Course Information

 

for Agriculture Department


Agribusiness Management (ABM216)

Credits:3

The course involves developing an understanding of the local and global agribusiness system and the application of economic and management principles to the organizing, operating and management of an agribusiness. The course will be applicable to the management of various types of agribusiness e.g. farms, marketing enterprises, input supply, service and landscaping enterprises.

Agri. Extension Communication 1 (ACE210)

Credits:3

Agri. Extension Communication II (ACE211)

Credits:3

Agri. Extension Communication I (AEC210)

Credits:3

Agri. Extension Communication II (AEC211)

Credits:3

Intro to Agricultural Engineering (AGE109)

Credits:3

Agricultural Mathematics (AGM105)

Credits:3

This course aims to equip students with the mathematics background needed to deal effectively with problems encountered elsewhere in the agriculture programme. Topics covered include various types of equations, their application and solution function areas and volumes of irregular figures, counting techniques and probability, descriptive statistics, measures of central tendency and variability, introduction to comparison of samples.

Intro to Agriculture & Ecology (AGR103)

Credits:3

Small Stock Production (AGR104)

Credits:2

The technology and management approaches/methods applied to commercial production of/from small stock (ruminant and non-ruminant) are discussed. Livestock reproduction, health and protection, processing, marketing of livestock products and harmony between production activities and environment are covered in this course

Intro to Ecology & Microbiology (AGR112)

Credits:3

This course aims at exposing students to the fundamental theory and techniques of microbiology. It is expected to raise interest in the role of microbes in plant and animal environment, as pathogens and in emerging technologies. The ecology component deals with terms, abiotic and biotic factors, interaction, theories and principles of succession, evolution and natural selection, feeding, production, atrophic levels and biochemical cycling.

Livestock Management (AGR202)

Credits:3

An increasing number of animal species are managed to meet the traditional and modern needs of an increasingly sophisticated and diversified marketplace - made so by competition, cost, environmental and health concerns. Thus production, distribution and value added have all to be examined, and adequately managed, for successful livestock business or industry. This course examines the critical management issues and practices in various livestock endeavours.

Animal Studies (ANS104)

Credits:2

An elementary treatment of topics in the area of animal biology including: cells and tissues; classification; growth; physiology and reproduction; animal and environment; animals as predators, as pests and in diseases, and their role in soil.

Animal Science (ASC102)

Credits:3

This course covers taxonomic differences in the animal kingdom. The functioning of organ systems along with critical physiological process shall be examined. Though bacteria and viruses are dealt with, the emphasis is on groups, which are of social and economic significance to man and Agriculture.

Animal Science I (ASC511)

Credits:3

INTRODUCTION OF THEORIES OF THE ORIGIN OF ANIMAL LIFE, MORPHOLOGY, GENERAL PHYSIOLOGY AND ANATOMY OF VARIOUS ANIMAL GROUPS. EXAMINE ANI-MAL CELL TYPES, TISSUES AND ORGANS AND THEIR FUNCTION, THE SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC IMPORTANCE OF FARM ANIMALS, PLANT AND ENVI. RELATIONSHIPS.

Basic Farm Machinery/Buildings (BFM107)

Credits:2

This course covers the reasons for mechanizing farm operations and machines/equipment applied to specific farm operations. Power sources are discussed emphasizing small engines and solar power applications. The capacity and factors determining the efficiency of tools and equipment are also discussed. The role and proper functioning of simple farm shelters are examined as well as appropriate application of building materials. Irrigation system types and components shall be reviewed.

Fundamental of Reading & Writing (CM002)

Credits:2

Crop Production & Technology (CPT111)

Credits:2

This course will introduce students to the techniques of commercial crop production indoors and outdoors. A cross- section of horticultural and field crops including bananas are covered. The roles of planning and scheduling are emphasized. Specifics include: principles and methods of crop husbandry, crop protection, weed management, harvest practices and general crop management and greenhouse production.

Crop Protection & Pest Management (CRP212)

Credits:3

This course will instruct students on pests affecting agricultural production and methods of control. It exposes students to principles of plant pathology, the nature, causes, development, and control of plant diseases with special reference to tropical crops. It deals with damage by and control of parasitic phyto-pathogenic nematodes, theory and practice of Agricultural Entomology, Plant pathology, Plant quarantine, Pesticides and their use, Weeds and weed management.

Farm Practice I (FAP105)

Credits:3

Farm practical exposure is integral to both associate degree and certificate programmes. Practical courses are geared to expose students to the general practices of commercial agriculture. Students are presented with opportunities to efficiently apply scientific and production principles encountered in other parts of the programme. Field trips are expected to enhance perspectives of the general agricultural situation. Student enterprises impart the confidence needed to take up/ manage efficient operations.

Farm Practice II (FAP109)

Credits:3

Farm Practice III (FAP110)

Credits:3

Farm practical exposure is integral to both associate degree and certificate programmes. Practical courses are geared to expose students to the general practices of commercial agriculture. Students are presented with opportunities to efficiently apply scientific and production principles encountered in other parts of the programme. Field trips are expected to enhance perspectives of the general agricultural situation. Student enterprises impart the confidence needed to take up/ manage efficient operations.

Farm Practice IV (FAP207)

Credits:3

Farm practical exposure is integral to both associate degree and certificate programmes. Practical courses are geared to expose students to the general practices of commercial agriculture. Students are presented with opportunities to efficiently apply scientific and production principles encountered in other parts of the programme. Field trips are expected to enhance perspectives of the general agricultural situation. Student enterprises impart the confidence needed to take up/ manage efficient operations.

