Three-Year Programme

Three-Year Standard Undergraduate Academic Programme



COURSE NUMBER                                                TITLE                                                UNITS

Major Courses

VTE 101 Foundations of Vocational & Technical Education 2
AGE 101 Farm Biometrics 2
AGE 141 Agricultural financing and Marketing Education 2
AGE 151 Irrigation Technology 2
AGE 351 Soil and Water Conservation  Education 2


Required Ancillary Courses

COS 101 Introduction to Computer Science 2
STA 131 Inference I 2
ANS 241 Introduction to Nutrition, Anatomy & Physiology of Farm Animals 3


General Studies Courses

GSP 101 The Use of English I 2
GSP 201 The Social sciences 2
GSP 207 Humanity I 2

Total                                                  23



COURSE NUMBER                                                TITLE                                                UNITS

Major Courses

AGE 102 Farmstead Planning and Management 2
AGE 112 Farm Tools, Equipment & Machines Maintenance 2
AGE 122 Forest Management Education 2
AGE 124 Crop Production & Soil Management Education 2
AGE 132 Livestock Production & Range MgtI  (Mini livestock) 2






Required Ancillary Courses

AEC 202 Principles of Agricultural Economics 4
ANS 222 Introduction to Agricultural Biochemistry 2


General Studies Courses

GSP 102 The Use of English II 2
GSP 202 Issues in Peace and Conflict Resolution Studies 2
GSP 208 Humanities II 2

Total                                                  22




COURSE NUMBER                                                TITLE                                                UNIT

Major Course

VTE 201 Industrial Work Experience in Vocational &Technical Education 1
VTE 203 Curriculum Development in Vocational & Technical Education 2
VTE 301 Research Design inVocational & Technical Education 2
AGE 201 Methodology & Assessment in Agricultural Education 2
AGE 211 Farm Technology 2
AGE 321 Livestock Health and Nutrition                                     2
AGE 331 Livestock Production III (Non ruminants) 2
AGE 333 Fish Farming & Management Education 2

Required Ancillary Courses

SSC 211 Principles of Soil Science 2
CED 341 Introduction to Entrepreneurship 2
ABE 431 Principles of Plant and Animal Production, Handling, Processing and Storage 2

                                                                                                Total                                      21





COURSE NUMBER                                    TITLE                                                      UNIT

Major Courses

VTE 302 Practical Teaching in Vocational & Technical Education 6
AGE 232 Livestock Production Education II (Ruminants) 2
AGE 302 Technology of Breeding Crops and Animals 2
AGE 304 Practical Farm Work 2
AGE 310 Students Industrial Work Experience in Agric. Edu. 4
AGE 342 Introduction to Agric. Economics & Extension Education 2


Required Ancillary Courses

ABE 304                                 Introduction to Farm Machinery and Mechanization             2

                                                                                                Total                                       20





COURSE NUMBER                        TITLE                                                            UNIT

Major Courses

VTE 401 Vocational Guidance 2
AGE 403 Farm Business Management Education 2
AGE 441 Farmer Education & Productivity 2
AGE 443 Youth Organization & Entrepreneurship in Agric. Edu 2
AGE 481 Seminar in Agricultural Education 2


Required Ancillary Courses

EDU 311 Educational Psychology II 2
ANS 411 Animal Nutrition II 4
CSC 521 Field Crops 2
CSC 541 Vegetable Crops 2

                                                                                                Total                                       20



COURSE NUMBER                                    TITLE                                                UNITS

Major Courses

VTE 402 Administration of Vocational & Technical Education 2
VTE 404 Evaluation in Vocational & Technical Education 2
AGE 442 Environmental Education in Agriculture 2
VTE 490 Project 4

Required Ancillary Courses

COS 304 Computer Application 2
CED 342 Business Development & Management  2
SSC 362 Soil Chemistry & Micro Biology  2
CSC 542 Plantation Crops  2

                                                                                    Total                                                   18


Course Descriptions

AGE 101        Farm Biometrics                                                                                2 units

The basic mathematical concepts that have uses in agricultural education including measurements in agriculture, seed rate, percentages, area, volume, simultaneous and geometry calculations, graph and their mathematical applications in agriculture.

AGE 102        Farmstead Planning and Management                                           2 units

Introduction to the concept of school land surveying, farm survey and farmstead planning including tools and equipment involved, problems and prospects of land surveying and factors to consider when planning a school farm layout. Discussion also to include basic principles in the management of the school farm, differences between a school farm and a commercial and or traditional farm; agricultural activities on the school farm; maintenance operations in the school farm and transfer of experiences from school farm to improve agricultural outputs of community.

AGE 112        Farm Tools, Equipment& Machines Maintenance                        2 units

Materials for farm tools and equipment production.Types of farm tools – garden tools, tillage tools, harvesting tools etc. differences between tools and equipment.Types of school farm equipment – spraying equipment, harvesting equipment, storage equipment, etc.Use and maintenance of various tools and equipment.Types of farm machines, Maintenance of each like predictive, preventive, corrective and routine maintenance.

