Bachelor of Science (Animal Science)
Zambian Open University (ZAOU)
  • Start Date: Open
  • 4 Years
  • Study Content: pdf readings and slide presentations

This course seeks to prepare its graduates to meet the challenges faced by the Agricultural sector and contribute to realizing the full potential of Agriculture in Zambia. Career prospects exist both in the private and public sectors as entrepreneurs and employees in research, educational institutions and international organizations.

Course Fee: See Fees and Eligibility
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Course Description

This course is made available through the eLearnAfrica and Zambian Open University partnership.

This course seeks to prepare its graduates to meet the challenges faced by the Agricultural sector and contribute to realizing the full potential of Agriculture in Zambia. Career prospects exist both in the private and public sectors as entrepreneurs and employees in research, educational institutions and international organizations.

Entry Requirements

• Five “O” level credits including English Language or a Zambian language.
• Three “O” level credits with a Diploma in Education or a Diploma from a tertiary` institution
recognized by the University.

• (Concessionary Admission) 45 years of age and above with proven evidence of participation in continuous learning through short courses, seminars and conferences

• Any other qualification as may be determined and approved by the Senate.

This degree is priced at K 5790. Please check currency conversion rates. Fees are charged by the University.

Certificate cost may vary. You will be redirected to the host page for cost and payment options.

Bachelor of Science (Animal Science)

This course seeks to prepare its graduates to meet the challenges faced by the Agricultural sector and contribute to realizing the full potential of Agriculture in Zambia. Career prospects exist both in the private and public sectors as entrepreneurs and employees in research, educational institutions and international organizations. Below is a detailed programme structure.

ED 101 Study and Communication Skills
FME 121 Mathematical Methods
ICT 131 Introduction to Computer Applications
AGE 141 Principles of Micro-Economics

HRT 102 Fundamentals of Soil Science
AGG 112 Agricultural Extension
AGE 122 Principles of Macro-Economics
ANS 132 Fundamentals of Animal Anatomy

AGE 201 Intermediate Macro-Economics
ANS 211 Fundamentals of Aquaculture
ANS 231 Animal Biochemistry
ANS 241 Fundamentals of Animal Physiology

ABM 202 Agricultural Marketing
ANS 212 Pasture Management & Forage Production
ANS 232 Animal Growth & Development
ANS 242 Principles of Animal Nutrition

BBAC 312 Business Data Analysis I
ABM 311 Principles of Farm Management
ANS 321 Small Ruminant and Rabbit Production
ANS 331 Applied Animal Nutrition

AGG 302 Field Attachment
BBAC 322 Business Data Analysis II
AGG 312 Agricultural Research Methods
ABM 352 Farm Management Applications
ANS 332 Poultry Production
ANS 342 Swine Production

AGG 405 Research Project
AGE 411 Project Management
AGE/LL 421 Agricultural Policy & Law
ANS 431 Animal Genetics and Breeding
ANS441 Beef and Dairy Production

AGG 405 Research Project
ANS 412 Meat and Dairy Products
ANS 422 Animal Health
ANS 432 Animal Reproduction


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Frequently Asked Questions


How do I Register? (Posted on July 10, 2016)

Download the application form or you can use the online registration form.
After completing any of the application forms, pay the application fee of K150 at the bank using the application number
Present the Bank Deposit Slip to accounts office or regional manager and get a receipt.
Present the completed form to the academic office for registration if you downloaded the form. If you used the online application form, admission letter will be emailed to you with related documents.
Pay 50% of your fees or more. Then you will be provided with a Computer Number which you can use to access learning materials and assignments.

How many assignments should I write per course? (Posted on June 15, 2016)

Students shall be required to write two (2) assignments in each taught course. Deadlines for completion and handing in assignments shall be strictly observed.

What are the contents of an assignment? (Posted on June 15, 2016)

Assignments are meant to reinforce and test students’ understanding and knowledge of the subject, research and writing skills, as well as argument evaluation. They are also designed to equip students for submission of reports in work environment. Further, assignments are intended to prepare students for semester examinations. Students are expected to work independently and demonstrate capacity to consult materials outside residential school lectures, and Study Guides. Where it is appropriate, use of personal experience is encouraged. Most important is showing honesty about sources a student uses. Sources of information must be acknowledged appropriately by quoting the author of the works consulted or used.

As a general rule an assignment should contain the following (see “Tutorial Lecture” by Prof B.F Smit, 10/2012, p18)

Table of Contents
Definition of key concepts used
Discussion/analysis/evaluation of the elements of key concepts
Comparison/differentiation of various elements were necessary

What other materials do I need apart from Modules? (Posted on June 15, 2016)

Each course has a Study Guide and every student is advised to acquire a copy. The Study Guide has outlined topics covered and a brief description of each topic as well as Study Question(s). It also includes prescribed or recommended readings for the course.

