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ACE2018 : Arable Crops

  • Offered for Year: 2021/22
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Paul Bilsborrow
  • Lecturer: Dr Dave George
  • 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
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture91:009:00n/a
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion120:0020:00Revision for Semester 2 written assessment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion116:0016:00Preparation for assignment
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials60:303:00Online lecture content available on Canvas
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching41:004:00tutorials
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study124:0024:00Compilation of notes and follow up after lectures and fieldwork
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study124:0024:00General reading and background research on module topics
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Online 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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Prob solv exercises2M20The assignment involves the analysis and interpretation of relevant agronomic data provided
Written exercise2M80Online alternate assessment
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The alternate assessment 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