Course description includes theoretical development of factors affecting demand and supply for food and fiber and for agricultural inputs. Methods of selecting optimal levels of agricultural production and consumption variables. Evaluation of market structure and price formulation for agricultural products and resources. Course includes physical and value relationships, perfect and imperfect competition, and natural resource economics.
Course description includes the role and organization of agribusiness, financial management and control, marketing, operations, and human resources management. Course will include orientation to the agribusiness sector of agriculture. An overview of the breadth, size, scope and management aspects of the agricultural business complex.
This course offers exploration of the relationship between agricultural development and the role of agricultural extension. It introduces the concepts, principles, methods and techniques of agricultural extension. It also exposes students to basic concepts, principles and methods of adult education and training.
Course description includes food and fiber marketing, examining commodity, industrial, and consumer product marketing from a managerial viewpoint. A global perspective in understanding consumer needs and developing the knowledge of economics, political, social and environmental factors that affect food and fiber marketing systems. Course includes structure and organization of the food systems.
Course description includes inter-model transportation strategies, economic order quantities, inventory levels and deployment, carrier routing and scheduling, shipment size and consolidation, assignment of stocking parts or sourcing parts, number, size and location of facilities. Course also includes scope and elements of the agribusiness logistics systems.
This course offers exploration of the applications of agricultural extension theory and principles. The course discusses agricultural extension service, learning process, and human capital development. The course applies the agricultural extension principles to critical subjects such as agricultural communication, leadership, community development, technology diffusion, and agricultural extension program monitoring and evaluation.
This course focuses on computer applications for professional uses and other software packages to solve agricultural and resource management problems. Students will gain knowledge on advanced word processing concepts, designing presentations, and the use of spreadsheets and geographic information systems applications in agriculture.
The course is centered on discussing e-commerce strategies for marketing, sales, communication, purchasing, logistics and support activities through focusing on discovering, analyzing and evaluating the electronic commerce methods used by Agri-food Industries. It takes a marketing perspective and examines the Internet as a tool for managers/owners used in their decision making process.
This course introduces the management of entrepreneurial enterprises in the system of agribusiness. Instruction includes units on the nature of entrepreneurship, economic management concepts, financial planning, organizational planning, market planning, and the components of a business plan. Emphasis will be given to problems and practices particular to the establishment and operation of agribusiness enterprises.
The course stresses to provide students with an opportunity to develop a greater understanding of agricultural food trade and the economic theory relevant to the analysis of trade issues. Specific topics that are covered include: understanding food system in UAE, major players in global food Trade, scarcity of world food and agricultural resources, international food trade and food security, WTO and other organizations concerned with global food trade, the concept of economic growth and agri-food trade, trade barriers, trade and exchange rate policies, and major issue related to food trade in the United Arab Emirates
This course enables the students to explore, examine, and synthesize social, environmental, economic, and institutional dimensions of food security and sustainability. The course provides students with scientific knowledge and analysis skills in relation to the economics principles food availability (supply), access to food, food consumption/utilization (demand) and food prices stability. The course involved practical examples on food sustainability and food security from production to consumption and their impacts on consumers’ nutritional and health well-being. The course also includes offering the students learning methods to examine and analyze the importance of consumers’ awareness about better nutrition, and impact of the UAE food security strategies on producers and consumers.
This course includes application of linear programming techniques to agribusiness problems and research. Methods, techniques, and uses of linear programming applications in agribusiness with emphasis on interpretation of conditions and results which ensure optimality for programming techniques.
This course explores the topics of theory of the firm utilizing marginal analysis, production functions, cost functions, the production possibility curve, profit maximization with one variable input and two variable inputs, isoquants, isocost lines, production frontiers, cost minimization with one and two variable inputs, and duality between production and cost functions.
This course is grounded in the body of theory associated with economic development, but concentrates on the many practical problems such as poverty, population growth, urbanization, education and the environment. It also covers the various factors affecting economic development; foreign aid; trade and strategies in economic development; balanced and unbalanced growth; import substitution; export promotion; planning and the use of price mechanisms in economic development; monetary and fiscal policies for development; selecting strategies; plans and policies for economic development.
This course focuses on the process of developing a food product from idea generation and screening through product testing and copy/positioning evaluation, identification and evaluation of new markets to enter, designing and testing of product. The course provides techniques in secondary, international, and primary data collection, business to consumer and business-to-business interactions, experimental designs and statistical analysis.
This course covers the economics of exhaustible and renewable resources and discusses how economic approaches can be used to analyze issues related to efficiency, externalities, opportunity cost concept, sustainability, valuation, externalities, property rights, emission charges and subsidies, governmental policies, and benefit cost analysis.
