Short Title:Crops under Protection
Full Title:Crops under Protection
Module Code:HTSC H3030
 
ECTS credits: 5
NFQ Level:7
Module Delivered in 3 programme(s)
Module Contributor:Harold Lawlor
Module Description:This module introduces the learner to the basic concepts involved in drawing up production and management schedules for a range of crops produced commercially under production. Learners will study protected structures, crop establishment, growing methods, crop husbandry, harvesting, grading and packaging. They will also study the requirements for and the possible technical solutions to the maintenance of environments in protected structures to ensure plants can be successfully grown.
Learning Outcomes:
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to
  1. Evaluate the site requirements and basic specifications for protected structures to include glass and polythene
  2. Monitor and operate environmental control panels to include heating, ventilation, irrigation and feeding systems used for growing crops under protection
  3. Draw up production and management plans for tomatoes, cucumbers and peppers in a heated glasshouse structure
  4. Discuss production and management plans for all the year round lettuce production in an unheated structure
  5. Identify the common pests, diseases and disorders affecting tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers and lettuce and outline appropriate control measures in line with the Sustainable Use of Pesticides Directive
 

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Site Selection and Greenhouse Specifications
Characteristics of a site suitable for protected crop production. Range of structures suitable for growing crops under protection. Specifications and construction details for glasshouse and other greenhouse structures
Greenhouse Equipment and Operation
Different heat sources for protected crop growing and methods of distribution of heat within these structures. Heat requirement for a protected structure. Various options for environmental control. Operate control panels for heat, ventilation, humidity, light and temperature
Tomato, Cucumber and Pepper Production
Propagation and planting methods used in the production of tomatoes, cucumbers and peppers in heated structures. Essential husbandry practices involved in the production of heated crops to include nutrition, crop protection, training, trimming and harvesting
Lettuce Production
Propagation of lettuce plants. Soil preparation, planting, spacing and varieties. All year round production plan, a sustainable crop protection plan and a marketing plan. Perform routine tasks associated with lettuce production
Pests, Diseases and Disorders
Problems associated with pests, diseases and disorders for crops under protection. Life cycles of the major pests and diseases and appropriate sustainable solutions
Indicative Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work Assessment %30.00%
Final Exam Assessment %70.00%
Course Work Assessment %
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
In-class test Students will be required to identify a range of the common pests, diseases and disorders affecting crops under protection (two tests at 5% each) 5 10.00 n/a
Written Report Students will produce a report of the production systems used by growers visited on a field trip 3 10.00 n/a
Practical/Skills Evaluation Students will be required to operate environmental control equipment used for growing crops under protection 2 10.00 n/a
Final Exam Assessment %
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Formal Exam End-of-Semester Final Exam 1,3,4,5 70.00 End-of-Semester
Indicative Reassessment Requirement
Repeat examination
Reassessment of this module will consist of a repeat examination. It is possible that there will also be a requirement to be reassessed in a coursework element.
Reassessment Description
100% unseen written examination

ITB reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment

 

Indicative Module Workload & Resources

Indicative Workload: Full Time
Frequency Indicative Average Weekly Learner Workload
Every Week 2.00
Every Week 2.00
Every Week 2.00
Resources
Recommended Book Resources
  • E. J. Ryder, Lettuce, endive, and chicory, Oxon, Oxford <England> ; CABI Pub., cc1999. [ISBN: 0851992854]
  • edited by Vincent M. Russo., Peppers, Wallingford; CABI [ISBN: 1845937678]
  • edited by Ep Heuvelink, Tomatoes, Cambridge Wallingford, UK [ISBN: 9780851993966]
  • Nicolaas Castilla., Greenhouse technology and management, Wallingford, UK; CABI Publishing [ISBN: 9781780641034]
  • W.J.C. Lawrence, Science and the glasshouse, Oliver and Boyd Ltd Ediburgh
This module does not have any article/paper resources
This module does not have any other resources

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
BN_SHTSC_8 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Horticulture [240 ECTS credits] 6 Mandatory
BN_SHTSC_7 Bachelor of Science in Horticulture [180 ECTS credits] 6 Mandatory
BN_SHTSC_D Bachelor of Science in Horticulture [NFQ level 7, Add on 60 ECTS credits] 4 Mandatory