UE Code : IM2-LV-LADMEC 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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Total Hours :

0.00 (Hours of teaching + individual study)


Objectives :

This module was created in partnership with 2 universities: CAH Dronten (the Netherlands) and USAMV Bucharest (Romania) and Lactalis, in the framework of Erasmus+ funding, is advanced vocational training aimed at training technicians in the dairy sector to work in international contexts and most importantly, in emerging countries.

Contents :

This module is worth 10 ECTS is composed of:
- An introductory online model (2 ECTS) on animal physiology required for a specialist in the dairy sector : Nutrition, cow anatomy, reproduction, genetics, milk quality as well as a small part on the basics of farm economics.
- A 4-week module (8 ECTS) aimed at introducing the specific characteristics of dairy production in emerging countries, from the animal to the farm and the value chain. The specific characteristics of consulting activity in intercultural contexts are also covered. Week one is about the major constraints (climatic, but also political and environmental) to the development of dairy farms; Week two is focused on the level of agricultural farming (farm production economics) by analyzing the specific characteristics of small family farms as well as large industrial “mega-farms”; Week three focuses on technical consulting (nutrition/health) in these contexts; Week four is the final week and targets the value chain level with an analysis of the collection department in a large dairy farming business such as Lactalis and case studies of milk farming value chains in various countries. Finally, throughout the 4 week program, courses on inter-culturalism are given to learn how to work in groups in intercultural contexts.

Prerequisites :

Undergraduate level (Bachelor’s Degree) Technical basics in livestock production (Bachelor’s) in livestock production or Master 1 our 2 in Livestock Production.

Teaching methods :

Lectures (CM), online self-study reading modules, supervised work, role play training, video-conferencing with international experts, supervised group work, livestock field trips.

Assessment :

Assessment by Multiple Choice Question test on the online module; each week is evaluated independently by weekly group work; Final work is cross-functional - 4 weeks

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).