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Agricultural Economics - AEA271V
Diploma Semester module NQF level: 6 Credits: 24
Module presented in English
Purpose: The module is intended for students who aspire to become Agricultural economists, Project managers, researchers, efficient farmers, lecturers and facilitators in the field of Agribusiness
Food Security and Sustainable Livelihoods - FNS2602
Under Graduate Degree Semester module NQF level: 6 Credits: 12
Module presented in English
Purpose: The following scope and context apply to the whole module: Students will be able to identify food security concepts and indicators on different system levels that could be used to monitor or evaluate impact. The levels include the global Millennium Development Goals, national, provincial and local (community and household). The circumstances are described in all cases, with cognizance of the context of traditional community food security systems. The outcomes should be achieved by applying the ecosystem perspective, sustainable livelihood framework, food security framework and malnutrition framework to interpret the implementation of food security strategies and interventions for poverty alleviation and wellbeing.
Fruit Production (Theory and Practice) - ASP3702
Under Graduate Degree Semester module NQF level: 7 Credits: 12
Module presented in English
Purpose: (a) Topics on quality and safety of perishable products and legislation governing food safety and quality; post havest biology and physiology of perishable products and production practices /pre harvest practices affecting quality of perishable products; post harvest handling of perishables (Harvesting, packaging, cooling; storage and transportation); post harvest pathology and management of decays and control of post harvest insects on perishable products (b) Understanding what vegetables crops are; vegetables growing in South Africa; their origin distribution, use and characteristic; methods of cultivation, planting, protection, harvesting, processing and storage.
Anatomy and Physiology: AH I - PAH1501
Diploma Semester module NQF level: 5 Credits: 12
Module presented in English
Purpose: Conformation and body measurements of domestic animals; animal cells, cell types and tissues; cardio-vascular and lymphatic system; digestive system; urinary system; respiratory system; integumentary system; reproductive system; endocrine system; central nervous system; movement and skeletal system.
Community Extension Practice - AEX1602
Diploma Semester module NQF level: 6 Credits: 12
Module presented in English
Purpose: The following scope and context apply to the whole module: Communication theories, concepts, principles and strategies that are discussed in this module are generic, but would be applied to various fields such as agriculture (plant and animal science, agricultural economics, agricultural extension and animal health), community nutrition, food security and community development/ facilitation for participatory development and decision making in various countries.
Agricultural Production Management II - GPM201A
Diploma Year module NQF level: 6 Credits: 20
Module presented in English
Purpose: Work-integrated learning: No formal examination. Complete prescribed projects
Field Crop Production (Theory and Practice) - ASP3703
Under Graduate Degree Semester module NQF level: 7 Credits: 12
Module presented in English
Purpose: Understanding what field crops are, field crops growing in South Africa; their origin, distribution, use and characteristic, methods of cultivation, planting, protection, harvesting, processing and storage.
Anatomy and Physiology AH II - PAH1502
Diploma Semester module NQF level: 5 Credits: 12
Module presented in English
Purpose: Conformation and body measurements of domestic animals; animal cells, cell types and tissues; cardio-vascular and lymphatic system; digestive system; urinary system; respiratory system; integumentary system; reproductive system; endocrine system; central nervous system; movement and skeletal system.
Extension Leadership and Group Dynamics - AEX2601
Under Graduate Degree Semester module NQF level: 6 Credits: 12
Module presented in English
Purpose: The following scope and context apply to the whole module: Behaviour change theories and group dynamics aspects as discussed in this module are generic, but would be applied to various fields such as agriculture (plant and animal science, agricultural economics, agricultural extension and animal health), community nutrition, food security and community development/facilitation for participatory development and decision making processes.
Laboratory Diagnostics: AH I - LDI2601
Diploma Semester module NQF level: 6 Credits: 12
Module presented in English
Purpose: This module forms part of the National Diploma in Animal Health. . Students who have completed this module will have acquired a solid foundation in the procedures and methods related to laboratory diagnostics. Learners will be able to delineate their role as animal health technicians in laboratory diagnostics, as well as the role of state veterinary laboratories in animal health. Learners will gain specific knowledge and skills in laboratory diagnostic procedures and will be able to apply these skills in the field of animal health.
