Actuation Systems Management
This module provides an insight into the use of robotic accessories in the agricultural machinery environment. It will provide the opportunity for students to investigate actuation systems used in a precision agriculture context. The development of autonomous agricultural machinery will be implicit.
Agricultural Machinery Contemporary Industry Developments
Students will have the opportunity to explore and analyse the changing face of the agricultural industry. This module will enable students to critically evaluate a range of current issues and how they affect modern farming methods.
Investigative Project (Double module)
The module aims to provide the student with the opportunity to acquire the knowledge, experience and skills needed for project management, allowing the student to face and address real challenges. It is envisaged that the individual student will choose between a technical project, or an organisational management project.
Power Train Engineering
This module aims for students to investigate alternative power train fuels and alternative technology within the Agricultural Machinery Sector. An element of sustainability and the general effects of power trains on the environment will be investigated.
Professional Practice and Quality Standards
This module develops the skills and practices for working in the agricultural industry. The student will gain an understanding of professionalism and the quality standards expected by the industry for best practice. This module aims to provide a quantitative value in the role of Quality Assurance and TQM (Total Quality Management) as a tool to improve product quality and management responsibilities within an organisation or business.
- Entry requirements
- Learning and assessment
- Professional accreditations
- Special requirements
Foundation Degree or HND in a related subject or 2 years (one at Level 4 and the other at Level 5) of Honours Degree work in a related discipline achieved at 'pass' standard or above. Applicants with alternative equivalent qualifications will also be considered positively. Applicants must also produce evidence of successfully completing a research based module at level 5.
Applicants for whom English is a second language must be able to demonstrate proof of International English Language Testing System (IELTS) at level 6.0 (with no component score lower than 5.5) or equivalent.
All offers may be subject to successful interview
Learning and assessment
Learning activities on the course are diverse including lectures, seminars, tutorials and workshops. Students are expected to undertake extensive independent study and research to support lectures seminars and assessments. Group work and presentations are an important part of the course. Students will have access to specialist hardware and software and an on line learning environment.
Students will face a variety of assessments including formative and summative assessment, essays, technical reports, individual presentations, individual study projects and case studies based on work experience.
Students are taken to appropriate local businesses and encouraged to make links. Guest speakers and industry experts visit the College.
What work experience can I get?
Students who have completed the foundation degree and taken the opportunity for experience in other countries can build upon the contacts they have made. There are opportunities in Canada, New Zealand and America which students can explore.
On successful completion of the course, students may apply for Post Graduate studies or employment.
Graduates will be in a position to apply for management posts in the manufacturing and retail sector, or contract management within the market sector, or in International Business Management, International Trading, and advancement into teaching or research.
Institution of Agricultural Engineers, Agricultural Engineering Association.
Ohio State University (in-term placements)
The College has links with leading machinery manufacturers and engineering companies throughout the UK and Ireland.
Steel toe capped footwear and flame proof overalls may be required for independent research purposes.
Additional costs for items that are essential for the course include:
· Flame proof overalls and safety footwear - £85
Additional costs for opportunities and items that are optional for the course include:
· Accommodation and subsistence on field trips and visits - £40
· Team Polo shirts - £24
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