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Third Cycle Programmes (Doctorate Degree)

Graduate School of Natural and Applied Sciences - Horticulture Sciences - Third Cycle Programme



General Description
History
The Deparment of Horticulture is one of the first departments established at Ege University as the Department of Viticulture and Horticulture in 1955. It comprised of three sections: Vegetable Growing and Breeding, Fruit-Grape Growing and Breeding and Landscape Architecture. In 1958, the name of the Department was changed as Growing and Breeding of Horticultural Plants. The section on Landscape Architecture became a separate department as Landscape Architecture and Ornamental Plants in 1979. In 1981, the two sections, Vegetable Growing and Breeding and Fruit-Grape Growing and Breeding were united as the Department of Horticulture and of Horticulture according to the Higher Education Law. Presently, the Department of Horticulture carries out research, training and education activities in the following six fields: Vegetable Growing and Breeding, Fruit Growing and Breeding, Grape Growing and Breeding, Post-harvest Physiology, Protected Cultivation and Growing of Ornamentals. The staff of the Department is composed of 17 professors, 5 associate professors, 3 assistant professors, 5 senior research assistant (Ph D) and 5 research assistants. The post-graduate programs offered by the Department of Horticulture were initiated in 1955 together with the undergraduate level. Currently there is total of 71 post graduate students being 43 at Ph
Qualification Awarded
The Doctor of Philosophyof Degree in Horticulture Department is awarded to students who successfully complete all courses in the curriculum plan and defense their thesis proposal and thesis work in related area succesfully.
Level of Qualification
Third Cycle
Specific Admission Requirements
The applicants who hold a Master's Degree and willing to enroll in the Doctorate programme may apply to the Directorate of Graduate School with the documents. 1-Sufficient score (at least 55 out of 100) from the Academic Staff and Graduate Study Education Exam (ALES) conducted by Student Selection and Placement Center (OSYM) or GRE Graduate Record Examination (GRE) score or Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) score equivalent to ALES score of 55. 2-English proficiency (at least 70 out of 100 from the Profiency Exam conducted by Ege University Foreign Language Department, or at least 55 out of 100 from ÜDS (University Language Examination conducted by OSYM) or TOEFL or IELTS score equivalent to UDS score of 55. The candidates holding Bachelor's or Master's Degree taught totally in English are exempted from English proficiency requirement. The candidates fulfilling the criteria outlined above are invited to interwiev. The assessment for admission to masters programs is based on : 50% of ALES, 15% of academic success in the undergraduate programme (cumulative grade point average (CGPA) ) 10 % of academic success in the master's programme and 25% of interview grade. The required minimum interview grade is 60 out of 100. The candidates having an assessed score of 65 at least are accepted into the Doctorate programme. The results of the evaluation are announced by the Directorate of Graduate School.
Specific Arrangements For Recognition Of Prior Learning (Formal, Non-Formal and Informal)
The rules for recognition of formal prior learning are well defined. A student who is currently enrolled in a Doctorate Degree programme in the same discipline at another institution and has successfully completed at least one semester, upon submitting all required documents before the deadline, may transfer to the Doctorate Programme at EGE University upon the recommendation of the department administration and with the approval of the Administrative Committee of the Graduate School. The decision taken will also include eligibility for exemption from some course requirements of the graduate program. Students who transfer from another university must be successful in the EGE University English Proficiency Exam or in an equivalent English examination. Recognition of prior non-formal and in-formal learning is at the beginning stage in Turkish Higher Education Institutions. Ege University is not an exception to this.
Qualification Requirements and Regulations
The doctorate programme consists of a minimum of seven courses, with a minimum of 21 national credits, a qualifying examination, a dissertation proposal, and a dissertation. The period allotted for the completion of the Doctorate programmes is normally eight semesters (four years). However, while it is possible to graduate in a shorter time, it is also possible to have an extension subject to the approval of the graduate school. The seminar course and thesis are non-credit and graded on a pass/fail basis. The total ECTS credits of the programme is 240 ECTS. A student may take undergraduate courses on the condition that the courses have not been taken during the undergraduate program. However, at most two of these courses may be counted to the Doctorate course load and credits. The PhD students are required to take the Doctoral Qualifying Examination, after having successfully completed taught courses. The examination consists of written and oral parts. The Doctoral Qualifying Committee determines by absolute majority whether a candidate has passed or failed the examination. Students who fail the Qualifying Examination may retake the examination the following semester. Students failing the Examination a second time are dismissed from the program. Students must register for thesis work and the Specialization Field course offered by his supervisor every semester following the semester, in which the supervisor is appointed. A dissertation supervisor who must hold the minimum rank of assistant professor is appointed for each PhD student. When the nature of the dissertation topic requires more than one supervisor, a joint-supervisor may be appointed. A joint-supervisor must hold a doctoral degree. Periodic monitoring of research work by a thesis monitoring committee is required to be awarded the Doctoral degree. A student who has completed work on the thesis within the time period, must write a thesis, using the data collected, according to the specifications of the Graduate School Thesis Writing Guide. The thesis must be defended in front of a jury. The thesis jury is appointed on the recommendations of the relevant Department Chairperson and with the approval of the Administrative Committee of the Graduate School. The jury is composed of the thesis supervisor and 5 faculty members. Of the appointed jury members, up to two may be selected from another Department or another University. The co-supervisor cannot be the jury member. Thesis defense by the candidate is open to all audience and a jury decides to grant/deny the Doctoral degree. A majority vote by the jury members determines the outcome of the thesis or examination. The vote can be for "acceptance", "rejection" or "correction". A student may be given, by a decision of the Administrative Committee of the Graduate School, up to six months to complete the corrections. The student must then retake the thesis examination.
Profile of The Programme
The main goal of Doctorate Degree in Horticulture Department is to grow the graduates having the ability to perceive, design, evaluate and finish an original process by using and following the knowledge of the recent developments in the engineering fields and to have the ability to manage a process. The education enables them to have the ability to perform a comprehensive work which brings scientific and technological improvements by developing a scientific method and/or technological product/process or applying a known method to the new application area with an ethical responsibility.
Occupational Profiles of Graduates With Examples
Agricultural Engineers are working in public and private sectors. Graduates who have deserved the title of Agricultural Engineer; can work in different institutions such as Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs, Undersecretariat of Foreign Trade as a civil servant, provided being successful in the required exams. Hence they will aslo have the rights to work in the private sectors such as fertilizer, chemical, seed, seedling, seedling production, storage, export-import, packaging and marketing companies. They also have the opportunity to work certification issues. They can also work as agricultural consulter and food controller or inspector in bakery ovens etc.
Access to Further Studies
Graduates who succesfully completed doctorate degree may apply to both in the same or related disciplines in higher education institutions at home or abroad to get a position in academic staff or to governmental R&D centres to get expert position.
Examination Regulations, Assessment and Grading
Students are required to take a mid-term examination and/or complete other assigned projects/homework during the semester and, additionally, are required to take a final examination and/or complete a final project for course evaluation. The final grade is based on the mid-term examination grade, the final examination grade and/or evaluation of final project, with the contributions of 40% and 60%, respectively. To pass any course, a Doctorate student must receive at least 75 out of 100. Students must repeat courses they have failed or may substitute courses the Department accepts as equivalent. The assessment for each course is described in detail in “Individual Course Description”.
Graduation Requirements
Graduation requirements are explained in the section “Qualification Requirements and Regulations” .
Mode of Study (Full-Time, Part-Time, E-Learning )
Full-Time
Address, Programme Director or Equivalent
Programme Director, ECTS /DS Coordinator : Prof. Dr. M. Ercan ÖZZAMBAK m.ercan.ozzambak@ege.edu.tr Ege University, Faculty of Agriculture, Department of Horticulture 35100 Bornova/IZMIR Tel and Fax: 0 (232) 388 18 65 Tel: 0(232) 311 26 21 e-mail: bahce@ege.edu.tr
Facilities
The current stuff comprises of 21 academicians, out of whom 14 are full-time professors, 3 associate professors, and 4 are assistant professors. Furthermore, 1 expert, 2 agricultural engineer, 2 technicians and 7 research assistants are also working at the department. A total of 35 ha of land area, out of which 10 hectares are irrigated is used for scientific research studies conducted with students and practical trainees. Furthermore, the department has greenhouses in an area of 0.25 hectares, especially for vegetables and ornamental. The department also has laboratories for plant physiology, tissue culture, biotechnology, seed studies and cold storage rooms. The production of fruits, vines, open air vegetable, greenhouse vegetables and ornamental plants is also being performed. Organic agriculture, soilless cultivation are also being done. Laboratories: - Sample preparation and extraction lab: Physical analysis, preparation (cleaning, cutting etc.) of samples for chemical analysis, extraction, wet-ashing, oven drying - Physiology lab: Chemical analysis of samples - Ecophysiology lab: Spectrophotometric analysis, gas chromatographic analysis, leaf area index and photosynthesis measurements - Fruit lab: Mist propagation of cuttings, germination, cutting preparation, preliminary preparation. - Seed lab: Physical and chemical quality analysis of seeds in horticultural crops - Tissue culture lab: Micro propagation of vegetable, fruit and ornamentals - Mushroom lab: Mycelia production - Microscopy lab: Histological studies - Biotechnology lab: Molecular characterization Greenhouses: - Ornamentals - Greenhouse vegetable production: soilless culture and organic production of vegetables - General purpose greenhouse: pot trials on salinity and adaptation of in vitro propagated plants

Key Learning Outcomes
1Skill to plan and implement targeted outcomes in a research field with scientific value
2Ability to acquire time management skills in planing and implementing research programs
3Skill to examine resources and systematic documentation of obtained knowledge
4Skill to present and discuss research results
5Skill to write a scientific article
6Ability to think scientifically and be open for further life long learning opportunities

Key Programme Learning Outcomes - NQF for HE in Turkey
TYYÇKey Learning Outcomes
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KNOWLEDGE1
2
SKILLS1
2
3
4
COMPETENCES (Competence to Work Independently and Take Responsibility)1
2
3
COMPETENCES (Learning Competence)1
COMPETENCES (Communication and Social Competence)1
2
3
COMPETENCES (Field Specific Competence)1
2
3

Course Structure Diagram with Credits
T : Theoretical P: Practice L : Laboratory
1. Semester
No Course Unit Code Course Unit Title Type of Course T P L ECTS
1 BAB-SG-DOK-G ELECTIVE COURSES 1 Elective - - - 21
2 9102016112004 Quality and Standards of Horticultural Crops Compulsory 3 0 0 9
3 9102016212018 Research Methods in Horticultural Crops and Publishing Ethics Compulsory 3 0 0 6
Total 6 0 0 36
 
2. Semester
No Course Unit Code Course Unit Title Type of Course T P L ECTS
1 BAB-SG-DOK-B ELECTIVE COURSES 2 Elective - - - 24
2 FENDRSEM1 SEMINAR I Compulsory 1 0 0 6
Total 1 0 0 30
 
3. Semester
No Course Unit Code Course Unit Title Type of Course T P L ECTS
1 FENDRYET790 Qualifying Exam Compulsory 0 0 0 9
2 DRUAD691 Specialization Field Compulsory 0 0 0 5
3 FENDRTEZONE Thesis Proposal Defense Compulsory 0 0 0 16
Total 0 0 0 30
 
4. Semester
No Course Unit Code Course Unit Title Type of Course T P L ECTS
1 DRUAD691 Specialization Field Compulsory 0 0 0 5
2 DRTEZ692 Thesis Study Compulsory 0 0 0 25
Total 0 0 0 30
 
5. Semester
No Course Unit Code Course Unit Title Type of Course T P L ECTS
1 FENDRSEM2 Seminar II Compulsory 1 0 0 6
2 DRUAD691 Specialization Field Compulsory 0 0 0 5
3 DRTEZ694 Thesis Study Compulsory 0 0 0 19
Total 1 0 0 30
 
6. Semester
No Course Unit Code Course Unit Title Type of Course T P L ECTS
1 DRUAD691 Specialization Field Compulsory 0 0 0 5
2 DRTEZ692 Thesis Study Compulsory 0 0 0 25
Total 0 0 0 30
 
7. Semester
No Course Unit Code Course Unit Title Type of Course T P L ECTS
1 DRUAD691 Specialization Field Compulsory 0 0 0 5
2 DRTEZ692 Thesis Study Compulsory 0 0 0 25
Total 0 0 0 30
 
8. Semester
No Course Unit Code Course Unit Title Type of Course T P L ECTS
1 DRUAD691 Specialization Field Compulsory 0 0 0 5
2 DRTEZ692 Thesis Study Compulsory 0 0 0 25
Total 0 0 0 30
 
 
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