Plant Production IV - PTP411A
Under Graduate Degree Year module NQF level: 7 Credits: 36
Module presented in English
Purpose: In-depth study of section of industry of own choice; strategic trends in this industry; production management techniques; industry section planning; computer applications; compilation and presentation of seminar.
Pasture Science I - PAS111A
Diploma Semester module NQF level: 5 Credits: 12
Module presented in English
Purpose: Plant communities; growth and production of the grass plant; grass land management; pasture establishment; selection of pastures; management systems.
Agricultural Management II - AGM211A
Diploma Semester module NQF level: 6 Credits: 12
Module presented in English
Pre-requisite: AGM111A
Purpose: The module is intended to introduce students to management information and decision-making environment; decision making and planning under conditions of risk and uncertainty; agricultural marketing; processing.
Pharmacology and Toxicology: AH I - PHT2601
Diploma Semester module NQF level: 6 Credits: 12
Module presented in English
Co-requisite: AND2601 & AND2602
Purpose: Pharmacology: Introduction to pharmacology: definition of medication, absorption distribution and metabolism of drugs, routs of administering drugs (oral and parenteral), factors influencing the above mentioned, withdrawal period; medications used in animals, handling and storage of drugs; knowledge of: antibiotics, antibacterials, hormones, antihistamines, vitamins, counterirritants, emollients, vaccines, antisera, fungicides, insecticides, anthelminthics, disinfectants, immobilizations, anaesthetics, antidotes and antiseptics. Toxicology: Study of the effect and treatment of diseases caused by toxic products such as: arsenic, lead, urea, salt, strychnine, cyanide, mecury, chlorinated hydrocarbons, organophosphates, herbicides, rodenticides and poisonous plants, minerals and fungi.
Animal Production Physiology - ASA4801
Honours,Under Graduate Degree Semester module NQF level: 8 Credits: 24
Module presented in English
Purpose: Effects of stress on animal metabolism; diseases which affect animal reproduction and growth; application of animal science pharmacology in the control and proper use of feed additives and other substances for the production of meat, milk, eggs and fibre.
Pasture and Nutrition: AH - PNH1501
Diploma Semester module NQF level: 5 Credits: 12
Module presented in English
Co-requisite: PAH1501 (or XAH1501) & PAH1502 (or XAH1502)
Purpose: Pasture management: ecological principles; veldtypes of Southern Africa; characteristics of veldtypes; feeding habits and selective feeding; dividing of veld into homogenous ecological units; principles of pasture management; principles of the resting of veld; invasive plants; planted pastures. Nutrition: chemical composition of feeds; energy and protein standards of feeds; digestion of feeds; nutritional requirements of farm animals; classification and nutritional values of feeds; feeding of various groups of animals.
Agricultural Practice III - AGP301A
Diploma Year module NQF level: 6 Credits: 20
Module presented in English
Purpose: (Work-integrated learning: No formal examination. Complete prescribed projects).
Pharmacology and Toxicology: AH II - PHT2602
Diploma Semester module NQF level: 6 Credits: 12
Module presented in English
Co-requisite: PHT2601
Purpose: Pharmacology: Introduction to pharmacology: definition of medication, absorption distribution and metabolism of drugs, routs of administering drugs (oral and parenteral), factors influencing the above mentioned, withdrawal period; medications used in animals, handling and storage of drugs; knowledge of: antibiotics, antibacterials, hormones, antihistamines, vitamins, counterirritants, emollients, vaccines, antisera, fungicides, insecticides, anthelminthics, disinfectants, immobilizations, anaesthetics, antidotes and antiseptics. Toxicology: Study of the effect and treatment of diseases caused by toxic products such as: arsenic, lead, urea, salt, strychnine, cyanide, mecury, chlorinated hydrocarbons, organophosphates, herbicides, rodenticides and poisonous plants, minerals and fungi.
Advanced Animal Breeding - ASA4802
Under Graduate Degree,Honours Semester module NQF level: 8 Credits: 24
Module presented in English
Purpose: Knowledge of Mendelian genetics to qualitative traits of the major livestock species; population genetics and livestock breeding; quantitative traits and selection in livestock production; genetic modification of livestock.
Beginners Practical Course A - PRA003K
Diploma Year module NQF level: 5 Credits: 12
Module presented in English
Recommendation: NOTE: PRA003K & PRA003N have the same content therefore, students may choose either module code when registering.
