MASTER PROGRAMME

Major Courses

Course Description
The course on Integrated Farming Systems aims to achieve acceptable profits and high and sustained production levels, while minimizing the negative effects of intensive farming and preserving the environment. This course will be covered on the principle of enhancing natural biological processes above and below the ground, the integrated system represents a winning combination that (1) reduces erosion; (2) increases crop yields, soil biological activity and nutrient recycling; (3) intensifies land use, improving profits; and (4) can therefore help reduce poverty and malnutrition and strengthen environmental sustainability. In addition, intensification of crop and livestock production, in smallholder crop-livestock systems as well as in other intensive or extensive systems, is essential to mitigate human suffering and providing time for needed social and economic changes are also included.

Course Description
Cropping Systems is designed for students interested in crop production systems, the environmental impacts of crop production, agroecology, and sustainable agriculture. Topics cover agricultural intensification and diversification, soil erosion and conservation, tillage systems, types of cropping systems, soil nutrient dynamics and management, water quality, crop rotation, and nitrogen fixation in tropical cropping systems. An agroecological approach, the application of ecological concepts and principles for the improvement of cropping systems, are included in this course.

Course Description
The overall course structure for Integrated Natural Resource Management and Environmental Risk Assessment (INRMERA) reflects the spectrum of tasks involved in the management of natural resources. The objective of the INRMERA is to train students who are able to apply integrated approaches to the management of ecological and social systems, taking into consideration the complex interaction of these systems and recognising the requirements for sustainable use of natural resources, and environmental risk assessment.

Course Description
Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is a core subject of plant protection which ensures sustainable agriculture and natural resource conservation. It is the application and combination of all pest control tactics and strategies for management of insect pest, diseases, and weeds. The specific tactics and strategies are cultural methods, physical control, biological control, host resistance, chemical control, and phytosanitary method. Each method will be discussed individually. The course also illustrates concept of IPM, principles and the application method in specific crops.

Course Description
There is a broad consensus among earth scientists that anthropogenic climate change is occurring, causing very rapid warming of the Earth’s climate system and the resultant intensification of most climatic phenomena. The impacts to humans and ecosystems are already profound and expected to worsen in the coming decades. Yet very little action has been taken to address the growing crisis. Wars and financial crises across the world divert attention.  Climate change deniers say that there is too much uncertainty in our knowledge of the future to warrant action and those changes to business as usual are expensive and would threaten our economy. Yet with each passing year emissions continue and we become locked into worse and worse climatic disruptions and attendant economic dislocations.  How best to respond? What should responsible scientists, economists, writers, artists, and citizens do?

In this course the student will have the opportunity to explore the basic science of how the global climate works so that they can evaluate the evidence supporting the conclusion that human-caused abrupt climate change is already underway and will continue to worsen. The students will investigate how global climate models work, read predictions derived from the models and discuss and debate the implications of many different aspects of climate change for natural and managed ecosystems. Provide learners/students necessary KSA (Knowledge, Skills and Attitude) on the broad topic of climate change, covering causes and effects, mitigation and adaptation, application of tools and technology and communications regarding climate change; current trends and approaches to climate change mitigation and adaptation and overall understanding the scope of climate change adaptation and mitigation methodologies, broad strategies and specific options will be discussed and their efficacy at the global, regional and local scales will be evaluated. It will include a discussion about the objectives of the UNFCCC, Kyoto Protocol and their implications for mitigation and adaptation in general and in Cambodia. The V&A tool will be a clear explanation during the lecturing and provide the case study V&A in Cambodia to the student.

Course Description
The basically knowledge of real practical theory and practice of animal productions relating to care and management of animal, nutrient requirements of animal, reproduction of animal, and animal health and diseases control plays an important role for studying in the field of master’s stage in sustainable agriculture. The major courses of this subject are included as following below:

    • Introduction of Animal Production:  This course provides foundational knowledge pertaining to the variety of livestock productions, animal behaviour and basic livestock production systems, food security of animals, systems of animal production, basics of animal nutrition, and basics of animal breeding, animal care and management, and animal products and processing.
    • Animal Nutrition and Growth: Basic concepts in nutrition of livestock species included water, energy, protein, vitamin and minerals will be discussed in this course. Topics will include anatomy and physiology of the digestive tract, nutrients and their metabolism, digestion, absorption, animal growth and development, introduction to feedstuffs, feeds and feeding, ration formulation and nutrient requirements such as water, energy, protein, carbohydrate, lipid, mineral and vitamin etc.

 

    • Animal Reproduction and Lactation: Understanding basic concepts of reproduction of livestock specie is necessary for utilization of reproductive management techniques and the application of reproductive technologies to increase animal productivity and ensure food security. Reproductive concepts including oestrous cycles, ovulation and fertilization, breeding management of the male and female, pregnancy and parturition, lactation and postpartum reproductive management.
    •  Animal Health and Diseases: This course will provide including history of animal health, disease categories, symptom and diagnosis of diseases, reaction to infection, disease treatment and prevention, definitions and categories of parasites, and vaccination and immunization.

 

This course will be covered on good practices with or without professional conceptions in vivo and vitro, and the course will also effective extension services and technology transfer in sustainable agriculture.

Course Description
The course designed to give graduate students a study of economic principles with emphasis on their application to the solution of farm, agribusiness, agricultural marketing and agricultural industry problems. Topics covered in this course include: the roles of agriculture in the national economic development, economic organizations in agriculture, economic resources in agriculture, and economic principles in agriculture, supply and demand in agriculture, agricultural marketing, and sustainable development in agriculture.