Development of the curriculum, design of diploma program, training and Network

Estimated Start Date: 15/01/2020
Estimated End Date: 30/06/2020

Lead Organisation:

Participating Organisation:
P4, P5, P6, P7, P8 and P9 with Associate partners P10, P11, P12 and P13


The objectives of WP4 (Dev. III) are :


To review similar diploma programmes in the world


To develop new teaching methodologies suitable to DPCP diploma program


To specify the new modules, pedagogical method and design structure for new DPCP diploma program


To develop new teaching resource platform


To establish and operate Plant clinic units with pathogens/ pests collection cultures at 6 locations in PC partner universities

PRO-DPCP program will develop a plant clinic as certified technical educational  programme for students, graduates, employee  and technicians in the field of Phytosanitary and Plant Health Care. The project is designed in partnership with EU universities, academies and organizations who mobilize their educational resources and knowledge for enriching the quality of HE at faculties of Agriculture in Egypt.

The duration of the Diploma is organized for one year and its delivery will take place at EG partner universities. The overall Diploma programme consists of three major components: theory, practical training and on farm internship. 

The DPCP programme will be available in English and Arabic language in order to reach the wide spectrum of Arabic students in the region.

The DPCP diploma program will share a set of core and elective courses. Three major specializations of Plant Clinics modules in 1) Plant Diseases, 2) Nematodes and 3) Insects. 

Each major specialization will also include number of required specialization courses and one or two elective courses depending on the major. 

The admission procedures, teaching and examination regulations and academic calendars at universities will be carefully coordinated. 

The program will include a major e-learning format through blended and online offering of courses.

The required core courses of the program provide solid foundation in both technical and economic aspects of Plant Clinic in diagnosis methods, epidemiology, sustainable and agriculture, integrated pest management (IPM) and biological control allowing the student to simultaneously understand advances in selected phytosanitary technologies and their interrelations with agriculture market economy, policy and environment laws. The specialization courses consist of more in depth development of expertise in the selected major through number of specialization courses selected in the major, elective courses, and a graduation project.

This diploma will distinguish itself by offering a high level of specialisation and/or update in a discipline or knowledge more concrete than those of master’s degrees, usually with a clear professional orientation.

The workload of these studies is inferior to those of master’s degrees, generally 45- 60 ECTS credits.

This diploma designed to be completed in full time of study during 2 semesters + 3 months for internship. The suggested structure will be consisting of 45 credits + 15 credits (Internship + thesis) = In total 60 ECTS required to complete the diploma

A graduate diploma will grant admission to students with university degree, provided that when they finish the programme they will receive a graduate diploma, and a certificate of achievement signed by the dean of the faculty. The specialization courses are designed to provide an even more specific and specialised training on particular subject. 

This is one-year diploma is full time study short-term program with a training load.

For program building will include:

  • Development of new teaching methodologies
  • Accreditation of the program in Plant Clinic launched at partner Univ. and 1st semester announced and start up by winter 2021;
  • Admission of first patch of new diploma students (at least 35- 40) at each partner university in Egypt;
  • At least 40-50 trainees will be trained in regular short course start every 3 months at each of partner institution in Egypt;
  • Joint teaching assigned to partner’s staff

Toward the end of the Diploma programme, participants will be able to diagnose, identify pests and describe methods of control of all economic field and horticulture crops for a local agriculture community (East, North, Middle and South of Egypt). This hands-on experience will give participants the opportunity to experience both the challenges and satisfaction of working directly with local members of the community. Thus, at the end of the programme, participants will have the opportunity to understand, describe, and practice job that can dramatically improve the living conditions and economy of the local farmers and agriculture companies in PC countries.

The resulting deliverables/results/outcomes of WP4 will be monitored through a set of  Milestones undertaken during project  Year 2  (M12 -M18) 

  1. Similar diploma programmes in the world revised
  2. New teaching methodologies suitable to DPCP diploma program developed 
  3. New modules, pedagogical method structure for new DPCP diploma program designed and specified

and in Year 3 (M22-M-25) for:

  1. New teaching resource platform developed
  2. Plant clinic units with pathogens with pests collection cultures established at 6 locations in PC partner universities


All partners will participate and engage in this core WP4 of the project.
WP4 consist of 5 tasks:


Review of similar diploma programs (all partner workshop at P6, Egypt)


Development of teaching methodologies (all partners workshop at P2)


Modules, pedagogical method and diploma structure (all partners at P3)


Development of teaching resource platform (all partners at P5, Egypt)


Clinic room / set up collection cultures (P4, P5, P6, P7, P8 and P9)

All partners will deliver training plan, agenda and reports to lead partner UNINA, (Italy) to conclude this WP with deliverable indicators.