This course enables the students to explore, examine, and synthesize social, environmental, economic, and institutional dimensions of food sustainability. The course provides students with scientific knowledge and analysis skills in relation to the food systems, food sustainability and food security from production to consumption and their impacts on consumers’ nutritional and health well-being. The course also includes offering the students learning methods to examine and analyze the importance of consumers’ awareness about better nutrition, policies, and public health strategies.
The course goal is to integrate theory and practice for students through their participation in practical training. The objectives of such practical internship are for students to better understand work environments, gain on-job practical training, and enhance students’ work ethics and communication skills. The students will be given the opportunity to perform real work and actively participate in the operations of different institutions during their actual working hours. At the end of the internship, students are required to prepare a written report and an oral presentation. The internship is conducted over 13 weeks in the last semester.
Course description includes a term paper for a bankable business plan prepared individually, the use of a strategic planning model will be used for analyzing agribusiness cases, an emphasis on activating strategy into an actual plan will be a central part of the course, and the focus will be on decision making as a managing director.
Course includes general knowledge of major agricultural resources, understanding of allocation of agriculture resources under different market structures, understanding of different policies needed in allocation of agricultural resources and knowledge of their development. Course includes changing agricultural trade prospects in a dynamic world economy, and agricultural resource allocation issues.
The course involves the introduction of various economic principles and business management concepts which are involved in the decision-making process when organizing and operating a farming operation. These include production economics, record keeping systems, financial budgets and analysis, crop and livestock enterprise analysis, leasing arrangements, depreciation, farm business organizations, farm investment analysis, and production efficiency indicators.
The course examines methodologies for evaluating agribusiness projects, involving many economic, financial, social, and environmental factors. Basic techniques of cash flow analysis, net present value analysis, life-cycle costing, benefit-cost analysis, internal rate of return, and other approaches to project evaluation are discussed.
Course description includes a seminar discussing strategic marketing management issues for consumer brands, including developing and managing brand equity in consumer markets, and managing marketing innovation and product development. Student discussions and presentations from professionals.Pre requisites:Complete 90 credit hours.
The course is a capstone course to be individually designed by the faculty advisor for each senior student to integrate all courses and training of the student, from all activities involved by the student, during his/her entire stay at UAEU. Research methods, analysis of data collected, interpretation, and hypothesis must be developed by the students on a specific topic. A written thesis is to be produced by the student at the end of the course. Pre requisites: Complete 90 credit hours
The course serves as a tool for a manager to understand marketing research and to be able to specify what needs to be studied, how to study it, and how to interpret the results. This course presents an overview of marketing research in terms of needs, definition, process, analysis and reports. The approach is practical and mainly quantitative. By understanding the research discipline, the practice and application will become comfortable and available to students.
This is a management project course leading to a referenced technical report selected topics of food and agricultural management importance. Completion of this course requires delivery of a final report and a formal presentation of the project to faculty members.
This course introduces the basic principles of soil and water related to crop production. The key topics discussed in this course include physical and chemical interactions affecting the soil, basics of soil and its relation to agriculture, soil and water origin and sources in the UAE, hydrological cycle, and basics of soil and water conservation
The course aims to define animal agriculture and its characteristics in Aridland agriculture. It describes growth, biology of chicken, technology of reducing the effects of heat stress on egg and meat production, production practices, and genetic improvement of ruminant animals in a desert climate. The course also overviews related concepts such as marine environment, fish biology, fishing and aquaculture in the Arabian Gulf.
The course is meant to introduce students to the unique geographic region, characteristics, ecology, and environmental systems. The course will emphasize the importance of water and soil management techniques for the balance of environment, sustainability, production and processing of agriculture and foods in UAE and the Gulf region.
This course includes the study of ichthyology and limnology as applied to fishery science, and fisheries techniques applied to a variety of aquatic habitats. The course stresses techniques such as collection of laboratory and field data and applies statistical methods to evaluate the data. Topics include distribution, ecology, and life history of fish common to the UAE region. The impact of fish on ecosystems and management of undesirable fish will be evaluated.
This course aims at studying the major pest groups of economic crops and the principal measures for their control. It includes the classification and life - history of selected species of pest groups; the damage induced; the crop loss assessment; the principal measures of pest control with examples from pest problems occurring in the UAE.
The course aims at studying the principles of utilizing and improving range and pasture crops. It includes range management, grazing systems, forage production, and utilization, and improvement of range, pasture lands in the Gulf, and neighboring countries. The integration of range with other forage plants is also highlighted.
The course introduces students to the philosophy, principles and history of organic farming as well as theory and practice. All aspects of growing organic plants such as soil management, rotations, pest and diseases, regulations, marketing, and the process of farm conversion to organics will be addressed.
