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  AGRICULTURAL TECHNOLOGY
- two-year diploma
- starts in September or January

 

The Agricultural Technology program meets the needs of graduates seeking careers in the agricultural industry including the family or corporate farm business and the agricultural service sectors of agribusiness, research and finance. After completing a common core of courses in the first year, students have the option of concentrating in one of six unique areas of specialization in the second year:

  • General Agriculture
  • Animal Science
  • Plant and Soil Science
  • Irrigation Technology
  • Financial Management
  • Agricultural Mechanics

Agricultural / Heavy Duty Mechanics is available as a one year Certificate program, refer to this Calendar for further information.

Students can earn a Certificate in Agricultural/ Heavy Duty Mechanics and a Diploma in Agricultural Technology (Agricultural Mechanics specialization) by completing the requirements of the Agricultural/Heavy Duty Mechanics Certificate and Year I of the Agricultural Technology program. Students must complete all Year I courses designated as core, but may substitute Year II courses for electives with approval of the Program Leader, Agricultural Technology.

Irrigation Technology is a second year diploma specialization within the Agricultural Technology program which provides training for employment in a wide range of careers within established and emerging irrigation and drainage industries. Course work in soils, crops, vegetation control and financial management with emphasis on soil-water-plant relationships and management of water resources are the basis of this specialization. Irrigation Technology has received funding under the Province of Albertaıs Ministry of Advanced Education and Career Developmentıs ACCESS Fund and Lethbridge Community College is designated as the Centre of Specialization for irrigation technology training in Alberta.

IMPORTANT DATES

 
Fall

Winter

Fees Due August 4, 1999 Nov. 29, 1999
Lectures Begin Sep. 1, 1999 Jan. 4, 2000
Add/Drop Period Sep. 1-9, 1999 Jan. 4-11, 2000
Last day to Withdraw Nov. 17, 1999 March 28, 2000
Last Day of Lectures December 13, 1999 April 20, 2000
No Classes Sep.6, Oct.11, Nov.11 Feb. 21-25, 2000
Field Trips n/a n/a
Practicum Placement n/a n/a
Final Exams Dec. 14-17, 1999 April 24-27, 2000

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

New students are accepted into the Agricultural Technology program for both Fall and Winter terms.

Academic Requirements
Applicants are required to have completed an Alberta High School Diploma or equivalent. Applicants with less than a high school diploma but qualifying for Alternate Admission are evaluated based on academic background, experience and interest in the field. In addition, a personal interview is required. Academic advisement prescribes the upgrading necessary for the applicant to succeed in the program.

  • In the case of Irrigation Technology, applicants must have an Alberta High School Diploma or equivalent, with Math 30 or 33 and English 30 or 33, prior to entrance to the option. High school Physics is recommended.
  • Requests for advance credit based on course equivalencies completed at post-secondary institutions are reviewed by the Registrarıs Office in consultation with the program leader Agricultural Technology, in LCCıs Centre for Environmental Science and Agriculture.

PROGRAM FEES

 
YEAR I
YEAR II
Tuition
$2589
$2702
Students Association
$91
$91
Books and Supplies
$1432
$1052
TOTAL FEES
$4108
$3845

All fees are approximate and are based on a full credit load for each program (the number of credits may depend upon the elective courses selected) and is subject to change. Costs of books and supplies are estimated. Supply costs include only the specialized materials and equipment needed for the program and not basic stationery supplies. The LCC Studentsı Association fees are subject to change. For more detailed information on tuition fee calculation and other fees, students are advised to consult the FEES section of this Calendar.

PRIOR LEARNING ASSESSMENT

Students accepted into this program have the opportunity to apply related employment, volunteer, educational or training experiences toward the completion of the program. For information on Prior Learning Assessment, students should contact the Registrarıs Office.

GRADUATION

Upon successful completion of the prescribed Year I and Year II courses (94 credits), students are awarded a Diploma in Agricultural Technology that designates the appropriate option in which the graduate has specialized.

