Bachelor of Agriculture Technology - Courses
|AE||330||Economics of Precision Agriculture||3|
Precision farming and smart agriculture technologies have costs associated with special equipment and time investments. This course will investigate the economic factors in adopting precision farming techniques and specialized technologies and will investigate how precision farming data can be used to manage risk. Students will gain fundamental knowledge in agricultural business, economics, and management to understand and improve integrated technology systems. This course will make use of case studies to analyse the economics of technology adoption.
Prerequisite: AE100 Agricultural Economics
|AE||420||Advanced Farm & Ag Business Management||3|
|This is a required course for students in the Bachelor of Agriculture Technology degree program. The goal is to provide students with frameworks to analyze the elements of strategic farm management through the development and assessment of various strategic management tools such as dashboards and scorecards. Students complete a comprehensive strategic analysis including financial and non-financial indicators as well as lag and lead indicators. This includes advanced risk management, investment decision making, financial review, strategic marketing, strategic human resource management and internal process assessment. Prerequisite: AE 230.|
|AN||401*||Advanced Livestock Production & Management||3|
|This course covers livestock systems and management. Topics include advanced livestock nutrition, reproduction, health, welfare, genetic improvement, herd management, sustainability of livestock production, diverse production systems, and the quantifiable relationships among them. Labs are to provide learners exposure and training to various applications of technology in livestock production systems. Pre/co-requisites: none.
|AT||300||Introduction to Emerging Technologies in Agriculture||3|
Emerging applications and trends in agriculture technology are explored and discussed, including but not limited to robotics, sensing technologies, genomics tools, management software, and artificial intelligence. Students evaluate and compare new and emerging technologies in current agricultural production and management systems and investigate innovative agriculture practices and technological advances changing the world’s farming and food production systems.Pre/co-requisites: none.
|AT||301||Sustainable Farm Business||3|
In this course, students study and evaluate the environmental, economic and social pillars in an agriculture business and how emerging technologies, such as smart agriculture and precision farming practices, affect farm business sustainability currently and in the future. Course content includes crops, livestock and agri-food value chains. Prerequisite: AT 300. Co-requisite: none.
|AT||302||Innovation Leadership in Agriculture||3|
|In this course, leadership principles, practices and skills are taught and developed. Focus is on students utilizing advanced communication, interpersonal, team building and critical thinking skills core to leadership development. Students apply individual leadership styles and competencies in an agriculture workplace setting with industry collaboration and mentorship. Pre/co-requisites: none.|
|The course focuses on advanced agronomics in weed, insect, disease, fertility, and precision agriculture. An understanding of quantifiable relationships between soil properties, climate, water, fertility levels, varieties, yield potential, and crop quality is developed. Advanced topics include genetic phenotyping, and predictive pest modelling. Labs allow learners to assess the growth and yield effects of various measured variables.Prerequisites: CR 260, SO 102 & SO 242. Co-requisites: none.|
|PA||300||Precision Farming Global Positioning Essentials||3|
|The course introduces the philosophy, tools and concepts that drive the precision farming cycle. The tools introduced include Global Positioning System (GPS) satellites, sensors, use of position and map based control systems and Geographical Information Systems (GIS) mapping techniques. The installation, trouble shooting and diagnostics of Global Positioning Systems (GPS) is a topic further explored. The evaluation of the factors which cause and correct errors in position determination; and strategies for evaluating the causes of and managing the variability in fields will be covered. Students will explore leading industry hardware and software in two groups, one with a livestock technology focus and one with a crops technology focus, for part of the course and for labs.|
|PA||321||Machine Control & Inter-Component Communication Systems||3|
|The course reviews modern farm equipment, tools, and machinery before studying electronic hardware monitoring and controlling equipment functions. The installation, trouble shooting and diagnostics of control systems such as automatic feeding, auto-steer, controlled traffic, robots, section control, environmental sensors, microchips, and variable rate control equipment are topics that are explored. Prerequisite: PA 321. Co-requisite: none.|
|PA||411||GIS for Agriculture Decision Making||3|
|This course introduces the students to geographical information systems (GIS) and agriculture industry software as decision-making tools. GIS, spatial data, mapping and prescriptions are equally important to livestock and crops industries. Examples and industry developments and practices are covered in lectures and labs. Prerequisite: PA 300. Co-requisite: none.|
|PA||412||Remote Sensing for Decision Making||3|
|This course will introduce the science, tools and software used in remote sensing of agricultural, cropping, livestock, and processing operations. As well, the vast array of real time sensor applications, sensors used on satellites, aircraft and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) will be described. The value of spectral imagery and plant indices will be explained. Remotely sensed data will be analyzed to evaluate crop variability and health. The role of remotely sensed data in developing prescriptions for precision farming operations will be investigated. Hands-on exposure to the use of sensors and the data they produce will be delivered in the course labs. Prerequisite: PA300 Precision Farming|
ElectivesTo broaden perspective and critical thinking skills, you're required to complete a 3-credit course unrelated to agriculture, agriculture technology or the biological, physical or chemical sciences.
- the Humanities – English & History
- the Arts
- Social Sciences.
- to check course prerequisites
- to work with your academic advisor and program head on timetabling and other course requirements.
- Student placements will include work settings at agriculture data companies, technology and equipment manufacturers, agriculture equipment dealerships, crop input service providers, private agronomist service companies, crop and livestock service centers, farms, breeding and genomic companies, and other related agriculture industries.
- All placements will have a focus on smart agriculture and/or related agriculture technologies
- Practicums provide opportunities for students to network and forge strong connections with colleagues and gain a greater understanding of their strengths in the field.
- Practicums are project and/or skills based. Students are matched with a workplace mentor/supervisor and are supported by a program faculty member.
- Practicum placements may lead to full time employment with an organization after graduation.
|Students will analyze historical and current theories in leadership and practices in preparation for selecting appropriate leadership strategies in helping organizations achieve their vision and goals. Focus will be on students developing advanced communication, interpersonal, team building and critical thinking skills as core to leadership development. Students will also practice problem-solving skills such as analytical skills, deductive reasoning, organizing complex thoughts, and presenting solutions. Students will apply individual leadership style and competencies to agriculture work-place scenarios (industry collaboration & mentorship).|
|Provides approximately 55 days of work experience with a focus on real world application of the skills and knowledge acquired throughout the course of the program. In cooperation with leading industry partners. Practicums are designed to give students supervised practical application of previously studied knowledge and skills. Students will apply technical skills to address business applications of emerging technologies and will implement personal and interpersonal skills to strengthen performance in the workplace and to make a successful transition to the workforce. All placements will have a focus on smart agriculture and/or related agriculture technologies|
|Elective in Humanities, Sociology, Arts, Psychology||3|
|This course should be in one of these subject areas:
A list of suggested courses currently offered by Lakeland or approved for Lakeland students by another institution will be available from the academic advisor.
As well, you can ask for approval for an option not on the list. The program head and the agriculture academic advisor provide that approval.
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