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Learning by doing

SECOND YEAR MODULES

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Department: Environment and Development
Module duration: Three weeks

DESCRIPTION AND GENERAL OBJECTIVE OF THE MODULE

The Agroecology module offers the opportunity to experiment and develop strategies based on agroecological and human farm principles. We learn through a collaborative and horizontal process about the techniques, practices and methods that adapt to the conditions of the Mesoamerican dry corridor, establishing an agroecosystem of self-sufficient life (food sovereignty). In this agroecosystem we promote the functional diversity, balance, productivity and resilience of the natural systems of the area. We emphasize agroecology and social processes that show community participation and local empowerment as resilient models in the face of current socioeconomic and environmental problems. We reinforce the triple dimension of the agroecological revolution: cognitive, social and technological. At the end of the course, the student will be able to propose biodiverse and climate change resilient designs based on the principles

MODULE COMPETENCES

• Employ agroecological and human farm principles to develop biodiverse and climate change resilient designs within the agroecological farm.
• Use agroecological designs in the establishment and management of sustainable agricultural systems.

Department: Environment and Development
Module duration: Three weeks

DESCRIPTION AND GENERAL OBJECTIVE OF THE MODULE

The Learning by Doing of Topography and GIS lasts three weeks and in which two topography practices are addressed (Planimetry and Altimetry); One practice using GPS receivers (Geodetic Survey) and three practices on the use of AutoCAD Civil 3D Software, Surfer 10 and QGIS, (Computer Aided Drawing and Plan Editing). All these practices are based on theoretical explanations and mathematical calculations that reinforce students’ knowledge. At the end of the module, the student will be able to apply the basic procedures in topographic and geodetic surveys as well as the introduction of GIS data in the AutoCAD Civil 3D, Surfer 10 and QGIS programs.

MODULE COMPETENCES

• Apply basic concepts of Topography and GIS in field and laboratory practices.
• Manage equipment and programs in the survey and processing of Topographic and Geographic data.

Department: Agricultural Science and Production
Module duration: Three weeks

DESCRIPTION AND GENERAL OBJECTIVE OF THE MODULE

The Plant Protection module is the basis of horticultural production. It is here where students identify, observe and act against the problems caused by pests and diseases that occur in vegetable cultivation. At the same time, students face the challenge of carrying out pest and disease control that is responsible for the environment, for humans and for food production, integrating all types of control: cultural, botanical, biological and chemical. At the end of the module, students will be trained to efficiently and effectively use the equipment and agrochemical products used to control pests and diseases.

MODULE COMPETENCES

• Correctly use personal protective equipment in all activities that involve the handling of agrochemicals in order to carry out safe applications.
• Carry out field monitoring of horticultural crops for decision-making in pest and disease control.
• Interpret information that accompanies agrochemicals for their correct use and management in applications.

Department: Agricultural Science and Production
Module duration: Four weeks

DESCRIPTION AND GENERAL OBJECTIVE OF THE MODULE

The Extensive Olericulture module consists of the production of vegetables in the open field. In this module the student is exposed to a variety of crops, working and learning from transplanting, irrigation, fertigation, weeding, staking, tutoring, pruning, thinning. and harvest. At the end of the module, the student will be able to identify different horticultural crops, as well as differentiate the best practices involved in their production.

MODULE COMPETENCES

• Identify the advantages and disadvantages of transplantation and carry out the activity.
• Identify the most common weeds in horticultural crops in the area, their different ways of controlling them, carrying out the elimination activity and their control to find a way to manage them.

Department: Agricultural Science and Production
Module duration: Four weeks

DESCRIPTION AND GENERAL OBJECTIVE OF THE MODULE

Describe the basic principles of production of horticultural crops (tomato, chili and others) under protected systems or greenhouses, which allow control of climatic conditions to improve and increase production, obtain better quality fruits and sow in non-conventional market windows.

MODULE COMPETENCES

• Apply safety concepts in the production of crops under protection.
• Identify basic concepts of crop production under protection.

Department: Food Agroindustry
Module duration: Three weeks

DESCRIPTION AND GENERAL OBJECTIVE OF THE MODULE

The general objective of Learning by Doing of the Zamorano Beekeeping Plant is that at the end of the module the student must recognize the basic operations related to the management of apiaries in the field and the processing of different beekeeping products (honey, pollen, jelly real, wax and propolis). To achieve their objective, second-year students will develop various activities at the field level, bee processing plant and classroom level over a period of three weeks.

MODULE COMPETENCES

• Differentiate the installation and maintenance operations of apiaries to obtain highly productive hives.
• Execute the processes that require excellent quality bee products.
• Interpret the basic indicators that define the feasibility of potential beekeeping ventures.

