1. PREAMBLE

Training in Agriculture requires more and more  innovative curricula to meet numerous challenges in a rapidly changing local and international economic environment; fast pace of technological change, globalization, competition and changing role of Government in agriculture. These challenges have placed major demands on the capabilities of agricultural economists. The Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Economics has been designed to train students, managers, business leaders and entrepreneurs in the agribusiness, food and trade sectors to respond to the challenges faced by these sectors.

The programme is specifically designed to prepare students for careers in agricultural economic management, agribusiness and further studies. The programme is unique as it fuses the latest cutting edge skills in economic analysis and proficiency that address the emerging needs of a tightly interlinking global economic  environment.

  1. RATIONALE

The programme seeks to provide practical and professional expertise needed for successful agricultural economic management. The programme aims at producing professional analysts that caters for the needs of organizations and enterprises serving in the agricultural sectors, at both domestic and international levels.

  1. VISION

To be a dynamic programme which provides excellent learning, research, outreach, business initiation and management in agro-enterprises.

  1. MISSION

To train and produce agricultural economists equipped with knowledge and skills necessary for devising innovative and practical solutions to the myriad of problems facing agriculture, including  food, Agribusiness, trade, rural and allied sectors of the economy.

  1. OBJECTIVES
  1. To equip students with requisite knowledge, skills, and attitudes decision-making and implementation in the unique context of agricultural economics.
  2.  To empower students to be effective change agents in the agriculture sector.
  3. To prepare students for managerial and entrepreneurial careers in the agricultural sector and allied areas and too eventually to contribute to the dynamic role of the agricultural sector to economic development.
  1. ENTRY REQUIREMENT
  2. i) Inaddition to meeting the University entry requirements of overall C+ in KCSEor equivalent, candidates for admission to the Agricultural Economics and Resource Management are required to have obtained a minimum of C+in Mathematicsand in twoof the following combinations: Biology, Chemistry, Agriculture or Geography, and Economics or Business Studies and Physical Science.
  3. ii) Grade C in KCSE or its equivalent and a Diploma with a minimum of a credit in a subject related to Agriculture, Business studies, Accounting, Economics, Agribusiness or any other related discipline from a recognized Institution.
  4. DURATION OF STUDY AND DEGREE PATTERN
  5. The Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Economics and Resource Management programme will take four academic years of two semesters each
  6. In order to graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Economics and Resource Management, a candidate must have completed at least 56 units.

iii)           In addition to the 3 university common courses, students in the first year of study musttake the11prescribed courses,

  1. In the second year of study, student must take the 2 university common courses, and 12 prescribed courses.
  2. In the third year of study student will be required to take 1 university common course an 13 prescribed courses.
  3. In the fourth year of study, the student shall be required to take all the 14 prescribed courses.
  4. EXAMINATIONS
  5. The common rules and regulations for BSc degree of Maasai Mara University shall apply
  6. Students enrolled for the Bachelor of Science (Agricultural Economics and Resource Economics) degree program will be expected to take written examinations on all taught units.

iii)         The examinations will constitute 70% of the total marks while the course work assessment tests (CATS) will constitute 30%. Each unit shall be graded out of 100% and the pass mark for each unit shall be 40% of the total marks. These marks shall be translated into literal grades as:

  1. 70% and above                                        A
  2. 60% to 69%                                             B
  3. 50% to 59%                                             C
  4. 40% to 49%                                             D
  5. Below 40% F (fail)

Mode of Study

  1. Regular
  2. Open and Distance E-Learning (ODeL)
  3. Institutional Based-Program (IBP)

Certification

The degree to be awarded is designated: Bachelor of Science in Agrcultural Economics and Resource Management  (BSc. AGECON).

