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Nature Recreation

Language of instruction

english, lithuanian

Qualification degree and (or) qualification to be awarded

Master of Biology

Place of delivery

Šiauliai, Vilniaus g. 88

Institution that has carried out assessment

Studijų kokybės vertinimo centras

Institution that has performed accreditation, accreditation term

Studijų kokybės vertinimo centras, 8/31/2020

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Summary of the Profile

Objective(s) of a study programme:

To provide conditions for a student to form skills of expertise assessment and application of the newest knowledge in biology and recreation, while creatively blending theoretical knowledge of these areas and results of scientific research in professional activities.
To develop competence of studying individuals to organise and carry out activities based on independent research of the applied character on biological diversity carried out in natural and anthropogenic systems, as well as to implement innovations when managing recreational activities.
To stimulate students‘ creativity and systemic thinking, to act under hardly forecasted environmental changes, when abilities to make new, sustainable, socially responsible decisions needed to meet demands of biological resources and people‘s recreation, to estimate their alternatives and possible social, ethical and moral consequences of activities.
Learning outcomes:

1. One solves tasks on natural recreation using expertise assessment of knowledge of fundamental and applied sciences, relating it with results of scientific research in biology and recreation in a new or unfamiliar environment.
2. One creatively integrates results of research and knowledge in biology and other scientific fields, when implementing innovations in activities related to sustainable recreation.
3. One is able to independently, purposefully plan the process of learning constantly updating knowledge and to deepen skills in professional activities of a biologist, while analysing the most relevant scientific and methodical literature on the area as well as participating in meetings, seminars, conferences in Lithuania and abroad.
4. One is able to independently carry out research of the applied character on biological diversity and recreational enviroment as well as to synthesise and assess research data needed for studies, scientific, professional activities and implementations of innovations and also to choose alternatives.
5. One implements innovations in natural and anthropogenic systems, assuming responsibility for quality, assessment and perfection of own and subordinate employees’ activities.
6. One is able to organise and implement recreational activities in nature, assuming responsibility for the impact of own activities and its results to the environment.
7. Using biological resources to meet recreational needs of people, one collaborates with various organisations and coordinates projects related to perspectives of nature recreation and other activities focused on qualification development of other individuals.
8. One is able to creatively and systemically think, when needed to make strategic decisions and manage difficult situations to sustainably use biological resources in recreation, even under hardly forecasted environmental changes.
9. One independently makes decisions focused on perfection and improvement of recreational activities in natural and anthropogenic ecosystems, when there is no exhaustive defined information available.
10. One critically assesses information related to activities of nature recreation and renders it in a clear, reasoned and generalised manner to specialists and other individuals, ensuring timely transfer of newest results of scientific and applied research as well as good practice.
11. One is able to make innovative decisions on the use of natural complexes for recreation, estimating possible social and ethical consequences of activities, perceiving moral responsibility for the impact of own activities and their results on social, economic, cultural development, welfare and environment.
Activities of teaching and learning:

Lectures will be delivered using discussion or case analysis methods, explanatory, conversation and demonstrational methods. Practical skills will be obtained by a student carrying out laboratory works in modern laboratories, participating in seminars and debates where not only discussions but also delivery of presentations, reasoned rendering of opinion are foreseen. During classes will be applied such methods of teaching and learning as group (team) project, individual consultations, individual project, interactive lecture, analysis of a scientific article, excursions, work-related visits, practical tasks, modelling of realistic true-to-life situations.
Methods of assessment of learning achievements:

Cumulative assessment scheme and criterion scale of ten is applied. Portfolio, defence of laboratory work, self-assessment, analysis of a scientific article, peer assessment, project report, reflection on activities, oral illustrated presentation, review, task on problem-based solutions, qualification work.
Study subjects (modules), practical training:

Main subjects volume in the study field is 102 ECTS credits. The program is formed from such compulsory subjects as Current Issues of Biology, Nature Recreation Strategy, Economical Biology, Environment Interpretation and Demonstration, Field Research Methodology. Practice, Nature Therapy, Project Development and Managing, Human Safety, Master’s Thesis

Optional courses:

Subjects for alternative selection: Nature Management and Conservation, Game Management, Nature for Education, Public Relations
Distinctive features of a study programme:

1. The program develops a conceptual new abilities which allow biologists to use the potential of the nature in process of recreation.
2. Formed preconditions to develop skills which allow to apply biological recreation scientific progress for public welfare and recreational quality.
3. Combined modern studies and research material bases of Šiauliai and Daugavpils university will opens a wide opportunities for research work in nature and laboratory.
4. Formed interdisciplinary competencies enables to solve problems of biological-social origin arising in a multicultural environment.