BALTHAZAR UNIVERSITY

The Diploma of Tropical Agriculture

Entry Requirements
Diploma Requirements
The 1 year Diploma Course at Balthazar University is
The 8 sections of the course are as follows

 
Details of the Sections
 
Communication & Computing
 
This course is designed to provide foundation skills in learning, communication and computing. Skills gained will support concurrent and later skills for learning.

After this course, students will understand the structure and usage of modern computer systems and be able to solve basic real-world problems with the use of spreadsheet and word processing software. Designing and presenting an oral presentation to a specified audience using an appropriate style and supporting media will be covered. Students will know how to explain how to effectively communicate using selected written, oral and graphic communication techniques, and distinguish between constructive and inappropriate techniques for communicating interpersonally in pairs and in groups.
 
Topics
Computing Study Skills  
Communications


Systems of Farm Management - Part I
 
Introduction
The Grenada horticulture and nutmeg industries have an increasing demand for graduates who understand the interdependence of science/technology and commerce.

The aims of this course are to:  
A feature of this course is a case study/business plan for a horticultural or nutmeg business. All students collate information about the business environment, structure and performance. From this information, each student writes an individual report analysing that business and identifying opportunities for improvement and development. Students are also encouraged to study topics of their own interest within the flexible assessment framework.


 
Plant Science
 
Introduction
Plant  Science area covers the rudiments of plant propagation, crop production including plant identification.

It includes:
Topics

 
Fluids, Soils & Their Management
 
Introduction
Fluids such as water, nutrient solutions, fuel, treatment solutions are vital to agriculture in a variety of ways.

Nutrient solutions are used to stimulate growth, as hydroponic and aeroponic feeding media.

Soils are the media in which plants grow to feed and clothe the world. Soil management involves maintaining or improving the ability of soils to grow useful plants without contaminating the environment and water supplies with nutrients or other chemicals.

Soils and Soil Management is an applied course that develops an understanding of the physical and chemical aspects of soils together with plant requirements. Our aim is to give an introduction to the nature and properties of soils and how soils affect plant growth. An understanding of the efficient management of soils and horticulture media including fertiliser use, irrigation, cultivation and drainage for agriculture or horticulture is the key objective of this course.

Soils and Soil Management is ideal for students who will be working on or managing farm or horticultural units. It is particularly appropriate for those wishing to make a career in farming or horticulture.
 
Topics
 
Systems of Livestock Production
 
Introduction
This course aims to develop an understanding of the importance of livestock production systems to farm management.

It involves:  
Topics
 
Plant & Animal Health
 
Introduction  
The course covers recognition and control of important insect pests and plant diseases of pastures and crops, and important diseases of livestock.

It includes:  
Topics

 
Engineering on  the Farm
 
Introduction
This is an introduction to engineering applications. It looks at structures, materials and building technology, water technology, land information systems and surveying, machines and electricity, engineering impacts and hazards.

Topics
 
Systems of Farm Management Part II
 
Introduction
This course is the nuts and bolts of being a financially successful farmer