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OUTLINED PROGRAMME PROPOSAL FOR EACH PROGRAMME

 

PROGRAMME

B. AGRIC. Crop Science OPTION

S/N

Course Code

Course Title

Credits

 

Status

Other programmes offering the course

1

GST101

Use of English and Communication Skills I

2

C

 

2

CIT101

Computers in Society

2

C

 

3

GST121

Use of Library

1

C

 

4

GST 105

History and Philosophy of Science

2

C

 

5

BIO 101

General Biology I

2

C

 

6

BIO 191

Practical Biology

1

C

 

7

CHM 101

Introduction to Inorganic Chemistry I

2

C

 

8

CHM 191

Practical Chemistry I

1

C

 

9

AGR 101

Mathematics for Agriculture I

2

C

 

10

PHY 121

General Physics

2

C

 

11

PHY 191

Practical Physics I

1

C

 

12

CHM131

Organic Chemistry for Agriculture I

2

C

 

13

GST 102

Use of English and Communication Skills II

2

C

 

14

CHM 132

Organic Chemistry for Agriculture II

2

C

 

15

BIO 102

General Biology II

2

C

 

16

CHM 192

Introductory Practical Chemistry II

1

C

 

17

PHY 192

Practical Physics II

1

C

 

18

BIO 192

Practical Biology

1

C

 

19

AGR 102

Mathematics for Agriculture II

2

C

 

20

CHM 102

Physical Chemistry

2

C

 

21

GST 104

Introduction to Social Sciences

2

C

 

22

ARD 201

Principles of Agricultural Extension

2

C

 

23

ARD 251

Introduction to Agricultural Economics

2

C

 

24

AGR 201

General Agriculture

3

C

 

25

ARD 203

Introduction to Home Economics

2

C

 

26

SLM 201

Principles of Soil Science

2

C

 

27

AGR 203

Principles of Crop Production

2

C

 

28

AGR 205

Introduction to Agro-Climatology

2

C

 

29

FRM 211

Forestry and Wildlife Management

2

C

 

30

ANP 201

Introduction to Biotechnology

2

C

 

31

AGR 207

Anatomy and Physiology of Farm Animals

2

C

 

32

GST 201

Nigerian People and Culture

2

C

 

34

ARD202

Introduction to Rural Sociology

2

C

 

35

ANP202

Principles of Animal Production

2

C

 

36

ANP204

Introduction to Agricultural Biochemistry

3

C

 

37

CIT204

Computer Appreciation and Application to Agriculture

2

C

 

38

AGR202

Introduction to Agric. Engineering

2

C

 

39

FST202

Principles of Food Science and Technology

3

C

 

40

AFS220

Introduction to Fisheries and Wildlife

2

C

 

41

SMS210

Entrepreneurial Studies I

2

C

 

42

AGR206

Crop Anatomy, Taxonomy and Physiology

2

C

 

43

CRP303

Principles of Crop Protection

2

C

 

44

CRP309

Arable Crops Production

2

C

 

45

CRP305

Crop Genetics and Breeding

2

C

 

46

CRP301

Statistics and Field Experimentation

3

C

 

47

CRP311

Stored Produce Protection

2

C

 

48

ANP301

Introduction to Non‑Ruminant Animal Production

2

C

 

50

CRP313

Permanent Crop Production

2

C

 

51

AGR307

Environmental Impact Assessment

2

C

 

52

CRP304

Principles of Horticultural Crop Production

1

C

 

53

CRP306

Principle of Irrigation and Drainage

1

C

 

54

CRP308

Agric and Bio‑Resources Management

2

C

 

55

CRP310

Harvesting, Processing and Storage of Crops

2

C

 

56

CRP302

Crop Physiology 

2

C

 

57

AEA308

Principle of Farm Management

2

C

 

58

CRP312

Farm Power and Agric.Mechanisation

2

C

 

59

SLM302

Soil Fertility and  Plant Nutrition 

2

C

 

60

ANP302

Introduction to Non‑Ruminant Animal Production

2

C

 

61

SMS303

Entreprenuerial Studies II

2

C

 

62

AGR400

SIWES

24

C

 

63

CRP 501

Weed Science and Control

2

C

 

64

CRP 503

Seed Production Technology

2

C

 

65

CRP 505

Vegetable and Fruit Production 

2

C

 

66

CRP 507

Farming Systems

1

C

 

67

CRP 509

Organic Crop Production Systems

1

C

 

68

CRP 511

Introduction to Crop Biotechnology

1

C

 

69

CRP 517

Organic and Urban Farming

2

C

 

70

CRP 513

Plant Pest and Disease Control

3

C

 

71

AGR 501

Research Techniques

1

C

 

72

AGR 503

Analytical Technique in Agriculture

2

C

 

73

ARD 509

Agric. Business Management  and Finance

2

E

 

74

AGR 515

Techniques for Scientific Writing and Presentation

1

C

 

75

ANP 518

Pasture and Forage Production

2

C

 

76

CRP 502

Plant Growth and Development

2

C

 

77

CRP 504

Advanced Crop Protection

2

C

 

78

CRP 506

Landscape Horticulture and Floriculture

2

C

 

79

CRP 508

Post‑Harvest Physiology and Produce Storage

2

C

 

80

CRP 512

Crop Evolution and Adaptation

2

C

 

81

CRP 516

Produce/Post‑harvest Management

2

C

 

82

AGR 502

Seminar

1

C

 

83

AGR 599

Project

4

C

 

PROGRAMME

B. AGRIC. (SOIL AND LAND RESOURCES MANAGEMENT OPTION)

S/N

Course Code

Course Title

Credits

 

Status

Other programmes offering the course

1

GST101

Use of English and Communication Skills I

2

C

 

2

CIT101

Computers in Society

2

C

 

3

GST121

Use of Library

1

C

 

4

GST 105

History and Philosophy of Science

2

C

 

5

BIO 101

General Biology I

2

C

 

6

BIO 191

Practical Biology

1

C

 

7

CHM 101

Introduction to Inorganic Chemistry I

2

C

 

8

CHM 191

Practical Chemistry I

1

C

 

9

AGR 101

Mathematics for Agriculture I

2

C

 

10

PHY 121

General Physics

2

C

 

11

PHY 191

Practical Physics I

1

C

 

12

CHM131

Organic Chemistry for Agriculture I

2

C

 

13

GST 102

Use of English and Communication Skills II

2

C

 

14

CHM 132

Organic Chemistry for Agriculture II

2

C

 

15

BIO 102

General Biology II

2

C

 

16

CHM 192

Introductory Practical Chemistry II

1

C

 

17

PHY 192

Practical Physics II

1

C

 

18

BIO 192

Practical Biology

1

C

 

19

AGR 102

Mathematics for Agriculture II

2

C

 

20

CHM 102

Physical Chemistry

2

C

 

21

GST 104

Introduction to Social Sciences

2

C

 

22

ARD 201

Principles of Agricultural Extension

2

C

 

23

ARD 251

Introduction to Agricultural Economics

2

C

 

24

AGR 201

General Agriculture

3

C

 

25

ARD 203

Introduction to Home Economics

2

C

 

26

SLM 201

Principles of Soil Science

2

C

 

27

AGR 203

Principles of Crop Production

2

C

 

28

AGR 205

Introduction to Agro-Climatology

2

C

 

29

FRM 211

Forestry and Wildlife Management

2

C

 

30

ANP 201

Introduction to Biotechnology

2

C

 

31

AGR 207

Anatomy and Physiology of Farm Animals

2

C

 

32

GST 201

Nigerian People and Culture

2

C

 

34

ARD202

Introduction to Rural Sociology

2

C

 

35

ANP202

Principles of Animal Production

2

C

 

36

ANP204

Introduction to Agricultural Biochemistry

3

C

 

37

CIT204

Computer Appreciation and Application to Agriculture

2

C

 

38

AGR202

Introduction to Agric. Engineering

2

C

 

39

FST202

Principles of Food Science and Technology

3

C

 

