AP2A60-Horticultural Crop Production

Module Provider: School of Agriculture, Policy and Development
Number of credits: 10 [5 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Spring term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2016/7

Module Convenor: Prof Paul Hadley

Email: p.hadley@reading.ac.uk

Summary module description:

The module aims to provide knowledge of methods of horticultural crop production. It is intended that the learning experience will indicate the range of techniques used to maximise yield, quality and shelf life of fresh produce.

Assessable learning outcomes:
By the end of the module it is expected that the student will be able to
• Describe the methods used in the production of a range of field crops
• Explain the reasons why different approaches are required for different crops
• Critically appraise the factors that dictate production techniques and discuss likely future developments
•Manage and maintain a simple crop production trial.

Additional outcomes:
Development of presentational skills within a seminar context.

Outline content:

  • Light interception in annual and perennial crops in relation to yield.
  • Irrigation of horticultural field crops.
  • Prediction of crop maturity, harvesting, storage, marketing.
  • Production methods for field grown vegetables, tree fruit, soft fruit (including vines) and protected crops.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
General principles will be outlined in lectures but some of the more crop specific details will be covered by seminars and directed learning. Practical exercises will enable students to learn techniques used in commercial trials.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 20
Seminars 8
Practicals classes and workshops 2
External visits 8
Guided independent study 62
Total hours by term 100.00
Total hours for module 100.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written exam 60
Oral assessment and presentation 40

Other information on summative assessment:

Formative assessment methods:

Penalties for late submission:
The Module Convenor will apply the following penalties for work submitted late, in accordance with the University policy.

  • where the piece of work is submitted up to one calendar week after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for the piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;
  • where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.

  • The University policy statement on penalties for late submission can be found at: http://www.reading.ac.uk/web/FILES/qualitysupport/penaltiesforlatesubmission.pdf
    You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.

    Length of examination:
    A one and a half hour examination requiring answers to two questions from four.

    Requirements for a pass:
    A mark of 40% overall.

    Reassessment arrangements:
    By re-examination in August/September only.

    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
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    Last updated: 21 December 2016

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