SRJC Course Outlines

10/22/2020 5:10:13 PMAGMEC 60 Course Outline as of Fall 2004

Changed Course
CATALOG INFORMATION

Discipline and Nbr:  AGMEC 60Title:  AG MACHINE/EQUIP SKILL  
Full Title:  Agricultural Machinery & Equipment Skills
Last Reviewed:3/9/2015

UnitsCourse Hours per Week Nbr of WeeksCourse Hours Total
Maximum2.00Lecture Scheduled1.0017.5 max.Lecture Scheduled17.50
Minimum2.00Lab Scheduled3.006 min.Lab Scheduled52.50
 Contact DHR.50 Contact DHR8.75
 Contact Total4.50 Contact Total78.75
 
 Non-contact DHR0 Non-contact DHR Total0

 Total Out of Class Hours:  35.00Total Student Learning Hours: 113.75 

Title 5 Category:  AA Degree Applicable
Grading:  Grade Only
Repeatability:  00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP
Also Listed As: 
Formerly:  AG 86

Catalog Description:
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Evaluation and practice of safe tractor and agricultural equipment operation. Students operate tractors and common farm implements as well as learn the proper techniques for the service and repair of agricultural equipment.

Prerequisites/Corequisites:


Recommended Preparation:
Eligibility for ENGL 100 or ESL 100

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
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Evaluation and practice of safe tractor and agricultural equipment operation. Students operate tractors and common farm implements as well as learn the proper techniques for the service and repair of agricultural equipment.
(Grade Only)

Prerequisites:
Recommended:Eligibility for ENGL 100 or ESL 100
Limits on Enrollment:
Transfer Credit:CSU;
Repeatability:00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP

ARTICULATION, MAJOR, and CERTIFICATION INFORMATION

Associate Degree:Effective:Inactive:
 Area:
 
CSU GE:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 
IGETC:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 
CSU Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 1981Inactive:Fall 2017
 
UC Transfer:Effective:Inactive:
 
C-ID:

Certificate/Major Applicable: Both Certificate and Major Applicable



COURSE CONTENT

Outcomes and Objectives:
Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:
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Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:
1. Operate tractors and ATVs (all terrain vehicles) safely and
efficiently.
2. Summarize basic tractor operating principles.
3. Recognize and identify the primary tractor parts.
4. Demonstrate proficiency in tractor setup and adjustment.
5. Demonstrate proficiency in attaching equipment to the drawbar, three
point hitch, power take-off shaft, and auxiliary hydraulic outlets.
6. Manage seasonal tractor field operations.
7. Operate specialty equipment safely and efficiently.
8. Diagnose basic operational conditions of equipment.
9. Evaluate service records and set-up appropriate service plans.
10. Perform basic preventive maintenance and repairs.
11. Analyze application requirements for spray, seed, and fertilizer
applications.
12. Calculate equipment calibrations for spray, seed, and fertilizer
applications and validate application quantity.

Topics and Scope
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I. Introduction
 A. Overview of farm equipment
 B. Tractor types and configuration
 C. Tractor safety and accident prevention
 D. Tractor types and engine types
 E. Operating principles
II. Tractor Operation Skills
 A. Prestarting maintenance and safety checks
    1. Starting the tractor engine
    2. Tractor driver responsibilities
    3. Basic operating principles
 B. Tractor movement
 C. Implement hook-up and backup
III. Farm Tractors and Engines
 A. Tractor system identification
 B. Engine types
 C. Basic operating principles
IV. Farm Tractor Set-up
 A. Adjustment
 B. Attaching tractor implements
  1. Attaching equipment to the drawbar
  2. Three point hitch
  3. Power take-off shaft
  4. Auxiliary hydraulic outlets
V. Tractor Field Operations
 A. Primary tillage
 B. Fertilizing (pre-plant)
 C. Seeding
 D. Irrigating
 E. Cultivating and mowing
 F. Spraying and fertilizing (post-plant)
   1. Calculating calibrations
   2. Validating application quantities
VI. Farm Machinery and Tractor Maintenance and Repairs
 A. Definition and importance of maintenance and repairs
 B. Maintenance and repair records
 C. Engine tune-up
 D. Service and adjustment to engines and equipment

Assignments:
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Representative assignments:
1. Reading assignments, approximately 15 -20 pages per week.
2. Lab reports, including preoperation; tractor & equipment review;
calibrations for fertilizing, seeding and spraying; pre-
evaluation of servicing requirements; completed service report.
3. Machinery and equipment operation skills.
4. Skill/performance exams: tractor and equipment operation.
5. Four quizzes; two tests; final exam.

Methods of Evaluation/Basis of Grade.
Writing: Assessment tools that demonstrate writing skill and/or require students to select, organize and explain ideas in writing.Writing
0 - 0%
None
This is a degree applicable course but assessment tools based on writing are not included because problem solving assessments and skill demonstrations are more appropriate for this course.
Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.Problem Solving
20 - 40%
Lab reports
Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.Skill Demonstrations
20 - 30%
Performance exams, Tractor & equipment operation.
Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.Exams
40 - 50%
Multiple choice, True/false, Matching items, Completion, Short answer.
Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.Other Category
0 - 10%
Attendance and participation.


Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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Fundamentals of Machine Operation: Tractors, 3rd ed. Deere & Company
Service Publications, 1994.
Fundamentals of Machine Operation: Preventive Maintenance, 6th ed. Deere &
Company Service Publications, 1999.
Instructor prepared materials.

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