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B.Eng. Agricultural Engineering

Courses Synopsis for Agricultural Engineering(B.Eng.)

PROGRAMME COURSES


AGE 200: STUDENTS’ WORK EXPERIENCE PROGRAMME

3 Credit Units


Introduction to agricultural engineering; definitions and scope of agricultural engineering. The importance of agricultural engineering, its relation to the agricultural industry and to the engineering profession. Aims and problems of farm mechanization. Computer aided design.

AGE 202: INTRODUCTION TO AGRICULTURAL ENGINEERING

3 Credit Units


Introduction to agricultural engineering; definitions and scope of agricultural engineering. The importance of agricultural engineering, its relation to the agricultural industry and to the engineering profession. Aims and problems of farm mechanization. Computer aided design.

AGE 300: STUDENTS INDUSTRIAL WORK EXPERIENCE II

3 Credit Units


On the job experience in industry chosen for practical working experience but not necessarily limited to the student’s major (12 weeks during the long vacation following 300 level).

AGE 301: SOIL SCIENCE

2 Credit Units


Origin and formation of soils. Physical properties of soils. Soil colloids; soil reaction; soil mineralogy. Soil organic matter. Soil survey and classification. Water movement in soils.

AGE 302: ANIMAL PRODUCTION

2 Credit Units


Types of livestock (for eggs, milk, meat, wool, etc.) Distribution of livestock in Nigeria. Animal feeding and nutrition. Forage crops and their preservation. Artificial insemination. Livestock housing. Livestock processing equipment.

AGE 303: CROP PRODUCTION

2 Credit Units


Classification and ecology of crops in Nigeria. Nutrient requirements and mineral nutrition of plants. Manures and fertilizers. Plant growth and development. Growth stages. Tillage and weed control. Other cultural practice. Cropping sequences and rotation. Farming systems. Production practices for specified crops.

AGE 304: AGRICULTURAL LAND SURVEYING

2 Credit Units


Types of surveys, classes of surveys, Instruments and care, measurement of distances – pacing, stadia, taping, electronic and photographic methods. Levelling – elevations. Earth’s curvature and atmospheric refraction. The engineer’s telescope, bubble tube, dumpy level, land level, level rods, automatic level, Field notes. Errors and corrections. Angles and directions – bearings and azimuths, magnetic compass and earth’s magnetic field. Changes in declination, aerial surveying, topographic maps, introduction to photogrammetry. Remote Sensing and GIS.

AGE 305: AGRICULTURAL HYDROLOGY

3 Credit Units


Scope of hydrology, hydrologic cycle. Weather elements including precipitation, humidity, temperature and winds. Analysis of hydrologic data including statistical inferences. Infiltration and evapo-transpiration. Streamflow, runoff and hydrographic measurement and analysis, routing in channels and reservoirs. Groundwater analysis.

AGE 306: GEOLOGY FOR ENGINEERS

2 Credit Units


The earth. Geological processes. Engineering properties of rocks. Stratigraphy. Geotechnics. Geomorphology. Mineralogy and Petrology. Geology of Nigeria.

AGE 308: BASIC SOIL MECHANICS AND CONSERVATION

3 Credit Units


Introduction. Soil constituents, origin, occurrence and composition. Clay mineralogy. Particle size analysis. Engineering classification of soils. Plasticity of fine-grained soils and determination of soil index properties. Machinery-soil-relationships, Phase relationships. Compaction of soils. Water in soils. Soil water pressure (effective stress). Rudiments of permeability and seepage. Mechanical properties (shear strength and loading capability of soils) and stress-strain characteristics of soil.

AGE 310: RENEWABLE ENERGY IN AGRICULTURAL ENGINEERING

3 Credit Units


Classification of energy sources, Overview of renewable energy source, Characterization of Biomass, Thermochemical conversion technology, Biofuel, Solar Energy Conversion System, Hydro-Energy Conversion System, Wind Energy Conversion System, Energy conservation in agricultural operations.

