Course Information Undergraduate prospectus

Agronomy and Crop Physiology

Course summary

Course code: AGRI1225
Level: 7
Credits: 15
School: Engineering and Science
Department: Natural Resources Institute
Course Coordinator(s): Jonne Rodenburg

Specification

Pre and co requisites

None.

Aims

The study of agronomy provides a fundamental understanding of the way crop grow and develop in relation to their environment. This course will provide an introduction to the processes by which crops yields are optimised with the intentions of developing both knowledge and approaches that facilitate increased food production efficiencies through understanding the complexities of sustainable agriculture.

The course aims to:
• Present an understanding of the processes, such as photosynthesis, carbon allocation and resource acquisition, which underpin crop growth and development
• Link crop productivity to the environment and how crops cope with abiotic stress, particularly those linked to limitations in resource supply
• Examine the means by which resource use, light, water and nutrients, are optimised within crops
• Critical knowledge of the agronomic approaches being developed to achieve sustainable intensification of food production

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this course a student will be able to:

1 Discuss critically and evaluate the fundamental biological processes which drive crop growth
2 Understand how the environment impacts both positively and negatively on crop production
3 Critically discuss and explain the means by which the efficiency of crop growth limiting resources can be optimised
4 Evaluate the complexity and rationale required to promote and develop sustainable agriculture

Indicative content

• What is agronomy and why it is important
• Manipulation of the crop environment to maximise crop yields
• Development of ideas and approaches in sustainable cropping
• Routes to intensification of food production

Teaching and learning activity

Material will be delivered in lectures, supplemented by workshop sessions and discussions. Students will be expected to give a short presentation during the course.

Assessment

Method of summative assessment: Seminar
Outcomes assessed:1,2,3,4
Grading Mode (e.g. pass/ fail; %): %
Weighting % :20%
Passmark: 50%
Word Length: 15 minute presentation.10 + 5 mins for questions
Outline Details: n/a

Method of summative assessment: Examination
Outcomes assessed:1,2,3,4
Grading Mode (e.g. pass/ fail; %): %
Weighting % :80%
Passmark: 50%
Outline Details:2 hour examination to test understanding of the course content.