Mechanized Systems Management Courses

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ACE Outcomes
Prereqs:
MATH 101 or 103 with a grade of C or better completed within the last 11 months; or, placement in MATH 102 or 104 (or higher) within the last 11 months.
Students cannot receive credit for both MSYM 109 and any one of the following: PHYS 141, 151 or 211.
Fundamental principles of mechanics, heat, electricity, magnetism and electromagnetism and their relationship to energy utilization and conservation. Principles then applied to problem situations in agriculture and life sciences.
Credit Hours: 4
Course Format: Lecture 3, Recitation 1
Course Delivery: Classroom
ACE Outcomes: 4
Prereqs:
MSYM 109 or parallel, or PHYS 151.
Laboratory experiments on mechanics, heat, electricity, magnetism and electromagnetism and their relationship to energy utilization and conservation in agriculture and life sciences.
Credit Hours: 1
Course Format: Lab 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Basic principles of describing and evaluating mechanized systems relevant to agriculture, food, energy, and water. Problem solving and using systems-thinking. Exploration of major and career opportunities.
Credit Hours: 2
Course Format: Lecture 1, Recitation 2
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
MSYM 109 or general physics.
Operational characteristics of field, farmstead materials handling, processing and turf maintenance machines and their components. Includes objective comparisons of performance, principles for alignment and adjustment, calibration of metering systems and standards necessary for effective operational management of machines.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lab 3, Lecture 2
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
MSYM 109 or high school physics.
Utilization of electric energy in agricultural production, processing, and residential applications. Wiring installations; selection of safe and adequate circuit devices; service equipment and conductors; and electric motors and their control; and energy management.
This course is a prerequisite for: MSYM 412, MSYM 416
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lab 3, Lecture 2
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
Permission and advanced approval of plan or work.
Pass/No pass only. Written report usually required.
Student participation in physical systems applications. May include participation in mechanization-related areas of agribusiness, production practices, and processing operations; research in laboratory, greenhouse and field; or preparation of teaching materials.
Credit Hours: 1-5
Max credits per degree: 12
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
MSYM 109 or general physics.
Internal combustion engine power systems used in agriculture with primary emphasis on power needs for both mobile and fixed operations, characteristics of power sources and energy resources, and selection and use of power units.
This course is a prerequisite for: MSYM 433
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lab 3, Lecture 2
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
MSYM 109 or general physics.
Production facilities for livestock and poultry will be developed with emphasis on building and feedlot layout, ventilation, heating and cooling systems; energy utilization; and construction materials and methods.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lab 2, Lecture 2
Course Delivery: Classroom
MSYM 354
Soil Conservation and Watershed ManagementCrosslisted as SOIL 354, WATS 354
Prereqs:
AGRO/SOIL 153 and MSYM 109 or equivalent.
Watershed hydrology, soil erosion, erosion control, water management, and land surveying and mapping. Includes rainfall-runoff relationships; determination of watershed characteristics; terraces, waterways, vegetative filters, and residue management; ponds, wetlands, non-point source pollution control, and water conservation; profile and topographic surveying.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lab 3, Lecture 2
Course Delivery: Classroom
MSYM 363
Heat and Mass TransferCrosslisted as FDST 363
Prereqs:
Fundamentals of food engineering including material and energy balances, fluid mechanics, heat transfer and mass transfer.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 2, Recitation 1
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
MSYM 109 or general physics.
Analysis of processing and handling operations. Chemical and physical characteristics of agricultural products. Application of pyschrometrics. Power requirements, capacities, and efficiencies of drying and conveying systems. Discussion of safety issues, logistics, and survey of industry technologies.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lab 2, Lecture 2
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
Junior standing.
Completion of internship approval form is required. The internship proposal is subject to approval by the Department of Biological Systems Engineering. Pass/No Pass only.
Practical experience, directed learning, and career exploration and development in a selected business, industry, agency, or educational institution.
Credit Hours: 1-3
Max credits per degree: 5
Course Format: Field
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
Junior standing
Identifies safety and health risks in industrial work environments. Focus on how managers and supervisors meet their responsibilities for providing a safe workplace for their employees. Includes the identification and remediation of workplace hazards. Online course offered by Iowa State University through the AG*IDEA consortium. Contact CASNR Distance Education Consortium Coordinator for course details, prerequisites and registration information.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom, Web
Safety concepts, principles, practices, rules and regulations as they relate to agriculture will be explored. Developing and conducting safety programs, and conducting safety inspections and accident investigations are other aspects of the course. Online course offered by University of Missouri through the AG*IDEA consortium. Contact CASNR Distance Education Consortium Coordinator for course details, prerequisites and registration information.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom, Web
The science, engineering, economics and business of converting biorenewable resources into bioenergy and biobased products. Biorenewable concepts as they relate to drivers of change, feedstock production, economics, transportation and logistics, and marketing. Online course offered by Iowa State University through the AG*IDEA consortium. Contact CASNR Distance Education Consortium Coordinator for course details, prerequisites and registration information.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom, Web
Prereqs:
Junior standing or instructor permission
Management of agricultural equipment that is commonly used in conjunction with GPS technology such as planters, combines, fertilizer application equipment, and sprayer application equipment. Online course offered by University of Missouri through the AG*IDEA consortium. Contact CASNR Distance Education Consortium Coordinator for course details, prerequisites and registration information.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom, Web
Systems, components, operation practices, and safety procedures used in the chemical application industry. Liquid and granular application systems and respective components will be studied along with procedures for equipment sizing and maintenance, minimizing drift, system calibration, and safe handling-transportation-storage-disposal and spill clean-up of agrichemicals. Online course offered by Kansas State University through the AG*IDEA consortium. Contact CASNR Distance Education Consortium Coordinator for course details, prerequisites and registration information.
