Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Academic Year
Semester 1
A or AS level science subjects
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Lecture 1 x 2 hour lecture per week
Practical 5 x 3 hour practicals during semester


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Practical evaluation, assignment  50%
Semester Exam 1.5 Hours   50%

Learning Outcomes

On completion of the module students should be able to :

1. Select an appropriate agricultural tractor for a specified range of applications

2. Develop the skills required to manage safe and efficient tractor operations


This module will provide an understanding of the selection criteria and engineering asssociated with the agricultural tractor and the knowledge required to manage tractor/implement operations safely and efficiently.


This module consists of a series of lectures, demonsttations and hands-on workshop practicals. This combination is not only designed to introduce and develop an understanding of the topics, but also to develop a range of basic vocational practical skills

Reading List

ATB (1975) How to Make the Most of Your Tractor Primo search Allcock P (1986) Tractor-Implement Systems Primo search American Assciation for Vocational Instructional Materials (1981) Safe Tractor Operation and Daily Care Primo search Butterworth B & Nix J (1983) Farm Mechanisation for Profit Primo search Cooper E L (1987) Agricultural Mechanics Primo search HSE (1995) Tractors in Action. A Safety Training Guide Primo search Heisler, H (1999) Vehicle and engine technology Primo search John Deere & Co. Fundamentals of Service Manuals (Power Trains, Electrical Systems, Hydraulics, Engines) Primo search Liljedhal, J B (1989) Tractors and their Power Units Primo search Nunney, M J (1998) Light and heavy vehicle technology Primo search Roth LD & Field HL (1991) Introduction to Agricultural Engineering Primo search Whitney B (1988) Choosing and Using Farm Machines Primo search Williams M (1992) Tractors - How they Work and What they Do Primo search Young F N, Fattah E A & Skiadas N (1984) Vehicle Traction Mechanics Primo search Lantra (1998) A guide to the use of farm vehicles on the road Primo search Scottish Institute of Agricultural Engineering (1981) Too steep for safety - some tractor accident situations Primo search


This module is at CQFW Level 4