Master Degree in Organic Agriculture Management (International Program)

Organic Agriculture Management

1.1      Philosophy; Importance

          Aim to produce graduates equipped with knowledge, ability and skills. Therefore, utilize those interdisciplinary knowledges in the management of organic agriculture. Make it accepted and spread it out at the international level.

1.2      Objectives

  1. To produce graduate that can apply acquired knowledge in organic agriculture to create skills in organizing integrated agriculture and sustainability in the community, society, country and international level through research works.
  2. To produce graduates with the skills of giving up-to-date advice and consultation in terms of standardization and management of organic agriculture.
  3. To produce knowledgeable graduates with production skills, produce graduates that can sell their products, filled with proper morals and ethics and graduates that shows community, society and environmental responsibility.
  4. To produce graduates who possess the ability to use English in presenting or publishing in internationally recognized journals.
  5. To produce graduates who can effectively choose to use information technology for communication and development of organic agriculture.

1.3      Educational System

The Educational system in Maejo University International Colleges, Maejo University uses a binary education system, 1 academic year is divided into 2 regular semesters, 1 regular semester has a study period of not less than 15 weeks.

1.4      Structure of the Curriculum (Divided into 3 types)

  1. Plan A Type 1.1
  2. Thesis 36       credits
  3. Non-credit courses 7        credits

total credits throughout the curriculum    36      credits

  1. Plan A Type 1.2
  2. Major Core Courses 9        credits
  3. Major Elective Courses 15      credits
  4. Thesis 12      credits
  5. Non-credit courses 7        credits

total credits throughout the curriculum    36      credits

  1. Plan B
  2. Major Core Courses 9        credits
  3. Major Elective Courses 21      credits
  4. Independent studies 6        credits
  5. Non-credit courses 7        credits

total credits throughout the curriculum    36      credits

1) Plan A, Type A1

 

Year 1 / Semester 1

Course Codes

Course Names

Credits

Theory

Practice

Self-Study

21601591

Seminar 1

(1)

0

2

1

21601691

Thesis 1

6

0

18

0

21601501

Interdisciplinary Research Methodology in Organic Agriculture Management

(3)

2

3

5

Total

6

2

23

6

 

 

Year 1 / Semester 2

Course Codes

Course Names

Credits

Theory

Practice

Self-Study

21601592

Seminar 2

(1)

0

2

1

21601692

Thesis 2

6

0

18

0

Total

6

0

20

1

 

 

Year 2 / Semester 1

Course Codes

Course Names

Credits

Theory

Practice

Self-Study

21601593

Seminar 3

(1)

0

2

1

21601693

Thesis 3

12

0

36

0

Total

12

0

38

1

 

 

Year 2 / Semester 2

Course Codes

Course Names

Credits

Theory

Practice

Self-Study

21601594

Seminar 4

(1)

0

2

1

21601694

Thesis 4

12

0

36

0

Total

12

0

38

1

 












2)  Plan A, Type A 2

 Year 1 / Semester 1

Course Codes

Course Names

Credits

Theory

Practice

Self-Study

21601591

Seminar 1

(1)

0

2

1

21601501

Interdisciplinary Research Methodology in Organic Agriculture Management

(3)

2

3

5

21601502

Organic Agriculture Standard System

3

2

3

5

21601503

Bio-circular Green Economy and Technological Innovations

3

2

3

5

21601......

Elective Major Course 1

3

.........

.........

.........

Total

9

.........

.........

.........

 

 







Year 1 / Semester 2

Course Codes

Course Names

Credits

Theory

Practice

Self-Study

21601504

Organic Entrepreneurship

3

2

2

5

21601......

Elective Major Course 2

3

.........

.........

.........

21601......

Elective Major Course 3

3

.........

.........

.........

21601......

Elective Major Course 4

3

.........

.........

.........

21601592

Seminar 2

(1)

0

2

1

Total

12

.........

.........

.........

 

 

 

Year 2 / Semester 1

Course Codes

Course Names

Credits

Theory

Practice

Self-Study

21601.....

Elective Major Course 5

3

.........

.........

.........

21601593

Seminar 3

(1)

0

2

1

21601691

Thesis 1

6

0

18

0

Total

9

.........

