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BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN ANIMAL SCIENCE WITH IT

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INTRODUCTION

The B.Sc. (Animal Science) with IT degree programme offers courses and guidance to students who undertake to pursue a degree programme in Animal Science with information technology. Animal Science is an applied science discipline dealing with the conservation, improvement, production, processing, distribution and utilisation of animal products. The degree programme is designed to prepare professional Animal Scientists with additional expertise in information technology.

OBJECTIVES

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

b) To equip the graduates with all round skills necessary to develop and exploit both the national and international animal production potential for local and international markets.

c) To produce high quality graduates who are not only competent in animal sciences but also as skilled animal products business managers.

d) To prepare candidates for further academic development and careers in teaching, research, extension and animal enterprise management.

e) To further arm the graduates with tools of information and communication technology for efficient application of animal science in the contemporary world.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

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

PROGRAMME DURATION

The programme will normally take four academic years.

PROGRAMME STRUCTURE

Programme is organized as a holistic major leading to a bachelors degree in Animal Science. 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 Animal Science borrows diversely from other biological physical and social science disciplines. The department of Animal Science 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-hours practical session per week per semester. There will be a session in between 3rd and 4th year during which students will go for industrial attachment for 10 weeks that is worth two course units. There will be an independent student’s research project conducted in fourth year that is worth 2 course units. During each semester, a student will be required to take two IT courses as prescribed.

 EXAMINATIONS

Maseno University regulations apply. All courses shall be examined during the semester in which they are taken. The continuous assessment will be based on practicals, other class assignments and written tests. The end of semester examination and continuous assessment shall comprise 70% and 30% respectively.

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

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

b) Student industrial attachment report (50%)

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:-

a) Proposal Preparation and Presentation (20%).

b) Assessment of Field Implementation (30%)

c) Project Report (40%)

d) Oral presentation (10%)