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Admission Requirements

Candidates with at least a lower second degree in Botany, Botany combined with Zoology or any other relevant subjects like Geography, Chemistry, Forestry, Agriculture (crop science) and Environmental Science from a recognized University may be admitted to the course. Eligible candidates may be government or privately sponsored.

  1. Student Capacity

The optimum number of students per year is 25 (5 students per each area of specialization i.e. Genetics (Molecular Biology); Natural Resources Ecology and Conservation; Plant Taxonomy & Biosystematics; Microbiology & Plant Pathology; and Plant Physiology).

STRUCTURE OF THE PROGRAMME

  1. The programme shall run on a semester system consisting of four semesters. Each semester shall last 17 weeks, 15 of which are for instruction (lectures/tutorials/seminars/practicals), etc. One week is for registration and the other for examinations. Each course will be divided into course units. A course unit is defined as one contact hour per week per semester. One hour of lecture, tutorial or seminar is one contact hour; two hours of practical or field work are equivalent to one contact hour.
  2. Students will be required to have both theoretical and practical experiences during all the course units.
  3. The Curriculum shall be divided into two parts. Semesters I and II will constitute the first year (Part I). At the end of Semester II there is a Recess Term during which students will finalize the preparation of research proposals. The third and fourth semesters will form the second year (Part II) in which candidates will do research and submit dissertations at the end of the year.

Course Work:

These are done in the first semester of first year. These courses are offered jointly with the Department of Zoology.

Summary of Part A Programme

SEMESTER I : CORE COURSES

Course Code

Course Title

LH

PH

CH

CU

Changes

BOZ 7101

Biostatistics

15

60

45

3

Change of course title

BOZ 7102

Natural Resources and Landscape Processes

30

30

45

3

change of course title and content

BOZ 7105

Communication Skills

15

30

30

2

current

ZOO 7106

Advanced Principles of Project Planning and Management

15

30

30

2

new

ZOO 7107

Geographic Information Systems and Remote Sensing (GIS/RS)

30

30

45

3

current

 

TOTAL

105

180

195

13

 

Courses in the old programmme

Course Code

Course Title

Changes

BOZ 7103

Field Course (2CU)

deleted

BOT 7104

Natural Resources Law (3CU)

deleted

SEMESTER II (ELECTIVE COURSES)

Summary of Part B Programme

A student will be required to choose only one area of specialization from the following elective course:

  1. Molecular Biology and Genetics (change of name from Genetics)
  2. Natural Resources Ecology and Conservation
  3. Plant Taxonomy and Biosystematics
  4. Mycology, Seed and Plant Pathology
  5. Advanced Plant Physiology

It is planned that students who are deficient or have interests in some special field may be required to take collateral courses to strengthen their standing. These may include Plant Breeding, Plant Stress Physiology, Cell Biology, Plant Biotechnology, Plant Cell and Tissue Culture. These courses are normally offered in the Department of Botany as some of the final year options at undergraduate level.

B1: MOLECULAR BIOLOGY AND GENETICS

Course Code

Course Title

LH

PH

CH

CU

CHANGES

BOT 7201

Cell and Molecular Genetics

20

20

30

2

Change of code from BOT 7202

BOT 7202

Genetic Engineering

20

20

30

2

New course

BOT 7203

Cytogenetics

20

20

30

2

Change of code from BOT 7204

BOT 7204

Population & Evolutionary Genetics

30

30

45

3

Change of title and code from BOT 7205

BOT 7205

Advanced Plant Molecular Biology

20

20

30

2

New course

BOT 7206

Ecological Genetics

20

20

30

2

current

 

TOTAL

125

170

210

13

 

Courses in the old programme

Course No.

