Courses

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Agricultural Economics (AGEC)

 

AGEC 705 - Advanced Agricultural Marketing (3)

Analytical and empirical treatment of consumer behavior related to food and fiber commodities. Specific topics include creating customer value, market penetration strategies, product positioning, vertical and horizontal integration and market growth.

AGEC 710 - Commodity Futures and Options Markets (3)

Economic theory and methods for analyzing agricultural production decisions and the underlying relationship to futures and options markets. Specific topics include the institutional structure, price formation, producer and agribusiness strategies, and financial instruments associated with U.S. and international markets.

AGEC 735 - Seminar in International Agricultural Trade (3)

Theory and practice in international trade in agricultural and food products with emphasis on real world problems. Trade policy, trade law, customs practices, exchange rates and their impact on trade in U.S. and world agriculture. Developing real world export marketing plans including research, pricing, distribution systems, financing, and pro forma invoicing. Discussions of major global trade issues.

 

Text: International Economics: Theory and Policy plus MyEconLab plus eText 1-semester Student Access Kit, 8th Ed. 2009.

Authors: Paul R. Krugman and Maurice Obstfeld, Prentice Hall.

ISBN-10: 0321488830; ISBN-13: 9780321488831

AGEC 735 Syllabus

AGEC 745 - Agricultural Production Economics (3)

Resource allocation, production selection, scale of operation of agricultural firms including risk and uncertainty associated with agricultural production. Prereq: MATH 160 and ECON 202 or instructor's approval.

AGEC 745 Syllabus

AGEC 750 - Agricultural Risk Analysis and Decision-Making (3)

Application of current risk management techniques to issues specific to the U.S. agribusiness system. Elements include: production risk; crop insurance; diversification; contract production; integration of systems; market risk; futures and options; minimum price contracts; personal risk; estate planning; organizational concerns; interest rate risk; policy risk.

AGEC 750 Syllabus

AGEC 751 - Strategic Management Issues in Agriculture (3)

Application of current strategic management techniques to agribusiness problems. Emphasis on viewing management from a broad organizational perspective through an integrated approach. The ability to assimilate and analyze information from all aspects of the organization (i.e. management, marketing, information systems, production, finance, accounting, etc.) to analyze complex problems, develop plans and propose recommendations on a top management perspective.

 

Text: Concepts: Strategic Management & Business Policy, 11th Ed. 2008

Authors: Thomas L. Wheelen and David L. Hunger. Prentice Hall

ISBN-10: 0132323192; ISBN-13: 9780132323192

AGEC 751 Syllabus

AGEC 780 - Project Management Issues in Agriculture (3)

Application of current project management techniques to agribusiness planning problems. Both the technical and social or human sides of the issues are emphasized and focus will be on how they can be integrated to achieve desired results. Skills developed will include abilities to understand different types of projects and their unique characteristics, the impact of new technologies and globalization on business practices, and inclusion of all organizational levels in clearly defined recommendations.

AGEC 784 - Applied Management Science in Agricultural Systems I (3)

Mathematical programming and constrained optimization research methods for applied decision making in agriculture. Development of computer and writing skills necessary for finding optimal solutions to complex applied problems in addition to succinctly communicating results in the proper format and context. Theory, implementation and optimal solution sensitivity of linear and integer programming as well as network and project scheduling models are examined (Same as AGET 784).

 

Text: Spreadsheet Modeling for Business Decisions, 2nd Edition

Authors: John Kros. Kendall Hunt Publishers.

ISBN: 978-0-7575-6302-7

AGEC 784 Syllabus

AGEC 785 - Applied Management Science in Agricultural Systems II (3)

Probability concepts, decision making under uncertainty and forecasting for applied decision making in agriculture. Continued development of computer and writing skills necessary for finding and communicating results professionally. The theory and implementation of decision analysis and forecasting techniques as well as inventory, queuing, and simulation models are examined (Same as AGET 785). Prereq: AGET 784 or AGEC 784.

 

Text: Applied Management Science, 2nd Ed. 2002

Authors: John A. Lawrence, Jr. & Barry A. Pasternack.

ISBN: 0-471-39190-5

AGEC 785 Syllabus

 

 

Agricultural Education (AGED)

 

AGED 770 - Program Development for Agricultural Mechanics Instruction (3)

Development of instruction and managerial competencies needed in conducting agricultural mechanics programs through an in-depth study of program components and activities related to each including skills development for FFA contest. Taught only by arrangement prior to registration.

AGED 770 Syllabus

 

 

Agricultural Engineering Technology (AGET)

 

AGET 710 - Safety and Ergonomic Sciences in Agriculture (3)

Designing, fitting, adjusting equipment and tools to suit individuals so that agricultural tasks can be done safely, efficiently, productively, and without discomfort, pain, injury, and disability; includes comfort and well-being.