AGE 400: STUDENTS’ INDUSTRIAL TRAINING SCHEME

9 Credit Unit


On the job experience in industry chosen for practical working experience but not necessarily limited to the student’s major (24 weeks from the end of the First Semester at 400-Level to the beginning of the First Semester of the following session. Thus, the second semester at 400-Level is spent in industry.)

AGE 401: FARM MANAGEMENT, RURAL SOCIOLOGY AND AGRICULTURAL EXTENSION

2 Credit Unit


Application of basic sociological concepts to rural life. Management decision making. Functions of Management planning, organization, staffing, directing and controlling. Financial management. Principles of Extension: diffusion, adoption and rejection of innovations. Communication and leadership in agricultural extension.

AGE 403: FARM POWER AND MACHINERY

3 Credit Unit


Farm power sources. Selection and management of farm tractors and equipment. Force analysis and power measurement on tillage tools. Field performance evaluation of crop production equipment. Adjustment, maintenance, and repair of farm tractors and equipment.

AGE 405: PROPERTIES, HANDLING, PROCESSING AND STORAGE OF AGRIC. MATERIALS

3 Credit Unit


Properties and characteristics of agric. Materials. Cleaning, sorting and grading. Handling methods. Processing techniques. Crop drying. Crop storage

AGE 409: DESIGN OF AGRICULTURAL AND FOOD PROCESSING MACHINES

3 Credit Unit


Machine design processes and procedures. Materials of construction: selection, strength properties, stress analysis, costing. Design of machine elements. Machine fabrication. Typical designs of low cost agricultural machinery. Problems and prospects of agricultural machinery development and commercial manufacturing in Nigeria.

AGE 411: IRRIGATION AND DRAINAGE

3 Credit Unit


Water requirements in an irrigation system. Methods of irrigation. Frequency and amount of irrigation. Irrigation water scheduling. Evaluating irrigation systems and practices. Design of furrow, basin and sprinkler irrigation. Effect of poor drainage on plants and soils. Drainage requirements of crops, surface drainage. Sub-surface drainage.

AGE 413: FARM STRUCTURES AND ENVIRONMENTAL CONTROL

2 Credit Unit


Environmental and structural requirements of crops and livestock, Planning of plant and livestock houses, storage and stores. Design of structural members. Water supply and sewage disposal. Specifications and selection of farm building materials. Environmental control for plants and livestock. Use of psychometric charts. Farmstead planning and layout.

AGE 500: FINAL YEAR PROJECT

6 Credit Units


Individual student project to deepen knowledge, strengthen practical experience and encourage creativity and independent work. The project ends in a comprehensive written report.

AGE 503: FARM ELECTRIFICATION

3 Credit Units


Electrical codes, tariffs and regulations. Generation and transmission of electricity, Farmstead distribution systems. Testing procedure. Power factor correction. Selection and use of electric motors. Transformers. Energy conversion. Application of electricity to handling, processing and storage of agricultural products. Basic electronic applications to farm electrical processes

AGE 505: LAND CLEARING AND DEVELOPMENT

3 Credit Units


Land resources and Land Use Act in relation to Nigerian agriculture. Objectives, methods and equipment for land clearing and development. Machinery selection, mechanics of operation and vegetation types. Land reclamation. Earthmoving machinery and earthmoving mechanics.

AGE 507: PROCESSING AND STORAGE OF AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTS

3 Credit Units


Cleaning, sorting, grading and separation: Principles and techniques of machine, communication; Particle size analysis. Heat treatment. Dehydration and drying. Psychrometry, Storage types and environment. Deterioration of produce in storage. Containerisation. Design of grain storage structures. Environmental control in storage.

AGE 509: AGRICULTURAL POWER

3 Credit Units


Farm power sources. Farm tractor; selection, use, maintenance. Other power sources; selection, use, maintenance. Hitches and hitch systems, design considerations of single-axle, two-wheel drive, four-wheel drive and crawler tractors. Tractor mechanics. Power Measurement. Fluid controls. Ergonomics. Tractor testing and test codes.

AGE 511: MECHANICS OF DEFORMABLE BODIES

3 Credit Units


Three dimensional stress and strain. Theories of failure. Stress concentration. Moments and products of inertia and area. Mohr‟s strain and inertia circles. Unsymmetrical bending, shear center. Curved beams.

