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Degree course in FIRM AND QUALITY FOR THE AGRICULTURAL AND FOOD SYSTEM (Codice 2150)
Curriculum\Profile description: SUSTAINABLE MANAGEMENT OF AGRI-ZOOTECHNICAL FIRMS

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Detail Degree Course Academic year of the educational offer: 2020/2021
School:
  • POLYTECHNIC SCHOOL
Class:
  • Agricultural sciences (LM-69)

credits total:120

Educational objectives
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The 2nd cycle Degree Course in "Firm and Quality for the agricultural and food system" is an advanced study opportunity for who wish to consolidate and expand their professional and scientific competences in the field of agricultural entrepreneurship and in the management and enhancement of quality products and processes. The course has been innovated by adopting a further diversification of the educational offer, stemming by the need to train professionals capable of intervening in the enhancement of the agro-food quality systems as well as of the products of crop and animal breeding. The course is also intended as a driving force of sustainable development of the territory, based on specific and valuable characters. The educational content related to livestock fill a need for training in the important context of the sector of the management of quality animal products, with a focus on issues relating to food safety, to animal welfare, to the management of pastures and forage crops, and to the management of livestock waste. The course primarily aims at educating professionals able to start business and supply chain initiatives related to the upgrading of products with specific quality characters, such as typical, biological, historical characters, etc .; the current international economic system and the development of food culture are driving more and more the business activity towards the ability to relate with the socio-economic system through forms of integration and coordination of the productive and organizational activities, bringing out the products specificities and raising the level of quality and food safety. The educational activities include class specific subjects aimed at the acquisition of skills in the fields of post-harvest processing of agricultural products, of systems and processes for the agro-industrial transformation, of the defence and prevention of commodities against pathogens and possible contamination; where possible, courses are provided with interdisciplinary traits, aiming at the integration of different skills. Other contents of class specific subjects are: the economic aspects of the company, of market, of the food and agriculture policy at the international level as well as the specific aspects of the quality and certification economics. A better understanding of matters of logistics, packaging technology (packaging and labelling) and of consumer behaviour and perception of quality is pursued through complementary disciplines specifically included in the educational path. The course includes the following additional educational activities: - Elective activities: The elective credits may be acquired, in accordance with article 10, paragraph 5, letter a) of the Ministerial Decree 270/04, and with the Course and University regulation, among all the subjects provided in the University of Palermo, if consistent with the educational objectives of the course. - Internships: to be carried out at companies or institutions; - Activities related to the final examination: The final examination consists of the preparation of an original paper to be discussed publicly with a faculty Board, as required by the academic regulations . The educational activities will be carried out through lectures, laboratory and field exercises and mid-term tests. The expected time for obtaining the degree is two academic years. To achieve the degree, students must have acquired 120 university credits (CFU), including those related to the knowledge of The English language, subject to the special rules for the protection of linguistic minorities. The educational programme consists of 11 required courses and one elective course, plus the practical-application internship at accredited facilities and the final examination on topics related to the Degree Course. At the end of the course students are awarded the title of “Dottore Magistrale” and, upon passing the national professional qualification examination, they may register in Section A (Senior Agronomist) of the professional register of the “Ordine dei Dottori Agronomi e Forestali”.* *Italian professional Board
Professional opportunities
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Profile: PRODUCTION EXPERT (POST HARVEST) IN FOOD COMPANIES Functions: The post-harvest production expert in agri-food businesses is a profile created to manage the phases of the supply chain related to the production. Skills: Organization of production processes of agricultural and food companies. Hygienic and safety Management of food and agricultural products. Management and evaluation of the quality and certification processes of agricultural food production. Evaluation of technical and engineering requirements of food companies. Quality management in post-harvest product phases. Research. Planning in relation to sector policies. Professional opportunities: Individual or associated agro-food companies, Producers organizations, processing companies, professional services, research and consultancy for national and international privates and public agencies and institutions (FAO, European Commission, Agriculture Special Committee), research and advice to universities, research centers, foundations. Profile: EXPERT OF DISTRIBUTION AND MARKET IN AGRO-FOOD COMPANIES Functions: The expert in the distribution and market in the agro-food businesses is a profile created to manage the relationships with the market and consumers within the supply chain. Skills: Management of product distribution and of the relations with the relevant economic actors in the supply chain (sales manager, export manager). Planning of marketing strategies (marketing manager) also with reference to the enhancement of quality productions. Marketing plans design. Planning in relation to sector policies. Professional opportunities: Individual or associated agro-food companies, Producers organizations, processing companies, large retail chains, professional services, research and consultancy for European, national and international privates and public agencies and institutions, research centers, foundations Profile: LIVESTOCK PRODUCTION EXPERT Functions: The expert in the area of quality livestock production is a profile created to manage the phases of the supply chain, in particular in the field of livestock production. Skills: Organization of production processes of agricultural and food companies. Management of hygienic safety of food products of animal origin. Management and evaluation of quality processes. Evaluation of technical and engineering requirements of the food industries. Research. Planning in relation to sector policies.. Professional opportunities: Individual or associated agro-food companies producers organizations, processing companies, professional services, research and consulting for individuals and organizations and national and international public institutions (FAO, the European Commission, Agriculture Special Committee), research and advice to universities, think tanks, foundations.
Final examination features
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The final examination consists of the presentation of a thesis elaborated by the student under the guidance of a supervisor, who might ask for the cooperation of another professor, researcher, or external expert, acting as a co-supervisor, for the educational activity related to the preparation of the thesis. The final work, which must be an original one, can be of experimental, theoretical and design type, or may be a short essay on a single or multi-disciplinary issue. For specific subjects, the thesis may also include a multimedia product. The paper can be written in a European language other than Italian. The final work, or part of it, can be also carried out at other Italian or foreign institutions and public and/or private companies accredited by the University of Palermo.