Purpose: This module is intended for learners who are in the field of agricultural production management in both crop and animal husbandry. It will be useful for those who have acquired theoretical knowledge in this field so as to help them practically implement what they have already learnt in theory.
Agricultural Production Techniques II - AGT201A
Diploma Year module NQF level: 6 Credits: 20
Module presented in English
Purpose: (Work-integrated learning: No formal examination. Complete prescribed projects).
Plant Production II - PTP211A
Diploma Semester module NQF level: 6 Credits: 16
Module presented in English
Pre-requisite: PTP111A
Purpose: Plant pathology; entomology; identification and control.
Advanced Animal Nutrition - ASA4803
Under Graduate Degree,Honours Semester module NQF level: 8 Credits: 24
Module presented in English
Purpose: Animal-environment and genotype-environment interactions and their impacts on natural resources; functional management of intensive and extensive livestock production systems; monograstric and ruminant digestive processes and feed flow dynamics and the manipulation of digestion; metabolism of the end products of digestion; computer systems applications for animal feed requirements and nutrient standards; specialised feeding; the principle of ad libitum and controlled feed intake in feed formulations and management.
Beginners Practical Course B - PRA003N
Diploma Year module NQF level: 5 Credits: 12
Module presented in English
Recommendation: NOTE: PRA003K & PRA003N have the same content therefore, students may choose either module code when registering.
Purpose: This module is intended for learners who are in the field of agricultural production management in both crop and animal husbandry. It will be useful for those who have acquired theoretical knowledge in this field so as to help them practically implement what they have already learnt in theory.
Agricultural Production Economics (Theory and Practice) - AME2601
Under Graduate Degree Semester module NQF level: 6 Credits: 12
Module presented in English
Pre-requisite: AME1501 (or XME1501)
Purpose: The module covers the concept of production economics, the factors of production and also the theory of production economics.
Plant Production III - PTP311A
Diploma Semester module NQF level: 6 Credits: 24
Module presented in English
Pre-requisite: PTP211A
Purpose: Horticulture; horticultural crops; grain crops.
Advanced Practical Course A - PRA004F
Diploma Year module NQF level: 5 Credits: 12
Module presented in English
Recommendation: NOTE: PRA004F & PRA004N have the same content therefore, students may choose either module code when registering.
Purpose: To equip students studying towards the National Diploma in Agricultural Management with practical experience in agricultural management.
Introduction to Agri-Business Management (Theory and Practice) - AME2603
Under Graduate Degree Semester module NQF level: 6 Credits: 12
Module presented in English
Pre-requisite: AME1501 (or XME1501)
Purpose: The skills in this module are developed with reference to the Millennium Development Goals; national and community circumstances with cognizance of traditional community agri-business management systems.
Irrigation and Water Management (Theory and Practice) - SSW2601
Under Graduate Degree Semester module NQF level: 6 Credits: 12
Module presented in English
Pre-requisite: CHE1501 (or XHE1501), CHE1502 (or XHE1502) and SSC2601
Purpose: Water requirements for the plant. Practices and the implements and equipment that are used to supply the crops with water, management of the available water to avoid loss and damage to both the plants and soil.
Advanced Practical Course B - PRA004N
Diploma Year module NQF level: 5 Credits: 24
Module presented in English
Recommendation: NOTE: PRA004F & PRA004N have the same content therefore, students may choose either module code when registering.
Purpose: To equip students studying towards the National Diploma in Agricultural Management with practical experience in agricultural management.
Farm Management - AME2605
Under Graduate Degree Semester module NQF level: 6 Credits: 12
Module presented in English
Pre-requisite: AME1501 (or XME1501)
Purpose: Farm management as a problem-solving tool is discussed in relation to both positive and negative impacts on society; agribusiness and food security; and good practice trends as a means of achieving quality control on farm management practices.
Soil Fertility and Plant Nutrition - SSW2602
Under Graduate Degree Semester module NQF level: 6 Credits: 12
Module presented in English
Pre-requisite: CHE1501 (or XHE1501), CHE1502 (or XHE1502) and SSC2601
Purpose: Analysis of the soil to determine the nutrients that are available and those that need to be supplemented. Plant nutrition in terms of the requirements of the nutrients required from the soil for plant growth. Mechanisms of making those that are not available to be so.
