Module Identifier RS21210  
Academic Year 2006/2007  
Co-ordinator Dr Iwan G Owen  
Semester Semester 2  
Other staff Mr Michael Barrett  
Course delivery Lecture   2 x 1 hour lectures per week  
  Practical   5 x 3 hour practicals per semester  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Assessment System performance analysis - outcomes assessed 1, 220%
Semester Assessment Farm wastes presentation - outcomes assessed 330%
Semester Assessment Farm buildings assignment - outcome assessed 350%
Supplementary Assessment Candidates will be required to retake the element(s) of assessment that led to failure  100%

Learning outcomes

On completion of the module, students will be able to:

1.   Analyse mechanised system performance
2.   Design/select machine systems and system elements
3.   Specify and design appropriate farm buildings, storage facilities and systems.


This module is designed to provide a thorough technical and managerial knowledge of crop and livestock mechanisation systems. It will also enable students to identify relevant factors associated with the design and construction of buildings for livestock housing and handling, crop storage and the handling, storage and processing of farm waste.


The lecture course is visit/demonstration oriented with formal teaching consolidating on practical application. Several mechanised systems, such as forage harvesting, cultivation and spraying systems are broken down into their constituent parts, analysed and optimised. Farm buildings and farm waste systems are also examined in detail.

Reading Lists

Culpin C (1992) Farm machinery Blackwell
Shippen J M, Ellin C R, and Clover C H (1980) Basic farm machinery Pergamon
Witney B (1988) Choosing and using farm machines Longman Scientific & Technical


This module is at CQFW Level 5