Department Of Agricultural Economics and Extension

DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURAL ECONOMICS AND EXTENSION

 

100 LEVEL: FIRST SEMESTER

S/NCOURSE CODECOURSE TITLECREDITS UNIT
  GENERAL STUDY COURSES 
1.GSS 101Use of English I1
2GSS 105Logic, Philosophy and Human Existence2
3GSS 107Nigerians People’s and Culture2
4.GSS 108Basic Igbo Studies1
5BIO 101General Biology  I2
6.CSC 101Introduction to Computer Program3
7.ICH 101Basic Organic Chemistry I2
  Total 14

 

SECOND SEMESTER

S/NCOURSE CODECOURSE TITLECREDITS UNIT
1.GSS 102Use of English II1
2.GSS 106Social Science2
3.GSS 109Basic Igbo Studies I1
4.PHY 108Practical Physics II1
5.BIO 102General Biology II3
6.CSC 102Introduction to Computer Programming II3
7.ICH 102Basic Physical Chemistry2
  Total13

 

200 LEVEL: FIRST SEMESTER

S/NCOURSE CODECOURSE TITLECREDITS UNIT
  GENERAL STUDY COURSES 
1AEC 211Principles of Agricultural Economics2
2AGR 211General Agriculture3
3.MAT 101General Mathematics 13
4.PHY 101General Physics I3
5ICH 111Basic Inorganic Chemistry2
6.PHY 107Practical Physics  Laboratory 11
  Total14

 

SECOND SEMESTER

S/NCOURSE CODECOURSE TITLECREDITS UNIT
1.ICH 112Practical Chemistry1
2.MAT 102General Mathematics 113
3.PHY 102General Physics 113
4.AST 232Principles of Animal Production2
5CSH 222Principles of Crop Production2
6FAT 212Introduction to Fisheries and Aquacultural Technology2
7FST 224Principles of Food Science & Technology2
  Total15

300 LEVEL

FIRST SEMESTER 

S/NCOURSE CODECOURSE TITLECREDITS UNIT
1SSL 211Climatology and Biogeography3
2AST 211Anatomy and Physiology of Farm Animals2
3CHS 211Crop Anatomy, Taxonomy and Physiology2
4CSC 201Application of Computer Science2
5SSL 213Principles of Soil Science2
6FWM 211Introduction of Forestry Resource Management2
7AGR 213Introduction to  Biotechnology2
  Total 15

 

 

  1. SECOND SEMESTER
S/NCOURSE CODECOURSE TITLECREDITS UNIT
1STA 202Statistics for Biological Sciences3
2AEC 202Introduction to Business in Agriculture2
3ENT 200Introduction to Entrepreneurship2
4FST 222Introduction to Agricultural Biochemistry2
5AEC 223Basic microeconomics3
6AST 232Principles of Animal Production2
  Total15

 

400 LEVEL

FIRST SEMESTER

S/NCOURSE CODECOURSE TITLECREDITS UNIT
1AEC 311Introduction to Agricultural Extension and Rural Sociology2
2AEC  313Introduction to Farm Management and Production Economics2
3SSL  311Introduction to Soil Pedology and Physics2
4AGR 311Introduction to Farm Machinery2
5CSH  321Crop Genetics and Breeding2
6AST 331Non-ruminant Animal Production2
7CSH 311Arable Crop Production2
  Total 14

 

 

SECOND SEMESTER

S/NCOURSE CODECOURSE TITLECREDITS UNIT
1AEC  322Extension Teaching, Learning Process & Methods2
2

3

AGR 322

CSH  324

Experimental Design and Analysis in Agriculture

Permanent Crop Production

2

2

4CSH  322Principle of Crop Protection2
5AST  312Animal Genetics and Breeding2
6SSL   322Soil  Chemistry and Microbiology2
7AEC 372Basic Macro Economics3
  Total 15

 

500 LEVEL

FIRST SEMESTER

S/NCOURSE CODECOURSE  TITLECREDITS UNIT
1.AEC 511Statistics and Research Methods2
2AEC 518Seminar2
3AEC 513Econometrics3
4AEC 515Administration and Program Planning in Extension3
5AGR 301Application of Computer to Agricultural Production3
  ELECTIVE 
*6FAT 321Fish Farming Techniques and Hatchery Technology2
*6SSL 313Soil Fertility and Fertilizer2
  Total17

* Each student is expected to offer either course.

 

SECOND SEMESTER

S/NCOURSE CODECOURSE  TITLECREDITS UNIT
1.AEC 522Agric.  Policy and Development3
2AEC 524Rural Community Development3
3AEC526Technological and Social Change in Agriculture3
4AEC 521Agric.  Business Management and Finance2
5AST 523Animal Products Handling2
6CSH 212Principles of Crop Production2
  Total15

 

600 LEVEL         –   THE FARM PRACTICAL YEAR

The sixth year is devoted to practical training on a farm or related industry. The practical farm training would commence after the fifth year (in a 7 – year program) in order to make it meaningful, since the students are expected to put into practical use the knowledge they have learned in the classroom and laboratory.