 

Instructor: Timothy N. Burcham, P.E., Ph.D

Text: Agricultural Safety. 2001. Author: Keith E. Barenklau. CRC Press.

ISBN: 9781566704878

AGET 710 Syllabus

AGET 720 - Advanced Soil and Water Conservation Engineering (3)

Engineering principles for hydrologic analysis and design for small catchments including: hydrologic frequency analysis, rainfall runoff estimation, open channel hydraulics, hydraulics of control structures, sediment properties and transport, erosion and sediment yield, sediment control structures, groundwater, monitoring of hydrologic systems, and hydrologic modeling. Students are required to complete a written term report on a current topic associated with soil and water engineering.

 

Text: Design Hydrology and Sedimentology for Small Catchments. 1994

Authors: C.T Haan, B.J. Barfield, and J.C. Hayes. Academic Press

ISBN: 0-12-312340-2

AGET 720 Syllabus

AGET 760 - Comprehensive Nutrient Management Planning & System Design (3)

Application of agronomic sciences and engineering technology for developing Comprehensive Nutrient Management Plans (CNMPs) for livestock production. Elements include: environmental law and regulatory policy; watershed planning considerations; animal waste characteristics; role of soils; role of plants; geologic and ground water concerns; facilities location; waste treatment systems design; land application of wastes; and agricultural waste management system design.

 

Text: NRCS - Nutrient Management Field Handbook (available online - no charge)

AGET 760 Syllabus

AGET 782 - GIS for Agricultural and Natural Resources Management (3)

Principles and application of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technologies with emphasis on the use of GIS for collecting, storing and analyzing spatial data associated with agricultural and natural resource-based enterprises. GIS software techniques are developed using an interactive/inductive learning process. Students will collect and analyze data to complete a research project using GIS to answer questions related to an agricultural or natural resources topic.

 

Text: Mastering ArcGIS, 4th Edition

Author: Maribeth Price. McGraw Hill Co.

ISBN: 978-0-007-729332-1

AGET 782 Syllabus

AGET 785 - Applied Management Science in Agricultural Systems II (3)

Probability concepts, decision making under uncertainty and forecasting for applied decision making in agriculture. Continued development of computer and writing skills necessary for finding and communicating results professionally. The theory and implementation of decision analysis and forecasting techniques as well as inventory, queuing, and simulation models are examined (Same as AGEC 785). Prereq: AGET 784 or AGEC 784.

Text: Applied Management Science, 2nd Ed. 2002

Authors: John A. Lawrence, Jr. & Barry A. Pasternack

ISBN: 0-471-39190-5

AGET 785 Syllabus

 

 

Agriculture (AGRI)

 

AGRI 701-702 - Master's Thesis (3)

1-3 Students will complete a research study in an approved area of agriculture or natural resources management. The thesis research director must have a terminal degree and be actively involved in research or extension. The student's thesis research director must submit a written research proposal to the MSAOM Graduate Coordinator at least 14 days prior to personally appearing before the MSAOM Graduate Supervisory Committee for thesis consideration. The research and thesis will be directed by a graduate committee composed of minimum of three faculty members with graduate faculty status.

AGRI 732 - International Travel Study (3)

International travel course to study topics in agriculture or natural resources. Requires travel to another country, oral and written reports.

AGRI 741 - Statistical Methods in Agriculture and Natural Resources (3)

Statistical techniques used in design and analysis of experiments in agriculture and natural resources management. T-tests, analysis of variance, mean separation, regression and correlation, experimental design and analysis, interpretation of research results, analysis and interpretation of survey information. Prereq: Math 210 or equivalent or instructor's approval.

 

Text: Statistical Methods, 2nd Ed. 2003

Authors: R.J. Freund & W.J. Wilson. Academic Press

ISBN: 0-12-267651-3

AGRI 741 Syllabus

AGRI 77 - Topics in Agriculture (Selected Area) (1-6)

Topics in selected areas of agriculture. For graduate students in the Master of Science in Agriculture and Natural Resources Systems Management program. Can be used to meet requirements in the MSANR curriculum. The subject matter area is indicated by the third digit: 0 for Agriculture, 1 for Agricultural Economics, 2 for Agricultural Engineering Technology, 3 for Animal Science, 5 for Plant and Soil Science. May repeat enrollment for up to six credit hours. Prereq: Graduate Coordinator and instructor's approval.

