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COURSE NUMBER: AGRI103
COURSE TITLE: Ag Mechanization
DIVISION:Technology
IAI CODE(S): AG 906
SEMESTER CREDIT HOURS:3
CONTACT HOURS:60
STUDENT ENGAGEMENT HOURS:135
DELIVERY MODE:In-Person

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
Larger farms, fewer farm operations and increased production goals have been possible by the implementation of new technology. Electronic sensors, remote observation and sophisticated control mechanisms have allowed increased data collection, greater capacity per operator, more efficient monitoring of varying operations and greater analysis opportunities. Discussion will revolve around power (tractors, generators, and electric motors), planters (precision placement, drill type and row spacing), harvesting equipment (cereal grain, oilseed, forage), storage structures for livestock, grain and equipment (plans, loads, construction materials and layout and design), field maintenance with fertilizer spreaders, sprayers and irrigation equipment (including calibration calculations), soil and water conservation operations including tillage equipment and soil drainage, surveying and drone scouting and mapping. Students will be exposed to information on practical applications of electricity, hydraulics, transmissions, plumbing, construction and welding principles. 2 lecture hours, 2 lab hours.

PREREQUISITES:
No prerequisite

NOTES:

STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES:
Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
  • To provide an introduction to:
    • Agricultural Power and Machinery
    • Agricultural Electrification and Applications
    • Agricultural Structures
    • Soil and Water Conservation and Conservation Structures
    • Metal Fabrication
  • To develop skills using:
    • Surveying Equipment
    • Hand and Power Tools
    • Measuring devices, tools, and diagnostic equipment
    • Electrical wiring
    • Emerging Technologies
  • To develop abilities in mathematical applications (solving technical problems in a logical and legible manner).
  • To provide opportunities for career exploration in agricultural mechanization.
  • To develop a vocabulary of agricultural mechanization principles and applications.
  • To develop and practice safe work skills.

TOPICAL OUTLINE:
  • Agricultural Power and Machinery 10-16 Periods:
    • Engines
    • Power Transmission
    • Tillage Machinery
    • Calibrations
    • Harvesting Equipment
  • Agricultural Electrification and Application: 10-16 Periods
    • Circuits
    • Motors
    • Controls
    • Material Handling and Processing
  • Agricultural Structures: 10-16 Periods
    • Plans
    • Loads
    • Construction Materials
    • Layout and Design
    • Metal Working
  • Soil and Water Conservation: 10-16 Periods
    • Surveying
    • Mapping
    • Conservation Structures
    • Drainage
Lab Topics:
Modern Agriculture Machinery:
  • Local Machinery show
  • National Farm Machinery Show
Agricultural Structures:
  • Grain Handling facilities: Computer simulation and calculations. Field Trip.
  • Machine storage: computer simulation and calculations. Field trip.
  • Modern machine shop for repair and maintenance. Field trip.
Land surveying:
  • Differential survey exercise. Outside lab
  • Profile surveying exercise. Outside lab
  • Grading. Outside lab
Power and Machinery:
  • Visit working implement dealer shop.
    • Performance factors.
    • Maintenance
    • Setup and adjustment
Electricity:
  • Residential wiring lab.
  • Diagramming
  • Service entrance
  • National Electric Code
GPS GIS Systems:
  • Precision Agronomics
  • Self guidance systems

TEXTBOOK / SPECIAL MATERIALS:
Farm Power and Machinery Management, Hunt Waveland, Current Edition.

See bookstore website for current book(s) at https://www.dacc.edu/bookstore

EVALUATION:
  • Class Discussion 10%
  • Class Assignments 25%
  • Quizzes 25%
  • Hour Exams 20%
  • Final Exam 20%
Grade Scale:
A- 90% or above
B- 80-90%
C- 70-80%
D- 70-80%
F- Below 60%

BIBLIOGRAPHY:
Suggested Auxiliary Texts or References: (latest edition)
  • Engineering Technology in Agriculture, Southern Regional Land Grant College of Agriculture.
  • Basic Engineering Principles, Merkel
  • Practical Farm Building, Boyd
  • Farm Field Machinery, Finner
  • Selected AAVIM materials
  • Selected ITCS materials
  • Selected MEPS materials
  • Surveying auto tutorial aids; Mitchell and Bubenzer
  • Selected FOS and FOM manuals, John Deere and Company
  • Selected service manuals for engines and machinery
  • Illinois Ag Education library
  • Websites: www.howstuffworks.com
  • Agricultural Mechanics Fundamentals and Applications, Herren
  • Agricultural Power and Technology, Burkybile/Johnson/Lee/and Shelhamer
STUDENT CONDUCT CODE:
Membership in the DACC community brings both rights and responsibility. As a student at DACC, you are expected to exhibit conduct compatible with the educational mission of the College. Academic dishonesty, including but not limited to, cheating and plagiarism, is not tolerated. A DACC student is also required to abide by the acceptable use policies of copyright and peer-to-peer file sharing. It is the student’s responsibility to become familiar with and adhere to the Student Code of Conduct as contained in the DACC Student Handbook. The Student Handbook is available in the Information Office in Vermilion Hall and online at: https://www.dacc.edu/student-handbook

DISABILITY SERVICES:
Any student who feels s/he may need an accommodation based on the impact of a disability should contact the Testing & Academic Services Center at 217-443-8708 (TTY 217-443-8701) or stop by Cannon Hall Room 103. Please speak with your instructor privately to discuss your specific accommodation needs in this course.

REVISION:
Spring 2019

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