Programme Structure and Duration

Year of Study

1

2

3

4

Total

No. of Courses

14

14

14

14

56

Semester

1

2

1

2

1

2

1

2

 

Course Load per semester

7

7

7

7

7

7

7

7

 

Credit hours per course

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

 

 Weighted Credit Hours

21

21

21

21

21

21

21

21

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  1. COURSES DISTRIBUTION BY YEAR AND SEMESTER

16.1. BSc. AGRICULTURAL ECONOMICS AND RESOURCE MANAGEMENT

YEAR ONE

First semester

Second Semester

Codes

 Course Title

Credit Hours

Code

Course Title

Credit Hours

CMJ 1100

Communication Skills

3

COM 1200

Computer & Information Literacy

3

ZOO 1100

HIV & AIDS and Lifestyle Diseases

3

ECO 1203

Introduction to Macroeconomics 

3

ECO 1103

Introduction to Microeconomics

3

ECO 1204

Mathematics for Economics I

3

ECO 1105

Economic Statistics I

3

ARE 1203

Principles of Crop Production

3

ARE 1103

Soil science

3

BCM 1205

Foundations of Accounting II

3

BCM 1103

Foundations of Accounting I

3

ARE 1204

Agricultural marketing I

3

ARE 1104

History and Development of Kenyan Agriculture

3

ARE 1205

Introduction to Agricultural Economics

3

Total

 

21

Total

 

21

YEAR TWO

First semester

Second Semester

Codes

 Course/Unit Titles

Credit Hours

Code

Course/Unit Titles

Credit Hours

ENS 2100

Environmental Skills

3

ECO 2203

Intermediate Macroeconomics

3

REL 2100

Philosophy and Critical Thinking

3

AGB 3105

Financial Management in Agribusiness

3

ECO 2103

Intermediate Microeconomics

3

ECO 2205

Economics of Money and Banking

3

ECO 2105

Economics Statistics II

3

ARE 2204

Farm power and machinery

3

ECO 2204

Mathematics for Economics II

3

ECO 2107

History of Economic Thought

3

ARE 2106

Rural sociology

3

ARE 2206

Crop protection

3

ARE 2107

Managerial accounting

3

ARE 2207

Animal production

3

Total

 

21

Total

 

21

YEAR THREE

First semester

Second Semester

Codes

Course/Unit Titles

Credit Hours

Codes

Course/Unit Titles

Credit Hours

 

Core Units

 

 

Core Units:

 

ARE 3103

Rural development and agriculture

3

BCM 3200

Entrepreneurship skills

3

ARE 3104

Agricultural market and price analysis

3

ARE 3203

Farm business management

3

ARE 3105

Quantitative methods

3

ECO 3207

Research Methodology

3

ARE 3106

Agricultural marketing II

3

AGB 4208

Agricultural Finance and Risk Management

3

ARE 3107

Cooperative development and management

3

ECO 4206

Environmental Economics

3

ARE 3108

Agricultural production economics

3

ARE 3207

Natural resource management

3

ECO 3105

Development Economics

3

ARE 3208

Food economics and policy

3

     

*ARE 3210

Field attachment

6

Total

 

21

Total

 

27

YEAR FOUR

First semester

Second Semester

Codes

Course/Unit Titles

Credit Hours

Codes

Course/Unit Titles

Credit hours

 

Core Units:

 

 

Core Units:

 

ECO 4103

Econometrics I

3

ECO 4203

Econometrics II

3

ARE 4104

 International Agricultural Trade

3

ARE 4204

Industrial organization and public policy

3

ARE 4105

 Agricultural Project Management

3

ARE 4205

Survey, soil and water conservation

3

ARE 4106

 Agri - Supply chain Management

3

ARE 4206

Agricultural policy analysis and law

3

ARE 4107

Agricultural extension

3

ARE 4207

Current issues in agriculture, economics and resource management

3

ARE 4108

Farming Systems

3

ARE 4208

Research project and seminar II

3

ECO  4106

Data analysis and computer applications in economics

3

BCM 3206

Taxation theory and practice

3

Total

 

21

Total

 

21

 

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