Module: Advanced Crop and Plant Science

Module details

  • Module code

  • Module leader

    Dr Hugh Martin
  • Module Level

  • Module credits

  • Prerequisites

  • Min study time

    150 hours
  • Contact hrs

    30 hours
  • Teaching Period

    Semester 2

Module content

This module utilises the knowledge and understanding of crop sciences developed at level 1 and level 2. Topics included in the module will be those currently debated in scientific and associated arenas and will reflect the issues and polemics at the forefront of crop science. Topics will include the scientific basis of crop and plant production (e.g. genetics, quality and content of crop produce and human health implications, production techniques and associated technologies, and limitations and constraints to crop and plant production). The module will utilise meetings, symposia and conferences in order to obtain up to date information, opinions and material for study.

Module outcomes

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

  1. Understand, and put into rational context, current concerns and polemics of crop production.
  2. More effectively engage in current debates relating to application of the principles of the scientific basis of crop and plant production sciences.
  3. Understand the means by which scientific research and developments are communicated both within the scientific community and to the practitioner.


Assessment Description Weighting
Coursework 3 essays (Each 2000 words) 100%

Key texts

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

  • Blank, S. (1998). The End of Agriculture in the American Portfolio. Greenwood Publishing.
  • Boekestein, A. (et al) (2003). Towards an Agenda for Agricultural Research in Europe. Wageningen Academic Publishers.
  • Buhler William (2002). Science, Agriculture and Research: A Compromised Participation? Earthscan Publications