Prescription Mapping in Agriculture Certificate

James Uphaus, PhD, Chair
Phone: (419) 995-8207
Office: JJC 179M

The Prescription Mapping certificate will provide students with the skills in prescription mapping to support and operate precision field equipment.  Students will learn to collect, securely move and evaluate quality data across multiple platforms.  Instruction will include problem solving exercises with field data collection, interpretation and writing prescription maps from multiple data layers.  Field and office based computer and data platforms will be utilized in the instruction.  Courses in unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) operation will provide students the understanding of safe operation and data collection with UAV sensors. Students will be prepared for UAV licensing exam. This is a dynamic curriculum developed to integrate emerging technologies.  All courses integrate global and local information along with technology to train students in assessing and working with field variation. 

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon completion, the student will be able to:

  1. Apply mapping elements and symbols to compose topography data and contour lines building on surveying terminology and fundamentals.
  2. Use maps to measure distance, compute area, analyze spatial patterns to manipulate spatial data from geodatabases to digitize and geocode data.
  3. Transfer data across various GPS systems in agriculture to improve agriculture efficiency through technology applications.
  4. Develop intermediate and mastery skills in flying UAV components while learning FAA regulations in preparation for the FAA part 107 examination.
  5. Explain electric, pneumatic, hydraulic equipment control from precision agriculture equipment and field-based data.
  6. Utilize contemporary agriculture software to develop agronomic and economically sensible prescription mapping plans utilizing data from multiple sources.

Technical Standards
See here for details.