Academic Programme


 

 

 

Philosophy:

The Department of Agricultural and Environmental Engineering runs undergraduate and postgraduate programmes leading to B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees and provides research training leading to M.Phil and Ph.D. in all the traditional areas of Agricultural Engineering. For quick agricultural development and prosperity of a nation, skilled engineering manpower is unavoidable. The broad philosophy of the department of Agricultural and Environmental Engineering is to produce high quality graduates with high academic standards and sound practical exposure to meet the continuous requirement of rapid agricultural development and alleviation of evvironmental degradation brought about by industrial development, widespread urbanization, impact of human activities and climate change.

In pursuance of the aforementioned, the B.Sc. Agricultural and Environmental Engineering Programme have been designed to reflect teaching and research focus in the following areas:

  Farm Power, Machinery and Mechanization of Agricultural Operation as well as precision Agriculture.

  Soil and Water Conservation, Irrigation, Drainage and Erosion Control in Agricultural Land.

  Agricultural Crop Processing and Storage, Food Process Engineering and Farm Electrification.

· Design, Control and Modelling of Natural and Agricultural Processes through the application of Electronics, Instrumentation and Information Technology.

Environmental Engineering with aspects of Pollution Monitoring, Analysis Design of waste handling and disposal systems and Environmental Impact Assessment.

· Farm Structures and Environment, Rural Electrification

The program design accommodates common courses at the initial stage to provide broad-based engineering training followed by special skills and in-depth study in areas mentioned above. The Department actively encourages inter-disciplinary and collaborative research and training with other Departments within and outside the Faculty.

Objectives.

The objectives of the programme in Agricultural and Environmental Engineering are:

(a) To produce graduates with sufficient knowledge to apply engineering principle to the practice of agriculture including mechanization, crop preservation and storage, irrigation and drainage, farm structures and rural electrification.

(b) To train engineers with sufficiently broad-based knowledge to tackle day-to-day agricultural engineering problems and continuously relate their acquired skills to the needs of the society.

(c) To produce graduates through a well established training facility and curriculum which reflect professionalism in Agricultural Engineering Practice.

(d) To produce graduates that are versatile in the operation, maintenance and repair of labour saving equipment that are used in Agriculture and systems/processes that minimize environmental degradation.

(e) To prepare students for careers involving the application of engineering principles to agricultural production, food processing and conservation of land and water resources

(f) Training in food and fibre production within the constrains of environmental protection and natural resources conservation

Admission Requirements:

In addition to an acceptable pass in University Matriculation Examinations (UME), candidates must have

a) Senior Secondary School Certificate (SSCE) credit passes in English Language, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry

and

any one at one sitting or any two at two sittings from the following subjects: Biology, Agricultural Science, Technical Drawing Economics, Geography, Metal/Woodwork.

Or

b) West African School Cerfiticate (WASC) / General Certificate of Education (GCE) Ordinary Level credit passes in English Language, Mathematics, Physics, and Chemistry

and

any one at one sitting or any two at two sittings from the following subjects: Biology, Agricultural Science, Technical Drawing Economics, Geography, Metal/Woodwork.

Direct Entry

GCE Advanced Level in at least Mathematics and Physics plus any other one of the above into 200 level or Ordinary National Diploma (OND) / its equivalent. OND graduates must possess at least upper credit pass.

1.0 Course Requirements and Structure

(A) (i) Courses for the five-year degree programme shall be evaluated in terms of course units. A course unit is defined as one lecture/tutorial contact hour per week, or three hours of laboratory or practical class per week throughout a semester or an equivalent amount of other assigned study or practical experience or any combination of these.

(ii) Work experience shall be evaluated in terms of industrial units. One industrial unit is defined as one week of successful completed industrial experience.

(B) (i) There shall be five levels of courses numbered 101-199, 201-299, 301-399, 401-499, and 501-599 respectively. Course numbers shall be prefixed by a three-character programme/subject code – TAE.

(ii) All courses taught during each semester shall be examined at the end of that semester, and candidates shall be credited with the number of credit units assigned to the course for which they have passed the examinations.

(C) (i) The normal period for an honours degree shall be ten semesters

(ii) The maximum period for an honours degree shall be twelve semesters.

(iii) A student who has taken more than one academic year in excess of the approved minimum period of study to complete the degree programme shall not be eligible for an honours classification.

(iv)The maximum period for a Pass Degree shall be 8 academic sessions.

(D) No student shall be eligible to change his or her course of study except on the condition of poor performance in which case, he or she will be advised to withdraw from the programme.

(E)(i) Except on health grounds, an undergraduate student may suspend his or her studies for only one academic session during the course of his or her degree programme.

(ii) Except on health grounds, application for suspension of studies can only be made at the beginning of the academic session.

(iii) In the case of students officially suspended by the university, the period of suspension will not count, i.e., will not be considered as part of the time spent on their programme.

(F) The list of successful candidates in degree examinations shall be published with the names in each class arranged alphabetically, with the following classifications:

First Class Honours,

Second Class Honours (Upper Division),

Second Class Honours (Lower Division),

Third Class Honours; and

Pass.