Organized by MAI Zaragoza
Mai Coordinators: Jointly organized by: Polytechnic University of Valencia (UPV), Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB), CIHEAM-IAMZ, Valencian Institute for Agricultural Research (IVIA) and National Institute for Agro-food Research and Technology (INIA)
Genetic improvement is a complex discipline bringing together relatively disparate subjects. On one hand, population and quantitative genetics, that to date have been responsible for the main advances in the breeds and populations of the animals used in production. On the other hand molecular genetics, of more recent development, that is making an increasing contribution to breeding. Finally, reproduction biotechnology, that offers tools to enhance and facilitate the application of both quantitative and molecular breeding methods. It is necessary to train young professionals and scientists in these disciplines so that, both from the public and private sectors they will have the operative capacity to establish, develop and evaluate animal breeding programmes.
03-28 Oct. ’16 MOLECULAR BASES OF ANIMAL GENETICS (5 ECTS)
02 Nov.-14 Dec. ’16 ANIMAL GENOMICS (5 ECTS)
17 Oct.-17 Nov. ’16 LABORATORY OF MOLECULAR GENETICS (5 ECTS)
21 Nov.-14 Dec. ’16 BIOINFORMATICS PRACTICALS (5 ECTS)
09-25 Jan. ’17 FUNDAMENTALS OF STATISTICAL GENETICS (4 ECTS)
26 Jan.-10 Feb. ’17 QUANTITATIVE GENETICS I (5.5 ECTS)
13-24 Feb. ’17 QUANTITATIVE GENETICS II (4 ECTS)
27 Feb.-07 Mar.’17 QUANTITATIVE GENETICS III (4 ECTS)
13-17 Mar. ’17 MANAGEMENT AND CONSERVATION OF GENETIC RESOURCES (3 ECTS)
20 Mar.- 12 Apr. and 18 Apr.-05 May ’17 BREEDING PROGRAMMES (7 ECTS)
08-19 May ’17 REPRODUCTION FUNDAMENTALS AND TECHNIQUES (5 ECTS)
22-26 May ’17 PRACTICALS IN REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES (3.5 ECTS)
29 May-09 June ’17 REPRODUCTION BIOTECHNOLOGIES PER SPECIE (4 ECTS)
Participants take 2 written examination for each Unit except for Units 8 and 10 where they take 1. Each unit is independently graded. Written exams consist of a set of questions that require a concise answer. Some of the questions are multiple choice. Lengthy questions are avoided.
Participants may retake failed exams once.
LANGUAGE OF INSTRUCTION
The working language is Spanish, therefore participants should prove knowledge of Spanish at the start of the course. From the beginning of July to the end of September IAMZ organizes an intensive course of Spanish for those who require it. In the selection of candidates, knowledge of English is nevertheless valued, as part of the documentation distributed may be written in this language.
This part is organized in 2 Units
INTRODUCTION TO RESEARCH (30 ECTS)
The aim of this unit is to provide the prior knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to carry out a research project in a particular topic in the speciality of animal genetics and breeding.
MASTER THESIS (30 ECTS)
The aim of this unit is to apply previous education received throughout the Master programme to carry out original research in the topic chosen in the previous unit, that concludes with the elaboration of a written thesis.
Research work is carried out in well-recognized institutions (universities, research centres or firms), generally throughout Spain or in the participant's country of origin, under the scientific supervision of a thesis director that must be a doctor of renowned prestige. Participants choose the topic according to their interest of training, which is approved by a Committee. If the participant so requires, the organizing institutions advise on the choice of the most appropriate thesis director and institution to carry out the desired project, and likewise propose topics related to their research activities or other topics of interest previously accorded with other institutions.
The assessment of acquired competences for both units is made by an examining board composed of representatives of the organizing institutions and external members selected in each case for their expertise and prestige in the field of the research work. For the first unit, this assessment is based on: (i) an oral examination by the examining board; (ii) the evaluation done by the thesis director on the performance of the candidate; and (iii) the evaluation based on the reports presented periodically by the participant, with the support of the thesis director, on the development and progress of the research work. For the second unit, assessment is based on quality of the thesis and on its public presentation and defence.
Research activities: most common topics for Master of Science theses