Description of Individual Course Units
Course Unit CodeCourse Unit TitleType of Course UnitYear of StudySemesterNumber of ECTS Credits
ORG302BASIC PRINCIPLES OF ORGANIC AGRICULTURE Elective364
Level of Course Unit
First Cycle
Objectives of the Course
The aim of the course is to let students acquire knowledge and skills to adopt basic principles of organic agriculture, to assess prevailing conditions from ecological, economic and socio-cultural point of views, to plan the farm based upon on-farm inputs, to provide sustainability of the farm with the minimum impact on agroecosystem, and to evaluate all conditions with the scope of methods and inputs allowed in major valid legislative systems in a holistic way.
Name of Lecturer(s)
Prof. Dr. Ahmet Altındişli
Learning Outcomes
1Being able to plan organic companies according to basic prinsiples
2Planning a sustainable system in organic agricultural companies
3Being able to investigation current legal regulations in Turkey and in the world in terms of the basic principles
4Having gained knowledge and skills to assess sustainability of organic production systems
Mode of Delivery
Face to Face
Prerequisites and co-requisities
None
Recommended Optional Programme Components
None
Course Contents
Definition and importance of organic agriculture, basic principles: Ecology, Health, Care, Fairness, Development and Current Status in the World and in Turkey, Markets and marketing channels for organic products, Physical planning of organic farms, plant/animal production balance, problems in transition (conversion) period, rotation programs and successful case studies, Importance and preservation of soil fertility, Tillage and weed management, Disease and pest management, Organic production of perennials, Inspection and certification, Guarantee systems widely applied in the world and in Turkey (TR), NOP, AB, JAS, Bioswiss and others, Harvest and post-harvest handling in organic production, quality of organic products
Weekly Detailed Course Contents
WeekTheoreticalPracticeLaboratory
1Definition and importance of organic agriculturepracticals related to subject
2Basic principles: Ecology, Health, Care, Fairnesspracticals related to subject
3Development and Current Status of Organic Agriculture in the World and in Turkeypracticals related to subject
4Markets and marketing channels for organic productspracticals related to subject
5Physical planning of organic farms, plant/animal production balance, problems in transition (conversion) period, rotation programs and successful case studies,practicals related to subject
6Importance and preservation of soil fertility in organic management practicals related to subject
7Tillage and weed management in organic systems practicals related to subject
8Mid-term exam
9Disease and pest management in organic farming practicals related to subject
10Organic production of perennialspracticals related to subject
11Inspection and certification and the system in Turkey (TR) for organic agriculture,practicals related to subject
12Guarantee systems widely applied in the world, NOP, AB, JAS, Bioswiss and others,practicals related to subject
13Harvest and post-harvest handling in organic production, quality of organic products.practicals related to subject
14Presentation of term homework projects practicals related to subject
15Presentation of term homework projects practicals related to subject
16Final Exam
Recommended or Required Reading
Alroe, H. F. and E. S. Kristenseen, 2004. Basic Principles for organic agriculture: Why? And what kind of principles, Ecology and Farming, June 2004. Altieri, M.A., C.I. Nicholls and M.S. Wolfe, 1996. ‘Biodiversity- A Central Concept in Organic Agriculture: Restraining Pests and Diseases’ in Fundamentals of Organic Agriculture ed. By T.V. Ostergaard, Vol. 1, 11th IFOAM Int. Scientific Conference, Copenhagen, pp. 91-112. Anonymous, 2005. Principles of organic agriculture, IFOAM web-site Anonymous, 2007. Council Regulation (EC) No 834/2007 of 28 June 2007 on organic production and labelling of organic products and repealing Regulation (EEC) No 2092/91, Official Journal of the European Union L 189/1 Anonymous, 2007. International Conference on Organic Agriculture and Food Security, 3-5 May 2007, Rome, Italy (www. fao.org/organicag). Carvalho, F.P., 2006. Agriculture, pesticides, food security and food safety, Environmental Science and Policy, November-December, p. 685-692. Council Regulation (EC) No 834/2007 of 28 June 2007 on organic production and labelling of organic products and repealing Regulation (EEC) No 2092/91 Marsden, T and E. Smith, 2005. Ecological entrepreneurship: Sustainable development in local communities through quality food production and local branding, Geoforum, 440-445. Scialabba, N., 2000 b. Opportunities and Constraints of Organic Agriculture: A Socio-Ecological Analysis, Summer Course of the Socrates Programme 1999-2000, Univ. Degli Studi Della Tuscia, Fac. Agric., Viterbo, Italy. Thakur, D.S. and Sharma, K.D., 2005. Organic farming for sustainable agriculture and meeting the challenges of food security in 21st century: An economic analysis, Indian Journal of Agricultural Economics, 205-221. www.europe-net.org www.ec.europa.eu/agriculture/organic www.fibl.org www.ifoam.org www.fao.org http://orgprints.org www.organic-world.net www.organic-market.info www.intracen.org/organic http://attra.ncat.org www.organicrules.org www.organicmonitor.com www.icrofs.org www.pmac.net www.ams.usda.gov/nop http://europa.eu.int/eur-lex www.maff.go.ip/soshiki/syokuhin/hinshitu/organic
Planned Learning Activities and Teaching Methods
Assessment Methods and Criteria
Term (or Year) Learning ActivitiesQuantityWeight
SUM0
End Of Term (or Year) Learning ActivitiesQuantityWeight
SUM0
SUM0
Language of Instruction
Turkish
Work Placement(s)
None
Workload Calculation
ActivitiesNumberTime (hours)Total Work Load (hours)
Midterm Examination122
Final Examination122
Attending Lectures14228
Team/Group Work155
Project Preparation13030
Project Presentation166
Individual Study for Mid term Examination11212
Individual Study for Final Examination12020
TOTAL WORKLOAD (hours)105
Contribution of Learning Outcomes to Programme Outcomes
PO
1
PO
2
PO
3
PO
4
PO
5
PO
6
LO1   3  
LO2   33 
LO3 3 3  
LO4 4 3 3
* Contribution Level : 1 Very low 2 Low 3 Medium 4 High 5 Very High
 
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