Module: Machinery and Buildings

Module details

  • Module code

  • Module leader

  • Module Level

  • Module credits

  • Min study time

    120 hours
  • Contact hrs

    60 hours

Module content

An introduction to tractors, power units and an overview of arable and livestock farm equipment. Fixed equipment will also be covered as well as a grounding in agricultural health and safety legislation.

Subjects will include:

Uses of machinery: identification of key components in a range of farm equipment and demonstrate understanding of their role; provide suitable justifications for machinery selection; describe and compare operating principles and service requirements

Machinery competence: complete and comply with risk assessments and appropriate health and safety legislation, be able to carry out routine machinery maintenance tasks, understand and comply with legislative requirements for a range of machinery types, maintain appropriate records

Farm building identification: identification of building types, demonstrate understanding of building requirements for a range of crop and livestock species, provide justifications for selection for specified purposes

Farm building maintenance: complete and comply with relevant risk assessments and health and safety legislation, be able to carry out routine building maintenance tasks, demonstrate compliance with relevant legislation, be able to maintain records.

Module outcomes

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

  1. Identify, select and discuss the uses of a range of machinery types
  2. Demonstrate competence in using and maintaining a range of machinery types
  3. Identify, select and discuss the suitability of a range of farm buildings
  4. Demonstrate competence in maintaining and managing farm buildings


Assessment Description Weighting
Coursework In-class tests (including some externally assessed vocational assessments 100%

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
  • Landers A – Resource Management: Farm Machinery (Farming Press, 2002) ISBN 0852365403
  • Whipp J and Brooks R – Transmission, Chassis and Related Systems, 3rd Edition (Thomson Learning, 2001) ISBN 186152806X
  • Booder D, Bakker-Arkema F and Hall C – Drying and Storage of Grains and Oilseed, 2nd Edition (Kluwer Academic Publishers, 1992) ISBN 0442205155
  • Chaney K – Integrated Farm Management and Sustainable Systems (Blackwell Science, 2007) ISBN 0632064234
  • Langdon D – Spon’s External Works and Landscape Price Book (Taylor & Francis, 2006) ISBN 0415393841
  • Nix J – Farm Management Pocketbook (The Andersons Centre, 2006) ISBN 0954120159
  • Soffe R – The Agricultural Notebook, 20th Edition (Blackwell Science, 2003) ISBN 0632058293
  • Watson D – Cost Effective Purchasing of Building Materials: A Guide to Purchasing for Small Building Projects (Spon Press, 1999) ISBN 0419247408
  • Witney B – Choosing and Using Farm Machines (Land Technology, 1995) ISBN 0952559609

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