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ACE3085 : Non-Combinable Crops

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


The aims of this module are:-
(i) to provide students with detailed information on: the physiological, agronomic, environmental and genotypic factors which affect physical and financial performance of the major temperate non-combinable crops, including potatoes, sugar beet, field scale vegetables and energy crops; the Global, EU and National markets and their product specifications
(ii) to enable them to develop comprehensive crop production strategies to meet these market specifications.

Outline Of Syllabus

Potatoes - physiological basis of yield
Potatoes - variety and seed tubers
Potato crop management
Sugar beet - physiological basis of yield
Sugar beet - varieties and seeds
Sugar beet crop management
Field scale vegetables - continuity of production
Energy - markets and crop management

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion122:0022:00Revision for examination (20 h of lecture/seminar/tutorial material being assessed + 2h exam)
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion115:0015:00Preparation for coursework Semester 2: Technical report (1000 words)
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion12:002:00Oral presentation preparation for student led seminars
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture82:0016:00Lectures presented by academic staff
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading12:002:00Tutorial preparation
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading12:002:00Preparation for Semester 2 Seminars
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching12:002:00Seminar presentations Semester 2: 1 x 2h seminars presented. One presentation/ student
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching12:002:00Tutorials:Potato irrigation (1h):Crop nutrition (1h) Debriefed in a staff-led discusssion.
Guided Independent StudyReflective learning activity12:002:00Preparation for module revision session
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesFieldwork18:008:00Visit to farm or national demonstration/conference.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery12:002:00Module revision session
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study19:009:00General research/reading on module topics
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study82:0016:00Lecture follow up: compilation of notes and associated reading
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures deliver the underlying knowledge needed by students to understand the relationships between crop physiology, agronomic management, environment and variety choice that influence the yield and quality of contrasting non-combinable crops for different market outlets. Visits illustrate 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. Small group teaching e.g. tutorials and student-group centered exercise activities 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 as these must be performed in order to complete the small group teaching objectives successfully.

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1202A702 questions from 5 to be attemped
Oral Presentation202M10Assessed seminar oral presentation. Presentation may be as an an individual or as part of seminar group.
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Report2M20Technical report on a current 'crop issue' suitable for inclusion in literature aimed at growers. (1000 words)
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The written examination assesses a student's recall of key content of the module and information from a range of other sources e.g. background reading about the main non-combinable crops;other modules;personal experience. It enables him/her to demonstrate and synthesise knowledge and understanding of the factors affecting crop yield and quality for different markets, their application and significance for practical production and express it concisely in a limited time. The oral examination (assessed seminar presentation) assesses a student's ability to work both as an individual and within a team to select and present relevant, up-to-date information on a chosen subject to the module's staff and students and contribute to the audience's knowledge and understanding of the subject. Assessed coursework - a report and a research paper - assesses a student's ability to integrate knowledge and understanding acquired over the programme of lectures, seminars and visits and for different purposes(technical and scientific) and to commincate them to different audiences. It is designed to assist, enhance and promote the learning experience and develop key skills that are essential in practical, commercial and research situations encountered after graduation and outlined in the module's intended skills outcomes.

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