Plant Production I - PTP111A
Diploma Semester module NQF level: 5 Credits: 16
Module presented in English
Purpose: Plant morphology; plant physiology; introduction to pest control.
Animal Production II - ANP211A
Diploma Semester module NQF level: 6 Credits: 16
Module presented in English
Pre-requisite: ANP111A
Purpose: Breeding; herd management; management of risk; economic principles.
Extension Programme Planning and Evaluation - AEX3703
Under Graduate Degree Semester module NQF level: 7 Credits: 12
Module presented in English
Pre-requisite: AEX2601 (Applicable to 90082 - ABM only)
Purpose: The steps/phases in programme planning and evaluation and examples of extension programmes.
Animal & Plant Diversity (Extended) - XLG1502
Under Graduate Degree Year module NQF level: 5 Credits: 12
Module presented in English
Pre-requisite: XLG1501
Purpose: To enable students to obtain a: (a) Basic understanding of the form (anatomy) and function (physiology) of animals (invertebrates and vertebrates) with regard to respiration, nutrition, homeostasis, reproduction, etc. (b) Basic understanding of the structure (morphology), function (physiology) and diversity (systematics) of selected representatives of the Kingdoms Monera, Protista, Fungi and Plantae.
Animal Production III - ANP311A
Diploma Semester module NQF level: 6 Credits: 24
Module presented in English
Pre-requisite: ANP211A
Purpose: Milk production; meat production; fibre production; stud breeding.
Mini Project and Seminar - AGP3701
Under Graduate Degree Year module NQF level: 7 Credits: 12
Module presented in English
Purpose: The scope of this module is a small project from selected topics in plant science that third level students can plan, execute, compile technical reports and present their reports to peers and fellow students in organised seminars towards the end of the semester. This will prepare students for postgraduate studies.
Agricultural Engineering I - AGE111A
Diploma Semester module NQF level: 5 Credits: 12
Module presented in English
Purpose: Soil protection; irrigation; land utilization practices; tractors and implements; calibration of spraying equipment; surveying; animal housing; stock-watering troughs.
Introduction to Agricultural Economics (Extended) - XME1501
Under Graduate Degree,Diploma Year module NQF level: 5 Credits: 12
Module presented in English
Purpose: The module forms part of BSC Agricultural Economics qualification. It is intended for Agricultural Economists, researchers, trainers and facilitators in the field of agricultural economics. It will be useful for students who want to pursue agricultural economics or farming as a career. Students accredited with this module are able to: Define the concept of "The economic problem" and relate it to the agricultural production situation. Describe the four factors of production. Explain the problem of consumer choice in the market. Discuss and apply the concepts of supply and demand on the market and how the government intervenes in the market. Describe input/output relationships in production economics. Understand market structures that exist in the economy
Advanced Animal Physiology - ASA2601
Under Graduate Degree Semester module NQF level: 6 Credits: 12
Module presented in English
Pre-requisite: ASA1501
Purpose: Structure and functions of the female reproductive system; structure and functions of the male reproductive system; fertilization, implantation and foetal development; lactation; reproductive failure; manipulation of reproduction; growth and development.
Agricultural Marketing and Risk Management - AME2701
Under Graduate Degree Semester module NQF level: 7 Credits: 12
Module presented in English
Purpose: The skills in this module are developed with reference to the Millennium Development Goals, national, and community circumstances with cognizance of traditional community Agricultural marketing and Risk management systems.
Agricultural Mechanisation - AGM1501
Diploma Semester module NQF level: 5 Credits: 12
Module presented in English
Purpose: Students who achieve the outcomes of this module will be able to identify and apply appropriate agricultural technologies and strategies for efficient agricultural production for sustainable food security at farm level and for the development of the local agricultural sector. The module will also promote the application of environmentally friendly agricultural production procedures for sustainable land use and conservation of agricultural resources for a viable, profitable and sustainable agricultural sector. The module will be useful to agricultural technicians and those who are responsible for mechanised agricultural operations which require precise measurements, use and maintenance of tools, plant and equipment in all aspects of agricultural production, harvesting, processing, preservation and storage, including those related to animal housing, soil protection and land utilisation practices.