AGE 513: OPERATION AND MANAGEMENT OF FARM POWER AND MACHINERY SYSTEMS

2 Credit Units


Integrated approach to machinery usage and agricultural production sequence. Equipment selection, scheduling of operation, seasonality factor. Machinery management. Machinery ownership and financing. Gross margin analysis. Optimisation of machinery – input combinations. Management of farm enterprise. Case studies.

AGE 515: AGRICULTURAL LAND DRAINAGE

2 Credit Units


Surface drainage. Subsurface drainage. Design of drainage systems. Envelope materials and their design. Loads on conduits. Drainage pumping. Construction and installation of drains. Maintenance of drains.

AGE 517: RURAL WATER SUPPLY AND SANITATION

2 Credit Units


Water requirements. Water quality standards. Water borne diseases. Biochemical oxygen demand. Potable water impurities. Sources and treatment methods of water for rural homes. Water lifting devices. Transportation and distribution systems. Pipe sizes. Waste disposal in rural communities. Collection, conveyance, treatment and disposal of sewage from rural homes. Septic tanks, digestion ponds and family privies.

AGE 519: ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING

3 Credit Units


Design of unit operations and processes in water and wastewater treatment. Sedimentation. Chemical coagulation. Ion exchange. Filtration. Disinfection. Water supply treatment and distribution. Water quality. Wastewater handling, treatment and disposal. Solid waste disposal. Air pollution and control. Noise pollution control, contaminated soil remediation.

AGE 521: ADVANCED THERMODYNAMICS

3 Credit Units


Thermodynamics of gases, vapours and reactive and non-reactive mixtures. Process relations. Concepts of equilibrium, reversibility.

AGE 523: FARM TRANSPORTATION

2 Credit Units


Farm roads. Farm transportation system. Development and construction of farm transport equipment. Farm transport system – standards and specifications. Ergonomics.

AGE 555: FINAL YEAR PROJECT I

3 Credit Units


Individual student write their project proposal consisting of chapter 1-3. This will deepen knowledge, strengthen practical experience and encourage creativity and independent work.

GENERAL COURSES


GST 001: Communication in English I

2 credit units


Effective communication and writing in English Language skills, essay writing skills (organization and logical presentation of ideas, grammar and style), comprehension, sentence construction, outlines and paragraphs.

GST 002: Communication in English II

2 Credit Units


Logical presentation of papers; Phonetics; Instruction on lexis; Art of public speaking and oral communication; Figures of speech; Précis; Report writing.

GST 003: Use of Library, Study Skills and ICT

2 Credit Units


Brief history of libraries; Library and education; University libraries and other types of libraries; Study skills (reference services); Types of library materials, using library resources including e-learning, e-materials, etc.; Understanding library catalogues (card, OPAC, etc.) and classification; Copyright and its implications; Database resources; Bibliographic citations and referencing. Development of modern ICT; Hardware technology; Software technology; Input devices; Storage devices; Output devices; Communication and internet services; Word processing skills (typing, etc.).

GST 004: Nigerian Peoples and Culture

2 Credit Units


Study of Nigerian history, culture and arts in pre-colonial times; Nigerian’s perception of his world; Culture areas of Nigeria and their characteristics; Evolution of Nigeria as a political unit; Indigene/settler phenomenon; Concepts of trade; Economic self-reliance; Social justice; Individual and national development; Norms and values; Negative attitudes and conducts (cultism and related vices); Re-orientation of moral; Environmental problems.

GST 005: Environment & Sustainable Development

2 Credit Units


Man – his origin and nature; Man and his cosmic environment; Scientific methodology, Science and technology in the society and service of man. Renewable and non-renewable resources – man and his energy resources. Environmental effects of chemical plastics, Textiles, Wastes and other materials, Chemical and radiochemical hazards, Introduction to the various areas of science and technology. Elements of environmental studies.

