BASIC STUDIES COMMON TO ALL IN SEAMK
|Study and working life skills||2|
Business and entrepreneurship competence
|Business and entrepreneurship||3|
|SeAMK Innovation Week||2|
Research and project work skills
|Introduction to Research and Development||2|
|Introduction to Project Work||3|
|Business Communication in Finnish||2|
|Swedish Skills of the Staff of Public Organizations, written||0|
|Swedish Skills of the Staff of Public Organizations, oral||0|
Competence of Mathematics
|Chemistry in food chain||3|
Competence of RDI
|Structure of Food Chain||5|
|Sustainability of Food Chain||5|
Food Chain Business
|Marketing planning and implementation in the food chain||5|
|Human Resource Management||5|
COMMON PROFESSIONAL STUDIES
|Soil as growing factor||5|
|Introduction to Cultivation||5|
|Field Crop Production||10|
|Basics of Animal Production and Farm Animal Welfare||5|
|Feeds and Feeding||5|
|Monitoring and Management of the Production and Quality||5|
The Basics of Agricultural Economics
|Introduction to Agribusiness||5|
|The Taxation of a Rural Enterprise||5|
Techology and Energy Management
|Fundamentals of Agricultural Technology||5|
|Basics of Farm Energy Management||3|
|Basics of Forest based Bioeconomy||3|
The Growing Season
|The Growing Season||5|
Free-choice Professional studies
(Select 35 ECTS)
|Investment analysis and Financial management||10|
|Strategic farm management and decision making||5|
|Farm management and production economics||10|
The Production Processes of a Farm
(Select 35 ECTS)
|The principles of farm-scale planning of production||10|
|Crop Production Planning and Management||10|
|Feed and animal health care planning||10|
|New innovations in crop production and animal husbandry||5|
(Select 10 ECTS)
|Construction at farm||5|
|Marketing of farm products and supplies||2|
|Special course in sales||3|
|Social media and entrepreunership||3|
|Basics of Business Mathematics||2|
|English, preparatory course||2|
|Swedish, preparatory course||2|
|Study trip to Estonia||1|
|Planning Feeding of Cattle||5|
|Kokonaisvaltainen johtaminen maatalousyrityksessä||5|
|Domestic animal nutrition and production biology||5|
|Farming practice part 1||16|
|Farming practice part 2||14|
|Specialisation practice 2||5|
(Select 15 ECTS)
|ECTS credits per period / semester / academic year||60||60||60||60||60||60||60||60||60||60||60||60||60||60||60||60||60||60||60||60||60||60||60||60||60||60||60||60||60||60||60||60||60|
The curriculum has been planned so that the student completes 60 ECTS credits per academic year and 30 ECTS credits per semester
Due to the timing of optional and elective courses, credit accumulation per semester / academic year may vary.
DESCRIPTION OF THE DEGREE PROGRAMME AND COMPETENCIES
An agronomist is a professional of primary production. The agrology studies of SeAMK focus on the entire chain of food production, its origins, processing, and the consumer's perspective.
At the beginning of their studies, students study professional modules such as plant production, domestic animal production, technological subjects, agricultural economics, and business economics. The professional studies are supported by studies in communication, natural sciences, and languages.
In the early summer after the second year of study, there is a growing season study course, on which students apply the theoretical knowledge gained during the winter. In the summer, students have traditionally made a study trip to Central Europe, which gives them a breath of the farming culture in other countries.
During their third of fourth year of study, students specialize, based on their own choices, either in agricultural business economics or production processes (plant or domestic animal production, agricultural technology). You can expand your competencies to further processing of food by studying biotechnology or food engineering. If you wish, you can also deepen your competencies with studies in business economics or engineering.
The practical training includes a farm traineeship period or a specialization traineeship period in Finland or abroad. The final project/thesis is implemented at the final stage of the studies. In the studies in agricultural industries, the choice of the subject of the final thesis has been free, but it is worthwhile to keep in mind the perspective of utilizing the final project for career planning and employment.
The studies include contact teaching, self-study, practical training, and a final thesis. The contact teaching combines theory and diverse practical studies. Studying in the programme is flexible, and students can concentrate on courses they find the most interesting. The production and reproduction cycles of farm animals as well as seasons and periods of growth and harvest in the fields set the pace for studying in the degree programme. Modern facilities for farm animals, laboratory work and teaching allow students to engage in hands-on and problem-based, reflective learning.
At the beginning of the studies, every student prepares a personal curriculum assisted by a study counsellor or tutor. The student's studies proceed in accordance with their personal curriculum and goals.
PROFESSIONAL COMPETENCY PROFILE
An agronomist works as an advisor in domestic animal or plant production, as an expert in administration, education and research, and as a developer of rural areas. Also trade and industry, as well as the insurance sector employ agronomists. Developing farms require diverse competencies, and a great many agronomists have their own business. There are diverse work assignments available for agronomists, and they find employment well.
The constructive approach to learning emphasizes the student's active role and their own experiences. The aim is that students understand the things learned. The teacher's role is that of the advisor of the learning process.
Features of learning:
1. The student sets their own learning goals.
2. A personal curriculum is made for the student.
3. The things learned are associated with students' own experiences, work, and operational environment.
4. Interaction between students and teachers is aimed at deepening the knowledge of the things learned and at assessing learning experiences.
5. In learning, the process character of studying is emphasized, not merely the goals and content.
6. The student follows and assesses their own and the group's learning together with the teachers..Learning is developed based on systematically collected feedback, which is processed together with the students and leads to the improvement of learning situations.
In the teaching, different methods relevant for the topic are used. Diverse methods support the student's professional development and working life competencies, and their professional competencies. The methods used include lectures, independent information search, projects, distant and online learning, learning assignments, practical exercises, and different forms of cooperative learning.