Jan 22, 2022  
2021 - 2022 Cowley College Academic Catalog 
    
2021 - 2022 Cowley College Academic Catalog

AGR1202 PRECISION HARDWARE & SOFTWARE SYSTEM COURSE PROCEDURE


AGR1202 PRECISION HARDWARE & SOFTWARE SYSTEM

3 Credit Hours

Student Level:

This course is open to students of any major, high school, freshman or sophomore.

Catalog Description:

AGR1202 - Precision Hardware and Software (3 hrs.)

This course is design to introduce and allow for a working knowledge of the hardware systems used in precision and the software needed to make the system work to provide data to make production decisions.

Course Classification:

Lecture

Prerequisites:

None

Controlling Purpose:

The purpose of this course is to give agriculture students an understanding of the concept and importance of the technology used in today’s agriculture.

Learner Outcomes:

Upon completion of the course, the student will:

  1. List and describe the various types of hardware systems used in agriculture.
  2. Describe and demonstrate the various software systems used in precision agriculture.
  3. Interpret and explain basic theory and concepts used in positioning and information systems and troubleshoot those systems.
  4. Demonstrate knowledge of the interrelationships of electronic devises to provide information and management decisions.
  5. Describe and apply basic electronic principles to allow the hardware and software to work together.

Unit Outcomes for Criterion Based Evaluation:

The following outline defines the minimum core content not including the final examination period. Instructors may add other material as time allows.

UNIT 1: HARDWARE SYSTEMS

Outcomes: Students will list and describe basic hardware systems used for crop management and precision agriculture.

  • Identify the types and brands of hardware systems.
  • Interpret instructions on installation of different hardware systems.
  • Identify and interpret operational manual for each hardware system.
  • Identify and explain operations of the hardware system.
  • Demonstrate the use of hardware in the field setting.
  • Discuss the applications and usage of each hardware system in precision agriculture.

UNIT 2: SOFTWARE SYSTEMS

Outcomes: Students will demonstrate basic knowledge of the use of GPS in production.

  • Identify and explain types and brands of software systems.
  • Explain and discuss the basic usage of software function and its use in precision agriculture.
  • Recognize and interpret the basic data received from industry software.
  • Identify and explain operating systems of the software and how it benefits production decisions.
  • Demonstrate the use of software in the field setting.
  • Discuss the applications and usage of different software in precision agriculture.

UNIT 3: REMOTE SENSING, SATELITE, & OPERATIONAL SYSTEMS

Outcomes: Students will be able to interpret, discuss and apply remote sensing, satellite and operational systems to crop management involving precision systems.

  • Explain remote sensing and its relationship with various software and hardware systems.
  • Describe precision mapping, land use, soil mapping and its relationship with various software and hardware.
  • Discuss map projections, coordinating systems and the software that drives the information.
  • Explain inputs based on real-time data and the software that it comes from.
  • Demonstrate decision making skills with data information and the software that aides in that decision.

UNIT 4: TROUBLESHOOTING

Outcomes: Students should demonstrate knowledge of hardware and software systems.

  • Identify errors that can occur.
  • Demonstrate the ability to link hardware to equipment.
  • Describe the relationship of precision equipment and the use of satellites to find error problems.
  • Demonstrate the ability to troubleshoot components.
  • Demonstrate ability to troubleshoot software issues.
  • Demonstrate ability to read, use and interpret instructions for both hardware and software.

UNIT 5: OPERATION AND MANAGEMENT

Outcomes: Students will be able to apply the systems to management phase of the operation.

  • Define and identify the difference in system types and usage.
  • Identify and explain each system and its use in the overall management of the operation.
  • Explain the data received from each system and how it can affect decisions.
  • Interpret each type of system and the use of the data it provides.
  • Describe and meld informational data from each system to make better calculated decisions on farm management.

Projects Required:

Varies, refer to syllabus.

Textbook:

Contact Bookstore for current textbook.

Attendance Policy:

Students should adhere to the attendance policy outlined by the instructor in the course syllabus.

Grading Policy:

The grading policy will be outlined by the instructor in the course syllabus.

Maximum class size:

Based on classroom occupancy.

Course Time Frame:

The U.S. Department of Education, Higher Learning Commission and the Kansas Board of Regents define credit hour and have specific regulations that the college must follow when developing, teaching and assessing the educational aspects of the college.  A credit hour is an amount of work represented in intended learning outcomes and verified by evidence of student achievement that is an institutionally-established equivalency that reasonably approximates not less than one hour of classroom or direct faculty instruction and a minimum of two hours of out-of-class student work for approximately fifteen weeks for one semester hour of credit or an equivalent amount of work over a different amount of time.  The number of semester hours of credit allowed for each distance education or blended hybrid courses shall be assigned by the college based on the amount of time needed to achieve the same course outcomes in a purely face-to-face format.

Refer to the following policies:

402.00 Academic Code of Conduct

263.00 Student Appeal of Course Grades

403.00 Student Code of Conduct

Disability Services Program: 

Cowley College, in recognition of state and federal laws, will accommodate a student with a documented disability.  If a student has a disability which may impact work in this class which requires accommodations, contact the Disability Services Coordinator. 

DISCLAIMER: THIS INFORMATION IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE. FOR THE OFFICIAL COURSE PROCEDURE CONTACT ACADEMIC AFFAIRS.