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Irrigation Management (Agriculture)
Irrigation Management (Agriculture) 100 Hours Certificate Course
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Irrigation Management (Agriculture) course online. Home Study Irrigation Management online course. Learn to develop skills in the design and operation of large scale irrigations systems for agriculture.
This Irrigation Management (Agriculture) distance learning course is an extension of the skills and knowledge achieved in Irrigation (Agricultural) BAG213 or an equivalent course. Students learn to develop their ability to participate in the design and operation of large scale irrigation systems for agricultural applications.
Prerequisites: Irrigation (Agriculture) BAG213 or equivalent (BHT210 or BHT304) must be completed prior to commencing this course.
There should be plenty of water for everyone… however three controlling factors: very unequal distribution, rapidly rising demand and increasing pollution around urban and industrial areas means that some areas of the planet are already using water at a greater rate than it is being replenished. This includes parts of Western Australia, and parts of NSW and Victoria. Water management will become increasingly important to try and cater for the increasing demand for useable water.
The aim of irrigation management is to reuse water as much as possible, to collect and store as much water as possible, and to ensure that what water you do use is used in an efficient manner. This course builds on Irrigation BAG213. It teaches you to manage the design and operation of large scale irrigation systems.
Lesson Structure:Irrigation Management BAG303
There are 8 lessons:
- Water management
- Irrigation scheduling
- Irrigation controllers
- Irrigation maintenance
- Design evaluation
- Irrigation design
Please Note: Each lesson culminates in an assignment which is submitted to the academy, marked by the academie’s tutors and returned with relevant suggestions, comments, and extra reading where applicable.
Learning Goals: Irrigation Management BAG303
- Devise ways to optimise water efficiency (ie. minimise wastage), during irrigation of plants.
- Schedule irrigation for a large scale situation such as a large nursery, crop, turf, garden or pasture.
- Analyse the design of different drainage systems
- Formulate procedures to operate irrigation controllers, for appropriate tasks.
- Manage the maintenance of irrigation systems, both small and large scale.
- Manage the fertigation of plants through an irrigation system.
- Evaluate the design of large scale irrigation systems.
- Design an irrigation system, including its drainage.
Practical (Set Tasks)
- Explain different factors which cause water to be wasted including:
- Run off
- Over spray
- Determine where water is wasted, in both the operation and management of a specified irrigation system
- Determine changes to achieve more efficient water usage, in a specified system.
- Develop guidelines for determining when to irrigate in a particular situation.
- Determine through an analysis, when to irrigate on a studied site, by evaluating soil moisture and other characteristics of a site, periodically over two months, and referencing annual rainfall statistics over a period of years.
- Record in a log book, plant growth and soil moisture for an existing irrigation system operated using two different watering patterns, each for one month, and over two consecutive months.
- Compare differences in varying the scheduling of a watering system over two months
- Prepare an irrigation schedule for a specific garden or crop.
- Develop criteria for designing a specified drainage system.
- Explain the design criteria for a specified drainage requirement.
- Devise strategies for dealing with drainage requirements in emergencies, including:
- extreme weather (eg. hail, storm)
- burst pipe
- blocked drains
- Determine appropriate drainage requirements for a specified situation, and over a specified area, including:
- Type of drainage required
- Specifications of drainage required
- Evaluate the operation of a drainage system, installed under irrigation on a site studied by the learner.
- Compare four different irrigation controllers with reference to different criteria including:
- Labour costs
- Determine appropriate applications for four different types of irrigation controllers
- Explain the operation of a specific brand of time clock, studied by the learner.
- Explain the operation of a specified computerised irrigation controller.
- Develop three different procedures to operate a specific irrigation controller, in order to satisfy three different specified purposes.