40

AFS220

Introduction to Fisheries and Wildlife

2

C

 

41

SMS210

Entrepreneurial Studies I

2

C

 

42

AGR206

Crop Anatomy, Taxonomy and Physiology

2

C

 

43

SLM 301

Introduction to Soil Mineralogy

2

C

 

44

SLM 303

Introduction to Pedology and Soil Physics

2

C

 

45

SLM 305

Introduction to Soil Chemistry, Fertility and

Microbiology   

3

C

 

46

SLM 309

Soil Analytical Techniques

2

C

 

47

CRP 309

Arable Crops Production

2

C

 

48

CRP 313

Permanent Crops Production

2

C

 

50

SLM 307

Introduction to Soil Microclimatology

2

C

 

51

AGR 307

Environmental Impact Assessment

2

C

 

52

SLM 302

Soil Fertility and Plant Nutrition

2

C

 

53

CRP 312

Farm Power and Agric. Mechanisation

2

C

 

54

SLM 306

Soil Erosion and Conservation

2

C

 

55

SLM 308

Soil and Water Management

3

C

 

56

SLM 310

Watershed Hydrology

2

C

 

57

SLM 314

Computer- based Terrain Analysis

2

C

 

58

CRP 308

Agric. and Bio‑Resources Management

2

C

 

59

SLM 312

Report Writing in Soil Science

1

C

 

60

ENT 306

Entrepreneurial Studies II

2

C

 

61

AGR404

SIWES

 

C

 

62

SLM 501

Advance Soil Fertility

2

C

 

63

SLM 503

Soil Physics

2

C

 

64

SLM 505

Soil Microbiology and Biochemistry

2

C

 

65

SLM 507

Soil Morphology and Classification

3

C

 

66

SLM 509

Waste Management and Soil

2

C

 

67

ARD 509

Agricultural Business Management

2

C

 

68

CRP 517

Organic and Urban Farming

2

C

 

69

AGR 515

Techniques of Scientific Writing and Presentation

1

C

 

70

SLM 504

Anthropogenic Impact on Land 

2

C

 

71

SLM 506

Integration Soil Management

2

C

 

72

SLM 508

Land Reclamation

2

C

 

73

SLM 510

Soil Survey and Land Evaluation

2

C

 

74

SLM 512

Fertilizer Technology

2

C

 

75

SLM 514

Soil Ecosystem

2

C

 

76

SLM 516

Advanced Soil Science

2

C

 

77

AGR 502

Student Seminar

1

C

 

78

AGR 599

Project

4

C

 

 

 

 

 

DETAILED PROGRAMME AND RECOMMENDED COURSES FOR B. AGRIC.

 

  1. 100 LEVEL COURSES

 

FIRST SEMESTER

BIO 101: General Biology I (Botany / Zoology) (2 Units)

Characteristics of living things, cell as the basic unit of living things, cell structure, organisation, cellular organelles, tissues, organs and systems. Classification of living things, general reproduction and concept of inter-relationships of organism, heredity and evolution,elements of ecology (introduction) and habitats.

 

CIT 101: Computers in Society (2 Units)

What is computer, types of computer, history of digital computer, element of a computer hardware and software, how to work with a computer, operating system, windows, files, word processing, copying a text, saving, changes to a document and formatting, spelling checker and introduction to printing a document, spread sheet, entering and correcting data, using formula, numeric formats, creating charts, types of charts, power points and presentation, networking, internet and e-mail, reading and responding to an e-mail message.

 

GST 105: History and Philosophy of Science (2 Units)

General description of the nature of science and basic scientific methods and theories; history of western science and science in ancient times, middle ages and the rise of modern science; an overview of African science; man and his environment and natural resources; nature, scope and technological development and inventions; great scientist of Nigerian origin.

 

GST 101: Use of English and Communication Skills (2 Units)

This course is to enable students learn the skills of listening and comprehension, retrieve information, for interpreting and evaluation, effective reading skills, comprehending at varying speed levels, reading for vocabulary development in various academic contents.

 

 

CHM 101: Introductory Inorganic Chemistry I (2 Units)

Hypothesis, theory and law with appropriate illustrations, nature of matter – 3 states of matter, atomic structures, electronic energy levels and orbitals, Periodic classification of elements and its relationship to their electronic configuration, Chemical bonding, survey of properties and trends in groups I II, IV, V & VII metals.

 

CHM 131: Organic Chemistry   for Agriculturist 1(2 Units)

Definition, nomenclature; functional groups; homologous series; families of organic compounds – composition, structure, formulae, synthesis, isolation and purification; isomerism; electronic theory in organic chemistry; alkanes, alkenes and alkynes; Benzene ring and aromatic compounds.

 

CHM 191: Introductory Practical Chemistry I (1 Unit)

Practical based on CHM 101 and CHM 131: Cations and Anions-Identification, Acid-base titrations, redox reactions and determinations.

 

PHY 191:  Introductory Practical Physics 1 (1 Unit)

Graphs, measurement; error analysis; determination of acceleration due to gravity by means of simple pendulum; determination of force constant of a spiral spring and the constant; determination of surface tension of water; determination of specific latent heat of fusion of ice; determination of the coefficient of limiting static friction between two surfaces; determination of the coefficient of static friction on two surfaces using an inclined plane; determination of the relative density of kerosene using the specific gravity bottle; determination of the relative density of a granular substance not soluble in water using the specific gravity bottle.

 

PHY 121: General Physics (2 Units)

Relevance of Physics to Agriculture.Selected topics and application to agriculture in mechanics, properties of matter, waves and sound, vibrations, electromagnetism, heat optics, light, thermal physics. Atomic and nuclear physics

 

AGR 101:  Mathematics for Agriculturists 1 (2 Units)

Algebra and trigonometry:  Real number system; real sequences and series; set and subsets; unit interaction, complements; empty and universal sets; Venn diagram; one way correspondence between sets; quadratic function and equations; solution of linear equations; simple properties of determinants; indices and binomial theorem; transformations; e.g. log transformation; equations of straight line and application to simple regression equations; permutations and combinations; circular measure, trigonometric functions of angles; addition and factor formulae; complex numbers; moments and couples; relative velocity; calculus; elementary functions of simple real variable; graphs of simple functions,  the differentiation of simple algebraic: exponential and log functions; the differentiation of a sum; product, quotient, function of function rules; implicit differentiation : definite and indefinite integrations of functions; application of definite and indefinite integrals to areas and volumes.

 

BIO 191: Practical Biology I (1 Unit)

Simple practical based on BIO 101 theoretical courses

 

GST 121: Use of Library (1Unit)

Brief history of libraries, library and education, university library and other types of libraries, types of library materials, using library materials including e- learning, e-materials, understanding library catalogues and classification, copyright and its implications, database resources, bibliographic citations and referencing development of modern CIT, hardware technology software technology, input, output and storage devices, communication and internet services, word processing skills

 

SECOND SEMESTER            

AGR 102: Mathematics for Agriculturists II   (2Units)

Types of vectors and their application; matrices; simple linear equations; loci; integration; differential equations; first and second-order chemical equations; straight lines and planes; angle between lines and planes; distance of point from a plane; distance between 2 skew lines; circles.  Introduction to statistics; diagrammatic representation of descriptive data; measures of location and dispersion for grouped data; curves and graphs; histograms; scatter diagram; theory of probability; binomial distribution; collection, tabulation and representation of agricultural data; mean; mode and median; analysis of variance; linear regression and correlation.

 

CHM 102: Physical Chemistry (2 Units)

Atoms; Sub-atomic particles, Isotopes, Avogadro’s number; The Mole Concept; Chemical Formulae; The Laws of Chemical Combinations; Equations and Calculations; State of Matter; Gases, Liquids and Solids; Chemical Thermodynamics; Energetic and Thermo chemistry; Buffers, Chemical Equilibrium and Equilibrium Constants; Solubility Products; Chemical kinetics; Electrochemistry; Nuclear Binding Energy, Fission and Fusion.

