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Master Of Science In Agricultural Operations Management: An Online MS Degree Program At UT Martin

Published by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, St. Joseph, Michigan

Citation:  Computers in Agriculture and Natural Resources, 4th World Congress Conference, Proceedings of the 24-26 July 2006 (Orlando, Florida USA) Publication Date 24 July 2006  701P0606.(doi:10.13031/2013.21870)
Authors:   Timothy N. Burcham, Joey Mehlhorn, Barbara Darroch, Thomas Greer and Philip Smartt
Keywords:   Agriculture, Agricultural, Agricultural Engineering, Education, Internet, Online, and Technology

The Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources at the University of Tennessee at Martin offers a Master of Science degree in Agricultural Operations Management (MSAOM). The MSAOM degree is unique in that it is offered completely via the Internet. The MSAOM degree program provides an in-depth academic and experiential foundation for applying operations management and business principles to agricultural systems. The curriculum is based on two primary knowledge bases: agricultural systems science (which includes management science and agricultural engineering technology) and agribusiness/business. The breadth of the MSAOM degree is enhanced with courses in the agricultural sciences, international agriculture, and statistics. All MSAOM courses feature streaming voice-annotated audio/video (AV) lectures to improve retention of information by both visual and auditory learners. Voiceannotated lectures are created using Camtasia Studio (TechSmith Corp.) and Breeze Presentation (Adobe Systems, Inc.). Access to MSAOM course content, including AV lectures, is through a Course Management System (Blackboard Version 6.3). Integration of Tablet PC technology has further enhanced the faculty's capabilities by allowing complex expressions, such as mathematics, to be presented to distance audiences using a familiar hand-written format. The MSAOM program at UT Martin officially began in the fall of 2001. To date, MSAOM faculty have developed over 45 hours of online graduate coursework for the program.

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