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Participatory Approaches to Extension - AEX4701
Advanced Diploma Semester module NQF level: 8 Credits: 12
Module presented in English
Purpose: Students who achieve the outcomes of this module will be able to select, recommend and apply appropriate participatory approaches for efficient extension programming for sustainable food security and the development of the agricultural sector. The module will be useful to extension managers, agricultural and scientists who are interested in rendering extension services within the agricultural sector. The module is aimed at training extension workers and managers to identify appropriate approaches in needs assessment, programme planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation. Students credited with this module will be able to identify and apply appropriate participatory approaches for needs assessment and policy implementation. This module will be useful to students who are in the field of agriculture (plant and animal production), agricultural economics, animal health, agricultural development and extension, as well as students that are in the field of community nutrition, food security and community development/ facilitation. The students credited with this module would able to use extension participatory approaches, principles, tools and strategies to gather, interpret and convey relevant information to communities, households, farmers, supervisors, scientists and researchers to address real life situations.
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.
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
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.
Agricultural Financial Systems IIIA - AES3701
Under Graduate Degree Semester module NQF level: 7 Credits: 12
Module presented in English
Pre-requisite: AES2601 & AES2602
Recommendation: AES2601 & AES2602
Purpose: The purpose of this module is for agribusiness owners and agricultural managers to obtain knowledge about generally accepted and harmonised accounting practice statements for the agribusiness, the fanancial statements that must be compiled for accounting purpose and to analyse financial statements using ratios to determine the financial position of the agribusiness.This will assist them to prepare and use a financial systems approach for their operations. Those who achive this module are expected to improve manager decision-making by providing a better understanding of the value of constructing financial statements and planning budgets to help them manage risks associated with the financial aspects specific to the agriculture industry.
Agricultural and Rural Development - AES4701
Advanced Diploma Semester module NQF level: 8 Credits: 12
Module presented in English
Purpose: Agriculture and rural development go hand in hand because it is mostly practised in rural areas. Agriculture is the mainstay of rural communities in South Africa. It is therefore important that when rural communities are developed, agriculture does not lag behind. Rural development braces improvement of human capabilities, protective, political and economic capabilities towards sustainable agriculture and subsequently, poverty alleviation. The purpose of this module, therefore, is to provide participants with the knowledge of agricultural and rural development approaches, strategies, and programmes. It will be useful for students requiring exposure to competences required on agricultural and rural development.
Advanced Plant Physiology - ASP4801
Under Graduate Degree Year module NQF level: 8 Credits: 24
Module presented in English
Purpose: Understanding the basic structure of a plant, the different mechanisms or processes that operate in the life of a plant and their importance.
Animal Production I - ANP111A
Diploma Semester module NQF level: 5 Credits: 16
Module presented in English
Purpose: Introduction; resource utilization; feeding.
Farm Management - AME2605
Under Graduate Degree Semester module NQF level: 6 Credits: 12
Module presented in English
Pre-requisite: AME1501
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.
Agricultural Financial Systems IIIB - AES3702
Under Graduate Degree Semester module NQF level: 7 Credits: 12
Module presented in English Module presented online
Pre-requisite: AES2601 & AES2602 Co-requisite: AES3701
Recommendation: AES2601 & AES2602
Purpose: This module is intended for Agricultural Technicians, farm managers, trainers and facilitators in the field of agricultural management. It will be useful for students who want to pursue agricultural management or farming as a career. Students accredited with this module will be able to apply the production principles to agriculture.
Agricultural Business Operations - AES4702
Advanced Diploma Semester module NQF level: 8 Credits: 12
Module presented in English
Purpose: This module provides participants with knowledge of the relevant agricultural project analysis related policies, strategies, programmes and projects with primary agriculture focus. It will be useful for students requiring exposure to the fundamental competences required on agricultural project analysis issues and concepts in order to manage agricultural projects.
Pomology & Olericulture - ASP4802
Under Graduate Degree Year module NQF level: 8 Credits: 24
Module presented in English
Purpose: Understanding what fruit and vegetable crops are; fruit and vegetable crops growing in South Africa; their origin, distribution, use and characteristic; methods of cultivation, planting, protection, reproduction harvesting, processing and storage.
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.