 

PHY 192:  Practical Physics II (1 Unit)

Selected experiments on topics covered in PHY 111 and PHY 122, application of a variety of simple experimental techniques with emphasis on quantitative measurements, experimental errors and graphical analysis.

 

 

GST 102:  Use of English and Communication Skills II (2 Units)

Writing paragraphs; topic, sentence and coherence, development of paragraphs;

Illustration, description, cause and effect including definitions, formal letters, essential parts and stylistic forms; complaints and requests, jobs ordering goods, letters to government and other organisations; writing reports; reporting events, experiments, writing summaries.

 

BIO 102: General Biology II (Botany and Zoology)(2 Units)

Cellular basis of life; general structure and functions of plant cells and cellular organelles; plant cell division; heredity; diversity in plant cells and habitats; Morphology general characteristics, life cycles and range of forms of bacteria, viruses, fungi, algae, bryophytes, Lichens and pteridophytes,general structure of animal cell.  Functions of animal cells and cellular organelles; animal cell types and division.  Forms, functions and life history of invertebrates using selected examples from classes of invertebrates such as Protozoa, Coelenterates, Arthropods, Plantyhelminthes, Aschelminthes, Annelida and Mollusca.

 

CHM 132: Organic Chemistry for Agriculturist II (2 Units)

Simple reactions of hydrocarbons, alcohols and acids,introductoryorganic basic chemistry and importance of lipids, proteins and carbohydrate and other natural products, petroleum chemistry, oils and fats, hydrogenation of oils.  Polymer and biological important molecules, relevance of physics to agriculture.Selected topics and application to agriculture in mechanics, properties of matter, waves and sound, vibrations, electromagnetism, heat optics, light, thermal physics.atomic and nuclear physics

 

CHM 192: Introductory Practical Chemistry II (1 Unit)

Practical based on general chemistry CHM 101 and introductory organic chemistry I CHM 102- Determination of melting and boiling points and reaction of functional groups.

 

GST 104: Introduction to Social Science (2 Units)

Classification of social systems, interpersonal relationships, personality traits and leadership qualities.  The role of the media, meaning, scope and indices of development: historical perspectives, ideological bases, economic, political and social factors of development, self reliance and national development.  Growth and spatial distribution of population, delivery of public goods through public enterprises and agencies, peaceful co-existence among nations.

 

BIO 192: Practical Biology I (1Unit)

Simple practical based on BIO 102 theoretical courses

 

 

200 LEVEL COURSES

 

FIRST SEMESTER

GST 201:  Nigerian Peoples and Culture (2 Units)

Nigerian’s perception of his world, culture areas of Nigeria and their characteristics, evolution of Nigeria as a political unit, concept of functional education, social justice, individual and national development, norms and values and moral obligation of citizens

 

ANP 201: Introduction to Biotechnology (2 Units)

Nucleic acids, nucleotides and nucleosides, structure and function of DNA and RNA, translation into proteins, the genetic code, DNA errors and repair:Genes; Gene structure, function, replication, expression; Gene repair, mutation, recombination and cloning; Principles of DNA recombination. Molecular Tools/Techniques, Biotechnology application in animal agriculture: DNA probes, transformation of microorganisms, recombinant DNA vaccines, transformation of animals. Other biotechnology applications: Delivering peptides and enzymes, targeting rumen protozoa, developing a new feed additive, reducing phosphorus pollution, pathogens in manure and the environment, improving fibre digestion.

 

Practical: Extraction of DNA and RNA from animal tissues; in vitro translation, transcription, recombination and cloning.

 

ARD 201:  Principles of Agricultural Extension (2 Units)

The meaning of extension science, the scope of agricultural extension, the need for agricultural extension,basic extension principles in agricultural production. The extension agents, rural communities and communication principles and strategies: Discussion of principles behind agricultural extension.

 

ARD 203:  Introduction to Home Economics Extension (2 Units)

Philosophy, scope, objectives and historical development of Home Economics. Examination of basic human needs with respect to food, clothing, shelter and health; programme approaches in Home Economics which will help meet these needs. Preparation for careers in variety of occupations, role of women in agriculture.

 

ARD 251:  Introduction to Agricultural Economics (2 Units)

The scope of agricultural economics.  Basic economic Principles applied in agricultural production and marketing.  Efficient organisation of scarce resources and factors of agricultural production, discussions of principles and philosophies involved in Agricultural Economics.

 

AGR 201: General Agriculture (3 Units)

The distribution of agriculture: World population and food supply, history, scope and importance of agriculture to man. Agriculture and natural environment.Characteristic features of tropical agriculture and how they affect production.  Land use and tenure, trends in the production, distribution and utilisation of agricultural products, Measures of improving Nigerian agriculture, climatic, edaphic and social factors in relation to crop production and distribution in Nigeria, systems of crop farming, types, distribution and significance of farm animals; basic principles of animal farming.  Place of forestry, fish farming and wildlife in agriculture.

 

AGR 203: Principles of Crop Production (2 Units)

Crop production and its development,  The principles, problems and prospects of crop production, importance of crop rotation, cultural practices, water and soil conservation; irrigation and drainage, general types of characteristics of arthropods, microorganisms and other pests affecting crops.  Weeds and their effects on crop production, pests, disease and weed control.  Basic Mendelian genetics.Principles of crop production, harvesting, processing and storage.

 

FRM 211: Forestry and wildlife Management (2 Units)

Renewable natural resources, availability, distribution and potential, the important forest trees and wildlife (with emphasis on Nigerian species) classification, morphology and distribution of important forest trees, forest and game reserves in Nigeria, silviculture, aforestation characteristics of major timber and their uses.   Felling and transportation.

 

SLM 201: Principles of Soil Science (2 Units)                                                

Soils, their origin and formation, physical properties of soils, Soil moisture, air and temperature, soil classification and survey, soil colloids; soil reactions,soilorganic matter and soil organisms, soil and water conservation; nutrient requirements and mineral nutrition to plants, introduction to fertilizer.

 

 

 

AGR 205: Introduction to Agro-Climatology (2 Units)

The principles, aims and scope of climatology, the elements and controls of climate and weather and dynamics of the earth’s atmosphere, radiation and heating of the atmospheric system; atmospheric moisture, the dynamics of pressure and wind systems, condensation and precipitation process, seasonal variations in temperature, daylight, radiation, rainfall and evapo-transpiration, equipment and maintenance of standard meteorological stations, the tropical climate; relation between agriculture and climate with reference to crops, livestock, irrigation, pests and diseases.

 

AGR 207: Anatomy and Physiology of Farm Animals (2 Units)

Parts of the beef and dairy cattle, sheep, goats, pigs, rabbits and poultry, fundamentals of cell biology, anatomy and physiology of the cell, cell types.anatomy and physiology of animal tissues, nervous system, skeletal system, muscle, bone, circulatory system, reproductive, digestive, special senses and other systems of farm animals.  Physiological functions of animals – homeostatic, nutrition and digestion, respiration. Temperature regulation, excretion and reproduction, endocrinology, the blood and circulation, lactation, milk let down and egg production, water balance.

 

 

SECOND SEMESTER

AGR 206: Crop Anatomy Taxonomy and Physiology (2 Units)

Parts of the crop cell types.  Introduction to plant taxonomy, characteristics, distribution, economic importance and local examples of leguminosae, gramineae, compositae, Dioscoreacea, Rutaceae, development of cells and tissues; use of plant keys, cell biology, cell and cell types, comparative anatomy of major plant organs, enzymes, photosynthesis and translocation; pollination, respiration and energy utilisation; seed dormancy and germination, development; mineral nutrition, growth regulation.

 

ANP 202: Principles of Animal Production (2 Units)

History of animal agriculture, the role of livestock in the national economy.Livestock breeds and distribution in Nigeria. Management practices and systems including housing, feeding, breeding and reproduction, health and products processing, effects of climate and other factors on behaviour and handling of animals, Animal production as a business and its interface with other sectors of the national economy, the role of innovations in science and technology through research in the development of animal production.