 

The practical training is in the following areas:

S/NCOURSE CODECOURSE  TITLECREDITS UNIT
1.AEC 421Farm Management, Farm Records and Farm Accounts2
2.AEC 422Agricultural Extension Practices2
3.AGR 422Workshop Practices2
4.AGR 423Farm Mechanization Practices2
5.AGR 424Report Writing3
6.AST 431Animal Husbandry             Techniques-Cattle, Sheep, Goat, Poultry, Pigs and Rabbits3
7.AST 451Animal Health Management, Disease control4
8.CSH 411Crop Production Techniques (Permanent

Arable and Horticultural Crops)

2
9CSH 412Crop Protection and Pests and Disease Control/Management2
10FST 411Agricultural Productions, Processing                 and Storage2
11SSL 422Soil Fertility and Water Management2
12SSL 432Farm Design, Farm Survey and         Land Use Planning2
13SSL  441Agricultural Meteorology2
14FAT 428Fisheries Management, Fingerling & Fry Production2
  Total30

Student’s performance in all of the above areas would be assessed and awarded grades.

 

 

 

 

700 LEVEL

FIRST SEMESTER

S/NCOURSE

CODE

COURSE  TITLECREDITS UNIT
1.AEC 512Farm Management and Accounting3
2AEC 514Diffusion of Innovations3
3AEC 516Extension Organization, Management and                    Supervision3
  Total 9

 

SECOND SEMESTER

S/NCOURSE

CODE

COURSE  TITLECREDITS UNIT
1.AEC 523Agric. Project Appraisal, Management and supervision2
2AEC 525Advanced Rural Sociology3
3AEC 599Project4
  Total9
COURSE DESCRIPTION
AGRICULTURE-GENERAL

AGR 211. General Agriculture (3 Credits)

The definition 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 effect production; Land use and tenure; Trends in the production, distribution and utilization of agricultural products; Measures of improving Nigeria Agriculture. Climate, edaphic and social factors in relation to crop production and distributions 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 212 Introduction to Agricultural Biotechnology (2 Credits)

Meaning of biotechnology; Impact of biotechnology on a variety of economic activities involving food, soil fertility improvement, crop production, and environment. Microbial inoculants of plants, Selection and multiplication of plant beneficial microorganisms for improved plant nutrition (bio-fertilizers) and for improved biological control of pests, weeds and diseases (biological control agents); Plant tissue cultures of plant seeds, embryos, tissues, cells or protoplasts on artificial nutrient mediums under sterile conditions. Plant cell cultures; Production of cultures of individual plant cells in a liquid medium for the production of plant products

 

AGR 311 Introduction to Farm Machinery (3 Credits)

Aims and objective of agricultural mechanization; Basic mechanics, Workshop tools; Principles of internal combustion engines and electric motor, Study of farm machinery used 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, feeding and watering equipment; milking and milk handling equipment, meat processing equipment). Water lifting and irrigation equipment; Surveying instruments used on the farm; Operating principles, selection and maintenance procedure of farm machinery; Farm machinery costing and records; Workshop and building materials used on the farm.

 

AGR 321 Design and Analysis of Agricultural Experiments (3 Credits)

Design of experiments; Analysis of variance (ANOVA); Analysis of variance table; Experimental error, degrees of freedom; Assumption of ANOVA. Data Transformation; Completely Randomized Design (CRD); Randomized Complete Block Design (RCBD). Latin square design, Split plot design and nested classification. Factorial Experiments, Regression, correlation and covariance analysis; Application of Bartlett test of homogeneity of variance test.

 

AEC 211 Principles of Agricultural Economics  

The nature of economics; scope and method. Price theory and functions of the market with particular reference to agriculture. The concept of opportunity cost; Supply and demand and their application to agricultural problems. Production functions. Cost analysis and function concept. Type of market, perfect competition and monopoly, oligopoly etc. price theory and some applications. Theory of distribution; the place of agriculture in national economy Recourse allocation on farms. Aggregate income, expenditure, investment, interest rate, savings, and employment. Inflation; international trade. Commodity agreements and balance of payments; Money and banking.

 

AEC 311 Introduction to Agricultural Extension and Rural Sociology (2 Credits)

The need for agricultural extension. Agricultural extension in the world and in Nigeria, Basic philosophies behind agricultural extension work. The institutional setting of agricultural extension. Basic concepts and principles of rural sociology to an understanding or rural situation. Importance of rural communities and institutions, social stratification, social processes and social changes in rural areas. Leadership in rural communities; role and functions of rural leaders. Development of rural community leaders. The extension agent and the rural community. Communication techniques and str4ategies of change. Various agricultural extension teaching methods aids and their use.