Credit Hours: 2
Course Format: Lecture 2
Course Delivery: Classroom, Web
Prereqs:
Theory and application of fluids under controlled pressure to perform work in mobile and industrial applications. Operation of components and functional planning of circuits with emphasis on troubleshooting and analysis.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lab 2, Lecture 2
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
MSYM 245 or permission.
Application of sensors for measurement of process control variables and implementation of microcomputer-based measurement and control systems. Basic electrical and electronic instrumentation plus control of electrically, pneumatically and/or hydraulically powered systems.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lab 2, Lecture 2
Course Delivery: Classroom
MSYM 431
Site-specific Crop ManagementCrosslisted as AGEN 431, AGRO 431
Prereqs:
Senior standing; AGRO/SOIL 153;AGRO 204; or permission.
Principles and concepts of site-specific management. Evaluation of geographic information systems for crop production practices. Practical experience with hardware and software necessary for successful application of information affecting crop management.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lab 3, Lecture 2
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
Offered fall semester of even-numbered calendar years.
Principles and procedures involved in testing agricultural equipment and tractors. Actual test planned, scheduled, conducted and reported. Test may be based upon procedures used at the Nebraska Tractor Testing Laboratory or involve other equipment being used for research in the department.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lab 2, Lecture 2
Course Delivery: Classroom
MSYM 452/852
Irrigation Systems ManagementCrosslisted as HORT 452/852, WATS 452
Prereqs:
MSYM 109 or general physics; AGRO/SOIL 153 recommended.
Irrigation management and the selection, evaluation, and improvement of irrigation systems. Includes soil-water measurement, crop water use, irrigation scheduling, irrigation efficiency, measurement of water flow, irrigation systems, groundwater and wells, pumping systems, applying chemicals with irrigation systems, and environmental and water resource considerations. Two laboratory sections are available; one which emphasizes agricultural applications and one which emphasizes horticultural applications.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lab 2, Lecture 2
Course Delivery: Classroom
MSYM 462/862
Prereqs:
Senior standing in MYSM or permission.
Capstone course.
Team-based activities to evaluate equipment systems, make technical and economic recommendations, develop professional written and oral reports. Topics include equipment system performance and management, project scheduling and planning, cost estimation, reliability analysis, and risk assessment.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 2, Recitation 2
Course Delivery: Classroom
ACE Outcomes: 10
MSYM 465/865
Food Engineering Unit OperationsCrosslisted as FDST 465/865
Prereqs:
FDST/MSYM 363.
Unit operations and their applications to food processing.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lab 3, Lecture 2
Course Delivery: Classroom
MSYM 469/869
Bio-Atmospheric InstrumentationCrosslisted as AGRO 469/869, GEOG 469/869, HORT 407/807, METR 469/869, NRES 469/869
Prereqs:
Junior standing; MATH 106; 4 hrs physics; physical or biological science major.
Offered fall semester of odd-numbered calendar years.
Discussion and practical application of principles and practices of measuring meteorological and related variables near the earth's surface including temperature, humidity, precipitation, pressure, radiation and wind. Performance characteristics of sensors and modern data collection methods are discussed and evaluated.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lab 1, Lecture 2
Course Delivery: Classroom
MSYM 475/875
Water Quality StrategyCrosslisted as AGRO 475/875, CIVE 475/875, CRPL 475/875, GEOL 475/875, NRES 475/875, POLS 475/875, SOCI 475/875, SOIL 475, WATS 475
Prereqs:
Senior standing or permission.
Capstone course.
Holistic approach to the selection and analysis of planning strategies for protecting water quality from nonpoint sources of contamination. Introduction to the use of methods of analyzing the impact of strategies on whole systems and subsystems; for selecting strategies; and for evaluating present strategies.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
ACE Outcomes: 10
Prereqs:
15 hours in MSYM or closely related area.
Individual or group projects in research, literature review, or extension of course work under the supervision and evaluation of a departmental faculty member.
Credit Hours: 1-5
Max credits per degree: 12
Course Delivery: Classroom
MSYM 499H
Prereqs:
Admission to the University Honors Program and permission, AGRI 299H recommended.
Conduct a scholarly research project and write a University Honors Program or undergraduate thesis.
Credit Hours: 3-6
Max credits per degree: 6
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
Theory and application of fluids under controlled pressure to perform work in mobile and industrial applications. Operation of components and functional planning of circuits with emphasis on troubleshooting and analysis.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lab 2, Lecture 2
Campus:
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
MSYM 245 or permission
Application of sensors for measurement of process control variables and implementation of microcomputer-based measurement and control systems. Basic electrical and electronic instrumentation plus control of electrically, penumatically and/or hydraulically powered systems.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lab 2, Lecture 2
Campus:
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
Permission
Offered odd-numbered calendar years. Advanced concepts of equipment used in agriculture. Site specific management (precision agriculture). Hardware development and information technologies applied to generic agricultural production.
Credit Hours: 3
Campus:
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
MSYM 852 or equivalent; AGRO 861 recommended
Theory and practice in on-farm irrigation management including irrigation response functions and irrigation uniformity concepts; field evaluation of surface and sprinkler irrigation systems; estimation of evapotranspiration and irrigation scheduling; water quality problems and salinity control.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lab 2, Lecture 2
Campus:
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
15 hours in mechanized systems management or closely related area
Individual project specifically designed for a student to pursue or explore a special topic under the guidance and evaluation of a faculty member.
Credit Hours: 1-5
Campus:
Course Delivery: Classroom
MSYM 899
Prereqs:
Admission to masters degree program and permission of major adviser
This course has no description.
Credit Hours: 6-10
Campus:
Course Delivery: Classroom