Harper Adams University College

Agriculture with Mechanisation

Harper Adams University College
In Newport

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Typology Bachelor's degree
Location Newport
Start Different dates available
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Newport
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    Different dates available

The course As farms become larger and agricultural production systems more efficient they become increasingly mechanised. The industry needs highly skilled graduates who understand how agricultural machines and mechanised systems operate, and how machinery should be effectively managed on farms and within contracting businesses. These courses provide students with a thorough grounding in agriculture and mechanisation. All agriculture students share a common first year, studying the same modules with an emphasis on production agriculture. Thereafter, you will study a range of agricultural and mechanisation modules. The principles of mechanisation are developed in an applied way without the use of high powered mathematics. Work placement A key feature in the high employability of agricultural graduates is the applied nature of their skills. At Harper Adams we believe that these skills are best developed by a combination of academic and practical experience. The course incorporates a 12 month placement period of paid industrial training in the third year of the course. This is managed by the Placement Manager and gives you an opportunity to choose a placement to reflect your interests and career aspirations. Placements may be in production agriculture or throughout the food chain and ancillary industries in both the UK and overseas. Examples of placements include Machinery Demonstrator or Dealer Technician with UK-Based machinery manufacturers including John Deere, Claas, CNH and Agco and several machinery dealerships around the UK. The skills and attributes developed during the placement period will be invaluable in your studies during the final year and give you an advantage over other graduates when seeking future employment.

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Harper Adams University College, TF10 8NB, Shropshire, England
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Starts Different dates available
Harper Adams University College, TF10 8NB, Shropshire, England
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What you'll learn on the course

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Course programme

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Course structure Year 1 6Academic Development 3Personal Development 6Introduction to Research Methods 15Animal Production Systems 15Crop Production Systems 15Introduction to Biosciences 15Natural Resource Science 15Farm Financial Management and Economics 15Agricultural Marketing 15Introduction to Agricultural Mechanisation Year 2 15Research Methods 15Farm Animal Science 15Crop Science and Sustainable Systems 15Grass, Forage and Environmental Science 15Farm Business Management and Policy 15Hydraulic Power and Electrics 15Building Design, Soil and Water Technology 15Farm Machinery Technology and Management Additional options available 15Waste and Resource Management 15Fresh Produce Production 15Farm Animal Science 15Crop Science and Sustainable Systems Year 3 Placement year Year 4 30Honours Research Project 15Sustainable Animal Production Systems 15Sustainable Crop Production Systems 15Crop Protection and Technology 15Measurement and Control 15Post Harvest Technology 15Group Enterprise Project Additional options available 15Applied Crop Protection 15Supply Chain Management

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Teaching and learning

The course involves a combination of lectures, tutorials and laboratory sessions, together with practical classes on the University farm designed to demonstrate principles in practice and the application of scientific, technological and business principles to commercial agricultural and food production. In addition, the University has extensive links with other agricultural and food related businesses, and external visits and outside speakers are integrated into the programme. Throughout the course students are expected to apply the skills acquired to solve real-life problems, such that on completion they are able to demonstrate both academic ability and commercial application, which is a combination highly valued by employers. The proportion of independent study increases as the course progresses, particularly in the final year where students have the opportunity to undertake a dissertation in a subject area of their choice.

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Assessment methods

Assessment is via a balance of course work and examination. Weighting is normally 50 per cent course work and 50 per cent examination; this allows individuals to play to their strengths if they are better at course work than examinations or vice versa. Types of assignment include appraising production systems on the University farm, whole farm case studies, laboratory based analyses and literature based reviews. Format of assignments varies and includes written reports, essays, technical notes, presentations and oral examinations. Students receive written feedback on all course work to help them improve. In addition, first year students undertake examinations in two subjects at the end of the first term to enable them to gauge how they are progressing and feedback is provided on these exams. Staff are able to provide advice and guidance on revision, and many modules include revision sessions.

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