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Courses : Department of Agricultural Extension and Rural Development

Course Code

Title and Description

200 Level

HED 210

Introduction to Home Economics

Definition and history of Home economics;

Concepts: Objectives and Philosophy of home economics; Improving family living through home management; food consumption pattern; Food nutrition; Theory of consumer behaviour; Food preservation and Methods of cooking.

Semester 1: LH 30; PH 45; 3U; Status R

AED 210

Introduction to Agricultural Extension

Meaning and objectives of agricultural extension, role of extension workers, history and organization of extension services in Nigeria, selected extension methods and techniques, the extension process, meaning of rural sociology, rural leadership pattern and community organization. Principles and philosophy of extension communication, extension teaching process and adult learning.

Semester 2; LH 30; PH - ; 2U; Status: C

300 Level

AED 310

Agricultural Extension Education

Extension agents & the rural change process; institutional setting of agricultural extension; agricultural extension in the world; definition & concept of education; outreach methodologies in extension.

Semester 1: LH 30; PH -; 2 U; Status: C

AED 313

Educational Psychology & Extension Methods

Concepts of psychology; personality development; concept of intelligence; concept of measurement in psychology; extension teaching & learning and motivation; classification and description of extension methods.

Semester 2; LH 45; PH -; 3U; Status: R

AED 312

Comparative Extension Education

Extension education strategies and organization in selected countries; comparison of extension systems; alternative extension approaches/systems.

Semester 1: LH 30, PH -; 2U; Status: R

RSD 311

Introduction to Rural Sociology

Meaning, nature and scope of rural sociology; organization of societies; basic sociological concepts, society, culture etc.

Semester 1: LH 45; PH -; 3 U; Status: C

HED 310

Home Management

Principles of home management; furnishing and household decoration; personal & community health; clothing; understanding simple sewing tools; dyeing procedures.

Semester 2; LH 45; PH -; 3U; Status: C

RSD 313

Foundation of Social Action and Group Dynamics

Human factor in resource development; methods of applied social change; selected case studies on social action; programme objectives & evaluation; group formation and group dynamics.

Semester 2; LH 45; PH - ; 3U; Status: R

AED 314

Pilot Projects in Rural Development

Objectives of pilot projects; multidisciplinary approaches to rural development; participatory rural appraisal and rapid rural appraisal; qualitative approaches to rural development.

Semester 1 & 2; LH 30; H 45; 3U; Status: C

AED 317

Development Communication in Extension

Concept of development communication; communication & behavioral change in extension; development communication systems; influence of communication on rural change.

Semester 2; LH 30; PH -; 2U; Status E.

AED 315

Extension Principles and Organization

Principles of extension; organisation of governmental and non-governmental extension services in Nigeria; roles and qualities of different categories of extension personnel; selected extension methods and technique.

Semester 2; LH 30; PH-; 2U; Status: C.

AED 316

Introduction to Environmental Extension

Concept of the environment; components of the environment, equilibrium among the components; human activities and the environment; environmental degradation and the consequences (global warming); green house gases, erosion, desertification etc; environmental control (reclamation and protection), agroforestry practices, global view on the environment.

Semester 1: LH 30; PH -; 2U; Status: E


500 Level

AED 510

Diffusion and Adoption of Innovations

Definition of diffusion and adoption; processes of diffusion and adoption; adopter categories and diffusion curves.

Semester 1: LH 45; PH -; 3U; Status: C

AED 511

Agric. Extension Administration & Supervision

Concept, theories, principles and guidelines of administration; organization and supervision of agricultural extension services in Nigeria; staff recruitment, selection, placement and supervision; assessment of extension work accomplishment.

Semester 1: LH 45; PH -; 3U; Status: C

AED 512

Extension Programme Planning & Evaluation

The planning process; principles & concepts of programme planning; steps in planning; concept of monitoring and evaluation; and evaluation approaches.

Semester 2; LH 30; PH - ; 2U; Stauts: C

AED 513

Extension Communication Systems and Methods

Meaning and elements of communication process; methods and strategies in extension; education and entertainment education in social change; extension learning & teaching situations and experiences; preparation and use of communication development models; news gathering techniques; mechanisms and techniques of writing agricultural news for the media; news evaluation and copy editing.

Semester 1: LH 30; PH -; 2U; Status: C

AED 514

Rural Youth Extension Programme

History, objectives, organization, and types of rural youth programmes in Nigeria, and other countries; youth problems and role of government and non-governmental agencies; self-employment opportunities.

Semester 2; LH 30; PH -; 2U; Status: R.

