Ag 450, as an undergraduate course at Iowa State University, has been recognized for several decades as a capstone course whereby students can apply skills learned from other courses in a real farm laboratory setting.
A study was conducted to analyze the appropriateness of the course content and the importance of the teaching procedures used as perceived by the course graduates from 1969-1989.
The results indicated that the course is meeting its objectives and that the teaching procedures being used are highly effective. Students placed a high value on being able to manage and make group decisions on a real farm situation. The use of farm and financial management subject matter rated very high by the course graduates.
The results from this study have implications to community colleges, and other colleges and universities that utilize farms for demonstration or teaching laboratories.
capstone course, farm-based course