Organized by MAI Zaragoza
Mai Coordinators: Prof. Dr. Carmen Hernández
Aquaculture constitutes the production of food that has most grown over the past 20 years and currently is an activity consolidated able to supply the growing demand for fish products, as opposed to the stagnation of catches by fisheries from the late 80's. This development requires a continued demand of specialized professionals in the various fields of this activity: nutrition, pathology, genetics, reproduction, engineering and economics of the most representative species.
03-05 Oct. ’16 INTRODUCTION (1 ECTS)
06 Oct.-04 Nov. ’16 NUTRITION IN MARINE CULTURES (12 ECTS)
07 Nov.-02 Dec. ’16 HEALTH MANAGEMENT IN MARINE CULTURES (12 ECTS)
05-20 Dec. ’16 REPRODUCTION (4 ECTS)
15-31 Mar ’17 GENETIC IMPROVEMENT IN MARINE CULTURE (6 ECTS)
19-28 Apr. ‘17 ENGINEERING SYSTEMS (3 ECTS)
02-09 May ’17 ECONOMICS AND MANAGEMENT (3 ECTS)
30 Jan.- 24 Feb. ’17 HATCHERY TECHNIQUES (8 ECTS)
27 Feb.- 14 Mar. ’17 ON-GROWING TECHNIQUES (5 ECTS)
03-07 and 17-18 Apr. ’17 CULTURE TECHNIQUES OF SELECTED SPECIES (3 ECTS)
10-19 May ‘17 AQUACULTURE AND THE ENVIRONMENT (3 ECTS)
Participants take 1 written examination for each unit. Exams of Units 1 to 4 are held on January and those of Units 5 to 11 are held on May-June. 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 some lectures can be in English and part of the documentation distributed may be written in this language.
This part is organized in 2 Units
INTRODUCTION TO RESEARCH AND PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE (30 ECTS)
The aim of this unit is to provide the prior knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to carry out a research or professional project in a particular topic in the speciality of aquaculture.
MASTER THESIS (30 ECTS)
The aim of this unit is to apply previous education received throughout the Master programme to carry out original research or a professional project in the topic chosen in the previous unit, that concludes with the elaboration of a written thesis.
Research or professional 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 or professional 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 or professional work. For the second unit, assessment is based on quality of the thesis and on its public presentation and defence.
Research or professional activities: most common topics for Master of Science theses