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BACHELOR OF AGRIBUSINESS MANAGEMENT WITH IT

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 INTRODUCTION

Liberalization of trade and the new millennium revolution in communication and information technology has opened up novel opportunities in agricultural trade and related business collectively called agribusiness. Consequently there is a growing demand for training of skilled human resources to be deployed as leaders and professional practitioners in agribusiness management. The degree program in agribusiness management draws heavily from the established knowledge base in agriculture, economics and business studies disciplines. The graduates in Agribusiness Management will posses versatile profiles that will enable them manage business enterprises become researchers, trainers and be self employed entrepreneurs, running own business ventures among others.

OBJECTIVES

The general objective of the programme is to produce a specialist graduate with strong foundations in agribusiness knowledge and management to effectively serve both the private and public sectors of the economy.

The specific objectives are to produce:

a) Graduates who will be leaders in agribusiness including managers, consultants, business solution providers and entrepreneurs.

b) Scholars in agribusiness management seeking to contribute new knowledge in agribusiness and with the requisite capacity to be deployed in policy formulation and as champions of change.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Candidates wishing to pursue Bachelors Degree programme in Agribusiness Management with IT must meet the minimum Maseno University requirements. In addition, the candidate must have at least C+ in Biology/Biological Sciences or B- Agriculture and C (plain) in Mathematics or B (Plain) Business Studies/Commerce at KCSE.

DURATION

The programme will normally take four academic years.


PROGRAMME STRUCTURE

The programme is organized as a holistic major leading to a bachelors degree in Agribusiness Management. There are no degree options. The courses offered includes only those courses deemed essential for this degree programme. All candidates must take all the courses outlined herein. Special exemptions may, however, be awarded where a candidate has taken equivalent course/s elsewhere as may be the case with transfer students. The multidisciplinary nature of the programme dictates that Agribusiness Management science borrows diversely from other biological physical and social science disciplines. The department of Agribusiness Management may offer all the scheduled courses or the students may take some equivalent courses in the relevant parent departments whenever available. In a given academic year the candidates will take a minimum of 16 course units and a maximum of 18 units, exclusive of Field Attachment and Research Project.Courses are offered in units. A course unit is defined as three-lecture hours, or two-lecture hours and two- tutorial hours, or two-lecture hours and three-hour practical sessions per week per semester.There will be a third session between 3rd and 4th year during which students will go for field/industrial attachment worth to two course units. There will be an independent students’ research projects conducted in fourth year worth to two course units. These comprise topics of enquiry in corporations or small and medium enterprise. During each semester, a student will be required to take two IT courses as prescribed.

EXAMINATIONS

a) Maseno University regulations shall apply.

b) All courses shall be examined during the semester in which they are taken.

c) The continuous assessment will be based on written tests, practical or class assignments.

d) End of semester examination and continuous assessment shall comprise 70% and 30% respectively of the total grade.

e) Field attachment will be assessed as follows:

i). At least two on-field assessment by university academic staff (50%).

ii). Student field attachment report (50%).

f) A project undertaken by a student will involve experimental work on a selected topic. The results will be written up as a dissertation and also presented orally.

g) The project work will be assessed out of 100% as follows:

i) Proposal Preparation and Presentation (20%).

ii) Assessment of Field Implementation (30%).

iii) Project report (40%)

iv) Oral presentation (10%).