This course provides a basic understanding of the types of plants used for food production and for beautifying the environment. The key topics included are classification of horticultural plants, structure of horticultural plants, physiological and environmental factors in plant growth, soils and soil management, plant development, seed propagation, asexual propagation, chemical control of plant growth, and landscaping with ornamentals.
The course aims at introducing the basic principles of soil fertility and plant nutrition. It includes essential nutrients, their sources, and interaction in the soil, methods of fertilizer application, soil testing and analysis and its applications in determining plant nutrient deficiencies and needs.
This course aims at identifying the systems of agricultural technology transfer in the arid areas. The course will discuss appropriate educational programs and communication methods for technology transfer, organizations of the agricultural technology system, system analysis in technology transfer, diffusion and adoption of technology and staff development for technology transfer in the arid areas.
The course includes the principles and practices associated with sexual and asexual propagation of plants. The course will include discussion of the biology of plant propagation, anatomical aspects of cutting propagation, types of cuttings and use of growth regulators, stock plant manipulation, different types of propagation, treatments to enhance germination, development of seed-propagated cultivars, seed production processing and storage, biotechnology and seed propagation.
Students learn to perform all aspects of tree surgery and develop the diagnostic skills necessary for proper tree care practices. Covers, pruning, insect and disease identification and control, fertilization, cabling, and lightning in urban tree management will be studied. Extensive field training is provided so that students can learn and develop marketable skills.
The first objective of this course is to provide students with principles and applied methods for genetic improvement of farm animals. It includes: population and quantitative genetics, genetic parameters and estimation, breeding values, and genetic and environmental interaction. The second objective of this course is to describe the basic principles of molecular biology, and to discuss the current knowledge in biotechnology and its application in modern animal breeding.
The objective of this course is to provide students with the basics of animal and poultry nutrition. The emphasis will be on digestion, absorption, and metabolism of nutrients (water, protein, carbohydrates, fats, minerals, and vitamins). The interrelationships between nutrients, types of feedstuff, and biotechnology in animal nutrition will be discussed. In addition, it will focus on the role of nutrition in reducing heat stress and animal feeding in arid land
The objective of this course is to provide the student with background on the potential merits of the camel and its contribution to milk and meat production. It includes numbers, distribution, types and breeds, husbandry and nutrition, reproductive performance, potentialities of camels and their relation to a desert ecosystem. The feeding and management of racing camels are discussed in details.
Course includes a comprehensive overview of the anatomical terminology, gross and microscopic anatomy of the principal systems of farm animals, poultry and fish and learning the homeostasis of mammalian organism. It includes introductory anatomy and physiology of the reproductive systems, and overview of the endocrine system for farm animals, poultry and fish.
This course introduces the students to a variety of vegetable crops which are herbaceous in nature used for culinary purpose. Emphasis placed on the genetic, phytochemical and botanical diversity and importance of food phytochemicals and the role of vegetables in nutrition. It also provides information on introducing the herbs in this region that has similar growing conditions in other parts of the world.
The Course emphasizes problem- solving and management practices important in the propagation, production, and utilization of floral crops with an emphasis on bedding plants, perennials, and cut flowers. To grow, market, and utilize herbaceous plants to modify the environment. The scientific basis for cultural practices will be discussed and students will understand the concepts behind manipulation of environmental factors to achieve desired plant growth and quality. Function, culture, and use of herbaceous plants in the landscape will also be covered in relation to how this information can be conveyed to various clientele groups.
The course includes egg and meat production in hot climates, incubation, hatchery management, brooding, rearing, housing, equipment, feeding, disease control, and introduction to modern techniques in poultry production, processing, marketing, and price discovery. The course also covers consumption trends, breeds, and consumer grades related to poultry production.
This course objective is to understand post-harvest physical and chemical changes in plant and animal products affecting sensory properties and nutritional value. The specific topics include effects of pre and post slaughter stress on muscle pH, muscle color, and sensory properties of cooked product, and muscle components. The course will also highlight effects of dehydration on texture, color changes post-harvest, and modified atmosphere storage and modified atmosphere packaging in plant products.
The course objective is to understand the importance of aquatic living resources, current world fisheries and their future, biological principles of fisheries conservation and management, development and implementation of fisheries policy, case histories of successful and unsuccessful fishery management systems.
The course covers topics such as controlled spawning, cultivation, harvesting, processing, and marketing of marine and estuarine invertebrates and fishes. The course will examine the effects of laws and regulations, engineering, and economics on a worldwide basis. In addition, the culture of food items used in rearing marine and estuarine species will be discussed.
This course includes the physiological and biochemical processes of plants with emphasis on the effects of environmental stresses on plant growth. It will cover plant cell organization, mineral nutrition, flow of energy, respiration, photosynthesis, mitosis and meiosis, development of vegetative and reproductive structures, phytohormones, stress physiology, water deficit, drought resistance and salt stress, heat stress, and others.
