AP3A89-Water, Agriculture and Irrigation

Module Provider: Agriculture
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: Dr Gillian Rose

Email: g.rose@reading.ac.uk

Summary module description:

To provide an understanding of the soil and plant processes which contribute to the management of water for crop production, and how these are used to schedule irrigation. To investigate different irrigation systems and the circumstances in which they are best used.


Aims:
To provide an understanding of the soil and plant processes which contribute to the management of water for crop production, and how these are used to schedule irrigation.
To investigate different irrigation systems and the circumstances in which they are best used.

Assessable learning outcomes:
By the end of the module students will be able to:
• Scrutinise the role of water in agriculture and development.
• Calculate evapo-transpiration using the Penman-Monteith equation and understand how soil and atmospheric factors affect evapo-transpiration
• Critically analyse the relation between crop growth and yield and water use, and how to use water efficiently
• Evaluate different irrigation systems

Additional outcomes:
Students will learn how to use the Aquacrop computer programme to plan and schedule irrigation.

Outline content:
- Introduction water use in agriculture and development
- Analysis of irrigation systems and their design
- Penman-Monteith and crop evapotranspiration

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
This module will use a range of methods including lectures, team work, in-class discussions, and supportive material on Blackboard.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 18
Practicals classes and workshops 2
Guided independent study 80
       
Total hours by term 100.00
       
Total hours for module 100.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Set exercise 20
Class test administered by School 80

Other information on summative assessment:

3 x multiple choice question tests, each worth 10% (30% total) based on pre-reading In-class test 50% Aquacrop crop simulation 20%


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:

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

    Reassessment arrangements:
    By coursework.

    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
    1) Required text books:
    2) Specialist equipment or materials:
    3) Specialist clothing, footwear or headgear:
    4) Printing and binding:
    5) Computers and devices with a particular specification:
    6) Travel, accommodation and subsistence:

    Last updated: 31 March 2017

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