National Diploma - Agriculture

NATIONAL DIPLOMA: AGRICULTURE
NATIONAL DIPLOMA: AGRICULTURE (ECP)
NATIONAL DIPLOMA: AGRICULTURE: ANIMAL PRODUCTION
NATIONAL DIPLOMA: AGRICULTURE: ANIMAL PRODUCTION (ECP)

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VISION

The Department of Agriculture is progressive, innovative, dynamic and upholds high standard in teaching, research, and community upliftment.

MISSION

  • To develop and run relevant academic and research programmes and community services in the field of agriculture.
  • To produce competitive graduates who will become key players in the economy.
  • To uplift communities by engaging them in projects through applied research and training programme.

STRATEGIC PLAN

To achieve the vision and mission, the Department of Agriculture of MUT developed four key strategic goals:

  • The students are involved and exposed to practical components of relevant modules.
  • The number of Department of Agriculture graduates at MUT employed by reputable employers increases.
  • The programmes and curricula offered are relevant and meet the requirements of the job market.
  • Mutually beneficial relationships with farming communities are developed through research and training.

PURPOSE OF THE COURSES

National Diploma: Agriculture and National Diploma: Agriculture (ECP)

These programmes aim to equip students with skills in running of enterprises in plant production from seedling preparation, through planting and general management to marketing. Plants studies are biased to field crops, fruit and vegetables. The study of these enterprises is complemented by studying Agricultural Extension which focuses on dissemination of agricultural information to farmers, Agricultural Economics which deals with business aspects, and Soil Science which is presented as a medium for plant growth.

National Diploma: Agriculture: Animal Production and Diploma: Agriculture: Animal Production (ECP)

These programmes aim to equip students with skills in running of enterprises in animal production. Animal studies are biased to beef production, milk production, pig production, poultry production (broilers and layers) and small stock production (goats and sheep). The study of these enterprises is complemented by studying pasture sciences.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

To be considered for registration to the National Diploma: Agriculture or National Diploma: Agriculture: Animal Production, an applicant must have senior certificate with passes in Agricultural Science or Life Science (4), English HG D; LG D, (Higher Grade/Lower Grade), Mathematics (3) or Mathematical Literacy (4) and Physical Science (3). A rating lower by one in any of these four key subjects above will make the applicant to be considered for the National Diploma: Agriculture (ECP) or Diploma: Agriculture: Animal Production (ECP).

DURATION OF STUDY

National Diploma: Agriculture and National Diploma: Agriculture (ECP)

The study duration for these programmes is three years. The first two years is being spent full time at the university and the third being work-integrated learning at a practical agriculture environment.

National Diploma: Agriculture: Animal Production and Diploma: Agriculture: Animal Production (ECP)

The study duration for these programmes is four years. The first three being spent full-time at the university and the fourth being work-integrated earning at a practical agriculture environment – an apprenticeship in other words.

CURRICULUM – SUBJECTS

NATIONAL DIPLOMA: AGRICULTURE

First Year
1st Semester   2nd Semester
ABOTA01 Agricultural Botany I   AGEXT02 Agricultural Extension II
ACALC01 Agricultural Calculations I   CROPP01 Crop Production I
AGECO01 Agricultural Economics I   CPROT01 Crop Protection I
AGEXT01 Agricultural Extension I   SSCIE01 Soil Science I
AMECA01 Agricultural Mechanisation I   VEGEP01 Vegetable Production I
 
Second Year
1st Semester   2nd Semester
AMARK02 Agricultural Marketing II   AGEXT03 Agricultural Extension III
AGRON02 Agronomy II   APMAN03 Agricultural Production Management III
CPROT02 Crop protection II   AGRON03 Agronomy III
FRUIT02 Fruit Production II   CPROT03 Crop Protection III
SOILS02 Soil Survey II   FRUIT03 Fruit Production III
      SSCIE03 Soil Science III
 
Third Year
1st Semester   2nd Semester
AGRIP02 Agricultural Production Techniques II   AGRIP03 Agricultural Production Techniques III

 

NATIONAL DIPLOMA: AGRICULTURE (ECP)

First Year
1st Semester   2nd Semester
BENGL01 Basic English I   ACHEM01 Agricultural chemistry I
BNUMA01 Basic Numeracy I   AGNUM01 Agricultural Numeracy I
PHYSC01 Physical Science I   AABIO01 Animal Biology I
APBIO01 Plant Biology I   COMMT01 Communication I
VELMA01 Veld Management I   COLIT01 Computer Literacy I
 