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

Agriculture Technology
Graduates can choose from a wide range of career paths directly related to agricultural production, finance or marketing. While exact placement depends on the area of specialization chosen, career opportunities are broad based and varied. Examples of employment include direct management of irrigated and dryland farming operations or employment with a variety of agencies and business that serve the production, finance and marketing sectors of agriculture. Career positions are offered by applied scientific research organizations, government sponsored agriculture, agrifood and financial agencies as well as the diverse, established agribusiness sector.

Agribusiness firms include those with commercial interests in providing feed; livestock handling and management supplies; seed, fertilizer, and crop protection products; marketing expertise; financial services; consulting services; and equipment sales and service; as well as companies in the food processing industry. Credit transfer from LCCıs Agricultural Technology program to Canadian and US post-secondary institutions offering degree programs in agriculture if possible and accessible (see below). Graduates of the Agricultural Technology program considering transferring credits to a degree program advised to contact the institution they plan to attend for information on transferability.

Irrigation Technology
Graduates combine training in practical delivery methods of water with a thorough knowledge of the critical relationship between plants, soils and water as a basis to optimize productivity. Training is comprehensive and unique as an excellent preparation for employment in the irrigation and drainage industries. Emphasis is on theory, methods, and management of agricultural irrigation systems, turf and landscape irrigation design and application as well as commercial and residential irrigation systems using state of the art methods and technologies. Career opportunities include self-employment in irrigated farm management and operation, or as irrigation consultants on a private basis or through special crops producer groups. Other employers are irrigation supply companies, government agencies, municipalities, irrigation districts, golf courses, equipment dealers, contractors and water resource developers.

TRANSFER AGREEMENTS

University of Lethbridge
Graduates of the Agricultural Technology program who have completed any one of the diploma options in General Agriculture, Animal Science, Financial Management, Irrigation Technology or Plant and Soil Science and who have attained a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50 are eligible for acceptance into the Post-diploma Degree in Agricultural Studies offered by the University of Lethbridge. Graduates of the LCC program may receive up to 20 courses (two years) credit toward either a B.Sc. or B.A. degree in Agricultural Studies. For more information contact the Coordinator of Agricultural Studies, University of Lethbridge, (403) 380-1813.

University of Alberta
Graduates of the Agricultural Technology two-year diploma may receive ten courses (30 credits) toward a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture from the University of Alberta.

CURRICULUM

Year I (CORE) Fall Term Hours/Week Credits
AGR 162 Fundamentals of Soils (2-2) 4
AGR 170 Plant Science (2-2) 4
AGR 182 Animal Science (2-2) 4
AGR 185 Farm Accounting I (4-0) 4

ELECTIVES
AGR 114 Farm Safety (2-1) 3
AGR 155 Special Studies (4-0) 4
AGR 193 Introduction to Irrigation (2-2) 4
AHM 125 Farm and Industrial Equipment (3-3) 6
BIO 158 Vertebrate Zoology (2-2) 4
DRF 155 Drafting (2-2) 4
RRM 166 Map Interpretation (1-2) 3
SUR 150 Land Survey (1-4) 5
WEL 158 Basic Welding (0-4) 4
Minimum Total: 23 credits

Year I (CORE) Winter Term Hours/Week Credits
AGR 172 Soils and Water (2-2) 4
AGR 190 Tax Management (4-0) 4
CPU 151 Introduction to Computers (0-3) 3
ENG 152 Technical Writing (3-0) 3
ELECTIVES
AFO 143 Pesticide Application (3-1) 4
AGR 140 Seminar (1-0) 1
AGR 165 Special Studies (4-0) 4
AGR 273 Horticulture (2-2) 4
AGR 288 Sheep Production (2-2) 4
AGR 296 Agriculture Sprinkler Design (2-2) 4
BIO 154 Plant Taxonomy (2-2) 4
BIO 255 Ecology (3-2) 5
IRR 150 Irrigation Work Experience (1-0) 1
RRM 166 Map Interpretation (1-2) 3
RRM 186 Remote Sensing (3-2) 5
Minimum Total: 23 credits

