Module: Agricultural Mechanisation and Buildings

Module details

  • Module code

  • Module leader

    Nigel Warner
  • Module Level

  • Module credits

  • Min study time

    150 hours
  • Contact hrs

    46 hours

Module content

Machinery types and selection: Tractors and power units, cultivation equipment, crop establishment and agronomic machinery, forage conservation machinery, crop harvesting, drying, grading and storage, dairy and livestock facilities and equipment. Legislation and Farm Safety.

Module outcomes

To achieve credit for this module, students must be able to:

  1. Understand the basic machinery options available for modern farming systems.
  2. Discuss the role of farm mechanisation for specified farming situations.
  3. Understand the basic building options available for modern farming systems.
  4. Appreciate management decision-making for mechanised operations on farm.
  5. Understand the working principals of mechanised machinery in arable and livestock systems.


Assessment Description Weighting
Coursework Report - Individual project submission 30%
Examination Unseen exam (2 hours) 70%

Assessments may differ in 2021/22 due to adjustments for Covid-19. Please check Gateway for the latest regulations.

Key texts

Students should be familiar with the content of at least one of the following:

  • Bell, B. (1996). Farm Machinery. (4th edition). Farming Press.
  • Culpin, C. (1992). Farm Machinery. (12th edition). BSP, Oxford.

Supporting texts

  • Noton, N. (1982). Farm Buildings. College of Estate Management.
  • Davies, D.B., Eagles, D.J. and Finney, J.B. (1993). Soil Management. (5th edition). Farming Press