 

AEC 312 Introduction to Farm Management and Production Economics (2 Credits)

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 costs and revenue theories. Elements of time, risk and uncertainty in agricultural production. Type of farm records and their uses. Farm budgeting, gross and net margin analysis and farm planning.

 

AEC 321 Extension Teaching, Learning process and Methods (2 Cr.)    

Nature and elements of communication process. Principles of analyzing communication problems in extension. The meaning of the concepts of teaching, learning and motivation, Steps and principles of teaching and learning. Extension teaching methods. Preparation and use of teaching materials and aids.

 

AEC 511 Statistics and Research Methods (3 Credits)

Defining a research problem; developing hypothesis 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 findings in narrative, tabular and graphical forms.

 

AEC 512 Farm Management and Accounting (2 Credits)

Theory and principles of agricultural production with respect to resources use, resource allocation, resource and product/enterprise combination; forms of production functions and their characteristics; response analysis; measurement of resource productivity. The decision making process; depreciation techniques asset fixing; kinds and functions of farm records and account; basic principles of accounting; nature of simple farm accounts; farm planning and analysis; farm budgeting, farm records and inventory, the balance sheet, journal and ledger. Profit and loss statement preparation, adjusting entries. Problems of organizing and managing farms, linear programming, 2 hours of lecture and 1 hour of practical per week.

 

AEC 513 Econometrics (2 Credits)

Econometrics theory in production, simple regression, violation of basic assumption; statistical production and cost analysis. Methods and application of econometrics to agricultural problems.

 

AEC 514 Diffusion of Innovations (2 Credits)

Definition and elements of diffusion; processes of adoption and diffusion of innovation; the innovation decision process; characteristics of innovation; adoption rates and adopter categories; opinion leadership; change agents; theoretical formulations on the diffusion of innovation; sectors related to differential rates of adoption of new agricultural technology; implication of these processes and factor of effective agricultural extension in rural area: 2 hours of lectures per week.

 

AEC 515 Administration and Programme Planning in Extension (2 Credits)

Concepts. Theories, principles and guidelines of administration, organizations, supervision as applied to extension. Administrative function and responsibility in agricultural extension; staff recruitment, selection placement and supervision; Budget development and fiscal control; importance of programme planning in agricultural extension need, educative objective, learning experience, clientele participation, plan of work, and calendar of work. The role of good public relations, good leadership and evaluation applied to agricultural extension programmes.

AEC 516 Extension Organization, Management and Supervision (2 Credits)

Concepts, theories, guidelines and principles of extension organization, management and supervision, roles and responsibilities of various levels of extension and other relevant staff; staff recruitment, selection, placement and supervision; principles of morale and motivation; implications for extension staff development and promotion; creating conducive working environment; discipline; assessment of extension work accomplishments; improving Nigerian extension services.

 

AEC 518 Seminar (2 Credits)

Candidates to pick and present seminars on topical issues of interest within the discipline.

 

AEC 521 Agribusiness Management and Finance

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

 

AEC 522 Agricultural Policy and Development (2 Credits)

Historical and analytical treatment of government agricultural policies and programme in Nigeria and developing countries in general; theories and policies of agricultural development; the role of agriculture in the economy; interrelationship between agricultural and individual development, sectoral planning of agriculture. Problems of agricultural development and planning. Integrated rural development planning.

 

AEC 523 Agric – Project Appraisal, Management and Evaluation (2 Credits)

Introduction to project appraisal: theory, procedure and data requirements for appraisal and evaluation of agricultural projects and programmes; project identification; and tools of project analysis. The arithmetic of project appraisal: cost – benefit analysis; rate of return calculations, cash flow procedures. Farm and other resource valuation: Case studies and practical problems of project evaluation in developing countries.

 

AEC 524 Rural Community Development (2 Credits)

Sociological economic and related policy perspective as they relate to rural development. The theories of community; community as a unit of social change; the micro and macro approaches to social change; dimensions of innovations, approaches to community development; community development and other developments. Models of rural/agricultural development and their relevance to Nigeria situation. Problems of institutions and infrastructural community. Case studies on community development in Nigeria and other developing countries; the future of communities in Nigeria.

 

AEC 525 Advanced Rural Sociology (2 Credits)

General Sociology theory, analysis of social structure of rural agrarian system and societies. Selected theories of social change and their potential for modernization of rural societies; social change and attitude change; measurement of change in rural societies; resistant and conducive forces to change in rural societies. Economic aspects of social change; group dynamics; traditional institution and their transformation, leadership patterns. Involvement of local people in directed change. Problems of rural societies, their causes and solutions. Special topics in rural sociology. Selected case studies.

 

AEC 526 Technological and Social Change in Agriculture (2 Credits)

Understanding technological change; basic sociological concepts, technological change and societies; general principles in introducing technological change; technological change in Nigerian agricultural development, agricultural extension; ethnical consideration in introduction technological change; engineers and public extension system.

 

AEC 599 Project (4 Credits)

Each student in the final year is expected to carry out a research project under supervision.