- Determine routine site maintenance requirements for different types of irrigation systems including:
- spray irrigation
- micro irrigation
- surface irrigation
- flood irrigation
- Explain routine site maintenance requirements for different types of irrigation systems including:
- spray irrigation
- micro irrigation
- surface irrigation
- flood irrigation
- Develop a procedure for maintaining water quality, in a specified irrigation system, at a workplace visited by the learner.
- Explain water quality maintenance activities required for efficient irrigation practices in a specific situation.
- Compare the service supplied by different irrigation suppliers, in terms of scope and quality.
- Develop an irrigation monitoring program, for a specific irrigation system, studied by the learner.
- Write a maintenance schedule for a specified irrigation system.
- Explain the use of fertigation, in a specific horticultural workplace.
- Determine appropriate applications for fertigation in one specific industry sector.
- Determine inappropriate fertigation applications in different specific industry sector.
- Explain why certain applications for fertigation are inappropriate.
- Compare the suitability of six different specified fertilisers for fertigation.
- Determine resources required to undertake fertigation in a specified situation, including:
- Collate available data on a specified irrigation system, including:
- system performance data
- water supply
- water consumption
- crop production or plant growth data
- climatic trends
- soil characteristics
- monitor irrigation performance
- Analyse collated data against different criteria including:
- Compile a comprehensive report evaluating a system, which includes:
- data evaluation
- performance indicators
- Prepare design specifications for storage and distribution of water.
- Explain appropriate methods for recycling, re-use or disposal of water, for three different specified irrigation systems.
- Are there any legal or health considerations?
- Design a drainage system for a specified irrigation system, including:
- sketch plans
- materials lists
- cost estimates
- Determine costing for a specified drainage system.
- Prepare a report recommending design modifications to an existing irrigation system in a specified situation.
- Prepare a design for a micro irrigation system for an area of forty square metres, to a standard which is adequate for a contractor to install the system; and including:
- materials specifications
Managing Irrigation Systems Both Small and Large.
MAINTENANCE OF WATERING SYSTEMS
Regular maintenance of your watering system will increase both the efficiency of water distribution and the life of the system.
- Plastic components. These will eventually deteriorate through exposure to ultra-violet rays – replace parts which show signs of splitting, old age etc.
- Metal components. Prevent rust formation. Oil parts which begin to rust.
- Filters. Filters in trickle systems should be flushed out regularly to prevent blockages occurring through build ups of soil particles and growth of algae.
- Pipes and nozzles in trickle systems. If blockages do occur flush the system with a chlorine based solution (e.g. liquid sodium hypochloride – 10% chlorine) to destroy bacteria.
- Controllers (i.e. time clocks). These need to be tested every few months to make sure they are working properly.
System Maintenance is important to maintain system quality. Through regular maintenance of an irrigation system large scale costs will be avoided, which otherwise may have occurred in a breakdown of the system.
Maintenance can range from the farmer who travels around their farm on a motorbike, shovel at hand to dealwith any breaches in channel walls to an intensive program of oiling and testing every aspect of the irrigation process, usually during the off season.
Further to this, sprinklers may wear, pipes may corrode or, in the case of plastics, can develop punctures or breaks at the seals or joins. Water pressures can be easily checked, whereas pumps might require specialised attention.
MAINTENANCE PROCEDURES AND SCHEDULING
Maintenance of equipment is carried out to prevent costly breakdowns. Maintenance programs can be divided into three groups:
- Periodic equipment inspections to find out conditions that could lead to breakdowns or too much depreciation
- Upkeep to remedy such conditions
- Contingency work
These activities may include component testing, job planning, and scheduling of repairs. This can lead to fewer system breakdowns which in turn results in:
- A decrease in production down time
- Fewer large-scale or repetitive repairs
- Lower costs for simple repairs made before breakdowns (because less manpower, fewer skills, and fewer parts are needed)
- Less overtime pay on ordinary adjustments and repairs than for system breakdown repairs
- Less stand-by equipment
Periodic inspections are the best way to achieve a preventative maintenance program. Thus unsatisfactory conditions are discovered and corrected in their early stages. Frequency of inspections depends upon the amount and degree of use and will vary from one area to another.