AED 515

Practices in Extension Methods & Audio-Visual Aids

Principles & practices of using audio-visual equipment such as projectors, digital and manual cameras; developing and printing of films, slides, video cameras, tape recorders, public address system, cartoon and graphics; information and communication technologies.

Semester 2; LH 30; Ph -; 2U; Status: R

RSD 513

Rural Social Problems and Public Policy

Concept of rural development; rural development problems; social problems in rural areas of Nigeria; policy statements on rural development; strategies of implementing public policies on rural development.

Semester 1: LH 30; PH -; 2U; Status: R.

RSD 516

Theories of Social Change

Discussions and assessment of theories of social change and rural development; cultural evolution, diffusion, acculturation, and analysis of contemporary cases relating to human problems resulting from cultural change; including directed change.

Semester 1: LH 30; PH -; 3 U; Status: C

RSD 518

Community Organization and Leadership

Identification, evaluation and training of leaders for community development; professional and local leaders, patron-client relationships and value systems; principles and procedures for community organizations; types of organizations.

Semester 1: LH 30; Ph -; 2U; Status: R

AED 520

Agrarian & Business Law

Policies and regulations governing agricultural production; land reforms; laws governing agricultural finance establishments.

Semester 2; LH 30; Ph -; 2U; Status: E

AED 599

Special Project

Semester 1 & 2; LH 60; PH -; 4U; Status: C

AED 590


Semester 1: LH 15; Ph -; 1U; Status: C.

* LH = total lecture hours; PH = total practical hours; U = units



Course Code

Course title and Description

No. of Contact hours (T:P)/Unit(s)

AED 701


Research report writing; seminar presentation on research proposal.

30; 2; C

AED 710

Principles of Extension, Adult Education and Rural Development

Principles and practices of extension education, rural development, adult education and community development; comparison between principles, concepts and process of extension education, adult education, community development and rural and agricultural development.

30; 2; C

AED 711

Communication for Extension & Rural Development

Effective learning-teaching situations in extension; motivation principles in adult learning; development communication strategies; diffusion processes in social development; selected extension methods – including demonstration, tours, exhibits, meetings, outreach, entertainment education, audio-visual aids and information and communication technology (ICT) in extension work.

30; 2; C

AED 712

Programme Planning & Evaluation

Principles of programme planning and Evaluation; steps in programme planning and development; programme planning and evaluation models.

30; 2; R

AED 713

Extension Administration & Supervision

Theories of administration; organizational structure; administrative functions such as coordination, directing/control, motivation, delegation and staff appraisal; supervision; personnel management and fiscal control.

30; 2; C

AED 714

Psychology for Extension Personnel

Principles and application of educational psychology; concepts of human development, psychological traits-intelligence, emotion, motivation, etc. psychology of learning and teaching-learning process.

30; 2; R

AED 715

Advanced Rural Sociology

Application of rural sociology concepts; principles for understanding rural community life; analysis of rural social institutions; rural leadership patterns and social dynamics guiding rural development; social factors affecting research methods; other topical issues including gender issue, participatory approach to development, social marginalization, rural poverty and indigenous social group.

30; 2; C

AED 716

Measurement & Scaling Techniques in Extension

Parametric tests; principles and types of test construction; measurement of socio-economic status; procedure for constructing rating scales; techniques of scale construction; methods of summated ratings, methods of paired comparison; methods of equal-appearing intervals; scalogram analysis; levels of measurement appropriate for different statistical tests.

30; 2; C

AED 717

Research Methods in Extension

Characteristics of scientific method; selection and formulation of research problems and hypotheses; exploratory and descriptive research studies; research designs; experimental designs for testing causal hypothesis – one group pretest – post test design, randomized control group design etc.; methods of data collection – qualitative techniques; quantitative techniques and sampling techniques.

30; 2; C

AED 718

Statistics for Agricultural Extension

Meaning of statistic and parameter; sampling, unit of analysis, levels of measurement, frequency distribution; measures of central tendency, measures of dispersion; hypotheses testing; simple correlation; tests of differences; regression analysis; factor analysis; computer application of statistical tests and interpretation of results.

30; 2; C

AED 719

Advanced Home & Food Management

Home making; post harvest handling and storage, chemical and physical changes of food; food preparations; food hygiene and food safety education; food security; food processing, presentation and preservation.

30(15:45); 2; C

AED 720

Clothing & Textile

Different types of fibers and fabrics for clothing and household uses; production of functional and beautiful apparels and accessories; principles of fashion merchandising and interior decoration.