  • Students with a certificate in Agricultural / Heavy Duty Mechanics who wish to obtain an Agricultural Technology diploma (Agricultural Mechanics specialization) are required to take all first year core courses in Agricultural Technology but may substitute second year courses for electives with permission of the program leader Agricultural Technology, in LCC’s Centre for Environmental Science and Agriculture.
  • Students with university entrance requirements who are enroling in Animal Science or Plant and Soil Science options and intend to transfer LCC credits to a university are advised to take the following elective courses; for Plant and Soil Science: BIO 154, BIO 255, RRM 253, RRM 254 and STS 251; and for Animal Science: BIO 154, BIO 158, BIO 255, RRM 254 and STS 251. Prerequisites are required for RRM 254.
  • Students who plan to earn the Irrigation Technology option diploma are advised to complete AGR 193, AGR 296, DRF 155, IRR 150, and RRM 166 in addition to the general Agricultural Technology core courses in Year I of the program.
  • Students who plan to complete the Irrigation Technology option can substitute BUS 158 for AGR 190 in Year I, with approval of the program leader Agricultural Technology, in LCC’s Centre for Environmental Science and Agriculture.

YEAR II OPTIONS GENERAL AGRICULTURE

Year II Fall Term Hours/Week Credits
AGR 255 Special Studies (4-0) 4
AGR 270 Agricultural Business Law (4-0) 4
AGR 271 Weeds (2-2) 4
AGR 277 Water Conveyance and Measurement (2-2) 4
AGR 278 Field Crops and Crop Pests (2-2) 4
AGR 280 Animal Nutrition (2-2) 4
AGR 281 Agricultural Economics (4-0) 4
AGR 283 Agricultural Finance I (4-0) 4
AGR 286 Agricultural Financial Management (4-0) 4
AGR 290 Swine Production (2-2) 4
AGR 299 Physiology of Reproduction and Artificial Insemination (2-2) 4
BIO 255 Ecology (3-2) 5
IRR 277 Pumps and Power Units (2-2) 4
IRR 295 Land Agricultural Drainage Techniques (2-2) 4
STS 251 Statistical Methods (4-0) 4
RRM 253 Soil Resources (3-2) 5
Minimum Total: 24 credits

Year II Winter Term Hours/Week Credits
AGR 260 Farmstead Mechanization (2-2) 4
AGR 265 Special Studies (4-0) 4
AGR 266 Soil Fertility (2-2) 4
AGR 272 Irrigated Crops and Scheduling (2-2) 4
AGR 273 Horticulture (2-2) 4
AGR 279 Agricultural Marketing (4-0) 4
AGR 282 Animal Breeding (2-2) 4
AGR 284 Agricultural Finance II (4-0) 4
AGR 285 Farm Accounting II (4-0) 4
AGR 288 Sheep Production (2-2) 4
AGR 289 Beef Cattle Production (2-2) 4
AGR 292 Agricultural Resource Management (2-2) 4
AGR 294 Animal Health (2-2) 4
AGR 296 Sprinkler System Design (2-2) 4
AGR 297 Surface and Micro. Irrigation System Design (2-2) 4
AGR 298 Financial Management Computer Applications (0-4) 4
CPU 251 Computer Applications (0-3) 3
RRM 254 Range Resources (3-2) 5
Minimum Total: 24 credits

ANIMAL SCIENCE

Year II Fall Term Hours/Week Credits
AGR 280 Animal Nutrition (2-2) 4
AGR 290 Swine Production (2-2) 4
AGR 299 Physiology of Reproduction and Artificial Insemination (2-2) 4
Electives 12
Minimum Total: 24 credits

Year II Winter Term Hours/Week Credits
AGR 282 Animal Breeding (2-2) 4
AGR 288 Sheep Production (2-2) 4
AGR 289 Beef Cattle Production (2-2) 4
AGR 294 Animal Health (2-2) 4
Electives 8
Minimum Total: 24 credits

  • Select elective courses from the approved electives listed for Year II General Agriculture.
  • Students interested in obtaining additional transfer credit to a degree granting institution should complete the electives: BIO 154, BIO 158, BIO 255, RRM 254 (prerequisites are required for RRM 254) & STS 251.

