ACE1055 : Introduction to Agricultural Mechanisation
- Offered for Year: 2019/20
- Module Leader(s): Mr Simon Parker
- Lecturer: Dr Jeremy Robert Franks, Mr James Standen
- Owning School: Natural and Environmental Sciences
- Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
|Semester 1 Credit Value:||10|
To develop a basic understanding of mechanisation principles and the implications of agricultural machinery ownership to a farm business.
An introduction to resource selection, management, efficiency, return and resource planning.
Outline Of Syllabus
Agricultural production system types determine mechanisation requirements.
Syllabus to include an understanding of the mechanisation requirements associated with
Generic agricultural machinery – tractors and materials handling systems & ground working tools
Animal Production systems, to include forage management, harvest, storage and feeding equipment and waste management.
Arable production systems, to include metered distribution (fertilisers, sprays) and harvesting equipment
Machine selection criteria, operating costs, capital investment, value changes, replacement planning
Contemporary developments in machinery, including Artificial intelligence, monitoring systems and variable application systems.
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||1||4:00||4:00||Preparation for problem solving case study exercise|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Lecture||10||2:00||20:00||Introduce syllabus content, rationale,|
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||1||2:00||2:00||Completion of formative exercise|
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||1||1:00||1:00||Completion of semester 1 examination|
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||20||0:30||10:00||Revision for semester 1 examination|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Practical||2||2:00||4:00||Practical session examining the capital & operational cost of machinery in a range of scenarios|
|Guided Independent Study||Directed research and reading||1||25:00||25:00||Background research and reading beyond the course material.|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Fieldwork||2||3:00||6:00||2 Visits: First to a dealership / supplier Second to a contractor / large farming concern|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Fieldwork||2||4:00||8:00||2 Farm visits to undertake practical investigation of the principles & theories presented in lecture|
|Guided Independent Study||Independent study||20||1:00||20:00||Writing up lecture notes, visit notes and practical notes.|
Teaching Rationale And Relationship
The lectures will introduce the theory and the requirement, the visits to a dealership and a contractor will develop the understanding of the selection process. Fieldwork on the farm visits will permit students to see machinery in operation and or to undertake calibration of variables.
The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners
|Written Examination||60||1||A||40||Testing the understanding of the key principles discussed in the module|
|Case study||1||M||60||A scenario based problem involving qualified decision making & reasoned explanation for choice of equipment. (max. 1500 words)|
|Computer assessment||1||M||A scenario based exercise testing the variables affecting machine choice (max. 2 hrs)|
Assessment Rationale And Relationship
The planning and decision making aspects of the module are assessed in the coursework exercises that involve reasoned processing of data to arrive at a justifiable outcome. The use of a PC based decision planning scenario will permit students to understand better the variables that need consideration in the decision process, the formative assessment will cause better understanding of the planning process.
The pragmatic application of appropriate tools for purpose are more knowledge biased and therefore are assessed in an exam scenario in which the mechanical and procedural aspects of machine purpose, operation and use can be assessed effectively through discussion