Biosystem Engineering


Application and Acceptance Principle

Those who have successfully completed their secondary education are eligible.

The Recognition of Prior Education

The process of recognition of prior education by Turkish higher education institutions is still in its incipient stage. Likewise, the recognition of prior education has neither been started nor implemented by all departments at Namik Kemal University. However, a proficiency exam is held at the beginning of each academic year regarding the compulsory Foreign Language Course which is to be offered in the curriculum of all departments. The students who have embarked on a self-learning period or acquired necessary skills in the course are eligible to enter this exam. Those who have successfully passed the exam are eligible not to take the course.

Duration of Study

Full Time

The Profile of The Programme

The purpose of the program is to train engineers who is able to use computer and information technologies related to the Biosystems Engineering and able to make independent research depending on the recent developments and requirements, group work prone, able to think analytical, have designing knowledge and experience, able to define problems, develop possible solutions according to the principles of various information, able to obtain knowledge of certain subjects, compile that knowledge and have the ability to present compiled information in front of a community, able to service both domestically and abroad.

Education and Training Methods

Teaching methods are determined so as to improve skills, such as teaching-learning strategies, self-discipline, life-long learning, observation, sharing knowledge, presentation, critical thinking, teamwork, effective use of informatics.

Moreover, the choice of teaching methods pays heed to supporting students with different skills. The teaching methods used in the program are listed below*: 

TEACHING METHODS*

LEARNING ACTIVITIES

MEANS

Course

Listening and interpretation

Standard classroom technologies, multimedia devices, projector, computer, overhead projector

Discussion Course

Listening and interpretation, observation/situation handling, critical thinking, question development

Standard classroom technologies, multimedia devices, projector, computer, overhead projector

Special Support / Structural Examples

Special skills planned beforehand

 

Playing a Role / Drama

Special skills planned beforehand

Standard classroom technologies, special equipment

Problem Solving

Special skills planned beforehand

 

Case Study

Special skills planned beforehand

 

Brainstorming

Listening and interpretation, observation/situation handling, critical thinking, question development, team work

Standard classroom technologies, multimedia devices, projector, computer, overhead projector

Small Group Discussion

Listening and interpretation, observation/situation handling, critical thinking, question development

Standard classroom technologies, multimedia devices, projector, computer, overhead projector

Presentation

Listening and interpretation, observation/situation handling

Real or virtual environment suitable for observation

Simulation

Listening and interpretation, observation/situation handling, informatics skills

Real or virtual environment suitable for observation

Seminar

Research – lifelong learning, writing, reading, informatics, listening and interpretation, management skills

Standard classroom technologies, multimedia devices, projector, computer, overhead projector, special equipment

Group Study

Research – lifelong learning, writing, reading, informatics, critical thinking, question development, management skills, team work

 

Field / Land Study

Observation / situation handling, research – lifelong learning, writing, reading

 

Laboratory

Observation/situation handling, informatics, management skills, team work

Special equipment

Homework

Research – lifelong learning, writing, reading, Informatics

Internet database, library database, e-mail

Oral Exam

 

 

Survey and Questionnaire Study

Research – lifelong learning, writing, reading

 

Panel

Listening and interpretation, observation/situation handling

Standard classroom technologies, multimedia devices, projector, computer, overhead projector, special equipment

Guest Speaker

Listening and interpretation, observation/situation handling

Standard classroom technologies, multimedia devices, projector, computer, overhead projector, special equipment

Student Club Activity / Projects

Observation/situation handling, critical thinking, question development, team work, research – lifelong learning, writing, reading, management skills, special skills planned beforehand

 

*One or more of the listed methods can be used depending on the specificity of the course. 

Vertical Transfer to Higher Level Programmes

Upon successful completion of their undergraduate programme of study, the students are encouraged to embark on advanced academic studies on the graduate level (master’s and doctoral) on condition of having received the required score in ALES exam and possessing sufficient knowledge of English or another foreign language.

Assessment and Evaluation

Students will take a minimum of one midterm examination. In addition to midterms, they will be assigned projects and homeworks whose deadlines will be specified at the beginning of the semester. At the end of each semester, the students are required to take a final examination. The course content, the requirements (midterm, project, assignment and final examination) and their contribution to the final grade is specified on the website. Student regulations and the final examination dates are determined by the university and final examinations take place as announced. The students are graded according to their midterm, project, assignment and final examination results.