.........

.........

 

Year 2 / Semester 2

Course Codes

Course Names

Credits

Theory

Practice

Self-Study

21601594

Seminar 4

(1)

0

2

1

21601692

Thesis 2

6

0

18

0

Total

6

0

20

1

 

 















3)  Plan B

 Year 1 / Semester 1 

Course Codes

Course Names

Credits

Theory

Practice

Self-Study

21601591

Seminar 1

(1)

0

2

1

21601501

Interdisciplinary Research Methodology in Organic Agriculture Management

(3)

2

3

5

21601502

Organic Agriculture Standard System

3

2

3

5

21601503

Bio-circular Green Economy and Technological Innovations

3

2

3

5

Total

6

8

5

21

 

Year 1 / Semester 2

Course Codes

Course Names

Credits

Theory

Practice

Self-Study

21601504

Organic Entrepreneurship

3

2

3

5

21601......

Elective Major Course 1

3

.........

.........

.........

21601......

Elective Major Course 2

3

.........

.........

.........

21601......

Elective Major Course 3

3

.........

.........

.........

21601592

Seminar 2

(1)

0

2

1

Total

12

.........

.........

.........

 

Year 2 / Semester 1

Course Codes

Course Names

Credits

Theory

Practice

Self-Study

21601......

Elective Major Course 4

3

.........

.........

.........

21601......

Elective Major Course 5

3

.........

.........

.........

21601......

Elective Major Course 6

3

.........

.........

.........

21601593

Seminar 3

(1)

0

2

1

Total

9

.........

.........

.........

 

 

Year 2 / Semester 2

Course Codes

Course Names

Credits

Theory

Practice

Self-Study

21601......

Elective Major Course 7

3

.........

.........

.........

21601594

Seminar 4

(1)

0

2

1

21601690

Independent Study

6

0

18

0

Total

9

.........

.........

.........

 

 

 










Thesis Preparation Plan

1.     Submit the thesis topic within the 3rd semester of October 2024.

2.     Examination of thesis proposal within the 3rd semester of October 2024

3.     The thesis defense examination is scheduled for the 4th semester of March 2024.

*** Note: The said date and time shall be following Maejo University's announcement regarding the Graduate Studies Calendar.

 

Course Descriptions

                   3.1.5.1 Required Non-credit Courses

                  

21601501 Research Methodology for Interdisciplinary Organic Agriculture Management   3 (2-3-5)

          Prerequisite:   As approved by program committee

          The concepts of interdisciplinary organic agriculture management research, experimental designs, and steps in interdisciplinary organic agriculture management research, data processing, analysis and interpretation of research results, and writing and presenting a research report.

                   (Lecture 2 hours, Practice 3 hours, Self-Study 5 hours/week)    

                  

21601591    Seminar 1                                                                       1 (0-2-1)

          Prerequisite: None

Presentation and discussion of topics of interest in the general area of organic agriculture management for master's degree students.

                    (Lecture 0 hour, Practice 2 hours, Self-Study 1 hour/week)       

                  

21601592    Seminar 2                                                                      1 (0-2-1)

          Prerequisite:  None        

          Presentation and discussion of topics of interest in the specialized area of organic agriculture management related to master thesis.

                    (Lecture 0 hour, Practice 2 hours, Self-Study 1 hour/week)       

 

21601593    Seminar 3                                                                       1 (0-2-1)

          Prerequisite: None

          Presentation and discussion of topics of interest in the specialized area of organic agriculture management related to master thesis.

                    (Lecture 0 hour, Practice 2 hours, Self-Study 1 hour/week)       

                  

21601594    Seminar 4                                                                       1 (0-2-1)

          Prerequisite: None

Presentation and discussion of topics of interest in the specialized area of organic agriculture management related to master thesis.

