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School of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine
Course unit
AVP5073559, A.A. 2017/18

Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2017/18

Information on the course unit
Degree course Second cycle degree in
AV2293, Degree course structure A.Y. 2016/17, A.Y. 2017/18
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Degree course track Common track
Number of ECTS credits allocated 8.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination PRECISION FARMING
Website of the academic structure
Department of reference Department of Agronomy, Food, Natural Resources, Animals and the Environment
E-Learning website
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction English
Single Course unit The Course unit can be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit can be chosen as Optional Course unit

Teacher in charge FRANCESCO MARINELLO AGR/09

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses AGR/09 Agricultural Mechanics 8.0

Mode of delivery (when and how)
Period Second semester
Year 1st Year
Teaching method frontal

Organisation of didactics
Type of hours Credits Hours of
Hours of
Individual study
Practice 1.0 8 17.0 No turn
Laboratory 1.0 8 17.0 No turn
Lecture 6.0 48 102.0 No turn

Start of activities 26/02/2018
End of activities 01/06/2018

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
4  Commissione a.a. 2017/18 01/12/2017 30/11/2018 MARINELLO FRANCESCO (Presidente)
SARTORI LUIGI (Membro Effettivo)
2 Commissione a.a. 2016/17: dal 01/08/2017 01/08/2017 30/11/2017 BERTI ANTONIO (Presidente)
MORARI FRANCESCO (Membro Effettivo)

Prerequisites: General knowledge of agricultural mechanics and agricultural machinery
Target skills and knowledge: The students will acquire basis for management of agricultural machineries in precision agriculture. In particular, knowing how to choose the modern information technologies in agriculture to maximize the potential of this technique.
Examination methods: The exam is divided into two parts:
- a written exam with exercises and questions
- an oral, to be held on the same day of the written part.
A report from the student on an assigned topic will also be taken into consideration for the final grading.
Written and oral exam will include topics from the textbook, lectures slides and laboratory experiences.
Assessment criteria: Students are evaluated and graded on the basis of their ability to:
- handle and discuss different topics covered by the lessons
- apply knowledge of precision farming principles to simple practical examples.
Course unit contents: The course provides an overview of precision farming concepts and tools, including sensors, equipped instrumentation and software. Hands-on activities with local data will provide an initial experience in the use of these tools. Economic and environmental benefits are also discussed.
The course covers the following topics:
1. Introduction to Precision Agriculture and GNSS guidance systems
2. Remote and proximal sensors
3. Yield mapping
4. Map-based VRT
5. Sensors-based VRT
6. Telemetry, traceability and ICT in agriculture
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Teaching is based on lectures, working groups, case studies and on class exercises involving students individually.
Hands on or laboratory activities are also scheduled.
Additional notes about suggested reading: The material used for the course will be made available to students through the Moodle platform of the School at
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Brett Whelan and James Taylor Collingwood, Precision agriculture for grain production systems. --: CSIRO, 2013.
  • Hermann J. Heege, Precision in Crop Farming: Site Specific Concepts and Sensing Methods: Applications and results. --: Springer, 2013.