Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Mary Harty Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Tomás McCabe Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Professor James Burke Tutor