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COURSE OUTLINE

1. Course Information:
Course Name:

Agriculture Mathematics

Course Number:

MATH-0071

Program:

Agribusiness

Total Course Credits:

Prerequisite(s):

None

Corequisite(s):

None

Learning Resource(s):
Agricultural Mathematics Course Packet 2016 Version
BA II Calculator A specific business calculator is prescribed and compulsory for
various Agribusiness courses but is not compulsory for MATH-0071. At
minimum a calculator with 2nd function capabilities (i.e. scientific) is
required.
2. Course Description:
In this course, students learn to apply mathematical concepts to agricultural
applications. In addition to being a math refresher, this course focuses on
providing skills in performing spatial calculations such as seed bed utilization,
plant populations, seeding rates, equipment calibration, and volume and bushel
measurement. These skills provide a strong foundation for completing
calculations required in subsequent courses.
3. Rationale:
Canada is a world leader in agricultural production and today more than ever
agribusiness professionals and producers require a keen understanding of
mathematics. This class is intended to provide students with a solid foundation
in agricultural mathematics as the concepts learned are applied in crop
production, livestock production, and Agribusiness and Financial Management.

4. Learning Outcomes:
At the completion of the course the learner should be able to:
1. Solve mathematical equations using whole numbers, fractions, conversions,
and formulas.
2. Calculate crop production equations relating to site preparation, harvesting,
storage and operational costs.
3. Calculate livestock production equations relating to operational and land
management practices, market production, and operational cost.
5. Elements of Performance:
1. The learner will solve mathematical equations using whole numbers,
fractions, conversions, and formulas.
1.1Solve basic mathematical equations using whole numbers, fractions,
decimals, ratio and proportion, and percentages.
1.2Solve measurement equations using formulas for conversions, special
triangle(s), perimeter and area, volume, and land measurements.
1.3Solve agricultural operation related equations using bushels, gallons,
litres, plant populations, and acres.
2. The learner will calculate crop production equations relating to site
preparation, harvesting, storage and operational costs.
2.1. Calculate field operations using acres hours, fuel consumption/acre,
cost/acre, and field efficiency.
2.2. Calculate seed, plant and fertilizer requirements for plants/ft 2,
plants/acre, seed and fertilizer cost/acre, pounds of product/acre, pounds
of nutrient/acre, and seeding rates.
2.3. Calculate application rates for crop protection products including
pounds/acre, litres/acre, acres/pail, and cost/acre.
2.4. Calculate dockage for grain sales.
2.5. Calculate holding capacity for liquid storage tanks and grain bins.
2.6. Calculate operating costs for fuel, machinery repairs and maintenance,
equipment depreciation, and labour.
3. The learner will calculate livestock production equations relating to
operational and land management practices, market production, and
operational cost.
3.1. Calculate costs for fencing, buildings, and feedlot materials.
3.2. Calculate application rates for insecticides, supplements, and
medications.
3.3. Calculate rates for milk production, feed conversion, and daily gain
rations.
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3.4. Calculate operating costs for fuel, machinery repairs and maintenance,
equipment depreciation, and labour.
6. Delivery Methods:
Instruction is based on out of class preparatory readings, in class lectures, case
studies, demonstrations and guided practice, discussion of problems, completion of
exercises and student group work.
7. Assessment and Evaluation:
Assessment

Weight

Daily Work Exercises (4 x 10% each)

40

2 Test @ 15% each

30

Final Exam

30

Total

100

Daily Work Exercises, Tests, and Final Exam (100%)


Objective: to informally and formally assess students' classroom learning
Students are expected to engage in classroom learning activities and complete
daily work exercises relating to that days topic. Tests will measure the students
overall comprehension of the course material and its application to the
agriculture industry. Materials learned in this class are foundation skills that will
be applied to several courses in Agri-Business program and routinely used by
industry professionals.
Supplemental Privileges:
Supplemental privileges are available based on the following; awarding of
supplemental privileges will be determined by the instructor; professionalism,
attendance and completion of all tests and assignments are the criteria used to
weigh the awarding of supplemental privileges.
Evaluation Scale:
A+
A

90 - 100
80 - 89

B+
B

76 - 79
70 - 75

C+
C

66 - 69
60 - 65

D
F

50 59
0 49

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8. Essential and Employability Skills:

Communicati
on

Critical and
Creative
Thinking

Self
Management
and
Organization

Working with
Others

Use of Technology

Speaking

Critical
thinking

Organizationa
l and time
management
skills

Respectful
interactions

Use Information and


Communication
Technology (ICT) to
perform required tasks

Listening

Creative
thinking

Initiative and
risk taking
abilities

Recognition
of and
respect for
diversity
and
individual
differences

Manage digital
information

Reading

Problem
Solving

Flexibility and
adaptability

Interperson
al
communicat
ion skills

Use digital tools to reflect


and record learning

Writing

Research
Skills

Personal and
social
responsibility

Collaboratio
n and
cooperation

Communicate effectively
online

Presenting

Planning skills

Consensus
skills

Engage in relevant online


communities

Numeracy

Safe work
practices

Negotiation

Manage group
interactions using
multiple technologies

Conflict
resolution

Develop fluency in online


authoring and publishing

9. Topical Outline:

Module

1. Mathemati
cal
Operations

Learning Outcome

The learner will calculate


mathematical equations
using whole numbers,
fractions, conversions,
and formulas.

