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SUBJECTS

The Master’s academic training is composed of 16 subjects. Ten of them are compulsory and make a total of 35 ECTS credits. The remaining 6 subjects are elective and make a total of 13 ECTS credits, of which the student must study at least 10 ECTS. The subjects fall into four modules, shown below.


SUBJETS
ADVANCED SEMINARS
Module I (21 ECTS)
Planning, management and evaluation of rural development
Rural planning with ecological basis: development models (5 ECTS)
Planning in public field: from knowledge to action (2 ECTS)
Evaluation design: methods and tools  (5 ECTS) Participative and collaborative evaluation for entrepreneurship (2 ECTS)
Management of rural/local development projects. Bases for competence (5 ECTS) Bases for competence in project management (2 ECTS)
Module II (9 ECTS)
Quantitative techniques for a sustainable development
Technologies for territory study: remote sensing and GIS (3 ECTS) Uses of complex systems socially intelligent (SCSI) in rural development (2 ECTS)
Support systems for decision-making (4 ECTS)
Module III (12 ECTS)
Sustainable management of territory and biodiversity
Techniques and models for sustainable management and biodiversity conservation (4 ECTS)
Natura Network 2000. Concepts and evaluation of state of nature conservation (2ETS)
Sustainable management of soil and water (4 ECTS)
Module IV (6 ECTS)
Research in development
Scientific writing: Elaboration of Thesis and scientific articles (3 ECTS) Human development (3 ECTS)
Module V (15 ECTS) Final Master’s Thesis 15 ECTS

Elective subjects – intended to be advanced seminars of research – and the Final Master’s Thesis allow in-depth study of the specific subjects that interest the students the most. In this way, students can apply their Master teaching to areas that enhance their professional career plan.

The content of each of the subjects is detailed below:

Rural planning with ecological basis: Development models

Module 1    Compulsory    1st Semester    5ECTS
Professors: Adolfo Cazorla Montero / José Luis Yagüe

The specific contents will be:

• The new rural-urban context as an opportunity of development.
• Ecology vision regarding diversity and sustainable integration of people, the environment and activities.
• Planning models in the public environment with an approach to sustainable development based on territory.
• Plans, programs and projects of rural development in the context of the European Union and in cooperation with projects for development.
• Integration of the internal potential of territories as a strategy of sustainable development.
• Analysis of agents or interested parties.
• Integration of economic, social and environmental variables in development projects. Case studies.
• Analysis of problems, alternatives and participative evaluation of the internal potential of the territory.
• Cycle of projects and methodologies of formulation, evaluation and follow-up.
• Management of Cycle of Development Project.
• Formulation and evaluation of plans and programs of rural development with ecological basis.
• Project management. Competences for project management.
• Evaluation of development plans and programs.

The subject’s specific competences are:

• Identify and assess the diversity of a territory, reinforcing its internal potential and understanding the internal potential of rural territories as a basis for development.   
• To promote processes of participative planning for sustainable management of rural environments with a sense of duty to the public environment aimed at promoting goodwill.
• To understand and know the relationship between different models of development planning and specific policies and programs of rural development at the European and international level.
• To distinguish what type of responsibilities and abilities each group of agents has within a territory and put into practice a learning process that brings them together in pursuit of the common good and future sustainability of the rural environment.

Evaluation design: Methods and tools

Module 1    Compulsory    1st Semester    5ECTS
Professors: José María Díaz Puente / Ana Afonso Gallegos

The specific contents will be:

• Introduction to development evaluation.
• Different objectives of an evaluation.
• Value theories: criteria and standards.
• Main dimensions and evaluation fields.
• Expansion, usefulness and use of evaluation in projects and programs.
• Utilization–focused evaluation.
• Design of a system of follow-up and evaluation (S&E)
• Models for the design of evaluations.
• Model for the S&E of rural/local development.
• Design of indicators.
• Participative evaluation: tools for generation and analysis of information.
• Different roles of the evaluator.
• Keys for the execution of participative workshops.
• Appreciative approach of the evaluation.
• Cultural and ethnical matters in the evaluation.
• Generation of local capacities through the evaluation process.
• Empowerment evaluation.

