Course descriptions
Mod.: 2008-01-02

Course title

Course description

Forms of assessment

Teacher

Hrs / week

ECTS credits

BUSINESS MODULES

Agricultural economics and policy

The objectives of this course are to:

demonstrate why agriculture is special case of economics, discuss input-transfer-output of agricultural production, and to evaluate why there is high influence of agricultural policy on production.

Case study

János Puskás PhD

3

6

Common Agricultural Policy of the EU (CAP)

 

 

The objectives of this course are to:

explain the history and development of common agricultural policy, discuss the mile stones and the future of the CAP, and to demonstrate the changes the CAP made on the structure of European agriculture.

Written exam

János Puskás PhD

2

4

Common market organisations (CMO) of the EU

 

 

The objectives of this course are to:

examine basics of EU regulations of each main agricultural products, demonstrate and explain the reasons and intentions behind the major changes of the C.A.P., and to carry out an impact analysis of C.A.P. on EU and international agricultural and food markets.

Written exam

János Puskás PhD

2

4

Management of structural funds of the EU

The objectives of this course are to:

analyse of the budgetary measures and goals of the regional and cohesion policy of the EU, and to examine the objectives of the utilisation of the structural funds.

Written exam

János Puskás PhD

2

4

Price analysis and forecasting

The objectives o this course are to:

examine basic forces that influence prices in a spatial and temporal context, develop analytical techniques related to price analysis,

and to provide examples of empirical price analysis applied to real world problems

Course project

János Puskás PhD

3

6

Project management (PCM)

The objectives of this course are to:

examine the basics of management techniques to plan a projects, provide useful patterns and develop management ability to plan, carry out and evaluate projects, and to focus on support from the EU structural, agricultural and rural development funds.

Course project and

Group presentation

János Puskás PhD

3

6

Introduction to Regional Economics

 

Analysis of a Region, Objectives and Procedures for Location Choice, Specific Location Factors, Transfer Orientation, Location and the Theory of Production

Basic Trends, Regional Growth, Interregional Convergence, Role of Cities in Regional Development, External and Internal Factors in Regional Development;

Regional Pathology: The Emergence of "Problem Areas", Available EU tools Regional Development Strategy, Growth Centers, Spatial Aspects of Urban Problems.

PDF presentation,

oral exam

Dr. Simon Imre

2

3

Analysis of Indicators of Sustainable Development

 

 

 

 

 

Economic development, social development, and environmental protection.

Analysis of indicators being developed to monitor, assess and review the sustainable development including a comprehensive examination of a wide number of subjects affecting development including an aging society, energy use, and the environment.

PDF presentation,

oral exam

Dr. Simon Imre

 

2

 

3

Spatial planning

Spatial planning gives a comprehensive expression to the economic, social, cultural and ecological policies of society. It is at the same time a scientific discipline, an administrative technique and a policy developed as an approach directed towards a balanced regional development and the physical organisation of space according to a complex strategy .

Written exam

Dr. Simon Sandor

2

3

Ecological Economics

Ecological economics is a field of study that addresses the dynamic and spatial interdependence between human economies and natural ecosystems. An important part of the material is the criticism on the assumptions of traditional (or mainstream) economics. Ecological economics presents a more pluralistic approach to the study of environmental problems and policy solutions towards a sustainable economy.

Written exam

Dr. Simon Sandor

2

3

Business Planning

A Business Plan describes a business opportunity. The primary value of a business plan will be to create a written outline that evaluates all aspects of the economic viability of the business venture including a description and analysis of the business prospects. The Business Plan format is a systematic assessment of all the factors critical to the business purpose and goals. Preparing a Business Plan is an inexact science. Often, it is necessary to make estimates using some higher mathematical methods.

Written exam

Dr. Simon Sandor

4

6

Controlling

Controlling is one of the managerial functions like planning, organising, staffing and directing. It is an important function because it helps to check the errors and to take the corrective action so that deviation from standards are minimised. According to modern concepts, controlling is a foreseeing action whereas earlier concept of control was used only when errors were detected. Controlling in management means setting standards, measuring actual performance and taking corrective action.

Written exam

Dr. Simon Sandor

4

6

Economics

Economics is the social science that studies the production, distribution, and consumption of goods and services. One of the uses of economics is to explain how economies work and what the relations are between economic players in the larger society. Methods of economic analysis have been increasingly applied to fields that involve people making choices in a social context. Economics is a field of study with various schools and currents of thought. The main areas of economics are microeconomics and macroeconomics, but it also can be classified as mainstream economics and heterodox economics.

Written exam

Dr. Simon Sandor

4

6

Linear Programming Applications for Services

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Many service operations management decisions involve trying to make the most effective use of an organization’s resources (labour, money, materials etc.). Linear programming (LP) is a widely used mathematical technique designed to help operations managers in plannig and decision making relative to such problems. Outline of topics: Mathematical Background, Grafical Solution to a LP problem, Computer Solution to a LP Problem, Sensitivity Analysis, Shadows Prices, Transportation Applications, Marketing Applications, Goal Programming.

