HORT10020 Plants and People

Academic Year 2023/2024

The purpose of this module is to provide an overview of the importance of plants for human life. Plants are the basis of life on earth and have long be used by humankind for food, shelter, medicinal, cosmetic, design, art and other purposes. They also have a fundamental role to play in the regulation of climate. Historically plants have also been used in the creation of many well known gardens and parks and in recent times sports pitches and golf-courses. This module delivered by several lecturers, both internal and visiting, and provides a broad overview of the production of foodstuffs, such as fruit, vegetables, mushrooms, cereals and important beverages such as beer and coffee. The use and production of plants for ornamental and other uses will also be discussed. The horticultural industry in Ireland and its key sectors will be outlined. The production of trees and shrubs and their use in the design and management of private gardens, parks and open spaces in the past and present will be described. The social, economic and environmental benefits of plants for both those in urban and rural areas will be examined. The topic of social horticulture and its role in the development of social capital will be also be discussed. The criteria for a successful playing surface for football and golf will be described. Students will be directed to background material in the Library and the World Wide Web. As this is a Stage 1 module emphasis is placed on linking this module with other Stage 1 modules in the Agricultural Sciences Programme in particular.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this module students should be able to understand and describe the fundamental relationship between humans and plants and the important role of plants in their own lives and in the lives of their peers. They should be familiar with the criteria for production of fruit and vegetables and other horticultural crops and beverages. They should be familiar with the key elements in the design and management of sports pitches, appreciate key features in the production of the trees and shrubs and their use in parks and gardens. Understand the role of plants in regulating climate. Be able to identify how this module is underpinned by other modules in the Agricultural Sciences programme, in particular the basic Sciences.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Autonomous Student Learning






Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Online Lectures

Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations
Learning Exclusions:

Those who have previosuly taken Plants and People as an elective are advised not to register to this module.

While no students are excluded from this module, the content of the module may be too basic for students in Stages 3 and 4.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Multiple Choice Questionnaire: Final Exam is an MCQ based on material from the whole course 2 hour End of Trimester Exam n/a Standard conversion grade scale 40% No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Autumn No
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Feedback post-assessment will be available on request by a student.

Name Role
Dr Caroline Elliott-Kingston Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Mary Harty Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Ms Puja Rauniyar Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Noeleen Smyth Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Ms Martina Caplice Tutor
Dr Caroline Elliott-Kingston Tutor
Dr Mary Harty Tutor
Dr Tony Twamley 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, 23, 24, 25, 26, 29, 31, 32, 33 Mon 14:00 - 14:50
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33 Thurs 14:00 - 14:50