Course Units

Changes

BOT 7201 (611): Basic Genetics

2

Deleted

BOT 7203 (613): Microbial Genetics

2

Deleted

BOT 7205 (615): Population Genetics

3

Deleted

BOT 7207 (617): Mutation Genetics

2

Deleted

B.2 NATURAL RESOURCES ECOLOGY AND CONSERVATION

Course Code

Course Title

LH

PH

CH

CU

Changes

BOT 7207

Renewable Natural Resources Ecology

20

20

30

2

Change of title and code from BOT 7208

BOT 7208

Rangeland Ecology and Management

20

20

30

2

Change of code from BOT 7209

BOT 7209

The Tropical Rain Forest as Climax Vegetation

25

10

30

2

Change of code from BOT 7210 and CU from 3

BOT 7210

Natural Resource Conservation and Management

25

10

30

3

Change of code from BOT 7211 and CU from 2

BOT 7211

Research, Experimentation and Survey Sampling

20

20

30

3

Change of code from BOT 7213 and CU from 2

BOT 7217

Field and Herbarium Techniques

30

30

45

3

 

 

TOTAL

140

80

180

15

 

Courses in the old programme

Course No.

Changes

BOT 7212 (625): Island Biogeography: Implication to Conservation Biology

Deleted

BOT 7214 (627): Laboratory and Field Methods in Plant Ecology

Deleted

B.3 PLANT TAXONOMY AND BIOSYSTEMATICS

Course Code

Course Title

LH

PH

CH

CU

Changes

BOT 7212

Development and Systems of Classification

30

-

30

2

Change of code from BOT 7214

BOT 7213

Classification and Identification Methods

20

50

45

3

Change of code from BOT 7215 and Cu from 2

BOT 7214

Nomenclature: The Taxonomic Structure

25

10

30

2

Change of code from BOT 7216

BOT 7215

Elements of Applied Plant Taxonomy

35

20

45

3

New course

BOT 7216

Taxonomic Techniques and Facilities

20

20

30

2

New course

BOT 7217

Field and Herbarium Techniques

30

30

45

3

New course

 

TOTALS

170

110

225

15

 

Courses in the old programme

Course No.

Changes

BOT 7216 (633): Nomenclature: The Taxonomic Structure

deleted

BOT 7217 (634): General Ethnobotany: Medicinal and Poisonous Plants

deleted

BOT 7218 (635): Facilities (ways and Means and data

deleted

BOT 7219 (636): Practical Training and Assignments

deleted

BOT 7221 (637): Project Work

deleted

B.4 MICROBIOLOGY AND PLANT PATHOLOGY

Course Code

Course Title

LH

PH

CH

CU

Changes

BOT 7218

Principles of Plant Pathology

20

20

30

2

New course

BOT 7219

Biology and Systematics of Fungi and Bacteria

35

20

45

3

New course

BOT 7220

The Physiology of Fungi and Bacteria

20

20

30

2

New course

BOT 7221

Advanced Plant Virology

20

20

30

2

Change of code from BOT 7222 ant title from Viruses

BOT 7222

Applied Microbiology and Biosafety

35

20

45

3

Change of code from BOT 7226 ant title from Applied Microbiology

BOT 7223

Compendium of Diseases of major Crops in Uganda and Crop Epidemics

15

30

45

2

New course & modification of former BOT 7225

BOT 7224

Food Microbiology

20

30

45

3

New course

 

 

165

160

270

17

 

Courses in the old programme

Course No.

Course Units

BOT 7221 (641): The Prokaryotes

2

BOT 7223 (643): Fungi (Mycota)

2

BOT 7224 (644): Microorganisms in their Environment

2

BOT 7225 (654): Phytopathology

3

BOT 7227 (645): Research Project

2

B.5 PLANT PHYSIOLOGY

Course Code

Course Title

LH

PH

CH

CU

Changes

BOT 7225

Mineral Nutrition in Plants

20

20

30

2

Change of code from BOT 7228 and CU from 3

BOT 7226

Plant Water Relations

20

20

30

2

Change of code from BOT 7229

BOT 7227

Stress Physiology

20

20

30

2

Change of code from BOT 7230

BOT 7228

Plant Growth and Development

20

20

30

2

Change of code from BOT 7231 and CU from 3

BOT 7229

Physiology of Growth and Crop Yield

20

20

30

2

Change of code from BOT 7232

BOT 7230

Plant Energetics

20

20

30

2

Change of code from BOT 7233 and CU from 3

BOT 7231

Plant Tissue Culture

10

40

30

2

New course

 

TOTALS

130

160

210

14

 

NOTE: A detailed syllabus of the courses (7101 – 7231) is attached in Section 9.

