Department of Agricultural and Environmental Engineering

Head of Department

Engr. Dr. (Mrs) T. K. Kaankuka

Email: tessyphils@yahoo.com; kaankuka.theresa@uam.edu.ng

 

HISTORY OF THE PROGRAMME

The Agricultural Engineering Programme started from the defunct Federal University of Technology, Makurdi, founded in 1981. It was later run under the University of Jos before it was inherited by the University of Agriculture, Makurdi. The programme was hosted in the Department of Agricultural Engineering. It is important to note that the programme experienced various structural changes under each Administration. Since the inception of the Department in 1981, six sets of graduates in 1985/86, 1986/87, 1987/88, 1988/89, 1989/90 and 1990/91 graduated under the University of Jos programme. Students started graduating under the University of Agriculture, Makurdi programme from 1991/92 session.

 

At the initiation of the Department, Senate of the University of Agriculture, Makurdi, following in the footsteps of other Universities in Nigeria and abroad, during the 181st (Regular) meeting of Senate held on Thursday 15th and Friday 16th June 2006 approved name change from “Department of Agricultural Engineering” to “Department of Agricultural and Environmental Engineering”.

 

PROGRAMMES

The Department runs pragrammes at the Undergraduate and Postgraduate levels that lead to the award of B.Eng, PGD, M.Eng and Ph.D degrees.

At the Undergraduate and Postgraduate Diploma levels, students graduate with B.Eng and PGD in Agricultural and Environmental Engineering respectively.

At the Masters and Ph.D levels, students graduate with any of the options in Agricultural and Environmental Engineering:

  1. Soil and Water Engineering
  2. Farm Power and Machinery Engineering
  3. Agricultural Products Processing and Storage Engineering
  4. Farm Structures and Environmental Control Engineering

 

COURSE DURATION

As specified in the general regulations of University of Agriculture, Makurdi, Benue State.

Undergraduate (B.Eng) – Minimum of 5 academic sessions and a maximum of 7½ sessions

PGD – Minimum of 2 academic sessions and maximum of 3 academic sessions

M.Eng – Minimum of 2 academic sessions and Maximum of 3 academic sessions

Ph.D – Minimum of 3 academic sessions and maximum of 4½ academic sessions

 

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

All candidates, irrespective of the degree to be admitted into must have Five O’Level credits in English, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and Biology or Agricultural Science. The required credits should not be at more than two sittings.

 

  1. Admission Requirements for Bachelor of Engineering (B.Eng)

Candidates are admitted into the degree programme in any of the following three ways:

  • The University Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME)
  • Direct Entry
  • Inter-University Transfer

 

U.T.M.E. Subjects.

English Language, Mathematics, Physics, and Chemistry.

 

  1. Admission Requirements for Postgraduate Diploma (PGD)
  2. HND in Agricultural Engineering with a minimum of Lower Credit Pass.
  3. B. Eng. in Agricultural and Environmental/Bioresources Engineering in the Pass or Third Class Division

All candidates must have the required Five O’Level credits and must have graduated from recognized institutions.

 

  1. Admission Requirements for Masters of Engineering (M.Eng)
  2. A candidate with a First Honours degree in Agricultural and Environmental/Bioresources Engineering with a minimum of Second Class Lower Degree.
  3. A candidate with an Upper Credit in Postgraduate Diploma (PGD) in Agricultural and Environmental/Bioresources Engineering with a minimum CGPA of 3.50.

All candidates must have the required Five O’Level credits and must have graduated from recognized institutions.

 

  1. Admission Requirements for Ph.D

A candidate who holds a Masters degree, with a minimum CGPA of 3.50 on a 5 point scale or an average of 60% which includes course work and research thesis in Agricultural Engineering, from a recognized University may be admitted. All candidates must have the required Five O’Level credits.

 

It is advisable that candidates should seek for admission in the option from which they had their Master’s degree.

 

MODE OF EXAMINATION

 

Examination shall consist of written examination for course work and oral examination for Projects, Thesis and Dissertations.

 

  1. Course Work for Undergraduate (B.Eng) and PGD
  2. The minimum pass mark shall be 40%; continuous assessment shall constitute not less than 30% of the examination for each course.
  3. The minimum pass mark shall be 45% for PGD; continuous assessment shall constitute not less than 30% of the examination for each course.

iii. Any student who fails in any course shall repeat such a course.

 

  1. Course Work for M.Eng and Ph.D
  2. The minimum pass mark shall be 50%; continuous assessment shall constitute not less than 30% of the examination for each course.
  3. Any student who fails in any course shall repeat such a course.

iii. Any Student whose Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) falls below 2.50 at the end of two consecutive semesters shall be required to withdraw from the programme.

  1. Course work and thesis/dissertation shall not be registered concurrently.

 

The scoring and grading of courses shall be as follows:

 

Table 1: Grade Point System and Class of degree on 5 grade points

Mark % Letter Grade Grade Point Cumulative Grade Point

Average (CGPA)

Class of Degree
70-100 A 5 4.50-5.00 First Class
60-69 B 4 3.50-4.49 2nd  Class Upper
50-59 C 3 2.40-3.49 2nd  Class Lower
45-49 D 2 1.50-2.39 3rd Class
40-44 E 1  ≤ 1.49 Pass
<40 F 0

 

Table 2: Grade Point System for M.Eng, Ph.D and PGD Students

For M.Eng and Ph.D Students For PGD Students
Mark % Letter Grade Grade Point Mark % Letter Grade Grade Point
70-100 A 5 70-100 A 5
60-69 B 4 60-69 B 4
50-59 C 3 50-59 C 3
0-44 F 0 45-49 D 2
40-44 E 1
0-39 F 0

 

The pass mark for Masters and Ph.D students begins from grade C (50% and above) whereas for the PGD programme it is from D (45% and above), see Table 3.

 

Table 3: Class of degree for PGD and M.Eng

CLASS CGPA Range
Distinction 4.50 – 5.00
Upper Credit 350 – 4.49
Lower Credit 2.40 – 3.49
Pass 1.50 – 2.39
Fail Less than 1.50

 

 

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS FOR B.ENG, PGD, M.ENG AND PH.D

B.Eng – student must pass all prescribed courses and have a minimum CCE of 203 including passing project and SIWES.

PGD – student must have a minimum CCE of 72 including passing project.

M.Eng and Ph.D – student must pass all prescribed courses in addition to presentation and successful defence of thesis/dissertation