PLANT AND SOIL SCIENCE

Year II Fall Term Hours/Week Credits
AGR 271 Weeds (2-2) 4
AGR 278 Field Crops and Crop Pests (2-2) 4
IRR 295 Land Drainage Techniques (2-2) 4
Electives 12
Minimum Total: 24 credits

Year II Winter Term Hours/Week Credits
AGR 266 Soil Fertility (2-2) 4
AGR 272 Irrigated Crops and Scheduling (2-2) 4
AGR 273 Horticulture (2-2) 4
AGR 292 Agricultural Resource Management (2-2) 4
Electives 8
Minimum Total: 24 credits

  • Select elective courses from the approved electives listed for Year II General Agriculture. Besides the courses recommended for improved transfer credit to a degree granting institution, completion of RRM 166, RRM 186, and SUR 150 may be useful to students who wish to enter careers as soil/plant (conservation) technologists. Contact the program leader Agricultural Technology, in LCC’s Centre for Environmental Science and Agriculture for further information.
  • Students interested in obtaining additional transfer credit to a degree granting institution should complete the approved electives: BIO 154, BIO 255, RRM 253 and RRM 254 (prerequisites are required for RRM 254) and STS 251.

IRRIGATION TECHNOLOGY

Year II Fall Term Hours/Week Credits
AGR 277 Water Conveyance and Measurement (2-2) 4
CAD 150 Computer Assisted Drafting (1-2) 3
IRR 273 Turf and Landscape Irrigation Design (2-2) 4
IRR 277 Pumps and Power Units (2-2) 4
IRR 295 Land Drainage Techniques (2-2) 4
SUR 150 Land Survey (1-4) 5
Minimum Total: 24 credits

Year II Winter Term Hours/Week Credits
AGR 272 Irrigated Crops and Scheduling (2-2) 4
AGR 297 Surface and Micro Irrigation System Design (2-2) 4
IRR 275 Irrigation Design Project (1-3) 4
RRM 186 Remote Sensing (3-2) 5 *
Electives 7
Minimum Total: 24 credits *

It is recommended to incorporate CPU 251 as an elective in the Year II Winter Term. Select other elective courses from the list of approved electives, with approval of the program leader Agricultural Technology, in LCC’s Centre for Environmental Science and Agriculture.

  • Students who plan to enter Irrigation Technology option must complete AGR 193, AGR 296, DRF 155, IRR 150 and RRM 166. They are advised to enrol in these courses in Year I.

FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT

Year II Fall Term Hours/Week Credits
AGR 270 Agricultural Business Law (4-0) 4
AGR 281 Agricultural Economics (4-0) 4
AGR 283 Agricultural Finance I (4-0) 4
AGR 286 Agricultural Financial Management (4-0) 4
Electives 8
Minimum Total: 24 credits

Year II Winter Term Hours/Week Credits
AGR 279 Agricultural Marketing (4-0) 4
AGR 284 Agricultural Finance II (4-0) 4
AGR 285 Farm Accounting II (4-0) 4
AGR 298 Financial Management Computer Application (0-4) 4
Electives 8
Minimum Total: 24 credits

  • Select elective courses from the approved electives listed for Year II, General Agriculture.

AGRICULTURAL MECHANICS

Year II Fall Term Hours/Week Credits
AHM 121 Safety and Hand Skills (1-2) 3
AHM 122 Power Trains (3-5) 8
AHM 123 Mobile Air Conditioning (0-3) 3
AHM 124 Steering Suspension and Brakes (5-6) 11
AHM 125 Farm and Industrial Equipment (3-3) 6
Total 31 credits

Winter Term Hours/Week Credits
AHM 131 Diesel Engines (4-6) 10
AHM 132 Diesel Fuel Systems (4-2) 6
AHM 133 Electrical and Electronics (4-3) 7
AHM 134 Mobile Hydraulics (3-3) 6
Total 30 credits

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