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AGR3905 Agricultural Engineering Practice

Semester 3, 2019 External
Short Description: Agricultural Engineering Prac
Units : 0
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences
School or Department : School of Civil Engineering and Surveying
Student contribution band : Band 2
ASCED code : 039999 - EnginTech not classified
Grading basis : Pass/Not Pass


Examiner: Guangnan Chen


Agricultural Engineering is a discipline which is strongly oriented to the practical needs of all involved in agriculture. Students need to understand the practical application of theories and develop skills in the identification and solution of problems. This course presents a coordinated set of activities which relate to other Agricultural Engineering courses and will reinforce and develop an understanding of their content and their application to real world situations.

This course contains a mandatory residential school.


The course objectives define the student learning outcomes for a course. On completion of this course, students should be able to:

  1. demonstrate a body of skills, including practical, written, oral communication and computer skills;
  2. demonstrate a knowledge of materials, devices and techniques, with an appreciation of safety codes and practices and specific equipment;
  3. understand some of the limitations of theory through the solution of practical problems;
  4. demonstrate skills in the observation, interpretation and assessment of experimental phenomena;
  5. demonstrate improved group interaction skills, a greater interest in engineering and an appreciation of commercial reality;
  6. demonstrate the skills and knowledge required to complete practical work safety with the appropriate equipment.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Tractor and agricultural machinery performance 40.00
2. Machine/soil interactions 30.00
3. Post harvest storage and processing 30.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

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There are no texts or materials required for this course.

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Report Writing 10.00
Residential Schools 40.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Objectives Assessed Notes
Report 1 1 33 19 Nov 2019 1,2,3,4,5,6 (see note 1)
Report 2 1 33 19 Nov 2019 1,2,3,4,5,6 (see note 2)
Report 3 1 33 19 Nov 2019 1,2,3,4,5,6 (see note 3)
Res School Attend & Particip 1 1 19 Nov 2019 1,2,3,4,5,6 (see note 4)

  1. Students will be advised of the due date when each assessment item is issued.
  2. Students will be advised of the due date when each assessment item is issued.
  3. Students will be advised of the due date when each assessment item is issued.
  4. The dates and location of the mandatory residential school are available from the Residential School Timetable (

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    Students must attend the mandatory residential school. It is the students' responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities (such as lectures, tutorials, laboratories and practical work) scheduled for them, and to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To satisfactorily complete each assessment item students must achieve a mark of 1 out of 1 for that assessment item.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure (point 4.2.4)

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade students must attend and participate in the mandatory residential school and achieve a mark of 1 out of 1 for each assessment item.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    As P is the only passing grade available for this course, all students who are qualified for a passing grade, under the requirements in 4 above, will be given a grade of P. Other students will be given either a Failing grade or an Incomplete grade.

  6. Examination information:
    There is no examination in this course.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Not applicable.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at

Assessment notes

  1. Students must familiarise themselves with the USQ Assessment Procedures (

  2. Harvard (AGPS) is the referencing system required in this course. Students should use Harvard (AGPS) style in their assignments to format details of the information sources they have cited in their work. The Harvard (AGPS) style to be used is defined by the USQ Library's referencing guide.

  3. As part of the mandatory residential school, students may be expected to undertake a combination of lectures, tutorials, laboratories, practical classes, field trips, site visits and assessment as advised by the course examiner.