Agricultural Economics


COURSE OUTLINE

 

  1. GENERAL
SCHOOL AGRICULTURAL AND FORESTRY SCIENCES
DEPARTMENT AGRICULTURAL DEVELOPMENT
STUDY LEVEL Undergraduate
COURSE CODE Β0035 SEMESTER 4th
COURSE TITLE Agricultural Economics
INDEPENDENT TEACHING ACTIVITIES

 

TEACHING HOURS PER WEEK ECTS
Lectures and laboratory course 5 5
COURSE TYPE Core; Basic knowledge
PREREQUISITE COURSE(S):
LANGUAGE (TEACHING AND EXAMS) Greek
THE COURSE IS OFFERED TO ERASMUS STUDENTS Yes (in English)
COURSE WEBSITE (URL) https://eclass.duth.gr/courses/OPE01117/

 

  1. TEACHING OUTCOMES
Teaching outcomes
Students become familiar with the main agricultural economics chapters (e.g. eoonomic analysis, production theory, microeconomic theory, business management) and the tools necessary for more advanced studies on rural development, agricultural policy and agri0business financing.
General capabilities
§  Independent work

§  Literature search, data analysis and synthesis

§  Development of inductive reasoning

 

 

  1. COURSE CONTENT
1. Introduction. Agriculture in the globalised environment: Trends and characteristics.

2. Rural economy and rural development.

3. Characteristics of the greek agricultural sector

4. The specific characteristics of agricultural products and the agricultural problem.

5. Elasticities for the demand and supply of agricultural products

6. Principles and applications of agricultural accounting and valuation.

7. Models for assessing demand for agricultural products.

8. Theory of production and cost of agricultural products.

9. Introduction to productivity theory and efficiency measurement

10. Marketing of agricultural products (basic principles of marketing of agricultural products)

11. Agricultural Policy and Welfare Economics

12. The CAP: Historical development and recent reforms.

13. Agricultural Policy of International Organisations (WTO).

 

  1. TEACHING AND LEARNING ASSESSMENT METHODS
DELIVERING METHOD In classroom
IT USE §  Power point, videos

§  e-class

 

TEACHING ORGANIZATION Activity Semester workload

 

Lectures 39
Assignment 15
Applied exercises 26
Independent study 45
Course total

(25-hour workload per credit unit)

 

125

STUDENT ASSESSMENT

 

Written exams at the end of the semester both on theoretical and practical courses, consisting of (a) multiple choice (b) numerical exercises (c) theoretical problems explanations.

 

 

  1. PROPOSED LITERATURE
[68373060]: Γεωργική Οικονομική & Πολιτική. Drummond Evan, Goodwin John

[10951]: Αγροτική Οικονομική, Κιτσοπανίδης Γεώργιος Ι., Καμενίδης Χρίστος Θ.

[59382474]: Αγροτική Οικονομική Θεωρία & Πολιτική. Λιανός Θ., Δαμιανός Δ., Μέργος Γ., Ντεμούσης Μ., Κατρανίδης Σ.

 

 

English-French IV


  1. GENERAL
SCHOOL AGRICULTURAL AND FORESTRY SCIENCES
DEPARTMENT AGRICULTURAL DEVELOPMENT
STUDY LEVEL Undergraduate
COURSE CODE Β0029 SEMESTER 4th
COURSE TITLE English IV
INDEPENDENT TEACHING ACTIVITIES

 

TEACHING HOURS PER WEEK ECTS
Lectures 2 5
COURSE TYPE General Background
PREREQUISITE COURSE(S):
LANGUAGE (TEACHING AND EXAMS) Greek and English
THE COURSE IS OFFERED TO ERASMUS STUDENTS NO
COURSE WEBSITE (URL) https://eclass.duth.gr/courses/OPE02208/

 

  1. TEACHING OUTCOMES
Teaching outcomes
Upon successful completion of the course students will be able to:

  • familiarize themselves with different types of scientific reading texts in English so that they can recognize the organizational layout and linguistic structure of articles, reports and experiments.
  • develop the appropriate reading skills and strategies necessary for the adequate comprehension of scientific texts of agricultural interest written in English
  • understand the cohesive links of a particular scientific reading text in English and recognize the internal structure of text on a paragraph and text level
  • be able to develop appropriate contextual lexical guessing strategies that allow them to effectively overcome the issue of unknown vocabulary while reading in English
  • develop and enrich their scientific vocabulary in English that is necessary for reading and writing purposes while referring to agricultural issues.
  • appreciate how agricultural issues are dealt with in on an international scale as viewed in scientific reports that originate from different parts of the world
  • develop some understanding of the professional and safety responsibilities residing in working with inorganic systems.
General capabilities
Upon successful completion of the course students will have developed the following general capabilities:

The expansion of students’ academic and specific English vocabulary on scientific issues of Agriculture

The development of the ability to analyse the key features of scientific English texts and, subsequently produce academic written language in English by writing a scientific article or a report on Agricultural issues.

