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Academic Programs...

Diploma of Tropical Agriculture
(course outline)

Course Duration

The Diploma of Tropical Agriculture is a three year fulltime course offered at both the East New Britain and Popondetta Campuses. In the first year of study students learn the basics of agricultural systems and the economy. In addition, they experience work on the demonstration farm.

In the second and third year they are taught:

* crop and animal production
* agriculture management
* soils
* field engineering
* rural sociology and
* get to experience professional work off-campus and communication skills.

Admission Requirements to Undergraduate Program.

Minimum entry requirement for School Leavers

(Grade 12 Certificate) C grade or better in:

* Language and Literature
* Mathematics A or B
* At least a Science subjects
o Biology
o Chemistry or
o Physics.

Minimum entry requirement for Non-School Leavers:

For Grade 12 certificate holders who have upgraded their results, their upgraded results will be considered when making selections. Grade 10 certificate holders are required to have matriculated and completed 8 subjects in the Science stream of their matriculation course.

Bachelor of Tropical Agriculture (course outline)

Requirement for entry:

A Diploma in Tropical Agriculture with a CGPA(Cummulative Grade Point Average) of 5.0 or better obtained from the four semesters of the first two years of the Diploma in Tropical Agriculture course.

For entry via the Transitional Year Program:
A Diploma in Tropical Agriculture with a minimum of three (3) years work experience is required.

Course Duration

The Bachelor of Tropical Agriculture is a four-year full-time course and is only taught at the East New Britain Campus.
The third and fourth years advance into learning:

* crop and animal production
* soils
* microbiology
* agri-business and management and
* agricultural extension. An off-campus training project is also offered for a full semester.

Applicants can be fresh Diploma in Tropical Agriculture graduates or mature aged students holding a Diploma in Tropical Agriculture. All enquiries and application forms can be obtained from:

Students Admissions on Telephone: (675) 983 9249 Facimile: (675) 983 9245 or email address

Correspondence Should be directed to:
Admissions Officer
University of Vudal
Private Mail Bag Service
East New Britain Province
Papua New Guinea



Study Campus:

This is a three or four year full-time course. In the first year students study at the Main Campus, the basic sciences of biology, chemistry and physics, gain an appreciation of agriculture and fisheries systems, natural resource conservation
and management, and economics. In the second and third years, students are introduced to a breadth of disciplines at the Kavieng Campus covering biological sciences, fishing operations, post harvest operations, marketing, fisheries law and policy, marine resource management, marine ecosystems, aquaculture, oceanography, fisheries monitoring and
statistics, computing and reporting.

A whole semester is devoted to conducting an off-campus industry based project.

Diploma students graduate in Kavieng after their third year of study while Degree
students return to the Main Campus to complete their final year. Students are selected for entry into the Degree program based on their Average Grade Point Average Marks (AGPA) which must equal or exceed 2.5 over the first two years of the Diploma in Fisheries and Marine Resources course.

Fourth year advanced courses include inland fisheries, marine science and
pollution, population dynamics, law and policy, biotechnology, statistics and research
methods. In addition each student carries out an individual project throughout
the year. Honours are awarded to students at the end of the degree course
whose performance meets the required standards


Study Campus:

The Management Studies Course is an 18-24 month program offered in flexible delivery mode. For each module, candidates receive their learning materials 4-6 weeks prior to a week of intensive learning at Vudal Campus. A formal examination takes places 2-3 months later.

Eminent professionals from within the country and abroad conduct the lectures. New applicants can be admitted to the program at any time. Students who have completed four modules from the program are eligible to graduate with a Graduate Certificate in Management Studies. Those who attain an average mark of 65% have the option to be admitted into the Masters Degree program. Students who complete all five core
modules as well as two modules from a range of electives graduate with a Masters


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Academic program in Geohazard and Risk Reduction

This will be offered in consultation with the Department of Mineral Policy and Geohazard Management. This is inline with PNG UNRE’s development plan to expand to 11 academic departments.

Under this plan, the departments will be housed in three schools. School of Natural Resources (Agriculture, Fisheries, Forestry, Tourism & Hospitality); School of Environment (Earth Sciences, Ocean Sciences, Environment Law - Impacts & Assessments, Environment Engineering); and School of Government & Business (Business & Economics, Management, Computer Studies & Information Technology).

DOSE enrols students

The University’s matriculation studies arm, Department of Self Education (DOSE), commenced enrolling students in 2009.

The department provides a second opportunity for students unable to continue their studies after Grade 10 or 12 to go to University after upgrading their grades in subjects that are externally examined. Students presently in Grade 10 can also take DOSE subjects as a means of preparation for Grade 11 and 12 subjects, especially in subjects they are
weak in.

It has been proven that students who do this, improve their grades significantly in Grade 11 and 12 enrol for the English courses available.

DOSE also enrols professional people who want to improve their grades in order to undertake further studies or even just to improve in their work performance. For example, a person who requires writing skills in his/her profession can enrol for the English courses available.

Students who complete the DOSE modules have the same opportunities of acceptance by tertiary institutions as all flexible education students nationwide. Six DOSE students were accepted for tertiary studies under the University’s main academic programs last year; while this year, 18 students will be enrolled.

The department is presently based at UNRE Vudal; however, DOSE will eventually be based at Kerevat. This is to ensure that the program is accessible to all members of the community.

Land for this project has been identified and while verbal approval has been granted by provincial authorities for its use, proper documentation is yet to be received despite several follow-up visits.

Those wishing to obtain more information about DOSE and its courses can call our DOSE curriculum & materials development officer on 983 9144.



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