Agri-Business

Philosophy

The Executive Master of Business Administration (Executive MBA) as a programme has been developed on the fundamental assumption that agriculture is business, Agricultural ventures must therefore be well managed in order to achieve the desired goals especially in our ever-changing global economy. To obtain a degree, candidate must complete course work comprising courses in the areas of accounting, banking and finance, management and marketing. Other notable areas include organizational case studies, seminars and project report.

 

1.2       Objectives

 

The Executive Master of Business Administration in Agri-Business has the following objectives:

  • To prepare candidates who will graduate from the programme and be in position to carry out the duties and responsibilities in government and industrial establishments, statutory corporations and parastatals as they relate to the business of agriculture.

 

  • To help students acquire leadership skills, human relations, analytical, evaluative, qualitative and communicative skills needed for management of agribusinesses.

 

  • To expose students to integrative, interdisciplinary and dynamic nature of business and administrative processes especially as they relate to agricultural undertakings.

 

1.3       Scope

The Executive MBA programme in Agri-Business cuts across various areas in agribusiness and industry. Students will complete relevant courses in agribusiness related areas in addition to project work in their areas of interest. The programme is majorly case-study and seminar driven.

 

1.4       Entry Requirements

Candidates for the Executive MBA programme in Agri-Business should have the following:

  • Minimum of five years working experience in the industry
  • Bachelors’ degree or Higher National Diploma (HND) in any relevant discipline (Agriculture, Agricultural Economics, Economics, Engineering, Banking and Finance, Management, Marketing, Accountancy, Public Relations, etc.)

 

Admission is twice in a year, March/April and September/October.

 

1.5       Mode of Study

The mode of study for the Executive MBA programme in Agri-Business shall be by course work, organisational case studies, seminars and project reports.

 

1.6       Duration

The duration for the Executive MBA programme shall be four (4) semesters – 18 months

 

1.7       Employment Opportunities

The Executive MBA programme in Agri-Business prepares students to improve professionalism in business practices and entrepreneurship development. The programme equally trains them to fill middle and senior level management positions in business, commerce, industry, and government. With their education and training, they can set up their own businesses since the programme also emphasizes self-employment and consultancy.

 

1.8       Fee Structure

The fee is ₦210, 000 per semester for 4 semesters.

 

 

COURSES

FIRST SEMESTER

 

Course Code Course Title Unit Loads
EMB 801 Managerial Economics 2
EMB 803 Strategic Management and Business Ethics 2
EMB 805 ICT Appreciations for Decision Making 2
EMB 807 Accounting Practice 2
EMB 809 Issues in Banking and Finance 2
EMB 811 Marketing Process and Practice 2
EMB 813 Entrepreneurship and Corporate Social Responsibility 2
EMB 815 Research Methodology 2
Total 16

 

 

SECOND SEMESTER

 

Course Code Course Title Unit Loads
EMB 820 Case Studies and Analysis on Leadership in Business Organisations 2
EMB 822 Case Studies and Analysis on Leadership in Banking and Financial Institutions 2
EMB 824 Case Studies and Analysis on Leadership in Marketing Organisations 2
EMB 826 Case Studies and Analysis on Leadership in Accounting and Auditing Firms 2
Total 8

 

 

 

 

THIRD SEMESTER

 

Course Code Course Title Unit Loads
EAG 831 Seminar on Agricultural Business Management 2
EAG 833 Seminar on Agricultural Financing 2
EAG 835 Seminar on Agricultural Cooperatives and Warehousing 2
EAG 837 Seminar on Agricultural Marketing and Trading 2
EAG 839 Seminar on Agricultural Value Chain 2
Total 10

 

 

FOURTH SEMESTER

 

Course Code Course Title Unit Loads
EAG 890 Project Report 4

 

 

                                    TOTAL UNITS                                                                     38

 

 

 

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

 

EMB 801        Managerial Economics                                                                     (2 units)

Economics and Descision-Making Process; Understanding the Micro and Macro Environment of Business (specifically the Macro-Economic Variables); Demand and Supply; Types of Market Models; Theory of Games.

 

EMB 803        Strategic Management and Business Ethics                                   (2 units)

Concept of Management; Principles of Management; Professionalism in Management; ethical issues in the practice of management.