GST 006: Introduction to Entrepreneurship

2 Credit Units


Introductory Entrepreneurial skills: Relevant Concepts: Enterprise, Entrepreneur, Entrepreneurship, Business, Innovation, Creativity, Enterprising and Entrepreneurial Attitude and Behaviour. History of Entrepreneurship in Nigeria. Rationale for Entrepreneurship, Creativity and Innovation for Entrepreneurs. Leadership and Entrepreneurial Skills for coping with challenge. Unit Operations and Time Management, Creativity and Innovation for Self-Employment in Nigeria. Overcoming Job Creation Challenges. Opportunities for Entrepreneurship, Forms of Businesses, Staffing, Marketing and the New Enterprise. Feasibility Studies and Starting a New Business. Determining Capital Requirement and Raising Capital. Financial Planning and Management. Legal Issues, Insurance and Environmental Considerations. Also to be incorporated, on the other side of the spectrum, are employability skills – interview techniques, Oral Presentation Skills.

FRE 101: Basic Communication in French Lang. I

0 Credit Unit


Introduction to French, Alphabets and numeracy for effective communication (written and oral), Conjugation and simple sentence construction based on communication approach, Sentence construction, Comprehension and reading of simple texts.

FRE 102: Basic Communication in French Lang. II

0 Credit Unit


Furtherance to FRE 101

EVS 111: Introduction to Entrepreneurship

0 Credit Unit


Introductory Entrepreneurial skills: Relevant Concepts: Enterprise, Entrepreneur, Entrepreneurship, Business, Innovation, Creativity, Enterprising and Entrepreneurial Attitude and Behaviour. History of Entrepreneurship in Nigeria.

EVS 112: Entrepreneur Skills, Attitudes & Behaviour

0 Credit Unit


Developing entrepreneurships, building attitudes and enhancing required behaviour.

EVS 211: Entrepreneurship Opportunity Recognition

0 Credit Unit


Creativity and Innovation for Entrepreneurs. Leadership and Entrepreneurial Skills for coping with challenge. Unit Operations and Time Management. Creativity and Innovation for Self-Employment in Nigeria. Overcoming Job Creation.

EVS 212: Entrepreneurship & Self-employment Processes

0 Credit Unit


Selection and getting involved in one major Entrepreneurship skill. Why self-employment?

FRE 201: French Lang. I

0 Credit Unit


Writing composition in French language with emphasis on formal communication in French Language

FRE 202: French Lang. II

0 Credit Unit


Emersion programme in French Language I.

Visiting French village

EVS 311: Business Start Up Principle & Practice I

0 Credit Unit


Profiles of business ventures in the various business sectors such as: Soap/Detergent, Tooth brush and Tooth paste making; Photography; Brick making; Rope making; Brewing; Glassware production/ Ceramic production, Paper production; Water treatment/conditioning/packaging; Food processing / preservation / packaging; Metal fabrication; Tanning industry; Vegetable oil extraction; Farming; Fisheries/aquaculture; Plastic making; Refrigeration/Air-conditioning; Carving, Weaving; Bakery; Tailoring; Printing; Carpentry; Interior Decoration; Animal husbandry etc. Case Study Methodology applied to the development and administration of Cases that bring out key issues of business environment, start-up, pains and gains of growth of businesses, etc. with particular reference to Nigerian businesses. Experience sharing by business actors in the economy with students during Case presentations.

EVS 312: Managing & Growing Business

0 Credit Unit


Continuation of EVS 311

FRE 301: French Language III

0 Credit Unit


The course involves the study of basic elements of French language as applied to professional courses (business, engineering and environmental sciences). At the end of the end of the course, students are expected to be able to introduce themselves and greet in French sentences, write out simple sentences in French and acquire basic words that are related to their disciplines. Introduction to French sounds and spelling, Greetings, Classroom objects, Articles, prepositions, Numbers,Colours, Conjugation of verbs, Adjectives, Days, months, years, Time and weather, Tenses and simple sentence formation.