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Teachings first year
credits Term Val. Area Scientific sector
18593 - ANIMAL PRODUCTS AND ANIMAL WELLBEING course specifications BONANNO (PA) 9.0 1 V B AGR/19
19692 - TRANSFORMATION PROCESSES OF AGRI-FOOD PRODUCTS course specifications TODARO (PA) 6.0 1 V B AGR/15
20936 - ZOOTECHNICAL BIODIVERSITY AND ANIMAL GENETIC IMPROVEMENT course specifications PORTOLANO (PO) 6.0 1 V B AGR/17
21241 - ZOOTECHNICAL SEWAGE PLANTS AND MANAGEMENT - INTEGRATED COURSE course specifications MORELLO (RU) 12.0 1 V
ZOOTECHNICAL MACHINES AND PLANTS MORELLO (RU) 6.0 B AGR/09
SEWAGE MANAGEMENT IN AGRO-ZOOTECHNICAL PLANTS IOVINO (PO) 6.0 B AGR/08
18751 - ANIMAL NUTRITION AND ALIMENTATION course specifications TODARO (PA) 6.0 2 V C AGR/18
20934 - ECONOMICS AND MARKETING OF SUSTAINABLE AGRIFOOD COMPANIES - INTEGRATED COURSE course specifications BORSELLINO (PA) 12.0 2 V
ECONOMICS AND STRATEGY FOR BUSINESS BORSELLINO (PA) 6.0 B AGR/01
MAKET ECONOMICS AND MARKETING OF AGRI-ZOOTECHNICAL PRODUCTS MIGLIORE (PA) 6.0 B AGR/01
20935 - ORGANIC GRASSLANDS AND ALPICULTURE course specifications DI MICELI (PA) 9.0 2 V B AGR/02
Free subjects (suggested) 8.0 D


Teachings second year
credits Term Val. Area Scientific sector
07553 - PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE 6.0 1 G F
18591 - MICROBIOLOGY OF ANIMAL PRODICTS course specifications 6.0 1 V B AGR/16
19940 - EU AGRICULTURAL POLICY course specifications CRESCIMANNO (PO) 6.0 1 V B AGR/01
21243 - PACKAGING AND HYGIENE OF FOOD OF ANIMAL ORIGIN - INTEGRATED COURSE course specifications BOTTA (RD) 12.0 1 V
HYGIENE AND SAFETY OF FOOD OF ANIMAL ORIGIN 6.0 C VET/04
FOOD PRODUCTS PACKAGING BOTTA (RD) 6.0 C ING-IND/22
04677 - ENGLISH LANGUAGE course specifications 6.0 2 G F
05917 - FINAL EXAMINATION 10.0 2 G E
19689 - ZOOTECHNICAL ENTOMOLOGY AND INSECT BREEDING course specifications LO VERDE (RU) 6.0 2 V B AGR/11


Elective activities

Free subjects (suggested) credits Term Val. Area Scientific sector
17063 - TROPICAL AND SUB-TROPICAL FRUIT FARMING course specifications FARINA (PA) 3.0 2 V D AGR/03


Explaination
Term Term/Semester
Val. Valutation: V = mark in 30/30, G = note
(*) Teaching attended in english
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