CoAF Programmes


The College of Agricultural Sciences and Fisheries Technology (CoAF) comprises five departments, namely: Aquatic Sciences and Fisheries Technology, Crop Sciences and Beekeeping Technology, Agricultural Economics and Business, Agricultural Engineering, and Food Science and Technology.


Degrees offered by the College

The College offers the following three-year undergraduate degree programmes:

  1. Bachelor of Science in Aquatic Sciences and Fisheries (BSc ASF)
  2. Bachelor of Science in Beekeeping Science and Technology (BSc BST)
  3. Bachelor of Science in Crop Science and Technology (BSc CST)
  4. Bachelor of Science in Agricultural and Natural Resources Economics and Business (BSc ANEB)


The College also offers the following four-year undergraduate degree programmes:

  1. Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Engineering and Mechanization (BSc AEM)
  2. Bachelor of Science in Food Science and Technology (BSc FST)


In addition, the College has study programmes leading to the following higher degrees:

  1. Master of Science (MSc) by thesis only and by coursework and dissertation
  2. Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) by thesis only and by coursework and dissertation

University wide regulations governing postgraduate degrees will apply.


Regulations Governing the Award of the BSc Degree

CoAF is running programmes under the semester system whereby the academic year is subdivided into 2 semesters of teaching each lasting 15 weeks. Each of its disciplines offers a variety of courses, including core courses, which are compulsory to students majoring in the subject, and optional courses. Each course is given a credit weighting according to the time devoted to it according to the Tanzania Commission for Universities guidelines. One credit equates to learning outcomes achieved in 10 hours of learning, which includes such activities as lectures, seminars/tutorials, assignments, independent studies and practical training.


General Regulations

CoAF general regulations governing the operation of its programmes are in line with the University level regulations. Because of multi-disciplinarily nature of the programmes, both general and specific regulations have been benchmarked with regulations in other colleges.

1      A minimum of 360 credits must be passed for the award of a 3-year degree (BSc ASF, BSc BST, BSc CST, and BSc ANEB). Passing a course shall mean scoring a C grade or higher which is equivalent to 40% or higher.

2      A minimum of 480 credits must be passed for the award of a 4-year degree (BSc FST, and BSc AEM). Passing a course shall mean scoring a C grade or higher which is equivalent to scoring 40% or higher.

3      All students must pass the core courses in Development Studies (100 series).

4      Each student shall register for courses totalling at least 120 credits per academic year or for the minimum necessary to complete his/her degree programme.

5      In addition to core courses required for his/her programme, a student may choose as an elective any course for which he/she can meet the prerequisite/co-requisite requirements and which is compatible with the teaching timetable (subject to regulation No.4).

6      No student will be permitted to commence or withdraw from any course more than four weeks after the beginning of the semester.

7      Students may be admitted to the College of Agricultural Sciences and Fisheries Technology as transfer students in accordance with UDSM regulations on students’ credit transfer.

8      The regulations governing the Aquatic Science Major of the BSc General programme are provided under the CoNAS regulations.


Examination Regulations

9      Except for Practical training/Field attachment/Industrial training courses, each course will be offered and assessed in the same semester and a grade awarded. The grade will be based on an end of course examination and a course work assessment.

10   Except for project/practical related courses, continuous assessment shall include at least one test per semester, among other assessment means approved by CoAF academic committee (e.g. practicals, assignments, presentations). The coursework assessment shall normally constitute 40% of the total course assessment. Coursework assessment, may however, with the approval of Senate, constitute up to 100% of the total course assessment provided that where it exceeds 40% the assignments on which it is based shall be available for scrutiny by the Independent Internal Examiner.

11   Monitoring of the student progress in each course will be based on the following:

11.1 Grade to marks (%) correspondence



70    – 100




40    –   49



60    –   69




35    –   39



50    –   59




0      –   34

Grade to points correspondence













11.2 Course grade multiplied by the appropriate credit weighting will be accumulated over the whole period of study and will form the basis for the assessment of the degree.

12   An average grade for each academic year shall be worked out by adding together, by means of weighting points, all the grades of the core and optional courses. The following points to grade correspondence shall apply in monitoring the student’s progress in each academic year.