Practical: Identification of different livestock species and breeds, housing and equipment, common livestock parasites and diseases, livestock products and by-products.                                                       

 

ANP 204: Introduction to Agricultural Biochemistry (3 Units)

Chemistry of living matter; cells, enzymes and intermediary metabolism, tissues and their chemicals. Hormones: classification, control and interactions. Use of natural and synthetic hormones in animal production. Chemistry and metabolism of carbohydrates: definition, classification, reactions of monosaccharide’s, tests of carbohydrates; Glycolysis, citric acid cycle, hexose monophosphate shunt, gluconeogenesis, glycogenesis, glycogenolysis. Chemistry, physical properties and metabolism of lipids: definition and classification; biosynthesis of saturated fatty acids (SFA) synthesis of acylglycerols, oxidation of FA, energy balance sheet from SFA oxidation. Chemistry and metabolism of proteins, enzymes and nucleic acids, Amino acid structure, properties and reactions, enzyme properties, functions and inhibition.

Practical:  Testing of carbohydrates, acidic hydrolysis of starch.  Tests for lipids – saturated and unsaturated, tests for proteins, proximate analysis of plant and animal products.

 

ARD 202:  Introduction to Rural Sociology (2 Units)

Meaning, importance, and basic concepts and principles of rural sociology, rural versus urban living culture, cultural values and cultural environment, settlement patterns and village organisation, factors which influence rural living conditions, types or rural economics, problems of developing rural economies, rural infrastructure, major rural social institutions – marriage and family, religion, politics, social theories and interactions, general strategies to rural development, role of communities,social aspects of production and marketing in the rural areas, communication and technological change in rural society.

 

FST 202: Principles of Food Science and Technology (3 Units)

Definition and scope of food science and technology, food distribution and marketing, food and its functions, food habits, food poisoning and its prevention, principles of food processing and preservation, discussion of different preservation methods, deterioration and spoilage of foods, other post-harvest changes in food, contamination of foods from natural source, composition and structures of Nigeria/West African food; factors contributing to texture, colour, aroma and flavour of food, cost; traditional and ethnic influences of food preparation and consumption pattern.

 

AGR 202: Introductory Agricultural Engineering (2 Units)

Concepts and objectives of agricultural engineering, workshop tools; principles of internal engine.Study of farm machinery used for tillage, plough, cultivation, farm power and operating, principles, maintenance procedures of farm machinery.

 

AFS 220: Introduction to Fisheries and Wildlife (2 Units)

The important fishes and wildlife of West Africa with emphasis on Nigeria species, classification, evolution, morphology and basic structure of fishes, the adaptation of fish to aquatic life, life cycle of principal species of fishes and wildlife industries in Nigeria, fundamental principles of fish and wildlife management and production.

 

AGR 204: Computer Appreciation and Application to Agriculture (2 Units)

History of computers, functional components of computer, characteristics of a computer, problem solving; flow charts, Algorithms, computer programming, statements;  Introduction to the use of EXCEL, SAS, SPSS, GENSTAT, Introduction to problem solving with the computer; Data entry and editing with the computer. Data analysis using different statistical packages.

 

ENT 206: Entrepreneurial Studies 1 (2Units)

The objective of the course to provide students with the knowledge, skills and motivation to encourage entrepreneurial success in agriculture, it draws on the spirit of innovation, creativity, and opportunity. The course offers the students a broad overview of entrepreneurship from historical and current perspectives in the context of agriculture, the course concept can be adapted to bring out the salient features which the would-be-entrepreneur has to bear in mind for a successful effort. Historical background of entrepreneurship, basic concepts and definitions of entrepreneurship, functions of the entrepreneur,characteristics of the entrepreneur, benefits of entrepreneurship, the entrepreneurial process (Record- keeping, planning and forecasting, budgets and budgeting, start off).

           

 

B. AGRIC. (CROP SCIENCES OPTION)

 

300 LEVEL COURSES

 

FIRST SEMESTER

 

 

CRP 303: Principles of Crop Protection (3 Units)   

Major pests, fungi, bacteria, viruses and nematodes, weeds and other diseases of tropical crops and stored products.Definition of pests.Study of insect pests of major local crops, their significance and principles of their control.Study of the effects of plant diseases caused by viruses, bacteria, fungi and nematodes and their control.Effects of weeds on crops and livestock and the principles and methods of their control.Strategies of integrated pest management.Characteristics of disease agents (fungi, bacteria, viruses, nematodes).Crop protection methods (cultural, biological, physical, chemical, host-plant resistance).Shortcoming and advantages of different pest assessment and control methods.

 

CRP 305: Crop Genetics and Breeding (2 Units)

Mendelian genetics; Introduction to population and quantitative genetics; multiple alleles, mitosis and meiosis. The origin, organisation and transmission of biological variations, theory of evolution,fundamental principles of inheritance; objectives and general principles of crop breeding including their application to self-populated, cross-populated and vegetatively propagated crops; general and special methods of selection in in-breeders and out-breeders; incompatibility, male sterility, heterosis and polyploidy in crop breeding; mutation breeding; Breeding methods for crop improvement, development, multiplication and distribution of improved varieties.

 

CRP 311:  Stored Produce Protection (2 Units)

Role of pesticides in pest management.Toxicology of major groups of pesticides used in stored produce protection. Principles of pesticide application and significance of droplet size.Application techniques for control of field and storage pests.Application machinery, safe handling and storage of pesticides.Pesticides and the environment.Chemical residues in stored products.

 

 

CRP 309:  Arable Crop Production (2 Units)         

Origin, distribution, soil and climatic requirements of cereals, legumes, oilseeds, tubers, fibre crops, root crops and other important annual crops in Nigeria.Improved varieties of major annual crops, production practices, harvesting, processing, storage, utilisation and economic aspects of selected arable crops. Factors affecting yield, propagation methods and cultivation and improvement practices for selected arable crops.

 

CRP 313:  Permanent Crop Production (2 Units) 

Origin, distribution, soil and climatic requirements of some important permanent crops such as cocoa, oil palm, rubber, kola nut, coffee, coconut, citrus, plantain, bananas, mango, sugarcane, cashew etc. Production practices, improvement, harvesting, processing, utilisation, storage and economic aspects of some selected permanent and perennial crops. Principles of tree crop practices such as nursery, propagation, transplanting, mulching, irrigation, fertilization, harvesting and post-harvest handling of some selected fruit tree crops (citrus, mango, oil palm, guava, cashew etc).

 

ANP 301 :Introduction to Non-Ruminant Animal Production (2 Units)

Management of breeding stock; growing and young animals; housing equipment and feeding principles of poultry, rabbits and pigs; production and management practices; livestock economics, heath management of stock; processing and marketing of poultry pigs and rabbits.

 

AGR 307: Environment Impact Assessments (2Units)

Definition of Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA); Classification of EIA; Elements of EIA; Basic Guidelines of EIA; Role and Function of Environmental Impact Assessment.

 

SECOND SEMESTER

CRP 302:  Crop Physiology (3 Units)       

Study of the functioning of plants, its significance in agriculture, and the manipulation of these functions to attain maximum crop productivity; roles of light, water and temperature in plant performance; flowering, fruiting and ripening, seed dormancy and seed germination; mineral nutrition, photosynthesis and dry matter accumulation. Respiration, nitrogen metabolism, including legume root nodule physiology; plant growth substances and their potential uses in agriculture. Environmental factors affecting dry matter accumulation in crop plants. Physiology of grain yield, Water stress and drought physiology.  Assimilate partitioning in relation to yield determination and patterns; crop geometry and cultural manipulations.