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: AEX2602
Purpose: The module will be useful to students who are in the field of agriculture (plant and animal production, agricultural economics, agricultural development and extension) as well as students who are in the field of community nutrition, food security and community development/ facilitation. The students credited with this module will be able to plan, design, implement, monitor and evaluate extension programmes/ projects. In contributing to effective extension programmes, the students will assist in empowering communities to improve their own economic and social welfare.
Agricultural Business and Management - AES4703
Advanced Diploma Year module NQF level: 8 Credits: 12
Module presented in English
Purpose: The purpose of this module is to expose students who want to pursue agricultural economics or farming as a career. The module is part of the Advance diploma in Agricultural (Agricultural Economics option). The module is aimed at training students to apply production, financial, marketing and human resource management principles to the farming environment. The module has been designed to help students learn about and apply the basic concepts and practices of modern agribusiness principles as they are used in a wide variety of farm business settings. This module will enable students to apply appropriate South African Human rights and Labor practices in their farming business. Qualifying students, credited with this module will be competent in financial analysis, budgets, risk management and credit facilities. Qualifying students will also be able to manage their farming enterprises by following business management principles, assess and identify the funding needs of farmers and support them to make appropriate funding decisions, identify problems and challenges and make recommendations on how farmers problems can be mitigated, train farmers and equip them with Agribusiness management skills in the South African context.
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.
Agricultural Sociology - APD4804
Post Graduate Diploma Semester module NQF level: 8 Credits: 12
Module presented in English Module presented online
Purpose: The purpose of this module is to enable students to apply sociological theories and philosophies to agriculture. To encourage students to understand the use of indigenous knowledge and practices of the farmers in the development of rural and urban agricultural communities. This module considers the role of women from a gendered perspective Furthermore, the module focusses on food security, food insecurity, coping strategies and vulnerability at household, community and internationally. To equip extension workers and managers to apply appropriate sociology theories in developing agricultural projects/programmes. This module will be useful to students who are in the field of agriculture (plant and animal production), agricultural economics, animal health, agricultural development and extension, as well as students that are in the field of community nutrition, food security and community development/ facilitation. Qualifying students will be able to function or work as extension officers, extension managers, and agricultural scientists to implement applicable policies and render extension services within the agricultural sector. Qualifying students will also be able to plan and develop projects and programs for sustainable development.
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.
Advanced Field Crop Production - ASP4803
Under Graduate Degree Year module NQF level: 8 Credits: 24
Module presented in English Module presented online
Purpose: Understanding what crops are, crops growing in South Africa; their origin, distribution, use and characteristic, methods of cultivation, planting, protection, harvesting, processing and storage.
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 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 Module presented online
Co-requisite: GPM3701 & GPM3702
Recommendation: PTP2601, PTP2602 & AGP2601
Purpose: the purpose of this module is to introduce such students to actual advanced standard "Hands On" farm practices. Upon successful completion of this module, students will become advanced and/or semi seasoned agricultural practitioners who will be able to perform animal husbandry, crop husbandry and pertinent office management practices under minimum supervision whilst maintaining consistency with principles of profitable "Good Agricultural Practices" (GAP). It is essential to point out that students who successfully complete this module will be ready to undertake the advanced Work Integrated Modules GPM2601 and GPM3701 wherein they will be trained to perform profitable "Good Agricultural Practices" under minimum supervision. For GPM2601 (i.e. Agricultural Management Practice 1) students will be expected to produce a crop species under minimum supervision from field to floor whereas for GPM3701 (i.e. Agricultural Management Practice 2) students will be expected to produce an animal species under minimum supervision from farm to floor.
Research Methodology - AGP4701
Advanced Diploma Semester module NQF level: 8 Credits: 12
Module presented in English
Purpose: The module aims at equipping students with necessary skills and knowledge to plan and develop a research proposal. The module will be useful to students, researchers and technicians in agricultural and allied sciences in planning and executing agricultural research.
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.
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.