The subject’s specific competences are:

• To know different objectives, dimensions and fields, where  evaluation work can be developed.
• To know different uses that can be made of an evaluation and ways to promote these uses.
• To define criteria and standards to assess the success or failure of a project/program and its quality.
• To learn to design a system of follow-up and evaluation of a project/ program.
• To develop the capacity to implement a process of continuous improvement and an evaluation of outcomes.
• To know several models and tools of evaluation that enable the personal design of evaluations, depending on what is being evaluated.
• Ability to lead participative evaluation processes and generate local participation through the process of evaluation.
• Knowledge about cultural and ethnical matters that affect the evaluation work.
• To know how to effectively use several techniques of oral and written communication to inform others of evaluation outcomes and promote their use.

Management of rural-local development projects: Basis for competence

Module 1    Compulsory    1st Semester    5ECTS
Professors: Ignacio de los Ríos / Miguel Salvo / Isabel Ortíz

The specific contents will be:

• Cycle of project and methodologies of formulation, evaluation and follow-up.
• Management of Development Project Cycle.
• Preparation for the formulation.
• Analysis of agents and interested parties.
• Analysis of problems and alternatives.
• Organization and planning of the project: Structures and components.
• Formulation and evaluation of the development project.
• Methodology of formulation: Project design. strategic alternatives. concept of the objectives, goals and design criteria.  
• Integration of economic, social and environmental variables in the development projects. Case studies.  
• Morphology: Project documents.
• Budget: Estimate of costs in project investment. Financing of the project.
• Project management. Competences for project management.

The subject’s specific competences are:

• To have the knowledge to identify and involve different social groups and interested parties in projects.
• To have the necessary knowledge related to requirements and objectives of a project and to be able to use them.  
• To have the knowledge to identify and analyze problems, needs, opportunities and threats in the projects.
• To learn to identify, assess and keep in mind human, social and environmental factors that affect and are affected by the Project for Rural/Local Development.
• To understand the integrated approach of the projects and technical-Geconomical, human, environmental and territorial dimensions of Development Projects.
• To have knowledge of participative methodologies in the formulation of a Development Project and to be able to use those methodologies.
• To have knowledge of the phases and structures to keep in logical order within a project and to be able to remain logical.
• To have knowledge to organize the formulation of a Development Project and to be able stay organized.
• To have knowledge of the quality factors of a project and to be able to use this information effectively.
• To have knowledge of the documents and morphology of a project.
• To have the knowledge to analyze Projects for Rural and Local Development from a multi-criteria point of view  and to be able to use that knowledge effectively.

Planning in the public field: from knowledge to action

Module 1    Elective    1st Semester    2 ECTS
Professor: Adolfo Cazorla Montero

The specific contents will be:

• Experience analysis of rural development based on planning models.
• The function of the scheduler as the facilitator of rural development processes, analyzed in terms of planning models.
• Empirical considerations of pure planning models. Revision of experiences of rural development projects, analyzing complex relationships between knowledge and action.
• Mixed models of planning.
• The function of public entities in the development processes. Planners study their approaches to each entity based on their relationships within the territory.
• The role of the public manager as scheduler.
• Ethical considerations with regard to the scheduler role.

The subject’s specific competences are:

• The student is capable of analyzing the roles of several agents through the leadership process.
• The student is capable of distinguishing the levels of participation of those involved in the planning process.
• The student understands the value of consultation as a tool to be used in the planning processes in the  public field.
• The student understands the different suggested cases by considering the conflicts that appear and how those conflicts are resolved through planning.
• The student develops empathy with a critical sense as an analysis tool.
• The student develops coherent plans, programs and projects and integrates them in a logical process.
• The student is capable of making a clear difference between permanent organizations and temporary organizations for execution.
• The student is capable of identifying possible avenues for planning, where regulatory problems are present.

Participative and collaborative evaluation for entrepreneurship

Module 1  Elective 1st semester  2 ECTS
Professor: José María Díaz Puente

The main objective of this seminar is to study evaluation methodologies in depth that are used when a project is based on information provided by principle people and/or by studying an organization. The teaching methodology involves developing practical case studies based on the experiences of students who are reviewing previous case studies.

