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BI1283

Environmental Issues in Crop Production

Basic subjects are the use of non-renewable resources within crop production, and the effects of these on the environment. The objectives of the course are to be able to propose solutions and preventative measures for crop production that could lead to sustainable practices and the conservation of natural resources. The course has its focus on primary crop production but will also provide students with knowledge and experience generally applicable within the utilization and conservation of natural resources, whether the crop is used for food, feed, raw materials for industry or urban landscape management. Handling and documentation of the environmental policy of an enterprise will also be taken up. Summarized, the course has three main areas; description of the situation, analysis from different points of view (based on Life Cycle Assessment and other systems analysis methods), and suggestions for change.

Additional course evaluations for BI1283

Academic year 2020/2021

Environmental Issues in Crop Production (BI1283-20080) 2020-11-02 - 2021-01-17

Academic year 2019/2020

Environmental Issues in Crop Production (BI1283-20008) 2019-11-01 - 2020-01-19

Academic year 2018/2019

Environmental Issues in Crop Production (BI1283-20007) 2018-11-06 - 2019-01-20

Academic year 2017/2018

Environmental Issues in Crop Production (BI1283-20063) 2017-10-31 - 2018-01-14

BI1283 Environmental Issues in Crop Production, 15.0 Credits

Miljörelaterade frågor i växtproduktion

Syllabus approved

2016-11-16

Subjects

Biology Horticultural science

Education cycle

Second cycle

Advanced study in the main field

Second cycle, only first-cycle courses as entry requirements(A1N)

Grading scale

5:Pass with Distinction, 4:Pass with Credit, 3:Pass, U:Fail The requirements for attaining different grades are described in the course assessment criteria which are contained in a supplement to the course syllabus. Current information on assessment criteria shall be made available at the start of the course.

Language

English

Prior knowledge

The equivalent of 120 credits including 30 credits in Biology, Horticultural Science, Agricultural Science, Environmental Science or Landscape Architecture, and English 6 (Swedish upper secondary school).

Objectives

The course focus on environmental problems arising in crop production. It provides students with knowledge and experience generally applicable within the utilisation and conservation of natural resources, independent of whether the crop is used for food, feed, raw materials for industry or urban landscape management.

On completion of the course, the student should be able to:
- describe in principle the effects of crop production on the environment, with focus on biological and ecological processes
- choose methods and tools for describing, analysing and evaluating environmental issues
- independently describe, analyse and evaluate the use of non-renewable resources within agricultural and horticultural crop production, the effects of these on the environment and finally be able to propose alternatives
- independently describe, analyse and evaluate the use of pesticides within agricultural and horticultural crop production, the effects of these on humans and in the surrounding environment and finally be able to propose alternatives
- describe how certification and labelling systems can be used to decrease negative environmental impact of crop production
- propose solutions and preventative measures for crop production that could lead to sustainable practices, the conservation of natural resources, fulfilment of the environmental goals, and contribute to sustainable development
- present a topic, relevant to the course, in a scientifically and critically reflective manner.

Content

The course consists to a large extent of projects that train the students on how to formulate, analyse and solve environmental problems. The project reports are presented both orally and in written form. Project work is supported by lectures and literature seminars.
- Introduction of the various environmental and resource conservation problems that arise in crop production.
- Introduction to environmental and sustainability goals in relation to crop production.
- Description, analysis and evaluation of the effects of crop production on the environment and the use of renewable and non-renewable resources, such as energy, nutrients, water and pesticides.
- Methods for describing, analysing and evaluating environmental effects e.g. Life Cycle Assessment (LCA), Cost-Benefit Analysis and other systems analysis methods. Training in the use of LCA.
- Measures to reduce the negative effects on the environment and the use of non-renewable resources.
- Possibilities for sustainable crop production to contribute to biological diversity and aesthetic values in the landscape.
- Systems for documenting and directing environmental protection. Certification of marketable agricultural and horticultural products.
- Discussions on the socio-economical processes affecting how natural resources are exploited in crop production.

Scheduled supervision, seminars as well as excursions are mandatory.

Formats and requirements for examination

To pass the course, approved written reports, oral presentations, and participating in compulsory course activities are required.
  • If the student fails a test, the examiner may give the student a supplementary assignment, provided this is possible and there is reason to do so.
  • If the student has been granted special educational support because of a disability, the examiner has the right to offer the student an adapted test, or provide an alternative assessment.
  • If changes are made to this course syllabus, or if the course is closed, SLU shall decide on transitional rules for examination of students admitted under this syllabus but who have not yet passed the course.
  • For the examination of a degree project (independent project), the examiner may also allow the student to add supplemental information after the deadline. For more information on this, please refer to the regulations for education at Bachelor's and Master's level.

Other information

  • The right to take part in teaching and/or supervision only applies to the course date to which the student has been admitted and registered on.
  • If there are special reasons, the student may take part in course components that require compulsory attendance at a later date. For more information on this, please refer to the regulations for education at Bachelor's and Master's level.

Responsible department

Department of Biosystems and Technology

Further information

Determined by: Programnämnden för utbildning inom landskap och trädgård (PN - LT)
Biology field: Övriga biologikurser
Replaces: BI0900, BI1191, BI1232
There are no Grading criteria posted for this course

Course facts

The course is offered as an independent course: Yes The course is offered as a programme course: Agroecology - Master´s Programme Horticultural Science Programme Euroforester - Master´s Programme Horticultural Science - Master´s Programme Tuition fee: Tuition fee only for non-EU/EEA/Switzerland citizens: 38054 SEK Cycle: Second cycle
Subject: Biology Horticultural science
Course code: BI1283 Application code: SLU-20052 Location: Alnarp Distance course: No Language: English Responsible department: Department of Biosystems and Technology Pace: 100%