SOQ-33306 Integrated Natural Resource Management in Organic Agriculture

Course

Credits 6.00

Teaching methodContact hours
Individual Paper1
Lecture16
Practical50
Excursion (one day)13
Course coordinator(s)dr. MM Pulleman
Lecturer(s)dr. ir. CR Stoof
dr. ir. JCJ Groot
dr. ir. GWJ van de Ven
dr. ir. L Bastiaans
dr. MM Pulleman
ing. FA Steenstra
dr. R Ripoll Bosch
dr. HA Oostindie
prof. dr. RE Creamer
Examiner(s)dr. MM Pulleman

Language of instruction:

English

Assumed knowledge on:

FSE-21306 Organic Agriculture and Society.

Contents:

Judicious management of resources for sustainable (organic) agriculture involving different stakeholders.

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:
- assess soil quality in the field;
- summarize farmers' measures to increase resource use efficiency;
- appraise relationships between cows, manure, grass, cheese and income;
- describe and explain one of the three key sub-compartments (soil, plant, animal) of a farming system;
- practice and illustrate theoretical knowledge in quantitative calculations in terms of efficiency of nutrient use;
- connect the relationships between the sub-compartments of a farming system by a model;
- evaluate the effect of changes in farming system management on model outcomes in terms of nutrient use efficiency and in economic terms;
- develop a sustainable farming system conversion scenario in a multifunctional landscape;
- propose options for INRM in organic agriculture at farm and landscape scales in a specific regional setting.

Activities:

- lectures;
- practicals;
- excursions;
- individual project.

Examination:

- exam (50%);
- performance at PE and EE (25%);
- IP (25%), all to be completed with mark equal to or higher than 5.5.

ProgrammePhaseSpecializationPeriod
Compulsory for: MOAOrganic AgricultureMSc2MO
Restricted Optional for: MOAOrganic AgricultureMScC: Double Degree Agroecology2MO