Second Year
1st Semester   2nd Semester
ABOTA18 Agricultural Botany I   AGEXT28 Agricultural Extension II
ACALC18 Agricultural Calculations I   CROPP18 Crop Production I
AGECO18 Agricultural Economics I   CPROT18 Crop Protection I
AGEXT18 Agricultural Extension I   SSCIE18 Soil Science I
AMECA18 Agricultural Mechanization II   VEGEP18 Vegetable Production
 
Third Year
1st Semester   2nd Semester
AMARK28 Agricultural Marketing II   AGEXT28 Agricultural Extension III
AGRON28 Agronomy II   APMAN38 Agricultural Production Management III
CPROT28 Crop protection II   AGRON38 Agronomy III
FRUIT18 Fruit Production II   CPROT38 Crop Protection III
SOILS28 Soil Survey II   FRUIT38 Fruit Production III
      SSCIE38 Soil Science III
Fourth Year
1st Semester   2nd Semester
AGRIP28 Agricultural Production Techniques II   AGRIP38 Agricultural Production Techniques III

 

NATIONAL DIPLOMA: AGRICULTURE: ANIMAL PRODUCTION

First Year
1st Semester   2nd Semester
ANATP01 Agricultural Anatomy and Physiology I   ANNUT02 Animal Nutrition II
ASCIE01 Agricultural Science I   AECON01 Animal Production Economics I
MANPM01 Manpower Management I   CULPA01 Cultivated Pastures I
NPAST01 Natural pastures I   SMSTP02 Small Stock Production II
 
Second Year
1st Semester   2nd Semester
BEEFP02 Beefer Production II   BEEFP03 Beefer Production III
MILKP02 Milk Production II   MILKP03 Milk Production III
PIGPR02 Pig Production II   PIGPR03 Pig Production III
POULP02 Poultry Production II   POULP03 Poultry Production III
      SMSTP03 Small Stock Production III
 
Third Year
1st Semester   2nd Semester
PROP021 Animal Production Techniques II   PROP031 Animal Production Techniques III

 

DIPLOMA: AGRICULTURE: ANIMAL PRODUCTION (ECP)

First Year
1st Semester   2nd Semester
BENGL01 Basic English I   ACHEM01 Agricultural chemistry I
BNUMA01 Basic Numeracy I   AGNUM01 Agricultural Numeracy I
PHYSC01 Physical Science I   AABIO01 Animal Biology I
APBIO01 Plant Biology I   COMMT01 Communication I
VELMA01 Veld Management I   COLIT01 Computer Literacy I
 
Second Year
1st Semester   2nd Semester
ANATP18 Agricultural Anatomy and Physiology I   ANNUT28 Animal Nutrition II
ASCIE18 Agricultural Science I   AECON18 Animal Production Economics I
MANPM18 Manpower Management I   CULPA18 Cultivated Pastures I
NPAST18 Natural pastures I   SMSTP28 Small Stock Production II
 
Third Year
1st Semester   2nd Semester
BEEFP28 Beefer Production II   BEEFP38 Beefer Production III
MILKP28 Milk Production II   MILKP38 Milk Production III
PIGPR28 Pig Production II   PIGPR38 Pig Production III
POULP28 Poultry Production II   POULP38 Poultry Production III
      SMSTP38 Small Stock Production III
 
Fourth Year
1st Semester   2nd Semester
PROP028 Animal Production Techniques II   PROP038 Animal Production Techniques III

 

PASS REQUIREMENTS

  • A student is given a course mark for tests written, practicals completed and/or assignments submitted throughout the semester. All students must attain a minimum course mark of 40% in order to gain entry to the examination in that subject.
  • A student who has gained examination entry requires a minimum mark of 40% in the examination to be eligible to pass that subject.
  • The final mark for a subject is made up of 40% by course mark, and 60% of the examination mark. A final mark of at least 50% is required to pass that subject.

PRACTICAL

Attendance at all practical classes and all organised field trips is compulsory. Students failing to attend practical classes and/or field trips will not gain entry examination entry for that subject, irrespective of the marks obtained.

WORK INTEGRATED LEARNING

  • All students are required to complete two semesters of Work Integrated Learning in a suitable agricultural environment.
  • No student requiring more than one subject per semester to complete the theoretical portion of the Diploma may register for work integrated learning: also, the student should have acquired a course mark in that subject.
  • On registration a student will be issued with a work integrated learning manual outlining the tasks and assignments that must be completed in the two semester of work integrated learning.

CONTACT US

Telephone: (0)31 907 7679
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