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ACE3034 : Applied Crop Protection

  • Offered for Year: 2021/22
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Paul Bilsborrow
  • Other Staff: Professor Robert Edwards, Professor Neil Boonham, Dr Kirsty McInnes
  • Owning School: Natural and Environmental Sciences
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


To provide students with detailed knowledge and encourage understanding of the principles of applied crop protection for temperate crops. To develop skills in researching, organising and presenting scientific information, in verbal and written forms, both individual and small groups.

Outline Of Syllabus

Weed, pest and disease control strategies for cereals, oilseed rape, potatoes and sugar beet.
A major focus of this module will be on chemical control options for arable crop production and the consequences of increasing levels of resistance to these chemicals.
Current developments in Cereal disease control
Current developments in Virology
Current developments in Entomology
Current developments in black-grass control

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture82:0016:00N/A
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials61:006:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion112:0012:00Preparation for oral presentation
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion124:0024:00Alternative assessment (90%). Assignment based at the end of the Module.
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study142:0042:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures deliver the underlying knowledge needed by students to understand the relationships between crop protection and performance. The field visit develops some of the material that has been covered in lectures and provides supplementary information and provides an opportunity for communication with professionals in the industry. Student oral presentations further extends knowledge and understanding of key subjects and issues and also develops a number of key skills e.g. time management, organisation, team work, oral communication.

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1201A75Exam
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Report1M5Group oral presentation
Report1M20Essay/project report (1000 words)
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The written assessment assesses a student's understanding of the key content of the delivered module and information from a range of other sources. It enables him/her to demonstrate and synthesise knowledge and understanding of the effects of chemical control options within a Integrated Management approach to crop protection.
The oral presentation assesses a student's ability to work both as an individual and as part of a team to select and present relevant, up-to-date information on a chosen subject and contribute to the audience's knowledge and understanding of the subject.

Study abroad students may request a take-away exam paper to be returned via NESS.

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