Zootechnology I (Extended) - XTG1501
Diploma,Under Graduate Degree Year module NQF level: 5 Credits: 12
Module presented in English
Co-requisite: XAH1501
Purpose: Introduction: Commercial and traditional farming, role of animal health technicians, acts, common terms; handling of domestic animals (livestock and companion animals): facilities, catching and handling, transport and bruising, examinations; short introductory overview about game: farming, transport and handling; disease prevention (principles, immunity and resistance, parasite control); animal first aid and correct use of medicine & equipment, including overview of basic equipment used (names, description including graphics, function and use); disease investigations; livestock production (cattle, sheep, goats, poultry, pigs, horses, game, ostriches, aquaculture).
Growth Physiology - ASA2602
Under Graduate Degree Semester module NQF level: 6 Credits: 12
Module presented in English
Pre-requisite: ASA1501
Purpose: Traits in domestic animals; Mendelian inheritance principles and laws; principles of population genetics; gene frequencies; breeding and selection systems.
Animal Production IV - ANP411A
Baccalareus Technologiae Degree Year module NQF level: 7 Credits: 36
Module presented in English Module presented online
Purpose: In-depth study of one or more animal production systems; writing and presentation of a recent production and management guide for a specific animal section; a complete case study of a animal production unit with identification of accountable economic practices; a critical evaluation of research publications on animal production and the writing of a seminar.
Introduction to Agricultural Economics [Theory and Practice] - AME1501
Diploma Semester module NQF level: 5 Credits: 12
Module presented in English
Purpose: The module is part of the 4-year Bachelor of Science in Agriculture (Agricultural Economics option). It is intended for Agricultural Economists, researchers, trainers and facilitators in the field of agriculture. It will be useful for students who want to pursue agricultural economics or farming as a career. Students accredited with this module are able to: define the concept of "The economic problem" and relate it to the agricultural production situation, describe the four factors of production, explain the problem of consumer choice in the market, understand and apply the concepts of supply and demand on the market and how the government intervenes in the market, describe input/output relationships in production economics and understand market structures that exist in the economy.
Zootechnology II (Extended) - XTG1502
Diploma,Under Graduate Degree Year module NQF level: 5 Credits: 12
Module presented in English
Purpose: This module forms part of the Diploma in Animal Health. The students who complete this module will be able to describe the role of animal health technicians in South Africa and, as a step towards fulfilling this role, they will be able to treat and prevent routine veterinary ailments and some common veterinary emergencies. In addition, they will have the necessary skills to manage a poultry unit, a piggery, horses, game, and aquatic farms. This range of skills is essential for running an effective animal production operation, which will in turn serve to support the important sector of agriculture on a large and small scale, and will therefore contribute to the development of a sustainable food supply in Southern Africa.
Beef Production [Theory and Practice] - ASA3703
Under Graduate Degree Semester module NQF level: 6 Credits: 12
Module presented in English
Purpose: This module will be able to identify, describe, discuss and apply appropriate livestock production technologies and strategies for efficient beef cattle production for sustainable food security and the development of the local livestock sector. The module will be useful to livestock technicians, agricultural scientists and farmers who are interested in beef breed selection, production, improvement, management and marketing of live animals and their products. The module is aimed at training livestock technicians to identify appropriate beef breeds, enterprises and production systems for more efficient beef production.
Poultry Production [Theory and Practice] - ASA3701
Under Graduate Degree Semester module NQF level: 7 Credits: 12
Module presented in English
Purpose: (a) Beef and dairy industries in South Africa; breeding and reproduction of beef and dairy cattle; behaviour systems in cattle; beef and dairy cattle management; nutrition of beef and dairy cattle; farm records management; livestock marketing, handling and transportation. (b) Sheep and goat industry in South Africa; breeding and reproduction of sheep and goats; behaviour systems in sheep and goats; sheep and goat management; nutrition of sheep and goats; farm records management; sheep and goats marketing, handling and transportation
Animal Production I - ANP111A
Diploma Semester module NQF level: 5 Credits: 16
Module presented in English
Purpose: Introduction; resource utilization; feeding.
