Bachelor of Agriculture and Community Development
Degree awarded: BACD (Hons)
Duration: 3 years
Bachelor of Agriculture and Community Development is intended to produce graduates with a positive attitude towards working with communities so as to bring about community development.
- Acquire sufficient knowledge and skills needed to generate income.
- Establish and manage a progressive farm business efficiently and effectively.
- Work on Agricultural projects that can bring about community development.
- Meet the demand for more Agricultural extension workers
- Provide advisory services to the Ministry of Agriculture and the government at large on matters related to modern farming.
- Be capable of making sound decisions on matters related to farming as a business.
Programme Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this three-year programme, students are expected to have:
- Gained a conceptual grounding in the holistic (ecological or systems) approach to understanding and analysis of agricultural systems.
- Learned how this approach can be applied in working alongside farmers for improvement of the productivity, profitability, and sustainability of existing farming systems.
- Realized the critical farming importance of moving away from environment degrading and unsustainable farming systems with high external inputs to sustainable farming systems based on minimal use of external inputs, resource conservation, and minimum adverse environmental impacts.
- Acquired both practical and theoretical knowledge on all aspects of the agronomy of the important regional crops, and thus equipped themselves to act as facilitators in the participatory development with farmers, of alternative farming systems for increased sustainable production.
- Mastered the essential technical skills needed for agricultural research.
- Developed critical ability and the capacity for scientific experimentation, including data handling, interpretation, and presentation of research results.
- Increased their capacity for self-directed learning through extensive reading, access to electronic information media, and self-evaluation.
- Acquired knowledge and management skills and computer literacy to seek employment both in the public and private sectors.
Programme Entry Requirements
A student to be admitted for a Degree of Agriculture and Community Development must fulfill one of the following;
- Has ‘O’ level certificate and a minimum of two Advanced level principal passes and in Agriculture and any of Biology, Chemistry, Geography.
- Has passed the university mature age entry examination.
- Holds a diploma in Agriculture or Agriculture related programme from a recognized institution.
Also, read the general entry requirements
Student Performance Assessment
Candidate’s performance in each course unit for the award of the Bachelor of Agriculture and Community Development is assessed through:
- Continuous assessment that contribute 40% to the overall assessment
- Written examination that is taken at the end of each semester contributing 60% to the overall assessment.
- Field attachment and students’ projects while at the university is considered as independent course unit.
Continuous assessment is in the form of tests, assignments and practicals.
Grading and Classification of Awards
The grading is as follows
|Score||Grade||Grade point||Cumulative grade point average||Explanation|
|80 – 100
75 – 79
|4.40 – 5.0||Excellent|
|70 – 74||B||4.0||3.60 – 4.39||Very good|
|60 – 69||C||3.5||2.80 – 3.59||Good|
|0 – 59||F||0 – 2.5||0.0 – 2.79||Failure|
The pass mark for any course unit shall be 50% equivalent to a grade point average of 2.0