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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:  2007 ASAE Annual Meeting  078010.(doi:10.13031/2013.23024)
Authors:   Timothy N Burcham, Joey E Mehlhorn, Barbara A Darroch, Philip L Smartt
Keywords:   Agriculture, Agricultural, Agricultural Engineering, Education, Internet, Online, Natural Resources, and Agricultural 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 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 voice-annotated audio/video (AV) lectures to improve retention of information by both visual and auditory learners. Voice-annotated lectures are created using Camtasia Studio™ (TechSmith® Inc.) and Adobe Presenter™ (Adobe®, Inc.). Access to MSAOM course content, including AV lectures, is through a Blackboard® (Version 6.3) course management system. 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. Intel-based Apple Macintosh computers and Apple's iLife® series of software has further increased audio/video capabilities for MSAOM faculty. Over 54 hours of online graduate coursework has been developed for the MSAOM program. In the fall of 2007 the MSAOM program will become the Master of Science in Agriculture and Natural Resources Systems Management (MSANR). The MSANR graduate degree will feature three concentration areas: Systems Science in Agriculture, Agricultural Education and Leadership, and Natural Resources Systems Management.

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