Modules

International cooperation in developing countries requires professionals capable of managing human and financial resources with the approaches and methods of sustainable development.

 The aim of the Master’s Program is to enable graduates to become future operators that develop and implement projects in all their underlying components: analysis of the existing social and environmental contexts and needs, financial planning, procurement planning, labour relations, monitoring and evaluation, technical and financial reporting.

 

The Master’s Program aims to train professionals to:

  • Contribute to the development of strategies for the use and management of natural resources
  • Understand the context and relevance of climate and environmental conditions
  • Understand the interplay of socio-economic and cultural background to solutions
  • Lead, manage, and monitor projects from start to conclusion
  • Know how to work with international regulations on cooperation
  • Operate independently and in teams
  • Work well with personnel and stakeholders from both developed and developing countries.
Teaching modules and credits

INTRODUCTION TO INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION (9 credits)

History and theory of poverty and development. Sustainable economic development. Development strategies. Project tools: project cycle, funding, stakeholders. Project and budget development. Financial reporting methods. Humanitarian aid in emergency, post-emergency and post-conflict: reconstruction. 

 

  • Development anthropology
  • Introduction to the project cycle
  • Project design and development
  • Tendering process for the provision of services, civil works and supplies
  • Major donors, international agencies and NGOs
  • Emergency: civil protection planning.

GEOLOGY, CLIMATOLOGY AND ENVIRONMENTAL RISK (8 credits)

Knowledge of the geological and lithological features of an area. Reading and using a topographic map. GIS and photo-interpretation techniques. Geological and natural risks. Erosion and slope stability. Consolidation works. River management and restoration. Principles of climatology and meteorology.

The module includes several hours of practical laboratory exercises.

  • Rocks and natural resources
  • Geological and thematic mapping
  • Geological and natural hazards related to climate change
  • River dynamics, erosion, and mitigation planning
  • Climatology and meteorology
  • GIS applications.

SOLID WASTE, WASTEWATER AND HYGIENE (4 credits)

Urban solid waste and wastewater management and treatment. Plant design and management in developing countries. Principles of sanitation.

  • Introduction to the problem of solid waste collection and disposal
  • On site sanitation and sewage disposal
  • Hygiene (classification of “water- and excreta-related diseases”).

WATER AND SOILS IN AGRICULTURE (8 credits)


Definition of soils. Pedology and soil maps. Soil use, erosion and conservation. Agro-meteorology. Agricultural soil requirements and irrigation. Water needs for crops.  Low-water consumption irrigation and selection of the most suitable options. Water treatment and reuse plants.

  • Soil science: soil classification and conservation
  • Agro-meteorology
  • Cropping systems, water demand, and agronomic techniques with low water consumption
  • Planning irrigation at district scale
  • Water treatment and reuse techniques in agriculture .

SEARCH FOR WATER RESOURCES (7 credits)

Principles of hydrogeology and water resource search. Investigation techniques and tapping methods, with special attention to developing countries. Water basin balance. Contaminant migration and mitigation measures. This module includes several hours of practical laboratory exercises.  

  • Hydrogeology and hydrology, water basin balances, contaminant fate, and mitigation measures
  • Water location (alluvial deposits, sedimentary basins, carbonate rocks, volcanic rocks)
  • Investigation techniques including tapping methods
  • Geophysical investigations.

USE OF WATER RESOURCES (8 credits)

Water demand calculation. Design of water storage and distribution systems. Hydraulic engineering and plant operation and management. The module includes seminars by experts from NGOs and several hours of practical laboratory exercises.

  • Calculation of water demand
  • Design of distribution networks
  • Use of GIS data for scheme design
  • Management of water supplies
  • Water emergency and civil protection interventions.
Single-module option

Enrollment in single modules is also possible. This option may be of particular interest to humanitarian and development personnel aiming to improve their knowledge and skills on selected subjects. In 2017-18 there will be 5 positions available. The participation fee is 100 Euros per credit. Registration to single modules is regulated by art. 10 of the decree (call, or bando).

Participants in single modules will have to pass a final exam for the successful completion of the module, and they will receive an attendance certificate.