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Agricultural Engineering

During six semesters of undergraduate studies of Agricultural Engineering, students gain professional knowledge in multidisciplinary areas of agricultural production, with the emphasis on agricultural mechanization and technology. Mechanization in farming and animal husbandry, horticultural production, plant protection and other areas of agricultural production are studied. In the area of plant and horticultural production, besides equipment and machinery, the study also covers the topic of production surface planning, and maintenance of amelioration, irrigation and drainage systems. Furthermore, the study provides the opportunity to gain knowledge in the area of finishing and processing technologies, storage and cooling of agricultural products, and production of bio-fuels from agricultural bio-mass. Similarly, techniques in animal husbandry are studied along with objects, equipment and mechanization needed for the production.

During the first and second year of the studies, all modules are mandatory. Students gain basic knowledge of agriculture (farming, animal husbandry, horticulture, plant protection, organic agriculture) and agricultural technologies (agricultural mechanization, amelioration and other technologies). In the third year of study, students have the possibility of choosing study-specific modules, as well as the possibility of selecting modules from all other study programs of Faculty of Agriculture, and other similar institutions within and outside the University of Zagreb, which are compatible by the level of study and the quality of the program.

In co-operation with their mentors, students participate in professional projects, which are designed as innovative programs with the goal of developing students’ abilities in individual and team work, as well as business communication. By participating in two-month practical work assignments, students enhance their practical knowledge about the use of technologies in agricultural production. During the last semester, students write their final thesis, The topic may be chosen among any of the modules taught on the study of Agricultural engineering. Public defence of the thesis is the pre-condition for the completion of the study. In their final thesis students must demonstrate their basic professional knowledge, the ability to collect information and the ability to systematically plan and solve technological operations.

The bearer of this qualification is authorized to use the legally protected university degree of Bachelor (baccalaureus) in Engineering of Agricultural engineering. The bachelor can seek employment in companies that produce, sell and use agricultural machinery and equipment; irrigation and drainage systems, finishing and processing capacities, as well as bio fuels production facilities. Bachelors are trained to carry out technical projects in all areas of plant and animal production, management of an agricultural farm, and work at state or local government offices. Employment is not necessarily limited to the area of agricultural production.

After completing the undergraduate study program of Agricultural engineering, students may continue the graduate study of Agricultural engineering and choose between two specializations: graduate study of Mechanization or Ameliorations. Students gain the right to enrol to any of the thirteen graduate programs of Faculty of Agriculture, University of Zagreb, under the conditions prescribed for each study program. Students also gain the right to enrol to any other University in Croatia and abroad under conditions set by those institutions.

1. SEMESTAR

ECTS Obvezni predmet
=> Broj ECTS bodova koje je potrebno odabrati: 30,5
Sati nastave
6 Agricultural chemistry (63907)
Marko Vinceković
60
(40+15+5)
6 Elements and materials of agricultural machinery and equipment (144040)
Stjepan Pliestić
60
(40+14+6)
3 Informatics (143873)
Vitomir Grbavac
30
(15+12+3)
3 Mathematics 1 (132842)
Marina Ninčević
30
(28+0+2)
6 Pedology (143876)
Aleksandra Bensa
60
(39+18+3)
3 Introduction to agricultural biology (169235)
Ivica Ljubičić
45
(33+12+0)
3 Technical physics in agriculture (26464)
Stjepan Pliestić
30
(20+8+2)
0,5 Physical education and health 1 (161189)
Romana Caput-Jogunica// Sanja Ćurković
30
(0+30+0)

2. SEMESTAR

ECTS Obvezni predmet
=> Broj ECTS bodova koje je potrebno odabrati: 30,5
Sati nastave
4 Basics of phytopharmacy (169236)
Aleksandar Mešić
60
(46+10+4)
6 Basics of animal husbandry (156986)
Boro Mioč
60
(50+10+0)
6 Basics of fruit growing and vineyards (169198)
Bernard Kozina
60
(33+23+4)
6 Field crops production (144043)
Ana Pospišil
60
(33+24+3)
3 Basics of vegetable crops production (169237)
Sanja Fabek Uher
40
(24+12+4)
5 Designing of production areas (169238)
Ivan Mustać
60
(37+19+4)
0,5 Physical education and health 2 (161190)
Romana Caput-Jogunica // Sanja Ćurković
30
(0+30+0)