Our associate partners (P10, P11, P12 and P13) of Agriculture Research Canters at Egypt will contribute in the project by provide resources in research stations and laboratories and invited experts for training activities. Also ; the associate partners have strong extension system and facilities linked with stallholder at rural society more than HE that help in WP3 activities. Our Institutions has permanent bilateral links in research cooperation and business with associate partners that enable us to get such services as exchange of mutual benefits.

Expected Deliverable/ Results/ Outcomes

Work Package and Outcome 4.1.
Title Review of worldwide similar diploma programmes
Type Teaching material

Learning material

Training material




Description  Description of task:

we will analyse available outcomes and results of former Tempus projects of master and diploma with ECTS in all the consortium partner universities (case studies) and other universities of the world to bring our unique program.

This review will be compiled in response to demand from a wide variety of stakeholders in the PC for an overview of market need relating to the DPCP Diploma Programme. The DPCP team will ask for information about the current state of program relating to Plant Clinics. What research has been conducted with respect to a specific topic? What still needs to be done? It begins with a discussion of the variety of uses of knowledge and skills to contextualize what follows. This review is then explained in terms of the criteria for inclusion of sources in the review and an emergent typology of sources arising from analysis. A review of related Programme-will be presented that includes discussion of experts, perceptions of the DPCP Diploma Programme by a variety of stakeholders, preparation for the outcomes of the DPCP Diploma Programme, policy issues relating to programme implementation, comparisons with other programmes, critical studies relating to equity and access, and personal, social education. A concluding discussion will bring the review to a close decision.

Inputs: 2 days workshops at Alexandria university (P6)

Due date 2nd week of M8
Work Package and Outcome 4.2.
Title Development of teaching methodologies suitable to DPCP diploma program
Type Teaching material

Learning material

Training material




Description  Description of task:

Innovative methodologies for HE teaching at EU-partner universities will be adopted and entered in the diploma program resource platform. These methodologies are especially addressing Phytosanitary and plant health. 

Selecting appropriate teaching/learning methods for achieving our educational aims and learning outcomes. It begins by re-visiting the model of the systems approach to instruction. Next, it reviews the full range of teaching methods and an analysis of the educational strengths and weaknesses that are available to the modern lecturer, showing how they can be divided into 4 broad categories – 

  • Mass-instruction methods
  • Lectures and similar expository techniques
  • Film and video presentations
  • Educational broadcasts
  • Mass practical and field work
  • Student-centred learning
  • Directed study of material in textbooks, etc.
  • Paper-based self-study materials
  • Self-instruction via mediated materials
  • Computer-based learning and multimedia
  • Individual assignments, projects, etc.
  • Individual practical and field work
  • Group-learning methods. 
  • Buzz sessions and similar small-group activities
  • Class discussions, seminars, group tutorials, etc
  • Participative exercises of simulation/case study 
  • Mediated feedback/discussion sessions
  • Group projects
  • Self-help groups
  • Problem-Based Learning (PBL) 

New Facilitator Training The objectives of the PBL program are to: 

  • Develop learning and communication skills, including problem-based and self-directed learning, critical reasoning, teaching and group skills. 
  • Integrate basic science knowledge with clinical medicine. 
  • Identify and explore learning opportunities that may not be available in the rest of the curriculum. 
  • Establish attitudes and skills that will create a strong foundation for life-long learning.

Effective Use of IT in Teaching, Learning, and Research Academic Technology offers yearly sessions to develop skills on using technology to enhance teaching—for example, learning how to use tools such as MOODLE software, Web Diver, E-portfolio, VUE, and Audience Response System.

INPUTS: 2 academic senior staff from each partner universities + 3 EU acad. Staff from IT and HU  

Venue: P2 UNINA Univ, Italy/1 workshop

Expected Deliverable: reports on proper Teaching methodologies ( En/Ar) 

Due date 2nd week of M8
Work Package and Outcome 4.3.
Title Workshop to specify the new modules, pedagogical method and design structure for new DPCP diploma program
Type Teaching material

Learning material

Training material




Description  Description of task:

– Lead partner will compose meeting and 2day agenda by a questionnaire for collection of information at partner institutions.