Do I need to write a dissertation as a Law student? (Posted on June 15, 2016)

Upon successful completion of one (1) year of study, each student, at the commencement of year two (2), shall be required to choose a research topic. A seminar shall be organized by the Dean, School of Graduate Studies and Research at which each student shall present their research topic, together with a hypothesis (es) and methodology.

At the end of the seminar, which shall be attended by all students on the course and faculty members, a supervisor from within the ZAOU shall be assigned to each student. Students shall be expected to work closely with their supervisors and produce original work using both desk and field work sources. Four complete and bound copies of dissertation must be handed in before or at the end of year two (2).

The dissertation will be worth 100%

Are there Examinations? (Posted on June 15, 2016)

All students shall be required to write and pass an examination in all taught courses, upon proof that they attended nor less than 75% of lectures in a particular course. A student who failed to attend the requisite number of lectures shall not be permitted to sit for an examination in that course and shall be obliged to repeat the course in question.

All students shall be expected to submit and pass all the required assignments in all the courses in order to be allowed to write the examinations.

The examination will contribute 50% to the final grade.

Is it fine if I don't attend Residential School? (Posted on May 24, 2016)

Residential school is a very important event for students that are doing distance learning. It gives students a platform to interface with their lecturers. It is compulsory and a register of attendance is signed by every student and kept by the lecturer for every lecture delivered.

What modes of Study are available at ZAOU? (Posted on May 24, 2016)

The Zambian Open University has three modes of study: Distance; Full Time; and Part Time. All the 3 modes of study are offered at both Lusaka West and Villa Campuses.


The Zambian Open University is duly Accredited with the Higher Education Authority (HEA). The Higher Education Authority is an institution established under the Higher Education Act No. 4 of 2013 to ensure quality of delivery of services by Higher Education Institutions operating in Zambia. ZAOU is among the 28 higher learning institutions in the country that are registered under the Higher Education Act No 4 of 2013 and is listed of the HEA official website.

ZAOU is a Member of the following International Bodies

The International Association of University Presidents (IAUP)
The Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU)
The Association of African Universities (AAU)
The African Council for Distance Education (ACDE).
The Distance Education Association of Southern Africa (DEASA)
The Private Universities Association of Zambia (PUAZ)

Affiliated Institutions

During the last few years, ZAOU has had a number of colleges affiliated to it, namely:

Southern African Development Teachers College
Bosa Bosele Training Institute
Gaborone University College
Paglory College of Education
Serenje College of Education
Northern Kafue College of Education
Kasama Early Childhood Education
Kafue Institute of Teacher of Education

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Zambian Open University (ZAOU)

In February 2002 six founding members working with other colleagues from the University of Zambia (UNZA), academic and corporate world thought of establishing the first private University to meet the demand for higher education that had arisen in the country. The founders realized that in 2002 there were 32,000 primary and 7,000 Secondary school teachers with certificate and diploma qualifications in need of University education whose demand could not be met through traditional methods of teacher education. However, education could be brought to their doorsteps through new, flexible methods and approaches. As a result, they decided on an ‘Open University’.

The Ministry of Education prevailed upon ZAOU to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the University of Zambia (UNZA), in order to be recognized and registered under the University Act No. 11 of 1999 of the Laws of Zambia. A number of intensive discussions were held with both the Ministry of Education and the University of Zambia which focused on the modalities of how the new institution would interface with the existing state universities. The MoU which allowed ZAOU to engage the services of UNZA staff and use existing UNZA curricula while reciprocating this with some fees accruing to UNZA was duly signed on 23rd November, 2004. On 23rd December, 2004 the then Minister of Education, Hon. Andrew Mulenga registered ZAOU, thus heralding the birth of the first Open University in Zambia.

To be an internationally recognized Open University providing quality education through distance learning.

Mission Statement
A leading higher education provider using creative and innovative learning methodologies aimed at reaching diverse constituencies for promoting social and economic development.

The founders of ZAOU cherish five values summed up in the acronym PHIGS,

PATRIOTISM. It is a commitment of ZAOU and its students to help free Zambia from negative experiences such as poverty, hunger and diseases and make it a better place to live in. This also recognizes the contribution of the founding fathers and mothers to the liberation of the country from colonial bondage

HONESTY. It is based on unconditional trust, free of corrupt tendencies and behaviors.

INDUSTRY or HARDWORK. It is a call to all students and staff to commit themselves to hard work and cherish the perseverance that characterized the hard work that the founders of ZAOU put in to create the university.

GENEROSITY. It is a desire of ZAOU to give back something to the larger society. ZAOU itself is a gift to the larger Zambian society as a treasure of knowledge and wisdom.

SELF-DIRECTIVENESS. It is based on a realization that the onus of learning lies with individual students who must be given guidance in their quest for knowledge and be liberated from any form of intellectual domination in their interaction with one another and their lecturers.

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Effective Date: September 22, 2016