AED Courses

AED 211 Principles and Practice of Agricultural Extension and Rural Development (2 Units)

Basic concepts and principles of rural sociology and their application to an understanding of rural situations, rural society, patterns of relationships, the family, societal maintenance and inheritance, principles and processes of community development; philosophy, objectives, principles, processes and methods of agricultural extension, extension administration, programme planning and evaluation, concepts and principles of the training and visit (T and V) system of extension.

AED 221 Introduction to Home Economics (2 Units)

Philosophy, Scope, objectives and historical development of Home Economics.  Examination of basic human needs with respect to food, clothing, shelter and health, Programme approaches in Home Economics which will help meet these needs.  Preparation for careers in a variety of occupations.

AED 311 Extension Teaching, Learning Process and Methods (2 Units)

Definition of learning, general principles of learning, the simple learning process, learning theories and theorists. Thorndike’s laws and principles of learning, teaching elements/components of teaching. Nature and elements of communication process. Principles of analyzing communication problems in extension. The meaning of the concepts of teaching, learning and motivation. Steps and principles of teaching and learning. Extension teaching methods. Preparation and use of teaching materials and aids.

AGR 418     Students Industrial Work Experience Scheme (SIWES)   (6 units)

FPT 421      Research Methods and Report writing   (3 units)

Types of empirical research in agriculture. Sources of research topics, Steps in empirical research-setting of objectives; formulation of hypothesis and testing; sampling techniques, questionnaire design.  Analytical techniques:  Descriptive statistics and quantitative chniques.  Application of econometrics in data analysis. Use of inferential statistics in data analysis. Research report writing and presentation. Development of research proposal for grant application.

FPT 422      Farm Records, Management and Accounting   (2 units)

Farm records and accounting: Types of farm records, Importance of farm records, farm assets and valuations.  Application of farm records in agribusiness analysis: Income Statement, Balance Sheet, Farm business analysis, farm ratios and cash flow analysis. Risk and Uncertainty in agribusiness.

FPT 423      Basic Techniques of Field Economics Survey     (2 units)

Fundamentals of Field Economic Survey: Meaning, scope and purpose of farm survey. Design and sampling in farm survey. Types of data and limitations of each type. Data collection techniques, questionnaire design, pre-coding, coding and preliminary stage in data processing. Data Analyses: Statistical and economic analysis of data and interpretation. Marketing and Market Survey: Key elements in the definition of marketing; the nature of agricultural products and effects on marketing; agricultural product prices; agricultural price policy for development;

FPT 424      Practical Village Extension Activities & Information Dissemination   (2 Units)

Concepts of continuous evaluation and point programme evaluation. Work plans and calendar of work.  Topics of programme evaluation: casual observation and formal methods of evaluation. Analysis of change factors. Assignments in programme evaluation. ADP and named rural development projects, programmes, rural health, etc. Village and farm visits including Farm settlements during farming activities; Visit to agricultural Institutions and Industries; Organization of farmer’s forum.

Information Dissemination: The use of Audio-Visual and other materials in Extension training.

FPT 425: Farm Mechanization Practice   2 Unit (C)

Tractor systems including parts of the tractor; Maintenance procedures for agricultural tractor, tractor mounted implements including serving, lubrication, etc.; Maintenance of agricultural equipments such as sheller, driers, seed cleaners, etc.; Tractor driving lessons including coupling of tractor and operation of tractor-mounted implements such as the plough harrow, ridger, etc. in land preparation activities.

FPT 426: Farm Workshop Practices 2 Units (C)

Cutting, bending, grinding, welding of metals: Use of common workshop tools like snipers, guillitre, file, scribes, vices, welderers, drills, etc.; Fabrication techniques and construction methods; Fabrication of simple farm equipments like rakes, hand hoe, maize shellers, incubators, etc.

FPT 427: Animal Production Techniques 2 Units (C)

Identification of different breeds of livestock, raising different Livestock breeds which include broiler, layers, sheep, goat, pig and cattle. Proper routing on housing, feeding, and general management practices involved during the rearing period be properly emphasized. Heat and gestation period in farm animals, common animal husbandry terminologies on different breeds of livestock. Pasture and range management. Forage conservation. Feed formulation for all classes of livestock and micro-livestock. Determination of age indifferent classes of livestock. Micro-livestock production which include grass-cutter framing, snail farming, rabbit production and management.

