D3a - Dipartimento di Scienze Agrarie, Alimentari e Ambientali - Guida degli insegnamenti (Syllabus)
Basic knowledge of physic and mathematics.
The teaching method is based on ppt lectures (4 CFU) and visits to farms and contractor companies or workshops (2 CFU).
The course material will be available during class.
Knowledge. The course enables students to acquire adequate basic knowledge of agricultural mechanics. Agricultural machineries are studied in their construction and operation aspects highlighting the features and adjustments related to the mechanical quality of its work. Moreover, worksite planning for a correct choice of machines will be carried out.
Applying knowledge and understanding. The main aim of this course is to provide the ability to identify the most suitable machinery, making choice based on construction machines characteristics, on their ability to work in relation to the company needs in which they are introduced and on any existing regulatory restrictions.
Cross-expertise. a) Autonomy of student to identify the information useful to a proper selection of the farm machinery; b) Communication skills: clear and comprehensive transfer of information, ideas, problems and techniques to stakeholders involved in manufacturing solutions, i.e. farmers.
1 Presentation of the course. Design and Operating Characteristics of the main parts of the tractor (engine and transmission system; hitching systems; tires and traction; innovative elements) (2 CFU).
2 Operating machines: design characteristics, functions and calibration, innovation. Machinery for: I) soil tillage; II) crop planting; III) chemical application; III) forage harvesting and grain harvesting; IV) fruit harvesting (2 CFU).
3) Machinery management. Machinery selection. Machinery costs (2 CFU).
Learning evaluation methods. Written questions and oral discussion on three of the subjects listed in teaching program.
Learning evaluation criteria. During the written classwork, the student will have to demonstrate to know the methodologies for proceeding to the choice of the farm machinery. During the oral classwork the student will have to demonstrate knowledge about: i) tractor characteristics; ii) characteristics of operating machinery. To pass the oral exam, the student must demonstrate an overall knowledge of the content using appropriate technical terminology, and be able to deal with deductive reasoning that enables him to create links within matter, and to have a complete ability of the subject.
Learning measurement criteria. The vote is expressed in thirtieths. The examination will be considered passed with a note from 18 to 30 “cum laude”.
Final mark allocation criteria. The oral examination consists of three questions concerning the subjects listed in the teaching program, each of ones will count for 10 points. The degree of 30 “cum laude” is attributed when the student demonstrates complete mastery of the subject.
1. Bodria L., Pellizzi G., Piccarolo P., (2013), Meccanica agraria, Edagricole
Recommended readings during class