Master of Science In Animal Nutrition and Feed Science

Overview
    1. Philosophy of the program

Kenya’s, and generally Africa’s population growth is one of the fastest globally. The question of the future food security for this increasing population is the greatest challenge facing the peoples of Africa and their governments. There is also growing demand for animal protein due to improved standards of living. As population increases, incomes rise and urbanization increases, foods of animal origin will have to be availed either from local production or imported.

Capability of production of animal products is faced by myriad problems that are compounded by need to feed an ever-growing human population. Some of the constraints include competition for land with crops and urban development, competition for same ingredients used as human food for animal feed, competition for space, global warming and need to provide environment control for animal growth and production and ever-changing animal diseases patterns. In the developing world, feed is the biggest constraint to animal production both in terms of availability (quantity) and the quality.

To adequately address these challenges (especially feed resources), there is need for personnel who can appreciate the basic nutrient needs of domestic animals, the source of these nutrients and the practical aspects of combining these sources to maximize productivity. In addition, there is need for researchers in this field. High caliber persons need to be trained in this field, hence the need for this programme.

    1. Rationale of the Programme
      1. Needs assessment/market survey/situation analysis

A new “intensive” curriculum in agriculture that incorporates significant animal science content has been developed. The curriculum for bachelor of veterinary medicine degree has also been reviewed. There is need to maintain the popularity of the programme through making inclusion of suitable content and thesis projects that address practical nutritional challenges. The content will incorporate core generic animal production courses and specialized animal nutrition content all focusing on animal science problem identification and solving. The expected result will be a more appropriate and attractive programme that will be completed within stipulated time period.

      1. Stakeholders involvement

The review was necessitated by need to have market and industry responsive curricula. A stakeholder workshop was held to receive and incorporate input from the industry. The key stakeholder observation was that Africa had become a net importer of foods of animal origin, a situation blamed on limited capacity for research; education and production of the needed products and, that universities had failed to respond to this challenge.

Emphasis was laid on the importance of a curriculum that adhered to university and CUE guidelines and, at the same time, attractive to prospective students, the industry and society.

The key input from participants contributed to:

1. Relevance for training, research and global industry and market needs

2. Skills needed to respond to the higher demand for livestock food and other products

The curriculum was required to focus on increasing land and animal productivity, address competition between feed and food, and contribute to environmental sustainability under the stresses of climate change. Persons trained for its delivery should be expected to possess capacity for self-study and competencies to address these challenges and respond to global industry and market variations.

Finally, the research should yield a higher value thesis that identifies gaps of knowledge and practice and give solutions to problems pertinent to society. Therefore, the curriculum demands public participation to incorporate elements of solving real issues and commercialization of research.

In turn participants pledged to:

  1. To support students and the university through research problem identification and funding of agreed-upon research wherever possible, and to act as industrial liaisons.
  2. To continue sponsoring students to go through the approved graduate study program
  3. As far as practicable, to participate in student supervision
      1. Justification of the need for the programme

Capability of production of animal products is faced by myriad problems that are compounded by need to feed an ever-growing human population. Some of the problems include competition for land with crops and urban development, competition for feed ingredients with human population, competition for space, global warming and need to provide environment control for animal growth and production and ever-changing animal diseases patterns.

To adequately address these challenges, specialized knowledge, encompassing appreciation, of the whole livestock production system is necessary to enable correct decision making for satisfactory and profitable livestock production.  The decisions made must facilitate efficient and sustainable production of different livestock species in the different ecological zones. They must also consider and utilize the latest knowledge and research, and through study contribute to livestock production systems knowledge and skills. High caliber persons need to be trained in this field hence the need for this programme.

    1. Goal of the programme

The overall goal of the program is to equip learners with knowledge and skills in animal nutrition and feeding, animal feed resources in order to detect gaps in animal nutrition and to undertake academic responsibility in research, consultancies and teaching in animal nutrition.

    1. Expected Learning Outcomes of the programme

At the end of the programme, the learner should be able to:

  1. Develop practical solutions to animal feeding problems.
  2. Formulate proposals and do research on solving animal nutrition related problems.
  1. MODE OF DELIVERY

The course shall be offered face-to- face either as full-time or part-time, or through Open, Distance and e-Learning (OdeL) modes of study.

    1. Face-to-Face mode

Candidate shall be required to attend at least 2/3 of the class sessions and related learning activities offered for each of the coursework units in the first year of study before sitting for the respective examinations.  A candidate shall be required to undertake coursework for all courses offered in each semester of the first year of study. On successful completion of the coursework, students shall carry out a supervised research project on a specialized field of Animal Nutrition and Feed Science, write and submit a thesis for examination at the end of the study period.