FPT 428: Animal Health Management 2 Unit (C)

 Definition of disease. Factors predisposing animals to diseases. Common symptoms/signs of sick animal, Vaccination procedures in farm animal.  Principles of handling/ treatment of diseased animals. Diseases prevention and control. Diagnosis techniques for diseases. Principles of drug and administration and disinfection. Animal handling, castration (pig), dehorning, debeaking, identification –tattooing, and branding tagging.

FPT 429: Processing and Storage of Animal Products 2 Unit (C)

Handling of animal products.  Types of deterioration in animals products.  Preservation methods for animal products.  Microorganisms in animal products.  Analytical procedures in standardizing animal products. Flavourings, seasonings and preservation in animal products.  Specific project in animal products.

FPT 440: Fish and Shrimps Production Techniques 2 Unit (C)

 Types of cultivable fish and shrimps in freshwater aquaculture concept. Gears production techniques– hooks, traps and nets. Different types of fish and shrimps culture techniques(re-circulatory aquaculture), monoculture, polyculture, selected breeding, intensive and extensive culture in fish and shrimps production, integrated fish/ shrimps and  rice production,  floating cages and rafts. Spawning methods; artificial fertilization; incubation, rearing, harvesting and transportation of fry and fingerlings of fish and shrimps.  Selection and care of breeders; larvae and fingerlings.  Diseases control in fish and shrimps production. Water quality control in fish and shrimps hatcheries.

FPT 441: Irrigation, Soil and Water Conservation 2 Units (C)

Forms of irrigation; costs and profitability of irrigation; application of irrigation to different crops.  Soil-water-plant-atmosphere relationship; assessment of water requirements for crops including meteorological approach and critical growth stages for water of different field crops; scheduling irrigation for the major crops; time of irrigation; agronomic management of irrigated crops;  crop rotation and sequence under irrigated conditions, evaporation losses of irrigation water; maintenance of irrigation equipment.  Agronomic practices of crops in problem soils; soil erosion and soil drainage under irrigation or under natural rainfall.

FPT 442: Crop Production and Protection Techniques 3 Units (C) 

Choice of land, preparation – land preparation. Recommended varieties of leafy of fruit vegetable; capsicum sp., Abelmoschus sp., Solanum sp., and lycopersicum sp. Propagation and nursery preparation, fertilizer (organic and inorganic) application, disease, pest and weed control, harvesting and storage.

 Land clearing methods, ploughing, harvesting, ridging. Recommended varieties, planting fertilizer (organic and inorganic) applicable. Disease, pest and weed control of cereals- maize, rice, legumes, cowpea, and soya bean, tubers – cassava, yam, etc.

Identification of the major pests – insect, fungi, bacteria, viruses and nematodes-weeds and other disease of tropical crops and stored products. Types and pesticides insecticides, fungicides, rodenticides, bactericides, avicides, and herbicides, etc. Pesticide formulations: dust, granules, EC, WP, etc. Types of spraying equipment; common equipment for small and large spraying exercises. Calibration of equipment. Pest and disease survey. Basics concept of pest and disease management in selected crops and stored produce. Safety in handling and application of fungicides and pesticides in the control of pest and diseases Calibration of sprayers in field pest Economics of pest and disease control.

FPT 443: Soil Survey, Land use and Agro-Climatology 2 Units (C)

The nature of climate-agriculture relationship and the methods of their investigation. Practical assessment of moisture and thermal agro-meteorological indices on agriculture production. Effects of amount of spatial and temporal variation of precipitation. (Omega fall, dew, fog). Isolation and photoperiodic. Soil and air temperature evaporation. Cloud. Wind and atmospheric humidity. Inter-relationship of wind shelter, moisture conservation and plant growth. Basic principles of soil classification. Soil profile, study and description, soil sampling, soil survey methodology. Soil formation, mineral and rocks in relation to soil derived. Soil forming factors. Assemblage of maps, use of aerial photograph maps. Field survey versus grid survey. Field mapping. Soil morphological investigations. Laboratory determination. Soil correlation. Soil survey. Report writing. Interpretative reports. Management properties of some tropical soils. Soil and land capability classification for various purposes.

FPT 444: Processing and Storage of Farm Products 2 Unit (C)

Harvesting and processing of arable crops- cassava, maize, cowpea, soya bean, rice, citrus, kola and cocoa. Types of storage – traditional, crib, silo. Crib construction, storage chemical, storage pests, identification of storage pests and diseases.

Introduction to dairy equipment: Meat and meat products Sterilization and pasteurization of milk Methods of Milk preservation including cheese, yogurt, powdered milk, Etc.: Milk quality tests meat preservation techniques including assessment of meat quality methods of egg preservation.