                    (Lecture 0 hour, Practice 2 hours, Self-Study 1 hour/week)       

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3.1.5.2 Required Major Courses

21601502    Organic Entrepreneurship                                               3 (2-3-5)

          Prerequisite:   None       

           Compare the overview of the industries related to organic agriculture both domestically and internationally. A process that can increase competitiveness, Commercial Value-Added Approach Business concepts and principles, Seeking funding to support product development and start a business, Developing business plans, marketing plans, financial and accounting plans, production plans, and personnel management plans. case studies and have a study visit outside the place

                    (Lecture 2 hours, Practice 3 hours, Self-Study 5 hours/week)    

 

21601503    Bio-circular Green Economy and Technological Innovations3 (2-3-5)

          Prerequisite: None

Sustainable Agricultural Technologies, Agricultural Production and Food Safety, Algal Production System, Agro-Industry, Biological Natural Resource Engineering, Bioprocess, biosystems, biocatalysis; nanocatalysis and nanotechnology, Lignocellulosic biomass, bio-based materials research, organic dye, Energy crops for fiber compounds, gums, polymers, fatty acids, oils, essential oils, Chemicals derived from oilseed crops, biologically active compounds, nanoparticles linked with crops, Valorization and metabolite extraction of waste streams and antioxidant activity, Biochemical Engineering, Product Engineering in the Bio Industries, Bio-Circular Green Economy, Agrotourism.

                    (Lecture 3 hours, Practice 0 hours, Self-Study 6 hours/week)    

                  

 

          3.1.5.3 Elective Major Course

         

21601511    Cannabis Science                                                 3 (2-2-5)

          Prerequisite: None

              Botany of Cannabis, culture, bioactive compound, extraction and analytical techniques for bioactive compounds, processing, marketing, and the application of Cannabis in the medicine, cosmetic and pharmaceutical industries.

                    (Lecture 2 hours, Practice 2 hours, Self-Study 5 hours/week)    

                  

21601513    Organic Livestock Production and Organic Aquaculture Farming        3 (2-2-5)

          Prerequisite: None

              Principles and animal production in organic farming systems, organic livestock farming management, organic livestock feed production, principles and practices of organic aquaculture farming, ecological system in aquaculture farm, organic aquatic animal feed and organic aquaculture farming management, processing and management of livestock and aquatic animals products in organic systems. Biotechnology for Livestock, Pests and Aquaculture, Aquaculture and Biosystems Research, Aquatic Resources and Fishery Technology.

                    (Lecture 2 hours, Practice 2 hours, Self-Study 5 hours/week)    

         

21601515   Advanced Technology and SMART Farm in Modern Agriculture         3 (2-2-5)

          Prerequisite: None

              Applications of advanced agricultural technologies, automated and precision systems, application of the Geographic Information System (GIS), modern tools and machinery, application of the remote sensor for the precision farm management, and development directions corresponding with global situations.

                    (Lecture 2 hours, Practice 2 hours, Self-Study 5 hours/week)    

 

Business and Entrepreneur Courses

 

 

21601516    Crop production systems in Northern Thailand                3 (2-3-5)

          Prerequisite:   None       

           Principles and cropping systems, biophysical and socio-cultural diversity, topography and limiting factors of agriculture, history and identity of ethnic agriculture, and the impact of the current situation on crop production systems in Northern Thailand, case studies, and visit farms.

 

21601517    Computer-based tools to assess crop productivity and the sustainability of land use systems                                                                                       3 (2-3-5)

          Prerequisite:   None       

           Basic concepts of systemic models, model types, crop modelling, Tree-soil-crop interaction modelling, computer model exercises, case study work and student group seminars

                   (Lecture 2 hours, Practice 3 hours, Self Study 5 hours/week)

 

21601518    Ecology and Agroecosystems                                         3 (2-3-5)

          Prerequisite:   None       

           Principles of regulation within natural and agricultural ecosystem, the interconnections between natural landscape and agricultural production, design and mange agroecosystems with respect to improvement of long-term reliability in agricultural production

                   (Lecture 2 hours, Practice 3 hours, Self Study 5 hours/week)

 

21601519   Advancing Biostimulant Production and Technologies                         3 (2-2-5)

          Prerequisite: None

              Classification of biostimulation, Primary source and raw materials, Technologies of production, Bioactive components and methods of quality control, Function and effects on whole plants, Modes of action, Economic aspects, Case studies, Visit to factories

                   (Lecture 2 hours, Practice 2 hours, Self Study 5 hours/week)    

 

21601520   Organic food processing and preservation                         3 (2-2-5)

          Prerequisite: None

              Principles of organic food processing, food preservation, nutrition, and food chemistry; fundamental and applied research relating to food processing and preservation, benefit the research, commercial, and industrial communities. The safe preservation and successful consumer acceptance of unique, innovative, organic, and non-traditional international or domestic foods. In addition, current economic and regulatory policies and their effects on the safety and quality processing and preservation of a wide array of foods.

