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Board of Regents  |  University of the State of New York

NOCTI and Nocti Business Solutions (NBS) | Evaluated Learning Experience

Agricultural Productions Operations – Pennsylvania Customized Test (8395)

Course Category: 


NOCTI proctored test centers throughout Pennsylvania. This assessment is not available through Nocti Business Solutions.

September 2019 - Present. 

Instructional delivery format: 
Proficiency exam
Learner Outcomes: 

Students will be able to: Using an SAE-based project, develop short, mid, and long-term project plans; Maintain complete and accurate records to build financial literacy; Analyze records to determine strengths and areas for improvement; Differentiate types of ownership and structures of agricultural businesses and describe economic impact of entrepreneurship; Compare supply and demand principles in agricultural business; Assess financial records associated with production and profit (e.g., cash flow, budget, net worth); Identify the purpose, components, and developmental processes of marketing plans; Identify the economic impact of Pennsylvania agricultural commodities, products and services, both domestic and international; Implement disease prevention methods and procedures for the safe handling and treatment of animals by interpreting a drug label; Identify the societal uses of animals (e.g., food, work, companionship); Select animals for specific purposes and maximum performance based on anatomy and physiology; Utilize a Punnett Square to determine the potential phenotypes and genotypes of animals; Compare ruminant and monogastric digestive systems; Identify the common parts of the reproductive systems of small and large animals; Select and identify appropriate feedstuffs for animals based on factors such as economics, digestive system, and nutritional needs; Analyze feed tags and feed labels; Demonstrate good production practices to ensure quality and safe food products (e.g., quality assurance, GPP's); Apply the steps of the scientific method; Explain the structure of DNA and RNA and how genotype influences phenotype, and plant and animal cell structures; Identify the purposes, benefits, and risks of biotechnology in animal and plant production; Differentiate applications of biotechnology in agriculture (e.g., GMO's, artificial insemination, embryo    transfer, genetic engineering); Analyze and demonstrate food handling safety and explain the importance of microbiological tests; Describe the process that an agricultural product takes from the producer to the consumer; Compare and contrast common food constituents; proteins, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins, and minerals; Differentiate between renewable and nonrenewable natural resources; Differentiate between point source and nonpoint source pollution; Describe the interdependence on organisms within an ecosystem; Relate production practices to the prevention of water and air pollution; Describe land use planning, growth management methods, conservation land use planning, and methods for environmental sustainability; Select proper Personal;  Protective Equipment (PPE) based on a product label; Distinguish the components of an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program including the effects of chemicals and pesticides on the environment; Identify plant structures, functions, and processes (e.g., photosynthesis, respiration, translocation, transpiration); Identify plant nutrient requirements; Explain the environmental factors that affect the growth and development of a plant; Distinguish between sexual and asexual plant reproduction; Identify and describe physical characteristics of soil (e.g., sand, silt, and clay); Interpret soil test reports by selecting pH, texture, and macronutrients and interpret soil fertilizers (e.g., N, P, K); Calculate area (e.g., square feet, square yards, acreage); Identify common Pennsylvania field crops and vegetables; Distinguish between legumes and grasses; Identify the dangers in an agricultural mechanics shop and workplace including necessary PPE and the use of proper fire fighting equipment (e.g., fire extinguisher, fire blankets, etc.); Identify, select, adjust, maintain, and safely use common hand tools and power tools; Demonstrate accurate use of measurement devices and techniques for calculating measurement; Identify Electric Arc/Stick welding equipment; List and identify the components and functions of major engine parts; Review operating and service manuals and schedules, conduct procedures as needed; Identify agricultural equipment and their operations; tractor, combine, baler, plow, and no-till drill; Apply the meaning and measurement of electricity, including amperage, voltage, and wattage; Create short and long term SMART goals (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, Timely); Participate in an intracurricular agricultural student organization, such as FFA; Demonstrate oral, written, and verbal skills necessary for employment; Create a career objective and develop a plan of experiences and academics to meet the objective. Performance Component: Identify and Classify Feedstuffs (16%), Administer an Injection (28%), Vehicle Maintenance (30%), Take a Soil Sample and Complete From (26%). 


NOCTI and NBS exams assess an individual's end-of-program knowledge and skills in an online proctored proficiency examination format.  In addition, some programs administer a performance component test to assess application of skills.

Credit recommendation: 

In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 3 semester hours in Agricultural Productions Operations (10/19). Note: An additional 1-2 credits may be awarded based on successful completion of the Performance Component when given in conjunction with the written proficiency examination.