AGRI 790 - Scientific Writing and Presentations (3)

A course designed to give graduate students the skills necessary to write a thesis, and to prepare other professional materials for presentation or publication. Topics covered in this course include: searching the scientific literature; scientific writing style; writing graduate level papers, proposals, projects, and thesis components; preparing scientific presentations; presentation of data; using visual aids; and using word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software. (Same as NRM 790)

 

Texts: How to Write and Publish a Scientific Paper, 6th Edition

Authors: Robert A. Day and Barbara Gastel

ISBN: 0-313-33040-9

 

The Craft of Scientific Presentations. Critical Steps to Succeed and Critical Errors to Avoid

Author: Michael Alley

ISBN: 0-387-95555-0

AGRI 790 Syllabus

AGRI 791 - Research/Internship in Agriculture (1-3)

This will be either: 1) a major research project associated with agriculture, or 2) a supervised work experience in agriculture for a minimum of three months (requires weekly reporting from student and a final report from the immediate supervisor). Research projects shall include: a review of literature, data collection methodology, data presentation and a final written report. May repeat enrollment. No more than three semester hours credit will be counted toward requirements for the MSANR degree. P/N only.

 

 

Natural Resources Management (NRM)

 

NRM 701-702 - Master's Thesis (3)

Students will complete a research study in an approved area of natural resources management. The thesis research director must have a terminal degree and be actively involved in research or extension. The student's thesis research director must submit a written research proposal to the MSANR Graduate Coordinator at least 14 days prior to personally appearing before the MSANR Graduate Supervisory Committee for thesis consideration. The research and thesis will be directed by a graduate committee composed of minimum of three faculty members with graduate faculty status.

NRM 722 - Production of Biorenewable Resources (3)

An exploration of plant species with potential as crops for industrial uses including biofuels. An overview of the chemistry of plant products and extraction techniques for useful products including biofuels, unique fatty acids and pharmaceuticals from new and existing crops. Will include a review of fundamental concepts in bioenergy and biobased products including engineering thermodynamics and organic chemistry. Same as PLSC 722.

 

Text: Biorenewable Resources: Engineering New Products from Agriculture, 2003

Author: Robert C. Brown. Iowa State University Press

ISBN: 0-8138-2263-7

NRM 722 Syllabus

NRM 724 - Advanced Grazing Management Techniques (3)

An in depth discussion of the integral biological and physical components of pasture systems. Students will learn how soil chemical and physical properties interact with plant growth in the production of forage crops. The focus of the course will be to examine the impact of management practices on the ecology of grazing livestock in pasture systems. Students will evaluate grazing systems and develop a management plan as a part of the course activities. A paper dealing with pasture ecology will be a required component of the course. (Same as PLSC 724)

Text: Grazing Management, 2nd Edition. 2001

Author: John F. Vallentine. Academic Press

ISBN: 0-12-710001-6

NRM 724 Syllabus

NRM 730 - Advanced Natural Resources Economics (3)

Economic principles associated with natural resource use and preservation. Emphasis on economic analysis and policy decision-making tools for natural resources and non-market goods. Valuation techniques such as benefit cost analysis, willingness to pay, willingness to accept, hedonic pricing, travel cost models, inter-temporal substitution, and issues related to economic and social efficiency will be discussed.

Text: Environmental and Natural Resources Economics. 2005

Author: Frank A. Ward, Prentice Hall

ISBN-13: 978-0131131637

NRM 730 Syllabus

NRM 740 - Natural Resource Policy and Administration (3)

This course is designed to provide an understanding of how natural resource policy in the United States is developed. The course examines the intersection of human dimensions and natural systems. The evolution of natural resource policy and participants in policy development will also be studied. Through the use of student led discussion and writing projects, students will examine the application of management decisions within a policy context.

NRM 740 Syllabus

NRM 760 - Management of Interpretive Resources (3)

Principles of interpretation and an examination of the resources used for interpretive services. There will be an overview of the application of management principles to interpretive services. Sociological concepts, relevant innovations, resource inventory, and master planning will be explored. Emphasis will be placed on the role of interpretation to accomplish an organization's mission. Same as PRAD 760.

NRM 760 Syllabus

NRM 765 - Conservation and Preservation of Historic Structures (3)

Principles and methods related to the use, preservation, and interpretation of historic structures. This will include the application of technology for the identification and cataloging of structures that have historical significance. Relevant laws and regulations will be reviewed. Special attention will be given to construction methods and materials as they apply to preservation. (Same as PRAD 765)

NRM 765 Syllabus

NRM 770 - Topics in Natural Resources Management (1-6)

Topics in selected areas of natural resources management. For graduate students in the Master of Science in Agriculture and Natural Resources Systems Management program. Can be used to meet requirements in the MSANR curriculum.

