University of Florida

AOM 4444C
Electrical Power and Instrumentation for Agricultural Operations Management

Semester Taught - Spring

Catalog Description

Credits: 3

Fundamental concepts of electricity, power, instrumentation, computer control operations and selected transducers. Foundation to aid in management of agricultural processing operations. 


MAC1147, or equivalent, PHY2004, or equivalent, or instructor approval

Course Objectives

This course introduces the student to the electrical concepts, circuits and systems that are used throughout agriculture. Topics covered include circuits, power, motors, instrumentation, control, measurements and computers. The intention of the course is to provide the student with a foundation in electrical systems sufficient to allow them to make informed decisions in the management of agricultural operations.


Dr. Wendell Porter
Phone: 392-1864 X113
Office: 113 Rogers Hall

Material/Supply Fees


Class Materials Required

Textbook Required

Fundamentals of Electricity for Agricultural, 4th Edition, 2004, Gustafson, Robert J., and Mark T. Morgan,  American Society of Agricultural Engineers, St. Joseph, Michigan.  Text is provided on-line.

Course Outline

  1. Chapter 1: Basic Terms and Definitions
  2. Chapter 2: Resistive Networks.
  3. Chapter 3: Inductance, Capacitance and Phase Relations
  4. Chapter 4: Power Generation and Distribution
  5. Chapter 5: Planning the Electrical Distribution System
  6. Chapter 6: Planning the Residential Electrical Distribution System
  7. Chapter 7: Direct Electrical Controls and Devices
  8. Chapter 8: Electrical Motors
  9. Chapter 9: Relay Based Control Systems
  10. Chapter 11: Lighting
  11. Chapter 13: Standby Power Units
  12. Chapter 14: Lightning and Lightning Protection
  13. Chapter 18: Stray Voltage Problems in Agriculture



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 91-100%
B+ 88-90%
B 81-87%
C+ 78-80%
C 71-77%
D 61-70%
E 60% or below
Tests 3 @ 100 each 300 points
Homework 15 @ 10 each 150 points
Projects 3 @ 50 each 150 points
Attendance 20 @ 5 each 100 points
Total Points   700 Points

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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.

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