Organized by MAI Zaragoza
Mai Coordinators: Dr. José Luis Sánchez Lizaso
Great changes have been taking place in the fishing sector in recent times, including: (i) growing demand and high fish prices that are stimulating the increase in fishing effort; (ii) global technological advances that are affecting the structure of the fleets and their fishing capacity; (iii) protection of the environment, which, as in other sectors, is becoming a priority; and (iv) growing importance of the international scope of fisheries. Therefore it is necessary to train young professionals and scientists with multidisciplinary background, so that from both the public and private sectors they can accommodate these changes and develop stable and sustainable fisheries systems.
15 Oct.- 02 Nov ‘15 INTRODUCTION TO THE MARINE ECOSYSTEM, FISHERIES RESOURCES AND AQUACULTURE (6 ECTS)
03-17 Nov. ‘15 STATISTICAL ANALYSIS AND DATABASE USE (5 ECTS)
18-25 Nov. and 09-10 Dec. ‘15 DYNAMICS OF EXPLOITED FISH POPULATIONS (5 ECTS)
26 Nov.-16Dec.‘15 THEORY AND MODELS FOR FISHERIES EVALUATION (6 ECTS)
17-18 Dec. ’15, 07-12 Jan. and 18-19 Jan. ‘16 BASIC ECONOMICS AND PRODUCTION FACTORS IN FISHERIES (4 ECTS)
20 Jan., 04-05 Feb. and 09-12 Feb. ’16 FISH TRADE AND PROCESSING (4 ECTS)
25 Jan.-03 Feb. ‘16 THEORY AND APPLICATION OF BIOECONOMIC MODELS AND ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL INDICATORS (6 ECTS)
10-18 Mar. ’16 INSTITUTIONAL FRAMEWORK, COOPERATION AND RESEARCH (4 ECTS)
17 and 22 Feb., 09 Mar. and 11-15 Apr. ’16 MARITIME LAW AND THE SOCIOCULTURAL PERSPECTIVE (5 ECTS)
23 Feb-08 Mar. and 25 Apr. ’16 OBJECTIVES AND INSTRUMENTS FOR FISHERIES POLICIES (5 ECTS)
21 Jan., 15-16 Feb., 21 Mar. and 18 Apr.-06 May ‘16 APPLIED FISHERIES POLICIES (5 ECTS)
28 Oct. and 04 Nov. ’15, 11-15 Apr. and 12-20 May ‘16 INSTITUTIONAL VISITS (5 ECTS)
Participants take 5 written examinations, each unit being independently graded. Written exams consist of a set of questions that require a concise answer. Lengthy questions are avoided.
Participants may retake failed exams once.
Participants present personal written practical exercises that complement the written examination of Units 5, 6, 8 and 9. Participants present a written report in groups that is presented and defended orally before a jury for its qualification that complement the written examination of Unit 7. Participants prepare a personal written document that is presented and defended to assess the project carried out as practical work in Unit 11, that complement the written examination of this Unit. For the evaluation of Unit 12, participants present written reports on the technical visits.
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 or professional project in a particular topic in the speciality of fisheries economics and management. This unit includes a practical professional stage (Practicum) in which the student, under the supervision of a tutor, works and learns autonomously and benefits from being included in a working team. Training focuses on understanding the scientific-technical objectives of the research or work carried out by the host team on the topic chosen for the Practicum, on the handling of the instrumentation and equipment used by such team, on the identification of sources of knowledge relevant to the topic and on the effective planning of work.
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