– Duration of Undergraduate studies: five (5) academic years, each divided into two semesters.
– Duration of a semester: typically, 13 weeks.
– Total number of semesters: ten (10).
– ‘Winter’ semesters: five (5) in total; 1st, 3rd, 5th, 7th and 9th.
– ‘Spring’ semesters: five (5) in total; 2nd, 4th, 6th, 8th and 10th.
A course is usually composed of a three-hour background theory and two-hour laboratory exercises or tutorials per week, usually not exceeding a total of 32h per week. The number of courses a student can attend each semester, may not exceed the number of courses defined by the curriculum plus three.
Eligibility to the 5-year degree requires the full participation of a student to the educational process structured by the sequence of curriculum courses. However, a student may extend the total period of study (or delay graduation) by selecting fewer courses than those recommended by curriculum each semester. Attendance of laboratory exercises and tutorials is compulsory; absences cannot exceed 1/5 of the total number of course –guided laboratory exercises or tutorials. Student enrollment in each semester, conducted either electronically or through the Secretariat of the Department, is obligatory. During enrolment, it is required from students to declare which of the ‘selectable’ courses wish to follow each semester. The registration period for the ‘winter’ semester is usually 1 September – 15 October, whereas that for the ‘spring’ semester is 10 – 25 January. Exact dates are promptly announced by the University.
The curriculum of the Department of Animal Science consists of 54 required and 24 elective courses. From the electives, the students of the Department are allowed to choose a maximum of 14 courses, in order to complete the necessary ECTS for obtaining the degree. The course categories of the curriculum of the Department of Animal Science are:
Ι. General Knowledge Courses
There are 8 General Knowledge courses including English. The English language course is taught two (2) hours per week in a progressive series of four semesters corresponding to grades I, II, III, IV. English I and III levels are offered in the winter semester while levels II and IV in the spring semester
ΙΙ. General Background Courses
There are 11 Background courses in the Department of Animal Science, of which 9 are compulsory and 2 elective
ΙΙΙ. Field of Science Courses
There are 47 Field of Science courses, of which 14 relate to basic agricultural knowledge and the remaining 33 to animal science. Of the 47 Field of Science courses, 34 are required and 13 are elective.
IV. Skills Development Courses
There are 12 Skills Development courses, of which 5 are compulsory and the remaining 7 are elective.
V. Diploma Dissertation
The diploma dissertation can be carried out in one of the 4 laboratories of the Department of Animal Science or another Department of the Agricultural University of Athens, in a subject area related to the study program the student attends
Educational trips, organized by the Department, are part of the training process and are, thus, obligatory. The trips are approved by the Senate, following the proposals of the Department, and take place typically after the end of ‘spring’ semester teaching classes and prior to the June examination period. In exceptional circumstances, educational trips can also be scheduled on particular dates to meet special educational purposes. The cost of the student trip is covered in part by the University.
Three examination periods: January – February, June and September. Exams are conducted after the end of each semester in all taught courses. To take the exams, students should have previously filled-in an ‘exam entry form’ (either electronically or through the Secretariat office). Students must indicate the n + 3 exams they intend to participate (n is the number of current semester courses and 3 the courses from previous semesters).
In the September exam period, students may participate in all course exams (theory and laboratory classes) of the last two semesters and, furthermore, up to six theory course exams and six laboratory class exams, from previous semesters. According to the number of successfully concluded theory and laboratory exams, students can take exams for up to twelve theory courses and twelve laboratory classes from previous semesters.
Provisions only for 10th semester and ‘on degree’ students:
The diploma (‘ptichion’) final grade, after having successfully completed the five-year undergraduate curriculum, results as the average of two grades: four fifths (4/5) of all course grades and one fifth (1/5) of the final year ‘Diploma Dissertation’. The student’s performance is regarded as one of ‘Distinction’ (grades 9 and 10), ‘Very Good’ (grades 7 and 8) and ‘Pass’ (grades 5 and 6)
A public ceremony of Oath Taking and Degree Awarding is held for those students having fulfilled all their obligations of the curriculum followed (i.e. course examinations, practical training and diploma dissertation). The ceremony takes place in the Hall of Ceremonies of the University. Oath taking is followed by degree awarding by the University Rector and the Chairman of the Department.
Upon successful completion of the study program students will acquire a range of knowledge, skills and abilities. The learning outcomes are measurable. In detail, the graduates of the Department will be able to:
Know the fields that concern the whole range of animal science (reproduction, nutrition, hygiene, production systems, processing, distribution of products)
Understand the challenges and current trends, as well as the complexity and interdisciplinarity of issues related to animal science
Assess specialized knowledge and scientific methodology so as to develop know-how on the production, processing and distribution of products of animal origin
Apply the acquired knowledge and skills in the development of innovative products and services in the field of animal science
Analyze information, ideas, problems and solutions in a way that meets the ever-increasing demands of the industry, taking into account the current challenges of the livestock industry such as climate change, environmental protection, etc.
Combine knowledge, critical thinking and skills, in order to be able to adapt to the continuously evolving needs of the market
Interpret research results, in order to continue their studies in an autonomous way at postgraduate and doctoral level
STUDY PROGRAM ACCREDITATION
The External Evaluation & Accreditation Panel certified that the Study Program of the Department of Animal Science leads to a Level 7 Qualification according to the National & European Qualifications Network (Integrated Master)