Practical component

 

CRP 304:  Principles of Horticultural Crop Production (2 Units) 

History, definition, classification and importance of vegetables and fruits in Nigeria, importance, scope and distribution of fruits and vegetables grown in Nigeria with reference to climate and soil; basic principles and practice of horticulture;  requirements for siting fruit orchards and vegetable farms, Varieties and adaptation of exotic vegetables and fruits to the Nigerian environment. Practices used in the production of horticultural crops, including establishment, nutrition, maintenance, harvesting and post-harvest technology and handling of horticultural produce. Horticultural cropping systems.Types and systems of vegetable and fruit production; production practices, handling, processing, storage, marketing and utilisation of vegetables and tropical fruit crops.Methods of plant propagation.Nursery plant production, handling and marketing.Nursery systems, diseases and pests of vegetables and tropical fruit crops.Horticultural machines and equipment. Principles of producing, planting, maintaining ornamental trees, shrubs, perennials and fruits in the nursery, home and parks.

 

CRP 306:  Principles of Irrigation and Drainage (2 Units)

Forms of irrigation; costs and profitability of irrigation; application of irrigation to different crops. Soil-water-plant-atmosphere relationship; assessment of water requirements for crops meteorological approach and critical growth stages for water of different field crops; economic and efficient use of water; scheduling irrigation for major field and horticultural crops; agronomic management of irrigated crops: effect on salinity, alkalinity, acidity and flood-prone soils on growth and development of crop plants; agronomic practices for crops in problematic soils. Soil erosion, soil drainage under irrigation or under natural rainfall.Maintenance of irrigation equipment and assessment of traditional irrigation techniques.Hydrologic cycle, role of water in crop growth.Irrigation resources in Nigeria.

 

 

CRP 308:  Agriculture and Bio-Resources Management (3 Units)                   

Biological diversity, genetic diversity, specific diversity, species of local cereal, local legume species, local fruit tree species, genetic diversity expressed through large number of associations or combination of genes in individuals of single species, wild local plants related to cultivated species, or whose genetic diversity is crucial ingredient to cross-breeding or hybridisation process aimed at giving more vigour to the crop varieties that have been cultivated over so many years, loss crop genetic variability of crops or genetic erosion, species disease resistance, utilisation of plant and animal genetic resources. Biotechnological protection of forest plantations and economic plants, germplasm appropriation and privatisation for crop improvement, patents and plant breeders rights, production of improved plants and animals.

 

CRP 310: Harvesting, Processing and Storage of Crops (3 Units)      

Harvesting methods for tropical crops: tree crops, roots and tubers, grain crops.Fundamentals and principles of crop storage and transportation.Traditional and modern methods of crop processing and storage.Storage and self-life problems in crop products; ideal environments for crop storage.Design and operation of equipment for storage.Storage and storage-life of harvested fruits, seeds, vegetables, flowers and other crop products.Principles of controlled-environment for transit and long-term storage.Operational equipment for storage and preservation.

 

CRP 312: Farm Power and Agric. Mechanisation (3 Units)

Aims and objectives of agricultural mechanisation.Study of farm machinery used for tillage; ploughs, harrows, cultivators;harvesting and processing equipment (sprayers and dusters). Equipment for livestock (automatic feed conveyors, automatic drinkers for poultry, feeding and watering equipment; milk and milk handling equipment, and meat processing equipment).Water lifting and irrigation equipment. Overview of farm power sources; the internal construction engine; the transmissions system; the tractor chassis, wheel and types; the electrical system; the hydraulic system and the three-point linkage; tillage requirement and implement selection, row crop planter and grain drills; mowers, rakes and building equipment; forage and combine harvester; crop drying and dryers; introduction to hammer, burr and roller mills, and their uses in farming; estimation of cost of operating an agricultural machine; made-in of farm equipment.

PracticalComponent

 

SLM 302: Soil Fertility and Plant Nutrition (3Units)

Fertility in tropical soils. Soil organic matter; its properties and maintenance; liming and its soil plant relationship; nitrogen, potassium, phosphorus and sulphur content of soil. The soil as a plant nutrient medium, fertilizers and fertilizer management- their manufacture, sources, applications, methods, rates and timing, handling and storage of fertilizers. Crop growth and response to soil nutrients, major, secondary and trace elements in crop nutrition; nutrient absorption, maintenance and loss in soil fertility in extensive and intensive agriculture. Role of legumes in soils.

 

ANP 302: Introduction to Ruminant Animal Production (2 Units)

Management of breeding stock; growing and young animals; housing equipment and feeding principles of cattle , sheep and goats; production and management practices; livestock economics, heath management of livestock; processing and marketing of cattle , sheep and goats.

 

AEA 308: Principles of Farm Management (2Units)

Theory of production. Principles of agricultural production and resource use: factor-factor, factor –product and product-product relationship. Consumption and resource allocation in agriculture.Farm cost and revenue theories.Element of time, risk and uncertainty in agricultural production.Types of farm record and their uses. Farm budgeting, gross and net margin analysis and farm planning.

 

ENT 306: Entrepreneurial Studies II (2 Unit)

The objective of the course to provide students with the knowledge, skills and motivation to encourage entrepreneurial success in agriculture.It draws on the spirit of innovation, creativity, and opportunity. The course offers the students a broad overview of entrepreneurship from historical and current perspectives in the context of agriculture, the course concept can be adapted to bring out the salient features which the would-be-entrepreneur has to bear in mind for a successful effort.

 

 

 

 

 

 

400LEVEL(FARM PRACTICAL YEAR)SIWES

Course Code

        Skill to be Acquired

Credits

CRP 401

Crop Production Techniques 1 (Permanent  and  Arable Crops)

2

CRP 401

Crop Production Techniques II (Horticultural Crops etc)

2

ANP 405

Animal Husbandry Techniques ( Cattle , Sheep, Goats, Poultry, Pigs and Rabbits)

2

CRP 405

Agricultural Product Processing and Storage

2

CRP 407

Crop Protection and Pest and Disease control

2

ANP 407

Animal Health Management

2

SLM 401

Soil Fertility, Soil and Water Management

2

SLM 403

Farm Design Survey and Land Use Planning

2

AEC 401

Farm Management Records and Accounts

2

ARD 401

Extension Practices

2

AGM 401

Farm Mechanisation Practices

2

SLM 405

Agricultural Meteorology

2

AGM 403

Workshop Practices

2

AGR 403

Biotechnology in Agricultural Production

3

AFM 401

Fisheries

2

AGR 401

Report Writing

3

 

Total

34

Each student will write a report on each of these areas that will be evaluated.

500 LEVEL COURSES

 

CRP 501:  Weed Science and Control (3 Units)        

Weed definition, biology, classification, reproduction and economic importance. Weed control methods and problems associated with them. Mechanisms of weed seed dissemination, prolificacy, survivability, persistence and colonisation.  Parasitic weeds.  Weed management: prevention, eradication and control.  Weed control methods: cultural, chemical, biological and integrated. Herbicides: classification, formulations, methods of application, dosage calculations, application equipment and their calibration for uniform and adequate delivery of herbicides; herbicide handling and disposal, assessment of herbicide performance.  Weed control in crop and non-crop situations.  Safety factors in the use of herbicides; basis for herbicide selectivity.Practical methods of controlling weeds in Nigeria.

 

 

CRP 503: Seed Production Technology (2 Units)           

Elements of seed industry. Seed programme development. Purity analysis, seed viability and vigour.Seed storage principles.Seed conservation and germplasm. Seed packaging purposes, types and cost implications. Seed marketing principles and objectives. Marketing,organisation and management.Structure and nature of seed; seed viability, vigour, dormancy and deterioration; methods of breaking seed dormancy; production, processing, drying treatment, distribution of improved seed; seed certification standards.Principles and methods of seed production for self-pollinated crops, cross-pollinated and hybrids.Procedures for field inspection, seed legislation and control. Seed testing procedures, seed programmes in Nigeria; seed marketing. Seed sampling methods (types and techniques) and seed blending procedures and calculations; seed laws. Plant breeders’ right- implementation and evaluation.Synthetic seed; somatic embryogenesis.