Students will learn to apply a management program and marketing techniques to organic animal production. This course will cover animal welfare, animal management as related to organic production, nutrition, animal health and an organic approach to alternative medicine. Performance evaluation, marketing and certification of organic animal products will be discussed.
The course introduces the students to the fundamental principles of animal science. It will cover the concepts and basics understanding of animal breeds, breeding and selection, genetics, animal anatomy and physiology, animal nutrition, feed, growth, reproduction, artificial insemination, lactation, egg laying, animal disease and health care. The course focuses on dairy, poultry, camel, small ruminants. The course will also highlight the state of the agricultural animal wealth of the United Arab Emirates, global agricultural animal industry and society.
The course covers basic disease concepts, fundamentals of immunology and therapeutics, infectious and non-infectious disease prevention principles, pre-harvest food safety, meat and milk product quality assurance, herd health management programs for production efficiency and product quality.
This course covers main breeds and strains of falcons, racing camels and horses. The course provides understanding on selection, management, feeding, and health of these types of animals. The methods of hunting with falcons, rules and regulations of racing camels and horses are described. In addition, topics such as the thoroughbred horse racing industry, bloodlines, import/export regulations, management guidelines, and the business structure will be covered.
The course teaches sound organic principles using soil management as the basis. The course is structured around the theories of soil mineral balance and improving of the soil physical, chemical and biological characteristics. The course also covers the interactions of soils, plants, microbes, and animals with management and environmental factors and the decomposition of organic matter, carbon transformation, nitrogen, sulfur, phosphorus and other mineral transformations.
The course aims at studying the principles of sustainable agriculture under different farming systems. This includes conservation of natural resources, farming systems, farm management, low input agriculture, and greater use of the biological and genetic potential of plant species, and studying some case studies from arid environments.
Principles and practices of managing trees and shrubs in the urban landscape and other managed environments. Topics include woody plant form; growth response and adaptation; tree management in relation to soil, moisture, climate; plant problems.
This course aims at providing students with commercial production methods of vegetable crops under arid conditions. The course also covers agricultural practices, physiology and physiological disorders. In addition, the course covers vegetable production in greenhouses, including an overview of greenhouse construction and management. Prerequisite: ARAG 307
The course covers the interactions of soils, plants, microbes, and animals with management and environmental factors related to annual and perennial crops and livestock. The core principle of problem avoidance rather than problem solving is illustrated with practical examples from such dimensions as integration of crop and livestock agriculture, farm- scale nutrient budgeting, permaculture, and herd health in the production of organic field crops (grains and oilseeds), horticultural crops (fruits and vegetables), and livestock beef, sheep, dairy, pigs, chickens).
The course covers the survey and morphological and taxonomical description of the plant species existing in the arid region, identification of endangered species, conservation of the species and maintenance of germplasm.
This course aims at studying the physiological and ecological factors affecting fruit tree production under Aridland conditions. It includes fruit species cultivars and cultural practices with emphasis on fruit trees adapted to high temperature, drought, water, and soil salinity.
Management of the major food, feed, fiber, and specialty crops. Emphasis on how crops grow and respond to climatic and cultural influences. Alternate cropping systems assessed from the standpoint of potential productivity and cost/ benefit analysis of the major food, feed, fiber, and specialty crops. The course will emphasize on the crops like salt tolerant alfalfa, mushrooms, native species of UAE which is traditionally used in cosmetics, dyes, nutrasuticals etc.
The course examines the fundamentals of plant molecular biology and biotechnology with emphasis on their applications to horticultural plants propagation and improvement for environmental stresses tolerance/ resistance. Laboratories include hands on experience in plant tissue culture, and plant molecular biology techniques. This course also introduces the students to Plant Genetic Engineering and its applications.
This course emphasizes on science, technology, management, and business associated with dairy cattle production. Biology of dairy cattle with emphasis on genetics, reproduction, lactation, and nutrition are discussed. Management and adaptation of dairy cattle in arid zones are given special consideration.
This course provides the students with the basic knowledge about fish breeding, including reproductive systems, endocrine glands and their relation to gonads maturation, reproduction, broadstock selection, natural spawning and induced breeding, sex reversal, larval rearing and hatchery management.
The course introduces students to an overview of shellfish and mollusks aquaculture. it familiarizes students with the life cycles, reproductive biology, brood stock condition and larval biology, and the use of triploidy animals in the industry applied biology, and Hatchery and farm technology and techniques for a range of Shellfish species; shrimp, lobsters, crabs and mollusks species; oysters, mussels, abalone, scallops, giant clams and pearl oysters.. Emphasis will be placed using water recirculation systems in production and reproduction, feeding, and larval rearing and grow- out systems.
