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Agronomy

Programme's language

lithuanian

Qualification degree and (or) qualification to be awarded

Master of Agricultural sciences

Institution that has carried out assessment

Studijų kokybės vertinimo centras

Institution that has performed accreditation, accreditation term

Studijų kokybės vertinimo centras, 8/31/2021

Data provided or updated (date)

5/31/2018

Order on accreditation

SV2-13
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Institution title

Vytautas Magnus University

Institution title in Lithuanian

Vytauto Didžiojo universitetas

Institution code of legal entity

111950396

Institution legal form

Public Institution

Institution documents of founding

Statutas_2018_VDU.pdf

Institution group

Higher education institution

Institution subordination

State

Main type and other types

University, Pre-primary education school

Institution address

K. Donelaičio g. 58, Kaunas

Institution phone

+370 37 222739

Institution fax

+370 37 203858

Institution email

info@vdu.lt

Institution web address

http://www.vdu.lt

Phone of admission office

+370 37 323206

Email of admission office

vdu@vdu.lt

Institution funding sources

National budget, Other legaly acquired finances, State financial funds, Studying fee

Institution main type description

Awarded Lithuanian National Qualifications Framework levels:
Level 6, Level 7
Issued certificate levels:
Bachelor's diploma, Higher education diploma (university studies), Master's diploma
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Summary of the Profile of study programme

General Description:
Objective(s) of a study programme:
The main aim of the study programme is to prepare highly qualified agronomy graduates from Master’s studies capable of systematizing and creatively applying the latest research-based agrobiology, agronomy and information technology knowledge to solve scientific and industrial problems of agriculture, to ensure innovation, agricultural production and environmental coherence, and to work as a scientific researcher, consultant, carry out managerial work and self-improve in the field of agriculture.
The first sub-aim is to prepare specialists who are capable of making agricultural production decisions that ensure the sustainability of agrosystems, based on scientific advice, legislative acts and normative documents as well as providing consultations.
The second sub-aim of “Crop Science” specialization is to prepare specialists who are capable of evaluating and creatively solving scientific and crop production problems, introducing innovations and managing the processes taking place at various levels of agrosystems.
The second sub-aim of “Crop Science Protection and Nutrition” specialization is to prepare specialists capable of evaluating and managing the spread of plants pests and diseases and plant nutritional processes, creatively solving scientific and production-related problems of agricultural plant protection and nutrition, introducing innovations, ensuring agrosystem sustainability.
The second sub-aim of “Horticulture” specialization is to prepare specialists who are able to assess and solve scientific and production-related problems in the field of horticulture, manage the productivity and quality of horticultural plants and introduce innovative, environmentally friendly technologies.
Learning outcomes:
A graduate of the programme will be able:
1. to formulate scientific problems in the field of agronomy, to offer solutions, to plan and execute scientific research, to analyze and evaluate the results;
2. to integrate the knowledge of agronomy and other fields when carrying out consultation work, coordinating the projects of agricultural development specialists and launching agroinnovations;
3. to identify the problems of plant productivity development, to offer innovative environmentally friendly solutions for agrosystems of different intensities;
4. to analyze and evaluate the problems of scientific research and / or applied research in the field of crop production, to provide possible solutions and plan the possible impact on environment;
5. to predict the productivity of field plants and production quality by integrating the knowledge of agrobiology and other fields; to improve crop cultivation technologies, ensuring the production of high-quality and safe products and sustainable environment;
6. to analyze and evaluate the problems of scientific and / or applied research in the field of plant protection and nutrition, identify possible solutions and the impact on environment;
7. to identify and address the problem of the spread of plants pests and diseases and the problems of outdoor plant nutrition, taking into account the specific situation and the agricultural policy and laws of the European Union, to improve plant protection and fertilization technologies;
8. to analyze and evaluate the problems of research and / or applied research in the field of horticulture, and to identify possible solutions and the impact on environment;
9. to adopt and apply innovative solutions to improve the horticultural technologies that ensure the production of high-quality and safe products.
Activities of teaching and learning:
Teaching (lectures, laboratory works, practicums), learning (team work, individual work, preparation for laboratory works/practicums, exam), various innovative teaching/learning methods and interactive study means, visual material used during lectures: information delivery, presentations (which are e-mailed to students after the lectures), case study (problem-based study method), brainstorming, expert method, discussion, reflection etc.; visual material used during laboratory works/practicums: brainstorming, group work, individual and team assignments, discussions, self-reflection methods and other methods in accordance with the specific characteristics of each study subject. Student-centred individual work based on assignments and teamwork, paying special attention to problem solving and critical thinking.
Methods of assessment of learning achievements:
Answering orally and in writing, individual and team presentations etc.
Students are evaluated during the semester and exam session. The method of cumulative assessment is applied: learning achievements are assessed by mid-term assignments. After students have mastered several topics of the study subject, mid-term assessment is carried out by evaluating their assignments, acquired knowledge and skills (control works, practical assignments etc.). During the exam session all the acquired knowledge and skills are evaluated. During the examination session the learning achievements of the students are assessed in the form of exam. During the examination the knowledge of a student is evaluated on the scale from 1 to 10. The final mark consists of mid-term assessment evaluations and exam evaluation. Framework of the cumulative assessment is indicated in the subject description.
Framework:
Study subjects (modules), practical training:
Course units provided by the University (24 ECTS) are devoted to the development of basic skills in other science fields, digital competences: Methodology of Extension, Information Technology in Agriculture, European Union Agricultural Policy and Law, Bioeconomy. Subjects of the study field (66 ECTS) include qualitatively higher-level general subjects of the study field (36 ECTS), which are taken by all Master’s students of the study program: Experimental Design and Analysis, Impact of Agricultural Activities on Environment, Agrobiological Potential of Plants, Integrated Pest Management, Biology and Fertility of Soil, Plant Nutritional Physiology and subjects in the field of study by specialization (30 ECTS): “Crop Science” - Alternative Crop Science, Purposive Plant Breeding and Seed Production, Precise Agriculture, Innovations in Crop Production, Sustainability of Agroecosystems; “Plant Protection and Nutrition” – Plant Pathology, Plant Parasitology, Management of Weed and Crop Competition, Fertilizer Systems Analysis and Management, Development of Resistant Plants by Biotechnological Methods; “Horticulture” - Biological Basics of Productivity of Horticultural Plants, Intensive Fruit Growing, Indoor Plant Growing, Orchard and Garden Plant Nutrition, Pest Management in Orchards and Olericulture.
Specialisations:
“Crop Science”; “Plant Protection and Nutrition”; “Horticulture”
Optional courses:
It is possible to choose one of three specializations
Distinctive features of a study programme:
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Access to professional activity or further study:
Access to professional activity:
Graduates will be able to work in agricultural businesses and their infrastructure, plant production companies; agricultural science and study institutions and integrated science, study and business centres; colleges and vocational schools; public administration institutions; advisory services; start a business.
Access to further study:
Graduates will be able to study in the third cycle programme of Agronomy.

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