 

EMB 805        ICT Appreciation for Decision Making                                          (2 units)

Basics of Computer, Applications of ICT in Business Problem-solving; Computer Software and packages, The Future of Business in an ICT-driven Economy.

 

EMB 807        Accounting Practice                                                                          (2 units)

Core Topics in Accounting Practice; Core Topics in Management Accounting Practice; Core Topics in Auditing; Core Topics in Accounting Theory and Corporate Reporting.

 

EMB 809        Issues in Banking and Finance                                                        (2 units)

Money and its Relevance to Business and the Economy; Sources of Business Finance; Bank Lending and its Implications for Business; Aspects of Financial Management/Corporate Finance; Monetary and Fiscal Policies.

 

 

EMB 811        Marketing Process and Practice                                                      (2 units)

General Marketing Principles, Marketing Communications Systems; Consumer and Buyer Behaviour Analysis; Professionalism in Marketing Practice, Ethical Issues in Marketing.

 

EMB 813        Entrepreneurship and Corporate Social Responsibility               (2 units)

The Entrepreneur and Entrepreneurship; Personal Characteristics of Entrepreneurs; Theories of Entrepreneurship Development; Identification of ideas and Venture Capital Opportunities; Keeping Records; Writing Business Plans; Entrepreneurial Practice – Success and Failure; The Entrepreneur in Micro, Small, Medium and Large-Scale Enterprises.

 

EMB 815        Research Methodology                                                                     (2 units)

Application of Scientific Methods in the Study and Analysis of Business Activities; Research Designs; Data Collection Methods; Sampling techniques; Data Analysis Methods, Measurement Scales; Interpretation and Presentation of Business Research Results; Applications of Research in Business Problem-Solving of Accounting, Banking and Finance, Management and Marketing.

 

EMB 820        Case Studies and Analysis on Leadership in Business Organisations (2 units)

Cases will focus on guiding business organizations to a higher productivity, managing people and conflict resolution. Others include issues on effective leadership skills, ethics, emotional intelligence, creative thinking etc.

 

EMB 822        Case Studies and Analysis on Leadership in Banking and

Financial Institutions                                                                        (2 units)

Cases will focus on guiding banking and financial institutions to a higher productivity, managing people and conflict resolution. Others include issues on effective leadership skills, ethics, emotional intelligence, creative thinking etc.

 

EMB 824        Case Studies and Analysis on Leadership in Marketing

Organisations                                                                                    (2 units)

Cases will focus on guiding marketing organizations to a higher productivity, managing people and conflict resolution. Others include issues on effective leadership skills, ethics, emotional intelligence, creative thinking etc.

 

EMB 826        Case Studies and Analysis on Leadership in Accounting

and Auditing Firms                                                                          (2 units)

Cases will focus on guiding accounting and auditing firms to a higher productivity, managing people and conflict resolution. Others include issues on effective leadership skills, ethics, emotional intelligence, creative thinking etc.

 

EAG  831       Seminar on Agricultural Business Management                           (2 units)

The focus of this seminar is on operating techniques and business skills used in the modern food and fiber industry. Others include skills needed to manage small and medium size businesses in agricultural and allied industries.

 

 

 

EAG 833        Seminar on Agricultural Financing                                                (2 units)

The focus of this seminar is on access to finance for agricultural businesses. Different sources of financing – local and international, risk in agricultural financing and their mitigants, e.t.c.

 

EAG 835        Seminar on Agricultural Co-operatives and Warehousing          (2 units)

The focus should be on farmers’ co-operatives, agricultural production co-operatives, supply co-operatives as well as storage and warehousing of agricultural produce e.t.c.

 

EAG 837        Seminar on Agricultural Marketing and Trading                        (2 units)

The focus should cover services involved in moving agricultural products from the farm to the consumer. This will involve activities such as planning production, growing and harvesting, grading, packing and packaging, transport, storage, agro and food processing, distributions, advertising and selling, e.t.c.

 

EAG 839        Seminar on Agricultural Value Chain                                            (2 units)

The focus of this seminar should be on activities and actions that improve a product while linking commodity producers to processors and the market. Various aspects of product value chains will be targeted.

 

 

EAG 890        Case Project Report                                                                         (6 units)

Candidate is required to write a case project report on an approved topic which will be defended before the supervisor and any other persons appointed by the Executive Director.