Message from the dean

The mission of the faculty is to realize its vision by: engaging the faculty in Educating and training agricultural scientists through a quality teaching process in order for them to meet national needs, producing relevant and focused research for the benefit of the country and its people and ensuring the implementation of expertise through transfer technology and extension services in the country for poverty alleviation.The mission of the faculty is to realize its vision by: engaging the faculty in Educating and training agricultural scientists through a quality teaching process in order for them to meet national needs, producing relevant and focused research for the benefit of the country and its people and ensuring the implementation of expertise through transfer technology and extension services in the country for poverty alleviation.

The Faculty of Agriculture was established in 1971 with the purpose to generate agricultural experts who are able to provide relevant consultancy services for farmers such as: soil and water conservation practices, pest and disease management, crop husbandry methods and minimizing the use of chemicals and encouraging the application of integrated pest management (IPM) in farming production systems. The faculty has prepared almost 600 graduates with various backgrounds of agricultural science and agricultural engineering; it had 65 academic staff and 50 non-academic staff

Vision Statement

The faculty strives for excellence in teaching, research, customer care, extension and community outreach.

Values
The values of the faculty include:

The Faculty of Agricultural Science  strives to deliver its mandate with integrity (individually and collectively), commitment, accountability, and respect, continuous improvement of services  and products ,accessibility to society, gender equity and rational use of resources.

Mission Statement
The mission of the faculty is to realize its vision by: engaging the faculty in Educating and training agricultural scientists through a quality teaching process in order for them to meet national needs, producing relevant and focused research for the benefit of the country and its people and ensuring the implementation of expertise through transfer technology and extension services in the country for poverty alleviation.

The current Government of Somalia is doing its utmost in order to make the nation among the middle income countries of the World. Education in general and higher education in particular is the key in the development of any nation. As Agriculture and Livestock is the main stay for more than 85% of the population in the country and crop production takes the lion’s share, it would be difficult to bring fast economic growth without increasing crop production and productivity. Therefore, the agricultural sector in general and higher academic institutions in particular have a decisive role to play in the efforts to build modern and prosperous in the years to come. Even though more than 85 % of the total landmass of the country is classified as a dry land, the attention and coverage with respect to trained professionals in the area of Dry land crop production was very limited. In addition, as most of the curricula in this area and the different courses in the different departments were not more of competency based and market oriented, it has become imperative to address these issues through curriculum revision and nationwide modularization.

(Need for updating)There are a number of reasons why we need to modularize the current curriculum. Firstly, the existing curriculum is discipline based and the courses are fragmented, i.e. courses are not organized around competencies. As a result, students who drop out from the departments are simply wastage because they cannot be certified in any of the competencies due to the fragmented nature of the courses. Secondly, the existing curriculum did not indicate the students’ work load which is very important for their academic success. The existing curriculum showed only the contact hours that the instructor used for lecturing and practical purposes. Thirdly, there was a loose connection between the world of education and the market demand because of the inherent problem of the existing curriculum. Furthermore, the curriculum focused on the teacher rather than the learner, i.e. it is not student centered. However, in recent years, there has been a paradigm shift from teacher centered to student-centered teaching-learning process. That is why it is vital not only to modularize the existing curricula in the Dry land crop sciences but also harmonize them among the universities offering the same program in order to enhance student mobility, more freedom of choice as there is flexibility in module delivery, enhance independent learning and thereby improve the quality of education across the Universities.

General Objective

The ultimate aim of the program is to improve crop production and productivity and ensure sustainable use of natural resources in the country, thereby contributing to improvement of the livelihood of the nation. Such a program seeks to produce competent professionals who are equipped with both academic and practical knowledge and skills in managing all phases of the crop production and management; and conducting various research and extension activities which can contribute to the development of the country and ensuring food security and self sufficiency.

Specific Objectives

•      Provide students with basic and applied knowledge and skill of field crops, horticultural crops, industrial crop production and protection.
•      Provide students with basic knowledge of natural resources: soil, water, Rangeland and forestry and their management for appropriate crop production.
•      Enable students to understand and comprehend problems in dry land crop production and seek solutions through exposure to research, extension and management
•      Enable the students to gain the skill, knowledge and attitude of conserving and managing crop genetic resources
•      Integrating teaching-research activities with extension activities so as to extend the new improved technologies to the farmer.
•      To provide professional services to the community and policy makers at large

Admission requirement

Successful candidates as per the rules and regulation the ministry of education (MOE) and the hosting university can be admitted. This includes:

Successful completion of the ten plus two preparatory school education and who pass the University placement examination,

Placement as Advanced Standing

As part time student

Through Distance Education

Duration of the degree program

The duration of the undergraduate (BSc/Laure) program in dry land crop science is four years (eight semesters) for regular program.