30(15:45); 2; E

AED 721

Contemporary Issues in Extension & rural Development

Key concepts on gender, gender and generation based analysis, household and community responsibilities along gender and generation lines; potentials and constraints in access to resources among rural population defined by sex and age; extension services for women, youth and children; vulnerability; sustainability; globalization; food security; environmental impact assessment.

30: 2; E

AED 799


90; 6; C



AED 801

Advanced Seminar

A student will select a topic of current research interest and present pre and post data seminar

30; 2; R

AED 810

Advanced Extension Methods & Audio-Visual Aids

An overview of communication process; skills of communication; preparation and use of audio-visual aids; photography and exhibition techniques

30; 2; E

AED 811

Agricultural Journalism

Agricultural news writing; scientific writing; agricultural knowledge and information systems; technology development and transfer, development communication; content analysis; readability; citation analysis; advertisement/marketing/public relations; entertainment education and ICT in rural development.

30; 2; E

AED 812

Advanced Theories & Concept of Extension Administration

Analysis of the organization of modern bureaucracy and public services; theoretical concepts and empirical analysis of complex organizations with particular reference to the extension services

30; 2; E

AED 814

Social Theories & Social Development

Multi-disciplinary background to theoretical understanding of rural development with emphasis on social perspective. Inter-relatedness of development initiatives; rural population dynamics, gender and generational considerations; capacity building for rural development; local participation and NGO involvement with focus on rural involvement: sustainability in rural development interventions

30; 2; C

AED 818

Advanced Research Methods & Computer Analysis

Methods of research; statistical analysis; computer analysis and interpretation.

30; 2; C

AED 820

Theory Construction & Modeling

Identification of problem(s); isolation of variables; determination of appropriate theories; relationships among variables, theoretical framework; theory of modeling; schematic representation of relationships (causatives and effects) and conceptual framework.

30; 2; C




DAE 713

Basic Data collection and Analysis Techniques

Quantitative and qualitative methods of data collection; questionnaire development and administration; conducting focus group discussions & in-depth interviews, participant observation; impact assessment; basic analytical tools.



DAE 714

Extension Principles & Processes

Comparison between principles, concepts and processes of extension education, adult education, community development and rural and agricultural development; extension approaches with emphasis upon participatory extension methods and their implications in practice.


DAE 721

Gender and Generation Issues in rural Development

Distribution of household and community responsibilities; male and female/young and old roles in agriculture and other rural activities; potential and constraints for different sectors for the local rural population (defined by sex and age) for increasing productivity; extension services for women, youth and children; vulnerability; sustainability; environment etc.


DAE 723

Local Leadership Development and Use of Local Groups

Types of rural local leaders; importance of legitimating by local leaders for rural development; leadership skills, enhancing effectiveness of local leaders; types of local groups for development projects; needed capacity building for group effectiveness.


DAE 724

Family Welfare and Home Management

Ensuring household food security; promoting a nutritious diet with locally available; yet less expensive foods; time and energy saving techniques for family and home care home decorations; providing a safe and clean home environment; child care and family health.


DAE 725

Indigenous Knowledge in Rural Development

Understanding what indigenous knowledge is and its significance for rural development; indigenous knowledge and extension delivery; examples of indigenous knowledge; potential for using indigenous knowledge in research and the development of improved technology.

30; 2;E

DAE 726

Extension Exhibition Techniques

Styles and methods in extension exhibits; aesthetic considerations in exhibits; determining what to exhibit for different purposes, venues and audiences.


DAE 727

Programme Planning  & Evaluation

Principles of programme planning and evaluation; steps in programme development; programme planning and evaluation models; extension administration and supervision.


DAE 742

Management of \Small-Scale Enterprises and Farm Management

Types and characteristics of small-scale enterprises in rural areas; basic management principles for small businesses; needed skills for entrepreneurial development


DAE 743

Communication Methods for Rural Development

Role of information dissemination in development; types of communication methods and media – their effectiveness for rural development; innovative communication methods for rural areas; opportunities and constraints for use of specific communication methods.


DAE 744

Crop Protection and Production

Introduction to crop and livestock production; agricultural activities for small-scale producers; recognizing potential common problems in agricultural production and possible recommendations for solving those problems


DAE 745

Animal Husbandry

Introduction to small-scale livestock production; common problems facing rural livestock rearers; recommended extension practices for small livestock rearers.


DAE 746

Agro-forestry and Fisheries Management

Introduction to agro-forestry and aquaculture; basic principles and problems; potential for rural livelihoods; environmental considerations; recommended extension practices in agro-forestry and fisheries development.


DAE 799



Summary of Required Number of Units
24 Compulsory units plus 12 Required units plus maximum of 4 Elective units = 40 units