Module: Farm Mechanisation

Module details

  • Module code

  • Module leader

    Nigel Warner
  • Module Level

  • Module credits

  • Min study time

    150 hours
  • Contact hrs

    36 hours

Module content

Students will study all aspects of farm mechanisation and farm machinery requirements, from manual labour and low technology solutions through to requirements for the effective selection, utilisation and management of complex, and high-cost, machinery in farming businesses.

Machinery requirements for arable production, livestock farming and horticultural production systems will provide the underpinning knowledge of equipment options, supplemented by consideration of advanced automation as a means of further enhancing machinery performance and management decision making.

The module will also introduce responsibilities under the Health & Safety at Work etc. Act, linked to both machinery operation and management expectations.

Module outcomes

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

  • Recognise and comment on basic machinery options and working principles of machinery for farming in a global context.
  • Recognise and comment on effective machinery management practices on farms.
  • Evaluate the potential for future developments in agricultural machinery and technology for a specific agricultural sector.
  • Define management and individual responsibilities for Health and Safety in agriculture.


Assessment Description Weighting
Coursework 2-page technical report 50%
Examination 1.5 hour written examination 50%

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:

  • Bell, B. (2016). Farm Machinery. (6th edition). 5m Publishing.
  • Bell, B (1997). Machinery for Horticulture. (2nd edition).  Farming Press.
  • Culpin, C. (1992) Farm Machinery. (12th edition).  Blackwell Scientific Publications

Supporting texts

  • Banks, A. and Melves, S.F. (eds.) (2012) Horizons in crop production: precision agriculture and no-till farming. Nova Science.
  • Barker, A.V. (2010). Science and Technology of Organic Farming.  CRC Press.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Nix, J. (2018) Farm management pocketbook. 48th edn. Agro Business Consultants.
  • Stafford, J.V. (ed.) (2015) Precision Agriculture '15. Wageningen Academic Publishers.
  • Winkler-Prins, A. (2017).  Global Urban Agriculture.  CABI
  • 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