    1. Open Distance and e-Learning (ODeL):

The Open, Distance and E-Learning programme will run for two (2) semesters of fifteen (15) weeks each. This module is largely home and or office-based and includes:

  1. Written self-instructional study modules including
    1. Course study materials e.g. booklets
    2. Relevant literature
    3. Interactive devices and self-tests
  2. Face to face introductory tutorials.
  3. Mediated technical learning materials for example: Audio visual; E-Iearning.
  4. Support study centres at the University of Nairobi.
    1. Access to information through computers at the University of Nairobi and other resource centres.
    2. Use of libraries at the University of Nairobi and other institutions.
    1. Blended Learning

This is combination of traditional, face-to-face learning and online digital learning

  1. ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS
    1. Minimum Admission requirements

 The common regulations for Masters Degree in the University of Nairobi shall apply.

The following shall be eligible for admission:

  1. Holders of the following degree awards of the University of Nairobi or equivalent qualifications from universities or institutions recognized by the senate of the University of Nairobi;
    1. Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine
    2. Bachelor of Science with at least Upper Second-Class Honours in Agriculture, Range Management, Food Science and Technology, Fisheries,  Wildlife management or Zoology.
  2. Holders of Lower Second-class Honours degree with at least two years relevant experience
  3. Holders of Pass degree or equivalent qualifications as listed above with either a relevant post-graduate diploma or five years’ experience.
    1. Credit Transfer and Exemptions
  1. The common regulations for transfer of credit of the University of Nairobi shall apply.
  2. Applicants may be exempted from some courses and credits transferred from institutions recognized by the University of Nairobi senate. The candidate must have passed in similar course units at Master’s level or equivalent.
  3. Applicants seeking transfer of credit shall send a formal application to the Director, Graduate School, through the Dean, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine/Agriculture as the case may be, giving justification for the request, and attaching officially endorsed supporting credentials.
  4. Candidates may be allowed to transfer up to one third of the taught units.
  5. Application for transfer of credit shall be processed after payment of the prescribed non-refundable fees.
  6. The credit transfer shall only be valid for theory courses that shall have been attended and passed within the last five years  
  1. COURSE REQUIREMENTS
    1. Student Obligation

The learners shall:

  1. Sign attendance register every time they attend classes; Learners should attend at least 2/3 of the contact hours for a unit and all scheduled Continuous Assessment Tests for a course unit
  2. Engage in individual study and class presentation as required;
  3. Develop a proposal, design and execute a research proposal leading to a thesis
  4. Fill the Lecturer Evaluation form at the end of the course
  5. ODeL learners shall interact with their tutors through the e-Iearning platform
    1. Lecturer or online tutor obligation

The lecturer should:

  1. Regularly attend lectures and other routine duties;
  2. Deliver the course content;
  3. Facilitate the presentation and discussion of the student’s research topics;
  4. Set and mark assignments and examinations according to the examination regulations.
  5. For ODeL, the lecturer shall ensure continuous interactivity with learners through the e-learning platform

 

 

 

  • Structure:

  • The programme shall run over a minimum four and a maximum of ten semesters of fifteen weeks each.

  • The programme shall be by coursework, examination and thesis. The research work for a thesis shall be undertaken after successful completion of coursework

  • Students shall be required to take all the prescribed courses.

  • Students shall be required to take a minimum of three courses and a maximum of seven courses in a semester.

  • Schedules of Intake:

  • The intakes for both Undergraduates and postgraduates students is scheduled for September every year.

  • For more information on schedules of intake use this link:onlineapp@students.uonbi.ac.ke

  • Contacts of support persons

    Enquiries on:

    1. Chairman’s office: Secretary 0204916024
    2. Chairman: Prof.Joyce Maina 0204916024

    Email: animalproduction@uonbi.ac.ke

    Application Information

    Online application at https://application.uonbi.ac.ke

    Follow the simple and clear instructions once the portal opens. Ensure that you upload all the required documents, which are indicated in the portal. The application will not go through if all documents are not uploaded.

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  1. Minimum Admission requirements

    The following shall be eligible for admission:

  2. Holders of the following degree awards of the University of Nairobi or equivalent qualifications from universities or institutions recognized by the senate of the University of Nairobi;

 

Credit Transfer and Exemptions

Applicants may be exempted from some courses and credits transferred from institutions recognized by the University of Nairobi senate. The candidate must have passed in similar course units at the Master’s level or equivalent. Applicants seeking transfer of credit shall send a formal application to the Academic Registrar, through the Dean, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine/Agriculture as the case may be, giving justification for the request, and attaching officially endorsed supporting credentials. Candidates may be allowed to transfer up to one-third of the taught units. Application for transfer of credit shall be processed after payment of the prescribed non-refundable fees. The credit transfer shall only be valid for theory courses that shall have been attended and passed within the last five years.

