Full Title:Farm Facilities and Machinery
Module Code:AGRI S6005
Credits: 5
Valid From:Semester 1 - 2013/14 ( September 2013 )
Module Delivered in 2 programme(s)
Module Description:This module provides the learner with knowledge of the design, function and operation of various farm buildings and machines used on modern farms
Learning Outcomes:
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to
  1. Describe and apply safe, healthy and environmentally friendly workshop practices
  2. Carry out basic metal fabrication skills and techniques and fabricate an engineering item for farm use from scaled drawings
  3. Evaluate how livestock housing should meet animal welfare and environmental requirements
  4. Discuss chemical fertiliser application, diet feeding systems and the development of a new farm facility
  5. Calibrate a fertiliser spreader and crop sprayer for accurate distribution of chemical fertiliser and spray.

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Working principles of fertiliser spreaders and diet feeders. To appraise a farm building against current criteria. Cuurent requirements for farm facilities design so as to meet with animal production, welfare, environmental and safety requirements.
Set up a tractor with various machines such as fertiliser spreader, slurry tanker and crop sprayer to meet the crop and environmental requirements. Re- design an existing farm facility so as to meet animal welfare, safety and environmental requirements
Workshop Fabrication Skills
Health and safety requirements in the workshop. Use 1st and 3rd angled orthographic scaled drawings for metal fabrication. Properties of various metals, alloys and plastics. Treatments of metals such as annealing, hardening and tempering. Fault and crack detection in welds, metals and plastics. Welding symbols, theory and practice including metal manual arc (MMA), oxy- acetylene, fusion, metal inert gas (MIG). Joining processes including soldering, braizing and braize welding. Fabrication of a small engineering piece in the workshop for use on a farm, using vaoius cutting, fabrication and welding techniques.
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work100.00%

Full Time

Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Marks Out Of Pass Marks Assessment Date Duration
Class Test Class CA test 4 20.00 0 0 Week 9 0
Project Project on livestock building 3,4 30.00 0 0 Week 6 0
Practical/Skills Evaluation Weekly workshop practicals 1,2,5 50.00 0 0 Every Week 0
No Project
No Practical
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Marks Out Of Pass Marks Assessment Date Duration
Formal Exam End-of-Semester Final Examination 1,2,3,4 0.00 0 0 End-of-Semester 0
Reassessment Requirement
A 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.

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


Module Workload & Resources

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Practical Fabrication workshop, buildings and machinery 2.00 Every Week 2.00
Directed Reading No Description 2.00 Every Week 2.00
Independent Study No Description 2.00 Every Week 2.00
Lecture No Description 2.00 Every Week 2.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 8.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 4.00
This course has no Part Time workload.
Recommended Book Resources
  • O Dwyer, J 2011, Chemical Fertiliser Application, 2nd Ed., Teagasc, CD&SU [ISBN: CFO111]
  • Hanlon, J 2011, Pesticide Application, CDSU, Teagasc [ISBN: PA0111]
  • Moore, M 2012, Dairy Manual, Teagasc [ISBN: AP0401]
  • Moore, M 2012, Beef manual, Teagasc
  • DAFM 2010, Farm Buildings, DAFM
  • Timings,R 2008, Fabrication and Welding Engineering, 2nd Ed., Elsevier [ISBN: 9780570666916]
Supplementary Book Resources
  • Remus, T 1999, Ultimate Sheet Metal Fabrication Book, Wolfgang Publications [ISBN: 0964135895]
  • Chemical Fertiliser Application, Teagasc
  • O Connor, V 2004, Tractor Maintenance, Teagasc
  • O Sullivan,B 2005, Introduction to Crop Pesticides, Teagasc
Recommended Article/Paper Resources
  • Hanlon,J 2011, n/a, Pesticide Application [ISSN: PAO111]
Other Resources

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
DK_SAGRI_8 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Agriculture 2 Mandatory
DK_SAGRI_C Higher Certificate in Science in Agriculture 2 Mandatory