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English title:
Agricultural engineering in plant production - seminar
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Agricultural engineering in plant production - seminar (in Eng.)
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Course content:
The course focuses on special topics in the field of agricultural engineering in plant production. This course builds upon the content of the courses “Fundamentals of Agricultural Engineering“ (931.103), “Agricultural Engineering in Plant Production“ (931.100) as well as „Agricultural Engineering in Plant Production - practical course“ (931.101). Students will delve into various aspects of agricultural engineering by researching and writing literature comparison papers. One focus of the course is to work with scientific literature in English and correctly use English technical terms.
The course is designed to be interdisciplinary and covers process engineering (through the detailed examination of process engineering aspects of agricultural engineering), plant production aspects (by conveying the technical requirements based on plant production conditions), as well as sustainability aspects (by evaluating the environmental effects, future viability). The course’s primary aim is not simply to communicate detailed information on agricultural engineering, but rather to contribute to a critical evaluation of processes and innovations in the course’s areas of focus, as well as to determine problems and challenges in the selected fields of application.
Expected previous knowledge:
The prerequisite for participation in the course is a solid foundation in agricultural engineering and agricultural production, as well as in plant production.
Learning outcomes:
Upon positive completion of the course, students will be able to:
• Give an overview of special topics in the field of agricultural engineering
• Confidently use scientific literature (search, use and correctly cite literature)
• Critically evaluate scientific literature
• Participate in discussions based on the analysis of scientific literature and determine development potential, risks and open research areas
Teaching and learning methods:
The topic of the course paper can be chosen from a pool of topics, however each topic may only be researched once. The topic will be presented and clarified during the last course units.
The content of the course paper will be a critical examination of one technology. The final paper should be structured as follows:
1. A short summary of the technology and its current state of development (ca. 500 words)
2. A summary of the technologies/innovations as described in the literature (ca. 1,000 words)
3. A critical evaluation of innovations (benefits, drawbacks, practical applicability), discussion supported by literature data (ca. 1,000 words)
4. A conclusion (max. 100 words)
The course paper will be written about the individual technologies in 3-person groups. The course paper should be as short and concisely written as possible (no comprehensive “summary” of the literature); the suggested length of the paper is approximately 5-6 pages (2,600 words not counting the bibliography). The course papers should be based on the content of at least 10 scientific publications written in English.
Results of the course paper will be presented visually in the concise format of a poster. Course leaders will make a template for the poster available to all course participants. Upon positive evaluation, posters will be approved for printing.
Exam method:
The overall course grade is compiled from evaluations in the following three areas:
1. Evaluation of active participation during course meetings with mandatory attendance (15 points)
2. Evaluation of the final paper (40 points)
3. Evaluation of the final presentation (45 points)
The grades for the course will be calculated according to the number of points achieved and based on the following grading scale:
90 – 100 Points = very good (1)
78 – 89 Points = good (2)
66 – 77 Points = satisfactory (3)
55 – 65 Points = adequate (4)
0 – 54 Points = inadequate (5)

Organisation: University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Vienna

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Teaching period summer semester:
22. Feb 2021 - 30. Sep 2021
Teaching period winter semester:
13. Oct 2020 - 21. Feb 2021