4.4 – 5.0 = A                         3.5 – 4.3 = B+

2.7 – 3.4 = B                         2.0 – 2.6 = C

1.0 – 1.9 = D                         0.0 – 0.9 = E

13   A student, who has passed courses totalling more than 360 credits in a three-year programme and 480 in a four-year programme, shall have one or more elective course excluded from the assessment in the degree classification. The assessment shall in this case exclude those elective courses in which the student had the worst performance

14   The degree classification shall be based on the best 360 and 480 credits respectively provided that regulations Nos. 1 to 4 above are fulfilled. The classification shall be as follows:

First class                              4.4 – 5.0

Upper second                       3.5 – 4.3

Lower second                       2.7 – 3.4

Pass                                        2.0 – 2.6

15   To be allowed to continue with any degree programme in CoAF, a student must pass all the prescribed core courses in a programme and attain an overall GPA of 2.0 or above.

16   A student not in his/her final year of study must score at least a C average at 2.0 in all core courses in that programme to qualify for supplementary examinations.

17   A student who fails to attain an overall GPA of 1.8 at the end of academic year (excluding the final year) shall be discontinued from studies.

18   Any student who has failed a core course and does not qualify for a supplementary examination shall be discontinued.

19   A student not in the final year who obtains a D or an E average in all the core courses shall be discontinued.

20   All courses offered in the first and second year shall be compulsory in BScAEM. Supplementary Examination will be held once each year prior to the commencement of the subsequent academic year, for the core courses examined during the previous session. Any student, who has qualified to continue with his/her studies under regulation No. 17 must sit for a supplementary examination in any core courses in which he/she has failed (i.e. scored a D or E) in the examination. The highest grade awarded shall be the minimum passing grade (i.e. C).

21   With the approval of the College Board and Senate, certain courses may be designated as courses where coursework supplementation will not be permitted. When the coursework assessment in such a course is failed, the entire course must be repeated.

22   If after taking supplementary examinations a student fails to obtain a C average at 2.0 or better in all the core courses, he/she shall be discontinued from studies.

23   A grade scored in the supplementary examination shall constitute the final grade in the course regardless of the score in the original examination.

24   A student who has qualified to continue with his/her studies (under Regulations 22 and 23 above) must repeat any core course in which he/she has failed even if he/she drops the subject to which the course belongs.

25   A student who fails a supplementary examination in a core course in which he/she has enrolled twice within the prescribed time shall be discontinued.

26   A student who has failed a practical course, which cannot be supplemented, shall be allowed to proceed to the next year of study provided his/her GPA is 2.0 or higher.

27   Supplementary work in or repetition of elective courses will only be allowed in exceptional circumstances, normally only when those credits are needed to complete a degree programme.

28   A special examination in a course to be regarded as constituting a first sitting shall be given to students who for satisfactory reasons were allowed by the Principal not to take the regular examination.

29   Normally, special examinations will be given at the time of supplementary examinations.

30   A student who is required to sit for a special examination or who, for satisfactory reasons, has not completed an important portion of his/her course work, shall be awarded an ‘I’ (‘Incomplete’) grade.

31   A student who has been awarded an ‘I’ grade during any academic year is required to clear the grade during the time of supplementary examinations for that academic year. Except with the approval of the College Board, any ‘I’ grade not cleared at the time of the supplementary examinations automatically becomes an ‘E’ grade.

32   No student will be enrolled in a course for which he/she has not fulfilled the prerequisites. A course for which a ‘D’ grade or lower is obtained shall not be counted as fulfilling a prerequisite for any course unless it is a course in the same series taken during the same session.

33   To be allowed to repeat a course, in which an examination is a part of the assessment, a student must first sit for supplementary examination in that course.

34   All courses taken by a student shall be entered in the transcript.

35   The maximum time for which a student may remain registered CoAF is 5 years for a 3-year programme and 6 years for a 4-year programme. Any student who is required to repeat/complete certain courses in order to qualify for the award of a degree shall be deemed to have failed the programme at the end of the maximum period if any such courses have not been passed.

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