AGRICULTURAL MECHANIZATION

Professors: W. H. Allen, D. E. Brune, J. A. Collier, Y. J. Han, J. C. Hayes, Chair; D. E. Linvill, R. E. Williamson; Associate Professor: R. B. Dodd, Jr.; Instructor: T. R. Garrett; Lecturer: R. G. Hammond

 

AG M 101 Introduction to Agricultural Mechanization and Business 1(0,3) Introduction to Agricultural Mechanization and Business program. An overview of the curriculum will be given and the opportunities for extracurricular activities explained. Long-term interaction between the department and alumni will be covered.

AG M 205 Principles of Farm Shop 3(2,3) Principles, techniques, and methods in the selection, proper use and maintenance of hand and power tools. Principal topics include welding, tool fitting, metalworking, woodworking, finishing and preserving, and heat treatment.

AG M 206 Agricultural Mechanization 3(2,3) The agricultural student is taught to apply physical principles and sound reasoning to the mechanization of modern agricultural production and processing enterprises. Planning efficient operational systems and wise selection of equipment, based on function and economic suitability are stressed. Preq: MTHSC 105, PHYS 207 or consent of instructor.

AG M 301 Soil and Water Conservation 3(2,3) Water management in agriculture is studied by applying principles of elementary surveying, mathematics, and fluid flow as related to soil-water-vegetation complexes in erosion control, water conservation, drainage, and irrigation.

AG M 303 Calculations for Mechanized Agriculture 3(2,3) Designed to enhance the student's ability to analyze and solve a wide range of problems requiring engineering technology. Laboratory periods will be used to introduce the student to microcomputer hardware. Basic programming and typical applications to agricultural mechanization problems are included. Preq: PHYS 207 or consent of instructor.

AG M 401, 601 Environmental Control for Plants and Animals 1(1,0) Basic concepts of environmental control for plant and animal production and human housing are presented. Elements include heat transfer, psychrometry, heating, cooling, ventilation, and heat/moisture balances. Preq: PHYS 200 or consent of instructor.

AG M 402, 602 Drainage, Irrigation, and Waste Management 3(2,3) Continuation of AG M 302.
Basic soil-water-plant relationships are used to determine the need for and methods of irrigation, drainage, and waste management. Topics covered will include irrigation methods, drainage needs, drainage methods, and waste-treatment methods. Preq: AG M 302.

AG M 403, 603 Structures for Plants and Animals 2(1,3) Structures for agricultural production systems are planned and designed with regard to function, materials, loads and component sizing, utilizing the approach of an engineering or construction technologist. Preq: PHYS 200 or consent of instructor.

AG M 406, 606 Mechanical and Hydraulic Systems 3(2,3) Study of power transmission systems for agricultural production with emphasis on mobile equipment. Characteristics, requirements, and design of both V-belt drive and roller-chain drives are presented. Emphasis is on hydraulic power transmission systems, including pumps, actuators, control devices, and hydraulic circuitry. Preq: AG M 206, PHYS 207 or consent of instructor.

AG M 408 Equipment Sales and Service 3(3,0) Agricultural equipment sales and service techniques, inventory, and accounting procedures followed by the farm machinery industry.

AG M 452, 652 Farm Power 3(2,3) Study of tractors with emphasis on internal combustion engines and support systems necessary for their proper functioning. Application of power, maintenance, adjustment, and general repair are also considered. Preq: PHYS 207 or consent of instructor.

AG M 460, 660 Farm and Home Utilities 3(2,3) Course for undergraduate and graduate students in agriculture and related curricula, involving a study of electric and other utilities on the farm and in the home. Selection, installation, and maintenance of wiring systems, lighting systems, motors, controls, water systems, and waste disposal systems are emphasized. Preq: PHYS 208 or consent of instructor, Junior standing.

AG M 472 Seminar 1(1,0) Introduction to the agribusiness world, professionalism, current topics of special interest, and financial and legal implications of modern agricultural production. Preq: Senior standing in Agricultural Mech-anization and Business or consent of instructor.

AG M 473 Special Topics in Agricultural Mechanization 1-3(1-3,0) Comprehensive study and application of new technologies and methods not covered in existing courses. Emphasis is placed on independent study using innovative approaches to problem solving. May be repeated for a maximum of six credits. Preq: Consent of instructor.