The specific contents will be:

• Methodology of empowerment evaluation and its different validity contexts.
• Revision of concepts and methodologies of evaluation.
• Permanent organizations and evaluation. Management of internal evaluations for learning.
• Development of evaluation in different phases of a project’s cycle.  
• Evaluation as a tool for development.
• Evaluation as a tool for research.
• Empowerment in evaluation of different participants in development projects

The subject’s specific competences are:

• The student is capable of recognizing the keys of different evaluation methodologies and can use them in practical case studies, adapting them according to the context.
• The student is capable of understanding the motivations of each model and its positive aspects.
• The student understands the different cases with regard to conflicts and the methods used to develop the participation processes.
• To develop the required knowledge to be able to identify and involve different social groups and interested parties in the development projects.
• To learn to identify, value and keep in mind human, social and environmental factors that affect and are affected by the Rural and Local Development Project.
• To learn the role of evaluation within the integrated approach to development projects and to be able to choose the most adequate methodology based on the context of the project.
• The student is capable of managing the change and evolution of the project following the evaluation and understands how to use methodological resources to involve all project participants in the process.

Basis for competence in project management

Module 1  Elective  1st Semester  2 ECTS
Professors: Ignacio de los Ríos Carmendo / Isabel Ortiz Marcos

In the course, practical case studies of projects are reviewed to learn how to take the necessary steps to improve competencey.  Students will study the set of actions and activities that should be used when certain results are obtained following applied research of a specific development project. These groups of processes have clear relationshipss with other processes that are studied in other Master courses.

The specific contents will be:

• Management of projects: Main terms and principles.
• Certification systems in project management.
• Certification of projects as a career plan.
• Main principles for the basis for competence in project management. IPMA-AEIPRO System.
• Certification process in project management.
• Technical competences for project management.
• Personal competences of the project manager.
• Contextual competences for the project management.
• Analysis of competences in project management based on rural sustainable development.

The subject’s specific competences are:

• The student is capable of analyzing the development of projects as competences.
• The student knows the different certification systems in project management.
• The student is capable of making a competent evaluation of his/her abilities for project management, identifying his/her strengths and weaknesses, and can make a plan for personal improvement.  
• The student is capable of identifying key competences and guiding the actions of the  project manager based on the characteristics of the specific location and its principles.
• The student understands management of projects based on competences as a tool for improvement of the efficiency of work teams.

Technologies for territory study: Remote sensing and GIS

Module 2  Compulsory  2nd Semester  3 ECTS
Professors: Cristina Pascual Castaño / José Antonio Manzanera Vega / Susana Martín Fernández

The specific contents will be:

The subject’s objective is to study the use of IT to develop an in-depth qualitative and quantitative description of the territory (relief, weather, vegetation, soil, etc), as well as for assessment and generation of the models that can be incorporated in the plans and projects of rural and sustainable environmental development. The proposed module uses three main technological tools to obtain and treat geographical information: Global Positioning System (GPS), Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and Remote Sensing.

• Generation and obtaining cartographical information:
o Cartographic and map projections, GPS system.
o Georeferentiation, digitalization, interpolation.
• Spatial analysis of information through GIS: examples and uses (territorial planning, impact evaluation, use localization).
• Generation and obtaining of thematic information:
o Bases of spatial remote sensing.
o Preparation and pre-processing of information.
o Generation of quantitative information and elaborated products.
o Generation of thematic information.
• Participative seminar about presentation of the outcome of practical case studies assigned by groups.

The subject’s specific competences are:

• To know cutting-edge methods, techniques and tools for generation of basic cartographic information.  
• To know cutting-edge methods, techniques and tools for generation of quantitative information about several territory variables.  
• To know cutting-edge methods, techniques and tools for generation of categorical information (qualitative).
• Ability to use procedures and techniques for information integration for evaluation and diagnosis of the territory.
• Ability to use procedures and techniques for information integration for territorial planning and resource assignment.

