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Crop Production - soil and crops

Additional course evaluations for BI1350

Academic year 2021/2022

Crop Production - soil and crops (BI1350-10305) 2021-08-30 - 2021-11-01

Academic year 2020/2021

Crop Production - soil and crops (BI1350-10282) 2020-08-31 - 2020-11-01

Academic year 2019/2020

Crop Production - soil and crops (BI1350-10193) 2019-09-02 - 2019-10-31

BI1350 Crop Production - soil and crops, 15.0 Credits

Växtproduktion - mark och grödor

Syllabus approved



Biology Soil science

Education cycle

Bachelor’s level


Title Credits Code
Crop production science 5.00 1002
Plant nutrition 4.00 1003
Agricultural water management 2.00 1004
Soil management 2.00 1005
Farm project 2.00 1006

Advanced study in the main field

First cycle, at least 60 credits from first-cycle courses as entry requirements(G2F)

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.



Prior knowledge

- 45 credits Biology, including 7.5 credits in Crop Production
- 15 credits Soil science, including basic knowledge in soil physics, soil chemistry and soil biology


The course has a broad perspective and gives a general picture of today’s cropping systems under Nordic conditions. The aim is to give students understanding of crop production’s prerequisites and limitations based on knowledge gained about crop production science, soil management, agricultural water management and plant nutrition.
After passing the course the student shall be able to account for:
• Crop production’s prerequisites and limitations regarding soil type, fertility and climate with focus on Swedish conditions.
• The influence of plant physiological processes, natural conditions and cultivation measures on establishment, growth, development and quality establishment of the crop stand.
• The function of mineral nutrients in the plant, their transport and availability in the soil, and the evaluation of soil fertility.
• Cultivation measures in the form of water regulation through e.g. drainage and irrigation, and the effect of these measures on soil, crop and environment. Account for the influence of soil management on crop production and the soil’s ecosystem services.


Topics include the biology of cultivated plants, and the influence of environmental factors and cultivation measures, e.g. soil management and fertilization, on components of the cropping system. The course also includes studies of typical arable soils with respect to their cultivation characteristics, drainage and irrigation requirements, soil tillage and sowing. In a standalone project, students describe crop production on farm level.

Scheduled activities: lectures, exercises, seminars, study visit and project work.
Compulsory elements: exercises, seminars, study visit.

Formats and requirements for examination

Approved written exams and approved written and oral presentation of project work and seminar exercises. Approved participation in compulsory parts of the course.

  • 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.

Additional information

The prior knowledge requirements for soil science can be met, for example, by achieving at least 15 credits of approved results on the courses Basic course - agronomist soil/plant 15 credits, Environmental Physics 7.5 credits and Soil Sciences 15 credits or by active participation in the compulsory elements of these courses.

The prior knowledge requirements for crop production can be met by, for example, by achieving approved result on the course Field Course in Crop Production 7.5 credits or by active participation in the compulsory elements of this course.

Responsible department

Department of Crop Production Ecology

Further information

Determined by: Programnämnden för utbildning inom naturresurser och jordbruk (PN - NJ)
Replaces: BI1326
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: Agriculture Programme - Soil/Plant Tuition fee: Tuition fee only for non-EU/EEA/Switzerland citizens: 38054 SEK Cycle: Bachelor’s level
Subject: Biology Soil science
Course code: BI1350 Application code: SLU-10086 Location: Uppsala Distance course: No Language: Swedish Responsible department: Department of Crop Production Ecology Pace: 100%