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Agricultural Irrigation (BAG213)



Learn How Farms are Irrigated

Knowledge of irrigation is essential to run any type of farm, whether predominantly for animals or to grow crops and other produce. One of the greatest challenges is to make sure that water is used efficiently, without wastage but without starving plants or animals of this important life source. In recent times water supplies are often less reliable and so it is imperative to manage usage well.

Learn about how soil and climate lead to particular needs for water. Discover what options are available for irrigating farms from basic equipment like pumps and filters through to complex irrigation set-ups. Find out about water saving strategies and how to design irrigation systems on large scale properties.


What this Course Covers

There are 10 lessons as follows:

  1.     Introduction to Irrigation
  2.     Soil Characteristics and Problems
  3.     Estimating Plant Needs and Irrigation Scheduling
  4.     Drainage
  5.     Types of Irrigation Systems
  6.     Trickle Systems
  7.     Design Specifications
  8.     Pumps & Filters
  9.     Selecting the Right System for a Plant
  10.     Design & Operation of Systems.

Extra Reading

The following books, available through this web site are relevant supplementary reading for this course

  • Profitable Farming
  • Farm Management

There are three basic types of assessment.  Assessments are more than just a way of giving you a final result though!  For us; these assessments are opportunities to revisit things you have studied; interact with our academic staff, and look at things from another perspective. Psychologists know that true learning requires revisiting what you learn. Through these assessments, your learning is strengthened and in doing so, your ability to retain and apply your learning after study is strengthened.
By giving you different types of assessment tasks, the ways in which you encounter information is varied.  The three types of assessments are:
1.    Self-assessment tests (SAT):  These are presented during each lesson and are essentially an on-line quiz.  These provide immediate results, so you are able to identify areas that require further work.
2.    Assignments: These are undertaken at the end of each lesson and are designed to consolidate the lesson aim and the content.
3.    Optional Final Exam: Upon successful completion of all the lessons, you are able to choose to sit a final exam.  This can be sat at your convenience.  There is an additional cost for this option.  Upon successful completion of the exam, you will receive a formal transcript as proof of your results.

How Long Will You Take?

This course is flexible, allowing you to study at times that suit you.  It is designed so that most students will take about 100 hours to complete it.  What that looks like, is totally up to you.


Recognition and Ethics

This college is a member of the ACS Affiliates Network.  These are Colleges that are located in offices around the world and are affiliated with each other through ACS Distance Education.  Courses are developed with input from all the staff at these colleges, reflect internationally accepted standards and needs.

A strict “No Plagiarism” policy exists. Assignments are checked for plagiarism, and if plagiarism is detected, work will not be deemed to have been completed and will be penalised. 



How This Course Could Help You

This is a course aimed at the farmer, irrigation specialist, agriculturist or anyone in the industry who needs more knowledge on irrigation methods and how to take into account all the factors involved in successful irrigation systems and management programs.

Study this course by itself or along with other modules as part of a certificate or higher level qualification.


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