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MASTER OF ENGINEERING IN AGRICULTURAL ENGINEERING

GENERAL REGULATIONS

Eligibility
1. The minimum qualification for registration as a candidate for the degree of Master of Engineering is a Bachelor's degree in Engineering of the University of Zambia with an 'Upper Credit' having been obtained through the appropriate department, or an equivalent qualification. Applications with additional field, industrial, teaching or research experience will be given preference. The stipulation 'Upper Credit' may be relaxed in the case of an applicant possessing significant relevant experience.
2. Notwithstanding the above, the Board of Studies of the School of Engineering, at the request of the School of Engineering Postgraduate Studies Committee, may require an applicant, as a condition for registration to a particular Master's Programme, to take such other prerequisite or concurrent studies or examinations as it may prescribe. Such requirement must, however, be approved by the Directorate of Research  and Graduate Studies.

Registration
1. An eligible candidate shall register in a particular Master's programme and shall renew his/her registration at the commencement of each academic session so long as he/she remains a candidate.
2.  Under exceptional circumstances, on the recommendation of the School of Engineering Postgraduate Studies, Senate may permit a candidate to register at any other suitable time.
3. Registration for a Master of Engineering degree programme by "Course-work and Dissertation" may be either on a full time or part-time basis.
4. Registration for a Master of Engineering Degree programme by "Research and Thesis only" shall normally on a full time basis.
5. Under exceptional circumstances on the recommendation of the School of Engineering Postgraduate Studies Committee and Board of Studies, Senate may permit a candidate to register for the Master of Engineering Degree on a part-time basis.The candidates qualifications, maturity and experience, the nature of the project work; the candidates ability to keep term, the prospects of continuity of qualified supervision in the particular department, shall be the guiding criteria for such recommendation.

Structure of the Master's Degree Programme
1. The Master's Degree Programme shall consist of two parts. Part I shall consist of course work equivalent to one academic year of full-time study and Part II shall consist entirely of project work carried out over a subsequent period of six to twelve months leading to submission of a dissertation.
2. Under exceptional circumstances, on the recommendation of the School of Engineering Postgraduate Studies Committee and Board of Studies, Senate may grant permission to carry out the entire Master's Degree Programme by research and thesis only. The candidate's qualifications and relevant experience, the nature and soundness of the project work, and the available research and supervisory facilities shall be the guiding criteria for such special recommendation. In such cases, the research work shall cover a period of 18 to 24 months leading to submission of a thesis. Extensions of the period of research, up to a maximum of 36 months total, may be granted by Senate on recommendation of the School of Engineering Postgraduate Studies Committee and the Board of Studies. For such recommendation the Committee/Board shall require (a) evidence of satisfactory progress by the candidate as under section E (ii(4) and (5) of this Regulation and (b) a report from the candidate's supervisor supporting the request for extension of period of research.
3. The Research project leading to submission of a thesis, neither as partial or the only requirement for the Master's degree, may be carried out within the University and/or industry and/or on field time academic staff member of the University is involved in guidance and monitoring and is able to report on the progress of the work.

Progression on the Master's Degree Programmes and Examinations

(i) Degree by Course Work and Dissertation

(a) Part I: Course Work
1. Full-time students shall undergo the course work during a period of one academic year. The course work shall consist of 8 course units or equivalent.
2. Part-time students shall undergo the course work during a period of 2 academic years taking in each year subjects equivalent to 4 course units.
3. The course work is composed of lecturers, tutorials, assignments, laboratory and field work.
4. The candidate shall, at the end of the course work, take written final examinations.
5. The final assessment will be based on the performance in the final examination as well as the assessment in tutorials, assignments, laboratory, field work and term tests.
6. A full-time candidate failing any Part I examination can submit him/herself, as a part-time student, for supplementary examination which may be held in December of the same calendar year. A candidate who fails in subjects equivalent to more than one full credit shall be excluded from the programme. A candidate who fails in the supplementary examination shall also be excluded from the programme.
7. A part-time student failing any Part I examination can submit himself for supplementary examination which may be held in December of the same calendar year. A candidate who fails in subjects equivalent to more than one half credit will be excluded from the programme. A candidate who fails in the supplementary examination shall also be excluded from the programme.

(b) Part II: Dissertation
1. No candidate shall be permitted to register for Part II of the programme unless he/she satisfies the requirement of Part I.
2. Part II shall comprise project work and the preparation of a thesis. One month from the date of registration for Part II, a candidate shall present his/her draft project proposal in an open seminar to his/her Department for purposes of discussion and advice.
3. A candidate shall, at the end of his/her project work, and prior to the submission of his/her Dissertation, present the results of his/her research work at an open Seminar to his/her Department for purposes of discussion and comments.
4. The project supervisor(s) shall furnish a report on each candidate to the School of Engineering Postgraduate Committee and the Senate Graduate Studies Committee at least once every six months. In case of serious delay in the students work from any cause whatsoever, the supervisor(s) shall notify the Dean of the School of Engineering and the Senate Graduate Studies Committee.

(ii) Degree by Research and Thesis Only

1. A candidate for the degree shall be required, during his/her period of registration to pursue a programme of research on a subject approved by the Senate on the recommendation of the School of Engineering Postgraduate Studies Committee and the Board of Studies.
2. In the case of full time candidates the minimum length of the degree programme shall be 15 months and the maximum length shall be 36 months.
3. In the case of part-time candidates the minimum length of the degree programme shall be 36 months and the normal maximum length shall be 48 months.
4. Every candidate for the degree shall be required, within three months of the date of registration, to present his/her draft research proposal in an open seminar to his/her Department for purposes of discussion and advice, The candidate shall thereafter be required to conduct two other Seminars on his/her research one midway through his/her period of registration and the other prior to the submission of the thesis.
5. Every candidate for the degree must submit to his/her Department when called upon to do so, and at least every three months, a report outlining the progress in his/her research during the period of registration. Provided always that in cases of special difficulties a candidate may furnish a report directly to the Dean of School of Engineering.
6. The supervisor(s) shall furnish a report on each candidate to the School of Engineering Postgraduate Studies Committee and the Senate Graduate Studies Committee, at least once every year. In case of serious delay in the student's work from any cause whatsoever, the supervisor(s) shall notify the Dean of the School of Engineering and the Postgraduate Studies Committee.

(iii) Award of Master's of Engineering Degree

1. Submission and Examination of thesis shall be in accordance with Regulations of the Directorate of Research and Graduate Studies.
2. A candidate whose thesis work has been awarded a pass, shall qualify for the award of Master of Engineering Degree.
 

CURRICULUM

Part I Course Work
Under part I, a candidate shall take courses equivalent to 4 full credit units. Courses equivalent to 3 units are compulsory and the candidate shall take 2 courses, each of 1/2 credit, from the indicated optional courses.

Compulsory Courses:
AEG 6211 Rural Infrastructure Design
AEG 6311 Advanced Irrigation Engineering
AEG 6411 Advanced Crop Storage and Food Processing

AEG 6112 Agriculture Commodity Logistics and Transportation
AEG 6122 Agricultural Machinery Design and Production
AEG 6142 Statistics and Experimentation

Optional Courses:
AEG 6101 Conversion of Biomass and System Design
AEG 6511  Agricultural Socio-Economics
AEG 6152 Advanced Instrumentation and Measurement
AEG 6322 Rural Water Supply