Department: Food Agroindustry
Module duration: Three weeks

DESCRIPTION AND GENERAL OBJECTIVE OF THE MODULE

The Post Harvest Plant is responsible for the packaging of fruits and vegetables produced in Zamorano in an extensive and intensive manner, which are destined for internal and external sale. Likewise, you must acquire and prepare all external fruits and vegetables that Zamorano requires for internal consumption. In this module, the student will be able to learn and apply the basic concepts of post-harvest management of vegetables (leaves, fruits, roots and tubers); identify the criteria for reception, washing, classification and storage of vegetables according to their nature and customer specifications.

MODULE COMPETENCES

• Apply postharvest processes for the conditioning of fruits and vegetables.
• Manage appropriate storage conditions for fruits and vegetables.
• Differentiate quality and safety parameters of fruits and vegetables, according to the standards established by the client.

Department: Food Agroindustry
Module duration: Three weeks

DESCRIPTION AND GENERAL OBJECTIVE OF THE MODULE

Practical teaching on the production of products from the 3 process lines: salty line, sweet line and dry line. In addition, Good Safety Practices (BPS), Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) and rational use of resources during processing are instilled. Emphasis is placed on the search for quality, profitability and development of new products. At the end of the module, the student will be able to use agricultural raw materials (fruits and vegetables) for the processing of various food products with appropriate manufacturing, hygiene and safety practices, assessing the quality and safety of the products produced.

MODULE COMPETENCES

• Produce products from fruit and vegetable raw materials.
• Apply appropriate manufacturing, hygiene and safety practices during the processing of fruit and vegetable products.

Department: Agricultural Science and Production
Module duration: Three weeks

DESCRIPTION AND GENERAL OBJECTIVE OF THE MODULE

Biological control is a learning-by-doing module that teaches the student that there are alternatives to chemical control through the production and use of different organisms, fungi, nematodes, mites and insects, in the regulation of different populations of agricultural pests. Students are part of the different production processes, they learn about the biology and mechanisms of action of the organisms produced; as well as the application or release of these in the field.

General Objective: At the end of the module the student will be able to apply different forms of production of macro and microorganisms in the laboratory that can be used as natural enemies and biopesticides, as well as their biology and their application or release in the field, for control. of a wide number of pests in different crops.

MODULE COMPETENCES

• Apply production techniques of biocontrol fungi produced in the biological control laboratory and their appropriate application in the field.
• Apply production methods of the different natural enemies produced and their appropriate application in the field.
• Apply production techniques for entomopathogenic nematodes produced in the Biological Control Laboratory and their appropriate application in the field so that students learn to produce and apply this type of control.

Department: Agricultural Science and Production
Module duration: One week

DESCRIPTION AND GENERAL OBJECTIVE OF THE MODULE

The Biotechnology of animal reproduction is a module that teaches students about the use of biotechnologies in assisted animal reproduction processes. The student learns about semen collection techniques, evaluation of macro and microscopic parameters of semen to determine its quality and learns about the conservation of male gametes at low temperatures to be used in reproductive processes such as artificial insemination and in-vitro fertilization. . In addition, it receives basic principles of other reproductive biotechnologies (heat synchronization, in vitro fertilization, embryo transfer).

General Objective: Use techniques to collect, evaluate and cryopreserve bovine semen, to maximize the use of male gametes in assisted animal reproduction procedures.

MODULE COMPETENCES

• Apply the basic principles of male gamete processing that includes collection, evaluation and cryopreservation.

Department: Agricultural Science and Production
Module duration: One week

DESCRIPTION AND GENERAL OBJECTIVE OF THE MODULE

The Molecular Diagnostic module is developed in the Applied Biotechnology Laboratory of the Bean Research Program (PIF) where the DNA of bean plants is analyzed in order to find genes for resistance to diseases and tolerance to abiotic factors (low fertility in soils, drought and high temperatures). In addition, the pathogenic variability of fungi, bacteria and viruses that cause the main diseases in the region is studied. Students are trained in the handling of the equipment, instruments and reagents used to carry out DNA analysis. Likewise, learning the applications of molecular markers in the genetic improvement of plants, they carry out DNA extraction, quantification and dilution, PCR and Electrophoresis practices, developing skills and abilities under established biosafety standards. At the end of the module, the student should be able to analyze plant DNA and give a diagnosis regarding the presence or absence of genes for resistance and tolerance to diseases and abiotic factors respectively, assisted with molecular markers.

General Objective: Use techniques to collect, evaluate and cryopreserve bovine semen, to maximize the use of male gametes in assisted animal reproduction procedures.

MODULE COMPETENCES

• Explain the importance of genetic improvement in plants.
• Select promising genetic material assisted by molecular markers (SAM).
• Correctly use laboratory instruments and equipment, avoiding contamination in the process.