3. SEMESTAR

ECTS Obvezni predmet
=> Broj ECTS bodova koje je potrebno odabrati: 33,5
Sati nastave
5 Combustion engines and tractors (169239)
Dubravko Filipović
60
(30+30+0)
6 Post harvest technology (143818)
Tajana Krička
60
(42+12+6)
6 Fruit and vegetable processing (116383)
Nadica Dobričević
60
(30+26+4)
5 Machinery and equipment in crop production (169240)
Igor Kovačev
60
(30+30+0)
6 Techniques in horticultural production (169227)
Stjepan Sito
60
(31+12+17)
5 Machinery and equipment in animal husbandry (169241)
Dubravko Filipović
60
(30+30+0)
0,5 Physical education and health 3 (161191)
Romana Caput-Jogunica// Sanja Ćurković
30
(0+30+0)

4. SEMESTAR

ECTS Obvezni predmet
=> Broj ECTS bodova koje je potrebno odabrati: 29,5
Sati nastave
4 Ergonomics and safety at work (169242)
Dubravko Filipović
60
(30+30+0)
5 Performance of drainage and irrigations systems (169243)
Ivan Šimunić
60
(40+16+4)
6 Irrigation (144047)
Davor Romić
60
(30+26+4)
5 Rational farm machinery management (169244)
Igor Kovačev
60
(30+15+15)
5 Transportation in agriculture (169245)
Stjepan Pliestić
60
(40+14+6)
4 Non-invasive methods in the processing of agricultural products (169246)
Sandra Voća
60
(44+0+16)
0,5 Physical education and health 4 (161192)
Romana Caput-Jogunica// Sanja Ćurković
30
(0+30+0)

5. SEMESTAR

ECTS Izborni predmet
=> Broj ECTS bodova koje je potrebno odabrati: min.21
Sati nastave
6 Biomass of agricultural crops (144048)
Josip Leto
60
(46+10+4)
6 Energetic utilization of biomass and biofuel in agriculture 1 (143879)
Neven Voća
60
(40+12+8)
6 Maintenance of agricultural machines and equipment (143832)
Dubravko Filipović
60
(30+25+5)
6 Basics of hydraulic and thermal techniques in agriculture (132867)
Stjepan Pliestić
60
(40+20+0)
ECTS Izborni predmet
=> Broj ECTS bodova koje je potrebno odabrati:
Sati nastave
6 Agroclimatology (169754)
Ivana Šestak
60
(42+14+4)
6 Basics of agriculture (169745)
Igor Bogunović
60
(48+6+6)
6 Facilities and equipment in animal husbandry (143901)
Ante Ivanković
60
(38+14+8)
6 Ornamental plants (26750)
Vesna Židovec
60
(24+24+12)
3 English language 1 (144576)
Tina Kužić
30
(15+15+0)
6 Introduction to organic agriculture (169746)
Darija Bilandžija
60
(28+20+12)
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6. SEMESTAR

ECTS Obvezni predmet
=> Broj ECTS bodova koje je potrebno odabrati: 12
Sati nastave
3 Professional project - Agricultural engineering (144052) 0
(++)
3 Traineeship - Agricultural engineering (144051) 0
(++)
6 Bachelor thesis - Agricultural engineering (131667) 0
(++)
ECTS Izborni predmet
=> Broj ECTS bodova koje je potrebno odabrati:
Sati nastave
6 Development of machines and equipment in agriculture (132870)
Stjepan Pliestić
60
(38+18+4)
6 Machines and methods for aplication of pesticides (144049)
Igor Kovačev
60
(30+30+0)
6 Techniques in organic agriculture and mountainous regions (169358)
Stjepan Sito
60
(35+10+15)
6 Technological processes of horticultural raw materials (86027)
Sandra Voća
60
(44+12+4)
ECTS Izborni predmet
=> Broj ECTS bodova koje je potrebno odabrati: max. 6
Sati nastave
6 Agricultural and rural policy 1 (132791)
Ornella Mikuš
60
(30+0+30)
6 Organic livestock production (26173)
Miljenko Konjačić
60
(44+5+11)
6 Forage crops on arable land (143887)
Dubravko Maćešić
60
(24+30+6)
6 Organic beekeeping and bees in the ecosystem (143994)
Dragan Bubalo
60
(32+24+4)
6 Agriculture and environment (116376)
Milan Mesić
60
(40+16+4)