Support systems for decision - making

Module 2  Compulsory  2nd Semester  4 ECTS
Professors: Eugenio Martínez Falero / Ángel Martín Fernández / Susana Martín Fernández

The specific contents will be:

In the processes of rural and environmental planning, decision making is involved in several phases of the projects: in the choice of variables, resource optimization and in the incorporation of the opinion of agents involved in the decision making process. Thus, this subject is essential in a Master of sustainable development research so that the student is able to implement, develop and increase his/her knowledge about support systems for rural and environmental development decision making:.
• General approach to decision making:
o Information type (sampling, subjective, comes from decision consequences).
o Minimax and bayesian criteria for decision making.
• Optimization in territory management:
o Mathematical programming.
o Heuristic methods of optimization.
• Scaling techniques:
o Building of value function.
o Soft methods.
• Identification of preference systems from a decision maker:
o Binary relations and order.
o Characterization of preference systems.

The subject’s specific competences are:

Transversal competences:
• Capacity for analysis, synthesis and learning.
• Teamwork capacity.
• Ability to manage information and speech in public.
Specific competences:
• To know methods and algorithms of decision making.
• Ability to identify and use the most adequate method of decision making in view of a problem of management and sustainable development in rural environments.
• To develop procedures for obtaining opinions and preferences.
• To use and implement systems of support at decision (SAD).
• To interpret and evaluate outcomes obtained when using a system of support for decisions.

Uses of complex systems socially intelligent (SCSI) in rural development

Module 2    Elective    2nd Semester    2 ECTS
Professors: Eugenio Martínez Falero / Ángel Martín Fernández / Susana Martín Fernández

The specific contents will be:

The Complex Systems are recommended for a participative seminar because of two characteristics:
• For its own complexity, the study of these systems is based on determining possible behavioral guidelines, including knowing the relationships among system agents, which is key information when doing rural development projects.
• The dependency between complex systems and users produces changes in the decisions of agents, social structures and the systems. This is what happens when decisions are based on the structures of web 2.0   
The intelligent SCSI make solutions more focused on people, who use the participative behavior to propose decisions that incorporate best practices to solve global challenges (trust crisis, environmental problems, poverty, etc).
A seminar that integrates the following contents is deacribed as follows:
• Algorithm basis for evaluation, modeling and simulation of multi-level systems, considering the technological, social and environmental aspects.
• Tools for simulations applicable for heterogeneous and less reliable data.
• Mathematical and non-lineal computing methods applicable for predictability.
At the same time, the development of the seminar must show the state of the art in the following:
• Provision of mass services.
• Simulation of systems depending on technologies.
• Building of user communities.
• P2P systems.
• Management systems for natural risks.

The subject’s specific competences are:

• Analysis and identification of relations among agents involved in rural development projects.
• Use of participative tools of web 2.0.
• Training to think globally and act locally.
• To know current SCSI developments.
• To know the possibilities when applying project management and sustainable development principles in rural environments.
• To use available systems.
• To interpret and evaluate the various outcomes obtained using available systems.

Techniques and models for sustainable management and biodiversity conservation

Module 3    Compulsory    2nd Semester    4 ECTS
Professors:    Antonio García Abril / Mª Ángeles Grande Ortiz  / Rosario Tejera Jimeno

The specific contents will be:

• Man and nature. Sustainable development.
• International initiatives and sustainable development tendencies.
• Sustainable management and biodiversity. Biodiversity measures.
• Evolution and implementation of sustainable management: Forest case.
• Sustainable management and biodiversity in different territory scales. Tools and decision criteria.
• Implementation of close-to-nature forest management.
• Introduction to protected natural environments: concept, backgrounds at worldwide level, objectives and goods and services of the protected natural environments.  
• The legal framework of protected natural environments. Protection figures (International Union for Conservation of Nature – IUCN), public and autonomous.
• Planning of protected natural environments: Basic principles of planning. Networks of protected natural environments. The Network of National Parks in Spain.
• Natura Network 2000: Implications for member States.
• Plans of Natural Resources Management. Content and methodologies of elaboration. Examples.
• Plans of management. Methodology and examples.

The subject’s specific competences are:

• Ability to identify significant elements and their relationship, from a territory to different levels.  
• Ability to value and integrate significant elements into models for integral management of natural resources.
• To identify the elements of an ecosystem or landscape, especially on an organism scale.
• To identify critical elements for conservation and biodiversity improvement in agroforestry systems.
• Ability to analyze a specific situation and evaluate a specific action based on the point of view of conservation of biodiversity and sustainable development.  
• Ability to generate alternatives that combine the use of territories with sustainable development and biodiversity so that conservation in ecosystems or agroforesty systems is maintained.
• Understanding and critical analysis of the evolution of natural environments, forests and ecosystems and the different ways to manage them.
• Knowledge of the characteristics of protected natural environments and the main aspects for planning and management of these environments.

