Diploma in Horticulture

Introduction

The horticultural in Kenya is a major contributor to agricultural production and has evolved to be among the top four sectors that earn significant foreign exchange. The sector is rapidly growing and possesses great potential that needs to be fully exploited for increased output and quality of horticultural produce. The realization of this potential requires highly trained technical manpower with practical knowledge and skills in horticulture.

Justification

The three-year course leading to the Diploma in Horticulture is designed to produce graduates having broad practical knowledge and skills for the rapidly growing horticultural industry in Kenya. The practical-oriented training equips students for technical positions in research, extension, and commercial farms, associated service industries and self-employment. Egerton University is suitable for horticultural training, because it is centrally located between Eldoret and Nairobi airports, and in the Rift Valley province that is suitable for production of horticultural crops.

Aims and Objectives

At the end of the Diploma programme, students should be able to:

3.1 Perceive the importance of horticulture in the national economy with particular reference to the roles of vegetables, fruits, flowers and other ornamental plants in meeting the nutritional needs of the family, aesthetic gratification and foreign exchange earnings;

3.2 Use the acquired knowledge and practical skills to improve the production and post-harvest technology of horticultural crops and marketing of the produce;

3.3 Effectively communicate the acquired knowledge and skills to various individuals and groups interested in improving horticultural crop production;

3.4 Set up and manage a commercial horticultural enterprise involving the production and marketing of fruits, vegetables, cut-flowers and nursery stock plants in both outdoor and greenhouse environments;

3.5 Carryout meaningful scientific research on various facets of horticultural and other crop enterprises;

3.6 Promote environmental and food safety awareness by safe use of pesticides and employing production practices that minimize chemical residues, as well as soil erosion;

3.7 Utilize the acquired knowledge and skills in gainful self-employment.

4.0 Admission Requirements

4.1 Applicants must satisfy the University minimum entry requirements for a University Diploma of Grade C in the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE), or equivalent examinations and, in addition, offer passes with at least a:

(i) C in English/Kiswahili

(ii) C in Maths/Physics or in Agriculture

(iii) C+ in Biology or B- in Biological Sciences

(iv) C+ in Chemistry or B- in Physical Sciences

4.2 Admission may be granted to outstanding holders of a Certificate in agriculture, or fields related to agriculture from recognized Colleges, who will have passed with at least a credit or its equivalent.

5.0 Loading and Duration of Study

5.1 The Diploma in horticulture shall normally take three academic years, each with two semesters.

5.2 To graduate with the Diploma in horticulture, a student will be required to take and pass all courses scheduled in (8), which include the University common core courses approved by the Senate.

6.0 Course Coding

The courses are coded as follows:

6.1 The abbreviation HORT refers to Horticulture,

6.2 The first digit (i.e. zero) in all the courses indicates the level of training (i.e. Diploma),

6.3 The second digit (i.e. 1, 2, 3) represents the year of study,

6.4 The third digit (i.e. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7) refers to the subject discipline/matter as follows:

0 = Introductory Courses

1 = General and Principle Courses

2 = Basic Horticultural Courses

3 = Vegetable Crops

4 = Fruit Crops

5 = Post-harvest Management

6 = Ornamental Horticulture

7 = Experimentation and Research Projects.

6.5 The fourth digit shows the series of courses in a particular field.

7.0 Examination

All examinations for this programme will be conducted in accordance with the examination regulations as stipulated in Statute of Egerton University.

8.0 Schedule of Courses

YEAR 1 SEMESTER 1

 

CODE

TITLE

L.

P

C.F.

BOTA 0211

Agricultural Botany

30

30

3.0

BOTA 0212

Plant Taxonomy

30

30

3.0

CHEM0111

Basic Inorganic and Physical Chemistry

30

30

3.0

HORT 0111

Principles and Practices of Horticulture

30

30

3.0

MATH0121

General Mathematics

45

0

3.0

ZOOL 0100

Entomology

30

30

3.0

SOIL 0100

Introduction to Soil Science

30

30

3.0

HORT0170

Horticultural Practical Experience I

0

45

1.5

TOTAL

225

225

22.5

 

YEAR 1 SEMESTER 2

 

AGED 0111

Agricultural Communication Skills

30

0

2.0

CHEM0112

Basic Organic Chemistry

30

30

3.0

MATH0122

Basic Statistics

45

0

3.0

ENSC 100

Environmental Science

30

30

3.0

BOTA0222

Genetics

30

30

3.0

HORT0170

Horticultural Practical Experience II

0

60

2.0

AGEC0112

Introduction to Agricultural Economics

45

0

3.0

TOTAL

210

150

19.0

 

YEAR 2 SEMESTER 1

 

AGEN 0231

Introduction to Mechanized Agriculture

30

30

3.0

AGRO 0221

Principles of Crop Improvement

30

15

2.5

HORT 0212

Horticultural Plant Identification

0

45

1.5

HORT0222

Plant Propagation

30

30

3.0

AGRO0232

Annual crops

30

30

3.0

AGEC0241

Production Economics

45

0

3.0

HORT0232

Vegetable Production

45

30

4.0

AGED0251

Rural Sociology

30

0

2.0

TOTAL

240

180

22.0

 

YEAR 2 SEMESTER 2

 

BOTA 0226

Plant Pathology

30

30

3.0

SOIL 0220

Soil Fertility and Plant Nutrition

30

30

3.0

HORT0242

Fruit Production

45

30

4.0

HORT0261

Floriculture

30

30

3.0

HORT0271

Principles of Agricultural Experimentation

15

45

2.5

AGEC0243

Farm Management and Accounts

45

0

3.0

AGED 0252

Extension Education

45

0

3.0

TOTAL

240

165

21.5

HORT 0373

Field Attachment (8 wks)

0

120

4.0

 

YEAR 3 SEMESTER 1

 

HORT 0313

Horticultural Crop Protection

30

30

3.0

COMP 0190

Information Technology and National Development

30

30

3.0

HORT 0321

Horticultural Seed Production

30

30

3.0

HORT 0324

Nursery Stock Production and Management

30

30

3.0

HORT 0351

Post-harvest Technology and Marketing of Horticulture Produce

30

30

3.0

HORT 0362

Ornamental Horticulture

30

30

3.0

HORT0372

Field Visits

0

45

1.5

HORT0374

Research Projects I

0

45

1.5

TOTAL

195

255

21.5

 

YEAR 3 SEMESTER 2

 

AGEN 0252

Soil and Water Management

45

45

4.5

AGEC 0348

Financial and Human Resources Management

45

0

3.0

HORT 0323

Introduction to Greenhouse Management

30

30

3.0

HORT 0343

Beverages, Medicinal and Nut Crops

30

30

3.0

HORT 0363

Landscape Design, Construction and Maintenance

30

30

3.0

HORT0372

Field Visits

0

45

1.5

HORT0375

Research Projects II

0

45

1.5

TOTAL

180

225

19.5