Module: Machinery Management

Module details

  • Module code

  • Module leader

    Tom Overbury
  • Module Level

  • Module credits

  • Min study time

    75 hours
  • Contact hrs

    30 hours

Module content

  • Objectives of Farm Mechanisation.
  • Machine Capacities, power requirements, rates of work and efficiency.
  • Planning and organisation of labour and equipment for optimum output.
  • Selection of tractors and machines. Alternative machinery sources.
  • Replacement policies. Depreciation.
  • Financing machinery acquisitions.

Module outcomes

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

  1. Determine appropriate machinery sizes and match equipment for optimum performance.
  2. Determine machinery ownership costs and be able to make decisions relating to cost effective acquisition of machinery services.
  3. Understand the role of machinery planning, selection and management and the impact on the farm business.
  4. Develop a spread-sheet for calculating outputs and running costs


Assessment Description Weighting
Coursework 1 x practical exercise - Development of spread sheet for machinery costs 25%
Coursework 1 x synthesis paper - Project on cropping and machinery selection and replacement 75%

Assessments may differ in 2020/21 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:

  • Landers, A.J. (2000). Farm Machinery: Selection, Investment and Management. Farming Press.
  • Witney, B. (1995). Choosing and Using Farm Machines. (Revised edition). Land Technology.