Research skills development that will allow students to search for relevant literature and use it in the writing of a critical review of a scientific article in English.

The development of critical thinking skills and abilities necessary for the preparation and writing of a dissertation in English.

The development of  students’  writing skills to avoid plagiarizing and to abide by the APA rules while writing research work in English,

The development of their oral skills in English and the adoption of useful presentation strategies that can be used in international conferences and seminars in their area.

 

  1. COURSE CONTENT
English 4 covers a range of topics and issues related to the scientific area of Agriculture by focusing on different types of academic texts that are mainly derived from either English-speaking textbooks or from scientific agricultural journals and published minutes of international conferences and seminars. Topics covered in this course include the following:

Sod Production

Livestock

Cropping Systems

Tillage and Crop Establishment

Plant Diseases and Insects

Harvesting

Chemistry of Food and Plants

Global Food Production and Environmental Limitations

Human Nutrition

Agricultural Machinery and Farm Equipment

Farming Methods and Practices I: Sustainable Agriculture

Farming Methods and Practices II: Hydroponics

Animal Breeding

 

  1. TEACHING AND LEARNING ASSESSMENT METHODS
DELIVERING METHOD In classroom
IT USE §  Power point, videos

§  Instructor’s website

 

TEACHING ORGANIZATION Activity Semester workload

 

Lectures 26
Laboratory courses
Team work
Independent study
Course total

(25-hour workload per credit unit)

 

50

STUDENT ASSESSMENT

 

In order to pass this course, each student must complete all a 2-hour final written examination at the end of the semester.

 

  1. PROPOSED LITERATURE
Bateman, H. (2006) Dictionary of Agriculture. A&C Black Publishers.

Beentje, H. (2010) The Kew Plant Glossary: An Illustrated Dictionary of Plant Identification Terms. Royal Botanic Gardens Kew.

Bell, B. (2005) Farm Machinery. Old Pond Publishing Ltd.

Hickey, M. and King, C. (2000) The Cambridge Illustrated Glossary of Botanical Terms. Cambridge: CUP.

Parker, R. (2009) Plant & Soil Science. Delmare Cengage Learning.

Sheaffer, C. et al (2012) Introduction to Agronomy. Food, Crops and Environment. Cengage Learning

USDA-NRCS (2007). The Plants Database.

Vaughan,J. et al (2009) The New Oxford Book of Food Plants. OUP.

 

 

Genetics


Upon the completion of the course the students should have comprehend:

  • The way traits are controlled by the genes.
  • Main principles of inheritance.
  • Major principles of Molecular Genetics.

 

COURSE CONTENT

Structure and expression of genetic material (proteins, DNA-RNA, organization of genetic material, mitosis-meiosis, DNA replication, transcription-translation, mutations). Inheritance of single loci (alleles, alleles and gametogenesis, interaction of alleles, gene polymorphism). Inheritance and interaction of independent loci. Inheritance of dependent loci (cis- and trans- arrangement, detecting of linkage, xiasma and recombination, recombination frequency, gene mapping). Sex chromosomes, sex determination, and sex-linked traits. Polyploidy (auto-polyploidy, allo-polyploidy, aneuploidy). Chromosomal aberrations (deletion, duplication, inversion, translocation). Molecular Genetics (isolation and manipulation of genetic material, the technology of DNA recombination, genetic transformation).

 

Beekeeping


COURSE OUTLINE

  1. GENERAL
SCHOOL AGRICULTURAL AND FORESTRY SCIENCES
DEPARTMENT AGRICULTURAL DEVELOPMENT
STUDY LEVEL Undergraduate
COURSE CODE Β0025 SEMESTER

4th

COURSE TITLE GENERAL AGRICULTURAL ENTOMOLOGY AND ZOOLOGY
INDEPENDENT TEACHING ACTIVITIES TEACHING HOURS PER WEEK ECTS
Lectures and laboratory course

5

5

COURSE TYPE Core
PREREQUISITE COURSE(S)
LANGUAGE (TEACHING AND EXAMS) Greek
THE COURSE IS OFFERED TO ERASMUS STUDENTS Yes (in English)
COURSE WEBSITE (URL) https://eclass.duth.gr/courses/OPE01123/
  1. TEACHING OUTCOMES
Teaching outcomes
Upon the completion of the course the students will have acquired the basic knowledge on insect morphology, biology, physiology and behavior. In addition, they will be able to identify insects belonging to the most important Orders and also to prepare insect collections.
General capabilities
  • Independent work
  • Literature search, data analysis and synthesis
  • Development of inductive reasoning
  1. COURSE CONTENT
The importance and diversity of insects. External and internal anatomy. Sensory systems of insects. Insect development and reproduction. Insect Orders. Insect behavior. Physiology of insects.
  1. TEACHING AND LEARNING ASSESSMENT METHODS
DELIVERING METHOD In classroom
IT USE
  • Power point, videos
  • e-class
TEACHING ORGANIZATION Activity Semester workload
Lectures 39
Laboratory courses 26
Insect Collection 15
Independent study 45
Course total

