BSEN30170 Agricultural Mechanisation: Engines and Crop Machinery

Academic Year 2023/2024

In this module, you will study the design, selection and operation of agricultural mechanisation systems with an emphasis on evaluation criteria for the management of mechanisations systems and integration of components into a system. The module will cover basis engine operation, tillage systems, sowing, chemical applications, harvesting systems and machinery management.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this module you should be able to:
- describe 4 stroke engine operation
- understand compaction and its impact on root growth and soil strength
- explain tillage operations and principles (primary and secondary)
- evaluate sowing systens and subsequent spraying and fertiliser systems including material handling systems
- understand and evaluate grain harvesting systems
- determine machine performance parameters

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours


Project Supervision


Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
This module uses the following approaches;
1. face to face lectures;
2. active/task-based learning;
3. reflective learning. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations
Learning Recommendations:

BSEN30190 Power & Mach. - Hydraulic Sys

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
BSEN40150 - Advanced P&M Systems 2

Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Examination: End of trimester 2 hour End of Trimester Exam No Standard conversion grade scale 40% Yes


Assignment: Assignment specific to the module content and with choices from students interest. Varies over the Trimester n/a Alternative linear conversion grade scale 40% No


Assignment: Module specific assignment assigned during the term Varies over the Trimester n/a Alternative linear conversion grade scale 40% Yes


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Spring Yes - 2 Hour
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Group/class feedback, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Not yet recorded.

Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11, 12 Mon 10:00 - 11:50