Objective

Based on current scientific knowledge and contemporary teaching process, students will be able to acquire generic and field specific competencies that are needed to achieve sustainable development goals and to work in different fields of agricultural engineering. The Agricultural Engineering study programme provides basic scientific and technological knowledge required for planning, designing, managing and organizing processes related to different branches of agricultural production. Students will acquire knowledge on construction and development of agricultural machinery, agricultural facilities, soil-machinery interaction, irrigation and drainage as well as the advancement of technology in the field of precision agriculture and renewable energy sources. By applying the acquired knowledge of agricultural engineering and technology, students will gain skills necessary for design and construction of agricultural machinery and equipment, development of methods for soil and water conservation and improvement of production and processing of agricultural products. By combining acquired agricultural engineering knowledge with biology, chemistry, physics and mathematics, the study programme prepares undergraduates for solving problems in agriculture, environmental protection and exploitation of natural resources.

 

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1st semester
Agricultural chemistry               + + + +
Elements and materials of agricultural machinery and equipment + +     + + + +   + +
Informatics     +             + +
Mathematics 1               +   + +
Pedology         +       +    
Introduction to agricultural biology   +   + + +   + +   +
Technical physics in agriculture + + + + + +   + +   +
Physical education and health 1                     +
2nd semester                      
Basics of phytopharmacy + +       +     +    
Basics of animal husbandry +                    
Basics of fruit growing and vineyards     + +   +     + + +
Field crops production   + + + +       +   +
Basics of vegetable crops production + + +               +
Designing of production areas     +   + +   +   + +
Physical education and health 2                     +
3rd semester                      
Combustion engines and tractors + +     + + + + + + +
Post harvest technology + + + + + +   + + + +
Fruit and vegetable processing +   + + + + + + + + +
Combustion engines and tractors + + + +   +         +
Techniques in horticultural production + + +   + + + + +   +
Machinery and equipment in animal husbandry + +     + + + + + + +
Physical education and health 3                     +
4th semester                      
Ergonomics and safety at work + +     + + + + + + +
Performance of drainage and irrigations systems     +   + + + +     +
Irrigation   + +     +     + + +
Rational farm machinery management + + +           + + +
Transportation in agriculture + + + + +   +     + +
Non-invasive methods in the processing of agricultural products   + + + + +   +   + +
Physical education and health 4                     +
6th semester                      
Professional project - Agricultural engineering       + +   +   +   +
Traineeship - Agricultural engineering     + + + +   + + + +
Bachelor thesis - Agricultural engineering + + + + + + + + + + +

After successful completion of the study program, students will be able to:

  1. Recognize positions and trends in agricultural production in country and abroad, with an emphasis on the role of agricultural engineering, equipment, machinery and facilities in agriculture
  2. Identify main characteristics of machinery and/or agricultural techniques, as well as a need for techniques in specific agroecological conditions in order to achieve the most optimal production results
  3. Independently determine techniques and technologies, systematically plan technological operations of the irrigation and drainage systems, dryers, silos, cold storages and in finishing and processing facilities
  4. Identify and explain changes that occur during technical and technological procedures of production, finishing and processing of agricultural products, production of food raw materials, as well as within the production of biofuels from agricultural biomass
  5. Shape and design solutions related to infrastructure as well as the processes that are conducted by using equipment and machinery in agriculture
  6. Critically correspond to trends in the field of development and application of agricultural engineering and publicly express opinions and attitudes
  7. Manage transport of equipment and machinery in the field of agricultural engineering, technology and amelioration
  8. Set up a research hypothesis in the field of agricultural engineering, analyse and interpret content of professional and scientific literature and collect, process and interpret data in the field of agricultural engineering
  9. Organize field and laboratory work, and conduct research in the field of application of engineering and technology in agricultural production
  10. Analyse and interpret information in the domain of agricultural engineering by using information and communication technology
  11. Reach a level of knowledge for continuing education at graduate study in the field of agricultural engineering , related sciences and other forms of lifelong learning