Faculty Life Sciences and Natural Resources

Prof. Levi Musalia Ph.D Ag. Dean, Faculty of Life Sciences and Natural Resources (FLIN

Message From Dean Faculty of Life Sciences and Natural Resources

Faculty of Life Sciences and Natural Resources Management (FLIN) was established in 2019 to strengthen the niche area of the University College focusing on dryland farming and mining. The faculty endeavours to be a key player in the national development agenda enshrined in vision 2030 and “The Big Four” by producing graduates with skills and competences in sustainable food production and prudent use of natural resources for food security and poverty alleviation. The faculty appreciates that farming and natural recourses utilization are the backbone for industrialization that must be based on

science and technology whose sustainability requires sound environmental management practices. The faculty has set itself on a roadmap to grow into a world leading Faculty of Life Sciences and Natural Resources Management.

We have animal and crop demonstration units, that offer practical skills to ensure our graduates are competitive in the market. Our students also get more practical exposure through field trips and field attachment. Apart from professional training in the relevant programs there are entrepreneurial courses for preparing our students for self-employment. The faculty offers a conducive work environment that is student-centred and interactive. Students will find more opportunities in the faculty in developing their career for employment.

The faculty has one Department of Dryland Farming and Natural Resources that focuses in dry land animal, horticultural and crop farming, agro-forestry, environmental management, hospitality, wildlife enterprise & eco-tourism.

Objectives

To set up structures for Open, Distance and e-Learning to deliver courses offered at the University College closer to the learners for global transformation.

To oversee online, hybrid and web-enhanced course development for societal transformation.

To provide professional development opportunities for Open, Distance and e-Learning for societal transformation.

To enhance continuous training of staff and students on new developments in Open, Distance and e-Learning for societal transformation.

Strategies

(1) Analysis Strategies:  Needs Analysis, Target Audience (Learner) Analysis, Course Analysis

(2)  Design Strategies: Learning Objectives, Sequencing, Instructional, Delivery and Evaluation Strategy

(3) Development Strategies: Content Development, Storyboarding and Courseware Development

(4)  Implementation Strategies: Installation/Distribution, Onboarding, Training and Management of Learner Activities

(5) Evaluation Strategies: Course Feedback, Teaching Effectiveness Evaluation, Outcomes measurement.

These strategies work towards the institution’s national developmental agenda of fostering excellence in innovation, research, teaching and dissemination of knowledge for the purpose of transforming the society.

With regard to the National Development Agenda, the ODeL strategy works towards the achievement of the Big 4 Agenda in enhancing Manufacturing, Food Security and Nutrition by facilitating programmes in Mineralogy and Dryland Farming.