AGE 122        Forest Management Education                                                        2 units

Discussion is focused on the basic concepts of forestry and wildlife education; forest regions of Nigeria and their characteristics. More emphasis is placed on the importance of forestry and wildlife to national economy; forest and forest products of the locality. Rigorous teaching and learning are directed to the following: balancing the forest ecosystem, game production, natural recreation facilities like game reserves and parks, botanical and zoological studies, medical and pharmaceutical studies, forest reserves and marketing of forest products, management and forest protection, factors influencing forest development and disintegration, interaction between forest and environment, the forest and the life of the community, the role of education in forest management, problems of depleted forest and wildlife resources like desertification and erosion.

AGE 124       Crop Production and Soil Management Education                   2 units

Principles and practices of horticulture, including concepts, classification and cultivation of leaf, fruit, and root vegetables, control of pests, diseases and harvesting of horticultural products. Examinations of various recent practices in crop production- nursery practices in crop practices, determination of germination tests, breaking of dormancy in crop seeds, propagation techniques in plants.Uncommon cultural practices in crop production- miniset technology etc. Also to be discussed in the course should be- concepts, physical, chemical and biological properties of soil, determination of soil water level, soil nutrients losses and control measures, soil nutrient availability and plant relationship, soil testing and analysis education, organic and inorganic fertilizer management, materials required in soil fertility and fertilizer management education, principles of soil fertility management, suitability of soils for the cultivation of different crops/plants.

AGE 132        Livestock Production and Range Management  (Mini livestock)2 units

Livestock concepts, Bee, Grass-cutter and Snail production techniques, conditions that favour their production in schools, breeding, rearing management, harvesting, and marketing of products of Bees, Grasscutters, and Snails. Causes and symptoms of malnutrition in mini livestock and their correction in farm animals.Prevention and control of parasites of the mini livestock in the farm. Also to be discussed is concept of range and range management.

AGE 141        Agricultural Financing and Marketing Education                        2 units

Meaning and scope of agricultural financing, agricultural costs, sources of farm financing, agricultural credits and implications.The effects of taxes and subsidy on agricultural finance. Capital formation and agricultural finance institutions, agricultural insurance. Definition of marketing, kinds of agricultural marketing and market situations.Agricultural marketing institutions. Market structure: conduct and performance. Export promotion in agriculture. Characteristics of agricultural production in relation to marketing.Problems of agricultural marketing.

AGE 151       Irrigation Technology                                                                      2 units

The course should expose students to sources of water for irrigation, types of             .               irrigation and their management, problems and prospects of irrigation farming                            .                      in Nigeria. Discussion should also focus briefly on the concept of drainage,

types and their management for farming.

AGE 201        Methodology and Assessment in Agricultural Education 2 units

Application of the principles of curriculum and course construction. Attention should be given to specialized methods of teaching and measurement techniques appropriate to agricultural education. Planning of teaching laboratories and instructional materials.Agriculture teacher & his teaching. Assessment techniques in evaluating students outcomes in agriculture. Assessing students in affective, psychomotor and cognitive domains.Types of scales and computing guides in agricultural examinations.

AGE 211        Farm Technology                                                                              2 units

Expose students to the concepts and details of: farm technology, need for farm mechanization, sources of farm power, farm implements and equipment – plough, harrow, cultivator; tractor – internal combustion engine, engine systems, mechanisms of two and four stroke engines, description and operation processes. Tillage equipment and machines and how they function. Crop protection equipment, crop harvesting and the associated equipment and tools. Spraying machines, description and operations, processing equipment/machines, maintenance of farm equipment and machines, economizes of agricultural mechanization.

AGE 232        Livestock Production Education II (Ruminants)                           2 units

Detailed discussion of the concepts, breeds, nutrition(pastures and forage crops), housing requirements, health management and marketing of products of cattle,  sheep and goat. Breeding management practices should be discussed to include; intensive, semi intensive and extensive systems of management from birth to slaughter, milking techniques and processing. Factors that favour their production in schools will be treated briefly. Veterinary care should include environmental factors predisposing animals to diseases, causal organisms, symptoms, transmission and effect, prevention and curative measures for diseases caused by viruses, bacterial, fungi and protozoa, prevention and control of parasites and their life cycles. How to care/manage young ruminants from day old to weaning, types of building and equipment used in ruminant enterprises.

AGE 302        Technology of Breeding Crops and Animals                                2 units

The course should expose students to the basic concepts of agricultural (crops and animals) in relation to the technologies of their breeding. Basic principles of genetic engineering, improved breeds and varieties, and benefits of hybrids.

AGE 304        Practical Farm Work                                                                        2 units

Practical approaches to acquisition of skills needed in the production of crops including selection of farmland, land clearing, pre-planting operations, culturalpractices, harvesting, preservation and storage, collection, identification andpreservation of specimens of weeds, plant pests, and diseases in the locality,rearing of animals should be emphasized– poultry, goats, snails etc. Experience in fish production and processing of crop products like palp, cassava, flour etc. should be emphasized. Assessment should be through process, product evaluation to show what students have learnt in the farm.