The course addresses the following topics: Ecosystems: Components, Energy Flow, and Matter Cycling, Biogeography: Climate, Aquatic Habitat Zonation, and Life in the hot: Organisms adaptations to tolerate worm seawater temperatures in winter. Aquatic Biodiversity: Structure, Life History, Interactions, Succession, and Sustainability. Aquatic Habitat (Water Physics and Chemistry, Primary and Secondary Productivity, streams & rivers, marshes, forested wetlands, ocean, estuaries and seashores), Marine ecosystem salt marshes, mangroves and coral reefs Resources and Sustainability: Growth and Carrying Capacity; Food and Water Resources; Geological Resources; Energy Resources and Renewable Energy. Seabird Ecology, Human Impacts on Aquatic Ecosystem.
This course deals with well- being of Animals, with emphasis on farm animals. Issues include what we mean by animal welfare, what the animal welfare issues are in modern society, and how we use etiology and physiology to assess animal welfare. The international efforts to improve on farm animal welfare will be discussed.
The course emphasizes quantitative analysis of fisheries data to determine fishery response to alternative management actions. Major topics include production models, stock, and recruitment, catch at age analysis, and formulation of harvest strategies.
This course aims to provide students with the principles and applied knowledge in sheep and goat production. The course includes importance of sheep and goat production in arid regions, field and management practices applied in sheep and goat farms such as reproduction, nutrition, selection, intensive lamb and goat production and dairy goats.
This course provides students with the basic knowledge on fish nutrition. It generally covers feeding habits, digestive systems, food digestion, absorption and metabolism, natural food, nutritional requirements of farmed fish (protein, lipids, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals), feed formulation, feeding regimes and recent approaches in fish nutrition.
The course provides students with basic information on reproductive functions and their characteristics in farm animals and evaluation of reproduction of herds and solving problems facing the breeder. It includes the study of reproductive organs of farm animals; hormones and their relationships with reproductive functions, gamete production, conception, pregnancy, and parturition. Seasonality, semen production, artificial insemination, multiple ovulation, and embryo transfer.
The course description includes all phases of commercial egg production such as strain selection in adaptation to environment, egg gathering and handling, environmental controls as in lighting management, temperature management, nutrition, housing, breeding, disease control, harvesting, and marketing concerns. Laboratory sessions will emphasize practical application of the skills.
Course description includes all phases of poultry meat production from chickens and turkeys such as selection of strains-preferred size and adaptation to temperature, breeding and genetic problems caused by intense selection for high meat production, reproductive performance, lighting system, health and vaccination program, nutrition, environmental control, computer record keeping, harvesting and transportation.
This course covers important diseases and insect pests of horticultural plants. It will include the principles of entomology, the economic importance of insect and non-insect pests of plants used in an arid environment. The course will provide knowledge to identify plant diseases, their causal organisms, symptoms, damage, and common measures for their control.
This course aims at studying the importance of using pesticides in agriculture and associated problems and issues. The course include topics on different methods of chemical control, pesticide classes, toxicity of insecticides and their modes of action, different methods of pesticide analysis, the effect of pesticides on the environment and natural enemies, and recent advances in pest control.
This course presents topics of interest related to the various disciplines of animal science including nutrition, reproduction, and genetics and breeding. Students will be assigned topics for oral presentations under the supervision of the course advisors. The course will stress to initiate discussions during the seminar on areas such as strategies improvements as well as challenges presented by new developments in animal production industries
This course covers protected agriculture techniques, greenhouse site selection, environmental control, sensors and computer systems for heating, cooling, light management, carbon dioxide enrichment, and energy conservation. This course provides students with a broad background in greenhouse structures, electromechanical systems and production regimes. As a part of protected agriculture, hydroponics, basic requirement of hydroponics, problems in protected agricultural crops, new development in protected agriculture will be explored in this course.
This course provides students an introduction to irrigation through discussion of water resources, soil-water characteristics, and crop water requirements. The students will learn about designing irrigation and drainage systems. The surface and pressurized irrigation systems and drainage systems for salinity control are evaluated. The course also covers concepts and issues involved in water management and conservation.
This course aims at providing students with the professional and behavioral skills needed for their future work. The student will get training for 8 weeks in different work sites such as local municipalities, agricultural departments, Ministry of Agriculture and Fishery, farms and research centers under the joint supervision of the college and the respective authorities. (This course is conducted on 2 days/week during a semester in the last study year. Courses can be registered in the other days of the week and student should complete 100 credit hours before taking this course).
