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On completion of this module students should be able to;
1 Describe the principles and methods of production for the major protected food crops; the supply and retailing of fresh and value protected produce.
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 protected produce.
3 Describe the principles of sustainable production of protected crops.
This module explores the scientific and technological basis of protected food crop production. Factors involved in the production of the principle protected food crops are studied (Mushrooms, Tomatoes, Cucumbers, Peppers, Lettuce and Culinary Herbs). Emphasis is given to the sustainable production of quality produce. There is particular emphasis given to the system approach to programmed growing for long season production and the application of recent technology (including new lighting regimes and Combined Heating and Power units) and research findings. National and international production, distribution, retailing and consumption patterns are reviewed for selected crops. Industry Codes of Practice and Quality Assurance & Food Safety programmes (including national and international quality standards, such as GLOBALGAP, certification and accreditation systems to ISO17065) will be examined.
|Student Effort Type||Hours|
|Field Trip/External Visits||
|Specified Learning Activities||
|Autonomous Student Learning||
Level 1 or Level 2 Biology or Chemistry Module
|Description||Timing||Component Scale||% of Final Grade|
|Examination: Final end of semester written examination||Coursework (End of Trimester)||No||Standard conversion grade scale 40%||No||
|Multiple Choice Questionnaire: MCQ covering the next 4 weeks of the module||Week 10||n/a||Standard conversion grade scale 40%||No||
|Presentation: Industry site visit report, group Presentation||Throughout the Trimester||n/a||Standard conversion grade scale 40%||No||
|Multiple Choice Questionnaire: MCQ covering the first 4 weeks of the module||Week 5||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
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