Short Title:Machinery & Equipment Skills
Full Title:Machinery & Equipment Skills
Module Code:HTSC H1022
 
ECTS credits: 5
NFQ Level:6
Module Delivered in 2 programme(s)
Module Contributor:Michael Hagan
Module Description:This module will give learners knowledge of the safe and efficient use of a wide range of equipment and machinery in common use in Horticultural practice. The students will gain the necessary mechanical and technical knowledge required to achieve this, through demonstrations and 'hands-on' practice.
Learning Outcomes:
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to
  1. Understand the principles and workings of the internal combustion engine (petrol and diesel) and be familiar with critical components of engines and various horicultural machines; knowing the fuel requirements of different types of machinery and the energy content and environmental and economic impact of fuels, in particular storage issues.
  2. Identify and use control mechanisms for machines while understanding the concepts of mechanics behind machinery use, in particular hydraulics.
  3. Be familiar with the range of equipment and machines used in Horticulture, including trucks, vans and tractors and the associated machinery that is attached to them such as trailers, cultivators, rotovators, planting equipment, mowers, sprayers and harvesting equipment as well as hand operated tools and equipment.
  4. Operate and control a range of horticultural machinery proficiently, safely and with attention to maximising the useful life of machinery. Demonstrations on the safe and proper use and an opportunity to practice the use of a wide range of commonly used horticulture equipment and machinery is available to the students.
  5. Recognise the mechanical hazards and non-mechanical hazards such as electricity, associated with the use of equipment and machinery and the safety devices that are fitted to avoid or reduce the risk of injury to operators and others.
  6. Explain the requirement for good maintenance practice with equipment and machines and the ways in which this should be implemented.
 

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Machinery and Equipment used in Horticulture
The proficient use of a range of Horticultural equipment and machinery. This will include pedestrian, ride-on and tractor mounted mowers, tractor mounted and pedestrian cultivators, strimmers, hedge cutters, ploughs and power harrow, seeders and planters, sprayers. The effects of machinery on soils and how to minimize this. A note on the economics of purchase and hire of machinery.
Engines
The workings of the internal combustion engine, including 2 and 4 stroke petrol engines and diesel.
Control systems
Transmissions and traction control. Adaptation of machinery to differing uses. Control mechanisms including gear trains, differentials, tyres tracks and the clutch. Their use in avoidance of damage, including to soil. Steering systems, hydraulic controls and basic electronic systems on common horticultural machines. Electrical systems in common use and the transmission of electrical power.
Fuels
Fuel requirements of different types of internal combustion engines. Fuel and oil storage and potential environmental hazards.
Safety and maintenance
Safety and safe practices in the use of common Horticultural equipment and machinery. This will include, as listed above, pedestrian, ride-on and tractor mounted mowers, tractor mounted and pedestrian cultivators, strimmers, hedge cutters, ploughs and power harrow, seeders and planters, sprayers. The use of tractor monitoring devices. Moving or operating mobile machinery in road traffic. Workshop requirements for machinery maintenance.
Indicative Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work Assessment %50.00%
Final Exam Assessment %50.00%
Course Work Assessment %
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Practical/Skills Evaluation Learners will demonstrate their ability to correctly prepare, safely use, clean down and store a range of horticultural equipment and machinery. 4,6 20.00 Sem 2 End
In-class test Three in-class tests throughout the semester will assess the accumulation of practical knowledge of a wide range of horticultural machinery. 1,3,5 30.00 n/a
Final Exam Assessment %
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Formal Exam End-of-Semester Final Examination 1,2 50.00 End-of-Semester
Indicative Reassessment Requirement
Repeat examination
Reassessment of this module will consist of a repeat examination. It is possible that there will also be a requirement to be reassessed in a coursework element.

ITB reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment

 

Indicative Module Workload & Resources

Indicative Workload: Full Time
Frequency Indicative Average Weekly Learner Workload
Every Week 2.00
Every Week 2.00
Every Week 2.00
Resources
Recommended Book Resources
  • Brian Bell and Stewart Cousins 1997, Machinery for horticulture, Farming Press Ipswich, U.K. [ISBN: 0852363699]
  • M. F. J. Hawker and J. F. Keenlyside, Horticultural machinery [ISBN: 0582411408]
  • R. C. Balls, Horticultural engineering technology [ISBN: 0333364341]
Recommended Article/Paper Resources
  • Health & Safety Authority (Ireland) 2004, Health & Safety for Horticulture, 48
Other Resources

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
BN_SHTSC_8 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Horticulture [240 ECTS credits] 2 Mandatory
BN_SHTSC_7 Bachelor of Science in Horticulture [180 ECTS credits] 2 Mandatory