The course description includes the metabolism of proteins, carbohydrates, lipids, vitamins, minerals, and water, and the relationship of nutrient utilization to animal growth and production. Topics will include digestion, absorption, and metabolism of proteins, carbohydrates, lipids, vitamins, minerals, and water. Functions of minerals and vitamins in animal nutrition. The interrelationship of minerals, vitamins, and resultant symptoms of deficiency or toxicity will also be discussed.
The course covers topics on selecting soil and its effect on plant growth, planting site evaluation, species selection, obtaining quality plants, plant installation, preventing construction damage, care after planting, weed management, pruning trees and shrubs, fertilizing landscape plants, plant health care, diagnosing landscape plant health problems.
This course aims at improving date palm productivity especially under arid conditions. It includes studying the morphology, physiology environmental conditions and cultural practices that affect productivity such as punition, pruning, and thinning. The methods to improve fruit quality, varieties, and diseases are studied.
This course aims at introducing indoor plants and flower arrangement. It includes identification of indoor plants and their propagation, planting, the environmental requirements for growing, maintenance and their use interior landscaping. It also includes production of cut flowers and flower arrangement.
This course aims at introducing the principles of landscaping and different landscape styles. It includes landscape design and maintenance of different public and private gardens with emphasis on arid landscaping.
This course combines business and plant production aspects to provide the skills needed to manage a nursery, greenhouse or landscape operations, using current technical and economic data for efficient production, development of total nursery enterprise designed for workable and profitable business establishment, pest management and governmental regulations concerning the nursery industry.
This course introduces students to the principles and culture of turf grass management. It covers topics on adaptation of turf species to arid environments, growth and establishments, growth and establishments, growth and establishment, maintenance, fertility, pest management, irrigation, mowing, seed production, equipment and management. The uses of turf for different landscaping and identification of vegetative turf grasses will be explored.
Course aims to explore the social, political, and environmental forces that will affect food animal production in the future. This will be achieved by presentations by invited speakers, university faculty, as well as the student class members. The topics will include water quality, water quantity and distribution, biodiversity loss, desertification, terrestrial as well as marine, food safety, international trade-GATT, animal rights, animal welfare, genetic engineering, biotechnology, and air quality.
This course introduces the student to the important horticultural plant species that are used for food production and for ornamental purposes in the landscape in an arid environment with high salt content irrigation water and drought. Plant identification, adaptation, and utilization will be covered. Course includes plant classification, fruits, vegetables, woody ornamentals, herbaceous ornamentals, grasses and native plants. The course also focuses on the drought management practices to be followed to overcome drought situation.
This course introduces students to the field of livestock nutrition with emphasis on Camels and Equine nutrition. The objectives are to establish a thorough working knowledge of nutrition and diet formulation. By the end of the course students will be able to solve practical problems based on knowledge of nutritional theory and devise suitable rations for camels and horses.
This course covers basic principles of classical genetics and molecular biology. The classical genetics section includes discussions on Mendelian genetics, linkage and meiotic mapping, sex determination, cytoplasmic inheritance, and chromosomal aberrations. The molecular biology section continues with discussions on DNA structure and replication, chromosomal organization, transcription, translation, the genetic code, mutations, DNA repair, and transposable elements. Basic principles of population genetics are also presented.
The course is a capstone course to be individually designed by the faculty advisor for each senior student to integrate all courses and training of the student, from all activities involved by the student, during his/her entire stay at UAEU. Research methods, analysis of data collected, interpretation, and hypothesis must be developed by the students on a specific topic. A written thesis is to be produced by the student at the end of the course. Prerequisite: Completing 90 Credit hours
Every PhD student must pass a Comprehensive Examination (CE) designed to evaluate the breadth and depth of the student’s knowledge of his or her discipline, as well as the student’s scholarly potential. The CE consists of a written and an oral part and will be prepared, administered, and evaluated by an examination committee from the student’s concerned department. It must be taken before the start of the student’s fifth semester in the program. Students taking the CE must be in good academic standing after completion of the required coursework. The CE may be repeated only once, no later than the end of the student’s fifth semester. A second unsuccessful attempt leads to immediate termination of the student’s enrollment in the PhD program. The CE course is non-credit rated, while a Pass or Fail result for each attempt will be recorded on the student’s academic transcript.
Students discuss and elaborate on how to identify knowledge gaps in horticulture, and to plan research approaches that will yield novel information. Students practice to critically evaluate and convincingly present research findings.