The best frequency cycle can be established by analysing the equipment based on:
- Amount of use
- Safety requirements
- Number of hours or mileage operated
- Susceptibility to wear, damage, and loss of adjustment
These inspections should be carried out at a garage by personnel trained in this kind of work. During these inspections, every moving part of the equipment should be checked, and worn parts should be removed and replaced. Following proper inspection, the irrigation system and equipment should be thoroughly cleaned and lubricated.
Routine upkeep of irrigation includes such chores as replacing damaged sprinklers or drip ends, sealing burst pipes, and so on. Water wastage and potential problems can be averted if they are attended to quickly. It is the responsibility of the operator to assess anything which should be corrected and they should report it to the irrigation owner in large scale irrigation operations.
Contingent work includes the repair of major breakdowns and general overhauls of equipment. At the same time, a regular inspection should be completed and all worn and broken parts should be removed and replaced.
Maintenance work can be scheduled by using overall charts for all equipment and individual cards for each piece of equipment. The overall chart gives a quick picture of the workload.
This chart lists the days or months across the top of the chart and an itemised list of equipment down the left side.
A system of symbols can be devised to show different types of repairs, adjustments to be made to each piece of equipment. The relevant symbols are marked under the date the activity is to be carried out, and opposite the piece of equipment that is to be worked on.
The individual cards for each piece of equipment allow for greater details to be recorded. All repairs, both major and minor, and maintenance, should be recorded on the card, and include a list of materials and parts used and time required.
MAINTAINING YOUR TRICKLE IRRIGATION
If trickle irrigation systems are to continue to operate properly without serious blockage of the fine water outlets, some periodic maintenance is necessary. Generally, this maintenance…
Assessment is based on a combination of completing all assignments and sitting for a final short one and a half hour exam, in your own location.
If you don’t cope well with exams then you may elect to undertake a project instead. This is a popular option.
In addition, most modules have a Set Task at the end of each lesson placed before the assignment. This is an opportunity to undertake practical work to help you acquire knowledge and skills and practical experience. This ADL feature is an added bonus not found at most online schools. Set Tasks are not required for assessment.
Some courses also have optional Self-Tests which are available on our online learning platform. These are not available by correspondence or by USB, and do not form part of your overall grade.
How our courses work
- Choose Your Learning Method
You choose how you would like to receive your course material, i.e., Online, USB or Correspondence. The choice is yours. You may also work on online or offline.
- Tutor Allocation
Every student is assigned their own dedicated tutor who is an expert in their subject area. They provide as much or as little individual contact as you require. You can contact your tutor whenever you need – your hours are not limited.
- Feedback and Assignments
Tutor Feedback is an essential component in helping you understand the subject matter. Tutor feedback is given in the form of notes written on the assignment. We encourage you to contact your Tutor where help with clarification and understanding of course material may be required.
Your assignments are located at the end of each lesson. You submit them for marking whenever you are ready. There is no time limit.
- Set Tasks and Self-Tests
Most modules have a Set Task at the end of each lesson before for the assignment. This is where you get the opportunity to undertake practical work to help you acquire knowledge, skills and practical experience. Many modules also have short Self-Tests.
Once all assignments have been completed you may then elect to sit for a one and half hour exam in your own location. If you prefer not to take the exam you do have the option to undertake a project instead.
Once the exam or project part of the course is completed, your Certificate is then processed. Please allow approximately 4 weeks for this.
- Design Your Own Qualification
ADL offers students the flexibility to self-design their own qualification – bundling together a combination of 100-hour modules into a qualification higher than a certificate.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Here is a list of the most often asked FAQ’s.
Q. Why should I enrol with the Academy for Distance Learning?
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Q. Do I need to buy text books?
