ACE2019 : Grassland
- Offered for Year: 2017/18
- Module Leader(s): Mrs Helen Adamson
- Demonstrator: Mrs Gillian Butler
- Owning School: Natural and Environmental Sciences
- Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
|Semester 2 Credit Value:||10|
To provide students with an understanding of the nature and potential of the UK grassland resource, and its management for ruminant livestock production.
Outline Of Syllabus
Description of the UK grassland resource and its classification
Factors affecting production
1. Physiology of growth and regrowth in grasses and legumes
2. Factors affecting sward composition, the identification and agricultural characteristics of herbage species.
3. Methods of grassland establishment
4. Nutrient requirements and their implications for fertiliser use.
Factors affecting the efficiency of grassland utilization
1. matching supply and demand
2. grazing management
3. Principles and practices of silage and haymaking.
Factors affecting efficiency of utilization of the hill and upland greenland resources.
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||1||2:00||2:00||Semester 1 examination|
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||30||0:45||22:30||Revision for Semester 1 examination|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Lecture||22||1:00||22:00||Illustrated lectures to provide factual information related to the syllabus.|
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||1||10:00||10:00||Preparation of grass identification exercise|
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||1||10:00||10:00||Preparation of essay|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Small group teaching||1||2:00||2:00||Practical session in computer cluster|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Fieldwork||1||4:00||4:00||Visits to grassland farms to consider practical aspects of management.|
|Guided Independent Study||Independent study||17||0:30||8:30||Field and lecture follow up and note compliation|
|Guided Independent Study||Independent study||19||1:00||19:00||use of reading materials and websites relevant to the taught programme.|
Teaching Rationale And Relationship
Lectures introduce students to the topics of UK grassland resources and their classification and use for agricultural purposes. The small teaching groups allow students to become familiar with and to use computer software to identify grass species. Field visits supplement the lectures to acquire a greater understanding of UK grassland management. Guided reading helps students acquire additional information relevant to the lecture material.
The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners
|Essay||2||M||15||Grass identification and characteristics (1000 words)|
|Essay||2||M||15||Sheep grazing systems (1000 words)|
Assessment Rationale And Relationship
The written examination assesses the extent to which factual information acquired from a range of sources has been assimilated and presented coherently. The assignments encourage students to develop observational and botanical skills relevant to grassland plants, to research using web-based and other methods, factors affecting grassland management and to interpret the information in a way that is relevant in practice.
Study abroad students may request a take-away exam paper to be returned via NESS.
- Reading List Website : rlo.ncl.ac.uk