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ACE2018 : Arable Crops

  • Offered for Year: 2019/20
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Paul Bilsborrow
  • Other Staff: Mr Simon Parker
  • Owning School: Natural and Environmental Sciences
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


To enable students to acquire the basic knowledge and understanding of the role of temperate crops in farming systems. The module will also provide an overview of the major UK arable crops and their management from seed to harvest and subsequent utilisation. By covering topics such as the UK arable sector, crop distribution, establishment, nutrition and protection, the module aims to enable students to acquire the basic knowledge and understanding of the role of temperate crops in farming systems.

Outline Of Syllabus

1. UK arable sector within British agriculture
2. Crop statistics and distribution
3. Crop establishment
4. Crop nutrition and fertiliser application.
5. Crop protection
6. Production handling and storage
7. Production economics
8. Crop quality and market demands

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion114:0014:00Preparation for assignment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion120:0020:00Revision for Semester 2 examination
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture102:0020:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesFieldwork13:003:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study120:0020:00General reading and background research on module topics
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study123:0023:00Compilation of notes and follow up after lectures and fieldwork
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures deliver the basic subject knowledge of the module by introducing students to the range of arable crops grown and their markets. The agronomic management of temperate arable crops is examined in terms of establishment, nutrition, crop protection and storage. The associated farm visit demonstrates practical management principles and their effects on crop performance in a commercial situation.

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1202A80N/A
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Prob solv exercises2M20The assignment involves the analysis and interpretation of relevant agronomic data provided
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The examination paper assesses understanding of the key content of the module and facilitates demonstration of knowledge and understanding of the main principles and practices of crop management.

The assignment assesses a students a students knowledge and understanding acquired from lectures, visits or other sources through the analysis interpretation and reporting of data.

Reading Lists