Module Identifier RS11110  
Academic Year 2003/2004  
Co-ordinator Mr Michael Barrett  
Semester Semester 1  
Pre-Requisite A or AS level science subjects  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Exam1.5 Hours  50%
Semester Assessment Practical evaluation, assignment  50%
Semester Assessment Oral Examination:  15%

Learning outcomes

On completion of the module students should be able to :


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 Lists

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

Technical Reports
Scottish Institute of Agricultural Engineering (1981) Too steep for safety - some tractor accident situations
Lantra (1998) A guide to the use of farm vehicles on the road


This module is at CQFW Level 4