Animal & Crop Production (CPS1)

If you are interested in working closely with farmers in advisory or agribusiness roles, developing more efficient ways of rearing animals and growing crops, this degree is for you.

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The Animal and Crop Production (ACP) programme aims to provide students with a thorough knowledge and understanding of the animal and crop industries both nationally and globally from a social, economic, global and environmental perspective and that guarantees the production of safe food. We encourage our students to explain, evaluate, and effectively interpret theories, and assumptions in the animal and crop science area. We encourage our students to find, access, and critically evaluate information, and then be able to communicate effectively through writing, speech, and visual information. We do this by providing learning environments that integrate teaching, research, assessment and learning, individually and through group activities so as to develop leadership, critical and reflective practice, effective communication and inquiry skills. The diversity of learning environments (classroom, off campus practical’s – particuarly UCD Lyons Farm, field work, work placement) and methods ensure that students have a stimulating learning experience, which should equip them with the skills necessary to provide professional leadership and support for the expanding and dynamic agricultural sector industry. The ACP programme aims to be an integral component in ensuring the continued success of both the Irish animal and crop industries. Through our curriculum and experiential opportunities, we aim to develop leadership ability, integrity, and curiosity in our students and an inquiry based learning approach is employed incorporating a diverse range of teaching and assessment methods such as case studies, group projects, project work and professional work placements.


1 - Describe core sciences including plant and animal biology, in order to demonstrate an in depth knowledge of growth, development and improvement of farm animals and crops.
2 - Demonstrate an understanding of the principles in animal production systems, crop production systems, animal and crop nutrition, grassland systems, soil science, plant pathology, agricultural economics, business and communications.
3 - Analyse the relationships between inputs and outputs in various agricultural fields to make effective and profitable decisions.
4 - Formulate animal and crop production systems that are economical, sustainable and profitable.
5 - Understand the animal and crop industries in Ireland and globally in a way that is welfare and environmentally friendly and guarantees the production of safe food.
6 - Explain the importance of sustainability in relation to animal and crop production systems from a social, economic, global and environmental perspective.
7 - Describe the fundamental principles relating to agricultural economics, farm business management, marketing of farm produce and understanding of supply chain dynamics.
8 - Demonstrate an understanding of and appreciation for the importance of the impact of globalization and diversity in modern agricultural organizations.
9 - Understand and analyze the current events and issues that are occurring in agriculture and how they may affect the future of agriculture, and have the capacity for lifelong learning so as to remain informed of such evolving technical, economical and regulatory frame works.
10 - Demonstrate critical thinking and problem solving skills as they apply to a variety of animal and/or plant production systems.
11 - Demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing, and an ability to work effectively with others.
If you are interested in working closely with farmers in advisory or agribusiness roles, developing more efficient ways of rearing animals and growing crops, this degree is for you.

The Animal & Crop Production option within the BAgrSc degree provides you with a broad knowledge of agriculture relating to crops, animals and agribusiness. The objectives of this degree are to give you:

 - Knowledge of the growth, development and improvement of farm animals and crops

 - Knowledge of the agribusiness industry and the internal and external factors influencing it

 - The capacity to draw on this knowledge base to formulate animal and crop production systems that are economic and sustainable

 - The capacity for lifelong learning so as to remain knowledgeable of evolving technical, economic, policy and regulatory frameworks

 - Communication and technology skills that are applicable to many areas of professional employment

The Animal & Crop Production degree option is distinctive in that it develops an understanding of the science and business of crop and animal production and their interactions in an environment that is constantly changing due to technology, economics and social and agricultural policy.
STAGE 1
Stage 1 concentrates on the basic sciences and includes project work in which you explore areas of animal and crop production.

STAGES 2-4
You will take a number of modules, ranging from relevant applied sciences (such as Soil Science, Microbiology) to intensive study in the areas of Animal Husbandry, Crop Husbandry, Farm Business, Agricultural Policy and Communications, together with an opportunity for selection of elective subjects and project work. The animal and crop facilities at the UCD Lyons Research Farm are widely used as teaching aids in this degree option, particularly in the final stages of the programme. An extensive eight-month period of Professional Work Experience is undertaken from January of Stage 3.

PROFESSIONAL WORK EXPERIENCE
Between January and September in Stage 3 you undertake a period of Professional Work Experience in Ireland or abroad. This is a central part of the programme and allows you to gain practical skills, which make a valuable contribution to your CV and can lead to employment offers following graduation.
There are opportunities to study abroad (Australia, Europe, USA) in Stage 3 for one semester and to work abroad for your Professional Work Experience (Europe, Australia, New Zealand).
Graduates are employed in a wide variety of areas such as:

  • Agribusiness
  • Consultancy
  • Semi-state/government agencies
  • Financial services
  • Print, radio and television media
    This is also a very suitable degree if you intend to pursue full time farming or combine part time farming with a professional career. Research opportunities to master’s and PhD level are also available.
  • UCD Agriculture and Food Science Programme Office,
    Agriculture and Food Science Centre,
    Belfield,
    Dublin 4
    Tel: +353 1 716 7194
    Email:agandfoodprogrammes@ucd.ie
    Web:www.ucd.ie/agfood

    Stage 1

    In addition to the 55 credits of core modules, students must take elective modules amounting to 5 credits.

