Higher Certificate in Science in Agriculture

Awards
Higher Certificate
Programme Code: DK_SAGRI_C
 
Mode of Delivery:Full Time
 
No. of Semesters:5
NFQ Level:6
Department:Agriculture, Food and Animal Health
 

Programme Outcomes

On successful completion of this programme the learner should be able to :

PO1Knowledge - Breadth
 (a)Specialised knowledge of a broad area. The learner is expected to have a good grounding Knowledge-breadth Specialised knowledge of a broad area. The learner is expected to have a good grounding in:
- a broadly-based scientific core
- basic mathematics
PO2Knowledge - Kind
 (a)Some theoretical concepts and abstract thinking with significant underpinning theory. The learner is expected to have a good grounding in:
the terminology, nomenclature, and/or classification systems appropriate to the subject area
- the general principles of the subject area, including relevant concepts and theories
- relevant legal, quality and regulatory frameworks
- basic methods and scientific techniques for acquiring, processing, analysing and presenting subject-specific information
PO3Skill - Range
 (a)Demonstrate comprehensive range of specialised skills and tools. The learner will be able to:
- apply a range of broadly-based scientific laboratory skills to perform routine tasks accurately
- select, gather and record data accurately
- work to set targets
- operate a range of laboratory and other relevant equipment safely
- apply basic numerical and statistical analysis skills
- maintain basic records of activities
- present scientific results to peers
- use standard computer-based office applications
PO4Skill - Selectivity
 (a)Formulate responses to well-defined abstract problems. The learner will be able to:
- respond to problems and opportunities that are likely to be encountered by a technician, working in a structured and managed environment
- participate in the day-to-day operations of a scientific industry, or other scientific work setting
PO5Competence - Context
 (a)Act in a range of varied and specific contexts involving creative and non-routine activities: transfer and apply theoretical concepts and/or technical or creative skills to a range of contexts The learner will be able to:
- follow documented scientific procedures and approved validation and quality assurance procedures to accurately gather, record and process technical information
- follow documented scientific procedures to perform routine tasks in structured/managed work settings
- behave responsible in a work setting
- work in accordance with current health and safety regulations
PO6Competence - Role
 (a)Exercise substantial personal autonomy and often take responsibility for the work of others and/or for allocation of resources, form and function within, multiple complex and heterogeneous groups. The learner will be able to:
- work individually on routine tasks
- contribute effectively and participate in a science based team
- participate and contribute constructively in a structured team environment across core scientific disciplines
- be self-directed in terms of time, motivation and planning and be self-aware and be open and sensitive to others
- accept and exercise personal responsibility
- work under guidance within allocated responsibility
PO7Competence - Learning to Learn
 (a)Learn to evaluate own learning and identify needs within a structured learning environment; assist others in identifying learning need. The learner will be able:
- demonstrate familiarity with the principles of self-directed learning
- evince a commitment to continuing education and lifelong learning
PO8Competence - Insight
 (a)Express an internalised, personal world view, reflecting engagement with others. The learner will be able to:
- demonstrate an awareness of relevant social and ethical issues
 

Semester Schedules

Stage 1 / Semester 1

Mandatory
Module Code Module Title
AGRI S8Z13 Agricultural Mechanisation and Precision Farming
AGRI S8Z15 Physics through PBL and Maths
AGRI S8Z14 Economics and Farm Records
AGRI S8Z19 Biological and Chemical Sciences
AGRI S8Z08 Animal and Crop Science ( Part 1 of 2 )
 

Stage 1 / Semester 2

Mandatory
Module Code Module Title
AGRI S8Z18 ICT Applications and Research Skills
AGRI S8Z16 Farm Management and Accounting
AGRI S6005 Farm Facilities and Machinery
AGRI S8Z08 Animal and Crop Science ( Part 2 of 2 )
 

Stage 2 / Semester 1

Mandatory
Module Code Module Title
AGRI S8Z25 Dairy Production
AGRI S8Z28 Beef and Sheep Production
AGRI S8Z21 Biochemistry and Animal Nutrition
QUAL S6001 Quality Assurance
AGRI S8Z24 Farm Business Planning, Analysis and Legal Issues ( Part 1 of 2 )
 

Stage 2 / Semester 2

Mandatory
Module Code Module Title
HLST S6001 Health and Safety
AGRI S8Z22 Grassland and Crop Production ( Part 1 of 2 )
LAW S6001 Regulatory and Legal Issues
AGRI S8Z27 Health and Safety and Farm Placement
MGMT S6004 Farm Business Management 4
AGRI S8Z24 Farm Business Planning, Analysis and Legal Issues ( Part 2 of 2 )
 

Stage 3 / Semester 1

Mandatory
Module Code Module Title
AGRI S8Z22 Grassland and Crop Production ( Part 2 of 2 )