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Organic Agriculture

The idea to launch this kind of study program at the Faculty of Agriculture, University of Zagreb, was born based on the changes occurring in agriculture during the past 20 years, and the fact that the curricula at similar universities in Europe changed during this period. The undergraduate study of Organic Agriculture provides multidisciplinary knowledge in the area of biotechnical sciences. It is a completely new study that has never been taught at Universities in Croatia.

During the first two years, students learn in modules where they acquire the basic knowledge on agricultural sciences. These modules are mandatory. In order to expand their knowledge, during their third year of studies, students can choose elective modules from the list suggested by the study program. They can also choose modules from other undergraduate studies at the Faculty of Agriculture and other institutions within the University of Zagreb.

By its structure, the study of Organic Agriculture is a three year program, and it uses the ECTS credit system. During the last year of studies, a large number of elective modules (15 modules) are offered, and students can select 6 modules carrying 36 ECTS credits. Also, students have the right to select 24 ECTS credits (4 modules) from other study programs at the Faculty of Agriculture. In addition to this, there is the possibility of taking one semester outside of the home institution (in Croatia, or abroad). Efficiency and attractiveness of the study are based on students’ active participation (daily homework, exercises, seminars,...), and the reduced number of hours of direct teaching (lectures). During the semester, continuous monitoring of student progress is conducted (written exams and other forms of student participation), and the final exam is organized during the last week of lectures.

By completing the three year studies, university Bachelors of Organic Agriculture acquire the following competences:

  • Depending on the selection of elective modules, bachelors can be educated for independent work on their own family farms,
  • Depending on the selection of elective modules, they can be trained to manage the production on agricultural farms,
  • The students acquire sufficient knowledge to continue with their graduate studies at the Faculty of Agriculture, or other institutions dealing with similar sciences,
  • They can work at state and local government offices in the area of agriculture and in the rural sector,
  • They can become associates in the research institutions dealing with the area of agriculture and environmental protection,
  • They can become associates in public institutions managing protected areas,
  • They can become associates in the business of trade and marketing of agricultural products and equipment,
  • They acquire basic knowledge about the position, role and importance of agriculture in the future development

Bearers of this qualification are authorized to use the legally protected university degree of the Bachelor (baccalaureus) in Engineering of Organic Agriculture and perform professional tasks in the area of qualification. The studies are based on the knowledge in the areas of agronomy, ecology and environmental protection. In this way, students acquire the necessary knowledge and skills to solve complex tasks in these areas in various branches of industry and entrepreneurship. Employment is not necessarily limited to the area of agriculture, ecology and environmental protection.

The study of Organic Agriculture is primarily designed as preparatory course for continuation of the studies. After the completion of the undergraduate studies of Organic agriculture, students may continue their graduate studies of Organic Agriculture with Agrotourism. Depending on the selection of elective modules during the third year of the studies, they can enrol into other graduate studies at the Faculty of Agriculture and other similar institutions in Croatian, and abroad.

1. SEMESTAR

ECTS Obvezni predmet
=> Broj ECTS bodova koje je potrebno odabrati: 30,5
Sati nastave
6 Agroclimatology (26118)
Milan Mesić
60
(42+14+4)
6 Biological basis of soil fertility (143872)
Mirna Mrkonjić Fuka
60
(44+12+4)
6 Botany (26596)
Mihaela Britvec
60
(26+30+4)
3 Informatics (143873)
Vitomir Grbavac
30
(15+12+3)
6 Chemistry with principles of biochemistry (26251)
Marko Vinceković
60
(40+15+5)
3 Mathematics (154269)
Marina Ninčević
30
(30+0+0)
0,5 Physical education and health 1 (161189)
Romana Caput-Jogunica// Sanja Ćurković
30
(0+30+0)

