Study Programmes 2017-2018
WARNING : 2016-2017 version of the course specifications
Foundation of agriculture
Duration :
20h Th, 4h FT
Number of credits :
Bachelor in bioengineering2
Master in agroecology (120 ECTS)2
Master in agricultural bioengineering (120 ECTS)2
Master in environmental bioengineering (120 ECTS)2
Master in forests and natural areas engineering (120 ECTS)2
Lecturer :
Bernard Bodson, Guy Mergeai
Coordinator :
Bernard Bodson
Language(s) of instruction :
French language
Organisation and examination :
Teaching in the second semester
Units courses prerequisite and corequisite :
Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program
Learning unit contents :
1. Introduction : diversity of agricultural forms thorough the world ;
2. Human presence and needs of agricultural products;
3. "System" concept and its application in agriculture;
4. Natural and socio-economical factors determining agricultural activities;
5. Production factors involved in agriculture; 6. Vegetal productions; 7. Animal productions; 8. Characterization of agrarian systems;
9.Diversity of farming systems in Europe; 10. Farming systems in North American Great Plains
11.Case studies of agrarian systems in tropical regions
Learning outcomes of the learning unit :
Approach of the diversity of main farming systems around the world, as a result of ecological and historic features and socio-economical, political and technological evolution. Assessment of farming systems, based on productivity, stability, autonomy and sustainability. After completing the course, the student is expected to: - Understand how agriculture works in the different part of the world; - Analyze a farming system, depending on main factors which can determine or influence it; - Give a critical interpretation on agricultural systems functioning mode.
Prerequisite knowledge and skills :
Planned learning activities and teaching methods :
Introduction with a movie followed by a discussion: 2h
Visit on the Experimental Farm to get in touch with cropping practices: 2h
Lectures "ex cathedra" given by one of the two professors according to their expertise, depending on the thema: 20h
The lectures presenting the main farming systems of the tropical regions are illustrated by films made by the "Insititut de recherche pour le Développement" (IRD).
Mode of delivery (face-to-face ; distance-learning) :
Recommended or required readings :
 PPT on e-campus Elzebroeck Ton, Wind Koop (2008). Guide to cultivated plants. CABI, xi, 540 p.
Assessment methods and criteria :
Written examination in june (100%)
Work placement(s) :
Organizational remarks :
Contacts :
Bodson, Bernard (Professeur - Gestionnaire) Phytotechnie des Régions tempérées 081 62 21 40