Short Title:Integrated Crop Management
Full Title:Integrated Crop Management
Module Code:HTSC H2014
ECTS credits: 5
NFQ Level:6
Module Delivered in 2 programme(s)
Module Contributor:Michael Hagan
Module Description:This module introduces the learner to the basic concepts behind methods of protection of plants. This will include the identification of pests and diseases of various types, including fungal, bacterial and viral diseases on plants and their vectors (where applicable), and insect and animal pests of plants and crops. The learner will study preventative methods and standard chemical, biological and ecological methods of pest control. The concept of Integrated Pest Management will be examined in the context of the Sustainable Use Directive (Pesticides)
Learning Outcomes:
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to
  1. Have a detailed knowledge of the biology of organisms which cause plant diseases, such as fungi, bacterial and viral infections, and the symptoms they induce in infected plants. Identify, from symptoms, a range of plant diseases.
  2. Have a working knowledge of the range of plant pests and identify a range of plant pests from the damage they cause
  3. Have studied a wide variety of instances of plant disease and damage caused by pests
  4. Describe the preventative mechanisms by which plant problems may be controlled or eliminated; physical, cultural, biological and chemical methods. Define Integrated Pest Management and the impact of the Sustainable Use Directive on crop protection
  5. Choose between chemical and other forms of plant protection to be used when an attack/outbreak is imminent or has already occurred
  6. Deploy pesticides with a view to their hazards and limitations, including the increase of resistance of diseases and pests to pesticides

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Plant disease
The classification of organisms that cause plant disease, and their structure and biology. Fungal, bacterial and viral plant diseases. The methods by which disease organisms cause damage to plants. Identification of disease organisms and disease symptoms
Plant pests
The range and classification of plant pests. The structure and biology of plant pests. The basis for identification of pest and pest damage. Examples of plant pests and the nature and extent of the damage they cause. Animal pests
Control mechanisms
Integrated Pest Management theory and methodologies. Sustainable Use (of Pesticides) Directive and its implications for crop protection. Pesticides and their chemical components. The process of disease control through pesticides, the mechanism by which pesticides destroy pathogens. Biological control of pests and diseases. Factors such as the disadvantage of monoculture production and the increased susceptibility to infestations and epidemics
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
Portfolio Learners will develop a portfolio of the plant problems that they physically encounter in lab and practical sessions. The purpose of the portfolio is to encourage further independent learning. 1,3 10.00 Every Week
In-class test Two short Q&A in-class tests to assess the learner's ongoing attainment of the module material, around weeks 8 and 12. (7.5% each) 1,2,3 15.00 n/a
Practical/Skills Evaluation The learner will be examined on their practical ability to correctly identify the appropriate materials for plant protection, calculate dosages, appropriate application methods, suitable PPE, etc. 5,6 5.00 n/a
Final Exam Assessment %
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Formal Exam End-of-Semester Final Examination will examine the theory presented and discussed during the module delivery, along with the learner's wider reading of the topic. 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
The repeat assessment will consist of a two hours 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 4.00
Recommended Book Resources
  • edited by David V. Alford 2000, Pest and disease management handbook, Blackwell Science Oxford [ISBN: 978-0-632-05503-6]
  • Dale Walters (Editor), Disease Control in Crops [ISBN: 978-1-4051-6947-9]
  • Robert W. Allard 1999, Principles of plant breeding, J. Wiley New York [ISBN: 978-0-471-02309-8]
  • Ronald M. Atlas 1997, Principles of microbiology, Wm. C. Brown Publishers Dubuque, IA [ISBN: 0815108893]
  • R.J. Stephens 1982, Theory and practice of weed control, Macmillan Press London [ISBN: 0333212940]
Supplementary Article/Paper Resources
Other Resources

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
BN_SHTSC_8 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Horticulture [240 ECTS credits] 3 Mandatory
BN_SHTSC_7 Bachelor of Science in Horticulture [180 ECTS credits] 3 Mandatory