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| english, lithuanian, russian
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|Master of Agricultural sciences
Place of delivery
|Kaunas, K. Donelaičio g. 58
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|Studijų kokybės vertinimo centras, 6/30/2023
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Summary of the Profile
Objective(s) of a study programme:
The main objectives of the programme - to prepare high qualification Master level specialists of Wildlife population and game management with theoretical knowledge of animal biology and ecology, population management, rational use of their recourses and protection under human altered permanently dynamic environment, use modern methods and technologies applied in practice, able to perform independent studies, creatively apply reasonable methods, evaluate their results and significance.
First partial objective: improve competences about wildlife gained during bachelor level studies, to know current theories, technologies and methods of wildlife and it's recourses management. Creatively apply this knowledge, substantively developing scientific ideas, solving complex problems of environment.
Second partial objective: create competences of selected group of subjects; improve specialized professional knowledge and abilities necessary for master level.
Third partial competence: formulate other competences not associated with main studies that would enlarge weltanschauung and general erudition.
1. Recognize new theories, methods and technologies about wildlife studies and peculiarities of their application;
2. Improve the knowledge about animal ecology, ethology, theriology, ornithology, ichtiology, cynology, biotechnology and technology, apply it describing content of wildlife recourses and dynamics;
3. Select appropriate wildlife study and result, summarize methods for study hypothesis or problem solving;
4. Apply current methods for wildlife population studies requiring analytical abilities, innovation and knowledge integration in a context of permanent environment dynamics.
5. Know and apply modern theories, specific methodology solving diverse wildlife recourses management problems.
6. Know miscellaneous comprehensive integrated ecosystem component cognitive, functional knowledge, that could be applied in interdisciplinary studies, selecting wildlife management technologies;
7. Systematically conclude and analyze wildlife study results, select specialized scientific interpretation methods and present it for scientific society;
8. Critically apply selected scientific theories (forestry or biodiversity) in a context of permanent environment dynamics. Conduct for private and state enterprise in a fields of use of wildlife recourses in a urbanized and natural landscapes under permanent instability of forest politics, social interest, environmental protection and business.
9. Critically evaluate theoretical and practical innovations, effectively function in uncertain environments while lacking knowledge and instructions, be able to base conclusions and present them to various social spheres.
10. Apply in ordinary and specific environment student needs representative general erudition skills;
11. Be able independently select complex technological, organizational and methodological issues solving specific problems not directly associated with study object;
12. Effectively communicate with colleagues and society solving wildlife recourses use and their management tasks;
13. To seek independently educate in own professional and study areas and prepare for e-society challenges;
14. To trust own power and take responsibility for the quality of own activities;
15. Have positive attitude to creative, sedulous planned and quality performed tasks;
16. Keep scientific ethics canons.
Activities of teaching and learning:
Contact work consist of lectures, seminars, laboratory work, practical work, educational practices, professional practices, consultations, independent work presentations, exams and final work. Contact hours can be performed as part of distance learning as well.
Student self studies consist of preparation for seminars, laboratory work, control work and exams, performing of individual and group assignments, independent science analysis, review paper writing, preparation of graduation dissertation.
In subject studies there are applied education methods oriented to student creativeness, development of general and specific competences, discussions and debates, mind mapping, expert method, student presentation method, work in pairs and groups, case studies, real situation simulations in project work, creation of insights and development scenarios, practice in working areas and other. Lectures are planned seeking active participation of students, some information students get before lectures and some other thematic are prepared and presented by students. During contact time students are involved in discussions.
Methods of assessment of learning achievements:
Finalization of the course is performed during exam. Exam can be writing or oral. Up to exam session students should get positive evaluation of practical, laboratory and control woks, course projects and other self studies. Exam gives 50-60% impact on final evaluation, other - mentioned above self studies.
The evaluation methods of studies are selected to objectively evaluate student achievements under study result requirements and guided by their evaluation criteria. Applies study results evaluation methods: problematic questions, tests, short answer questions, open questions, verbal questions, individual and group assignments presentation, poster presentation, review paper, problematic task, laboratory and practical work results presentation, educational practice results presentation, project presentation, scientific study presentation, referee of various studies ect.
Optional study subject group (24 cr.). Master students have two options: "Silviculture" - Applied genetics and biotechnologies, Sustainable forest management; Recreational forestry and park science; Dynamic stability of forest ecosystem; or "Biodiversity" - Terrestrial ecosystem diversity and conservation; Vertebrate diversity and conservation; Plant diversity and conservation; Habitat management.
Master students can select one elective university course (6 cr.) in each group: a) subject group for better preparation of PhD studies: Planning and organization of research; Methodology of multivariate statistics. b) subject group for better preparation of professional career: professional educology; methodology of consultation; conflict management.
Distinctive features of a study programme:
Unique and original programme in Lithuania and Baltic states. Masters have comprehensive understanding and competences on wildlife recourses management.