Degree Programmes conducted in Swedish 2014–

Degree Programme in Natural Resources and the Environment (240 cr)

Degree: Bachelor of Natural Resources
Qualification title: Bachelor of Natural Resources
Duration of studies: 4 years
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Realization plans
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Gru

Core studies

cr
LL12GV35    35 sp cr
LL12GV01

Introduction to professional studies



"The student is introduced to UAS studies as a whole and he/she gets familiar with UAS activities.

The student is able to work independently and work out his/her study plan taking the individual professional profile into account.

The student has a good command of the basics of information retrieval and use of computer and is able to carry out webbased studies.

The student is familiar with the agricultural and horticultural field in Finland and understands the importance of agricultural and environmental politics for the operational environments of agricultural and horticultural enterprises.
"
1
5    5 sp cr
LL12GV02

Pedology and cultivation substrates



"The student knows how to identify soil types and assess the fertility of arable land, understands and is able to report on the most important particulars of earth and soil types and to perform soil analysis.

The student is familiar with the different factors which have had an effect on the Fennoscandian soil types and their development and realizes how different climate factors affect the formation of soil in Northern Europe.

The student is able to define soil types according to the Finnish classification system and assess which demands different soil types put, under different conditions, on the tillage of soil.

The student understands the physical, chemical and biological characteristics of soil, knows the reasons for acidation and is able to assess the consequences of lime dressing.

The student is able to explain the concept soil fertility and knows how to take appropriate measures in order to maintain the soil fertility.

The student is familiar with the most common production environments, materials and methods of the garden sector as well as different cultivation substrates and their characteristics
"
1
6    6 sp cr
LL12GV03

Plant nutrition



"The student understands the needs that cultivation plants have for plant nutrition and is able to take measures in order to relieve the lack of plant nutrition.

The student is able to account for the nitrogen circulation from the perspective of plant cultivation and knows how to assess the amount of nutrients bound in the nutrient supply of the soil and the amount that plants can benefit from.

The student is able to calculate the benefits of the biological nitrogen fixation for the nitrogen supply of the crops.

The student is familiar with the presentation and characteristics of different mineral and organic fertilizers.

The student is able to explain and understand the concept of green manure and assess its possible effects.

The student understands how different types of organic fertilizers, including farmyard manure, must be handled so that the degree of utilization becomes optimal.

The student knows how to make fertilizer calculations and choose the correct fertilizers.
"
2
6    6 sp cr
LL12GV04

Plant protection



"The student is familiar with the most important weeds, plant diseases and pests in Finland.

The student understands how plant protection works as a whole and is able to choose appropriate preventive measures.

The student understands how pesticides work and is able to handle them in a correct manner so that neither the user nor the surrounding environment is damaged.

The student is familiar with and able to apply valid plant protection and chemical legislation and he/she is well acquainted with the use of modern plant protection technology and the protective equipment which can be used when chemical control is applied on a farm.
"
1
3    3 sp cr
LL12GV05

Practical basics of agricultural work



"The student is introduced to the field in a practical manner and he/she shall be able to realize and describe common production-related tasks on a farm enterprise cultivating plants and take valid occupational safety and health regulations into account.

The student familiarizes him-/herself with storage buildings, farm buildings and relevant technology used on the farm taking rational farm planning into consideration.

The student learns how to use tractors and common field machinery for the field and open land cultivation of popular farm and garden plants and how to perform daily machinery maintenance.

The student acquires the competences which correspond with the following short-term trainings: first aid, occupational health and safety, hot works and hygiene passport.
"
6    6 sp cr
ll12gv06

Production on the farm forest land



"The student shall be familiar with the preconditions for timber production in Finland and understand how tree types and different production conditions affect each other.

The student shall be able to identify a selection of the tree types which grow in Finland.

The student shall know how different management-related tasks in forest affect the development of growth stock during the entire rotation period.

The student shall be able to in practice perform management measures in forest, especially in plant and young forest populations, and have good command of the basics of production biology used in forest management and the use of forests.
"
6    6 sp cr
ll12gv07

Energy technology on a rural enterprise



"The student is familiar with the importance of wood energy as a renewable energy source and is able to plan the utilization of biofuels in the different stages of the forest rotation period.

On a basic level, the student knows about the production of biofuels on arable land.