AGE 310        Students Industrial Work Experience in Agric. Education      4 units

Students take part in Industrial Work Experience Services (SIWES) and other national Agricultural based programmes in an established agriculture related enterprises. Students are expected to apply basic principles and practices of organization of occupational experience programmes and present a report on the exercise.

AGE 321      Livestock Health and Nutrition                                                          2 units

The course should expose students to the principles of livestock health including etiology, symptoms, effects, prevention and control of diseases of parasites of poultry, cattle, sheep, goat, pig and rabbits. The course should also cover animal nutrition. Livestock nutrition should include: importance, sources and deficiencies, symptoms of the following carbohydrate, protein, vitamins, minerals, fats and oil, nutritional requirements of livestock, their measurement, type of ration formulation to be treated.

AGE 331        Livestock Production III (Non ruminant)   2 units

Detailed discussion of pigs, rabbits and poultry (chicken, quail, turkey), should be done to include; their breeds, housing, feeding, health management (diseases, parasites) and marketing of the products.

Discussion should also include their nutrition, feeds and feed formulation, balanced ration, maintenance ration and production ration, causes and symptoms of malnutrition in livestock and their correction in farm analysis. Prevention and control of parasites in farm animals- dipping, spraying deworming and sanitation.Methods of processing poultry, swine and rabbit, transportation of poultry, swine and rabbit from the farm to markets.

AGE 333        Fish Farming and Management Education                                    2 units

Meaning of fish and fishpond, importance of fish in nutrition of the people in the community; types of fish and their characteristics, some common fishes in the environment; types of fishing environment, the type of fishing environment suitable for the schools and its characteristics. How to construct a fish pond and management practices- feeding, fertilizing, harvesting and preservation of fish bye-products and their uses.

AGE 342        Intro.toAgric. Economics & Extension Education 2 units

The students should be exposed to the concepts and details of: the scope and methodology of economics; demand and supply; concept of elasticity; concept of utility and indifference curves; factors influencing consumers behavior; concepts of production and cost functions; effects of laws of diminishing return in production process; theory of cost in the short and long term; the process of determining the optimum level of in-put; the elements of market structure; princing and out-put policies of a monopoly firm; pricing and out-put policies of a typical firm in an imperfect market e.g. (Monopolistic competition and oligopoly).

The course should also cover the essence of agricultural extension; methodology of agricultural extension; facilities in agricultural extension; roles of extension workers and benefits of agricultural extension.

AGE 351      Soil and Water Conservation Management Education       2 unit

Expose students to the concepts and details of: soil erosion, types, causes, and                   prevention measures; importance of soil conservation in increasing crop      production; the    scope and water engineering; application of the concepts of hydrology and meteorology to soil and water conservation;consumptive use of water by crops; application of the principle of run-off inconservation measures; various methods of soil and water conservationmeasures and their limitations; principles of infiltration and percolation;characteristics of ground water; the uses of hydrography; various forms of fluid flow in pipes and open channels; and forces on plane and submerged surfaces.

AGE 403        Farm Business Management Education                                             2 units

The course is designed to introduce students to the nature of farm business management, the functional divisions in business management, the different organizations and typologies of farm business, application and management principles of farm organizations and operations, the concept of farm labour productivity, how to acquire land for farm business operations, economic climate and business problems in Nigeria and how to acquire capital and credit for farm business operation.

AGE 441        Farmer Education & Productivity                                                 2 units

Concept of farmer, types of farmer and farming enterprise, models for educating farmers, areas where farmers need education. Fundamental education on the techniques of production of local crops and animals.Improvement of local crops and animals through the utilization of research findings. Strategies for communicating research findings to the farmer. Role of teachers of agriculture in farmer education.Educating the farmer on the procedure of obtaining subsidies and agricultural credits.

AGE 442        Environmental Education in Agriculture                                       2 units

Meaning of ecology and ecosystem from agro-ecological perspective.Agro-ecological problems/degradation – causes, consequences and remedies. Environmental resources conservation and management approaches. Farm – level application of soil conservation technologies in schools. Farmstead planning and farm sanitation, establishment and maintenance of ornamentals and lawns in schools.

AGE 443        Youth Organization & Entrepreneurship in Agricultural Edu. 2units

Rural youths in sustainable agricultural development.Organization of Rural Youths association in Agriculture – young farmers’ club/future farmers of Nigeria. Designing, implementing and evaluating youth programmes in agricultural production. Mobilization, attitudinal re-orientation and leadership development in youths for improved agricultural production.Concepts and principles of entrepreneurship, identifying business opportunities for youth in agriculture. Feasibility study in agricultural enterprises- concepts, principles, features, executive summary, business idea, marketing plan, etc. start-up capital- tupes and sources, cost, record keeping, sourcing information for agro-business, implementation of agro-business ideas etc.

AGE 481        Seminar in Agricultural and Bio Recourses Education                 2 units

A consideration, identification and examination of some of the major issues presently facing Nigerian educational authorities regarding the role and nature of agricultural education in schools. Instructional problems of teachers in agricultural education and students’ problems in choosing careers in agricultural occupations are considered.

VTE 490         Project                                                                                                4 units