Module: Farm Mechanisation Management

Module details

  • Module code

  • Module leader

    Nigel Warner
  • Module Level

  • Module credits

  • Prerequisites

  • Min study time

    75 hours
  • Contact hrs

    20 hours
  • Teaching Period

    Semester 2

Module content

World mechanisation issues; Farm mechanisation development; Developments in farm machinery design and operation; Introduction to farm machinery management, including effective machinery selection and replacement, maximising field performance and managing machinery costs; Introduction to Health and Safety management, including an introduction to management responsibilities and risk assessments.

Module outcomes

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

  1. Discuss the role and importance of machinery and mechanisation development for world agricultural systems.
  2. Research and present a review of machinery developments in a specific agricultural sector.
  3. Discuss the approaches to effective machinery planning, selection and management.


Assessment Description Weighting
Coursework 2-page Technical Note assessing outcome 2 30%
Examination In-class test (1 hour) assessing outcomes 1 and 3 70%

Key texts

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

  • Hunt, D. (2008). Farm Power and Machinery Management. (10th edition). Waveland Press Inc.
  • Landers, A. J. (2000). Farm Machinery: Selection, Investment and Management. Farming Press.

Supporting texts

  • Banks, A. and Melves, S.F. (eds.) (2012) Horizons in crop production: precision agriculture and no-till farming. Nova Science.
  • Davies, D.B., Eagle, D.J. and Finney, J.B. (2001).  Resource Management: Soil.  Farming Press.
  • Health and Safety Executive (HSE). (2006). Essentials of Health and Safety at Work. (4th edition). HSE.
  • Nix, J. (2014) Farm management pocketbook. 45th edn. Agro Business Consultants.
  • Stafford, J.V. (ed.) (2015) Precision Agriculture '15. Wageningen Academic Publishers.
  • Witney, B (1995) Choosing and using farm machines.  Land Technology
  • Zhang, Q. and Pierce, F.J. (eds). (2013). Agricultural Automation: Fundamentals and Practices.  CRC Press