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Prerequisites: Agricultural Mechanics & Technology
Level: 11th
Credit(s): 1.0
Additional Information: Agricultural Mechanics & Technology is a course that examines current technological advances in the agricultural and mechanical industry. Agricultural Mechanics & Technology prepares students for careers and continuing education in technical fields. Therefore, the course is designed for upper level students and/or students who have completed Introduction to the Agricultural Industry or Basic Agricultural Mechanics. This course is one year in length and upon successful completion of this course with a D or higher, 1 graduation credit will be awarded.

Course Description

Agricultural Mechanics & Technology expands students’ knowledge and experiences with past and current technologies used in the agricultural and mechanical industry. Course clusters include Land Management, Global Position Systems, Geographic Information Technology, Remote Sensing Technology, Electrical Motors, Hydraulics, Metal Fabrication, and Agriculture Power Systems. Participation in FFA student organization activities and Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) projects is an integral course component for leadership development, career exploration and reinforcement of academic concepts.

Course Objectives

• Students will develop and utilize skills needed to for career pathways in agricultural mechanics and technologies.
•Students will be able to accurately use land surveying methods and legal descriptions for land management scenarios.
•Students will be able to describe how GPS and GIS systems operate and work and how they are used in the agriculture and mechanical industry.
• Students will explore remote sensing technology as used in industry.
•Students will describe the operation of electrical motors and there use in the agricultural and mechanical industry.
•Students will explain how hydraulic systems work and their use in the agricultural and mechanical industry.
•Students will explore the power generation industry
•Students will develop and maintain a Supervised Agricultural Experience that pertains to individual interest and promotes skills in agribusiness.

  • Course Outline

  • Unit I: FFA Opportunities and Supervised Agricultural Experiences

    FFA

  • Opportunities in FFA and Youth Organizations
  • Achievement in FFA
  • Leading the FFA Chapter
  • SAE’s

  • Possible SAE Programs
  • Planning Your SAE Program
  • Implementing SAE Programs
  • Keeping and Using SAE Records
  • Long Range Plans for Expanding SAE Programs
  •  Unit II: Mechanical Systems and Technology

    Introduction to Agricultural Mechanics and Technology Systems

  • Identifying Hazards in Agricultural Mechanics
  • Using Personal Safety in Agricultural Mechanics
  • Recognizing the Impact of Technological Advances in Agricultural Mechanics
  • Unit III: Land Measurement

  • Understanding Land Measurement and Legal Descriptions
  • Using Surveying Equipment
  • Applying Profile Leveling Techniques
  • Applying Differential Leveling Techniques
  • Unit IV: Soil and Environmental Systems

  • Understanding the Importance of Managing Soil, Water, and Waste
  • Soil & Construction
  • Water Quality & Pollution Control Technologies
  • Waste Management Technologies
  • Ethical Decision Making
  • Unit V: Technology Systems

  • Determine the Use of Technology in World Food and Fiber Production
  • Determining the Role of Electronics in Agriculture Technology
  • Understanding the Monitoring Systems
  • Determining the Role of Precision Technology
  • Understanding Global Positioning Systems- GPS
  • Understanding Geographic Information Systems- GIS
  • Understanding Remote Sensing Technology
  •  Unit VI: Electrical Motors & Controls

  • Exploring the Science of Electricity
  • Selecting and Maintaining Electric Motors and Controls
  • Exploring Electric Motor Operation
  • Automated Controls in Manufacturing
  • Manufacturing Technology & Computer Applications
  •  Unit VII: Sources of Power

  • Generating Power from Coal
  • Generating Power from Natural Gas
  • Generating Nuclear Power
  • Generating Hydroelectric Power
  • Generating Solar Power
  • Generating Power from Wind
  • Growing Biomass for Power
  • Unit VIII: Metal Fabrication

  • Identifying Metals and Their Physical Properties
  • Applying Heat Treating Processes
  • Applying Cold Metalworking Techniques
  • Applying Fuel Gas Welding (FGW) Process and Techniques
  • Using Metal Cutting Processes and Techniques
  • Applying Metal Inert Gas (MIG) Techniques
  • Applying Tungsten Inert Gas (TIG) Welding Techniques
  • Applying ARC Welding Techniques
  • Student Expectations

    It is important that students in this class keep an open mind and respect the differences in student ability, backgrounds and beliefs. All students are expected to come to class prepared and participate on a daily basis. Students will be expected to follow all rules listed and described in the Steeleville High School Student Handbook and Steeleville High School Agriculture Program Student Handbook. It is expected that students wear appropriate attire (safety glasses, closed-toe shoes, protective clothing, etc.) during shop work. All students enrolled in Agricultural Mechanics & Technology will be required to keep an updated SAE (Supervised Agriculture Experience) and retain membership in the FFA organization. Students will be expected to arrive daily with a writing utensil, note pad and calculator.

     Teaching Methods

    Agricultural Mechanics and Technology is a course taught through a wide variety of teaching methods, but with a dominant focus through hands-on learning. Students will learn through class lecture, small group discussion, class debate, laboratory exercises, video, readings, independent study, games, individual and group projects, and more.

    Assessments

    Students will be assessed through regular completion of homework, projects, class participation, laboratories, and Supervised Agriculture Experiences. Quizzes will assess students throughout each unit and a test will be given upon completion of each unit.

     Grading Policy

    The grading procedure for this class will be out of 100%. The breakdown of percentiles can be seen below.

    Quizzes 10% Participation 15%
    Homework 15% Labs & Projects 30%
    Tests 20% SAE 10%
     Missed/Late Work
    Late homework assignments will automatically be dropped 10%, unless prior arrangements have been made or the missed assignment was due to an excused absence. Missed quizzes or tests due to an unexcused absence will result in a zero. Make-up dates will be allowed for all quizzes and tests missed due to an excused absence.

    Academic Honesty

    Academic integrity is a vital component for individual success within Steeleville’s Agriculture Department. Plagiarism and cheating by any student will result in a zero for the grade of the assignment and will follow punishment described in the student handbooks.

    Text

    A variety of text material will be given in this course. The primary text material will be MyCaert Agriculture Education State Curriculum readings. Text material will also include, but is not limited to, various textbook chapters, newspaper clippings, pamphlets, Internet articles, news articles, and short narrative briefs.

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