Integration of ecological approaches into agricultural research to develop environmentally sound management practices. Topics include crop autoecolgy, biotic interactions among crops and pests, and crop systems ecology. Interaction of expectations, maintenance needs, cost/benefit analysis, physiology and ecology in managing landscapes on a sustainable basis
Plant community ecology studies the interactions among groups of plant populations, their dynamics, and relation to site and disturbance. This course will examine how plant communities are organized; investigate dynamics over various time scales; explore environmental and other site factors that affect their structure and composition; introduce field and quantitative methods; and examine human impacts on plant communities
Discussions of scientific methodology, students develop research proposals aided by classroom discussions and individual interactions with instructors. Lectures and critiques of ?classical papers? provide a sense of the evolution of the current concepts in perennial plant biology
Horticultural Plant Production is a technical course that prepares students to produce greenhouse and nursery crops and to maintain plant growth and propagation structures. Instruction includes plant classification and identification; plant propagation; greenhouse and nursery structures, tools, and equipment; and cultural requirements for growing greenhouse and nursery crops. Related topics include environmental control, safety, and crop scheduling and marketing
Intensive study of current procedures for post harvest handling of fruits, vegetables, and ornamentals in UAE. This course will discuss the theory and practice of technologies used in the production of horticultural crops. Topics include: crop establishment, cultural management, environmental regulation, crop protection, harvesting, and post harvest handling.
Strawberries Fragaria, blackberries as berries (Rubus), blueberries-cranberries Vaccinium as important nutritional resources; their origin, production and utilization with emphasis on recent progress in integrated management.
Horticultural principles applied to production and management systems for vegetable crops. Laboratory and discussion will illustrate efficient field management and resource use practices.
Forages as a world resource in food production. Ecological principles governing the adaptation, establishment, growth and management of perennial and annual forages, including pastures, rangelands and hay; aspects of forage quality which affect feeding value to livestock.
The process of systems analysis and dynamic simulation of biological and environmental systems, use of systems analysis for development of optimal management strategies for agricultural and environmental systems.
Physiological principles and processes essential to floriculture, nursery crop production, turfculture and landscape horticulture. Emphasis on the control of vegetative and reproductive development for a broad species range in greenhouse and extensive landscape environments.
Utilization and management of amenity and landscape grassland systems. Emphasis on biology of grass species, ecology and culture practice of sports turf and landscape grassland systems, social and environmental benefits, environmental impacts, and integrated management systems.
Principles and practices of managing trees and shrubs in the urban landscape and other managed environments.Topics include woody plant form; growth response and adaptation; tree management in relation to soil, moisture, climate; plant problems. - II. (II.) Berry
The course examines the science of GMO with emphasis on aridland trees such as date palms, decision making in the GMO creation process though. Discussions center on targeting traits, genetic interventions, selection and evaluation steps, multiplication, and release and introduction, relative safety of biotechnology, using case studies of biotechnology risks and risk assessment, and integrated understanding of the national and global policy and regulatory issues concerning plant biotechnology.
This course provide the student with better understanding of the effect of water quality upon soil and crops and to assist in selecting suitable alternatives to cope with potential water quality related problems that might reduce production under prevailing conditions of use. In addition, this course covers the sources of soluble salts, Salt balance in the soil, and the concept of leaching fraction. The course also includes an assessment of crop salt tolerance: soil profile salinity, water uptake model and time-weighted salinity. This course provides students information on specific ion toxicity, Sodicity and alkalinity hazards, reclamation of saline, sodic and/or alkaline soils.
Engineering and scientific principles applied to the design of surface, sprinkle and micro irrigation systems and drainage systems within economic, biological, and environmental constraints. Interaction between irrigation and drainage will be emphasizedSmart ET based irrigation systems, deficit irrigation, optimal irrigation scheduling, water quality and saline irrigation will be discussed.
The course emphasizes on large areas and the ecological effects of spatial patterns on ecosystems. Landscape ecology considers characterizing physical template and environmental constraints on the biotic and abiotic process, landscape dynamics to detect the change of landscape patterns, analyzing and simulating landscape changes and human intervention on landscape management process.
Survey of the flora of the UAE, with emphasis on field recognition and identification of important vascular plant families and genera characterizing the major floristic regions. review the taxonomic diversity, evolutionary relationships, and geographical patterns of UAE flora.
Ecological processes governing the structure and behavior of managed ecosystems. Emphasis on mechanistic and systems views of the physical environment, photosynthetic productivity, competition, adaptation, nutrient cycling, energy relations and contemporary issues such as climate change.
Principles and practices of propagating plants covering anatomical, physiological, and practical aspects.
Fundamental mechanisms of reproductive biology of flowering plants and their influence on genetic variation, 0evolution, and cultural practices.
Ecological perspectives of agricultural systems, the role of pests and pest management in these systems, and the monitoring and modeling of the systems.
This course is directed to work on a research topic under the supervision of faculty main supervisor and co-advisors; the practical research is carried out during the semester terms and the research is presented as an M.Sc. thesis.