Group presentation

Written exam useing PC

Dr. Szakács Attila,

 

Dr. Szakácsné Nagy Szilvia

4

6

European Studies

Students are going to get acquainted with the historical development of European integration, the most important institutions and how they are working. We deal with the main features of decision-making, the Three Pillars and the legislation process. The survey extends on the common budget, the monetary system and how the free market is working. Last but not least, we deal with the most important common policies (e.g. competition policy, trade policy, agricultural policy, regional policy etc.).

Case study and written exam

Dr. Imre Gur zó CSc, senior lecturer

2

3

Globalization and Hungary

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We are going to investigate the main trends of world economy (the transition process of mass production into flexible production, globalization, the spreading of neo-liberal economic policy), the structure of world economy (centre-periphery model), the role of states and technology in the world economy, the problems and challenges made by globalization, and the possible answers given by Hungarian alternatives.

Case study

Dr. Imre Gurzó CSc, senior lecturer

2

3

Corporate Finance

 

 

 

 

 

 

The course analyses the major financial decisions facing corporate managers. Main topics include time value of money, securities held by companies, risk managament, capital structure, financing of company, valuation of assets and liabilities.

Written and oral exam

Dr. Kovács Mihály

4

6

Marketing

The course will focus on the theoretical and practical field of the marketing activity, and will include the following topics: the theory and development of marketing, the review of tools for analyzing the marketing environment, consumer behaviour, market segmentation, product policy, pricing, distribution, marketing communication, promotion-mix, marketing planning and marketing research.

Written exam

Árpási Zoltán

4

6

Marketing research

 

 

 

 

 

Marketing research is the systematic searching and studying of relevant information in order to understand and analyze a particular problem in the field of marketing. The module will cover the following topics: qualitative and quantitative marketing research, focus groups, in-depth interviews and projective techniques, characteristics of surveys and questionnaires, basics of statistical sampling.

Written exam

Árpási Zoltán

2

3

Human resource theories

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The purpose of the subject is to enable students to define people as human resources within the structure of management tasks. Topics: concept of human resource, role, position and relationship of HR within the organization, employment and labour market, concept and effect of globalization, development and speciality of HR (American, Asian, European and Hungarian model), HR in the twenty first century, the future of HR.

Written exam

Kelle Veronika

2

3

Human resource management

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The purpose of this subject is to outline the development, tasks, means, methods of human resource management, which can be used in practice after the course. Topics: HR strategy and planning, analysis, valuation and planning of scope of activities, Benchmark, incentive management, development of the staff, system of labour relations, labour safety.

Written exam

Kelle Veronika

2

3

Project Cicle Management

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The course aims at presenting the basics of how to design and make up a project and a tender document, clarifying the main concepts and studying the components of a tender documentation, analysing difficulties in the implementation process, presenting case studies and elaborating an individual project at the end.

Project handed in at the end of the course

Dr. Máthé Ilona

3

6

 

Business Communication

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The course aims at defining the most important principles and means of communicating in business life and practising the basic types of business communication situations in both linguistic and metalinguistic point of view (such as job interviews, managing conflicts, inquiries, complaints, meetings, presentations ) so that the students’ labour market competences could improve.

Oral exam

Dr. Máthé Ilona

4

6

Business Language Communication

The course aims at defining the most important types of business language communication both orally and in writing, developing necessary skills and practising the basic types of business communication forms ( written compositions like CVs, memos, letters, reports etc., and oral ones like presentations, communicating in meetings, inquiries, complaints etc.).

Oral examination

Dr. Máthé Ilona

4

6

Business Presentation and Negotiation Techniques

The course aims at enhancing theoretical knowledge and developing skills related to how to devise and make up a presentation, how to elicit, argue, persuade, inform by using both linguistic and metalinguistic techniques and IT technologies in order to meet business objectives.

PP presentation

Dr. Máthé Ilona

4

6

Business Correspondence and Translation

The course aims at clarifying the main types of business correspondence and practising the most frequent species (resumes, formal letters of all kinds, reports etc.), as well as developing writing, reading comprehension and transfer skills in order to improve labour market competences of the students.

Written exam

Dr. Máthé Ilona

4

6

Foreign Language Communication (English/ Romanian)

The course aims at developing speaking, listening, reading, writing and transfer skills in order to make students able to cope with communication challenges in their lives and at their workplace.

Oral and written exam

Dr. Máthé Ilona

4

6

Banking

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This course provides a framework for studying the role of money in the economy and the institutional characteristics of the banking system and financial markets. Topics include: principles and theories of banking, risks in the activity of commercial banks, the evaluation of the output of banks, active banking transactions, passive banking transactions, capital management, payment turnover, activities outside the balance, an introduction to the management of funds and resources, credit and payment in international banking practice, the role of deposit insurance, public supervision of banking.

Group presentation

Oral exam

Boros Árpád

4

6

AGRICULTURE MODULES

Solar energy in practice

The course qives an overlooking of the solar energy characteristics, the active application technics, the phofovoltaic and phototermic collectors and complete systems.

The students learn the special measurement technics and installation works. The operating of solar systems also discussed.

