Description of Individual Course Units
Course Unit CodeCourse Unit TitleType of Course UnitYear of StudySemesterNumber of ECTS Credits
BLS301INFORMATION TECHNOLOGIES IN AGRICULTUREElective354
Level of Course Unit
First Cycle
Objectives of the Course
The objectives of this course are to gain fundamental understanding of Information Technology and its application in Agriculture; know and use appropriate hardware and software tools; experience in computer applications for office use; effectively use internet technology and world wide web communication; and have a vision of agro-informatics and agro-polyclinics, farm information management, electronic commerce in agriculture, IT in Agricultural Extension Management Agri-business Agri-marketing Management
Name of Lecturer(s)
Doç. Dr. Arif Behiç Tekin
Learning Outcomes
1To develop an understanding of computer systems
2To develop an understanding of computer hardware and software and applications for office use, telecommunication and networking
3To develop an understanding of remote sensing, GIS and MIS
4To gain experience on internet technology, communication and electronic web
5To develop an understanding of Agro-informatics, Farm Information Management
6To have information on electronic commerce in agriculture and IT in agricultural production
Mode of Delivery
Face to Face
Prerequisites and co-requisities
None
Recommended Optional Programme Components
None
Course Contents
Detail into history of ICT, multiple operating systems on same hardware like Linux and Windows, introduction to IT-based software for accessing information, basic computer knowledge covering emerging trends in word-processing, table-handling and database management, Tele-conferencing, Video Conferencing, data mining/searching from different agro related web sites; its applications like online agricultural marketing on the web, Practical examples of initiatives like community cyber cafes, cyber extension, virtual farm clinics, use of online expert systems that enable Agricultural Information Networking, Use of IT in best cultivation practices, land use, fertilizer use, seed quality, remunerative price for products, reducing wastage during farm transit and storage, Linking with commodity markets and information on upcountry market prices, state support and banking services/schemes, Market intelligence and market information dissemination, forward trading, e-trading
Weekly Detailed Course Contents
WeekTheoreticalPracticeLaboratory
1Introduction to ICT in Agriculture Introducing the course and examining the course content
2Computer Systems and DevelopmentHomework
3Computer hardware and software Homework
4Computer applications for office useHomework
5Telecommunication and computer networking: Tele conferencing, video conferencingHomework
6Remote sensing, GIS and MIS Homework
7Internet technology and world wide web: data mining/searching from different agro related web sites, its applications Homework
8Term Exam.
9Agro-informatics: cyber extension, cyber café, use of online expert systemsHomework
10Farm information management Homework
11IT in agricultural extension Homework
12Electronic commerce in agriculture Homework
13Agri-business Homework
14Agri-marketing Homework
15The future Homework, Presentation
16Final exam
Recommended or Required Reading
Computer and Computing Technologies in Agriculture: v. 4 IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology. Springer-Verlag Berlin and Heidelberg GmbH & Co. K Gelb, E., Offer, A. ICT in Agriculture: Perspectives of Technological Innovation. http://departments.agri.huji.ac.il/economics/gelb-main.html Course Notes: Lecture handouts will be provided and/or will be available in the class website
Planned Learning Activities and Teaching Methods
Assessment Methods and Criteria
Term (or Year) Learning ActivitiesQuantityWeight
Midterm Examination1100
SUM100
End Of Term (or Year) Learning ActivitiesQuantityWeight
Final Examination1100
SUM100
Term (or Year) Learning Activities40
End Of Term (or Year) Learning Activities60
SUM100
Language of Instruction
Turkish
Work Placement(s)
None
Workload Calculation
ActivitiesNumberTime (hours)Total Work Load (hours)
Midterm Examination122
Final Examination122
Attending Lectures14456
Discussion5210
Self Study10550
Reading5315
TOTAL WORKLOAD (hours)135
Contribution of Learning Outcomes to Programme Outcomes
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