Graduation Requirements:

A minimum of  (120cr-hrs) and/or maximum of 185/1872 CPs (119crhrs) of which 164/166 CPs are Major courses, 16CPs are Supportive courses and 5 CPs are elective courses

Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of 2.00 or above, No “F” , “NG” and  “I” grade (s) in any course (s) taken

Degree Nomenclature:

After graduation, the degree issued will be named as:

English:Laurea in Dry land Agriculture

Year I Semester I

Module Courses Course code Credit hour CP No of weeks Deliver Duration
Module 01: Basic English
skills
1.1. Communicative English and writing skills EnLa1011 3 5 16 Parallel Whole semester
Module 02: Islamic Study 2.1. Islamic Study Is-1021 3 5 16 Parallel Whole semester
Module 03:Computer
and its application
3.1. Computer and its application/ Math II COMP1031 3(2+1) 5 16 Parallel Whole semester
Module 04:
In – Organic Chemistry
4.1. In Organic Chemistry ORCH1041 3(2+1) 5 16 Parallel Whole semester
Module 05:
Zoology
5.1.General Zoology GZO1051 3(2+1) 5 16 Parallel Whole semester
Module 06: Basics in Plant Science 6.1. Plant Morphology and Anatomy DCHS/DLCS 1041 2 (1.5 +0.50) 4 4 Block 1-4weeks


Year I Semester II

Module Courses Course code Credit hour CP No of weeks Deliver Duration

Module 01: Basic english skills

1.2. Basic writing skills

EnLa1012

3 5 16

Parallel

Whole semester

Module 04:
In – Organic Chemistry
Organic Ch

DCHS/DLCS1043

3 (2+1) 5 8

Block

9-16weeks

Module 06: Basics in Plant Science 6.3. Introduction to Plant Biochemistry /Math II

DCHS/DLCS1044

3 (2+1) 4 8

Block

9-16weeks

Module 06: Basics in Plant Science 6.4. Plant Physiology

DCHS/DLCS1044

3 (2+1) 4 8

Block

9-16weeks

Module 06: Basics in Plant Science 6.5. Plant

Ecology

DCHS/DLCS1045

2(1.5+0.5)

4

16

Parallel

Whole semester

6.6. Agricultural Microbiology LARP[1]/DLCS1051

3 (2+1)

5

8

Block

1-8week

21

16

 

Year II Semester I

Module Courses Course code Credit hour CP No of weeks Deliver Duration

Module 05:

Crop environment and land resource management

5.1.Introductore soils LARP/DLCS 1052

2(1.5+0.5)

4

8

Block

9-16week

5.2. Soil fertility and plant nutrition LARP/DLCS 1053

3 (2+1)

4

8

Block

9-16week

5.3. Management of arid and salt affected soils DCHS/DLCS1054

2

2

16

Parallel

Whole semester

5.4. Agro-climatology

DLCS1055

2(1.5+0.5)

3

16

Parallel

Whole semester

5.5. Stress physiology LARP/DLCS 1056

2

2

16

Parallel

Whole semester

5.6. Land Use Planning LARP/DLCS 2057

2

3

16

Parallel

Whole semester

Total

21

32

16

 

Year II Semester II

Module Courses Course code Credit hour CP No of weeks Deliver Duration

Module 05:

Crop environment and land resource management

5.7. Agro-forestry systems and practices

DLCS2061

3 (2+1)

5

6

Block

1-6weeks

Module 06: Crops

production, management systems and processing

6.1. Principles of crop production

LARP[1]/DLCS2062

2(1.5+0.5)

3

6

Block

1-6weeks

6.2. Agricultural Machinery and Implements

DLCS2063

3 (2+1)

4

10

Block

7-16weeks

6.3. Cereal and Pulses Production HORT[2]/DLCS2064[3]

3 (2+1)

4

10

Block

7-16weeks

6.4. Vegetable Production and Management
6.5. Fruit Production and Management

DLCS2065

3 (2+1)

