Diploma in Agriculture


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Mr John Seema
 

Programme Description

The Diploma in Agriculture programme is a three-year qualification. The first two years are taught on-site at the Mbombela Campus of the UMP by mostly staff from the School of Agricultural Sciences but also include staff from the School of Computational and Mathematical Sciences (SCMS). The programme aims to facilitate creativity, promote critical thinking in the agricultural field and ultimately produce competent and skilled agricultural technicians including farm managers and owners (Entrepreneur) in specialised sub-fields of plant production. Hence, the programme focuses on plant production, agronomy of field and horticultural crops, vegetable and fruit production. Water and farm management also constitute core areas of study covered in the programme. Students registered on this programme are given lectures driven by the use of technology, undertake both field and laboratory based practical activities, submit a range of written and oral assignments, and offered various opportunities to attend field trips to a number of commercial farms and pack houses. They are also exposed and provided opportunity to conduct individual research projects in their final year on which comprehensive scientific reports are provided and submitted under close supervision. Candidates looking for a career in this field need to be hard working and have a passion for agriculture and entrepreneurship. The third year is completed on the farm to provide experiential training (farm level experience) in the form of work integrated learning (WIL).
 


Admission Requirements

The minimum requirements for admission to a Diploma must be met. In addition, students will have the following:
National Senior Certificate
Minimum Admission Points Score (APS):
  • 25 with Mathematics or 26 with Mathematic Literacy
  • English (Home or First additional language): Level 4 (50 – 59%)
  • Mathematics: Level 3 or Mathematical Literacy: Level 4
  • Agriculture Level 4
NC(V) level 4
Applicants must have completed an NC(V) level 4 in Primary Agriculture with:
  • English (Home language or First additional language): ≥ Level 4 (50 – 59%)
  • Mathematics: ≥ Level 3 (40 – 49%) or Mathematical Literacy: ≥ Level 4 (50 – 59%)

Curriculum Structure

Module Code Semester Compulsory Credits Pre-requisites
YEAR 1
Plant Protection 1 AGRI 151 1 Yes 10 None
Plant Propagation AGRI 152 2 Yes 10 None
Introduction to Farm Management 1A FBMT 151 1 Yes 13 None
Farm Management 1B FBMT 152 2 Yes 13 None
Agricultural Engineering 1 FENG 151 1 Yes 10 None
Agricultural Mechanization FENG 152 2 Yes 10 None
Introduction to Soil Science 1A RMGT 151 1 Yes 13 None
Soil Science 1B RMGT 152 2 Yes 13 None
Botany BOT 152 1 Yes 10 None
Research and Communication RC 151 2 Yes 10 None
Computer Application CA 151 1 Yes 8 None
TOTAL       120  
YEAR 2
Introduction to Vegetable Production 2A AGRI 261 1 Yes 12 AGRI 151
Vegetable Production 2B AGRI 262 2 Yes 12 None
Introduction to Agronomy 2A AGRI 263 1 Yes 12 AGRI 151
Agronomy Practice 2B AGRI 264 2 Yes 12 None
Introduction to Fruit Production 2A AGRI 265 1 Yes 12 AGRI 151
Fruit Production 2B AGRI 266 2 Yes 12 None
Budget and Risk Management 2A FBMT 261 1 Yes 12 FBMT 151
Farm Management 2B FBMT 262 2 Yes 12 None
Introduction to Irrigation Water 1A RMGT 261 1 Yes 12 RMGT 152
Managing Irrigation Systems 1B RMGT 262 2 Yes 12 None
TOTAL       120  
YEAR 3
Comprehensive Farm Planning CFP 361 1 and 2 Yes 60 FBMT 261, 262
Farm Management 3A FBMT 361 1 and 2 Yes 20 FBMT 261,262
Natural Resource Management NRM 361 1 and 2 Yes 20 RMGT 261,262
Production Processes and Procedures PPP 361 1 and 2 Yes 20 FBMT 261, 262
TOTAL       120  
TOTAL CREDITS       360  

 



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