Mini Project and Seminar - AGR4701
Advanced Diploma Year module NQF level: 8 Credits: 12
Module presented in English Module presented online
Purpose: Students who achieve the outcomes of this module will be able to innovative, describe, discuss, apply, present online, develop appropriate agricultural business plans using advance technologies and strategies learn during mini project and seminar preparation and assessment process. The module will be useful agricultural scientists, agricultural entrepreneur, farmers and agricultural investors who are interested in agricultural business, production, improvement using capital, management and marketing of all agricultural commodities from both animals and plants including their process products. Students will also be able to demonstrate farm management skills that are necessary for successful farm business for Animal production or Plant production enterprise (production system, breeding, disease control, marketing channels, industrial trend etc.). In addition, students will be able to select, design and manage farm enterprises.
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.
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.
Small Stock Production [Theory and Practice] - ASA3705
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 sheep and goat 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 selection, production, improvement, management and marketing of live sheep and goats and their products. The module is aimed at training livestock technicians to identify appropriate sheep and goat breeds, enterprises and production systems for more efficient small stock 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
Livestock Production and Management Systems - APD4805
Post Graduate Diploma Year module NQF level: 8 Credits: 24
Module presented in English
Purpose: Students who achieve the outcomes of this module will be able to identify and apply appropriate livestock production 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 be useful to students, agricultural scientists and farmers who are interested in livestock breed selection, production, improvement and marketing of live animals and products. The module is aimed at training students to identify appropriate production systems and strategies for efficient livestock production. Students credited with this module will be able to identify, apply and recommend good livestock production practices to emerging livestock farmers according to regional climates.
Pasture and Nutrition: AH - PNH1501
Diploma Semester module NQF level: 5 Credits: 12
Module presented in English
Co-requisite: PAH1501 & PAH1502
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.
Plant Protection - ASP2603
Under Graduate Degree Semester module NQF level: 6 Credits: 12
Module presented in English
Pre-requisite: BLG1501 (or XLG1501) & BLG1502 (or XLG1502)
Purpose: Causes of plant ailments; classification of the causes of plant losses or ailments; different plant protection approaches for the management or control of the losses.
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.
Animal Production Physiology - ASA4801
Under Graduate Degree Year 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.
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.
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.
Beef Production [Theory and Practice] - ASA3703
Under Graduate Degree Semester module NQF level: 7 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.
Advanced Animal Breeding - ASA4802
Under Graduate Degree Year 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.
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.
Computer Applications for Agriculture - CAA2601
Diploma Semester module NQF level: 6 Credits: 12
Module presented in English
Pre-requisite: EUC1501 Co-requisite: EUP1501
Purpose: The purpose of this module is to equip students with knowledge and skills to enhance their agricultural planning and decision-making activities by using appropriate computer applications software. In particular, the computer applications software will focus on activities related to personnel management, livestock production, crop production and crop marketing, financial management and rainfall statistics.
Dairy Production [Theory and Practice] - ASA3704
Under Graduate Degree Semester module NQF level: 7 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
Advanced Animal Nutrition - ASA4803
Under Graduate Degree Year 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.
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.
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.
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.
Research Proposal - HMAPD81
Semester module NQF level: 8 Credits: 12
Module presented in English
Purpose: The purpose of the module is to equip students with skills to write a research proposal. This entails defining a topic, hypothesis, aim and objectives, writing of a literature study using a defined referencing format and identify applicable research methodology in the Agricultural fields (Animal Health; Agricultural Management; Crop Production and Animal Production). The student should be able to compile an acceptable research proposal that will result in the implementation of the selected topic in a field specialization under the supervision of a lecturer.
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
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.
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.
Experimental Design and Layout - HPAGR80
Under Graduate Degree Semester module NQF level: 8 Credits: 12
Module presented in English
Purpose: The orientation to quantitative and qualitative Agricultural Economics research methodology and writing of research proposals. This module is common in all the three options for this qualification.
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.
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.
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.
Research Report - HRAGR81
Under Graduate Degree Year module NQF level: 8 Credits: 36
Module presented in English Module presented online
Purpose: A mini project in Agricultural Economics to be completed within one academic year.
Animal Care and Handling - AAH1501
Higher Certificate Semester module NQF level: 5 Credits: 12
Module presented in English
Purpose: This module forms part of the Higher Certificate in Animal Welfare. Students who complete this module can recommend appropriate practices for animal handling and husbandry, focusing on companion animals and horses. They will then be able to apply this knowledge during their practical primary veterinary welfare work.
