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Module

ACE8909 : Precision Agriculture incorporating Non-Combinable Crops

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Dave George
  • Lecturer: Dr Ankush Prashar, Mr James Standen, Professor Neil Boonham
  • Owning School: Natural and Environmental Sciences
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

To provide students understanding of the physiological, agronomic, environmental and genotypic factors which affect physical and financial performance of the major temperate non-combinable crops.
To integrate the main principles underlying the technologies and methodologies being used in Precision Farming (PF) in crop production systems, and the limitations and opportunities associated with different technologies and methodologies, utilising analytical skills and assisting decision making.

Outline Of Syllabus

The module will use the examples of non-combinable crops to manage an integrated crop production system that incorporates cultural methods of control for weeds pests and diseases, utilising precision farming technology to identify and implement control systems.

The module will incorporate the use of a variety of technological precision systems including global satellite navigation, remote sensing of crops and soils, incorporation of the impact of rotations in the application of data use in crop management, including variable-rate applications of seed, fertiliser and pesticide applications.

Teaching Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials192:3047:30Non-synchronous lecture materials and practical field trips (PiP or online depending on time)
Structured Guided LearningAcademic skills activities18:008:00Non-synchronous - Viewing/scoring alternative crops presentations
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical14:304:30PiP - computer practical
Structured Guided LearningStructured research and reading activities18:008:00Reviewing online potato learning materials (workshops and printed material)
Structured Guided LearningStructured non-synchronous discussion11:301:30Discussion board to pick best peer-awarded presentation
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesFieldwork16:006:00PiP field class at Nafferton (plus 1.5 hrs prep non-sync online time)
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery190:309:30Non-synchronous drop-in's to support online 'lecture' material
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1115:00115:00Including directed reading and research and exam revision
Total200:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Specialist staff are to become involved to deliver up-to-date lectures, including permitting students to have the opportunity to review and utilise precision equipment. The intention of the module is that it is not separated into components associated with each specialism, more that the principles of production and crop management are incorporated into an holistic approach to arable production systems that includes consideration for the entirety of the rotation, soil types, cost, availability of staff and equipment, aiming to minimise inputs whilst maintaining or improving yield and quality of outputs.

Assessment Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

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

Exams
Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1202A50Combination of Multiple choice, short answer and essay answer questions in 2 or more sections.
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Oral Examination2M50Alternative crop integration presentation
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The examination is an opportunity for specific topics to be identified and singled out for further assessment in a confined parameter, by splitting the examination into two parts, the exam will be able to address learning outcomes that are specific to either non-combinable crops or to precision farming strategies and techniques.

Reading Lists

Timetable