Module: Crop Production Science

Module details

  • Module code

  • Module leader

    Mike Draper
  • Module Level

  • Module credits

  • Min study time

    150 hours
  • Contact hrs

    50 hours

Module content

This module consists of several subject areas that all relate to the scientific basis of the structure, physiology, growth, reproduction and development of crops together with their improvement, and the potential loss of crop yield and quality to weeds, pests and diseases.

Module outcomes

To achieve credit for this module, students must be able to:​

  1. Describe and use classification and scientific naming of crop plants in the context of their utilisation in agriculture and horticulture
  2. Explain the anatomy and morphology of crop plants and the growth and development of structures of significance in crop production
  3. Appreciate the basis of the principal physiological and biochemical pathways and their role in growth processes and yield formation
  4. Describe the principle components of the crop canopy and relate them to resource capture for growth and the significance of associated management inputs
  5. Describe the constraints to realising the genetic yield potential of crops and appreciate the biology and impact of pests, diseases and weeds on crop production and its management

Transferable skills

Students will develop the skills required to;

  1. Write a scientific report based on self-directed series of observations
  2. Obtain data from an experimental procedure and undertake an assessment of quality and precision of the procedure
  3. Compare experimental data with published sources and derive appropriate conclusions


Assessment Description Weighting
Coursework Laboratory report 40%
Exam Unseen exam (2 hours) 60%

Assessments may differ in 2021/22 due to adjustments for Covid-19. Please check Gateway for the latest regulations.

Key texts

Students should be familiar with the content of at least one of the following

  • Chapman G P.(1996) Biology of grasses CAB International
  • FITTER, A.H. and HAY, R.K.M. (2002) Environmental physiology of plants 3rd edn. Academic Press.
  • Graham, LE, Graham, JM and Wilcox, LW (2006) Plant Biology Pearson, Prentice Hall
  • Hart, JW (1988) Light and Plant Growth Unwin Hyman.
  • Hodson, M. and Bryant, J.A. (2012) Functional Plant Biology Wiley-Blackwell
  • Hopkins, WG (2008) Introduction to Plant Physiology  4th Ed. John Wiley & Sons
  • Ingram, D ,Vince-Prue, D and Gregory, PJ (2008) Science and the Garden: The Scientific Basis of Horticultural Practice. 2nd Edition Blackwell Publishing
  • Langer HM and Hill GD (1991) Agricultural Plants 2nd Ed Cambridge University Press
  • McMahon, M.J. et al (2007) Hartmann’s Plant Science: growth, development and utilisation of cultivated plants 4th ed. Pearson Education
  • Maiti, R (2012) Crop Plant Anatomy CABI
  • Oxlade, E. (2007) Plant physiology, the structure of plants explained. Studymates Limited.
  • Rana, M.K. (2018) Vegetable Crop Science. CRC Press
  • Raven, Peter H, Ray F Evert and Susan E Eichhorn (2005) Biology of plants. 7th ed WH Freeman
  • Shabala, S. (ed.) (2012) Plant stress physiology. Cambridge, MA: CABI.
  • Simpson BB and Orgorzaly MC (1995) Economic Botany 2nd Ed McGraw Hill