The student is aware of the various biofuel solutions available for the heating of greenhouses.

The student is able to use mathematical methods in order to solve problems related to natural resources within the field of bioenergy and is able to interpret mathematical functions.
"
1
3    3 sp cr
939  21 sp cr
YH10SV01

Swedish



"The student shall be able to communicate in Swedish in speaking and in writing in a structured and well-functioning manner.

The student shall be aware of the various ways to retrieve information and be able to use it.

The student shall be able to use reference systems and be familiar with the process of academic writing.

The student shall be able to use relevant industry terminology and to communicate in speaking and writing within the fields of agriculture and horticulture.

The student shall know how to write scientific reports, use reference systems and report according to standard disposition.
"
3    3 sp cr
YH10FI01

Finnish



"The student shall be able to express him-/herself in working-life related situations in speaking and in writing in a professional manner including a developed ability to meet clients and partners.

The student shall have a good command of the central terminology of his/her professional field and be able to benefit from specialist literature in his/her studies, future profession and professional development.

The student shall demonstrate such skills in the Finnish language as are in accordance with the Act on the Knowledge of Languages Required of Personnel in Public Bodies (424/2003). This means that the student must show satisfactory (grade 1, 2 or 3) or good (grade 4 or 5) skills in speaking and writing Finnish. Written and oral skills are assessed separately.
"
1
3    3 sp cr
YH10EN01

English



"The student is able to communicate in a professional manner in a work context in speaking as well as writing.

The student is familiar with essential terminology connected with his/her field and is able to benefit from professional literature.

The student has a positive attitude when it comes to developing his/her receptive and productive language skills, knows the most relevant tools to use and is conscious of the cultural differences in international contexts.
"
1
3    3 sp cr
LL10PF03

Land surveying and GIS



"The student shall be able to gather situational information.

The student shall be able to produce geographic information for field-specific applications."
1
 3   3 sp cr
UONB10OL01

Organization and leadership



"The student acquires a comprehensive apprehension of how organizations work.

The student has basic knowledge of the concepts, terms and tools which are important in the analysis and understanding of organizations.

The student knows the various operations and forms of leadership in relation to individual, group and organization.
"
  3  3 sp cr
LL10IL01

Statistical analysis



"The student understands why statistics is needed as a tool in the analysis of information.

The student masters the most basic statistical concepts.

The student understands the meaning of correct selection procedure in the gathering of data.

The student knows how to test a hypothesis.

The student understands why it is important that the conditions of the statistical test are fulfilled.

The student has a good command of the most important macros and functions of the spreadsheet programme MS Excel and is familiar with the possibility to use actual statistics programmes.
"
1
  3  3 sp cr
UONB10FM01

Research methodology



"The student is familiar with the basics of the theory of science and quantitative and qualitative research methods.

The student is able to describe and apply appropriate research methods.

The student knows how to make a plan for a scientific work.

The student knows how to document and communicate his/her research findings.
"
1
  3  3 sp cr
Yrk

Professional studies

cr
ll12la 25   25 sp cr
ll12la01

Cultivation of cereals and oilseeds



The student shall acquire basic knowledge of the planning of spring sowing and the establishment of farm crops with reference to soil characteristics, production technology and machine capacity. He/she is also able make elementary production cost and investment calculations. The student shall understand the objectives when cultivating cereals and oilseed. He/she is able to choose suitable cultivation planning and cultivation technology on the basis of plant physiology. The student shall be familiar with the central parameters of product quality and know how different quality objectives are met.
1
 6   6 sp cr
LL12LA02

Cultivation of lay



The student shall understand the objectives when cultivating lay and be able to choose suitable cultivation planning and cultivation technology on the basis of plant physiology. The student is familiar with the central parameters of product quality and knows how different quality objectives are met. The student shall be familiar with other possibilities to cultivate coarse feed in addition to perennial ley and he/she shall familiarize him-/herself with the alternatives for the preservation of coarse feed and cereals.
2
 3   3 sp cr
ll12la03

Cultivation of potatoes and sugarbeet



The student shall understand the different objectives when cultivating potatoes and sugar beet and be able to choose suitable cultivation planning and cultivation technology on the basis of plant physiology. The student is familiar with the central parameters of product quality and knows how different quality objectives are met.
 3   3 sp cr
ll12la04