Sustainable management of soil and water

Module 3    Compulsory    2nd Semester    4 ECTS
Professors:    Luis Gonzaga García Montero / José Luis Hernanz Marto / Manuel Cortijo Martínez

The specific contents will be:

• Experimental study and management of physical variables of soil and water.
• Effects of mechanization and farming implements on soil.  
• Management of mechanization and farming implements on soil.
• Study, problems and planning of soil fertility.
• Experimental study and management of soil-plant interactions.
• Soil interaction with environmental problems that have global significance.  
• Soil integration in models of territorial planning and evaluation of the environmental impact.  
• Experimental work developed by professors: Experimental practices from the field and the laboratory.
• Participative seminar for presentation of experimental works developed by the students: Poster format and oral communication for scientific congress and evaluation of works using criteria of “evaluator of articles”.
• Research and experimentation relating to the physical-chemical and biological characterization of water that allows an adequate use of the same without affecting the health of living organisms - agricultural and industrial - and the environment  as whole. Methodologies are developed and used to keep an eye on water quality following different uses, including open aquifers.  
• Research and experimentation in water purification and treatment from different origins. This research and experimentation includes study of the natural purification capacity of the soil and water network and the most modern technologies for water treatment and high throughput techniques for advanced debugging of highly contaminated water.
• Research and experimentation about the environmental implications of natural, contaminated and treated water. Also, more modern methodologies and tools are tested that allow the integration of water in the processes of territorial planning, evaluation of the environmental impact and restoration of natural systems.

The subject’s specific competences are:

• To know cutting-edge methods and tendencies in the experimental study of elements and physical properties of soil and water in the hydrological network.
• To know cutting-edge methods and tendencies in experimental study of fertility and soil biology and soil-plant interactions.  
• To know cutting-edge methods and tendencies in the techniques of analysis and study of water in the hydrological and soil network.
• To know cutting-edge methods and tendencies in experimental study of the relationship between soil and water with regard to environmental problems of a global nature..
• Ability to manage and evaluate modern tools of agroforestry land management and water treatment at low cost.
• Ability to acquire and evaluate modern tools of labor and agroforestry soil use and water treatment at low cost.  
• Ability to make experimental designs and build models that lead to optimization, protection and restoration of soil and water.
• Ability to manage and evaluate modern tools and technologies for applying high performance treatments to highly contaminated waters.

Socioeconomic sustainability assessment

Module 3    Compulsory    2nd Semester    2 ECTS
Professor: Sigfredo Ortuño Pérez

The specific contents will be:

Regarding sustainable management in a rural environment within the evaluation process, it is important that socioeconomic and environmental views and methodologies are understood so that managers can make adequate estimations of the value of natural resources. Thus, this subject is essential in a Master of sustainable development research so that the student is able to implement, develop and increase knowledge of a tool that is indispensable for making the right management decisions with regard to rural and environmental development.
• Introduction to the economic assessment of natural resources:
Environmental and ecological economy. Sustainable development. Natural resources.
• Concepts of economic value and surplus:
Price and value. Consumer surplus. Compensatory valuation.
• Valuation methodology
Hedonic pricing method. Trip cost. Contingent valuation. Other methods.
• Techniques of decision making:
Cost-benefit analysis. Cost-efficiency analysis. Probabilistic analysis. Multi-criteria analysis. Other decision techniques.

The subject’s specific competences are:

• To know methods of socioeconomic assessment.
• Ability to identify the best valuation method when there is a problem managing and sustaining development in a rural environment.
• To develop procedures for obtaining opinions and preferences.  
• Ability to integrate methodological processes in decision making with regard to the value of resources.

