6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL
Undergraduate - Unit
Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.
- First semester 2017 (Day)
This unit introduces traditional and modern practices involved in crop production. It includes environmental, genetic, physiological and cultural factors influencing crop growth and yield, and emphasises the growth, development and yield of several important tropical crop species and their management for sustainable production. A field trip will enhance students' understanding of crop plant identification, soil and environmental factors affecting plant growth as well as pest management.
On completion of this unit students will be able to:
- Demonstrate the ability to identify plant species of agricultural importance;
- Demonstrate good understanding of the principles involved in crop production and methods for crop improvement;
- Apply specialised knowledge on important factors affecting crop growth and yield to achieve sustainable production of important tropical crops;
- Analyse, interpret and present scientific data effectively.
Three projects: 30%
Two laboratory reports: 10%
Three hours of lectures per week + Three hours laboratory practical per week for eight weeks and one field trip to either a commercial plantation or a crop research station.
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