Short Title:Fruit Production
Full Title:Fruit Production
Module Code:HTSC H3024
 
ECTS credits: 5
NFQ Level:7
Module Delivered in 3 programme(s)
Module Contributor:Harold Lawlor
Module Description:The module introduces the learner to the basic concepts involved in the production and management of a range of fruit crops. Learners will study crop establishment, growing methods, crop protection practices, harvesting and storing
Learning Outcomes:
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to
  1. Discuss the physiology of apple, strawberry, raspberry and other berried fruits
  2. Evaluate the production and management of strawberry and raspberry crops in the open and under protection. Compare the different growing systems and structures used to produce these crops
  3. Identify the common pests, diseases and disorders affecting a range of fruit crops and formulate the appropriate control measures in line with the Sustainable Use of Pesticides Directive
  4. Outline the processes for the establishment and management of apple and other fruit plantations
 

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Cane and Bush Fruits
Physiology of cane and bush fruits. Suitable cultivars for commercial growers in Ireland. Raspberry primocanes and floricanes. Sourcing stock. Growing systems - T-trellis, V-trellis, adjustable systems. Pruning, training and harvesting. Pests, diseases and nutrient management
Strawberry Crop Production
Physiology of strawberry plants. Junebearers and everbearers. Strawberry production systems. Walk-in tunnels, mobile tunnels, cloches and float film. Fertigation systems. Frigo plants vs. waiting bed plants. Pest and disease management.
Physiology of Apples
Explain the processes involved in flower, fruit bud formation and development for apples
Apple Production
Orchard design and layout. Effect of rootstock on scion development. Pruning techniques to include slender spindle, open centre and modern high density layouts. Double-working and top-working. Pollination strategies. Pests, diseases and nutrient management
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
Written Report Students will produce a report on the production systems of the growers visited during field trips (two reports at 5% each) 2,4 10.00 n/a
In-class test Students will be required to identify a range of common pests, diseases and disorders affecting fruit crops 3 10.00 n/a
Project Project based around the successful design of a commercial orchard to include - shelterbelts, tree spacing, pollinator spacing, staking, aspect etc. 4 10.00 n/a
Final Exam Assessment %
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Formal Exam n/a 1,2,3 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 End-of-Semester Exam

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
  • with contributions by Alison Dolan, Michael A. Ellis, Eric Hanson ; edited by Richard C. Funt, Harvey K. Hall., Raspberries, Wallingford; CABI [ISBN: 9781845937911]
  • James F. Hancock, Strawberries, Oxon, UK ; CABI Pub., c1999. [ISBN: 0851993397]
  • Harry Baker, Growing Fruit, Mitchell Beazley [ISBN: 9781840001532]
  • John E. Jackson, Biology of apples and pears, Cambridge, UK ; Cambridge University Press, 2003. [ISBN: 0-521-38018-9]
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] 5 Mandatory
BN_SHTSC_7 Bachelor of Science in Horticulture [180 ECTS credits] 5 Mandatory
BN_SHTSC_D Bachelor of Science in Horticulture [NFQ level 7, Add on 60 ECTS credits] 2 Mandatory