University of Florida

AOM 4642
Environmental Systems for Agricultural Structures

Semester Taught - Fall

Catalog Description

Credits: 3

Effects of the environment on plant and animal production, processing operations and quality of stored produce. Selection of building materials and sizing of components of environmental systems in agricultural structures to enhance more efficient agricultural production, processing and storage.

This course is a study of agricultural structures and the environment within these structures. The first part of the course focuses on understanding the components of the environment, the impact of these components on building usage, and how to control the environmental variables of the building. The second part of the course will focus on the study of example building, general building design issues, and building structures.


MAC 1147 and 3 credits of physics

Course Objectives

  • Solve problems within building environments using the Psychrometric chart
  • Review key component of building codes
  • Study construction methods and building materials characteristic


Dr. Ray Bucklin
Office Location: 169 Rogers
Phone: 392-1864 x169

Material/Supply Fees


Class Materials Required

Handouts will be provided to you that will serve as a text.

Course Outline

  • Introduction to psychrometric chart
  • Working problems with psychrometric chart
  • Environment variable definitions and measurement
  • Heat Transfer, Insulation material (continued).
  • Heat Transfer, Insulation material
  • Environmental Modification (continued).
  • Environmental Modification
  • Definition and terminology related to structures
  • Building plans, bill of materials, and contracts
  • Building Codes and Required Loads
  • Building Materials (continued)...
  • Building Materials
  • Types of Fasteners
  • Building Construction
  • Types of Structures


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 in this course is designed to encourage you to develop good management habits, professional integrity, reliability, on-time delivery of products, effective use of time.

Attendance - I expect that you attend all lectures and labs. I will monitor attendance, and your attendance will be combined in your final grade. Poor attendance will result in a lower grade.

Labs and Homework Assignments: The number of labs reports and homework problems will vary with the number of labs reports to be limited. Most of the lab periods will be used as lecture periods. When labs reports and homework is assigned a due date will be provided. Assignments turned in later than the due date will receive credit, but with major (up to 50%) deductions for late arrival. Work turned in later than two weeks after the due date will be accepted but with only 25% credit. In business, you will be expected to deliver the product on time, the same is true here.

Exams: Two hour exams will be given, plus a final exam. In addition quizzes may be given throughout the term

Approximate Grading Point Allocation
Exams and Quizzes 30%
Lab Reports and Homework 30% (reduction for late reports)
Final Exam 30%
Class Attendance 10%

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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.

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