ACE2019 : Grassland

Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


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.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture221:0022:00Illustrated lectures to provide factual information related to the syllabus.
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion110:0010:00Preparation of grass identification exercise
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion110:0010:00Preparation of essay
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion12:002:00Semester 1 examination
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion300:4522:30Revision for Semester 1 examination
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching12:002:00Practical session in computer cluster
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesFieldwork14:004:00Visits to grassland farms to consider practical aspects of management.
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study170:308:30Field and lecture follow up and note compliation
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study191:0019:00use 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.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1202A70N/A
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay2M15Grass identification and characteristics (1000 words)
Essay2M15Sheep 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 Lists