Storage, keeping qualities, quality and sales



The student shall be familiar with and understand the connection between physiology, handling and technology pertaining the post-harvesting period of garden plants from harvesting till consumption. The student shall acquire basic knowledge of biochemistry and physiology and be familiar with such structures of garden plants which are of importance regarding the post-harvesting handling and storage. The student shall be able to account for different kinds of techniques in connection with the distribution and storage, e.g. drying, preservation, cooling down and adjustment of air humidity. The student shall be able to determine how pre-harvesting factors and genetic material, e.g. various environmental factors and handling in connection with distribution and storage, affect the quality and keeping qualities of cultivated horticultural products. The student shall be able to account for the quality criteria for horticultural products as well for the pertinent controlling measures. The student shall understand the importance of various products on the human health and foodstuff safety. The student shall be familiar with the current legislations in the field and with the voluntary certifications with reference to foodstuff safety, traceability and production systems.
 4   4 sp cr
ll12la05

Animal health and welfare



The student learns the basics of animal health and welfare with the emphasis on disease preventive measures. The student understands the importance of hygiene and other preventive measures which keep the animals healthy and fit for production. The student is familiar with the most common ways diseases spread and originate. The student acquires knowledge of the most common livestock diseases and is able to account for the preventive measures, symptoms and treatment. The students gets an insight into the rules, requirements and restrictions which affect livestock production and how the aforementioned factors affect production conditions.
1
 3   3 sp cr
LL12LA06

Feeding of livestock



The student shall learn the basics of taking care of livestock with the focus on the contents of the feed and the animals' need for energy and nutritive substances. He/she also learns how to form different types of diet and plan the feeding of the livestock taking different influencing factors into consideration.
1
 3   3 sp cr
ll12la07

Preconditions for livestock production



The student shall understand the anatomy and physiology of livestock and how they affect feeding and how breeding functions for different species. The student shall be familiar with different livestock breeds and the essential differences between them. The student shall understand which requirements various animals such as cattle, pigs and poultry place on their environment and care in different forms of production.
1
 3   3 sp cr
LL12BE73   10 sp cr
LL12BE01

Botany, anatomy and plant physiology



"The student knows the basics of plant systematics, how to identify plants on the basis of their morphology and knows how literature is used as assistance in the identification

The student is able to identify and name our most common wild plants.

The student understands the connection between habitat factors and existing vegetation in wild habitats.

The student must be able to identify the seeds of the most common cultivated plants used in agricultural and horticultural production in Finland and know the basic botany and production biology of cultivated plants.

The student must be able to account for the different parts and functions of a plant cell, the structure and functions of a leaf, stem and root and the central plant physiological functions including e.g. xylem and phloem transports in the plant.

The student shall be able to give an account of the photosynthesis and respiration of plants.

The student shall be familiar with the various winter strategies plants have.

The student shall be familiar with the basics of genetics and plant breeding.
"
7    7 sp cr
LL12BE02

Ecosystem services



"The student is familiar with the meaning of the concept ecosystem services and is able to combine ecosystem services with agro-ecosystems.

The student is able to describe the main features in the structure and functioning of an ecosystem and knows how agro-ecosystems work as opposed to natural ecosystems.

The student is familiar with the principles of sustainable use of natural resources.
"
 3   3 sp cr
LL12NO 10   10 sp cr
LL12NO01

Scientific plant cultivation



The student is able to describe and analyse the most important cultivation processes and their technical systems by using basic concepts from physics, especially mechanics, chemistry and biology. The student knows how to measure and calculate these processes and cultivation phenomena as well as assess their probability. The student knows how to explain relevant hydrological and climate-related concepts as well as explain the physical, chemical and biological characteristics of soil types, the most common cultivation substrates and fertilizers and how these affect growth. The student is able to plan fertilization, lime dressing, pipe draining, irrigation, soil improving measures and rotation in an applied manner and take various environmental factors into account. The student knows how to draw detailed cultivation plans and cultivation maps for farms with the help of suitable software (WISU and Excel).
 5   5 sp cr
LL12NO02

