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RESERCH METHODS COURSES AT MAKERERE UNIVERSITY. M. Nabasirye FACULTY OF AGRICULTURE. Departments. Agricultural Economics & Agribusiness Agricultural Engineering Agricultural Extension Education Animal Science Crop Science Soil Science Food Science & Technology

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Reserch methods courses at makerere university

RESERCH METHODS COURSES AT MAKERERE UNIVERSITY

M. Nabasirye

FACULTY OF AGRICULTURE


Departments
Departments

  • Agricultural Economics & Agribusiness

  • Agricultural Engineering

  • Agricultural Extension Education

  • Animal Science

  • Crop Science

  • Soil Science

  • Food Science & Technology

  • Makerere University Agricultural Research Institute Kabanyolo (MUARIK)


Undergraduate programmes
Undergraduate programmes

B.Sc. Agric. (4 options in Year IV)

  • B.Sc. Agric. Engineering

  • B.Sc. Food Science & Technology

    4 years

  • B. Agribusiness Management

  • B. Sc. Agric. Extension/Education

  • B. Sc. Land Use & Management

  • B. Sc. Horticulture

    3 years


Graduate programmes
Graduate programmes

  • M.Sc.

    Agric. Econ., Agric. Eng., Agric. Ext. & Educ., Animal Sc., Crop Sc., Soil Sc., Food Sc. & Tech., Applied Human Nutrition

  • M. Agribusiness Management

  • Ph.D.


Undergraduate courses
Undergraduate Courses

  • Introduction to statistics

    Year I, all

  • Applied Statistics/Biometry

    Year II, all

  • Social Research Methods I

    Year III, B.Sc Agric, FST, AEE, LUM

  • Social Research Methods II

    Year IV, ANS, AEC, SOS, FST, AEE


Graduate courses
Graduate Courses

  • Applied Statistics/Biometry

    Year I, Semester I

    All, except MABM

  • Research Methodology

    Year I, Semester II

    All, common course


Introduction to statistics year 1
Introduction to statistics(year 1)

  • Basic definitions, Descriptive summaries, Distributions, Hypothesis testing, Correlation & Simple linear regression


Practical teaching year 1 recess term
Practical teaching (year 1, recess term)

  • Approaches to data collection, Field data collection, Data analysis, Introduction to experimental design concepts


Applied statistics biometry year 2
Applied Statistics/Biometry (year 2)

  • Role in agric. research, Experimentation, Objectives & hypotheses, Experimental design concepts, Basic designs & ANOVA, Treatment comparisons & contrasts, Factorials, Assumptions, Linear regression, Analysis of frequency data, Introduction to statistical software (Genstat)


Social research methods i year 3
Social Research Methods I (year 3)

  • Research & its importance,Types of research & their limitations, The research process, Research methodology/procedures, Data collection and instruments

  • Research proposal


Social research methods ii year 4
Social Research Methods II (year 4)

  • Data collection, Data processing, Qualitative and quantitative data analysis & interpretation, scientific presentation and reporting


Applied statistics biometry m sc year 1 semester i
Applied Statistics/Biometry (M.Sc. year 1, semester I)

  • As in B.Sc. Year 2 (review)

  • Design concepts on students’ field

  • Split/strip plot, Combined analysis, Repeated measures, Non-parametric, Covariance, Multivariate, On-farm trial design & analysis, Presentation of results, Data management & analysis


Research methodology year i semester ii
Research Methodology (Year I, Semester II)

  • The scientific process, Search for knowledge, Attributes of science, Research ethics, Process

  • Planning scientific research

    Elements of research proposal, Reviewing literature, Selecting & defining problem, Research proposal


Research methodology year i semester ii1
Research Methodology (Year I, Semester II)

  • Research design, Experiments, Surveys, Sampling design, Survey instruments, Secondary data, Data collection and processing

  • Communicating the results

    Scientific writing, Expression of ideas, Presentation of data, Interpretation of results, Oral presentations, Writing a manuscript, Bibliography & references


Teaching methods assessmant
Teaching methods & assessmant

  • Undergraduates

    Lectures

    Practical/tutorials

    Field attachment

  • Course work and tests

  • University examination

  • Special project


Teaching methods assessmant1
Teaching methods & assessmant

  • Graduates

    Lectures, Group assignments

    Faculty seminars, Proposal preparation & presentation

  • Course work and term papers

  • University examination

  • Annual graduate workshops

  • Thesis


Challenges
Challenges

  • Common courses, diverse fields

  • Large number of students, limited facilities and time

    • Low instructor to student ratio

    • 3 credit units

    • 2-4 contact hours

    • 13-15 effective weeks

    • Ltd. flexibility on teaching methods


Challenges1
Challenges

  • Influence by Govt. policies

    • Decentralisation, PMA, NAADS, etc.

    • OFR vs. OSR at MUARIK

  • Teaching staff

    • Not well equipped with new trends

    • Attitude to change

    • Ltd. cooperation between departments


What next
What next?

  • Need to change the teaching approach in response to changes in approach to research & policies

  • Review of curriculum

  • Personal mastery & soft skills approach

  • Strengthen collaborations between University departments, Universities, NARS and CGIAR centers



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