  • Holders of  a pass degree or equivalent qualifications as listed above with either a relevant post-graduate diploma or five years’ experience.
  • Holders of Lower Second-class Honours degree with at least two years relevant experience Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine Bachelor of Science with at least Upper Second-Class Honours in Agriculture, Range Management, Food Science and Technology, Fisheries, Wildlife management or Zoology.

Careers Prospects/Opportunities 

-Research institutes like KARLO,ILRI,ICIPE,UNIVERSITIES

-Private sector like feed formulating firms like Unga farm care,Pembe millers etc

-In the Universities as Lecturers in Animal Nutrition

-In the middle colleges as tutors

-In research institutions as researchers 

-In Food and Agriculture Organization(FAO)

Attachment Opportunities 

-Research institutes like KARLO,ILRI,ICIPE,UNIVERSITIES

-Private sector like feed formulating firms like Unga farm care,Pembe millers etc

 

   YEAR 1     YEAR 2     
   Semester 1   Semester 2   Semester 3   Semester 4   Totals 
TUITION    192,000.00    192,000.00  192,000.00   192,000.00     768,000.00
ICT SERVICES - (PER YEAR)         7,000.00                      -         7,000.00                     -          14,000.00
REGISTRATION (PER SEMESTER@2250)         2,250.00         2,250.00       2,250.00        2,250.00          9,000.00
ID CARD ( PER YEAR)         1,000.00                      -         1,000.00  
Philosophy, Rationale

PHILOSOPHY

The philosophy of this programme is to train the personnel who can appreciate the basic nutrient needs of domestic animals, the source of these nutrients and the practical aspects of combining these sources to maximize productivity.

RATIONALE

The capability of production of animal products is faced by myriad problems that are compounded by the need to feed an ever-growing human population. Some of the problems include competition for land with crops and urban development, competition for feed ingredients with human population, competition for space, global warming and need to provide environmental control for animal growth and production and ever-changing animal diseases patterns.

To adequately address these challenges, specialized knowledge, encompassing appreciation, of the whole livestock production system is necessary to enable correct decision making for satisfactory and profitable livestock production. The decisions made must facilitate the efficient and sustainable production of different livestock species in the different ecological zones. They must also consider and utilize the latest knowledge and research, and through study contribute to livestock production systems knowledge and skills. High calibre persons need to be trained in this field hence the need for this programme.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

At the end of the programme, the learner should be able to:

  1. Develop practical solutions to animal feeding problems.
  2. Formulate proposals and research solving animal nutrition-related problems.

MODE OF DELIVERY

Face-to-Face Mode

Lectures, laboratory practical demonstrations, dissections, tutorials, group discussions and class exercises.

Open, Distance and E-Learning Mode

Home and/or office-based media using a variety of self-instructional electronic and online self-study materials, such as; written self-instructional study modules, online interactive devices and self-tests, cloud-based content, videos of lectures mediated technical learning materials e.g. audiovisual and e-learning materials.

Blended Learning Mode

A combination of face-to-face and online learning approaches.

Application Information

Application Procedure;

Online application for Self Sponsored Students can be accessed through;

http://applications.uonbi.ac.ke 

or from our satellite campuses and extra-mural centers countrywide.

Enquires relating to specific courses may also be made to the Head of the Department concerned or by visiting the University of Nairobi website 

www.uonbi.ac.ke

 

Mode of Delivery

The course shall be offered face-to- face either as full-time or part-time, or through Open, Distance and e-Learning (OdeL) modes of study.

  1. Face-to-Face mode

Candidate shall be required to attend at least 2/3 of the class sessions and related learning activities offered for each of the coursework units in the first year of study before sitting for the respective examinations.  A candidate shall be required to undertake coursework for all courses offered in each semester of the first year of study. On successful completion of the coursework, students shall carry out a supervised research project on a specialized field of Animal Nutrition and Feed Science, write and submit a thesis for examination at the end of the study period.

     2. Open Distance and e-Learning (ODeL):

The Open, Distance and E-Learning programme will run for two (2) semesters of fifteen (15) weeks each. This module is largely home and or office-based and includes:

  1. Written self-instructional study modules including
    1. Course study materials e.g. booklets
    2. Relevant literature
    3. Interactive devices and self-tests
  2. Face to face introductory tutorials.
  3. Mediated technical learning materials for example: Audio visual; E-Iearning.
  4. Support study centres at the University of Nairobi.
    1. Access to information through computers at the University of Nairobi and other resource centres.
    2. Use of libraries at the University of Nairobi and other institutions.
    1. Blended Learning

This is combination of traditional, face-to-face learning and online digital learning

Contacts of support persons

Chairman, Department of Animal Production

Email Address; aniprod@uonbi.ac.ke.

Phone no; +254 204916024

Contact person; Prof.Joyce Maina

Email address; joyce.maina@uonbi.ac.ke