(25-hour workload per credit unit)

125
STUDENT ASSESSMENT Written exams at the end of the semester both on theoretical and practical courses.

 PROPOSED LITERATURE

Gullan P.J. and Cranston P.S. (2014). The Insects: An Outline of Entomology, 5th Edition. Wiley-Blackwell, West Sussex, UK.

 

 

Principles of Agronomy


COURSE OUTLINE

 

  1. GENERAL
SCHOOL AGRICULTURAL AND FORESTRY SCIENCES
DEPARTMENT AGRICULTURAL DEVELOPMENT
STUDY LEVEL Undergraduate
COURSE CODE Β0023 SEMESTER 4th

 

COURSE TITLE PRINCIPLES OF AGRONOMY
INDEPENDENT TEACHING ACTIVITIES

 

TEACHING HOURS PER WEEK ECTS
Lectures and laboratory course 5 5
COURSE TYPE General Background
PREREQUISITE COURSE(S):
LANGUAGE (TEACHING AND EXAMS) Greek
THE COURSE IS OFFERED TO ERASMUS STUDENTS YES
COURSE WEBSITE (URL)  

 

  1. TEACHING OUTCOMES
Teaching outcomes
The aim of the course is the acquisition and consolidation of basic knowledges related to the growth, development and adaptability of plants – especially field crops, as well as to understand the effects of the environment (soil and air) on agriculture. Through the theoretical approaches and laboratory exercises, students become familiar with the practical problems of Greek agriculture, so that, as tomorrow’s Agriculturalists, to be able to respond successfully to their professional life and to contribute to the proper guidance of producers in the cultivation of plants that combine high performance and optimal quality.
General capabilities
§  Independent work and Team work: As part of laboratory exercises the students work, individually and in groups, in the Laboratory of Agronomy and in the Farm of Democritus University on various practical items associated with Field Crops (such as seed recognition, seed germination, preparation and establishment of the student field, basic principles of fertilization).

§  Decision making: Through several case studies the students are familiarized in decisions on resolving the most important problems related with Field Crops.

§  Literature search, data analysis and synthesis

§  Development of inductive thinking

 

 

  1. COURSE CONTENT
INTRODUCTION – CONTENT OF THE COURSE

Introduction (Agriculture as an art and science, agriculture and human nutrition, origin of crop plants, classification of crop plants with different criteria)

Structure and function of field crops

Environment and development of plants – Climate (solar radiation, temperature, rainfall and other precipitation, wind, light, evapotranspiration, photoperiod, the agricultural climate of Greece and distribution of crops)

Environment and development of plants – soil, and biotic factors.

Growth, development and yield of crops.

Crop rotation.

Soil tillage.

Plant nutrition and fertilization.

Seed and seeding.

Cropping systems (monoculture, intercropping, convention agriculture, sustainable agriculture)

Cropping systems (Integrative crop production, organic agriculture, precision agriculture, new technologies in agriculture, good agricultural practices, environmental indices, application of good agricultural practices).

Brief presentation of the main field crops that are important for Greece. The products and the quality of these products.

 

  1. TEACHING AND LEARNING ASSESSMENT METHODS
DELIVERING METHOD Lectures in the amphitheater, Laboratory exercises at the Laboratory of Agronomy and at the Farm of the University
IT USE §  Power point, videos

§  On-line databases

§  Communication via e-mail and website

TEACHING ORGANIZATION Activity Semester workload

 

Lectures 13 weeks
Laboratory exercises in groups in the Lab. Of Agronomy and in the University Farm 13 weeks
   
   
Course total

(25-hour workload per credit unit)

 

125

STUDENT ASSESSMENT

 

In order to pass this course, each student must complete all of the following compulsory requirements:

·         Evaluation language: Greek

·         Written evaluation at the theoretical part at the end of the semester.

·         Written and oral evaluation in the laboratory at the end of the semester.

·         The final results derive by combining the performance in theory (80%) and in laboratory (20%).

 

  1. PROPOSED LITERATURE
1. Καραμάνος Α. «Γενική Γεωργία. Αρχές Φυτικής Παραγωγής στις Αροτραίες Καλλιέργειες»

2. Δόρδας Χρ. «Μαθήματα Γενικής Γεωργίας»