    Stage 2

    In addition to the 50 credits of core modules, students must take elective modules amounting to 10 credits.

    Stage 3

    A period of Professional Work Experience is mandatory and must be completed in Stage 3.

    Stage 4

    In addition to the 50 credits of core and option modules, students must take elective modules amounting to 10 credits.

    Module ID Module Title Trimester Credits
    Stage 1 Core Modules
         
    AESC10010 Land Use and the Environment Autumn

    5

    CHEM00020 Introductory Chemistry Autumn

    5

    MATH10230 Mathematics for Agriculture I Autumn

    5

    PHYC10180 Physics for Ag. Science Autumn

    5

    RDEV10020 Information Skills Autumn

    5

    RDEV10030 Introduction to Agricultural Economics and Business Autumn

    5

    ANSC10010 Introduction to Animal Science Spring

    5

    BIOL10010 Animal Biology and Evolution Spring

    5

    BIOL10030 Cell and Plant Biology Spring

    5

    CHEM10010 Introduction to the Chemistry of Biomolecules Spring

    5

    CPSC10010 Introduction to Crop Science Spring

    5

    Stage 1 Core Modules
         
    Stage 1 Options - A)MIN0OF:
    These modules might expand your knowledge of the Agri-Food sector and may be taken in place of electives.
         
    PHYC10190 Aspects of Physics for Ag. Sci Spring

    5

    RDEV10040 Introduction to Food and Agribusiness Management Spring

    5

    Stage 1 Options - A)MIN0OF:
    These modules might expand your knowledge of the Agri-Food sector and may be taken in place of electives.
         
    Stage 2 Core Modules
         
    AESC20060 Soil Science Basics Autumn

    5

    FOR20100 Applied Biostatistics Autumn

    5

    HORT20070 Agricultural Botany Autumn

    5

    MICR20010 Agricultural Microbiology Autumn

    5

    ANSC20010 Genetics and Biotechnology Spring

    5

    ANSC20020 Animal Nutrition I Spring

    5

    BSEN30020 Buildings and Environment Spring

    5

    CPSC20020 Fundamentals of Arable Crop Production Spring

    5

    FDSC20100 Agricultural Biochemistry Spring

    5

    RDEV20140 Health, Welfare & Safety in Agriculture Spring

    5

    Stage 2 Core Modules
         
    Stage 2 Options - A)MIN0OF:
    The modules may expand your knowledge in the Agri-Food sector and may be taken in place of electives.
         
    AERD20030 Business Management Autumn

    5

    BIOL20050 Climate Change and Agriculture Autumn

    5

    BSEN30170 Agricultural Mechanisation: Engines and Crop Machinery Autumn

    5

    FDSC20010 Food Macronutrients Autumn

    5

    AESC20050 Applied Zoology Spring

    5

    BSEN20150 Agricultural Engineering Principles Spring

    5

    CPSC20030 Principles of Crop Science Spring

    5

    CPSC20040 Physiological Plant Ecology Spring

    5

    Stage 2 Options - A)MIN0OF:
    The modules may expand your knowledge in the Agri-Food sector and may be taken in place of electives.
         
    Stage 3 Core Modules
         
    CPSC30010 Professional Work Experience 2 Trimester duration (Aut-Spr)

    30

    AESC30100 Pests, Parasites and Beneficials Autumn

    5

    AESC30220 Soil Science Applications Autumn

    5

    ANSC30010 Animal Reproduction Autumn

    5

    ANSC30020 Animal Breeding I Autumn

    5

    ANSC30040 Animal Nutrition II Autumn

    5

    BIOL30010 Plant Diseases: Biology and Control Autumn

    5

    Stage 3 Core Modules
         
    Stage 4 Core Modules
         
    AERD30190 Farm Business Management Autumn

    5

    ANSC30120 Non-ruminant Animal Production (Swine & Poultry) Autumn

    5

    ANSC30400 Beef Production Autumn

    5

    ANSC30410 Dairy Production Autumn

    5

    CPSC30040 Grass and Forage Production Autumn

    5

    CPSC40010 Cereal Production Autumn

    5

    AERD30210 Food and Agricultural Policy Spring

    5

    ANSC30390 Sheep Production Spring

    5

    CPSC30030 Root and Alternative Crop Production Spring

    5

    RDEV30060 Professional Communications Spring

    5

    Stage 4 Core Modules
         
    Stage 4 Options - A)MIN0OF:
    These modules may expand your knowledge in the Agri-Food sector and may be taken in place of electives.
         
    AESC40150 Wildlife Conservation Autumn

    5

    AESC40660 Plants, Roots and Productivity Autumn

    5

    ANSC40010 Applied Animal Reproduction Autumn

    5

    BSEN40410 Food Chain Integrity Autumn

    5

    CPSC30050 Organic Agriculture Autumn

    5

    CPSC30100 Emerging Crop Pathogens Autumn

    5

    RDEV30380 Knowledge Tfr for Farm Innovat Autumn

    5

    AESC40140 Agri-Environmental Nutrient Management Spring

    5

    ANSC30130 Principles of Animal Health, Behaviour and Welfare Spring

    5

    ANSC40040 Advanced Dairy Production Spring

    5

    BSEN30020 Buildings and Environment Spring

    5

    CPSC40040 Developments in Grassland Spring

    5

    CPSC40050 Devs in Crop Production & Util Spring

    5


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