Cultivation enterprise analysis



The student shall be able to analyse a real farm enterprise engaged in plant cultivation on the basis of soil fertility, soil type, plant nutrient status and irrigation and climate conditions and to suggest measures for the minimization of plant nutrition losses. The student knows how to draw and analyse plant nutrition balances. The student is able to suggest changes in the existing plant cultivation on the basis of biological, technical, economic and social prerequisites.
 5   5 sp cr
LL12FM 155  20 sp cr
LL12FM01

Accounting, company analysis and marketing



The student gains insight into the financial processes of an enterprise and is able to book different receipts and close the accounts. The student understands the interaction between the enterprise and the surrounding world and knows about the existing social possibilities to influence that may develop his/her own professional field. The student is able to analyse the market and understand how the result can be used in market planning. He/she is able to identify the special characteristics of the regions and its small businesses. The student is able to identify the client processes of an enterprise, understands the basic preconditions for the creation of client relationships and understands the principles for client-based operations. The student knows which factors affect consumption behaviour and shall be able to plan the marketing of a small enterprise taking into consideration its possibilities and possible client groups.
1
 8   8 sp cr
LL12FM02

Establishing and taking over an enterprise



The student possesses basic knowledge of economical thinking and notices opportunities to independent entrepreneurship. The student is familiar with different company types. The student knows how an enterprise is established and taken over. The student is familiar with and understands the basics of the farm accounting as well as the basics of the taxation of agriculture and forestry. The student knows how to use the most common computer programmes for farm accounting and to perform a practical result analysis. The student possesses knowledge of the current special questions within farm accounting and taxation, real estate taxation, Supreme Administrative Court decisions, company taxation and tax returns. The student is familiar with and understands the entire process of generation shift with reference to social, financial and legal aspects. The student knows how to make up a financial plan for a rural enterprise.
 7   7 sp cr
LL12FM03

Investment and financing



The student shall be familiar with the cash flows of an enterprise and the factors which affect them. He/she shall be able to make a comprehensive financial plan for a farm enterprise with alternative production calculations by using available spreadsheet programs and is able to calculate the profitability and liquidity of the different alternatives. The student shall be able to draft budgets and investment calculations for farm enterprises on the basis of valid regulations on investment subsidies. The student shall be familiar with and able to apply the principles for estimating the value of farm and forest properties.
  5  5 sp cr
LL12IN  105 15 sp cr
LL12IN01

International agricultural politics and trade



The student is familiar with economic concepts, understands how international agreements and regulations within the EU and the WTO affect rural enterprises in Europe and in Finland. The student understands the structure of the European agricultural policy (CAP) and the motivations for the various production subsidies for agriculture. The student is able to apply regulations regarding the various production subsidies of a rural enterprise. The student has knowledge of international trade and the effect of globalization within the natural resources sector. The student acquires knowledge of the preconditions of certain selected geographical areas for plant production as well as develops understanding of the cultural differences between different countries.
1
  5  5 sp cr
LL12IN02

Plant cultivation in future



The student is familiar with the international and national plant and foodstuff production and with the domestication of cultivated plants and their global spreading. The student is familiar with genetic resources, breeding and biotechnology and with the pros and cons regarding GMO plants. The student is able to describe in a clear manner how the rational and sustainable cultivation of important annual or perennial plants on arable or open land or in greenhouses is realized in practice as well as to account for the effects of different cultivation measures on the ecology, course of cultivation and product quality. The student learns about the possibilities of practical applications of geographic information systems (GIS) and geographic positioning systems (GPS) in plant cultivation and observes the possible future development possibilities within the field. The student is able to comprehensively account for as well as independently reflect over various current and possible future fields of application for plants and improved plant products. The student is able to plan a cultivation based on determined special characteristics of the various products which constitute the basis of their utilization, e.g. they contain specific substances or are have health-promoting or medical characteristics.
  5  5 sp cr
LL12IN03

International natural resources studies



The student creates international contacts for future exchange of knowledge. The student plans and carries out a study trip to another European country with a follow-up in the form of a final seminar and a magazine article. The student knows how to describe biological, economic, technical, social and cultural prerequisites for a selected international natural resources enterprise.
   5 5 sp cr
profiler  1530 45 sp cr
LL12PR1

Advanced planning of plant cultivation enterprise



The student acquires advanced and applicable knowledge of plant nutrition management and cultivation planning, plant protection, soil management, drainage and irrigation as well as of individually selected cultivation plants in order to be able to plan and develop the production of a plant cultivation enterprise in a rational and sustainable manner taking the biological, technical, economic and social factors in consideration. The student’s ability to analyse and to apply acquired competencies in practice within the area of plant cultivation is of central importance.
  15  15 sp cr
LL12PR2

