Study Programmes 2015-2016
WARNING : 2014-2015 version of the course specifications
AGRO0016-1  
Agriculture
  • Part 1 : Carbon footprint and saving energy in agriculture
  • Part 2 : Agricultural mechanization and energy
  • Part 3 : Energy and biomass
Duration :
Part 1 : Carbon footprint and saving energy in agriculture : 20h Th, 10h Pr
Part 2 : Agricultural mechanization and energy : 6h Th
Part 3 : Energy and biomass : 15h Th, 10h Pr
Number of credits :
Master de spécialisation en gestion durable de l'énergie4
Lecturer :
Part 1 : Carbon footprint and saving energy in agriculture : Bernard Bodson, Frédéric Lebeau
Part 2 : Agricultural mechanization and energy : Frédéric Lebeau
Part 3 : Energy and biomass :
Coordinator :
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Language(s) of instruction :
French language
Organisation and examination :
Teaching in the second semester
Units courses prerequisite and corequisite :
Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program
Course contents :
Part 1 : Carbon footprint and saving energy in agriculture
Part 1: Carbon footprint and energy saving in agriculture In its firts part, course aims to provide theoretical bases necessary to the carbon balance setting up, at the scale of farms specialized in vegetal or animal finality. The course describle different levels emitting or picking up carbon, their importance on the balance, their variation sources and their interactions. The course insists on the prevalence of spatial and temporal scale on carbon balance of farming activities, depending on their fooding, energetic and environmental finality. It also depicts the complexity of biological process involved in farming, at the scale unit of the animal and the parcel, regarding the whole planet.
Part 2: Agricultural mechanization and energy Agriculture became more largely mechanized during the last 50 years, including a major fossile fuel consumption. Energy costs raise and profit margins decrease for agricultural production imply a careful attention on this point.
Part 2 : Agricultural mechanization and energy
Agriculture has become highly mechanized during ast 50 years, what resulted in a high fossil fuel consumption. The high cost of energy as well as profit margin decrease.
This course describes the major energy expenses item of mechanized agricultur.
The energetical aspects of cultural operations are detailed
Strategies to decrease energy cunsumption are presented
Learning outcomes of the course :
Part 1 : Carbon footprint and saving energy in agriculture
Part 2: Agricultural mechanization and energy The course aims to give the student a better understanding of parameters of the fonctioning and use of agricultural machinery influencing fuel consumption and means of action. The course will also advice students on current data on this subject and future outcomes (energetic classification of tractors, eco-friendly driving teaching, ...)
Part 2 : Agricultural mechanization and energy
The objective is to offer students a global understanding of the operating parameters that influence enery consumption an the mean to act on it.
The offers an insight to present situation in this sector and global trends (energy classification scheme of tractors, low consumption drive,...)
After the course, the student must understand the energetical and technical issues in the field of agriculture mechanisation. He must be able to produce a bibliographical review on a specific topic and draw conclusions for future energetical policy.
Prerequisite knowledge and skills :
Planned learning activities and teaching methods :
Part 1 : Carbon footprint and saving energy in agriculture
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Part 2 : Agricultural mechanization and energy
course
Personnal work
Mode of delivery (face-to-face ; distance-learning) :
Part 1 : Carbon footprint and saving energy in agriculture
Part 1: Carbon footprint and energy saving in agriculture "Ex cathedra" courses (24h) Personnal project: critical analysis of a publication about the carbon balance setting up for farming systems (publication portfolio will be provided by teacher, and the student is supposed to make some personal investigation).
Part 2: Agricultural mechanization and energy Theorical courses (8h) including an test bench assay with a tractor and result analysis at the CRA-W in Gembloux.
Part 2 : Agricultural mechanization and energy
8 hours Face to face
Personnal work
Recommended or required readings :
Assessment methods and criteria :
Part 1 : Carbon footprint and saving energy in agriculture
Written report of the personnel project
Part 2 : Agricultural mechanization and energy
Evaluation of personnal report and oral defense
assesment criteria
- skilled at a professionnal level
- ability to synthetise scientific information
- ability to extract practical information from scientific litterature
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