This diploma designed to be completed in 12 months + 3 months for internship. The suggested structure will be consisting of 60 ECTS (45 credits + Internship credits and thesis 15 ECTS). required to complete the diploma:

12 courses in 2 (winter and spring) semesters. The courses are selected from obligatory and elective 20 course including:

  • core courses
  • course in the area of specialization
  • various elective courses
  • internship

Based on above WP4.2. activity; Two days workshop for discussion, brain storm among partners academic staff to draft proposal, senior staff will develop new courses focus mainly on disease symptoms recognition. It comprises 15 -20 modules will be developed heading ‘How to Become a Plant Doctor’

The examples of topics will be addressed are:

  • Module1: Basic course: field diagnosis, how to run a Plant Clinic
  • Module 2: Field diagnosis of plant disease caused by fungi
  • Module3: Field diagnosis of plant disease caused by viruses
  • Module4: Field diagnosis of disease caused by bacteria 
  • Module5: Field diagnosis of disease caused by nematodes
  • Module6: IPM control, decision-making, quality of service
  • Module 7: Field diagnosis of Insects damage
  • Module8: Laboratory methods for diagnosis and identification of plant diseases and pests
  • Module 9: Laboratory methods for soil analysis
  • Module 10: Seed health testing and treatment
  • Module 11: How to design an extension messages and write Fact Sheets / follow up program for selected crops.
  • Module 12: Monitoring Progress- Quality of Plant Health each partner country in relation to each country needs and comparable to EU standards.

INPUTS: 2 senior academic staff from each partner universities+ 6 EU acad. Staff from IT and HU 

Venue: (UNIDEB-DE MEK, HU) Meeting/3days

Due date 2nd week of M9
Work Package and Outcome 4.4
Title Development of teaching resource platform 
Type Teaching material

Learning material

Training material




Description  Description of task:

The resource platform to be established as one of the main activities. 

The functions of that platform will be mainly for:

  • Collecting teaching resources developed in this project
  • Publishing the resources on a website
  • Giving free access to these resources for all, esp. project consortium members, students, members of network, contracted other interested institutions and individuals.
  • Support feedback and evaluation of teaching resources
  • Testing of the resources for scientific accuracy.
  • Forwarding of the suggestions for improvements to the respective authors that emerged from the testing. 
  • Adaptation of the resources. 
  • Correction of the updated regular course texts and multimedia.

Prepare and write courses syllabi and contents

  • Professor will, develop appropriate curricula, syllabi; course outlines and defines the number of ECTS  and workload for each course relevant to the new Program Diploma.
  • Developing curriculum, syllabi and introducing them to new teaching techniques.
  • During early year 2, this workshop will be held at P8 (SVU-EG) dedicated to modular approach to curricula writing distribution and assignments for joint work among partners. The project website will contain necessary materials prior to the workshop and will allow the workshop participants to be involved in follow-up discussions.

The e-learning developers in cooperation with academic staff will produce the teaching materials in digital form to be pooled in online reservoir server to serve the all the partners in the PRO-PDCP program Network. 

INPUTS: academic senior staff from each partner PC universities+ 3 EU acad. Staff from BG,  IT and HU 

Course cost =20 course x 30 days x 3 hrs/course

14 technical e-learning developers 3 months

Venue: South Valley University (SVU) Egypt, workshop/3days

Due date 2nd week of M11
Work Package and Outcome 4.5.
Title Plant clinic room operation and set up pathogens/ pests collection cultures  
Type Teaching material

Learning material

Training material




Description  – Staff (13 of Egypt, EU and associate partners) will design Plant clinics to serve rural society clients based on diagnostic services with logistics supply and facilities suitable for extension; isolation; detection of common pathogens and pests in the located clinic. Communication IT facilities for registration and record of problem cases manipulated to be stored as data base online with central advanced research labs at partner universities. Mobile clinics will be designed too to serve the remote fields.  

Set up pathogens/ pests collection cultures  

The primary aim is to preserve plant pathogens and pests samples collected in plant clinics from fields for research, education and registration purposes accessible to the public as references to any future studies and activities like isolation and biological screening programme for accurate pathogen or pest identification. Each partner university will start setup its own collection. Facilities used for preservation and trained personnel will be fixed for this purpose.

Venue: Local workshop at EG partners/2days

Due date 2nd week of M12