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BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN AGRONOMY WITH IT

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INTRODUCTION

The B.Sc. Agronomy with IT degree programme offers courses and guidance to students who undertake to pursue a degree programme in Agronomy with Information Technology. Agronomy is an applied plant science discipline dealing with the study, production and postharvest technology of field crops. The programme is designed to produce professionals in Agronomy with expertise in computing and information technology.


OBJECTIVES

a) To develop the students' appreciation, understanding and practical capability in all aspects of Agronomy.

b) To equip the graduates with skills necessary to develop and exploit the national and international plant genetic resources for the production of food, fibre, medicinal, feeds, and industrial crops for local and international markets.

c) To produce high quality graduates who are competent in applied plant sciences.

d) To prepare candidates for further academic development and careers in teaching, research, extension and management of field crops based enterprises.

e) To arm the graduates with tools of information technology for efficient application of the science and management of agronomy.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Candidates wishing to pursue a B.Sc. degree programme in Agronomy with IT must meet Maseno University minimum admission requirements. In addition, the candidate must have at least C+ in Biology/Biological Sciences or B (minus) in Agriculture; C (plain) in Chemistry/Physical Sciences and C- in Mathematics or Physics.


PROGRAMME DURATION

The programme will normally take four academic years.

PROGRAMME STRUCTURE

a) The courses are offered in units. A course unit is defined as a 2-hour lecture and a 2-hour tutorial or a 3-hour practical session per week per semester. The professional nature of the programme necessitates that in a given academic year the candidates will take a minimum of 16 and a maximum of 18 course units, exclusive of Field Attachment and Research Project.

b) There will be a session in between 3rd and 4th year during which students will go for industrial attachment for 10 weeks that is equivalent to 2 course units.

c) There will be an independent student’s research project conducted in the two semesters of fourth year that is worth 2 course units.

d) During each semester, a student will be required to take 2 courses from the computer department as prescribed.

EXAMINATIONS

a) The University and The School of Agriculture and Food Security regulations 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 and practicals/class assignments.

d) The end of semester examination and continuous assessments shall comprise 70% and 30% respectively.

e) The industrial attachment will be assessed out of 100% as follows:-

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

ii). Student industrial 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). Dissertation (50%)