Description of Individual Course Units
Course Unit CodeCourse Unit TitleType of Course UnitYear of StudySemesterNumber of ECTS Credits
Level of Course Unit
First Cycle
Objectives of the Course
The objective of this course is to provide the gaining of knowledge about the basic principles of harvesting and give the students all information about basic functions of harvesting and agro-technical principles of forage harvester, combines, treshers, cotton picker and vegetable and fruit harvester machines.
Name of Lecturer(s)
Prof. Dr. Hamdi BİLGEN, Prof. Dr. Fazilet ALAYUNT, Assoc.Prof. Dr. Harun YALÇIN
Learning Outcomes
1Learning the fundementals aspects of harvesting
2Learning the specifications of machines used in forage harvestry for hay
3Learning the specifications of machines used in forage harvestry for silage
4Learning the harvesting mechanization of grains
5Learning the specifications of cotton harvester
6Learning the treshing of grains
7Learning the specifications of vegetable harvesters
8Learning the specifications of fruit harvesters
Mode of Delivery
Face to Face
Prerequisites and co-requisities
Recommended Optional Programme Components
Course Contents
Forage Harvesting Machinery for Hay Forage Harvesting Machinery for Silage Grain Harvesting methods Combines Treshing machines Cotton pickers Principles of preharvest- harvest and postharvest operations Functional harvesting process and introduction of fruit and vegetable harvesters
Weekly Detailed Course Contents
1Systems of forage harvesting mechanizationIntroduction and video presentation of hay and forage harvesters
2Cutting mechanics and mowers Conditioning and hay making machinery Introduction and video presentation of mower and condition machines
3Tedding technique and tedders Pick-up systems and self loading machinery Introduction and video presentation of tedders
4Baling operations and balers Silage making mechanization Introduction and video presentation of baler
5Grain Harvest Methods and MachinesIntroduction of different types of grain harvesters
6Combines, Functional processes (Gathering, cutting, pickup, feeding, threshing, seperation, cleaning) Introduction of combines
7Treshing MachinesIntroduction of functional processes of treshing machines
8Cotton pickersIntroduction of functional processes of cotton pickers
9Midterm Exam
10Constraints of fruit and vegetable harvestingIntroduction of fruit and vegetable harvesting
11Root crop harvestingIntroduction of root crop harvesters
12Surface crop harvestingIntroduction and video presentation of surface crop harvesters (strawberry, cabbage..)
13Bush and trellis crop harvestingIntroduction and video presentation of bush crop harvesters (grape..)
14Tree crop harvestingIntroduction and video presentation of edible tree crops harvesters (olive harvester..)
15Practical ExamAn oral Practical Exam in front of the related machines and equipment
16Final exam
Recommended or Required Reading
1. Evcim, Ü, 1997. Hasat Makinaları E.Ü.Z.F. Yayınları Ders Notları 4/3 , Bornova-İzmir. 2. Yıldız, Y.; 1993. Hayvancılıkta Mekanizasyon, Ç.Ü. Ziraat Fakültesi Genel Yayın No: 84, Ders Kitapları Yayın No:20, Adana, 255 s. 3. Srivastava,A.K.,C.E.P.Goering,R.Rohrbach, D.R.Buckmaster. 2006. Engineering Principles of Agricultural Machines, (ISBN) 1-892769-50-6 ASAE Publication 801M0206,USA 4.Erol, M.A., M.,Dilmaç, 1982, Biçer-döverler TZDK. Mesleki Yayınları Ankara
Planned Learning Activities and Teaching Methods
Activities are given in detail in the section of "Assessment Methods and Criteria" and "Workload Calculation"
Assessment Methods and Criteria
Term (or Year) Learning ActivitiesQuantityWeight
End Of Term (or Year) Learning ActivitiesQuantityWeight
Language of Instruction
Work Placement(s)
Workload Calculation
ActivitiesNumberTime (hours)Total Work Load (hours)
Midterm Examination122
Final Examination122
Attending Lectures14228
Individual Study for Mid term Examination12020
Individual Study for Final Examination13030
Oral Examination11010
Contribution of Learning Outcomes to Programme Outcomes
LO115  21
LO215  21
LO315  21
LO425  21
LO525  21
LO615  21
LO715  21
LO815  21
* Contribution Level : 1 Very low 2 Low 3 Medium 4 High 5 Very High
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