Bachelor of Science Honours Degree in Animal Health and Production Extension – (BScHAHPE)

PREAMBLE

These regulations should be read in conjunction with the General Academic Regulations for undergraduate degrees of Bindura University of Science Education hereinafter referred to as the ‘General regulations’.

AIMS

On completion of the programme, students are expected to:
Engage in active animal production and disease control in the livestock sector.
Assist the country in its effort to achieve food self-sufficiency in the production of safe livestock products.
Contribute to the development of practical extension network for the livestock health and production sector
Improve the quality of life through Livestock production and disease surveillance

LEARNING OUTCOMES

Demonstrate an understanding of animal health factors affecting the livestock industry in Zimbabwe, in the SADC region and internationally
Demonstrate an understanding of various approaches to address animal health challenges in the livestock industry
Demonstrate an understanding of the importance of information dissemination in the livestock health sector

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

Graduates from this programme can follow careers in government extension services, research, consultancy, Non-Governmental Organisations, animal health products suppliers, banks and entrepreneurship.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

To be eligible for admission a candidate must have the following:

  • At least five Ordinary Level subjects including English Language, Science, and Mathematics with grade C or better.
  • Advanced Level passes in at least two subjects as follows:
    • Category 1: Any two of the following, Biology, Agriculture, Chemistry, Physics and Food Science.
    • Category 2: Any one of the following: Mathematics or Geography in addition to any one subject in Category 1.
  • A candidate who holds at least a National Diploma in Agriculture or Animal Health and Production or a related field recognized by Senate for this purpose, may, be admitted to the first year of the degree programme provided that he/she has attained an approved standard of performance in his/her diploma course.

STRUCTURE OF PROGRAMME
The duration of the programme shall be four years and the structure shall be as Follows: –

Part I Semester I Semester II
Part II Semester I Semester II
Part III Semester I Semester II
Part IV Semester I Semester II

Industrial Attachment shall be done in Part III
PRACTICAL AGRICULTURAL EXPERIENCE
Practical experience in Animal Health and Production Extension is an important part of the degree programme and will be divided into the following main parts: Agricultural Practice (AGP 103) and Industrial Attachment (AGP 301).

Agricultural Practice (AGP 103)
The course shall comprise of practicals, field visits and assignments. Students who are absent for more than 20% of the practicals without written permission of the Dean of the Faculty will automatically fail the course.
Industrial Attachment (AGP 301)
Students shall be attached to a relevant organization/institution for at least eight (8) months. Students on the Block Release programme shall be expected to carryout attachment during the period they are off campus in the first and second year.

Students shall produce a report at the end of their attachment.
College lecturers shall normally visit students in the year for assessment.
There shall be line supervisors at places of Industrial attachment who shall assess each student’s progress.
The reports in 6.3.1, 6.3.2 and 6.3.3, shall be considered in coming up with the final mark for Industrial Attachment. The weighting of the assessment shall be as follows:
Line Supervisor(s): 50%
College Supervisor(s)/Lecturers: 20%
Student Report: 30%

Part 1

Course Code Course TitleCorePrereq Credits CATS
AG 101Introduction to Agricultural Economics  12
NR103Basic Statistics  12
AG104Introduction to Agricultural Education and extension  12
CS 101Introduction to Computer Science  14
AG 106Introduction to Animal ScienceY 12
AG114Agricultural BiochemistryY 12
AG109Principles of GeneticsY 13
AGP 103Agricultural Practice  12
NRF 101Basic Soil Science  12
NRF102Introductory Plant Science  12
HS 102Health EducationY 14
PC 108Citizenship Educations and Conflict TransformationY 12
PC 103Communication SkillsY 12
AGA104Introduction to Microbiology and Entomology  12
Year minimumALL COUSES   140

Part 2

Course Code Course TitleCorePrereq Credits CATS
AG 201Principles of Agricultural MarketingYAG10112
AGA 216     Principles of Animal Health and ProductionYAG10612
ES212  Research Methods  NR103 12
AGA211Veterinary Diagnostics and Pharmacology AGH11212
ESW206Wildlife Field Practices  12
AGM207Agricultural Trade and Development  12
AGA212Veterinary Epidemiology  12
AGE204Land Use and Natural Resources EvaluationY 12
AGM215Farm Management and Agribusiness  12
AGA 215Animal PhysiologyY 12
AGE 207        Agricultural ExtensionY 12
AGA209Nutritional Biochemistry  12
AGM216Project Management and Evaluation  12
ES209GIS and Remote Sensing CS10112
AGA213Innovations in Animal Health and Production  12
Year minimumALL COURSES   120

Part 3

Course Code Course TitleCorePrereq Credits CATS
AGP 300Industrial AttachmentYAGP103120
Year minimum   120

Part 4

Course Code Course TitleCorePrereq Credits CATS
AG420Research ProjectYES21236
AGA401Beef and Small Ruminant Production  12
AGE401Management of Extension ProgrammesYAGE20712
AGA402Dairy Production   12
AGA405Monogastric Production  12
AGA409Animal Products  and Processing  12
AGA407Livestock Improvement  12
AGE410Rural Development and Gender Issues in AgricultureY 12
ESW401Wildlife Ecology and Management  12
ES402Curriculum Development  12
BS441Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice  12
AGA410Animal WelfareY 12
AGE415Livestock Health and Production PolicyY 12
AGA411Animal Parasitology  12
AGA412Animal Biotechnology   12
Year minimum   120