Organized by MAI Zaragoza
Mai Coordinators: Prof. Dr. Ricardo Fernández Escobar
More than 98% of olive production is to be found in the Mediterranean Basin, where this agricultural system has been developing for thousands of years, characterised by its adaptation to the environment and its empiricism. Several factors have modified the olive production and processing systems in the last decades. The crisis of traditional agriculture and the valorisation of olive oil, due to its organoleptic attributes and its beneficial influence on health, are probably the two most important features. As a consequence, great advances have been made in olive growing and olive oil technology that make it necessary to train professionals and scientists so that from both the public and private sectors they can accommodate these changes and develop sustainable production systems and high quality products.
19 Jan.- 12 Feb. ‘16 THE PLANT (8 ECTS)
27 Nov.- 03 Dec. ’15, 15 Feb.-30 Mar. and 15-20 Apr. ’16 CULTIVATION TECHNIQUES (17 ECTS)
07-13 Apr. and 28 Apr.-10 May ’16 CROP PROTECTION (4 ECTS)
28 Sep.- 13 Oct. ‘15 PROCESSING OF TABLE OLIVES (6 ECTS)
22-24 Sep. and 14 Oct.- 26 Nov. ’15 OIL PROCESSING AND QUALITY (19 ECTS)
04-18 Dec. ’15, 11-15 Jan. and 21-26 Apr. ’16 ECONOMICS (6 ECTS)
Participants take 1 written examination at the end of Units 1, 3, 4 and 6, and 2 written examinations in the case of Units 2 and 5. 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.
For the evaluation of Unit 2 participants also present written personal practical exercises on experimental methods. For the evaluation of Unit 5 participants also present a written report for the assessment of their stays in industries. Practical exercises in Unit 6 are directly assessed by lecturers.
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 the University of Córdoba 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 olive growing or olive oil technology.
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