Group presentation

Labor and field work

Written exam

Dr. Patay István

4

6

Bio-production in horticulture

 

Tendency of bio-production, concept and principle, juridical background, organic-biological farming, biotechnical cultivation, composting, the role of compost, quality parameters, mulching, possibility of adaptation, material of mulch, irrigation, sort of usable water, plant protection – biological, physical, chemical and weed control, advice to vegetable, grapes and fruit production,

Oral Exam

Takácsné dr. Hájos Mária

2

3

Organic Agriculture

Development and state of organic agriculture worldwide.

Principles, standards and regulations. Converting to organic farming.

Certification and accreditation. Soil management. Crop nutrition. Rotation design for organic systems. Weed management. Pest and disease control.

Livestock husbandry. Arable and horticultural crops. Organic agriculture in the continents.

Oral Exam

Dr. Izsáki Zoltán

2

3

Environmental Management

Definitions :

Environmental management in broad sense is the production, manufacturing and consumption applying ecological principles. Environmental husbandry in broad sense: careful management and conservation of resources

Principles :

nature metabolism, society metabolism, society organization, organization of economy, management of matter and energy.

Resource management :

Resources, resource consumption: human impact, sustaining area, land use principles.

Resource protection: postmodern rural economy, resource reconstruction.

Written examination by test

Interactive individual or group examination

 

Dr. Oláh János

3

5

Applied Acarology

Topics include following knowledge: the mites (Chelicerata: Acari) are special micro arthropods. They are in different food types. The phytophagous mites (i.e.Tetranychidae, Tenuipalpidae, Eriophyidae) are important pest in plant protection practise. A lot of species of mites are predators and parasites and live in soils as decomposers. Their ecological role is important as bio indicators. Practical acarological case study: on dendrophylic mite fauna of Corylaceae (hazelnut) species living in natural circumstances (Hungary, Szarvas, Botanical Garden).

 

Group presentation

Oral Exam

Identification by Microscope of species

 

Szabóné Dr. Komlovszky Ildikó

2

4

Environmental Microbiology

 

The course provides fundamental knowledge on the unique prokaryotic cell structure and metabolism. Furthermore, the topics comprise the energy-generating strategies of the microbial organisms, the community-level metabolism, the environmental aspects of the microbial ecology, and the different element cycles, in particular the biogenic elements, such as the carbon, nitrogen, sulphur and phosphorous.

 

Written Exam

Csizmarik Gábor

2

3

Conservation Biology

The subject introduces the essentials of conservation biology. The lecturer presets the following subjects: the history of conservation biology, the definitions of biodiversity, the value of biodiversity, extintion, habitat destruction, invasive species, conserving populations and species, nature conservation in practice.

Oral Exam

Dr. Jakab Gusztáv

2

3

Aquaculture resource use and consumption

Land and water use in aquaculture; Genetic resources in aquaculture; Socioeconomic aspects of aquaculture; National and international regulations of aquaculture production; Codes of Conducts, Best Management Systems and Practices.

Written Test

Oral Exam

Dr. Váradi László

2

3

Environmental impacts of aquaculture

Water quality requirements of aquaculture production; Water quality management in aquaculture; Waste management in aquaculture; Aquafarm effluents and their control; Use of ponds and wetlands in effluent treatment.

Written Test

Oral Exam

Dr. Pekár Ferenc

2

3

Advanced technologies in aquaculture

Extensive and semi-intensive pond systems; Land-based intensive tank systems; Carp-based polyculture pond systems; Production of high value species; Water efficient pond systems and technologies; Minimal discharge systems; Integrated aquaculture.

Written Test

Oral Exam

Dr. Rónai András

2

3

Feeds and feeding in aquaculture

Feeds and feed resources in aquaculture; Alternative protein resources; Improvement of feed efficiency and feeding technologies; Functional aquaculture products; Product quality and safety.

Written Test

Oral Exam

Dr. Csengeri István

2

3

Ecosystem services provided by pond aquaculture

Nutrient recycling in fishpond ecosystems; Role of fishponds in providing ecosystem services; Multiple benefits of natural-like waste treatment systems; Multifunctional pond fish farming.

Written Test

Oral Exam

Dr. Oláh János

2

3

LANGUAGE MODULES

Business English 1

The basics of Business English

Written exam and oral presentation

Foreign language institute

4

6

Business English 2

Business English on a more advanced level

Written exam and oral presentation

Foreign language institute

4

6

English 1 & 2

General English language development course on 2 levels

Oral presentation

Foreign language institute

3

5

Hungarian Language and Culture

Introduction into the Hungarian language and culture.

Oral presentation

Foreign language institute

3

5

German

German as a foreign language

Oral presentation

Foreign language institute

2

3

French

French as a foreign language

Oral presentation

Foreign language institute

2

3

Spanish

Spanish as a foreign language

Oral presentation

Foreign language institute

2

3

Romanian

Romanian as a foreign language

Oral presentation

Foreign language institute

2

3

Russian

Russian as a foreign language

Oral presentation

Foreign language institute

2

3


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