- PROGRAMME AIMS AND OBJECTIVES
- ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
- DURATION OF STUDY
- CAREER OPPORTUNITIES
- PROGRAMME STRUCTURE
he broad objective of a crop science programme is the teaching of the principles, skills and knowledge needed for appropriate production, management practices and systems to maximise the use of limited water resources for dryland farming in different climatic, soil and crop production situations. The crop, soil, machinery, water management and soil conservation aspects are considered within the social context.
The specific objectives are to :
Apply the scientific knowledge to advance agricultural crop and horticultural production and post production activities involved in the production.
Implement government policies related to dryland crop production, land and environmental management.
Initiate and manage horticultural and crop based agribusiness profitably
provide technical expertise and support in matters relating to crop and horticultural production, mechanisation, crop storage and post harvest handling.
Have two (2) "A‟ level passes in Biology and /or Agriculture, plus one of the following subjects or their recognized equivalents: Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics, Geography and Food Science.
Applicants should have passed at least five (5) approved „O‟ level subjects including English Language and Mathematics.
Applicants without Biology at „A‟ level and with lower points in „A‟ level subjects indicated above may be admitted through a bridging programme.
Prospective students who have obtained an Agricultural Diploma from a recognized College, plus five (5) approved „O‟ level subjects including English Language and Mathematics may be admitted into the programme.
4 years Conventional and Block Release.
Employment opportunities for the graduates in Crop Science exist in the public service, non-governmental organisations, private sector and international organisations.
This is a four-year programme or 8 semesters of study inclusive of one year of industrial attachment. A student takes a range of courses which cover important aspects of crop science.
ASCS 1100 Principles of Genetics
ASCS 1101 Plant Physiology
ASSS 1100 Chemistry
ASSS 1101 Mathematics for Agriculture
ASCS 1102 Systematic Botany
ASCS 1103 Communication and Computers Skills
IDPL 1101 Peace and Leadership Studies
ASEB 1200 Introduction to Agricultural Economics
ASCS 1201 Entomology
ASCS 1202 Agricultural Biochemistry I
ASSS 1203 Introduction to Soil Science
ASCS 1204 Biometry I
ASCS 1205 Microbiology
ASCS 1206 Principles of Crop Production
ASSS 2101 Soil Fertility and Plant Nutrition
ASSS 2102 Principles of Irrigation and Drainage
ASSS 2103 Farm Machinery
ASCS 2104 Biometry II
ASCS 2105 Principles of Horticulture
ASCS 2106 Agricultural Biochemistry II
ASCS 2200 Genetics and Plant Breeding
ASSS 2200 Soil and Water Conservation
ASEB 2200 Agriculture Enterprise Management
ASCS 2201 Research Methods
ASCS 2202 Horticulture
ASCS 2203 Plant Pathology
ASIA 3000 Industrial Attachment Student‟s Work Related Learning Report
Academic Supervisor‟s Assessment Report
Employer‟s Assessment Report
ASCS 4100 Weed Science
ASCS 4101 Plant Biotechnology
ASCS 4102 Plant Ecology
ASSS 4100 Land Evaluation and Land Use Planning
ASCS 4103 Food Science, Product Storage and Processing
ASPR 4000 Research Project (Credits are given at end of Semester 2)
Plus any one elective
ASSS 4101 Environmental Impact Assessment
ASCS 4104 Integrated Production Systems
ASCS 4105 Agro Meteorology and Climate Change
ASCS 4200 Seed Science and Technology
ASCS 4201 Crop Production
ASCS 4202 Plant Protection
ASPR 4000 Research Project
Plus any one elective
ASCS 4203 Plant Breeding and Technology
ASSS 4200 Soil Testing and Fertiliser Use
ASCS 4204 Agricultural Extension