UE Code : IM2-AGR-ESI Academic year : 2016-2017

Information on the course unit

Program / Education :

Bachelor and Master of Science in Engineering / Bachelor and Master of Science in Engineering

Level :

Second year of Master of Science in Engineering

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Studies organization

Credits :


Semester :


Total Hours :

83.00 (Hours of teaching + individual study)


Objectives :

To gain knowledge and know-how to evaluate and design innovative and sustainable crop systems :
• To know the main methods and tools for analyzing the effects of crop systems on the operation of an agro-system.
• To understand additional methods of traditional experimentation for the design and management of crop systems, know how to apply and recognize advantages and constraints
• To know how to identify and take into account the main ecological functions of production systems while including their economic sustainability.
• To know some examples of new production systems which respond to multifunctional challenges
• To understand the problem of changing scale
• To knowledge and know-how on the subject of change management (agro-ecological transition)

Contents :

Agroecology and implementation of innovative systems : Evaluation and management of the relationships between grasses and– “legumes” or trees and annual crops (agroforestry); crop systems and rural development in countries in the South.

Tools and processes for the evaluation and design of sustainable systems at different scales (parcels, crop systems, farming operations with an opening into the region) : Models, indicators, management systems and tools, lifecycle analyses.

Transversal Exercise: Group and personal consideration of an innovative subject

Prerequisites :

Teaching methods :

- A balanced division of the interventions between :
• Traditional presentations introducing the methodologies, tools, skills & knowledge
• Case studies making it possible to acquire methodological knowledge and skills in the form of supervised or practical work
- A day of discussion centered around innovative crop systems
- A Seminars (TD) for implementation of a multi-criteria evaluation
- Field trips of innovative farming operations (Simplified Cropping Techniques - SCT, agroforestry, etc.)
These activities are presented by a wide variety of speakers from the field of research or from transfer facilities.
- Personal work supported by group work led by several professors and making it possible and making it possible to take ownership of the interventions/activities.

Assessment :

Individual Q&A test + class report on the design of a multicriteria assessment tool.

Bibliography :

2nd year of Master of Science in Engineering

Students will choose only one of these topics according to their major initially chosen.
The end thesis internship is compulsory only for degree-seeker students (including students attending a bi-degree).