 

CRP 505: Vegetable and Fruit Crop Production (3 Units)   

History, definition, classification and economic importance of vegetables and fruits cultivated in Nigeria.Varieties and adaptation of exotic vegetables and fruits to the Nigerian environment. Types and systems of vegetable and fruit production, production practices, handling, processing, packaging, storage, marketing and utilisation of vegetables and tropical fruit crops; methods of plant propagation; nursery systems; diseases and pests of vegetables and fruit crops; horticultural machines and equipment; requirements for siting fruit tree orchards and vegetable farms; principles of producing, planting and maintaining ornamental trees, shrubs, perennials and fruits in the nursery, homes and parks.

 

CRP 507: Farming Systems (2 Units)                

Concepts, definition and classification of farming systems. Factors determining farming systems: physical, biological and socio-economic, characteristics of tropical small-scale farming systems: nomadic, shifting cultivation, fallow, rotation, permanent cultivation, ley farming. Intercropping, mono-cropping, sole cropping, sequential cropping, relay cropping, strip cropping. Important crop-based farming systems: lowland rice-based, upland cereal-based, root crop-based, small-scale mixed farming, irrigated smallholder farming, smallholder farming with plantation (perennial) crop-based and agro-forestry. Farming systems research: descriptive and prescriptive.

 

CRP 509:  Organic Crop Production Systems (3 Units)

Soil resource management in organic crop system (soil and water conservation).Soil fertility evaluation and management (manuring, fallowing, mulching, composting).Mixed farming and cropping systems in organic crop production (intercropping, crop rotation, mono-croppingetc).Conservation of biodiversity.Sustainable land- clearing system.Crop protection in organic agriculture.Organic foods, organic standards, certification and market.Advantages and disadvantages of organic agriculture.  Basic practices in organic crop production (site selection, land preparation, seed selection, planting and post-planting operations).  Pest management methods in organic crop production with emphasis on insects, nematodes, weeds, vertebrates and pathogens.Use of botanicals and bio-intensive integrated pest management.

 

CRP 511:  Introduction to Crop Biotechnology (3 Units)   

Introduction to key concepts and definition in plant biotechnology.Importance of biotechnology in agriculture, specifically in crop improvement and production. Nucleic acid structure and its manipulation in genetic engineering, including nucleic acid hybridization, function of endo-nucleases, polymerase and other enzymes. Role of southern blot, restriction fragment length, polymorphism and other techniques in gene mapping. Transformation and production of transgenic crops.Basic principles of plant tissue culture techniques including micro-propagation and rapid multiplication techniques. Protoplast, cell, tissue and organ culture.In vitro and in vivo cultures.Somatic embryogenesis in rapid germination of agriculture and rural development in the developing countries.

 

CRP 513:  Plant Pest and Disease Management (3 Units)    

Pest management and population dynamics of different kinds of animals which are plant pests.The concept of economic threshold in pest damage in crops.  Pest surveys and pest damage assessment. Different management strategies: cultural, exclusion, biological, environmental management, chemical and breeding for pest resistance. The economics of pest management; the combination and the sequential use of various strategies to achieve population management.The advantages and limitations of pest management practices.  Pest management and strategies suited to small mixed farms.  Principles of plant quarantine and phytosanitary measures. The importance and usefulness of disease pyramid in disease management.  Prerequisites for disease management method.Plant disease prognosis, its method and importance in disease management.Philosophies behind the use of exclusion, eradication, protection and therapy as management measures.  Basic methods used in disease management: legislative, cultural, biological, chemical and breeding for disease resistance.

 

CRP 517:  Organic and Urban Farming (2 Units)   

Definition of urban farming.Major types of horticultural crops grown under organic and urban farming system.Importance of organic farming.Protected crops cultivation.Peculiarities of organic and urban farming.Concepts of home gardening, market gardening and commercial gardening.Certification of organic horticultural products. Materials used in organic crops production.  Sources of organic fertilizer materials.Environmental and health implications of organic and urban farming.  Influence of urbanisation and environmental factors.  Problems of organic and urban/ dry season horticultural farming.Maintenance of soil fertility and crop protection.Irrigation in urban farming.Prospects in urban/ dry season horticultural farming.

 

AGR 515:  Techniques of Scientific Writing and Presentations (1 Unit)

Techniques of scientific writing and seminar presentations for agricultural students.

 

AGR 501: Research Techniques (3 Units)

Defining a research problem; developing hypotheses and objectives; principles of research design; questionnaire preparation and collection of data; measurement and data collection; statistical theory; different statistical methods for handling data; presentation of research finding in narrative tabular and graphical forms.

 

AGR 503: Analytical Techniques in Agriculture (2Units) Elective

Basic principles governing common laboratory equipment; principles governing basic analytical procedures. Introduction to use of instruments, equipment and machines: Microscopy, Spectrophotometry, Histometry, PCR, Gel Electrophoresis, HPLC, TLC, GC, LN2 Generator, CASA, Haematology, Serum Analyser, Cryopreservation.

 

 

ARD509 :Agric. Business Management and Finance (2 Units)

The scope of agricultural business and management; types of agricultural business management and organisation: enterprise selection, production planning: public policies affecting agric. business: farm growth, organisation of large scale farms. Legal organisation and tax strategies. Economics of agricultural processing, marketing management. Principles of agricultural finance: principles of farm credit; capital needs of agricultural industries; sources of loans; funds and collateral security for loans; credit agencies and government credit policy and approaches to efficient credit management. Farm accounting inventory balance sheet and cash book and cash book analysis

 

SECOND SEMESTER

CRP 502: Plant Growth and Development (2 Units)

Seed germination and dormancy.Juvenility and senescence.Translocation and respiration in plants, role of environmental resources. Water and water stress in plants.  Light and solar radiation, role of plant nutrients.Sexual and asexual reproduction in plants.  Plant growth stages: induction, initiation, differentiation, development, blooming, flowering, and senescence.  Mechanisms in plant growth and development.The sigmoid growth curve. Factors influencing plant growth and development. Photosynthesis, plant growth and partitioning of assimilate. Yield limiting factors and yield components. Growth regulators: auxins, gibberellins, cytokinins, etc. Plant growth and measurements. Growth analysis: relative growth rate, crop growth rate, net assimilation rate, leaf area index; roles of plant organs: leaf, stem, roots, flower, fruits and seeds.

 

AGR 502: Students Seminar (1Unit)

Presentation and discussion of various topics in animal science, the student is also expected to prepare and participate in all seminars and present a seminar in the final year.

 

CRP 504:  Advanced Crop Protection (3 Units)     

Quarantine regulations and phyto-sanitary measures; fundamentals of plant resistance to diseases; principles and methods of disease management; principles, techniques and equipment for applying crop protection chemicals in the control of field and storage pests, diseases and weeds; equipment maintenance and repair; storage of pesticides.

CRP 506:  Landscape Horticulture and Floriculture (2 Units)

Definition of landscaping.Natural vs man-made landscape. Scope and historical sketches of landscaping: to enhance property beauty and value; to provide screening --- institutional, private property, parks, gardens, roundabouts and recreational areas. Plants for the landscape. Landscaping---e.g. gardens, sporting arena, stadia. Design principles, design practice, basic styles, preparing the plan design, symbols and drawings. Landscape construction.Hard landscaping, soft landscaping.Contouring and levels.Maintenance and management of established landscape.Landscape contracts and contractual agreements.Floriculture industry in Nigeria.Identification and classification of cut flowers of commercial importance to export market.Principles and practices of out-of-door and greenhouse cut-flower production. Cultural practices including propagation, establishment, fertilisation, pruning and training, gardening, packaging and marketing.Cut-flower preservation techniques.

