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Organic Farming

Code: CA4013     Acronym: CA4013     Level: 400

Classification Keyword
OFICIAL Agrarian Sciences

Instance: 2019/2020 - 2S Ícone do Moodle

Active? Yes
Responsible unit: Department of Geosciences, Environment and Spatial Plannings
Course/CS Responsible: Master's degree in Food Science and Technology

Cycles of Study/Courses

Acronym No. of Students Study Plan Curricular Years Credits UCN Credits ECTS Contact hours Total Time
M:TCA 20 Official Study Plan 1 - 6 49 162

Teaching Staff - Responsibilities

Teacher Responsibility
Ana Álvares Ribeiro Marques de Aguiar

Teaching - Hours

Theoretical classes: 1,50
Theoretical and practical : 2,00
Type Teacher Classes Hour
Theoretical classes Totals 1 1,50
Ana Álvares Ribeiro Marques de Aguiar 1,50
Theoretical and practical Totals 1 2,00
Ana Álvares Ribeiro Marques de Aguiar 2,00

Teaching language



To know organic production as a strategy of agricultural production, it’s beginning and how it relates to other forms of sustainable agriculture.

Learning outcomes and competences

It is expected students (1) know organic production and its regulation, (2) internalize the principles, advantages and constraints of this mode of production as an economic activity, (3) master production techniques in organic production namely protection and (4) become aware of the economic, ecological and social commitment that this mode of production may involve.

Working method



  1. Definition and characterization of the organic production. Comparison with other sustainable strategies of production. Possible reasons for increasing adherence to thisstrategy of production.

  2. The organic production as a preferred strategy for family agriculture, urban agriculture and social and therapeutic agriculture.

  3. General operations for crops installation and management in organic production.

  4. Protection of crops in organic production (strategy and pest control).     

Mandatory literature

Mourão, Isabel de Maria; Manual de Horticultura no modo de produção biológico, ESA-Ponte de Lima, 2007. ISBN: 978-972-97872-2-5
Altieri, Miguel; Agroecologia, a dinâmica produtiva da agricultura sustentável, 5ªEd. UFRGS Editora, 2008. ISBN: 85-7025-538-1
Ferreira, Jorge; As bases da agricultura biológica, Lisboa, 2012. ISBN: 978-972-99697-3-7

Comments from the literature

Other scientific and tecnical papers will be proposed.

Teaching methods and learning activities

A classificação final será calculada com a seguinte fórmula: CF=60%E + 40%P, podendo a componente prática ser composta por mais do que um trabalho. It has page in MoodleUP.

Evaluation Type

Distributed evaluation with final exam

Assessment Components

designation Weight (%)
Exame 60,00
Trabalho prático ou de projeto 40,00
Total: 100,00

Amount of time allocated to each course unit

designation Time (hours)
Elaboração de relatório/dissertação/tese 30,00
Estudo autónomo 21,00
Frequência das aulas 49,00
Total: 100,00

Eligibility for exams

All students are admitted to final exam.

Calculation formula of final grade

The final classification will be calculated with the following formula: CF = 60% E + 40%P, the practical component may consist of more than one assignment

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