Enterprise development



The student shall acquire advanced and applicable competencies on entrepreneurship, business development, organization and leadership as well as enterprise development aiming at practical readiness to start and take over enterprises and to develop further enterprises, business ideas and products.
   15 15 sp cr
LL12PR3

Development of rural areas



The student acquires advanced competencies regarding entrepreneurship on and development of rural areas aiming at practical readiness to develop rural enterprises further and run various projects related to the development of rural areas.
   15 15 sp cr
LL12PR4

Other elective profile studies



"The student completes an elective, individual and beforehand approved profile course within one of the fields below:

- open-land and greenhouse cultivation
- international plant cultivation
- bee-keeping
- livestock production
- horse keeping
- animal health care"
     15 sp cr
Pra

Internship

cr
10 1010 30 sp cr

Internship I



Internship I is farm-oriented and aims at the student achieving basic competencies and practical skills regarding entrepreneurship within rural industries. During the internship periods (1-3, each 10-30 credits, 30 credits in total) the student shall be able to document and evaluate his/her work effort in relation to previous experiences and theoretical knowledge. After completing the internship the student shall be able to plan, realize and describe common working operations on the chosen place of work. The student shall have knowledge of the technical equipment used on the place of internship and be able to describe the organization, different professional roles and competency requirements. The student shall be able to analyse and describe the strong and weak points, threats and possibilities on the basis of the interaction of the chosen place of work with its environment and know how to understand and reflect over how the influencing factors affect the performing of practical work in the company/organization as well as act independently in the work community and initiate development suggestions. The student shall be able to describe how information is conveyed and marketing is performed on the chosen place of work and be able to account for the horticultural and agricultural production of the region. During the internship periods the student strengthens his/her professional competency and creates networks and contacts for his/her own future professional needs.
10    10 sp cr

Internship II



Internship II is based on competencies the student has acquired from Internship I and during the first two years of study, and it aims at the student achieving advanced competencies and practical skills regarding entrepreneurship within rural industries. During the internship periods (1-3, 10-30 credits each, 30 credits in total) the student shall be able to document and evaluate his/her work effort in relation to previous experiences and theoretical knowledge. After completing the internship the student shall be able to plan, realize and describe common working operations on the chosen place of work. The student shall have knowledge of the technical equipment used on the place of internship and be able to describe the organization, different professional roles and competency requirements. The student shall be able to analyse and describe the strong and weak points, threats and possibilities on the basis of the interaction of the chosen place of work with its environment and know how to understand and reflect over how the influencing factors affect the performing of practical work in the company/organization as well as act independently in the work community and initiate development suggestions. The student shall be able to describe how information is conveyed and marketing is performed on the chosen place of work and be able to account for the horticultural and agricultural production of the region. During the internship periods the student strengthens his/her professional competency and creates networks and contacts for his/her own future professional needs.
  10  10 sp cr

Internship III



Internship III is based on competencies the student has acquired from Internship I and Internship II and during the first three years of study, and it aims at the student achieving advanced competencies and practical skills regarding entrepreneurship within the natural resources sector. During the internship periods (1-3, 10-30 credits each, 30 credits in total) the student shall be able to document and evaluate his/her work effort in relation to previous experiences and theoretical knowledge. After completing the internship the student shall be able to plan, realize and describe common working operations on the chosen place of work. The student shall have knowledge of the technical equipment used on the place of internship and be able to describe the organization, different professional roles and competency requirements. The student shall be able to analyse and describe the strong and weak points, threats and possibilities on the basis of the interaction of the chosen place of work with its environment and know how to understand and reflect over how the influencing factors affect the performing of practical work in the company/organization as well as act independently in the work community and initiate development suggestions. The student shall be able to describe how information is conveyed and marketing is performed on the chosen place of work and be able to account for the horticultural and agricultural production of the region. During the internship periods the student strengthens his/her professional competency and creates networks and contacts for his/her own future professional needs.
   10 10 sp cr
Val

Elective studies

cr
 410  14 sp cr
Lär

Degree thesis

cr
   15 15 sp cr


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