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AGRI6020 - Animal and Crop Science

Title:Animal and Crop Science
Long Title:Animal and Crop Science
Module Code:AGRI6020
Duration:1 Semester
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:Fundamental
Field of Study: Agriculture
Valid From: Semester 1 - 2015/16 ( September 2015 )
Module Delivered in 2 programme(s)
Module Coordinator: Claire OSullivan Rochford
Module Description: This module provides students with an understanding of the principles and processes which are involved in the production of grass and food crops and the breeding and production of animals for food.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Describe the production of grass and forage crops and the provision of year round animal feed on Irish farms.
LO2 Describe the major plant crops grown in Ireland and their cultivation, production and hearvesting.
LO3 Outline the production practices involved in the breeding, rearing and finishing of the food animal species grown in Ireland.
LO4 Describe the production of milk on dairy farms.
LO5 Outline the pathology of major plant and animal diseases and describe how these may be managed and controlled.
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations
This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is strongly recommended before enrolment in this module. You may enrol in this module if you have not acquired the recommended learning but you will have considerable difficulty in passing (i.e. achieving the learning outcomes of) the module. While the prior learning is expressed as named CIT module(s) it also allows for learning (in another module or modules) which is equivalent to the learning specified in the named module(s).
Incompatible Modules
These are modules which have learning outcomes that are too similar to the learning outcomes of this module. You may not earn additional credit for the same learning and therefore you may not enrol in this module if you have successfully completed any modules in the incompatible list.
No incompatible modules listed
Co-requisite Modules
No Co-requisite modules listed

This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is mandatory before enrolment in this module is allowed. You may not enrol on this module if you have not acquired the learning specified in this section.

No requirements listed

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Grass Production
Soil profiles, nutrients, fertilisers. Grass sowing, nutrition, harvesting and preservation.
Crop production
The planning, production and harvesting of food crops such as cereals, fruits and vegetables.
Animal Production
The production of food animals: Cattle; Sheep; Pigs; Poultry and other species. The production of horses. Animal Welfare. Traceability.
Dairy Herd management
The dairy enterprise. Dairy herd management. Animal welfare. Traceability
Plant and Animal Diseases.
Major plant and animal diseases. Causative agents of infectious diseases. metabolic diseases. Pests and Parasites. Control and management of diseases. Animal remedies and plant protection products.
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work100.00%
Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Reflective Journal Complete a reflective journal to document learning and practical experience in the course material. 1,2,3,4,5 35.0 Every Second Week
Presentation Produce a media rich presentation of material to verfiy achievement of learning outcomes. 1,2,3,4,5 35.0 Every Second Week
Project Grass and Forage Crops, Milk production. 1,2,3,4,5 30.0 Week 10
No End of Module Formal Examination
Reassessment Requirement
Coursework Only
This module is reassessed solely on the basis of re-submitted coursework. There is no repeat written examination.

The institute reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Class based Instruction 2.0 Every Week 2.00
Lab Farm visits 2.0 Every Second Week 1.00
Independent Learning Independent and directed learning and completion of assessment tasks 4.0 Every Week 4.00
Total Hours 8.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 3.00
This module has no Part Time workload.

Module Resources

Recommended Book Resources
  • Turley T. et al 2005, Grass Production, 4th Ed., Teagasc
Supplementary Book Resources
  • C. R. Adams, K. M. Bamford and M. P. Early, Principles of horticulture [ISBN: 9780750686945]
  • Phillips, CJC, Principles of Cattle Production, 2nd Ed., CABI Publishing [ISBN: 978184593975]
This module does not have any article/paper resources
Other Resources

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CR_SBIBI_7 Bachelor of Science in Applied Biosciences and Biotechnology 3 Elective
CR_SFSTE_7 Bachelor of Science in Food and Health Science 3 Elective

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