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. Uygun AKSOY
Learning Outcomes
1Comment on basic principles of organic agriculture
2Knowledge to evaluate on-farm conditions from ecological, economic and socio-cultural point of views,
3Information on legislation valid in turkey and in major markets,
4Knowledge and skill to manage an organic farm based upon on-farm inputs as much as possible
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 agriculture
2Basic principles: Ecology, Health, Care, Fairness
3Development and Current Status of Organic Agriculture in the World and in Turkey
4Markets and marketing channels for organic products
5Physical planning of organic farms, plant/animal production balance, problems in transition (conversion) period, rotation programs and successful case studies,
6Importance and preservation of soil fertility in organic management
7Tillage and weed management in organic systems
8Mid-term exam
9Disease and pest management in organic farming
10Organic production of perennials
11Inspection and certification and the system in Turkey (TR) for organic agriculture,
12Guarantee systems widely applied in the world, NOP, AB, JAS, Bioswiss and others,
13Harvest and post-harvest handling in organic production, quality of organic products.
14Presentation of term homework projects
15Presentation of term homework projects
16Final EXAM
Recommended or Required Reading
1) IFOAM, 2005. Principles of Organic Agriculture (www.ifoam.org) 2) Willer, H. and Klicher, L. (Eds.), (2010): The World of Organic Agriculture. Statistics and Emerging Trends 2010. IfOM, Bonn, FiBL, Frick, ITC, Geneva (www.organic-world.net) 3) 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. 4) Lampkin, N., 1990. Organic Farming. Farming Press, UK. 5) Olesen, J.E., R. Eltun, M.J. Gooding, E.S. Jensen and U. Köpke, 1999. Designing and Testing Crop Rotations for Organic Farming, Proc. From an Int. Workshop, DARCOF Report No.1, www.foejo.dk.
Planned Learning Activities and Teaching Methods
Activities are given in detail in the section of "Assessment Methods and Criteria" and "Workload Calculation"
Assessment Methods and Criteria
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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 Preparation11515
Project Presentation166
Individual Study for Mid term Examination12525
Individual Study for Final Examination13535
TOTAL WORKLOAD (hours)118
Contribution of Learning Outcomes to Programme Outcomes
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* Contribution Level : 1 Very low 2 Low 3 Medium 4 High 5 Very High
 
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