 

 

CRP 508:  Post-harvest Physiology and Produce Storage (3 Units)

Seed storage and factors affecting storage of seeds, grains, fruits, roots, tubers, and vegetables.Effect of environment on maturity and senescence.  Storage life and harvested fruits, seeds, vegetables and flowers; tropical environment in relation to maturity; ripeness and senescence; physical and chemical indices of quality in fruits, seeds, vegetables, flowers and other crop products; storage of crop materials; traditional methods of vegetable processing and storage; fundamentals of crop storage and transportation; storage and shelf-life problems; ideal atmosphere for storing fruits, seeds, vegetables, flowers and other crop products; controlled-environment for transit and long-term storage, protective treatment, design and operation of equipment for storage and preservation. Post-harvest losses and prevention, economic, qualitative, quantitative, nutritional and germination losses.

 

CRP 512:  Crop Evolution and Adaptation (2 Units)            

Theory of evolution.Mechanics of crop evolution.Roles of hybridisation, recombination and natural selection in crop evolution.Isolating mechanism.Modes of speciation.Concepts of primary and secondary centres of origin.Origin of commonly cultivated crops.Genetic variations in populations.Genetic drift.

 

 

 

ANP 518:  Pasture and Forage Production (2 Units)    

Adaptation and botany of native and introduced tropical forage plants, their establishment, production, utilisation and maintenance in permanent and temporary pastures. Pastures in Nigerian agriculture.Improvement and management of pastures.  Characteristics of grasses, legumes and shrubs; pasture seed production and pasture plants. Forage conservation, dry season feeds.  Grazing systems.

 

CRP 516: Produce/Post Harvest Management (2 Units)

Tropical environment in relation to maturity, ripening and senescence, physical and chemical indices of quality in fruits, seeds, vegetables, flowers and other crop products. Storage and storage-life of harvested fruits, seeds, vegetables, flowers and other crop products. Fundamentals and principles of crop products processing and storage, storage and shelf life problems in crop products, ideal environment for storage, principles of controlled environment for storage, principles of controlled environment for transit and long term storage, operational equipment for storage and preservation.

 

AGR 599: Project (4 Units)

A student is expected to choose and execute a special project under the supervision of staff. Duration of the project is two semesters.

 

 

 

 

 

B. AGRIC. (SOIL SCIENCE & LAND RESOURCES MANAGEMENT OPTION)

 

300 LEVEL COURSES

 

FIRST SEMESTER

SLM 301:  Introduction to Soil Mineralogy (3 Units)

Soil components; silicate mineral structure, characteristics and classification of minerals; clay mineral structures/types and their properties; relationship of mineralogy to agriculture, engineering, and other environmental sciences, use of TEM, SEM, XRD, TGA and other analytical equipment in mineral identification.

 

SLM 303:  Introductory Pedology and Soil Physics (2 Units)

The earth; review of concept of soil and its formation; soil morphology and profile description; soil classification and survey; properties and classification of soils of Nigeria.Reviews of basic laws of physics relating to forces potentials.Soil-water relation, moisture content retention and energy levels; movement at saturation.Soil and hydrologic cycle; infiltration, water re­distribution in soil, drainage, soil heat regimes, evaporation and evapo-transpiration.

 

SLM 305: Introductory Soil Chemistry, Fertility and Microbiology (3 Units)

Soil phases; availability of soil nutrients, cation exchange capacity and base saturation; soil acidity and liming; nutrient movement in soils; nutrient uptake mechanisms; chemistry, status and availability of essential nutrients in soils. Micro-organisms in soil-kinds, number and activities; role of micro-organisms in plant growth; the dynamic nitrogen and phosphorus pools; organic matter-sources, transformation and functions in soil.

 

AGR 307: Environmental Impact Assessment (2 Units)

Definition of Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA); Classification of EIA; Elements of EIA; Basic Guidelines of EIA Role and Function of Environmental Impact Assessment.

 

SLM 301: Introduction to Soil Microclimatology (3 Units)

Meteorology and climatology in relation to the soil-atmosphere interface with emphasis on the microclimate; physical processes taking place within the microclimate, modification of the microclimate by agricultural practices; meteorological instruments and use of weather data.

 

SLM 309:  Soil Analytical Techniques (3 Units)

Precision, bias, accuracy and operational variations in analytical techniques; types of laboratory chemicals, analytical instruments and principles of operation (colorimeter, flame analyzer, atomic absorption spectrophotometers, pH meter); plant and soil sampling and sample preparation; nitrogen and phosphorus determinations in soil and plant; potassium analysis in soil, plant and fertilizers. Evaluation of analytical data, special techniques and precautions in micronutrient analysis; features and functions of a standard soil-testing laboratory.

 

CRP 309: Arable Crop Production (2 Units)

Origin, distribution, soil and climatic requirements of cereals, legumes, oilseeds, tubers, fibre crops, root crops and other important annual crops in Nigeria.Improved varieties of major annual crops, production practices, harvesting, processing, storage, utilisation and economic aspects of selected arable crops. Factors affecting yield, propagation methods and cultivation and improvement practices for selected arable crops.

 

CRP 313: Permanent Crop Production (2 Units)

Origin, distribution, soil and climatic requirements of some important permanent crops such as cocoa, oil palm, rubber, kola nut, coffee, coconut, citrus, plantain, bananas, mango, sugarcane, cashew etc. Production practices, improvement, harvesting, processing, utilisation, storage and economic aspects of some selected permanent and perennial crops. Principles of tree crop practices such as nursery, propagation, transplanting, mulching, irrigation, fertilization, harvesting and post-harvest handling of some selected fruit tree crops (citrus, mango, oil palm, guava, cashew etc).

 

SECOND SEMESTER

SLM 302:  Soil Fertility and Plant Nutrition (3 Units)

Fertility in tropical soils.Soil organic matter; its properties and maintenance, liming and its soil-plant relationships; nitrogen, potassium, phosphorus and sulphur contents of soil.  The soil as a plant nutrient medium; fertilizers and fertilizer management – their manufacture, sources, applications, methods, rates and timing: handling and storage of fertilizers.  Crop growth and response to soil nutrients; major, secondary and trace elements in crop nutrition; nutrient absorption, maintenance and loss in soil fertility in extensive and intensive agriculture.  Role of legumes in soils.

 

Practical Component

Identification and uses of some soil sampling equipment, identification of samples of chemical fertilizers; soil sampling for fertility evaluation; plant sampling techniques for identification and characterisation of nutrient deficiency symptoms; management of organic wastes.

 

SLM 306:  Soil Erosion and Conservation (2 Units)

Farming systems, husbandry and land use in the tropics; erosion process; types of erosion and causative agents; extent and economic importance with reference to Nigeria; erosion-soil productivity relation and modeling; methods of predicting rates of erosion; soil conservation methods and policies.

 

 

SLM 308:  Soil and Water Management (3 Units)

Land preparation techniques for soil conservation and soil-water management damages to soils; causative factors and control of soil erosion through land preparation and other soil management practices.

 

SLM 310:  Watershed Hydrology (2 Units)

Watershed characteristics -- climate, soils, vegetation; hydrological processes, surface and subsurface flows; channel processes; reservoirs; soil-vegetation interaction; hydrology models; watershed management.

 

SLM 312:  Report Writing in Soil Science (I Unit)

Experimental designs; field experimentation; the use of statistics and graphics, technical reports, theses and dissertations; journals and their formats.

 

SLM 314:  Computer-based Terrain Analysis (2Units)

Soil landscape models; ecosystem types; digital remote sensing; geographical information system; geographical positioning system, computer cartography; introductory geostatistics.

 

CRP 312: Farm Power and Agric.Mechanisation (3 Units)

Aims and objectives of agricultural mechanisation.Basic mechanics, workshop tools.Principles of internal combustion engines and electric motors. Study of farm machinery use for tillage: ploughs, harrows cultivators, farm power transmission system. Harvesting and processing equipment (sprayers and dusters). Equipment for livestock ( automatic feed conveyors, automatic drinkers for poultry, feed and watering equipment, milking and milk handling, surveying instrument use on the farm. Operating principles, selection and maintenance procedures of farm machinery.Farmmachinery costing and records. Workshop and building materials use on the farm.

