UE Code : IM2-LV-ES 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

Language(s) :


Studies organization

Credits :


Semester :


Total Hours :

155.00 (Hours of teaching + individual study)


Objectives :

Overall Objective: To be able to support innovation and change in the value chains and regions, to be able to evaluate the technical, economic and social status of businesses in the milk or meat sector, to detect market opportunities, circumvent competitive threats, evaluate the strengths and weaknesses in the value chain or region, make strategic decisions on technical, economic and social policies.

Class on Value Chains:
To be able to understand the specific characteristics of livestock value chains and their organization in a region(vertical and horizontal, at the national and international level) and to identify the various actors in these value chains.
Class on the economic medialization of farming systems:
To be able to have a systemic view of a farming operation, to calculate farm revenue and to analyze the impact on the market (on revenue, work time, etc.) and non-market aspects (ecoconditionality, the public good, etc.) agricultural and environmental policies as well as changes in agricultural practices on livestock farms and livestock value chains by using mathematical model-building. It is a tool to aid in the decision to evaluate various choices of practices to use and different market change scenarios (price, etc.) and public policies (aid, quota, etc.).
Class on Support During Periods of Change:
To be able to design and implement practices of support during periods of change, in particular with livestock farmers. This covers theoretical skills and practices on innovation processes and businesses and consulting measures.
Class on Livestock Farming and Society:
This course is about working together as a group on the development issues related to the social acceptance of livestock activities, both at the local level as well as in the media. We try to put this into context and analyze these local conflicts and disputes.

Contents :

- The agricultural industrial business and its environment, value chain analysis, value chain strategies.
- Optimization Models : Funding, analysis, construction and problem solving, implementation on livestock farms and value chains, assessment of the impact of different scenarios
- Introduce students to apprenticeship of the most common economic modeling language; the GAMS language (General Algebraic Modelling System).
- The sociology of innovation, changes in types of consulting activities, methods for active listening and techniques for speaking more easily
- Social dynamics in rural areas, dispute analysis.

Prerequisites :

Understand the basics of economics.
Introduction to sociology and classes on the agricultural profession

Teaching methods :

- Classes (ESA professors), interventions by professionals from the agricultural industry (Director of Human Resources, product managers, quality manager, etc.), and agricultural development.
- Medialization case study as a group
- Seminars (TD) active listening and group statement
- Participant observation of advisors
- Seminars (TD) on dispute analysis

Assessment :

Written Exam and Medialization Report.

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).