|Delivery length / details
|2 x 3 Hour Practicals
|1 x 3 Hour Workshop
|1 x 3 Hour Field Trip
|11 x 2 Hour Lectures
|Assessment length / details
|Farm technology evaluation.
|1.5 Hours Essay question paper.
|Students must take elements of assessment equivalent to those that led to failure of the module.
|1.5 Hours Students must take elements of assessment equivalent to those that led to failure of the module.
On successful completion of this module students should be able to:
1. Outline the role of power and demonstrate an understanding of its efficient use in farming systems
2. Describe a range of cultivation, crop protection and harvesting equipment and systems.
3. Identify the key principles of building and structural technology and building design for a range of uses
4. Identify the roles of Information Technology on farm
5. Recognise the role of precision farming and explain the key principles involved
6. Describe and evaluate the adoption of 'green technology' on farm
- The efficient use of power.
- Controlling mechanical operations
- The environment and its manipulation
- Spatial awareness
- Precision farming
- Green technology and resource management.
1. Power: the function and development of the agricultural tractor/power unit. Design, technology, power unit selection.
2. Equipment: cultivation, crop protection, harvesting equipment and systems and their development.
3. Building and structural technology: building design for livestock housing/handling; crop treatment/storage and storage and treatment of farm waste.
4. Information technology on farm: the expanding role of information technology; farm and field records/data handling; livestock identification.
5. Precision farming: precision technology and its application: auto-steer/active steering; robotics; data collection and use.
6. Green technology: resource management and protection; water, soil; and the role of alternative fuels and power sources, such as bio-fuels, wind and water on-farm.
|Application of Number
|Arithmetic calculations will be integral components of the assignment
|The assignment will demand clear and well presented written communication
|Improving own Learning and Performance
|Information technology will be integral to the teaching assignment work in the module
|Personal Development and Career planning
|The Farm Technology Evaluation assignment will involve defining and outlining a range of solutions for a farm based technology.
|The assignment will involve researching technological/scientific and trade literature
|Subject Specific Skills
This module is at CQFW Level 4