FRE 302: French Language IV

0 Credit Unit


The course involves the study of basic elements of French language as applied to professional courses (business, engineering and environmental sciences). At the end of the end of the course, students are expected to be able to introduce themselves and greet in French sentences, write out simple sentences in French and acquire basic words that are related to their disciplines. Introduction to French sounds and spelling, Greetings, Classroom objects, Articles, prepositions, Numbers,Colours, Conjugation of verbs, Adjectives, Days, months, years, Time and weather, Tenses and simple sentence formation.

EVS 411: Practical internship & exhibition

0 Credit Unit


Dispaly of real products and internship on marketing and marketing startegies

FRE 401: French language V

0 Credit Unit


Adavanced French Language immersion. Traveling on short term visit to any neighboring Francophone countries

FACULTY COURSES


FET 302: ENGINEERS-IN-SOCIETY

1 Credit Unit


Philosophy of Science and Engineering. History of Engineering and Technology. The Engineering profession – engineering – engineering literacy professional bodies and engineering societies. Engineers’ code of conduct and ethics. Engineers and nation building – economy, politics, business, safety in Engineering and introduction in Risk analysis, invited lecturers from professionals.

FET 304: ENGINEERING MATHEMATICS II

3 Credit Units


Series solution of second order linear differential equations with variable coefficients. Bessel and Legendre equations. Equations with variable coefficients. Sturn-Louville boundary value problems. Solutions of equations in two and three dimensions by separation of variables. Eigen N value problems. Use of operations in the solution of partial differential equations and Linear integral equations. Integral transforms and their inverse including Fourier, Laplace, Mellin and Handel Transforms. Convolution integrals and Hilbert Transforms. Calculus of finite differences. Interpolation formulae. Finite difference equations. RungeKutta and other methods in the solutions of ODE and PDEs. Numerical integration and differentiation.

FET 401: ENGINEERING COMMUNICATION & TECHNICAL REPORT WRITING

1 Credit Unit


Professional use of English Language for letters, specification descriptions, presentation of charts, graphs, tables, writing of proposals in reports. Case studies of major engineering designs and construction/fabrication as well industrial failures; professional presentation of reports and proposals.

FET 403: COST ENGINEERING EVALUATION AND APPRAISALS

3 Credit Units


Cost and schedule management – an engineering function. Supporting skills and knowledge. Role of cost engineer during evaluation phase. Role of cost engineer during the basic design phase. Role of cost engineer in contractor selection. Role of cost engineer during detailed engineering design phase. Role of cost engineer during construction. Cost engineering function as distinct from Design engineering function. Canon of ethics for cost engineers. Basic capital cost estimating. Basic operating cost estimating. Basic project planning and scheduling. Cost engineering terminology. Cost engineering standards. Objectives of valuation work/valuer’s primary duty and responsibility. Valuer’s obligation to his or her client, to other valuers, and to the society. Valuation methods and practices. Valuation reports. Expert witnessing. Ethics in valuation. Valuation / Appraisal standards. Price, cost and value. Depreciation and obsolescence. Valuation terminology. Appraisal reporting and review. Real property valuation. Personal property valuation. Machinery and equipment valuation. Oil and gas valuation. Mines and quarries valuation.

FET 501: ENGINEERING LAW

2 Credit Units


Common Law: Its history, definition, nature and division. Legislation codification interpretation. Equity: Definition and its main spheres. Law of contracts for Engineers: offer, acceptance, communication termination. General principles of criminal law. Law of torts: definition, classification and liabilities. Patents: requirements, application, and infringement. Registered designs: application, requirements, types and infringement. Company law. Labour law and Industrial Law.

FET 503: ENGINEERING MANAGEMENT

2 Credit Units


Principles of organization; elements of organization; management by objectives. Financial management, accounting methods, financial statements, cost planning and control, budget and budgetary control. Depreciation accounting and valuation of assets. Personnel management, selection, recruitment and training, job evaluation and merit rating. Industrial psychology. Resource management; contracts, interest formulae, rate of return. Methods of economic evaluation. Planning decision making; forecasting, scheduling. Production control. Gantt chart, CPM and PERT. Optimization, linear programming as an aid to decision making, transport and materials handling. Raw materials and equipment. Facility layout and location. Basic principles of work study. Principles of motion economy. Ergonomics in the design of equipment and process.