Master Of Science In Agricultural Information And Communicat, Masters Program.

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Course Type: Masters

Duration: 2

Study Method: Part-Time

Fee: Kshs on application

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Overview:

Agricultural Information and Communication Management Programme at postgraduate level was strongly supported by the findings of a training needs assessment undertaken by Regional Agricultural Information Network (RAIN) in 2005. The National stakeholders workshop on the AICM postgraduate programmes (MSc. and PGD) adopted the following findings by RAIN/ASARECA and the Regional Taskforce.


The aim of Agricultural Information and Communication Management (AICM) program is to enhance the competency of professionals in the agricultural field and other development workers in managing and communicating agricultural information for accelerated development and poverty reduction, and to strengthen the capacity of universities to provide high – level education and research services in AICM.

Course Details:

Agricultural Information and Communication Management Programme at postgraduate level was strongly supported by the findings of a training needs assessment undertaken by Regional Agricultural Information Network (RAIN) in 2005. The National stakeholders workshop on the AICM postgraduate programmes (MSc. and PGD) adopted the following findings by RAIN/ASARECA and the Regional Taskforce.


The aim of Agricultural Information and Communication Management (AICM) program is to enhance the competency of professionals in the agricultural field and other development workers in managing and communicating agricultural information for accelerated development and poverty reduction, and to strengthen the capacity of universities to provide high – level education and research services in AICM.

Course Entry Requirements:

1)      Holders of at least upper second class honours degree or equivalent in any discipline from a university recognized by senate.


2)      Holders of at least lower second class honours degree or equivalent in any discipline from a university recognized by senate with at least two years relevant experience.


3)      Holders of pass degree and Postgraduate diploma or equivalent in any discipline from a university recognized by senate.


4)      Holders of pass degree with five years relevant experience.


 

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Course Objective

The objectives of the programme will be to:


1)      Build capacity at the MSc level with competence to develop and operate agricultural information systems, carry out research to identify the needs and problems of the different agricultural information users, and provide professional AICM support to the agricultural and related professionals


2)      Enhance professional careers and competence of researchers, academicians, students, policy makers and members of the civil society through interventions in agricultural information and communication management.


3)      Strengthen the capacity of university to train AICM professionals and to provide research and consultancy services in technology diffusion and uptake.

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Course Programme

Course Outline


Core courses


Fundamentals of Agricultural Information and Communication Management


Database Design and Management


Management of Agricultural Information and Communication Systems


Information System Analysis and Design


Agricultural Knowledge Management


Web Content Design and Management


Farming Systems & Rural Livelihoods


Statistical and Research Methods in Agricultural Information


Communication for Innovation


Elective courses


Biodiversity & Agricultural Biotechnology


Information Storage and Retrieval


Internet Programming


Principles of Scholarly Publishing


Telecommunications and Infor. Policies


Management of Telecommunications and Computer Networks


Human Computer Interaction


Knowledge Based Systems


Expert Systems


Decision Support Systems


Agricultural Policies and Agricultural


Information & Communication Mgt


 Project Management


Agri. Extension Strategies and Mgt


Fundamentals of Agri. Journalism


Organizational Behaviour


Geo-informatics


Entrepreneurship Development


Agricultural Marketing Infor. Systems


Specialization courses


A. Agricultural Knowledge Management Option


Knowledge Management Systems


Advanced Topics in Knowledge Mgt


B. Agricultural Communication Management Option


Agricultural Comm. Production


Agricultural Public Relations


C. Records and Archives Management


Fundamentals of Records & Archives Mgt.


 Records and Archives Management Techn.


D. Web Resources Management Option


Information Architecture


Internet Resources & Web Server Mgt.


E. Scholarly Publishing Option


Principles of Scholarly Publishing


Journal Management


COURSES SEQUENCE


Year 1


Semester 1


Fundamentals of Agricultural Information Communication and Management


Management of Agricultural Information and Communication Systems


Information System, Analysis and Design


Farming Systems and Rural Livelihoods


Seminar on Current Topics


Semester 2


Data Base Design and Management


Agricultural Knowledge Management


Web Content Design and Management


Statistical and Research Methods in Agricultural Information Communication and Management (AICM)


Communication for Innovation


Year 2


Advanced Topics in Knowledge Mgt.


 Knowledge Management Systems


Agricultural Communication Production


Agricultural Public Relations


Fundamentals of Records & Archives Mgt.


 Records and Archive Management Techn.


 Information Architecture


Internet Resources & Web Site Server Mgt


Principles of Scholarly Publishing


Journal Management


Semester 2


Thesis (Equivalent to 8 courses)


(Non-Thesis) Research dissertation (Equivalent to 4 courses)


Courses for remedial coursework


a) Agri. content for non-agriculture students


Year I: Semester I


Crop and Livestock Production system


Natural Resources Management


b) ICT/ICM content for non ICT/ICM students


Year I: Semester I


Fundamentals of Comp. Program


Fundamentals of Comp. and Networks