Farm Practice V (FAP213)

Credits:3

Farm practical exposure is integral to both associate degree and certificate programmes. Practical courses are geared to expose students to the general practices of commercial agriculture. Students are presented with opportunities to efficiently apply scientific and production principles encountered in other parts of the programme. Field trips are expected to enhance perspectives of the general agricultural situation. Student enterprises impart the confidence needed to take up/ manage efficient operations.

Farm Business Marketing (FBM108)

Credits:2

The course is designed to instruct students in the basic economic and management principles necessary to successfully manage a farm enterprise. It does so in a hands-on practical manner and focuses on the application of planning, organizing and control principles of management to the overall running of a farm. Key areas of study include farm accounting, budgeting, marketing, agricultural credit and labour management.

Farm Business Management I (FBM202)

Credits:3

Farm Business Management II (FBM209)

Credits:3

Field Crops Agronomy (FCA203)

Credits:3

Farm Economics & Marketing (FEM104)

Credits:3

Farm Machinery/Building (FMB208)

Credits:3

Mechanization, its role and the factors that promote or hinder it, are examined. Machines/ equipment used in various aspects of production and power sources for farm operation are reviewed; Principles of organization and layout of field/sheltered spaces and adaptations facilitating mechanization are explored. The purpose for and erection of agricultural buildings, appropriate application of materials, machinery management, maintenance and safety issues are covered.

Farm Management Economics (FME111)

Credits:3

Farm Management (FRM111)

Credits:3

The course covers the application of decision-making principles to farm production, financing and marketing. It focuses on the farm as a business unit and helps the student to develop skills in enterprise selection, determining optimal enterprise size, input usage, machinery management and farm record keeping.

Horticultural Crops Agronomy I (HCA204)

Credits:3

This course deals with the production of vegetables, fruits and ornamentals. Students will be exposed to the agronomy and management skills necessary to successfully produce crops. Some of the areas to be covered include: production techniques, weed and pest management, fertilizer application, harvesting, and post harvest techniques.

Horticultral Crops Agronomy II (HCA206)

Credits:3

Hydrology, Land & Water Management (HWM205)

Credits:3

The course deals with the hydrological cycle emphasizing the forms of water available for domestic and agricultural purposes. Measurement of surface water, soil moisture and precipitation; fundamentals of water quality and relationship with agriculture are introduced. It emphasizes the impact of water quantity, pattern and characteristics of precipitation on the land resource as well as strategies that promote the sustainable use of available land and water.

Introduction to Agriculture (IAG103)

Credits:2

Examines the role of agriculture in the local economy focusing on employment and earnings; the status of local agriculture with respect to levels of imports, local production and the corresponding trends. Other topics discussed include: farming systems, crop and livestock systems, agriculture and environment, physical and biological factors which influence plant and animal behavior and production, principles of husbandry practices, issues of productivity, sustainable production and water quality.

Elementary Mathematics I (MAT101)

Credits:2

The course is designed to upgrade the mathematical skills of certificate students to pursue practical agriculture and improve their foundations for future study. It covers fundamental concepts in number theory, computation, measurement, consumer arithmetic and set theory. The course also includes an introduction to statistics.

Elementary Mathematics II (MAT102)

Credits:2

Marketing & Post-Harvest Technology (MPT204)

Credits:3

The first module is designed to instruct students in principles of marketing agricultural products. It is based on application of the marketing concept while recognizing the unique problems of marketing agricultural produce and the changing trade environment. The second module is an overview of harvesting methods, post harvest behaviour of fresh produce. Coverage includes the handling preservations and techniques that prolong life in a fresh state and those that enhance the quality and utility of agricultural produce generally.

Non-Ruminant Production (NRP206)

Credits:3

Principles of Animal Production (PAP106)

Credits:3

Principles of Crop Production (PCP107)

Credits:3

This course introduces students to the principles of crop production, major current and past production decisions and practices and their significance to profitable production it is general activities that students must understand in detail. It coves factors and methods affecting crop production; crop nutrition and growth; land preparation and propagation techniques; control measures (weeds, pests, diseases, irrigation, drainage and fertilizers) harvest post-harvest and marketing.

Plant Studies (PLS101)

Credits:2

This course is designed to instruct students in the fundamental principles of plant morphology and function, so as to better enable students to understand the requirements of plants as it relates to successful crop production.

Pig & Poultry Production (PPP110)

Credits:2

Plant Science (PSC101)

Credits:3

This course is designed to provide students with the knowledge of plant classification, plant anatomy and physiology, including photosynthesis, respiration, growth and development, reproduction, genetic control and inheritance. It also deals with the environmental effects on plants and the implications for crop production.

Ruminant Production & Pasture (RPP201)

Credits:3

Fundamentals of Soil Science (SSC108)

Credits:3

This course deals with the basic concept of Soil Science; it aims to develop an understanding of the origin, formation and development of soils and their chemical, physical, biological, and fertility properties. It deals with soil use and the management practices that are necessary for sustainable agriculture. Special attention shall be given to the soils of St. Lucia, particularly their identification, properties and associated problems.

Test100 (TEST100)

Credits:3

Veterinary Science (VET211)

Credits:3

This course aims at introducing students to animal health and veterinary science. The students will be exposed to the major diseases and disorders that affect livestock and their control and prevention. Five units are covered namely: Introduction, Reproduction, Endo-parasitism, Ectoparasitism, Zoonoses and Factors Affecting the Health of Farm Animals.