This page was designed for view with the newer family of browsers. Please pardon the unstyled format of this page.

Office of the University Registrar

2009-10 Undergraduate Catalog

Course Descriptions

College of Agricultural and Life Sciences

Administered by the Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering

ALS 3133 Agricultural and Environmental Quality
Credits: 3.

Analysis of effects of agriculture on environmental quality; emphasis on agricultural wastes and practices; potential for using agricultural systems for disposal of other wastes; effects of pollution on the agricultural environment. (P)

AOM 2520 Global Sustainable Energy: Past, Present and Future
Credits: 3.

Students will explore the global history of energy sources. New energy sources will be investigated and international solutions to future needs will be analyzed.

AOM 3073 Safety in Agriculture
Credits: 3.

Safety concepts, principles, practices, rules and regulations as they relate to agriculture. Developing and conducting safety programs, and conducting safety inspections and accident investigations are other aspects of the course.

AOM 3220 Agricultural Construction and Maintenance
Credits: 3.

Selection and use of materials and tools used in planning, constructing and maintaining buildings. Students will participate in class lectures and hands-on laboratory activities to build full-scale projects involving framing, plumbing, electrical, windows, etc. Building codes and building science will be combined to provide an introduction to the changing world of construction.

AOM 3333 Pesticide Application Techniques
Credits: 3.

Equipment and methods used to apply pesticides in agriculture. Techniques used to avoid misapplication, a common cause of pesticide failures, are emphasized.

AOM 3432 Computers in Agriculture and Natural Resources
Credits: 3.

Survey of computer tools and technologies for agriculture and natural resource managers including an introduction to computer systems and more. Guest lecturers give overview of GIS, soil science, crop modeling, turf grass, citrus and others.

AOM 3732 Agricultural Water Management
Credits: 3.

Basic hydrology: rainfall, intensity, depth, frequency, distribution and runoff. Conservation practices, land drainage, irrigation and management alternatives are emphasized.

AOM 3734 Irrigation Principles and Practices in Florida
Credits: 3; Prereq: MAC 1147.

Irrigation practice related to Florida agriculture. The course deals with irrigation system characteristics, management, maintenance and economics.

AOM 4062 Principles of Food Engineering
Credits: 4; Prereq: MAC 1147 and 3 credits of physics.

The functional requirements and principles of operation of systems for handling and processing food and agricultural products.

AOM 4314C Power and Machinery Management
Credits: 3.

Functional requirements, operating principles, performance, safety and economic application of agricultural power units and field machines for citrus, vegetable and field crop production.

AOM 4434 Precision Agriculture
Credits: 3; Prereq: junior standing.

Principles and applications of technologies supporting precision farming and planning for natural resource data management. Global positioning systems (GPS), Geographic information systems (GIS), variable rate technologies (VRT), data layering of independent variables, automated guidance, Internet, information access, computer software for management.

AOM 4443 Ag Software Application Development
Credits: 3.

Basic skills required for developing software applications for agricultural and natural resources, including software engineering concepts, visual programming and object-oriented design.

AOM 4444C Electrical Power and Instrumentation for Agricultural Operations Management
Credits: 3.

Fundamental concepts of electricity, power, instrumentation, computer control operations and selected transducers. Foundation to aid in management of agricultural processing operations.

AOM 4455 Agricultural Operations and Systems
Credits: 3; Prereq: MAC 1147; computer course.

Quantitative and managerial techniques for management and planning of technical resources in agriculture. Applications of queuing theory, project scheduling, optimization and expert decision systems.

AOM 4510 Agricultural and Natural Resources Decision Support System Development
Credits: 3; Prereq: AOM 4433.

Survey of tools for building agricultural and natural resources decision support systems (DSS). Stresses artificial intelligence techniques and object oriented design as a framework for DSS.

AOM 4642 Environmental Systems for Agricultural Structures
Credits: 3; Prereq: MAC 1147 and 3 credits of physics.

Effects of the environment on plant and animal production, processing operations and quality of stored produce. Selection of building materials and sizing of components of environmental systems in agricultural structures to enhance more efficient agricultural production, processing and storage.

AOM 4643 Environmental Hydrology: Principles and Issues
Credits: 3.

This is a basic course in Environmental Hydrology intended for Agricultural and Natural Resource Managers. The first half of the course covers scientific principles of the hydrologic cycle while, the second half investigates case studies of current water quality and water management issues.

AOM 4905 Special Problems in Agricultural Operations Management
Credits: 1 to 4; maximum of 12 credits; Prereq: permission of chairperson or adviser.

Selected problems or projects in the student's major field of mechanized study.

AOM 4909 Honors Project
Credits: 1 to 6; can be repeated to a maximum of 6 credits. Prereq: must be admitted to the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences' honors program.

An individual special project course restricted to students in the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences' honors program. Students will complete a project on a selected topic, issue or problem. Projects may relate to research, teaching or extension. The project will be reviewed by at least two faculty members chosen by the honors coordinator.

AOM 4932 Special Topics in Agricultural Operations Management
Credits: 1 to 4; Prereq: instructor permission.

Variable content providing for the study of mechanized agriculture topics not offered in other courses.

AOM 4933 Professional Practices in Agricultural Operations Management
Credits: 1; Prereq: junior standing in agricultural operations management.

Professionalism and interfacing of technical skills. Topics include ethics, continuing education, placement skills and professional development in Agricultural Operations Management.

AOM 4941 Full Time Practical Work Experience in Agricultural Operations Management
Credits: 1 to 4; Prereq: prior arrangement with adviser, department permission. (S-U)

General Education Categories
Consult Schedule of Courses for specific information.

  • Biological Sciences (B)
  • Composition (C)
  • Diversity (D)*
  • Humanities (H)
  • International (N)*
  • Mathematics (M)
  • Physical Sciences (P)
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences (S)

* Students who entered UF prior to Summer B 2007 and/or whose catalog year is not 2007-08: Current students who have not already completed six hours of "I" - international/diversity credits can do so now by taking "D" and "N" courses.

Symbols Used in Course Descriptions

  • (WR) indicates the course satisfies the writing requirement.
  • (MR) indicates the course satisfies the math requirement.
  • (S-U) indicates the course may be taken on a satisfactory-unsatisfactory basis.
  • Refer to the Schedule of Courses for specific information.