NRM 790 - Scientific Writing and Presentations (3)

A course designed to give graduate students the skills necessary to write a thesis, and to prepare other professional materials for presentation or publication. Topics covered in this course include: searching the scientific literature; scientific writing style; writing graduate level papers, proposals, projects, and thesis components; preparing scientific presentations; presentation of data; using visual aids; and using word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software. (Same as AGRI 790)

 

Texts: How to Write and Publish a Scientific Paper. 6th Edition

Authors: Robert A. Day and Barbara Gastel

ISBN: 0-313-33040-9

 

The Craft of Scientific Presentations. Critical Steps to Succeed and Critical Errors to Avoid

Author: Michael Alley

ISBN: 0-387-95555-0

NRM 790 Syllabus

NRM 791 - Research/Internship in Natural Resources Management (1-3)

This will be either: 1) a major research project associated with natural resources management; or 2) a supervised work experience in natural resources management for a minimum of three months (requires weekly reporting from a student and a final report from the immediate supervisor). Research projects shall include: a review of literature, data collection methodology, data presentation, and a final written report. May repeat enrollment. No more than three semester hours credit will be counted toward requirements for the MSANR degree. P/N only.

 

 

Park & Recreation Administration (PRAD)

 

PRAD 760 - Management of Interpretive Resources (3)

Principles of interpretation and an examination of the resources used for interpretive services. There will be an overview of the application of management principles to interpretive services. Sociological concepts, relevant innovations, resource inventory, and master planning will be explored. Emphasis will be placed on the role of interpretation to accomplish an organization's mission. Same as NRM 760.

PRAD 760 Syllabus

PRAD 765 - Conservation and Preservation of Historic Structures (3)

Principles and methods related to the use, preservation, and interpretation of historic structures. This will include the application of technology for the identification and cataloging of structures that have historical significance. Relevant laws and regulations will be reviewed. Special attention will be given to construction methods and materials as they apply to preservation. (Same as NRM 765)

PRAD 765 Syllabus

PRAD 770 - Topics in Park and Recreation Administration (1-6)

Topics in selected areas of park and recreation administration. For graduate students in the Master of Science in Agriculture and Natural Resources Systems Management program. Can be used to meet requirements in the MSANR curriculum.

 

 

Plant Science (PLSC)

 

PLSC 722 - Production of Biorenewable Resources (3)

An exploration of plant species with potential as crops for industrial uses including biofuels. An overview of the chemistry of plant products and extraction techniques for useful products including biofuels, unique fatty acids and pharmaceuticals from new and existing crops. Will include a review of fundamental concepts in bioenergy and biobased products including engineering thermodynamics and organic chemistry. Same as NRM 722.

 

Text: Biorenewable Resources: Engineering New Products from Agriculture. 2003

Author: Robert C. Brown. Iowa State University Press

ISBN: 0-8138-2263-7

PLSC 722 Syllabus

PLSC 724 - Advanced Grazing Management Techniques (3)

An in depth discussion of the integral biological and physical components of pasture systems. Students will learn how soil chemical and physical properties interact with plant growth in the production of forage crops. The focus of the course will be to examine the impact of management practices on the ecology of grazing livestock in pasture systems. Students will evaluate grazing systems and develop a management plan as a part of the course activities. A paper dealing with pasture ecology will be a required component of the course. (Same as NRM 724)

 

Text: Grazing Management, 2nd Edition. 2001

Author: John F. Vallentine. Academic Press

ISBN: 0-12-710001-6

PLSC 724 Syllabus

 

 

Soil Science (SOIL)

 

SOIL 630 - Wetland Science (3)

An introduction to the conservation and management of wetland environments. Emphasis will be placed on the role of wetlands in maintaining water quality and strategies for multiple use management of wetland resources. Students will become familiar with basic and applied concepts in hydrology, soils, and vegetation of both constructed and natural wetlands. Prereq: CHEM 111 or 121, BIOL 120 or 140, or consent of the instructor. It is the assumption of the instructor that a student has a basic understanding of biological chemistry, for example the processes of photosynthesis and respiration.

SOIL 630 Syllabus

 

 

Wildlife Biology (WBIO)

 

WBIO 730 - Wildlife Policy (3)

An examination of external social influences on wildlife management and administration. This course utilizes guest lectures and case studies to explore how private and political influences impact science-based management of wild animal populations. Content includes, but is not limited to, policy research and written reviews and analyses

WBIO 770 - Topics in Wildlife Biology (1-6)

Topics in selected areas of wildlife biology. For graduate students in the Master of Science in Agriculture and Natural Resources Systems Management program. Can be used to meet requirements in the MSANR curriculum.

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