Module Identifier RS11110  
Academic Year 2006/2007  
Co-ordinator Dr Iwan G Owen  
Semester Semester 1  
Other staff Mr Michael Barrett  
Pre-Requisite A or AS level science subjects  
Course delivery Lecture   1 x 2 hour lecture per week  
  Practical   5 x 3 hour practicals during semester  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Assessment Practical evaluation, assignment  50%
Semester Exam1.5 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 Lists

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

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


This module is at CQFW Level 4