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BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN SOIL SCIENCE AND PLANT NUTRITION WITH IT

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INTRODUCTION
The B.Sc. Soil Science and Plant Nutrition with IT degree programme offers courses and guidance to students who undertake to pursue a degree programme in Soil Science and Plant Nutrition with information technology. Soil Science in this program is viewed from crop nutrition perspective and focuses on soil properties, classification, evaluation and management for the primary purpose of crop production. Crop Science Information technology is an applied science dealing with the application of computer science in computing, modeling, information gathering and dissemination via internet, inter alia. The two integrated scientific disciplines are designed to prepare professionals in Soil Science and Plant Nutrition with modern computer based information technology.

OBJECTIVES

a) To develop the students' appreciation, understanding and practical capability in all aspects of Soil Science in relation to crop production.

b) To equip the graduates with the skills necessary to understand the characteristics and productivity of the diverse soil resources to enhance agricultural production in the country.

c) To produce graduates who are competent in Soil Science and able to integrate computer technology in the Science and Art of soil management.

d) To prepare candidates for further academic development and careers in teaching, research and extension in relation to Soil Science and Plant Nutrition.


 ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Candidates wishing to pursue a B.Sc. degree program in Soil Science and Plant Nutrition 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

The programme is organized as a holistic major leading to B.Sc. degree in Soil Science and Plant Nutrition with IT. 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 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 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. 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. There will be an independent student’s research project conducted over the two semesters of the fourth year. The project is worth 2 course units.

EXAMINATIONS

a) Maseno University regulations apply.

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

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

d) The end of semester examination and continuous assessment 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 project report and also presented orally. The project work will be assessed out of 100% as follows:-

i) Proposal preparation and presentation (20%).

ii) Assessment of field implementation (30%).

iii) Oral presentation (10%)

Project report (40%)