Department: Agricultural Science and Production
Module duration: Two weeks

DESCRIPTION AND GENERAL OBJECTIVE OF THE MODULE

The student will learn and put into practice the basic fundamentals of plant tissue culture focused on mass propagation and production of pathogen-free plants. The student has the opportunity to apply the knowledge acquired in classes and modules of biology, mathematics, plant physiology and plant propagation. In addition, she will develop skills specific to working in a plant tissue culture laboratory. At the end of the module the student will be able to perform the basic tasks of a plant tissue culture laboratory with the objective of massively propagating plants and producing pathogen-free plants.

General Objective: Use techniques to collect, evaluate and cryopreserve bovine semen, to maximize the use of male gametes in assisted animal reproduction procedures.

MODULE COMPETENCES

• Carry out all practices maintaining optimal levels of asepsis in the plant tissue culture laboratory in order to micropropagate plants.
• Operate basic equipment, glassware, instruments and plant tissue culture laboratory tools for the production of in vitro cultures as indicated in the good safety practices manual and in the instructions given by the Instructor.

Department: Environment and Development
Module duration: Three weeks

DESCRIPTION AND GENERAL OBJECTIVE OF THE MODULE

The construction of a sustainable energy bridge that allows meeting the needs of the present and future generation requires the implementation of a set of strategies that require the evaluation of different resources, the efficiency of technology for the transformation of its energy potential and the capacity to adopt these in different regions and/or processes.

The objective of the Renewable Energy module is to provide the space for the student to develop proposals that integrate renewable energy technologies and energy efficiency in agriculture, showing leadership with social and environmental responsibility. These proposals must contain knowledge of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies applied in agriculture and industry, highlighting biomass, hydroelectric, solar thermal energy, biofuels, geothermal, photovoltaic and wind energy. To do this, the module has three weeks, where the student learns the topic of biodigesters by developing activities such as feeding, sizing, analysis of biogas quality and fertilization of crops with biol as an organic fertilizer. This promotes a positive influence, enhancing the different uses and applications of biogas. On the other hand, it also identifies the different applications of solar thermal and photovoltaic energy on campus, carrying out installation activities of solar panels, uses of heaters, dryers and solar cookers. Finally, knowledge is obtained about the design, evaluation and construction of improved stoves operated with wood. Said learning applied in the field through the construction of improved stoves in neighboring communities, thus generating spaces for connection from the university that contribute to improving the quality of life of the benefited households.

The learning obtained is thanks to the theoretical framework methodologies, “moments of glory” presentations, practices, role-playing, case studies, tours, manuals, research and use of field notebooks prepared by the students themselves.

MODULE COMPETENCES

• Develop proposals for renewable energy opportunities thinking about the work context of different countries. Renewable energy

DESCRIPTION AND GENERAL OBJECTIVE OF THE MODULE
Module duration: One week

Environmental technologies are tools to reduce the impacts and effects of environmental degradation generated by anthropogenic and/or natural activities. Within this category we can find aspects related to efficient resource management, efficient waste treatment and access to energy through renewable sources.

MODULE COMPETENCES

At the end of the module, students will be able to:
• Develop proposals for the implementation of renewable energy technologies based on the availability of resources, their energy potential and policies adopted in Latin America.
• Apply knowledge in water resources, cleaner production and technologies for wastewater treatment, to propose solutions that promote the sustainability of agri-food systems.

DESCRIPTION AND GENERAL OBJECTIVE OF THE MODULE
Module duration: Two weeks

The module consists of understanding Forest Business Planning based on the principle of Sustainability. A required product is determined that is defined by the market (economic criteria). Once the production objective is determined, defined by the final consumer, the species is studied from its functional ecology and its taxonomy (ecological criteria). Based on the previous criteria, the current production is calculated and evaluated to determine the available growth or harvest and the actions in the forest and forest plantations are prescribed, which allow achieving the maximum expression of its productive capacity based on the installed capacity and at least one minimum product of value.

MODULE COMPETENCES

At the end of the module, the student will be able to formulate a plan for a forestry business with a business focus, knowing the productive capacity of a forest or forest plantation; guiding production and sales based on the market, which will lead to the definition of the best investment option with maximum profitability.

DESCRIPTION AND GENERAL OBJECTIVE OF THE MODULE
Module duration: Three weeks

The general objective of the module is to develop skills and abilities in the administration of an agricultural property in a realistic and practical way.

MODULE COMPETENCES

At the end of the module, students will be able to: • Plan an agricultural farm with the value chain approach.
• Apply analysis methodologies and integration and competitiveness strategies of agri-food chains.
• Analyze problems for decision making, detection and analysis of opportunities in Agribusiness and preparation of business plans.

 

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