Objective(s) of a study programme:
The aim of Recreational Forestry study programme is to prepare multidimensional specialists who would be able to solve the problems of decorative plantations’ quality improvement and landscape preservation, to independently and competently organise business of decorative gardening, able to integrate and apply latest scientific knowledge, experience of Lithuania and other countries in their professional activity
Graduates of the programme will be able:
1. To identify and analyze new problems as well as critically evaluate all problems of recreational green areas in the country and to plan solving strategies;
2. To creatively apply contemporary assortment of decorative plants for various purposes and different categories of greeneries;
3. To create new and to reconstruct old greeneries;
4. To make decisions independently and take responsibility for them while methodically managing designing, reconstruction, renovation and maintenance works of greenery for recreational and other purposes in Lithuania and abroad;
5. To propagate all applicable plant species and varieties to greeneries using modern European vegetative propagation methods and to organize progressive nursery and plantation farm plantings necessary for green areas of various purposes;
6. To follow international conventions of the EU, declarations, charters and the directives of the Republic of Lithuania in organizing recreational green areas development, their formation and protection;
7. To apply and use computing methods for solving specific greenery problems, to use computers for solving problems, for accessing data and processing, computer graphics, to use other computer functions;
8. To apply in practice the latest theories, methods and technologies in this branch of science;
9. To apply information technology, to learn how information networks and databases are used, preparing computer graphics and textual documentation of training in recreational green areas planning and planting activities;
10. To communicate with the society and specialists from various fields solving relevant problems of recreation and urban green areas, to present accomplished activities and their results;
11. Self-learning and improving professional competences through lifelong learning.
Activities of teaching and learning:
Lectures, exercise classes, independent work, laboratory classes, individual design project on designing recreational green areas, oral illustrative presentations, application of special software packages, practical exercises, individual and group works of various scope, field trips/work visits, final work project. Innovative methods of study subject are applied (problem-based learning, case analysis, discussions, etc.) for active involvement of students in the learning process.
Methods of assessment of learning achievements:
The system of ten grades and gathered evaluation system are being employed. Students are introduced to the evaluation criteria of the subject during the first lecture at the beginning of the semester. During the semester the tasks of individual work, results of their fulfilment, knowledge and skills acquired during contact hours of the subject are tested by control works, laboratory reports and their defence, oral presentations, design projects of creating green areas and presentations, as well as other assignments. The final mark consists of grades for interim assignments and the examination.
Study subjects (modules), practical training:
The scope of subjects of the main field of study is 165 credits (including practical learning).
The main subjects of study field are: Forestry, Dendrology, Landscape Visualization, Decorative Plants, Design of Decorative Plantations, Nurture and Sprout of Plants, Applicability of Green Areas in Recreation and other subjects.
The programme provides practical learning (17 credits), which helps to consolidate practical professional skills: Prac