Diploma in Animal Production


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Prof Victor Mlambo
 

Programme Description

Of necessity, contemporary animal agriculture must ensure efficient production of quality products while employing humane and environmentally friendly production systems. This curriculum will impart knowledge on how environment affects productivity, how physiology affects growth and reproduction, and how food quality, production and performance can be improved through animal breeding and carefully considered nutritional and other strategies. Students of this Animal Production diploma will also study animal behaviour, housing and management systems that promote optimal welfare for animals reared in captivity. To tie all this together, this curriculum interrogates sustainable animal agriculture issues in modern times when factors such as climate change and the increasingly discerning consumer, are major influences on how we rear and use animals for food production. This University of Mpumalanga diploma is, therefore, an exciting 21st century Animal Production curriculum designed to empower the graduate to be a life-long learner who can function at the epicentre of contemporary animal agriculture and its attendant challenges.
 

Admission Requirements

 
National Senior Certificate
  • Admission Points Score: ≥ 26
  • English (Home language or First additional language): ≥ Level 4 (50 – 59%)
  • Mathematics: ≥ Level 3 (40 – 49%) or Mathematical Literacy: ≥ Level 6 (70 – 79%)
  • Physical Science: ≥ Level 3 (40 – 49%)
  • Life Sciences or 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 6 (70 – 79%)
 

Curriculum Structure

YEAR 1
Semester Code Description Pre/Co-Requisites Credits
1 ANPD 101 Introduction to Animal Anatomy and Physiology None 12
2 ANPD 102 Introduction to Animal Health None 12
1 ANPD 103 Introduction to Animal Nutrition None 12
2 FMAN 101 Farm Management - Accounting None 12
2 SSCP 102 Introduction to Soil Science & Crop Production None 12
2 ANPD 104 Rangeland Management None 12
1 AENG 101 Agricultural Engineering I None 12
2 AENG 102 Agricultural Engineering II None 12
1 EUC 101 End User Computing None 8
1 NAL 100 Numerical and Academic Literacy None 16
YEAR 2 
Semester
1 FMAN 201 Farm Management and Extension Practice FMAN 101 &  NAL 100 12
2 FMAN 202 Farm Management – Economics FMAN 101 &  NAL 100 12
1 ANPD 201 Beef Cattle Production ANPD 101, 102 & 103 12
2 ANPD 202 Dairy Cattle Production ANPD 101, 102 & 103 12
1 ANPD 203 Pig Production ANPD 101, 102 & 103 12
1 ANPD 204 Goat and Sheep Production ANPD 101, 102 & 103 12
2 ANPD 205 Poultry Production ANPD 101, 102 & 103 12
2 ANPD 206 Animal Breeding and Genetics ANPD 101, 102 & 103 12
1 WMAN 201 Water Management AENG 101 & 102, SOIL 102 12
2 ANPD 208 Cultivated Pasture Management ANPD 104 12
YEAR 3 
Semester
1 and 2 ANPD 301 Advanced Large Stock Production All 1ST & 2ND year modules 40
1 and 2 ANPD 302 Advanced Small Stock & Pig Production All 1ST & 2ND year modules 40
1 and 2 ANPD 303 Advanced Poultry Production All 1ST & 2ND year modules 40
 


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