Course code TMPA210

TMPA210 Agrotechnology

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Course responsible: Nils Bjugstad, Nils Bjugstad
Teachers: John Morken, Jon Glenn Omholt Gjevestad, Tore Ensby
ECTS credits: 5
Faculty: Department of Mathematical Sciences and Technology
Teaching language: NO
(NO=norsk, EN=Engelsk)
Limits of class size:
Minimum 10 students. If this number is not reached, the course may be arranged to accommodate more independent study.
Teaching exam periods:

This course starts in Spring parallel. This course has teaching/evaluation in Spring parallel.

Course frequency: <p>Even years</p><p><br/><br/></p>
First time: 2007H
Preferential right:
Students taking Horticulture and Crop Science, Economics, Animal Sciences, Technology.
Course contents:

Chemical and alternative pest control. Testing and certification of sprayers. Distribution of fertilisers. Soil cultivation, tillage and soil preservation. Machinery for seeding and planting of crops. Cultivation and handling of potatoes. Power and base machinery for agriculture. Systems for precision agriculture.

Learning outcome:

The students should gain knowledge about agrotechnical solutions and methods to ensure product quality and reduce environmental impact in agriculture, as well as an overview over important measures and their consequences. The students should also be able to understand how agricultural machinery functions and interacts in a broader agronomic perspective. This means not just mechanical behaviour, but to a large degree how different types of machinery, tuning and utilisation must be adapted to farming structure, soil conditions, biological and climatic conditions etc.

Learning activities:

An introduction of agricultural engineering topics is given in the beginning by the teacher. Then the student gets a randomised single project work topic, which should be written within a certain deadline and will be assessed by the examiner as approved/not approved. This topic ought to be presented for the rest of the students as a two hours lesson including discussion and supplements from the teacher. The presentations will be scheduled continuously through the semester. The student may correct or supplement the written project after the presentation within a common deadline for all the students at the end of the semester, in order to ensure all the students to get equal time in order to write a complete project paper. The teacher may supply the student with images, films or other resources related to the topic, if needed. The student will be assessed due to presentation (40%) as well as written paper (60%). The students are also encouraged to be actively involved in the discussions after each presentation.

Teaching support:
The course responsible is available for support and advice in working hours and by e-mail.
A wide range of national and international digital and written literature within the topics will be available for the students.

JORD101 - Soil Science. PJH102 - Introduction to Horticulture and Crop Science, or equivalent.

Recommended prerequisites:

Some knowledge and experience from practical agriculture production will be an advantage.

Mandatory activity:

A written and oral presentation of a free topic within agricultural engineering.

A one dat excursion.


A written exam, 3 hours.

Nominal workload:

Project work and working out the student presentation approx. 50 h. Lectures including student lectures approx. 50 h. Demonstrations and excercises and homework approx. 40 h. Excursion 10 h.

Entrance requirements:

Minimum requirements for entrance to higher education in Norway (generell studiekompetanse)

Reduction of credits:
Type of course:

Project work and working out the student presentation approx. 50 h. Lectures including student lectures approx. 50 h. Demonstrations and excercises and homework approx. 40 h. Excursion 10 h.


The course is tailored to students in Soil Science, Plant Science, Animal Science and Technology students who have  a desire to learn more about agrotechnology and crop production technology.

Minimum10 students. If this number is not reached, the course may be arranged to accomodate more independent study.

The external and internal examiner jointly prepare the exam questions and the correction manual. The external examiner reviews the internal examiner's examination results by correcting a random sample of candidate¿s exams as a calibration according to the Department's guidelines for examination markings.
Allowed examination aids: Calculator handed out, no other aids
Examination details: One written exam: Bestått / Ikke bestått