                   (Lecture 2 hours, Practice 2 hours, Self Study 5 hours/week)    

 

21601521   Sustainable Organic Farming Management                                 3 (2-2-5)

          Prerequisite: None

              Patterns of organic farming systems, factors affecting farming system management, research, and development on cropping patterns, sustainable management in production, land conservation and utilization, integrated pest management in farming systems, planning and farm budget, analysis and evaluation of organic farming systems, marketing and price of the product.

                    (Lecture 2 hours, Practice 2 hours, Self-Study 5 hours/week)

         

21601522   Accounting and Financial Management for Organic Agribusiness                   3 (2-2-5)

          Prerequisite: None

              Roles of accounting and finance in organic agribusiness management, concepts of financial management in organic agribusiness, cost analysis, financial performance analysis, risk and return in organic agribusiness, short and long-term financing and budgeting, and financial budgeting for organic agribusiness.

                    (Lecture 2 hours, Practice 2 hours, Self-Study 5 hours/week)    


 

21601523    Strategies for Organic Agribusiness Development            3 (2-2-5)

          Prerequisite: None

              Concept of strategies for organic agribusiness, related problems about organization management in organic agribusiness, the direction of business management and administration, business development, production and marketing of input, agricultural outputs and products under globalization, organic agribusiness organization development

                    (Lecture 2 hours, Practice 2 hours, Self-Study 5 hours/week)    

                  

21601524    Entrepreneurship in Organic Agriculture                         3 (2-2-5)

          Prerequisite: None

          Characteristics of entrepreneurship in organic agriculture business; Inspirational encouragement; Entrepreneurial development; Laws for new business establishments; Sources of funding; Marketing research creation of business plan; a Marketing plan; Production plan; Organizational and operational plan; Business plan evaluation; Guidelines for business operations.

                    (Lecture 2 hours, Practice 2 hours, Self-Study 5 hours/week)

         

21601525    Business Plan for Entrepreneur in Organic Agribusiness  3 (2-2-5)

          Prerequisite: None

              Concept, significance, and use of business plan, the principles of writing a business plan, business background, industry competitive analysis, determination of vision, mission and goals, business strategy, operation plan, backup plan, and solutions.

                    (Lecture 2 hours, Practice 2 hours, Self-Study 5 hours/week)

 

21601526  Supply Chain and Logistics Management for Entrepreneurship in Organic Agribusiness         3 (2-2-5)

          Prerequisite:   None       

               Impacts of logistics operations on business organizations, logistics service providers, international logistics, logistics costs analysis for business decision making, measuring logistics performance, organizing for effective logistics, and supply chain management.

                    (Lecture 2 hours, Practice 2 hours, Self-Study 5 hours/week)    

 

21601527    Safe agriculture and organic agriculture innovation development         3 (2-3-5)

          Prerequisite:   None       

           Safe agriculture and organic agriculture development through science, technology, innovation, research for potential increasing of production process, processing, and value. Assessment and control of the quality of agricultural produce, including agricultural innovation products to meet standards

                   (Lecture 2 hours, Practice 3 hours, Self Study 5 hours/week)

 

 

21601528    Food innovations of the future                                        3 (2-3-5)

          Prerequisite:   None       

           Types of future foods, basic food, functional food, medical food, food chemistry, functional food, Biological active substances in food, Shelf life and packaging management, Laws and Standards for Food and Supplements, Health food business and marketing

                   (Lecture 2 hours, Practice 3 hours, Self Study 5 hours/week)

 

21601529    Science Technology and Innovation for Agricultural Economic Development                                                                                                          3 (2-3-5)

          Prerequisite:   None       

           Economic and business development through science, technology, innovation, research and development. Digital development strategy for economic and business, driving the economic and business, developing manpower to be ready for the digital economy and society under the changing. Analysis and evaluation of science, technology, and innovation development for the economic and business.