4

10

Block

7-16weeks

6.6. Industrial Crop Production and Processing

HORT/DLCS2066

3 (2+1)

4

10

Block

7-16weeks

 

Year III Semester I

Module Courses Course code Credit hour CP No of weeks Deliver Duration
Module 06: Crops

production, management systems and processing

6.7. Coffee production, processing and quality control

HORT/DLCS2067

2(1.5+0.5)

3

10

Block

7-16weeks

6.8. Pasture and Forage Crops Production

LIPT26/DLCS2068

2

2

10

Block

7-16weeks

6.9. Incense Production (indiceouse plants)

DLCS2069

2

2

10

Block

7-16weeks

Module 07

Agriculture Legislation

7.1.Agriculture Legislation

2

Parallel

Whole Semester

Module 08:

Crop pests and their Management

8.1. Plant Pathology

DLCS2071

3 (2+1)

4

16

Parallel

Whole Semester

8.2. Weeds and their Management

DLCS2072

3 (2+1)

4

16

Parallel

Whole Semester

8.3. agricultural Entomology DCHS/DLCS 272073

3 (2+1)

4

16

Parallel

Whole Semester

 

Year III Semester II

Module Courses Course code Credit hour CP No of weeks Deliver Duration

Module 09:

Crop pests and their Management

9.4. Pesticides and IPM

DLCS2074

3 (2+1)

4

16

Parallel

Whole Semester

Module 10:

Biostatistics and

Research

Methodologies

10.1.Introduction to Statistics

STAT2081

3 (2+1)

4

6

Block

1-6week

10.2. Principles, designs and analysis of agri. experiments DCHS/DLCS2082

3 (2+1)

5

10

Block

7-16week

10.3. Research Methods DCHS/DLCS2083

2

3

16

Parallel

Whole Semester

Module 11:

Crop Improvement and Plant Genetic

11.1. Principles of Genetics DCHS/DLCS[1]3091

3 (2+1)

5

6

Block

1-6week

11.2. Plant Breeding

DLCS3092

3 (2+1)

5

10

Block

7-16week

Module:12

Teaching Methodology

12:1Teaching Methodology

Teaching Methodology

Teaching Methodology

17

 

Year IV Semester I

Module Courses Course code Credit hour CP No of weeks Deliver Duration

Module 11:

Crop Improvement and Plant Genetic

11.3. Introduction to Plant Biotechnology DCHS/DLCS3093

3 (2+1)

4

16

Parallel

Whole semester

11.4. Seed Science and Technology

DLCS3094

3 (2+1)

4

10

Block

7-16week

11.5. Crop Breeding for Stress Environment

DLCS3095

2 (1.5+0.5)

3

10

Block

7-16week

11.6. Crop Biodiversity Conservation and Mgt

DLCS3096

2

3

10

Block

7-16week

Module 13:

Teaching Methodology

13:1 Teaching

methodology

2

Parallel

Whole semester

Module 12:

Research Project

12.2. Senior Research Project I

DLCS 3103

2

3

16

Parallel

Whole semester

Module:14:

Agriculture Legislation

14:1.Agriculture Legislation

Agriculture Legislation

Agriculture Legislation

Agriculture Legislation

 

Year IV Semester II

Module Courses Course code Credit hour CP No of weeks Deliver Duration

Module 15:

Irrigation water use and Drought management

15.1. Irrigation Agronomy and Drainage

LARP29/DLCS 3111

3 (2+1)

5

16

Parallel

Whole semester

15.2. Water Management in dry land ecosystems

LARP/DLCS3112

3 (2+1)

4

16

Parallel

Whole semester

15.3. Drought Management and Risk Mitigation

DLCS3113

2

3

16

Parallel

Whole semester

Module 16:

Agricultural extension, project planning and entrepreneurship

16.1. Rural Sociology and Agricultural Extension

DLCS3122

2

3

4

Block

1-4week

16.2. Farm Management

DLCS3123

2

3

4

Block

5-8week

16.3. Agriculture Economy

COOP/MGMT3124

2

4

4

Block

9-12week

16.4. Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management

13-16week

Module 17:

Research Project

17.1. Senior Research Project I

DLCS 3103

2

3

16

Parallel

Whole semester

Email: agriculture@snu.edu.so