University of Florida

AOM 3734
Irrigation Principles and Practices in Florida

Semester Taught - Summer A

Catalog Description

Credits: 3

 Irrigation practice related to Florida agriculture. The course deals with irrigation system characteristics, management, maintenance, and economics.


Mac 1147

Course Objectives

Through lectures, laboratory experiences, field trips and subject matter covered, the student is expected to gain rudimentary skill proficiencies and knowledge that will enable him/her to have basic understandings of the following:

  • Introduction to the principles of plant-soil-water relation
  • Comparison of various irrigation methods and their components
  • Concepts of efficient water use in irrigation
  • State of art irrigation systems and their use
  • Principles of irrigation system management and maintenance
  • Introduction to global issues in irrigation


Richard V. Scholtz, III
Office: 236 Frazier Rogers Hall
Tel: (352) 392-1864 x 236
Web site:

Material/Supply Fees


Class Materials Required

Textbook: AOM 3734

Irrigation Principles and Practices in Florida , Dorota Z. Haman & R.V. Scholtz, Lecture Notes 2007 - available on-line

Other handout material as it becomes available

Course Outline


Formal lectures develop the theory and methods used in analysis. Example problems are presented in class. Homework will be assigned to fortify the students understanding.


Lectures will cover material from the text as well as material in other references, so it is imperative that students make every effort to attend classes and take good notes. Students are especially encouraged to ask questions during lectures.

Time Management

The student is expected to manage their time efficiently, and should anticipate spending three times the length of lectures studying outside the classroom. The student should focus on the following: assignments, review of notes and lecture materials and suggested readings.

Announcement Policy

Students will be held responsible for all announcements made in class, which includes any and all changes to this syllabus and the course lecture schedule. Students are expected to attend all lectures and any guest speakers scheduled.


Attendance is required – a significant portion of the material is not included in the notes. Regular attendance will be counted in the borderline cases.

1 Course Preliminaries 16 Valves for Irrigation Systems
Pumps for Irrigation
2 Introduction
The Hydrologic cycle
17 Centrifugal Pumps
3 Water resources in Florida 18 Uniformity Measurement
Irrigation Efficiencies
4 Plants
Basic Physiological Processes
19 Uses of Water in Crop Production*
5 Evapotranspiration 20 Irrigation Scheduling
Test Review
6 Soil Properties
Measurement of Soil Water
21 EXAM 3
7 Basic Hydraulics* 22 Chemical Injection Methods
Injection Concentrations and Rates
8 Water Measurements
Test Review
23 Backflow Prevention Requirements
9 EXAM 1 24 Salinity Control
Cold Protection Using Irrigation
10 Water Wells
Types of Irrigation Systems
25 Emitter Plugging & Prevention
11 Sprinkler Irrigation 26 No Class
12 Surface Irrigation
Subsurface Irrigation
27 Thanksgiving, No Class
13 Microirrigation* 28 Filtration for Microirrigation
14 Sprinker Heads and Nozzles
Test Review
29 EXAM 4
15 EXAM 2 30 Class Presentations



A C- will not be a qualifying grade for critical tracking courses.  In order to graduate, students must have an overall GPA and an upper-division GPA of 2.0 or better (C or better).  Note: a C- average is equivalent to a GPA of 1.67, and therefore, it does not satisfy this graduation requirement.  For more information on grades and grading policies, please visit:

Grading Scale
A 901-1000 points
B+ 851-900 points
B 801-850 points
C+ 751-800 points
C 701-750 points
D+ 651-700 points
D 601-650 points
E <601 points
3 exams (200 points each) 600 points
Unannounced Attendance Quizzes 100 points
Homework Assignments 200 points
Power Point Presentation 100 points

Make-up Exam Policy

The arrangements for-make up exam should be made before the exam unless there is an emergency situation which will be reviews on a case by case basis.

Academic Honesty

In 1995 the UF student body enacted an honor code and voluntarily committed itself to the highest standards of honesty and integrity. When students enroll at the university, they commit themselves to the standard drafted and enacted by students.

The Honor Pledge: We, the members of the University of Florida community, pledge to hold ourselves and our peers to the highest standards of honesty and integrity.

On all work submitted for credit by students at the university, the following pledge is either required or implied: "On my honor, I have neither given nor received unauthorized aid in doing this assignment."

Students should report any condition that facilitates dishonesty to the instructor, department chair, college dean, Student Honor Council, or Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution in the Dean of Students Office.

(Source: 2012-2013 Undergraduate Catalog)

It is assumed all work will be completed independently unless the assignment is defined as a group project, in writing by the instructor.

This policy will be vigorously upheld at all times in this course.

Accommodation for Students with Disabilities

The Disability Resource Center coordinates the needed accommodations of students with disabilities. This includes registering disabilities, recommending academic accommodations within the classroom, accessing special adaptive computer equipment, providing interpretation services and mediating faculty-student disability related issues.

0001 Reid Hall, 352-392-8565,  

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Campus Helping Resources

Students experiencing crises or personal problems that interfere with their general well-being are encouraged to utilize the university’s counseling resources. The Counseling & Wellness Center provides confidential counseling services at no cost for currently enrolled students. Resources are available on campus for students having personal problems or lacking clear career or academic goals, which interfere with their academic performance.

  • University Counseling & Wellness Center, 3190 Radio Road, 352-392-1575,

    Counseling Services
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    Self-Help Library
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  • Career Resource Center, First Floor JWRU, 392-1601,