AED  511:   Agricultural Communication (2 Unit) (L. 15: P.45: T. 0)              

Principles and processes of communication as applied to information dissemination in agriculture, barriers to communication, model of communication; agricultural news writing; development communication, media use and audience.  Theory and practical application of audio-visual aids in knowledge and skills in the use and maintenance of audio-visuals hard and software.

AED 512 Extension Organizations, Management and Supervision (2 Units) (L. 30: P.0: T. 0)

Theories and models of management and administration:  The planning function and application of planning models to agricultural extension;   The organizing function; Agricultural Extension organization and their structures and functioning, Managerial leadership styles; Motivation.  Coordination; delegation; Budgeting and financial management; marketing; Organization of T and V system of extension.

AED 513 Production and Use of Audio-Visual Aids (2 Units) (L. 15: P.45: T. 0)    

Types of audio-visual instructional materials (e.g. transparencies, slides, tapes, video, television, radio, etc.).Training and design, development and presentation of audio-visual aids; Principles and techniques of utilization of audio-visual materials.  Uses of audio-visual aids; Principles and teaching; Maintenance of audio-visual equipment and materials.

AED 514 Radio and Television Broadcasting (2 Units) (L. 15: P.45: T. 0)           

Introduction to Development of Radio and Television Broadcasting, Principles and Practice of Radio and television Broadcasting.  Audience analysis. Types of Radio and television Programmes; i.e. Radio and TV Talks, Discussion, News, Commentaries, Youth, Adult and Family Programme. Special Interest Programmes; i.e. Agricultural Features, Magazines, Documentaries, Drama and Music.

AED 530 Seminar (1 Unit) (L. 0: P.0: T. 15)

Students are expected to present a seminar on a special topic.

AED 521Analysis of Rural /Community Development in Nigeria (2 Units) (L. 15: P.0: T. 15)

Distinction between rural development. Strategies for rural development. Review and analysis of the various rural and agricultural development programmes and projects embarked upon by the various institutions and groups in Nigeria such as government ministries, universities, communities, churches and business concerns, and parastatal organizations: their objectives, methods, achievements; problems and implications for agricultural extension and rural development 

AED 522 Rural Community Development and Social Changes (2 Units) (L. 15: P.0: T. 15)       

Theories of community development; Community as a unit of social change; Micro and Macro approaches to social change elements and processes of change; Dimensions of innovations; Overview of theories of development; community development and other development approaches;  Types of social changes – Planned and Unplanned: social structure and differentiation measurement of change in rural areas; resistant and conductive forces to change in rural areas; social movements and changes in contemporary Nigeria, economic aspects of rural, social change; traditional institutions and their transformation; case studies on community development/social change.


AED 523 Administration and Programme Planning in Extension (2 Units)) (L. 15: P.0: T. 15) Concepts, Theories, principles and guidelines of administration, organization, supervision as applied to extension.  Administrative function and responsibilities in agricultural extension:  staff recruitment, selection placement and supervision; Budget development and fiscal control; importance of programme planning in agricultural extension need, educative objectives, learning experience clientele participation, plan of work, and calendar of work:  The role of good public relations, good leadership and co-operation for an extension applied to agricultural extension programme.

AED 524 Introduction to Technological Changes in Agriculture and Home Science (2 Units) (L. 15: P.0: T. 15)

Understanding technological changes/diffusion of technologies. Technological change, decision process; Characteristics of technologies, adoption rates and adopter categories; local institution and technological change, change agencies and agents; Research tradition on diffusion, research formulations on diffusion, research formulations on diffusion technologies;  Generalizations from diffusion research in Nigeria. 

AED 525 Diffusion of Innovation (2 Units) (L. 15: P.0: T. 15)

The meaning and elements of diffusion. The innovation decision process. The characteristics of innovations. Community characteristics and adoption. Opinion leadership. Change agents. Some theoretical perspectives on diffusion of innovations. Generalizations from diffusion studies in Nigeria and other developing countries.

AED 526 Rural and Environmental Sociology (2 Units) (L. 15: P.0: T. 15)

Environmental quantity and quality such as social problems. Value orientations toward nature. Soil and water pollution from farms. Institutional patterns affecting the use of natural resources. Sociological aspects of resource management issues

AED 540 Seminar II (1 Unit)       (L. 0: P.0: T. 15)

Students are expected to present a seminar on a special topic.

AGR 541 Research Project (6 Units) (L. 0: P.60: T. 0)

Each student in the final year is expected to carry out a research project under supervision and first present the proposal containing the introduction/ background of study, research problems, and objectives, justification of the study, methods of data collection and methods of data analysis.