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  • The Department of Agronomy, Cross River University of Technology, Obubra campus started her academic programmes in the 2002/2003 sessions. In the beginning, there were two separate departments (Crop Science and Soil Science departments) which were later merged to one department of Crop and Soil Science  in 2004, and later renamed Department of Agronomy in 2005. A Bachelor of Agriculture (B. Agric) degree is awarded after four (4)years of class room work and one (1) year field practical training. The first three (3) years are devoted to academic training which consists largely of courses required by all students in agriculture. The fourth year is used solely for practical training. The final (fifth) year is devoted to specialized training in Agronomy. Research project are also carried out in the final year. This programme places more emphasis on practical training and help students to acquire the basic skills in agriculture so that they can confidently take up agriculture as a profession after graduation. All students are therefore  required to go through this Prospectus carefully and familiarize themselves with its various components, so that in consultation with their academic advisers, they can make good use of their time in the University.

    PHILOSOPHY
    To create a conductive learning environment for the training of middle and high level manpower that will be able to meet the food and industrial needs of the nation in particular and the world in general.

    OBJECTIVES
    i. To train students and researchers that will help strengthen the research and agricultural capacities and world economy.
    ii. To develop and equip the students with modern and sustainable techniques in agronomic practices.
    iii. To develop students skill in analyzing and, solving problem especially professional challenges.
    iv. To prepare the students to become job creators rather than job seekers.

    Student’s welfare:
    Handling of academic grievances.
    Students academic grievances are directed, in writing, to the HOD. The HOD then presents the problem before the Academic Board of the Department. Recommendations from the board will either terminate the case, if concluded, or be sent to the Faculty Board through the Dean. The University Senate presides over unresolved cases from the Faculty.
    Student academic advising:
    Students in a particular year of study have one Academic adviser who is an academic staff. The Academic adviser counsels the students on all academic matters including minimum standards and general academic regulations.
  • Admission Requirements
    Candidates should posses at least five “ordinary level” subject passed at credit level in GCE, SSCE or NECO in not more than two sittings. The five credits must include;English Language, Mathematics Biology or Agricultural Science and Chemistry and any of the following two subjects; Physics, Economics and Geography.

    A. University Matriculation Examination (UME):
    Admission into year one will require candidates sitting for the following UME subjects, English language, Chemistry, Agricultural Science or Biology and any of the following subjects; Mathematics, physics, Economics and Geography.

    B. Direct Entry Mode
    (a) To be eligible for direct entry admission the candidate must have met matriculation requirements in the relevant subjects plus two HSC/NCE advance level passes in Chemistry, and Biology
    OR
    (b) OND holders with credit pass in Biology and Agricultural Science and Chemistry may be admitted into a year one degree programmes.
    (c) NCE and HND holders with credit pass in Biology or Agricultural Science may be admitted in second and third years respectively.

    C. Admission through pre-degree programme
    i. Candidates must have obtained 5 credits in the required subjects for entry into year one.
    ii. Candidates must have written and passed the University Matriculation Examination (UME) with at least 160 points and above obtained a CGPA of 2.50 and above in the pre-degree examination.
  • The assessment of the programme is conducted practically by the Department in line with the course work system. Course examination is given at the end of every semester in which the course is offered. Continuous Assessment is a significant component of the assessment of a student’s performance constituting 30% of the final grade to be awarded. The Grade Point Average (GPA) and the Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) system is the yardsticks for evaluating student performance from semester to semester and from year to year. The final degree classification would be based on the following final CGPA ranges;

    Graduating Requirement
    To graduate, a student shall have undergone 5 years of study, including one practical year of 12 months. The activities of the practical year would include periodic seminars on the student work as a way of stimulating interest as well as the presentation of a written report that would be graded at the end of the year. Course work load must meet the graduation requirement of the university. Students must earn all the credit unit to qualify for a B. Agric. In Agronomy in a five-year programme.
    The undergraduate training must be backed with a research project supervised by a competent lecturer. The requirement is designed to expose the student to research techniques and provide the student with the ability to organize ideas from literature and research findings. The intention of the project work is to prepare the students mind on how to conduct research and interpret research findings.

    Course Requirement
    The Department of Agronomy is designed to graduate student with specialization in Agronomy. In the first 3 years of the training students take courses together with other students in the B. Agric. Departments (Agricultural Economics and Animal Science). In the 4th Year, students undergo one year practical industrial training – Students’ Work Experience Scheme (SIWES). And in the 5th year, students offer a mixture of courses in Crop and Soil Sciences.
    Student Work Load
    Minimum work load approved includes:
    · 34 credit unit in the first year
    · 31 credit unit in the second year
    · 33 credit unit in the third year
    · 30 credit unit in the fourth year
    · 32 credit unit in the fifth year

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