The Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering offers a four-year, Bachelor of Engineering (Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering) programme. Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering is a discipline of engineering fundamentals and the biological sciences in the analysis and solution of problems in the agricultural and biological systems. It encompasses all engineering activities related to agricultural production and the processing of agricultural and other biological products. It also encompasses the management and monitoring of natural (including land, water, air, and energy) and biological resources.
The Objectives and Outcomes of this program ensure that Bachelor of Engineering (Agricultural and Biosystem) is relevant for the years to come.
Academic linkages with overseas institutions of higher learning have been established to exchange information and experience in teaching, research and other related activities. Professors from well-known overseas universities are selected as external examiners to maintain the prestige and suitability of the current syllabus for Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering. Good relations with industries are developed through industrial training for students and joint research activities.
The department is also certified with ISO 9001:2000 for all operations including matters pertaining to teaching and learning processes. Outcome Based Education (OBE) has also been adopted as the main approach of teaching and learning at the department.
Bachelor of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering Curriculum
Unlike other engineering programs, this B.E (Agricultural and Biosystems) curriculum has been designed with the focus not only on engineering design and analysis but also on creativity and entrepreneurial aspects. The programme structure and curriculum is a four year study programme with a total of 140 credit hours required for graduation, including a 5-credit industrial training (10 weeks) and 6-credit final year project. In the first and second years of study, students are exposed to the basic engineering sciences and the biological and agricultural engineering core courses.
Each student is required to undergo a 10-week training-cum-working session in a private company or a government agency during the third year semester break. In their fourth year the students will take courses in project and business management and other courses related to their individual specialization option. The specialization options offered are:
Bioprocess and Environment
Design of agricultural waste handling and treatment systems. Managing and optimizing the utilization of natural and biological resources, re-use and recycling of disposed materials, and application of zero pollution technology. Importance of safety and health in agricultural production activities.
Infrastructure and Resources Conservation
Area development for agriculture, settlement and recreation. Design of irrigation and drainage systems. Design of a mutually beneficial ecosystem of life and environment. Study and analysis of agricultural system as an integrated component of landscape. Monitoring and conservation of natural resources. Rehabilitation of forest, lakes, rivers and idle lands, and the sustainable development and exploitation of the agricultural ecosystem.
Mechanization and machine development for a modern, high-technology farm production structure. Design, development and adaptation of machines and dissemination of innovations capable of reducing labour, maximizing earnings and guaranteeing quality work and environment friendliness.
Robotics and Automation
Design of Agricultural and Biosystems sensors for control and automation in the agricultural production industry and the biological systems. Design of robots for farm operation when use of machines are difficult or impossible.
Development of a database of all engineering knowledge on agriculture. Biological systems modeling to understand the mutual response between life and the environment. Application of GIS technology for inventory, analysis and management of biological resources and remote sensing technology for observation and examination of the landscape and its local forms and agricultural activities.
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