Master of Agriculture and Rural Innovations (MARI)
Duration: 2 years
This programme covers the concepts of rural development; scientific approaches to development; elements of rural social systems and their role in development; social change and social control; theories of change; approaches to rural development; population, demographics and development; rural development policy, technology and resources; education as a factor in development; community development systems and processes; community asset building and development; research methods and computer applications; ICT application in technology information dissemination; programme planning and development; monitoring evaluation and documentation.
By the end of the programmes students are expected to be able to:
- Mobilise beneficiaries and stake holders in the community to get involved in the development processes of their areas.
- Identify and utilise community assets in development of communities as a strategy of resource mobilization
- Enable students to work with the communities as a way of gaining practical hands on skills.
- Provide students with knowledge of the stakeholders’ social cultural elements to enable serve them more effectively.
Programme Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the programme, graduates should be able to:
- Describe the key elements and drivers of innovations in Africa
- Explain the role of innovations in catalysing agricultural and rural development
- Apply the innovation systems frameworks in research and development
- Design strategies for developing the capacity to support agricultural and rural innovations
- Provide leadership in managing the change strategies
Programme Entry Requirements
- Applicants to the programme should have at least a second-class honours degree in agriculture, agriculture and community development, agri-business management, development studies or related discipline/or its equivalent from a recognised University.
- Applicants must have obtained a minimum of lower second degree in relevant areas of training
- Candidates may be required to take elective courses when found necessary
Also, read the general entry requirements
Teaching and Learning Methods
The programme of study is by coursework and dissertation/research paper.
- Teaching is by lectures and research seminars.
- Distance learning students are provided with selected reading materials from recently published books and journals.
- Assessment is by one research seminar paper per semester, two semester tests, semester examinations and dissertation/research paper.
- Practical content will be accorded 40 percent and theory 60 percent respectively.
- Internship considered for securing practical experience.
Student Performance Assessment
The programme of study is by coursework and dissertation/research paper. Teaching is by lectures and research seminars. Distance learning students are provided with selected reading materials from recently published books and journals. Assessment is by one research seminar paper per semester, two semester tests, semester examinations and dissertation/research paper. Practical content will be accorded 40 percent and theory 60 percent respectively. Internship considered for securing practical experience
Grading and Classification of Awards
|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|