Natura Network 2000. Concepts and evaluation of the state of nature conservation

Module 3    Elective    2nd Semester    2 ECTS
Professors: Antonio García Abril / Rosario Tejera Gimeno / María Victoria Núñez Martí


The specific contents will be:

The conservation of biodiversity in Europe is defined in the Guideline 92/43/CEE –commonly known as the Habitat Guideline. In this guideline, the creation of protected areas is established (Natura Network 2000) and the necessity to keep them in a favorable conservation environment is recognized. Spain has around 23% of its territory included in Natura Network 2000. Thus, this seminar is considered essential in a Master of sustainable development research, so that the students are able to implement, develop and increase their knowledge of how to identity and evaluate the state of natural conservation as set forth by the Natura Network 2000.

In a specific way the following contents are approached:
• Natura network 2000: Definitions and concepts of a favorable conservation state.
• Protected habitats of Natura Network 2000: Identification and classification.
• Evaluation of the state of natural conservation as set forth by the Natura Network 2000.

The subject’s specific competences are:

• To know the contents of legislation that the Natura Network 2000 provides in relation to evaluation of the state of natural conservation.
• To know and identify different habitats that constitutes a Natura Network 2000.
• To learn and evaluate the state of natural conservation of the Natura Network 2000.
• To use their knowledge to manage a project in a forest environment that includes several habitats of the Natura Network 2000.

Scientific writing: Elaboration of thesis and scientific articles

Module 3    Compulsory    1st Semester    3 ECTS
Professors: Adolfo Cazorla Montero / José María Díaz Puente

The specific contents will be:

• PhD thesis writing and procedures for its final reading; and writing of scientific articles and procedures for its delivery and revision.
• Basic bibliography:
o Serafini, M.T. (2007). Como se escribe. Trad. Francisco Rodríguez de Lecea. Paidós Bolsillo, Barcelona.
o Wayne C. Booth, W.C; Williams, J.M. & Colomb, G.C (2003). The Craft of Research, 2nd edition. Chicago Guides to Writing, Editing, and Publishing.
o Turabian, K.L; Wayne C. Booth, W.C; Williams, J.M. & Colomb, G.C (2007). A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations, Seventh Edition: Chicago Style for Students and Researchers (Chicago Guides to Writing, Editing, and Publishing).
o Strunk, W. & White, EB (1999). The Elements of Style. 4th edition. Allyn and Bacon.

The subject’s specific competences are:

• Methodologies of scientific research.
• Use of information technology and other information for cooperative work and teamwork.
• Bibliographic research; bibliographic search in international databases.
• Logical reasoning and critical analysis of documents.
• Relational information management.
• Synthesis capacity.
• Global and contextual understanding of complex situations.
• Scientific writing.
• Structuring the research paper.
• Knowledge of administrative procedures of the University for Doctoral Thesis processing.
• Knowledge of procedures to publish in international impact magazines.

Human Development

Module 3    Elective    1st Semester    3 ECTS
Professors: Ignacio Trueba Jainaga / Ana Afonso Gallegos

The specific contents will be:

The search for a general theory of development has attracted the attention of economists for two centuries. Until two decades ago, concept development was understood as economic development.  Development theories have been concerned with studying strong growth potential and how use that growth to transform processes for continuous improvement of the standard of living.
Debates in the 90’s concerning policies and economic development recognized that development is more than material growth.  There must be wider objectives relative to human well-being. Development is not simply economic, but includes human development as well  For a long time, the recurrent question has been: How much is a country producing? Since the nineties, the question has been: How are the people doing?  In this context, the subject is structured around the following themes:
• Concept of human development and other related terms.
• Objectives of millennium development.
• Poverty as lack of income and poverty as capability-deprivation.
• Development indicators.
• The Human Development Report of the United Nations Development Programme.
Also, to study these concepts from a theoretical and analytical point of view, special sessions are included in which two themes highly related to human development are considered: Dimensions of global human mobility and  
Organizations and local Alliances for Development. The development is a transversal concept that involves many institutions and different participants.  Thus, it is important that those involved coordinate their actions and work as one to efficiently pursue their common objective.

The subject’s specific competences are:

• Knowledge of concepts related to human development and evaluation and tendencies.
• Ability to analyze and interpret development indicators from a critical perspective.
• Ability to make a proposal of new analysis systems and evaluation of human development. 
• Ability to make a proposal of guidelines and action lines aimed at development.
• Ability to identify resources and growing sources that can affect human development on an international scale.

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