Specific Admission Requirements
To be admitted to the teaching degree in "Biodiversity and natural systems", the candidate must own a three-year university degree or diploma, or other recognized academic qualification obtained abroad. The academic regulations of the Master Degree Course prescribes curricular requirements needed to access and verify personal preparation of students. There are no additional educational debits at the time of access.
Profile of the programme
The graduates in Biodiversity and Natural Systems graduates have a thorough knowledge of nature (in its biotic and abiotic components and their interactions) and also possess a thorough scientific and professional preparation in the protection, management and use o fnatural resources. Graduates in Biodiversity and Natural Systems wil havel: 1) mastery of the scientific method in the naturalistic field; 2) adequate technological experience (knowledge of laboratory techniques, of modern instrumentation for detection and monitoring, of statistical and computer science techniques); 3) adequate knowledge (in written and oral form) of a European language other than Italian; 4) the ability to work independently, also assuming responsibility for projects and plans; 5) methodologies for implementation of disciplinary knowledge in comprehensible messages and information; Graduates in Biodiversity and Natural Systems have a high scientific and operational preparation in the following fields: - Systemic analysis of the natural environment; - Knowledge of natural processes that determine change and evolution; - Knowledge of the most important processes that affect the quality of the environment: natural dynamics of ecosystems and disturbances (natural and human events ); - Management of renewable resources of the natural environment in a sustainable development perspective. In particular, the Master in Biodiversity and Natural Systems, also in relation to the high naturalness of Calabria both at the coast and marine environment, both inland hills and mountains (in Calabria there are three national parks) provides for the formation of a naturalist which is expert in aquatic end terrestrial environment knowledge.
Key learning outcomes
Graduates in Biodiversity and Natural Systems will have expertise in the field of naturalic popularization and of territory planning, aimed at the conservation of biodiversity. The fields of application of these skills are: - Naturalistic research, both basic and applied, aimed at providing theoretical and methodological support for the study and conservation of biodiversity; - Environmental design in natural environment (with particular reference to the flora and fauna); -Preparation of management plans for wildlife, hunting, containment of native or non-native species harmful to agriculture and maintenance of landscape; - Planning activity oriented to sustainable development with the coordination of projects involving different professional figures in the environmental field; - Preparation of thematic maps (biological and abiologiche) through the use of GIS and related databases; - Impact assessment, recovery, management and design of the natural environment; - organization and direction of scientific museums, aquariums, botanical gardens and nature parks; - Dissemination and advanced teaching for cultural organizations, schools, associations and tourism in general.
Specific arrangements for recognition of prior learning (formal, non -formal and informal)
Students can apply for the recognition of activities acquired in previous training by submitting a formal request to the Degree Board, which decide about the recognition of all or part of the credits acquired by the student for proceeding with the further studies.
Occupational profiles of graduates
The course prepares students for the profession of: Biologists and similar professions - (2.3.1.1.1) Botanical - (2.3.1.1.5) Zoologists - (2.3.1.1.6) Ecologists - (2.3.1.1.7) Museum curators - (2.5.4.5.3) Researchers and technical graduates in the earth sciences - (2.6.2.1.4) Researchers and technical graduates in the biological sciences - (2.6.2.2.1) Environmental Control Expert- (3.1.8.3.1) Tour Guides; Nature and sports guide- (3.4.1.5.1)
Access to further studies
Graduates can access: - Specialization courses - PhD Courses - First and second level University Master's degree.
Examination regulations, assessment and grading
Determination of profit is individual. The examination for training activities other than teaching courses cannot provide a vote, but only a rating of "pass" (which determines the acquisition by the student of the related creditss) or "Failed". Examination of the profit can be in written, oral, or written and oral form. The test is passed if the final score is not less than 18/30. The vote of 30/30 may be accompanied, in the unanimous opinion of the jury, by the praise. To support the evidence of assessment of profit, the student must be enrolled and in good standing with the payment of taxes and contributions required and the provisions relating to establishment of the compulsory attendance.
Graduation requirements
The normal duration of the degree course is of two years. For getting the degree, the student must have acquired 120 credits. For being able to do the final examination scheduled for the attainment of the degree, the student must have acquired all the credits required in the teaching and its curriculum, except those related to the final examination, and comply with the payment of taxes and university fees.
Mode of study
The student, at the moment of the registration or enrollment, have to choose between full-time or part time commitment or part time commitment . Unless this specific option, the student is considered to be working full-time. The œpart time inscription envisages a curriculum structured on an average annual commitment which allow to the student the acquisition of 30 CFU. Course attendance is usually mandatory, even for students not enrolled full time.