Module Title:Crop production and weed science
Language of Instruction:English
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:6
Module Delivered In 2 programme(s)
Teaching & Learning Strategies: Formal lectures will be complemented by practical field sessions that allows for a balance of theory and hands on learning activities. Classroom activities will focus on the management of combinable crops and grassland including the economics of various crops that are grown in Ireland. Visiting lecturers will be used where appropriate to enhance the learning experience of the students and expose them to new concepts in crop production. Learners will brought to selected tillage and grassland farms in the South East to discuss the management concepts for crop production.
Module Aim: This module aims to build upon knowledge acquired during Year 1, specifically focusing on methods that can enhance the sustainability of crop production in Ireland. Students will learn how to critically assess various cropping options from an environmental and economic perspective.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to:
LO1 Critically assess the economics of producing various cereal and break crops in Ireland
LO2 Identification and control of weeds in managed pasture and cropping systems
LO3 Management of cereal and break crops including the strategic use of rotations to enhance the sustainability of crop production
LO4 Apply modern pasture management techniques to enhance productivity on farm
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations

This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is recommended before enrolment in this module.

7844 FARM H1717 Introduction to Crop Production
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Requirements
This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is mandatory before enrolment in this module is allowed.
Students should have studied Introduction to Crop Production or an equivelant subject prior to this module.
 

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
No indicative content
Assessment Breakdown%
Continuous Assessment10.00%
Project20.00%
Practical20.00%
End of Module Formal Examination50.00%
Continuous Assessment
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Practical/Skills Evaluation Students will be asked to identify various weed species that affect crop production 2 5.00 n/a
Practical/Skills Evaluation Students will be required to assess pasture herbage mass and allocate an area of pasture based on the requirements of the herd 4 5.00 n/a
Project
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Project Students will complete an integrated cropping plan for a farm that includes the division of work load, economics of production and the use of rotations. This plan will be delivered through oral presentation to peers. 1,3 20.00 n/a
Practical
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Practical/Skills Evaluation Student will submit reports on field studies completed throughout the period 2,3,4 20.00 n/a
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Formal Exam An end of year exam will take place covering aspects of crop production delivered during the term   50.00 End-of-Semester

ITCarlow reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment

 

Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Every Week 0.75
Practicals Every Week 0.75
Independent Learning Every Week 1.50
Total Hours 3.00
 

Module Delivered In

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CW_SWSFM_B Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Sustainable Farm Management and Agribusiness 2 Mandatory
CW_SWSFM_D Bachelor of Science in Sustainable Farm Management and Agribusiness 2 Mandatory