 

CRP 308: Agric and Bio-resource Management (2Units)

Biological diversity, genetic diversity, specific diversity, species of local cereal, local legume species, local fruit tree species, genetic diversity expressed through large number of associations or combination of genes in individuals of single species, wild local plants related to cultivated species, or whose genetic diversity is crucial ingredient to cross-breeding or hybridisation process aimed at giving more vigour to the crop varieties that have been cultivated over so many years, loss crop genetic variability of crops or genetic erosion, species disease resistance, utilisation of plant and animal genetic resources. Biotechnological protection of forest plantations and economic plants, germplasm appropriation and privatization for crop improvement, patents and plant breeders rights, production of improved plants and animals.

 

ENT 306: Entrepreneurial StudiesII (2 Units)

The objective of the course to provide students with the knowledge, skills and motivation to encourage entrepreneurial success in agriculture.It draws on the spirit of innovation, creativity, and opportunity. The course offers the students a broad overview of entrepreneurship from historical and current perspectives in the context of agriculture, the course concept can be adapted to bring out the salient features which the would-be-entrepreneur has to bear in mind for a successful effort.

 

400LEVEL (FARM PRACTICAL YEAR)

SEMESTER – SIWES

Course code

        Skill

Credits

SLM 407

Soil-Site Characterisation

2

CRP 401

Crop Production Techniques (Permanent, Arable and Horticultural Crops etc)

2

SLM 401

Soil Fertility, Soil and Water Management

2

ANP 405

Animal Husbandry Techniques ( Cattle , Sheep, Goats, Poultry, Pigs and Rabbits)

2

CRP 405

Agricultural Product Processing and Storage

2

CRP 407

Crop Protection and Pest and Disease control

2

ANP 403

Animal Health Management

2

SLM 403

Farm Design Survey and Land Use Planning

2

AEC 401

Farm Management Records and Accounts

2

ARD 401

Extension Practices

2

AGM 401

Farm Mechanisation Practices

2

SLM 405

Agricultural Meteorology

2

AGM 403

Workshop Practices

2

AGR 403

Biotechnology in Agricultural Production

3

AFM 409

Fisheries

2

AGR 401

Report Writing

3

 

Total

34

 

 

 

 

500 LEVEL COURSES

 

FIRST SEMESTER

SLM 501:  Advanced Soil Fertility (2 Units)

Review of soil fertility; conversion units; soil components in relation to plant growth; soil organic matter and soil micro-organisms in relation to soil fertility; cation exchange capacity; soil acidity and liming; salinity and alkalinity; soil aeration; diagnosing nutrient deficiencies in plants; routine soil testing; research approach into establishing soil test programme, fertilizer recommendations; soil fertility research in Nigeria.

 

SLM 503:  Soil Physics (2 Units)

Soil structure; soil water; flow of water in saturated and unsaturated soils and Darcy's laws; flow of water in heterogeneous layered medium; diffusivity; soil moisture retention characteristics; drainage; hysterisis; field water cycle; ground water drainage; soil plant atmosphere continuum; spatial variability of soil properties.

 

SLM 505:  Soil Microbiology and Biochemistry (3 Units)

The role of micro-organisms in soil; methods of isolation and estimation of soil microbes; factors affecting abundance of bacteria in soil; nitrogen and phosphorus cycles; rhizosphere microbes; biological nitrogen fixation; mycorrhiza organic matter in details; fate of crop residues, animal wastes and sewage materials, petroleum hydrocarbons, detergents and pesticides in soils.

 

SLM 507:  Soil Morphology and Classification (3 Units)

Concepts and definitions of soil; processes and factors of soil formation; field study of soils; soil classification; principle and historical background; types of soil classification systems.Local  and international; uses of soil classification.

 

SLM 509:  Waste Management and Soil (3 Units)

Properties of agricultural, municipal and industrial wastes; exchange, sorption and precipitation cs_3' reactions in soil; soil biota; site selection. Economic considerations; decomposition of organic residues; rates of waste application; composting; recycling C and N; soluble-salt considerations; food chain accumulations of metals and health implications; environmental quality problems.

ARD 509: Agric. Business Management and Finance (3 Units)

The scope of agricultural business and management; types of agricultural business management and organisation: enterprise selection, production planning: public policies affecting agric. business: farm growth, organisation of large scale farms. Legal organisation and tax strategies, economics of agricultural processing, marketing management. Principles of agricultural finance: principles of farm credit; capital needs of agricultural industries; sources of loans; funds and collateral security for loans; credit agencies and government credit policy and approaches to efficient credit management. Farm accounting inventory balance sheet and cash book and cash book analysis

 

CRP 517: Organic and Urban Farming (2 Units)

Definition of urban farming.Major types of horticultural crops grown under organic and urban farming system.Importance of organic farming.Protected crops cultivation.Peculiarities of organic and urban farming.Concepts of home gardening, market gardening and commercial gardening.Certification of organic horticultural products. Materials used in organic crops production.  Sources of organic fertilizer materials.Environmental and health implications of organic and urban farming.  Influence of urbanisation and environmental factors.  Problems of organic and urban/ dry season horticultural farming.Maintenance of soil fertility and crop protection.Irrigation in urban farming.Prospects in urban/ dry season horticultural farming.

 

AGR 515: Techniques for Scientific Writing and Presentation (1 Unit)

Techniques of scientific writing and seminar presentations for agricultural students.

 

SECOND SEMESTER

SLM 504:  Anthropogenic Impacts on Land (3 Units)

Current types of soil resources concepts; land use as related to soils; interaction technology on the soil environment; possible short and long-term effects of fertilizers, pesticides, acid rain and other amendments on the soil-water ecosystem; environmental impact assessment.

 

 

 

 

SLM 506:  Integrated Soil Management (2 Units)

Problem soils - acid soils, salt affected soils, wetland soils, polluted soils, eroded lands, organic soils, regosols, etc., their characteristics and use; soil organic carbon sequestration; soil nutrient dynamics.

 

SLM 508:  Land Reclamation (2 Units)

Soil degradation in agriculture, forms and causes (soil compaction, erosion, sediment deposition, soil and water pollution and wastes etc) and effect on crop production.Land reclamation technologies for degraded soils.

 

 

SLM 510:  Soil Survey and Land Evaluation (2 Units)

Values, purposes and types of soil survey; assemblage and use of maps, photos and imageries, soil morphological investigations; laboratory determinations, soil correlations; soil survey report writing; interpretative reports.

 

SLM 512:  Fertilizer Technology (2 Units)

Fertilizer terminologies; importance of fertilizers in agriculture, history of fertilizer consumption, compositions of macro-and micro-nutrient fertilizer sources, calculation of fertilizer rates and methods of application; manufacture of fertilizers with special reference to phosphorus and potassium; chemical and physical methods of assessing fertilizer materials.

 

SLM 514:  Soil Ecosystem (2 Units)

The ecosystem concept, soil organisms in ecosystem structure and function; soil as an ecosystem; the soil biota; sources of energy and nutrients for soil organisms; development of the soil ecosystem; microbial ecology; organic matter decomposition and energy. Biogeochemistry of C and N; aerobic and anaerobic processes; nutrient cycling; contributions of Rhizobium and mycorrhizas; nutrient, cycling and energy flow; inter-relationships of soil and vegetation on the landscape.

 

SLM 516:  Advanced Soil Science (3 Units)

Silicate chemistry; soil forming rocks and minerals; composition of the soil. Processes and factors of soil formation; physical state of soils; texture; structure; porosity; density; soil water. Relationships; evapo-transpiration; tillage and soil properties, factors and processes affecting plant growth, soil micro-organisms; shifting cultivation and the fallow system.

 

AGR 599:  Project (4 Units)

This course is compulsory before graduation. Each student is required to carry out a supervised research project. The final grade will consist of the assessment of the quality of the project report, the student's attitude to work, seminar presentation and viva.

 

AGR 502: Student Seminar (1 Unit)

Presentation and discussion of various topics in animal science, the student is also expected to prepare and participate in all seminars and present a seminar in the final year.