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On completion of this module students should be able to;
1 Describe the nature, structure and principles of production; supply and retailing of fresh and value added potato and vegetable products.
2 Critically review and evaluate data from scientific, technical, industry and marketing sources on the key influences; primary crop requirements, food safety, quality assurance, environmental impact, sustainability, market demands/consumer trends, demographic changes and globalisation impacting the production and supply of potato and vegetable produce.
3 Describe the principles of sustainable production of potato and major field vegetable crops.
4 Create cropping plans and evaluate quality attributes for commercial potato and field vegetable crops.
5 Discuss and evaluate the requirements for a successful business within this sector.
6 Assess the application and use of precision mechanisation within this sector.
This module will focus on the sustainable planning of commercial potato and field scale vegetable crop production. An overview of the potato and vegetable industries will be given. The module will emphasise soil requirements, cultural techniques, growing programmes, harvesting methodologies and quality assurance systems for selected tuber (in particular potato production), root, bulb and brassica crops. Industry Codes of Practice and Quality programmes (including national and international quality standards, such as GLOBALGAP, certification and accreditation systems to ISO 17065) will be examined and reviewed. The influence of global fresh produce supply systems, retailing strategies and food safety/quality systems will be discussed. Developments in related value-added products will be explored.
|Student Effort Type||Hours|
|Field Trip/External Visits||
|Specified Learning Activities||
|Autonomous Student Learning||
Level 1 or Level 2 Biology or Chemistry modules
|Description||Timing||Component Scale||% of Final Grade|
|Fieldwork: Submission of industry site visit reports.||Varies over the Trimester||n/a||Standard conversion grade scale 40%||No||
|Multiple Choice Questionnaire: MCQ covering the next 4 weeks of this module||Week 11||n/a||Standard conversion grade scale 40%||No||
|Presentation: Each group will be required to prepare a Power Point presentation of their assigned work and to deliver this in class and defend it under questioning from students and staff alike.||Week 12||n/a||Standard conversion grade scale 40%||Yes||
|Multiple Choice Questionnaire: MCQ covering the first 4 weeks of the module.||Week 4||n/a||Standard conversion grade scale 40%||No||
|Remediation Type||Remediation Timing|
|In-Module Resit||Prior to relevant Programme Exam Board|
• Feedback individually to students, on an activity or draft prior to summative assessment
• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Group/class feedback, post-assessment
• Peer review activities
Feedback provided after submission of each industry site visit report and the completion of each preliminary examination and following presentations.
|Lecture||Offering 1||Week(s) - 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11, 12||Mon 10:00 - 10:50|
|Lecture||Offering 1||Week(s) - Autumn: All Weeks||Wed 10:00 - 10:50|
|Field Trip||Offering 1||Week(s) - 2, 6, 8||Wed 13:00 - 17:50|