|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. The role and development of specific technology on farm.
|1.5 Hours Short-answer 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 on farm and describe the historical development of power units and power unit selection
2. Describe a range of cultivation, crop protection and harvesting equipment and systems and their development
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
- Equipment/Machinery - soil preparation, crop protection, harvesting and processing, transport
- The environment and its manipulation - housing/storage/processing including wastes
- Information technology - principles of GPS in the field, GIS, field records, yield mapping
- 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 and 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.
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 and oral 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