Description of Individual Course Units
Course Unit CodeCourse Unit TitleType of Course UnitYear of StudySemesterNumber of ECTS Credits
HSS302PRECISION FARMINGElective364
Level of Course Unit
First Cycle
Objectives of the Course
The objectives of this course are to gain fundamental understanding of precision agriculture; know and use appropriate hardware and software tools; experience in creating and using prescription maps; effectively use data in management decisions; and have a vision of precision agriculture applications in other countries.
Name of Lecturer(s)
Doç. Dr. Arif Behiç TEKİN
Learning Outcomes
1To develop an understanding of using global positioning systems and their use in precision agriculture
2To develop an understanding of measuring and mapping soil/crop properties and getting experience on using hardware and software
3To develop an understanding of geographical information systems
4To gain experience on creating “Prescription Map” for variable rate application
5To identify agro-robots and their potential
6To have information on precision agriculture technologies and their application in the world and their future
Mode of Delivery
Face to Face
Prerequisites and co-requisities
None
Recommended Optional Programme Components
None
Course Contents
Global positioning systems, Geographical positioning systems , Yield monitoring and mapping systems, the meaning of variability in agriculture, sampling methods and tools concerning heterogeneity, soil electrical conductivity, remote sensing, variable rate application technology, prescription maps and related software, auto steering systems, agro robots
Weekly Detailed Course Contents
WeekTheoreticalPracticeLaboratory
1Introduction to precision agriculture and fundamentals of PA
2Global positioning systems (GPS, DGPS, RTK GPS)
3Geographical information systems
4Yield monitoring and mapping
5Spatial variability, sampling methods and tools (soil, crop etc.)
6Soil electrical conductivity
7Remote sensing (electromagnetic spectrum, spectral reflectance
8Midterm Exam.
9Variable rate application technology
10Variable rate application maps and software
11GPS guided application (Auto steering and etc.)
12Economical and environmental aspects of PA
13Field robots
14Indoor robots
15The future
16Final exam
Recommended or Required Reading
1 Morgan M. and D. Ess. 2003. The precision-farming guide for agriculturists. 2nd Ed. John Deere Publishing. Moline, Illinois, USA. 2. Pierce, F. J., and E. J. Sadler (eds). 1997. The state of site-specific management for agriculture. ASA Misc. Publ., ASA, CSSA, and SSSA, Madison, WI. 3. Potash & Phosphate Institute (PPI). 2008. Site-Specific Management Guidelines [Online]. Available at: http://www.ipni.net/ (verified 15 Jan. 2008). 4. 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
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End Of Term (or Year) Learning ActivitiesQuantityWeight
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Language of Instruction
Turkish
Work Placement(s)
None
Workload Calculation
ActivitiesNumberTime (hours)Total Work Load (hours)
Midterm Examination122
Final Examination122
Attending Lectures14228
Individual Study for Homework Problems22040
Individual Study for Mid term Examination12020
Individual Study for Final Examination12020
TOTAL WORKLOAD (hours)112
Contribution of Learning Outcomes to Programme Outcomes
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