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.
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.
Agricultural Management Practice II - GPM3701
Year module NQF level: 7 Credits: 12
Module presented in
Pre-requisite: ANP2601, ANP2602 PTP2601 & PTP2602 Co-requisite: AGP3701
Purpose: This module is a Work Integrated Learning (WIL) module meant for semi advanced and/or semi seasoned agricultural practitioners and as such the purpose of this module is to introduce such students to actual advanced standard "Hands On" animal production practices through production of a specific farm animal species from "farm to floor." This means that students who are registered for GPM3701 will be expected to be embedded in a farming environment where they will plan, produce, crop and grade a farm animal species under minimum supervision. Upon successful completion of this module, students will become advanced and/or semi seasoned agricultural practitioners who will be able to perform animal husbandry and pertinent office management practices under minimum supervision whilst maintaining consistency with principles of profitable "Good Agricultural Practices" (GAP). It is essential to point out that students who successfully complete this module will be ready to undertake the advanced Work Integrated Module GPM3702 wherein they will be trained to independently supervise sub-ordinates who will be performing profitable "Good Agricultural Practices" both for crop and animal production enterprises.
Plant Production Systems (Theory and Practice) - ASP2602
Under Graduate Degree Semester module NQF level: 6 Credits: 12
Module presented in English
Pre-requisite: BLG1501 (or XLG1501) & BLG1502 (or XLG1502)
Purpose: The type of crops that are grown in South Africa; how they are produced and managed under different environments.
Agricultural Financial Systems - AES1502
Diploma Semester module NQF level: 5 Credits: 12
Module presented in English Module presented online
Purpose: The module forms part of the Diploma in Agricultural Management. It is intended for technicians, researchers, farm managers, trainers and facilitators in the field of agricultural management. It will be useful for students who want to pursue agricultural management or farming as a career. Students accredited with this module are able to: describe how to utilise the correct management principles to agricultural resources, value agricultural assets to determine their depreciation value, analyse the total capital investment according to different types of capital, determine the correct enterprise in production economics for both animal and plant production and understand the market orientation of agricultural products.
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).
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.
Agricultural Management Practice III - GPM3702
Diploma Year module NQF level: 7 Credits: 12
Module presented in English
Pre-requisite: ANP2601, ANP2602, PTP2601 & PTP2602 Co-requisite: AGP3701
Purpose: This module is part of the Diploma in Agricultural Management Programme. It is a Work Integrated Learning (WIL) module meant for very advanced and seasoned agricultural practitioners and as such the purpose of this module is to introduce such students to agricultural production whilst supervising at least one subordinate during advanced standard "Hands On" animal and crop production practices. Students registered for this module will go through production of assorted crops and farm animal species from "farm to floor." This means that students who will be registered for GPM3702 will be expected to be embedded in a farming environment where they will plan, produce, harvest and grade assorted crops and farm animals whilst supervising at least one sub-ordinate under the guidance of an experienced Mentor. Upon successful completion of this module, students will be able to work as semi-experienced farm managers who will simultaneously engage in supervision of subordinates and farm production whilst maintaining consistency with principles of profitable "Good Agricultural Practices" (GAP).
Pasture Management [Theory and Practice] - ASP2701
Under Graduate Degree Semester module NQF level: 7 Credits: 12
Module presented in English
Pre-requisite: ASA1503 & ASA2605
Purpose: Natural and planted pastures: the importance of natural and planted pastures in livestock production; plant ecology and grazing concepts; production characteristics of the main grazing areas of South Africa; principles of veld management; principles of planted pasture management; the animal factor in veld management; the importance of grasses and legume mixed pastures
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.
Agricultural Production Economics (Theory and Practice) - AME2601
Under Graduate Degree Semester module NQF level: 6 Credits: 12
Module presented in English
Pre-requisite: AME1501
Purpose: The module covers the concept of production economics, the factors of production and also the theory of production economics.
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 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.
Post Harvest Technology (Theory and Practice) - ASP3704
Under Graduate Degree Semester module NQF level: 7 Credits: 12
Module presented in English
Purpose: This module deals with all the handling, activities and practices that have to be used after the harvesting of the crops in preparation for the market and household consumption.