Objectives and Competences
The general objective of this Master Program is to know, understand, analyze, assess and solve problems related to water, both in their professional and research dimensions, and their environmental implications in regions with arid, semi-arid and sub-humid climates. Since in these areas the presence of surface water coincides with times of extreme phenomena (floods), or is limited to particular places (humid areas), there is special focus on the study of underground waters. There is also special interest for the environmental and sustainable vision of water presented in the European Regulations; all this appears within, and is related to, global change.
The general training objectives for this Master are the following:
- To offer cross-sectional teaching in the diverse spheres related to water, in the light of the multidisciplinary context of the water-environment-global change combination, for professionals and researchers to be trained to develop their own critical criteria.
- To offer specific training in fields which are fundamental for the global management of water in areas with very low availability and variable hydric resources, for which there is a high social and economic demand.
- To offer a vision of water in arid, semi-arid and sub-humid regions, each with their own features and problems, requiring different solutions with respect to other regions. This difference is reinforced by the fact that this type of region covers nearly 70% of the area of Spain, and an even higher percentage of the Mediterranean region, apart from this area being highly sensitive to the effects of global change.
- To offer the knowledge, abilities and attitudes to enter the field of research (both basic and operative) in any of the possible lines related to waters and environment, with the aim of continuing studies leading to a Doctorate.
- To offer the necessary knowledge, abilities and attitudes to undertake professional work (at private and public administrations) related to water management, participating in surveillance, control and application of water quantity and quality programs.
- To offer in both lines a fundamentally practical training, focussed on know-how.
Competences are the set of interrelated knowledge, attitudes, values, abilities and skills, which can be identified and evaluated, and which enable the student to undertake the professional activity according to requirements and standards used in the appropriate occupational area.
All masters of the University of Almeria explicitly cover two types of competences:
- Generic Competences included in Royal Decree 1393/2007 of 29 October, establishing regulations for Official University Studies.
- Specific Competences of the degree. These competences are specified in the degree report, and are related to its own disciplines. Part of these competences may have been agreed at the regional level of Andalusia, or, in some degrees, they may have been decided nationally.
- To acquire and understand knowledge: Students should prove to have acquired and understood knowledge beyond that acquired in the first cycle, which gives them and opportunity to be original in the development or application of ideas, often in the context of research.
- Application of knowledge: Students should know how to apply the knowledge acquired and their capacity for solving problems in new or nearly new environments within wider (or multidisciplinary) contexts related to their area of studies.
- Capacity of judgement: Students should be able to integrate knowledge and face the complexity of forming judgement from information which, although incomplete or limited, includes thought about the social and ethical responsibilities related to the application of their knowledge and judgement.
- Capacity to communicate and social ability: Students should be able to communicate their conclusions -and the knowledge and final reasons which sustain them- to specialized and non-specialized public in a clear and unambiguous way.
- Ability for learning: Students should possess the necessary learning abilities to allow them to continue cstudying in a mostly autonomous and self-directed way.
Specific competences of the degree are included in the degree report. Follow this link to access them:
Competencias Específicas (223 kb)