The course provides students with an understanding of the most recent technological advancements related to protected horticultural production systems, including robotics and artificial intelligence. Prospects and challenges pertaining to the use of SMART- IOT- and remote sensing-based technologies for the management of horticultural plant production sites are explained and discussed. The course reviews research approaches at the interfaces of horticulture and engineering, as well as horticulture and computing. Guest lecturers from the related disciplines may be invited to deliver parts of this course.
This course will train students in sophisticated methods for identification, cultivation and monitoring of microorganisms relevant to plant and animal production. Risks and prospects pertaining to the exploitation of microorganisms that could potentially be used to improve plant or animal health and performance will be discussed. In addition, aspects of hygiene related to global trade of agricultural plant and animal material will be discussed.
This course will outline components of harvest product quality, and how these can be evaluated. Health and hygiene components of quality will be discussed as well as product taste and visual appearance. Research approaches aiming at investigating how agricultural production practices affect harvest product quality will be presented. The course will also address the relationship between quantity and quality of yield in a range of plant and animal production systems.
The purpose of the course is to teach graduate students how to design, construct, use and interpret simulation models of horticultural systems. Webegin with an introduction to data management and linear programming that provides a theoretical basis for resource optimization. The second part of the course consists of a survey of literature related to crop and growth modeling and use of computer models to answer a variety of crop management problems, including irrigation water and inputs’ application. The last part focuses on the use of global and regional models in the study and forecast of climate change effects on horticultural systems.
The course will focus on the genetic variability within the diversity of cultivated species and the wild relatives, develop efficient conservation and management practices under ex situ, in situ and in vitro conditions, and employ conventional breeding and biotechnology approaches for utilization of the available genetic resources to the best use of mankind. The ethical, moral and economic issues involved in identification, conservation and utilization of the biodiversity will be emphasized.
This course aims to provide theoretical and practical insights into modern plant molecular biology, and plant biotechnology. Also included will be lectures, seminars and selected literature discussions. The extensive molecular approach part will cover a broad spectrum of techniques relevant to advanced plant research and biotechnology, genetic engineering, genomics and functional genomics, transcriptomics, proteomics and metabolomics. Molecular biology and biotechnology aspects will be related to the basic cellular mechanisms and gene networks that govern plant growth and development, as well as their responses to biotic and abiotic stresses.
Student prepares a concise and complete Research Proposal that clearly defines the research problem and objectives, and outlines the research methodology and a plan that the student will follow for the dissertation work. The proposal should be completed under the direction of the student’s supervisor and must be approved by the Advisory Committee. The proposal’s content and format must follow the PhD Research Proposal Preparation Guidelines issued by the College of Graduate Studies. The Research Proposal course is non-credit rated, while a Pass or Fail result for each attempt will be recorded on the student’s academic transcript.
In this course students will learn how to evaluate the sustainability of agroecosystems based on their energy and element fluxes. The effect of horticultural practices on carbon budgets and cycling or through-flow of water and nutritional elements will be addressed. Advanced models and concepts aiming at maximizing the resource utilization efficiency of agricultural systems will be presented and evaluated for their applicability to modern society and arid lands.
This course will discuss the development of urban landscapes and management. Learn policy, planning and process issues; management of urban vegetation; sustainability concepts of urban landscape management practice.
This course is the mandatory research course for PhD students that leads to the student’s PhD dissertation (thesis) and its defense. The PhD dissertation is based on original and independent research and investigation leading to a thesis that will be defended in an open session and a closed session. The areas of research include all relevant Horticultural aspects. The research topic is a specific problem related to field problems and/or a combination fields covering soils, fruits & vegetables, plant physiology, plant biotechnology, microbiology, landscapes &ornamental horticulture, crop science etc. Every PhD student is expected to have at least two research papers published for in peer-reviewed publications/journals before the final defense of his/her dissertation. The results of the candidate’s individual inquiry must be presented in a written dissertation comprising a genuine contribution to knowledge in the particular academic field. The physical form of the dissertation must comply with the regulations stated in the Thesis and Dissertation Preparation Guidelines, issued by the college of graduate studies (CGS).
Student defends his/her research dissertation in the form of an oral presentation in a public session, followed by a closed session, before a Dissertation Examination Committee, which includes internal and external examiners. The outcome of the overall evaluation of the dissertation is based on two main parts: (1) the Committee’s evaluation of the dissertation document and (2) the Committee’s evaluation of the dissertation defense. The final result shall be one of the following: (1) Approve dissertation as presented, (2) Approved with minor revisions, (3) Re-examine after making major revisions, or (4) Rejection of dissertation and dismissal. The Dissertation Defense course is non-credit rated, while a Pass or Fail result for each attempt will be recorded on the student’s academic transcript
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