The passing grade at Namık Kemal University is 60 out of 100. However, the grade of the final examination or the retake should be a minimum of 50. Exams are evaluated on a scale of 100. The final grade of a course is the sum total of %30 of the midterm grade and %70 of the final or the retake examination grades. However, the calculation of the final grade of a course can be determined and announced at the beginning of the semester by the Faculty/College Council as the sum total of ranging between %30 – %50 of the midterm examination and %50 – %70 of the final examination as long as the addition equals to a scale of 100. As a result of the calculation, if the value after the decimal is less than five, the grade is finalized by lowering it to the decimal value; if more than five, upgrading it to the next decimal value.

The regulations can be found on http://oidb.nku.edu.tr/yonetmenlik/2011eos.pdf.

Final and retake grades are submitted to the Student Affairs along with the evaluation criteria. The grades are announced on the student information system.

 

 Grades

 

The grading system to evaluate the student performance is signified by the values in the chart below. For each course students are graded by letters. Letter grades, coefficients and ratios are as follows:

 

Grade

Letter Grade

Local Grade

Status

90-100

AA

4.00

Pass

80-89

BA

3.50

Pass

70-79

BB

3.00

Pass

65-69

CB

2.50

Pass

60-64

CC

2.25

Pass

50-59

DD

2.00

Fail

30-49

FD

1.00

Fail

0-29

FF

0.00

Fail

 

Students are required to retake the courses from which they received DD, FD or FF during the first oncoming semester in which these courses are offered.

Successful Students

Students who complete their associate or undergraduate degree with a grade point average of 3.00 – 3.49 graduate as honor students; 3.50 and above as high honor students. 

The Level of Degree

Undergraduate(Bachelors Degree)

Rules to Earn The Degree:

In order to earn The Degree , the students must satisfy all the principles and provisions of Namik Kemal University associate and undergraduate education requirements. Also, the students are required to complete a period of internship education as specified by the rules and principles.

Employment Opportunities for Graduates

Undergraduate student will graduate from Biosystems Engineering which includes Agricultural Structures and Irrigation and Agricultural Machinery sub-programs under the Agricultural Engineering Program. Therefore, undergraduate students will benefit from Duties and Authorizations acc. to Fields of Expertise (Irrigation and Drainage, Agricultural Structures, Agricultural Equipment and Machinery) in the third part of the Codes of Agricultural Engineers Duties and Authorizations. Accordingly, Biosystems Engineers will be authorized to design irrigation facilities which have irrigation water requirement up to 500 liters per second, dams/reservoirs to supply irrigation water for crops and drinking water for animal, facilities of drainage, soil and water conservation structures against soil erosion, do research, surveying, planning, project implementation and control services related to agricultural structures; to do feasibility, planning, design, implementation and control of land leveling related to use of water in agriculture for irrigation facilities, field irrigation channels, field group paths, on-farm irrigation and drainage facilities, land reclamation, land consolidation and distribution, and soil and water development projects, surveys of soil-water-plant relationships; to do design, prepare and sign of agricultural equipments and machinery projects, and to do investigation, experiment and analysis related to the documenting and/or licensing procedures necessary for manufacturing, marketing, import and export of agricultural equipments and machinery. Students who graduated from Biosystems Engineering program will be employed in public institutions (Provincial Administration, Food, Agriculture and Livestock Ministry, Environment and Urban Development Ministry, Forestry and Hydraulic Works Ministry, Municipalities, State Hydraulic Works, The Institution of Agriculture and Rural Development Support etc.), Land Consolidation Construction Companies, Universities, Agricultural Machinery Industry, Tractor Industry, Agricultural Consultancy Organizations, Agricultural Cooperatives, Public and Private Banks, Irrigation Associations, Irrigation and Drainage Construction Companies, Private Engineering and Consultancy Bureau, Technology Development Zones, Agricultural Construction Companies, Agriculture-based International Companies, Animal Agriculture-based Machinery Industry, Food Machinery Industry, Large Agricultural Operations.

Graduation Conditions

The students earn their academic degree on condition of successfully completing the required courses and compulsory internship education as contained in the Department curriculum. Following the registration at the University, the students embark on their first year of study. However, the students may also volunteer to enrol in a one-year Foreign Language Preparatory Course preceding their first year of study at the Department.