Organization of Production
Purpose of starting the studies
Postgraduate Specialist Studies in Organization of Production have been launched with the purpose of a high quality modern education in the sector of the organization of production in the companies specialized in wood processing and furniture production. The launch of this type of postgraduate specialist studies was motivated by the needs of the labour market in the companies specialized in wood processing and furniture production, especially in jobs related to management and production coordination in the mentioned companies and which require knowledge of the peculiarities of the wood working technology.
The postgraduate studies in the field of the organization of production existed also before on the Department of Wood Technology at the Faculty of Forestry and Wood Technology of the University of Zagreb, and were completed by a large number of postgraduate students acquiring the titles of Master or Doctors of Science. The teachers lecturing at these specialist studies are recognized scientists in the country and abroad and are, as such, also visiting professors on the graduate and postgraduate studies abroad, as well as mentors for doctoral dissertations of the local doctorates.
Content of Studies
All the areas of these studies are based on the modern knowledge in the areas of the organization of production processes, production and operations management, peculiarities of the timber and wood product markets, quality-assurance management and other organizational knowledge necessary for a high-quality management of the companies specialized in wood processing and furniture production. At the same time, this type of postgraduate studies is connected to similar studies at similar faculties abroad (Technical University of Zvolen, Biotechnical Faculty of Ljubljana and others.) The main partners in the implementation of the postgraduate specialist studies in Organization of production are definitely wood processing and furniture production companies interested in the education of such a specialized personnel who will be able to efficiently, systematically and successfully manage the companies in the market competition on the domestic and foreign market by having the relevant and modern competences. Apart from addressing expert personnel to enrol in postgraduate studies, the partner companies are expected to also participate in preparation of the practical and field classes for the students who will gain both theoretical and practical knowledge in each specific course of studies.
The skills acquired by completing the studies
By completing the studies, the student gains knowledge required for an efficient, systematic and successful wood processing and furniture production management, in particular the knowledge in the field organization of production, management and coordination of production processes, trade in timber and wood products, quality-assurance management in the companies for wood processing and production.
Information to interested parties
The duration of the studies is two years (4 semesters) and upon completing the studies, the academic title Specialist in Organization of Production is acquired.
The admission requirements are:
- Undergraduate and graduate studies completed at the Faculty of Forestry and Wood Technology
- Graduate studies completed at another faculty along with the examination of the bridging programme courses
- Student's performance score in graduate studies higher than 3,5
- knowledge of a foreign language (preferably English)
Students who completed graduate studies at other faculties and in other scientific fields have to enrol in the bridging programme at the Faculty of Forestry and Wood Technology at the Department of Wood Technology, and which will be defined by the Commission for Specialist Studies. During their educational period of the postgraduate specialist studies in Organization of Production, the students will be able to choose among optional courses from a wide range of proposed optional subject courses at the Faculty of Forestry and Wood Technology, but also at other faculties chosen in collaboration with their mentors to expand their knowledge. Likewise, the mobility of students and teachers will be bilateral in a way that students of other postgraduate studies will also be able to follow the courses from these studies. Where appropriate and in agreement with mentor, the postgraduate students will be visiting other faculties and universities in the country and abroad.
In agreement with a mentor, a student can, instead of choosing among the optional courses stated in the table, choose courses from other postgraduate studies at the Department of Wood Technology of the Faculty of Forestry and Wood Technology of the University of Zagreb. Those courses will be optional, with the number of hours and ECTS credits stated in the table. In the first and second semester of the studies, the students gain knowledge in two compulsory courses and one or more optional courses. In the third semester, a student enrols in one compulsory course and in optional courses. The optional courses can be from the specialist studies or focused courses and practical courses of the Doctoral Studies at the Faculty of Forestry and Wood Technology, Department of Wood Technology, under the name Wood Technology. Enrolment in these subjects in agreement with the mentor. Exceptionally, in agreement with a mentor, a student can enrol in courses and practical courses of other specialist or doctoral studies. The maximum teaching load is 12 hours per week. A student has to accumulate a minimum of 25 ECTS and a maximum of 35 ECTS credits per semester, considering that the total number of ECTS credits during the period of studies shall not be under 120. That means that it is possible to transfer the ECTS credits to the next semester, as well as to reduce the ECTS credits in the semester if more credits were assigned in the previous semesters.