CAPE Agricultural Science SBA
MODULE 1: THE SCIENCE AND BUSINESS OF AGRICULTURE On completion of this Module, students should: 1. understand the principles governing Agriculture and its role locally and regionally; 2. know the Biology of plants and animals; 3. understand the different biogeochemical cycles and their effect on agriculture; 4. understand how the charges of elements relate to the absorption of nutrients in plants and animals; 5. understand the processes involved in Agribusiness management; 6. appreciate the importance of technology to the development of agriculture in the region; 7. develop analytical and practical skills.
- Differentiate among the different branches of agriculture;
- Explain the production systems associated with agriculture;
- Discuss the evolution of agriculture in the region;
- Explain the different transport mechanisms across the cell membrane;*
- Describe the endocrine systems in farm animals;
- Discuss the anatomy and physiology of male and female reproductive systems in farm animals;
- Describe the process of digestion in ruminant and non-ruminant animals;
- Explain the role of plant processes in crop production;*
- Explain the importance of biogeochemical cycles to agricultural production;
- Explain the significance of cation exchange capacity in nutrient uptake;
- Explain the concepts involved in agribusiness;
- Explain the importance of agricultural trade to the region.
MODULE 2: HORTICULTURE AND MANAGEMENT On completion of this Module, students should: 1. understand the principles of horticulture; 2. appreciate the concept of integrated crop management; 3. develop practical and analytical skills.
- Discuss the methods and importance of non-conventional crop farming systems in the region;
- Discuss the management of turf grass;
- Practise sustainable landscaping;
- Discuss the production of ornamental plants;
- Propagate orchard crops;*
- Discuss the production of traditional crops;
- Cultivate a fruit, root and leaf crop;*
- Explain appropriate harvesting techniques;
- Discuss the benefits of ornamental horticulture production.
MODULE 3: POSTHARVEST TECHNOLOGY AND INNOVATION On completion of this Module, students should: 1. demonstrate postharvesting techniques; 2. demonstrate the techniques involved in food processing; 3. acquire knowledge of marketing techniques; 4. understand the importance of food security, food safety and trade; 5. develop practical and analytical skills.
- Describe the principles and techniques governing postharvest technology;
- Describe processing procedures;
- Process one of the crops cultivated;*
- Explain the procedures involved in the marketing of processed and unprocessed crop commodities;
- Develop a business plan for the processed commodity;
- Outline the principles involved in food safety and security in crop production;
- Evaluate the impact of technology on agriculture in the region.