2. SEMESTAR

ECTS Obvezni predmet
=> Broj ECTS bodova koje je potrebno odabrati: 30,5
Sati nastave
6 Plant physiology (143879)
Milan Poljak
60
(30+28+2)
6 Plant nutrition (26236)
Tomislav Karažija
60
(42+14+4)
6 Pedology (143876)
Aleksandra Bensa
60
(39+18+3)
6 Agricultural amelioration (143877)
Gabrijel Ondrašek
60
(36+20+4)
6 Basics of crop production (157027)
Ivica Kisić
60
(40+11+9)
0,5 Physical education and health 2 (161190)
Romana Caput-Jogunica// Sanja Ćurković
30
(0+30+0)

3. SEMESTAR

ECTS Obvezni predmet
=> Broj ECTS bodova koje je potrebno odabrati: 30,5
Sati nastave
6 Genetics (64674)
Marijana Barić
60
(40+16+4)
6 Basics of agricultural economics (98092)
Ivo Grgić
60
(42+18+0)
6 Basics of agricultural engineering (132785)
Igor Kovačev
60
(30+30+0)
6 Systems for the control of harmful organisms (143991)
Božena Barić
60
(35+16+9)
6 Introduction to organic agriculture (26756)
Ivica Kisić
60
(28+20+12)
0,5 Physical education and health 3 (161191)
Romana Caput-Jogunica// Sanja Ćurković
30
(0+30+0)

4. SEMESTAR

ECTS Obvezni predmet
=> Broj ECTS bodova koje je potrebno odabrati: 30,5
Sati nastave
6 Organic livestock production (26173)
Miljenko Konjačić
60
(44+5+11)
6 Animal nutrition (143884)
Darko Grbeša
60
(30+26+4)
6 Direct marketing and processing on family farm (132812)
Damir Kovačić
60
(48+0+12)
6 Organic-biological fruit growing (169223)
Kristina Batelja Lodeta
60
(40+12+8)
6 Basics of animal husbandry (156986)
Boro Mioč
60
(50+10+0)
0,5 Physical education and health 4 (161192)
Romana Caput-Jogunica// Sanja Ćurković
30
(0+30+0)

5. SEMESTAR

ECTS Izborni predmet: Grupa 1 (14417)
=> Broj ECTS bodova koje je potrebno odabrati:
Sati nastave
6 Energetic utilization of biomass and biofuel in agriculture 1 (143879)
Neven Voća
60
(40+12+8)
6 Mushroom growing (169201)
Ivan Širić
60
(38+20+2)
6 Milk and dairy products (26314)
Neven Antunac
60
(32+28+0)
6 Plant breeding (143878)
Ivan Pejić
60
(46+10+4)
6 Basics of viticulture (132843)
Jasminka Karoglan Kontić
60
(38+10+12)
6 Plant propagation: principles and practice (143826)
Klaudija Carović-Stanko
60
(46+10+4)
6 Fruit growing (157028)
Martina Skendrović Babojelić
60
(42+16+2)
ECTS Izborni predmet: Grupa 2 (14418)
=> Broj ECTS bodova koje je potrebno odabrati: max. 6
Sati nastave
6 Introduction to grape and wine technology (26763)
Edi Maletić
60
(40+16+4)
3 English language 1 (144576)
Tina Kužić
30
(15+15+0)
6 Post harvest technology (143818)
Tajana Krička
60
(42+12+6)

6. SEMESTAR

ECTS Obvezni predmet
=> Broj ECTS bodova koje je potrebno odabrati: 12
Sati nastave
3 Traineeship - Organic agriculture (143997) 0
(++)
3 Professional project - Organic Agriculture (143998) 0
(++)
6 Bachelor thesis - Organic agriculture (131664) 0
(++)
ECTS Izborni predmet: Grupa 3 (14419)
=> Broj ECTS bodova koje je potrebno odabrati:
Sati nastave
6 Organic beekeeping and bees in the ecosystem (143994)
Dragan Bubalo
60
(32+24+4)
6 Ecology of grasslands (143995)
Krešimir Bošnjak
60
(40+12+8)
6 Economics and organization of production in agriculture (26177)
Josip Juračak
60
(24+20+16)
6 Basics of vegetable growing (64673)
Božidar Benko
60
(34+22+4)
ECTS Izborni predmet: Grupa 4 (14420)
=> Broj ECTS bodova koje je potrebno odabrati: max. 6
Sati nastave
6 Agricultural and rural policy 1 (132791)
Ornella Mikuš
60
(30+0+30)
6 Basics of phytomedicine (143787)
Renata Bažok
60
(39+21+0)
6 Foundamentals of weed sciences (169226)
Maja Šćepanović
60
(36+24+0)
3 Horse riding (143846)
Jelena Ramljak
30
(8+20+2)
3 Swimming (143851)
Romana Caput-Jogunica
30
(4+22+4)
6 History of agriculture (143852)
Alen Džidić
60
(44+12+4)

