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NES2001 : Arable Crops

  • Offered for Year: 2023/24
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Paul Bilsborrow
  • Lecturer: Dr Dave George
  • Owning School: Natural and Environmental Sciences
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus

Your programme is made up of credits, the total differs on programme to programme.

Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0
European Credit Transfer System


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 distribution and uses
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 ActivitiesLecture102:0020:00n/a
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion120:0020:00Revision for Semester 2 written exam
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study160:0060:00Compilation 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.

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination902A100In person exam
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The exam 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.

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