Qualification of Agro- and Biotechnology
Academic year: 2019-20
Field of Study: Biotechnology
Study load: 180
1. General competences: Skills to think and reason logically; the ability to acquire and process information, the ability to reflect critically and to adopt a project-based approach, creativity, the ability to share information, ideas, problems and solutions to specialists and lay people alike, and a lifelong learning attitude.
2. General professional competences: the ability to work in a team and solution-focused in the sense of being able to independently define and analyse complex problem situations on the ground; the ability to develop and apply useful solution strategies, as well as an awareness of social responsibility on the ground.
3. Specific professional competences per specialisation:
- AGRICULTURE: Central in this specialisation is the guiding, managing and checking of animals and plants up to the first processing level. Being able to apply the different cultivation techniques of agricultural crops, viewed from a sustainable and economical perspective of cultivation technology and planning, mechanisation, fertilisation and processing. Being able to keep food-producing animals in the best possible environment in terms of hygiene and efficiency, with due consideration for housing, feeding, breeding, health, the environment and legislation.
- ANIMAL CARE: Having the necessary competences pertaining to behaviour theory or ethology, pathology, preventive care techniques and veterinary assistance techniques of animal care. Familiarity with improvement practices and breeding, housing and hygiene principle and the ability to apply these expertly to the most important domestic animals, birds, reptiles, fish, bees, insect breeding for animal consumption and their biological applications. The ability to apply the management and administration of keeping, and caring for, animals. Mastering wildlife management and international aspects of fauna (law and trade). Ability to reflect on the anatomy and morphology of laboratory animals and the ways of dealing with stress and adaptation.
- GREENERY MANAGEMENT: Based on a design or greenery plan, the ability to apply the technical skills, plant knowledge and applied machinery to greenery management in a solution-focused manner. Key qualities are vision, organisation, planning, rolling stock management, specifications and costing. The ability to apply ecological principles, population dynamics, vegetation theory, management techniques and fauna management. The ability to use software packages, town and country plans, maps and legislation when working out greenery management plans or projects. Knowledge of the botanical characteristics of plants is the very key to plant management. Knowledge of, and the ability to apply, improvement and in-vitro cultivation principles when growing and protecting industrial crops. In the framework of plant supervision, crops can be followed up and results logged. In the laboratory, the ability to analyse substrates and flowing water. In this sector, it is of paramount importance for students to be able to observe and identify diseases and plagues with a view to eventually applying an ecologically responsible and effective treatment.
- FOOD TECHNOLOGY: Graduates master the processing and treatment processes of primary products to safe and healthy foodstuffs. As foodstuffs scientists, they are familiar with the production processes involved in dairy, tinned vegetables, fruit juices, bread and pastas, meat, chocolate, sugar, etc. They are well versed in foodstuffs microbiology and are thus capable of understanding interactions that could result in food decay. In the context of chain control, they can draw up and interpret quality plans expertly, lead or support HACCP teams and apply the correct cleaning and disinfection processes. Accordingly, every specialisation requires specific technical competences, economic competences, communication skills, business organisation, management skills, quality awareness and a scientific attitude (ecology, social responsibility) and it is important to be able to reflect on the broader picture and the biological dimension. The 5 specific professional competences for the agro- and bio-technology sector:
1. the ability to deal with live material in a responsible and sustainable manner or in function of live material in the sector.
2. being technically/technologically skilful in the sector.
3. ability to act in a commercially responsible manner in the sector.
4. ability to manage a work unit in the sector.
5. ability to handle and/or accomplish quality care systems in the sector.
A Bachelor (Ba) of Agro- and Biotechnology has direct access to the following Advanced Bachelor program and can, after the successful completion of a bridging program (between 45 and 90 credits), gain access to the following Master Programs:
- Advanced Bachelor in Landscape Development
- Advanced Bachelor in Landscape Development
only for graduates in Greenery Management
- Master of Science in Bioscience Engineering Technology in Agricultural and Horticultural Sciences
- Master of Science in Bioscience Engineering Technology in Food Sciences
- Master of Science in Communication Science: Communication Management
- Master of Science in Communication Science: Film- and Television Studies
- Master of Science in Communication Science: Journalism
- Master of Science in Communication Science: New Media and Society
- Master of Science in Engineering Technology in Biochemical Sciences
- Master of Science in Engineering Technology in Environmental Sciences
- Master of Science in EU-Studies
- Master of Science in Political Science
- Master of Science in Sociology
- Master of Science of Environmental Science
- Master of Science of Heritage Studies