Course code LauZ4010

Credit points 1

Agronomy Experiment Design

Total Hours in Course40

Independent study hours40

Date of course confirmation22.03.2011

Responsible UnitInstitute of Soil and Plant Science

Course developers


Indulis Melngalvis

Mg. agr.

author Dzīvnieku zinātņu institūts

Diāna Ruska

Dr. agr.

Prior knowledge

Biol1015, Biometry

Course abstract

Subject choice and research task determination. Studies of scientific literature. Research hypothesis highlighting. Design of experiments. Planning of resources for a research. Planning of observation in experiments. Research data mathematical processing and a professional interpretation of results. Analysis of variance, correlation and regression. Design of tables, diagrams and charts. Design a study job.

Learning outcomes and their assessment

After completing the course paper students will have:
• knowledge and understanding of agricultural research planning, data processing and interpretation;
• skills to formulate, critically evaluate and coordinate key issues, according to goals and objectives of the study work, choose an appropriate research and data processing methods of particular study, to interpret data results, to formulate conclusions appropriate for results;
• competences in cooperation with advisor to carry out final research paper, to use other research results for discussion.

Is able to successfully develop a course paper and present it.

Course Content(Calendar)

1. Create an input and literature view, 2 h.
2. Job hypothesis, purpose and tasks.
3. Development of a trial scheme.
4. Schedule of trial options and planned observations, 2 h.
5. Design and calculation of pilot resources, 2 h.
6. Calculation and estimation of the statistical characteristics of the sample set.
7. Relevance assessment of experiment results, 2 h.
8. Analysis of the correlation and regression of test results.
9. Conclusions.
10. Bibliography of the scientific literature used. Create references in text.
11. Attachments, drawing them up.

12. Defending the course paper.

Requirements for awarding credit points

Elaboration and defense of the course paper.

Description of the organization and tasks of students’ independent work

Conducts trial planning on the processing of selected topics and data and interpretation of results. The course work shall be drawn up according to the methodological instructions issued at the beginning of the course, using a course job.

Criteria for Evaluating Learning Outcomes

The final grade consists of the grade paper review grade and presentation quality.

Compulsory reading

1. Gustavii B. How to write and illustrate scientific paper. Cambridge University Press, 2008. 168p.
2. Datu statistiskā apstrāde ar MS Excel: mācību līdzeklis studentiem. Sast. I. Arhipova, L. Ramute, L. Paura. Jelgava: LLU, 1999. 159 lpp.
3. Petersen R. G. Agricultural Field Experiments Designe and Analysis. Oregone State Universit, 1994. 432 p.
4. Singh Y.K. Fundamental of research and methodology and statistics. Published by New Age International (P) Ltd., Publishers, 2006. 310 p.
5. Rubenis J., Liepa I. Agronomisko izmēģinājumu metodikas pamati. Rīga: Zvaigzne, 1976. 180 lpp.

6. Rubenis J. Agronomisko izmēģinājumu metodikas praktikums. Rīga: Zvaigzne, 1987. 157 lpp.

Further reading

1. Neparametriskās metodes, SPSS datorprogramma. Mācību līdzeklis studentiem, LLU: sast. L. Paura, I. Arhipova. Jelgava: LKC, 2002.148 lpp.
2. Krastiņš O. Statistika un ekonometrija. Mācību līdzeklis augstskolām. Rīga: LR CSP, 1998. 336 lpp.
3. Kārkliņš A., Kreišmane Dz. Studiju darbu izpilde un noformējums: metodiskie norādījumi Lauksaimniecības fakultātes studentiem. Jelgava: LLU, 2016. 73 lpp.

4. Доспехов Б. А. Методика полевого опыта (с основами статистической обработки результатов исследований). Москва: Агропромиздат, 1985. 351 с.

Periodicals and other sources

1. Latvijas Lauksaimniecības Universitātes Raksti. Latvijas Lauksaimniecības universitāte. ISSN 1407-4427.
2. Journal of Agricultural Research. Hosted by U.S. Department of Agriculture. ISSN: 0095-9758.
3. Agronomijas vēstis: zinātnisko rakstu krājums. Latvijas Lauksaimniecības un meža zinātņu akadēmija, Latvijas Lauksaimniecības Universitāte Lauksaimniecības fakultāte. ISBN 9984555895(5). ISSN 1691-3485.
4. Līdzsvarota lauksaimniecība : Latvijas Lauksaimniecības universitātes Lauksaimniecības fakultātes, Latvijas Agronomu biedrības un Latvijas Lauksaimniecības un meža zinātņu akadēmijas organizētās zinātniski praktiskās konferences "Līdzsvarota lauksaimniecība" raksti

5. AgroTops. Rīga: Aģentūra Agro apgāds. ISSN 1407-5164.


The course is compulsory for students of all specialties of the professional bachelor study program "Agriculture" of the Faculty of Agriculture.