HORT10020 Plants and People

Academic Year 2020/2021

Plants have long be used by humankind for food, shelter, medicinal, cosmetic and other purposes. They have also been used in the creation of gardens and parks and in recent times sports pitches and golfcourses. This module deliverd by several lecturers, both internal and visiting,provides a broad overview of the production of foodstuffs, such as fruit, vegetables, mushrooms. The use and production of herbs for ornamental and other uses will be discussed. The horticultural industry in Ireland and its key sectors will be outlined. The production of trees and shrubs and their use in the design and management of private gardens, parks and open spaces in the past and present will be described. The social, economic and environmental benefits of plants for both those in urban and rural areas will be examined. The topic of social horticulture and its role in the development of social capital will be also be discussed. The criteria for a successful playing surface for football and golf will be described. Students will be directed to background material in the Library and the World Wide Web. As this is a Stage 1 module emphasis is placed on linking this module with other Stage 1 modules in the Agricultural Sciences Programme in particular.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this module students should be able to understand and describe the role of plants in their own lives and in the lives of their peers. They should be familiar with the criteria for production of fruit and vegetables and other horticultural crops. They should be familar with the key elements in the design and management of sports pitches, appreciate key features in the production of the trees and shrubs and their use in parks and gardens. Be able to identify how this module is underpinned by other modules in the Agricultural Sciences programme, in particular the basic Sciences.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:

Individual assignment

Field visit reports 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations
Learning Exclusions:

Those who have previosuly taken Plants and People as an elective are advised not to register to this module.

While no students are excluded from this module, the content of the module may be too basic for students in Stages 3 and 4.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Examination: Written paper 20 short questions 1 hour End of Trimester Exam No Standard conversion grade scale 40% No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Autumn Yes - 1 Hour
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, on an activity or draft prior to summative assessment
• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Feedback will be provided to the class and then to individuals after they have completed the assignment and field visits. Feedback post-assessment will be available on request by a student.

Name Role
Assoc Professor Owen Doyle Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Caroline Elliott-Kingston Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Mary Harty Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Ms Martina Caplice Tutor
Ms Lorna Donlon Tutor
Miss Eva Ziggiotto Tutor
Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.

Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 27, 29, 30, 31 Mon 14:00 - 14:50
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31 Thurs 14:00 - 14:50