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Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

7

Level of learning

Advanced

Unit aim

Explore crop production from the level of global food security down to soil microbiology. Learn about crop domestication and the various end-uses for different crop species. Discuss the best options for crop and soil management for sustainable crop production. Find out what makes a good choice of cultivar.

Unit content

Global food security and climate change

Crop economics

Crop species, quality and end-use

Crop domestication and breeding

Energy capture

Soils and water

Crop and soil management systems

Managing environmental impacts of crop production

Cultivar choice


Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

GA1: Intellectual rigour, GA2: Creativity, GA3: Ethical practice, GA4: Knowledge of a discipline, GA5: Lifelong learning, GA6: Communication and social skills, GA7: Cultural competence
On completion of this unit, students should be able to: GA1 GA2 GA3 GA4 GA5 GA6 GA7
1 Apply the basic tenets of crop economics. Intellectual rigour Knowledge of a discipline
2 Demonstrate an understanding of the breadth of end-uses for crop plant species. Intellectual rigour Knowledge of a discipline
3 Describe the origin and the processes of domestication and breeding for at least one crop plant species. Intellectual rigour Knowledge of a discipline
4 Formulate evidence-based hypotheses on the limits to crop growth under specific field conditions. Intellectual rigour Knowledge of a discipline
5 Evaluate crop and soil management systems with regard to production goals and sustainability. Intellectual rigour Ethical practice Knowledge of a discipline
6 Critically evaluate the environmental impacts of a cropping system and methods to mitigate impacts. Intellectual rigour Ethical practice Knowledge of a discipline
7 Analyse information to select suitable crop cultivars. Intellectual rigour Knowledge of a discipline

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. Apply the basic tenets of crop economics.
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of the breadth of end-uses for crop plant species.
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  3. Describe the origin and the processes of domestication and breeding for at least one crop plant species.
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  4. Formulate evidence-based hypotheses on the limits to crop growth under specific field conditions.
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  5. Evaluate crop and soil management systems with regard to production goals and sustainability.
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA3: Ethical practice
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  6. Critically evaluate the environmental impacts of a cropping system and methods to mitigate impacts.
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA3: Ethical practice
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  7. Analyse information to select suitable crop cultivars.
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline