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1st year - Agronomy engineering, core cycle

I_FI - 2017-2018

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The course

The course focuses mostly on production and farming.

Semester 1

Agronomy and the environment: ecosystems, climate-soil-plant, ecophysiology, crop science, chemical fertility

Animal production: milk production, feeding livestock

Engineering sciences and technology: raw materials in agriculture, intermediate food products, [actuators/power points/means], information technology, information retrieval

Economics and social studies: economic dynamics and development, companies and markets, company analysis, its use in farming contexts

Communication and professionalization: communication, professional plans, foreign language 1, foreign language 2

Foreign languages: FL1, FL2
English: autonomy, communication, TOEIC. Oral presentations, discussions, interview with a native speaker, themed modules.

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Semester 2

Agronomy: physical and biological fertility, mineral nutrition, seeds and seed selection

Animal production: managing animal health, production plans

Economics and social studies: descriptive statistics, sociological approaches to changes in agriculture, including regional studies

Communication and professionalization: professional plans, foreign language 1, foreign language 2

Crops and farming: global approaches to farming, internship on a farm, agricultural internship

Foreign languages: FL1, FL2

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Field projects

Local study

Length: 80 hours

Organisation: groupwork in the field, then in class. Handing in the work to the contracting party.

Goal: understanding the mechanisms behind agricultural activities at a local scale. Understanding the multiple functions of agriculture, the different actors and their positions.

Investigation in the field, analysis of interviews, proposing a solution.

Global approach to farming

Length: 40 hours

Organisation: group

Goal: The goal of "global approach to farming" is to discover the complexity of farming in all its aspects: technical, economical, social and familial. The discovery and understanding of the system makes your idea of this level of agriculture change. It will lead you to understand that your work as an engineer will be at a systemic level basing yourself on solid theory and technology. You are a scientist.

  • Understanding the working of a farm as a system with goals that change according to the situation.
  • Identifying the production processes and their hierarchy.
  • Applying an investigative method and a multidisciplinary approach.

The use of communication tools

Length: 30 hours

Organisation: groupwork in the field and in class

Goal: An engineer must also know to communicate, both for himself and for their future company. This section will practice communication skills in a given media, from analysis of the subject to the finished product. The correct tool-message-public approach is refined all through the project.

The work, done in groups, involves the use of several communication tools, from the more traditional (posters, newspapers, flyers) to the more modern (CD-roms, videos, websites, etc). This course is full of the energy and enthusiasm of the communications team, which uses all possible tools in the project.

For example, in 2006, students made road security films upon request by the préfecture.

Internship on a farm

Length: 3 x 2 weeks

Location: family farm

Goal: Hired-hand internship. The principle is to make you get to know the life and work of a farm and farming family during 3 periods of 2 weeks each. There are three main goals:

  • Understanding the organisation of a farm.
  • Understanding plant and animal production.
  • Starting to manage a farm.

Agricultural internship

Date: between the first and second year of the course

Length: 6 weeks

Location: à l'étranger. abroad. Many locations possible: India, Latin America, Australia, etc. The school also proposes some more prestigious locations: most importantly, countries in the EU, but also the US, Mali, Russia or Ukraine.

Goals: understanding agricultural practices in another country and their relation to the culture of said country. Your internship will be about agriculture or the rural world, covering in particular:

  • tools and their uses
  • the organisations and social systems
  • the representation systems

The cultural dimension is also important. It will be taken into account through:

  • social practices (work, religion, food, tools, rituals)
  • art and handicrafts
  • the organisation of a village, company, association, family...
  • development issues

Sharing experiences. At the beginning of the following university year, the students organise a forum where they present their experience as "veterans" to the new students.