Objective

Through the contemporary teaching process, the objective of the Organic Agriculture study programme is to enable students to acquire multidisciplinary knowledge and skills in the field of organic agriculture and environmental protection as well as to link organic agricultural production with other industries. Furthermore, the objective is to enable students to independently manage their own family farms and business subjects related to organic production, to work as state and local government officers in monitoring system of organic production in the field of agriculture, rural development and environmental protection as well as to work in agricultural companies dealing with products and equipment with emphasis on organic products trade. Students will acquire general   knowledge to be able to continue education at the graduate level in the field of agriculture and related biotechnical sciences.

 

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1st semester
Agroclimatology     + + +   +       +      
Biological basis of soil fertility       +     +              
Botany +     + +         +        
Informatics                     +   + +
Chemistry with principles of biochemistry +   +     + +     +   +    
Mathematics                 +     +   +
Physical education and health 1                           +
2nd semester
Plant physiology       + + +           + + +
Plant nutrition   +       +                
Pedology + +         +              
Agricultural amelioration   +       +           + + +
Basics of crop production   +       +   +            
Physical education and health 2                           +
3rd semester
Genetics         +         +        
Basics of agricultural economics                 +     + + +
Basics of agricultural engineering + + +     +               +
Systems for the control of harmful organisms + + + + + + +     +        
Introduction to organic agriculture + + +         +            
Physical education and health 3                           +
4th semester
Organic livestock production + +     + +       +     +  
Animal nutrition     +     + + +       +    
Direct marketing and processing on family farm               + +   +     +
Organic-biological fruit growing       + + +         +      
Basics of animal husbandry         + +       +        
Physical education and health 4                           +
6th semester
Traineeship - Organic agriculture   +   + + +   + +   +   +  
Professional project - Organic Agriculture +   +   +   +         + + +
Bachelor thesis - Organic agriculture +     + + +   +   +   + + +

After successful completion of the study program, students will be able to:

  1. Describe characteristics, position and importance of organic agriculture in relation to other management systems in agriculture
  2. Identify and explain the role of conventional agriculture as a user of space and a source of environmental damage and explain indicators of agricultural pressure on environment
  3. Point out the benefits of energy balance of organic agriculture in relation to conventional agriculture
  4. Recommend forms and argue benefits of crop protection without application of agrochemicals and plant nutrition measures based on cultivation of legumes, sideration and optimal crop rotation
  5. Recommend plant varieties and hybrids suitable for organic agriculture, as well as certain breeds (genotypes) of domestic animals suitable for organic livestock production
  6. Identify advantages and disadvantages of certain technologies in crop production and animal breeding
  7. Argue the importance of organic agriculture in conservation of biological diversity and its contribution to the multifunctionality of agriculture
  8. Explain framework guidelines for standardization and identity of organic agricultural products
  9. Calculate and explain basic economic indicators of organic agricultural production
  10. Propose and apply strategies for conservation of plant and animal genetic resources and indicate the importance of the gene banks creation
  11. Organize and independently manage technological processes in organic agriculture on private farm, as well as within the major production systems
  12. Recognize the problem, set research hypothesis and participate in writing of scientific paper in domain of ecological agriculture
  13. Independently present information, problems and solutions in the domain of organic agriculture by using modern information and communication technology
  14. Apply gained learning skills in acquiring new knowledge and insights in the field of  biotechnical sciences and for continuing education through formal and nonformal forms