AP3A103-Horticultural Crop Technology

Module Provider: School of Agriculture, Policy and Development
Number of credits: 10 [5 ECTS credits]
Level:6
Terms in which taught: Autumn term module
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Module version for: 2017/8

Module Convenor: Prof Paul Hadley

Email: p.hadley@reading.ac.uk

Summary module description:

This module provides students with an understanding and knowledge of specific aspects of horticultural crop technology. A number of advanced technical and scientific aspects of horticultural production systems in temperate areas are also covered to illustrate the relationship between plant physiology and genetics and the development of new horticultural technologies. Crop technologists in the horticulture industry are required to be innovative and to design new technologies to improve production efficiency. This module will enable students to research technologies and appraise their potential critically. The course builds on previous modules by studying a limited number of subjects in greater detail. Seminars prepared during this course will allow the students to gain experience in evaluating scientific research critically.


Aims:
This module provides students with an understanding and knowledge of specific aspects of horticultural crop technology. A number of advanced technical and scientific aspects of horticultural production systems in temperate areas are also covered to illustrate the relationship between plant physiology and genetics and the development of new horticultural technologies. Crop technologists in the horticulture industry are required to be innovative and to design new technologies to improve production efficiency. This module will enable students to research technologies and appraise their potential critically. The course builds on previous modules by studying a limited number of subjects in greater detail. Seminars prepared during this course will allow the students to gain experience in evaluating scientific research critically.

Assessable learning outcomes:
By the end of the module the student will be able to demonstrate and understanding and knowledge of specific aspects of horticultural crop technology. He/she will be able to appraise and criticise the scientific information that supports this knowledge. He/she will be able to appraise and criticise advanced technical and scientific aspects of horticultural production systems and to understand the relationships between crop physiology and genetics and the development of horticultural technologies. He/she will be able to summarise and explain specific aspects of horticultural crop technology and production systems from assembled scientific information.

Additional outcomes:

Students will enhance their presentation and communication skills through assessed summaries of seminars topics and explanations to the other students. Self learning will be encouraged through preparation of seminar topics.


Outline content:
Responses of vegetable crops to fertiliser inputs
• Effects of temperature and light on crop growth, development and yield
• Dormancy in deciduous fruit trees
• Technology of strawberry production
• Control of flowering in fruit crops: apple, strawberry and grapevine
• Improvements in vegetable seed technology
• Biotechnology of fruit crops
• Carbon dioxide responses of greenhouse crops; methods of CO2 enrichment of the greenhouse atmosphere; winter and summer enrichment.
• The potential of spectral filters for protected cropping
• Nutrient responses of greenhouse crops; hydroponic growing systems; nutrient film culture; rockwool systems; control of nutrient supply.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
There will be a total of 20 hours contact time including lectures and seminars. Some topics covered in this course will be researched and presented by the students with guidance from members of staff.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 20
Guided independent study 80
       
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

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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:
    Two hour examination.

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

    Reassessment arrangements:
    By re-examination.

    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
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    Last updated: 31 March 2017

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