YEAR TWO: DISSERTATION

Activity Period

Production of Research Proposal Recess Term of Year 1

Research and Production of Dissertation Semesters III & IV

EXAMINATION REGULATIONS

Progressive Assessment (PA)

Progressive Assessment shall consist of test(s), practicals, assignments, seminar presentation, etc. done during the courses. Progressive Assessment will contribute 40% of the total mark for each course unit.

Course Work Examination Scheme

At the end of each semester there will be a written examination in each of the courses offered during the semester. The examination score will contribute 60% (and PA 40%) of the final mark for the course. A pass mark in any course is of at least 50%.

Grading System

  1. Each course shall be graded out of a maximum of 100 marks and assigned appropriate letter grades and grade point average as follows:

Marks (%)

Letter grade

Grade Point

Interpretation

90 - 100

A+

5.0

Exceptional

80 - 89

A

5.0

Excellent

75 – 79.9

B+

4.5

Very good

70 – 74.9

B

4.0

Good

65 – 69.9

C+

3.5

Fairly good

60 – 64.9

C

3.0

Pass

55 – 59.9

D+

2.5

Marginal fail

50 – 54.9

D

2.0

Clear fail

45 – 49.9

E

1.5

Bad Fail

40 – 44.9

E-

1.0

Qualified fail

Below 40

F

0

Qualified fail

 

(b) The pass grade point per course shall be 3.0

Progression through the course

Progression through the course shall be assessed in three ways:

(a) Normal Progression

This occurs when a student passes all courses taken.

(b) Probationary

This is a warning stage and occurs if:

  1. A student obtains a grade point average (GPA) or a cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of less than 3.0.

Probation is removed when either of the conditions in (a) or (b) no longer holds.

(c) Discontinuation

A student shall be discontinued from the programme if he/she obtains one of the following conditions:

  1. Getting a GP of less than 3 on 3 consecutive occasions for the same core course.
  2. Getting a CGPA of less than 3 on 3 consecutive occasions.

Re-taking a course

A student may re-take any course when it is offered again in order to pass it if the student had failed it before.

Research and Dissertation

  1. This comprises of an acceptable research project of original nature based on the relevant areas of specialization leading to the submission of a dissertation. Both the research proposal and dissertation must conform to the University regulations. The research project will be undertaken in the second year of the programme (the third and fourth semesters).
  2. A candidate shall be required to develop/produce and present an acceptable research proposal during the Recess Term.
  3. A candidate must do the research and work on the dissertation in Semesters III and IV and submit the dissertation at the end of the Semester IV.
  4. The dissertation shall be marked pass or fail.
  5. A candidate with a dissertation requiring minor corrections will be required to resubmit a corrected version within 3 months.
  6. A candidate with a failed dissertation will be required to resubmit within 6 months.

AWARD OF THE DEGREE

  1. The degree of Master of Science in Botany shall be awarded to a candidate who successfully completes all parts of the course. The degree of Master of Science in Botany shall be awarded without classification; however the Academic Transcript shall be graded as follows:
  2. A terminal Postgraduate Diploma will be awarded to a candidate who passes all coursework (part-I) but fails or fails to do the dissertation.

Marks (%)

Letter grade

Grade Point

90 - 100

A+

5.0

80 - 89

A

5.0

75 – 79.9

B+

4.5

70 – 74.9

B

4.0

65 – 69.9

C+

3.5

60 – 64.9

C

3.0

55 – 59.9

D+

2.5

50 – 54.9

D

2.0

45 – 49.9

E

1.5

40 – 44.9

E-

1.0

Below 40

F

0

 

DETAILED SYLLABUSES

Part I (i) First Semester (Compulsory courses):

FIRST SEMESTER (COMPULSORY COURSES):

COURSE NAME: BIOSTATISTICS [CU = 3]

COURSE CODE: BOZ 7101

COURSE DESCRIPTION

The course introduces the students to methods of data collection, analysis and interpretation.

COURSE OBJECTIVES

  • By the end of the course students should be able to:
  • Select an appropriate statistical test to test a hypothesis
  • Design an experimental study