Environmental Issues in Crop Production
Additional course evaluations for BI1283
Academic year 2020/2021Environmental Issues in Crop Production (BI1283-20080) 2020-11-02 - 2021-01-17
Academic year 2019/2020Environmental Issues in Crop Production (BI1283-20008) 2019-11-01 - 2020-01-19
Academic year 2018/2019Environmental Issues in Crop Production (BI1283-20007) 2018-11-06 - 2019-01-20
Academic year 2017/2018Environmental Issues in Crop Production (BI1283-20063) 2017-10-31 - 2018-01-14
BI1283 Environmental Issues in Crop Production, 15.0 CreditsMiljörelaterade frågor i växtproduktion
SubjectsBiology Horticultural science
Education cycleSecond cycle
Advanced study in the main fieldSecond cycle, only first-cycle courses as entry requirements(A1N)
Prior knowledgeThe 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).
ObjectivesThe 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.
ContentThe 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 examinationTo 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.
- 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.