Zootechnology I - ZTG1501
Under Graduate Degree,Diploma Semester module NQF level: 5 Credits: 12
Module presented in English
Co-requisite: PAH1501 & PAH1502
Purpose: This module forms part of the Diploma in Animal Health. The students who complete this module will be able to recommend procedures for managing a beef cattle enterprise, a dairy cattle enterprise, an equine enterprise, and a sheep and/or goat enterprise. They will be able to describe the basic procedures involved in rearing, breeding and managing these animals. They will also be able to suggest marketing strategies for these animals and their products. These skills are essential for running an effective livestock farming operation, which in turn serves to support the important sector of agriculture on a large and small scale, and will therefore contribute to the development of a sustainable food supply in Southern Africa.
Dairy Production [Theory and Practice] - ASA3704
Under Graduate Degree Semester module NQF level: 6 Credits: 12
Module presented in English
Purpose: This module will be able to identify, describe, discuss and apply appropriate livestock production technologies and strategies for efficient dairy cattle production for sustainable food security and the development of the local livestock sector. The module will be useful to livestock technicians, agricultural scientists and farmers who are interested in dairy breed selection, production, improvement, management and marketing of milk, cheese and surplus animals. The module is aimed at training livestock technicians to identify appropriate dairy breeds, enterprises and production systems for more efficient dairy production
Pig Production [Theory and Practice] - ASA3702
Under Graduate Degree Semester module NQF level: 7 Credits: 12
Module presented in English
Purpose: An overview of poultry and pig industries in South Africa; the anatomy and physiology of poultry and pig; poultry and pig genetics and breeding; poultry and pig nutrition and feeding methods; poultry and pig diseases and health; poultry and pig housing; poultry and pig marketing; poultry and pig management.
Zootechnology II - ZTG1502
Under Graduate Degree,Diploma Semester module NQF level: 5 Credits: 12
Module presented in English
Co-requisite: PAH1501 , PAH1502 & ZTG1501
Purpose: This module forms part of the Diploma in Animal Health. The students who complete this module will be able to describe the role of animal health technicians in South Africa and, as a step towards fulfilling this role, they will be able to treat and prevent routine veterinary ailments and some common veterinary emergencies. In addition, they will have the necessary skills to manage a poultry unit, a piggery, horses, game, and aquatic farms. This range of skills is essential for running an effective animal production operation, which will in turn serve to support the important sector of agriculture on a large and small scale, and will therefore contribute to the development of a sustainable food supply in Southern Africa.
Computer Applications (Agriculture II) - CAA211A
Diploma Semester module NQF level: 6 Credits: 12
Module presented in English
Pre-requisite: EUC131T or EUC1501 & EUP1501
Purpose: Advanced electronic spread sheets; linear programming; application of agricultural programmes.
Plant Genetics and Biotechnology (Theory and Practice) - ASP3701
Under Graduate Degree Semester module NQF level: 7 Credits: 12
Module presented in English
Purpose: Traits in crop plants; Variation, Mendelian inheritance principles and laws; principles of population genetics; gene frequencies; breeding and selection systems.
Introduction to Animal Science [Theory] - ASA1503
Under Graduate Degree Semester module NQF level: 5 Credits: 12
Module presented in English
Purpose: This module is part of the 4-year Bachelor of Science in Agriculture Degree (Animal Science option). Students who complete this module will be able to identify, describe and discuss basic animal production systems, management techniques, domestication terminology, biological principals underlying production efficiency, breeds and breed characterization as well as genetic variation among animal for efficient livestock production for sustainable food security and the development of the local livestock industry. The module will be useful to animal scientists, livestock managers, agricultural scientists and farmers who are interested in livestock production and management. The module is aimed at training animal scientists and livestock managers to identify select and apply correct livestock management systems for more efficient livestock production
Animal Physiology [Theory and Practice] - ASA1501
Under Graduate Degree Semester module NQF level: 5 Credits: 12
Module presented in English
Purpose: The structure and functions of body systems: A description of how different units of the body are composed to form functional systems: organs and systems in animals; structures of animal cells and their functions; the movement processes through cell membranes; the different types of body tissues; characteristics, locations, and functions of different types of body tissues; location and functions of different structures of the skeletal system; muscle tissue; nervous system; endocrine system; cardiovascular system; respiratory systems; excretory system; male and female reproductive system; digestive system; and the role of enzymes in the digestive system.