A. No, as each module has been written by highly qualified industry professionals. The content of the material is presented in such a way that text books are not required. However, if you require additional reading your tutor will be able to supply a list.
Q. What happens if I have to stop studying for a while? (eg. become sick, go on holidays, have a baby, move house, etc)
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Q. Is there an age limit?
A. There is no maximum age limit. We do however, have a minimum age limit of 18 years. Below that age parental consent would be required.
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A. Our courses are revised and updated on a rotation system.
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Q. Will I have any opportunity to engage with other students?
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Q. When can I enrol/start?
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Q. How long do I have to complete the course?
A. You complete the course at any time that is convenient for you.
Q. Completing a 100 hour module – how long will it take?
A. For some students a 100 hour module will take approximately to 3- 6 months to complete. Others take less time and some even longer.
Q. Assessment – how does it work?
A. For each 100 hour module you are assessed by assignments (at the end of each lesson) and a final one and a half hour exam (or you may elect to complete a Project, instead of sitting the exam) – the choice is yours – you sit for the exam in your own location.
Q. I don’t cope well with exams – what can I do?
A. You may elect to undertake a Project (set by your tutor) instead of sitting the exam. Projects are completed from your home and can usually take a couple of weeks to complete.
Q. If my assignment is not up to standard is there an opportunity to resubmit my work?
A. Yes –
Q. How many assignments do I need to complete for each module?
A. At the end of each lesson, there is an assignment – so if a course has say, 10 lessons, there would be 10 assignments.
Q. I am having difficulty attending workshops/industry meetings, what can be done?
A. If your course requires attendance at workshops, conferences, or industry meetings; alternative arrangements can be made in your country.
Q. What qualification will I receive?
A. For individual modules, you would be awarded a Certificate endorsed by TQUK (Training Qualifications, UK), providing you complete all assignments and the exam. If you just want to complete only the assignments and not sit for the exam or finish a Project, then a Letter of Achievement would be awarded. For more details on qualifications available please click here.
Q. Can I customize my diploma/higher qualification?
A. Not all educational institution’s certificates /diplomas meet everyone’s needs. The opportunity to Design Your Own Diploma at the Academy (subject to our approval) is an added bonus, not found at other colleges. You choose modules that you think will help you in achieving your goal.
Q. What do I get when I complete the course? Will I receive a transcript?
A. At the completion of all courses and providing all assignments and exam requirements have been met, you will receive your Award and a Transcript.
Q. Our tutors – who are they?
A. We appoint Tutors and require that they must be currently active in their industry, with at least 5 years’ experience in their chosen profession.
Q. Can I contact my tutor at any time?
A. Yes – you have unlimited access to your tutor via email through our Online Classroom. You can always leave a message with ADL requesting your tutor to contact you. You decide on how much or how little contact you wish to have.
Q. Practical work – How is this done?
A. To find out more about this part of the course please visit the section on How Our Courses Work here.
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- All Course Material via Online, USB or Correspondence
- Assignments Marked
- Professional Tutor Feedback
- Set Tasks - Practical Exercises to help you develop skills
- Self-Tests – multiple choice questions at the end of lessons in most modules
- Unlimited Personal Tutor Support – via our student classroom
- Committed and Friendly Admin Support – vital to your success
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- Qualification Certificate
- Official Transcript with assignment grades
- Student Manual
- Academic Writing course (optional - 10 hours only)
- Critical Thinking course (optional - 10 hours only)
- Job Seekers Careers Guide
- Study Tips on How To Study Better
- Career Counselling by ADL Staff
- CV Writing Help, Tips and Advice
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Overseas: please email RHS qualifications direct for centre information.
Q: Exam Pass Marks?
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Qualification: 50% pass for all modules.
Commendation awarded for all modules.
Each question carries a value of 10 marks.
Q: I’m Not Happy With My Exam Results?
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There are no restrictions on the number of re-sits you can take. The highest mark you achieve will remain.,