Learning
Activities

Ch. 1 Mathematical

Assessment

Daily
Exercises
Tests 1 and 2

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Module

Learning Outcome
Solve basic
mathematical
equations using whole
numbers, fractions,
decimals, ratio and
proportion, and
percentages.
1.2
Solve
measurement
equations using
formulas for
conversions, special
triangle, perimeter and
area, volume, and land
measurements.
1.3
Solve
agricultural operation
related equations
using bushels, gallons,
litres, plant
populations, and acres

Learning
Activities

Assessment

1.1

2. Crop
Production

The learner will formulate


crop production
calculations for application
problems relating to site
preparation, harvesting,
storage and operational
costs.
2.1. Calculate field
operations using acres
hours, fuel
consumption/acre,
cost/acre, and field
efficiency.
2.2. Calculate seed,
plant and fertilizer
requirements for
plants/ft2, plants/acre,
seed and fertilizer
cost/acre, pounds of
product/acre, pounds

Operations
1.1 Whole
Numbers
1.2 Fractions
1.3 Decimals
1.4 Ratio &
Fractions
1.5 Percent
CH. 2 Measurements
2.1 Conversions
2.2 Special
triangles
2.3 Perimeter &
area
2.4 Volume
2.5 Land
measurements

Final Exam

Ch. 3 - Special
Topics
3.1 Slope
Ch. 4 - Corn
4.1 Soil
Preparation
4.2 Planting
4.3 Harvesting
4.4 Storage

Daily
Exercises
Test 2
Final Exam

Ch. 5 - Wheat
and Small Grains
5.1 Soil
Preparation and
Planting
5.2 Harvesting
and Storage
Ch. 6 Soybeans
6.1 Soil
Preparation and
Planting
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Module

Learning Outcome
of nutrient/acre, and
seeding rates.
2.3. Calculate
application rates for
crop protection
products including
pounds/acre,
litres/acre, acres/pail,
and cost/acre.
2.4. Calculate dockage
for grain sales.
2.5. Calculate holding
capacity for liquid
storage tanks and
grain bins.
2.6. Calculate operating
costs for fuel,
machinery repairs and
maintenance,
equipment
depreciation, and
labour

3. Livestock
Production

The learner will formulate


livestock production
calculations for application
problems relating to
operational and land
management practices,
market production, and
operational cost.
1.1. Calculate costs for
fencing, buildings, and
feedlot materials.
1.2. Calculate
application rates for
insecticides,
supplements, and
medications.
1.3. Calculate rates for
milk production, feed
conversion, and daily

Learning
Activities

Assessment

6.2 Harvesting
and Storage

Daily
Exercises
Tests 2
Final Exam
Ch.
7.1
7.2
7.3

7 - Cattle
Cows & Calves
Feedlots
Dairy

Ch. 8 - Poultry
8.1 Layers
8.2 Broilers

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Module

Learning Outcome

Learning
Activities

Assessment

gain rations.
1.4. Calculate operating
costs for fuel,
machinery repairs and
maintenance,
equipment
depreciation, and
labour.

* Learning Activities correspond to the chapters from the course packet.


10.

Details of Preparation:
Shawn Williams
Prepared by:

11.

Date:
Approval:

Recommended for approval by:


Program Chair or Designate

Date:

Approved by:
Dean/Designate or Director/Designate

Date:

School of Business, Agriculture & Environment Course Outline Attachment


Excused Absence:
An excused absence is only approved by the instructor and/or Dean/Chairperson if
the student has notified the instructor prior to the class period missed and the
absence meets one of the following criteria:
a) Medical illness doctors certificate may be required by the college.
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b) Snow or ice storm causing highway department to issue a travel advisory.


c) Family/personal crisis.
d) A specialist appointment that has been previously set and if missed would cause
undue medical problems.

e) Jury duty.
f) Natural disaster, e.g. flood, tornado etc.
Attendance:
Consistent attendance is critical to your success in this course. If you miss class you
miss important content, class discussions, and instructions regarding assignments
and tests it is solely your responsibility to find out what you missed (see academic
policy A5).
Missed Quizzes / Tests / Exams:
In the case of a missed quiz, test, exam or other compulsory class activity, a grade
of zero will be assigned unless the student has an excused absence or has made
prior arrangements with your instructor.
Missing or Late Assignments:
Assignments are to be submitted by the deadlines set out by the course instructor.
Late assignments will be subject to penalties as determined by the course instructor.
Exceptions are made for excused absences.
Technology Use in Classroom:
The use of cell phones, smart phones or other communications devices for social
networking purposes is not permitted in classes.
Cheating:
Unless there are exceptional circumstances (the onus of proving those
circumstances is on the student), in addition to any other sanctions authorized by
academic policy A25, students shall receive a failing grade in the course. Cheating
is defined in the academic policy and includes using other peoples work as your
own, allowing other people to use your work as theirs and using unauthorized
materials and resources during a quiz, test or examination.

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