Faculty of Agriculture and Rural Development

Department of Agribusiness


PROGRAMME AIMS AND RATIONALE

This programme is occasioned by the strong and growing industry demand for a degree programme focused on the science and business of crop and animal based food production and supply. It is also justified by the fact that any department of agriculture requires a discipline that focuses on post farm gate activities that are not only profitable but contribute the better human health. It ties well with the Rwanda government agriculture based initiatives (such as RSSP 1 and 2) to modernize agriculture through the use of cooperatives At the end of programme the students should be able to understand and explain the Scope and concepts of Agricultural Business Management, Various types of Agribusiness organizations, Enterprise selection, Various techniques involved in production planning and control, Government policies as it affect agricultural business farm growth, organization of large farms; legal organization and tax strategies, economics of agricultural processing and marketing management.

Educational Aims of the BSc. in Agribusiness
The program aims to:
  • To prepare student on what it means to set up an agribusiness of their own and the risks that are involved
  • To make students aware of the importance of the agribusiness sector
  • Assist students in planning and organizing agribusiness enterprises
  • To increase students understanding of what management is, and the use of specific management tools to improve decision-making within an agribusiness firm.
  • To expose students to basic accounting for managers and how to analyze Financial Performance

The programme provides opportunities for student to develop and demonstrate knowledge and understanding, qualities such as communication, numerical, analytical practical skills and other attributes. The programme outcomes have been referenced to the Qualification Descriptors for Level 5 (Bachelor of Science Degree with Honours) of the Rwandan National Qualifications Framework for Higher Education. The programme generally will be run on the resources of the faculty of Agriculture and Rural Development. However, the programme we shall source assistance from the faculty of Business, Trade and Investments


PROGRAMME LEARNING OUTCOMES (include modules not bearing credit)
A. Subject-specific Knowledge and Understanding
At the end of the programme students should be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:
  • Mathematics and statistics relevant to Agribusiness;
  • Fundamental concepts, principles and theories of crop, livestock and poultry production
  • Introduction to principles in accounting, finance, and marketing relevant to Agribusiness
  • General knowledge and understanding in the area of Agricultural Science
  • The general principles of processes and systems in Agribusiness
B. Cognitive/Intellectual Skills/ Application of Knowledge and understanding
At the end of the programme students should be able to:
  • specify, plan, manage, conduct research and report on agribusiness project;
  • collect, present, analyze, evaluate and interpret agribusiness data using mathematical and statistical tools and computer applications;
  • Identify agribusiness problems and propose solutions using sound scientific, agricultural and management principles
  • Demonstrate ability to design marketing strategies and plans relevant to Agribusiness
  • Demonstrate techniques and processes used in crop, livestock and poultry production
  • Demonstrate skills of manipulating financial data relevant to the financing, operations and evaluation of performance of agribusiness projects
  • Demonstrate an awareness of scientific aspects of agriculture relevant for agribusiness
  • Observe and record accurately, agribusiness data and experimental evidence both in the laboratory and in the field;
  • Demonstrate ability to Identify agribusiness risks and techniques to proactively manage them
  • Apply agricultural knowledge to the design and operations of agribusinesses
C. Communication/ICT/Numeric/Analytical Techniques and Practical Skills
At the end of the programme students should be able to:
  • Communicate effectively in writing, verbally, and using diagrams and figures
  • Use information technology to present and analyze agribusiness data and information
General Transferable Skills
At the end of the programme students should be able to:
  • Demonstrate capacity for self-learning in familiar and unfamiliar situations;
  • Communicate effectively (written, verbal, drawing, sketching etc.)
  • Apply numerical skills appropriate to a practitioner in agribusiness;
  • Competent use of information technology (IT) relevant to the engineering profession;
  • Work as an effective member of a team.
  • Demonstrate time and resource management skills
  • Demonstrate problem solving skills.

Copyright © 2016 Christian University of Rwanda