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Undergraduate Studies

Undergraduate Studies

Aims of the Departmental Curriculum

After recent reformation the departmental curriculum aims to offer:

  • Education of capable scientists to contribute to the development of agricultural economy.
  • Development of new models of agricultural enterprises.
  • Rational use of agricultural and natural resources of the countryside.
  • Pursuit of products which correspond to the contemporary demands for the viable development and life quality.

The departmental curriculum offers possibility in the education of Agricultural Economy. Agricultural activity, countryside and the multidimensional for economic importance for human survival and development is the focus of study of several scientific branches of Natural, Exact and Social Sciences.
For the study of Organization and Management of Agricultural and Natural Resources and Agricultural Enterprises, a total knowledge is required related to agricultural production conditions and trading of agricultural products, the new possibilities available for the development of new products and their promotion in a constantly changeable market.
The aim of the undergraduate studies of the department is the acquisition of knowledge for the scientific confrontation of economic and social dimensions of the updating of the agricultural domain in national and European level.
Knowledge of agricultural, environmental, economic, business like sociological sciences are combined which meet the requirements of units which produce, process and trade agricultural products and of the policy which applies to operations used for viable development. Thus, there is a possibility for the preparation of new executives of agricultural enterprises, co-operations and organizations of the public and private sector.

Structure and Organization of the Studies

The Department of Business Administration of Food and Agricultural Products according to the articles of the Law 1268/82 which was modified by the article 2083/92 and other circulars such as the relevant articles of the Presidential decree 96/15-4-98 established the undergraduate study program for the students who were admitted to the department since the academic year 1998-99. According to the established Presidential decree attendance at least to ten semesters is required so that the degree can be awarded. The completion of studies is achieved when the student manages to collect on the whole 205 teaching units to the 61 prospective subjects included in the departmental curriculum and 16 teaching units to the diploma thesis, which equals to four subjects. The total of the teaching units results from the summation of the fixed teaching units corresponding to every subject after the successful participation and examination to the prospective subjects in the departmental curriculum (including the tuitions, laboratories where necessary), the realization of the training session and the successful realization of the diploma thesis and the foreign language examination.
It is noted that every hourly lesson corresponds to 1 teaching unit. Every two hour lesson and the tuition-lab exercises correspond to 1 teaching unit. The timetable ranges form 3-4 hours a week as it is mentioned explicitly in the departmental curriculum. The subjects are divided into two main units:

  • The compulsory subjects (C), according to the Law cover the three quarters of the total of the subjects and the teaching units. Compulsory are the basic subjects of the departmental curriculum. There are the ones which were considered to be the necessary ones for the students' scientific education and are attended by all the students of the department.
  • The compulsory by choice/optional (O) subjects are the ones which are relevant to the department’ subject area and the objectives of the department curriculum. The numbers of these subjects is usually limited and does not exceed the 1/9 of the subjects included in the total undergraduate department curriculum. Among these subjects, the student is obliged to choose a specific number (7) so that he/she can complete the basic knowledge that is required for the degree award and acquire the required knowledge towards the direction he/she is interested in.

The subject of foreign language (English I and English II) is compulsory during the 1st and 2nd semester. Among the compulsory by choice subjects a second foreign language is included (French, Italian, German), which is taught during the 8th semester. 
The current departmental curriculum includes the compulsory by choice subjects after the 2nd year of study. During the first four semesters, the subjects are fixed and compulsory. During the 5th and 6th semester, six compulsory subjects are included and one compulsory by choice/optional. It is noted that after the 6th semester, the student is obliged to realize his/her training session supervised by a member of the teaching Research staff based on his/her specialty interests. 
The training session is equivalent to one subject and amounts to two teaching units. In the secretariat, the relevant form is distributed referring to the way the training session is held. 
During the seventh semester five compulsory and one compulsory by choice subjects are scheduled. 
During the eighth semester six compulsory and one compulsory by choice subjects are scheduled. 
During the ninth semester five compulsory and one compulsory by choice subjects are scheduled
During the tenth semester, only one compulsory and one compulsory by choice subjects are scheduled and the realization of the diploma thesis. 
The diploma thesis is compulsory. The assignment, supervision, realization and examination of the diploma thesis are determined and are equivalent to four six month lasting subjects amounting to sixteen (16) teaching units. 
The calculation of the degree grade is the same in all universities and is calculated based on the grades of all the subjects required for the degree award. 
The timetable of the lectures and laboratories is announced in the announcement board in the secretariat. The schedule includes the allocation of teaching hours, the subjects, the name of the teaching staff and the number of the teaching room. 
The academic year starts on the 1st of September for all universities and ends on the 31st of August of the following year. The educational work of every academic year is divided into two (2) semesters. Every semester includes at least thirteen (13) full weeks of teaching and a two or three week period for the examination. There are three examination periods:

  • January-February Examinations
  • June Examinations
  • September Examinations

The duration of the exams is three weeks for the September and January period and two weeks for the June period. The interruption of the educational and the running of the university beyond the law? anticipations are possible only in exceptional cases by a decision taken by the senate. If for any reason the number of the realized teaching hours for 1 subject is smaller than the 4/5 of what is scheduled in the departmental curriculum, then this subject is not considered to be taught. 
The winter semester commences the second fortnight of September while the spring semester starts the second fortnight of June. The exact dates are determined by the Senate. In exceptional cases, after the Senate? proposition, the minister of Education regulates the commencement and termination of the second semester so that the required number of weeks and teaching is completed. Marking in every subject is determined by the teaching staff who can arrange according to his judgment written or oral examinations or in combination with the above seminar or tuition exercises. 
In case of failure in a compulsory by choice subject, the student can repeat it in the following semester or he/she can replace it with another one. The student completes his/her studies and is awarded a degree when he/she succeeds in the scheduled subjects and collects the required number of teaching units.
All the relevant information regarding the type of the provided degrees and the marking of the graduates is determined by internal regulations of universities. The details of the applications of all the above are determined by the internal regulation of every University departm