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List of the courses taught in English that are presented in the Voronezh State University:

Humanities and social sciences

Faculty of Philology

Rhetoric (3 ECTC)

Field of study: National philology

Description: Rhetoric and speech standards penetrate all spheres of our life. Language is a form of thinking and a communication medium. Professional careers depend on the culture of communication to a great extent. Good relations with your colleagues are absolutely crucial to your productivity. Rhetoric plays an important part in shaping your personality and greatly contributes to forming successful relations with other people. This course is designed to foster a comprehensive understanding of the principles behind various types of public speaking; to give students an idea of the basic rules of an effective public statement. Through this course you will develop the skills required to create texts of major rhetorical genres (information public speaking; ceremonial public speaking; entertaining public speaking; convincing public speaking).

Semester: 2 (spring semester)

Lecturer – Nadezhda Akovantseva, PhD

Business communication (3 ECTC)

Field of study: Russian language as a foreign language and international communications

Description: In this course, we’ll come together to help you learn the fundamentals of effective business communication in Russian. The study of Business Communication promotes the comprehension of soft-skills within commerce. We’ll focus on writing, speaking, and interpersonal communication. Class work is based on a systematic approach to designing messages, both written and oral, from concept to delivery for targeted business communication situations. This course concentrates on contextualized critical communications skills, particularly those needed for intelligent, face-to-face interactions, for effective tactics to achieve cooperation and gain consensus. You will use a strategic communication model to identify objectives, analyze audiences, choose information, and create the most effective arrangement for your message. There is strong emphasis on various strategies used in negotiating.

Semester: 2 (spring semester)

Lecturer – Maria Salomatina, PhD

Rare and antiquarian books

Field of study: Publishing (Izdatelskoye delo)

Description: Definitions that distinguish “rare books” from “old books” or “antiquarian books”. Soviet and Russian documents regulating antiquarian bookseller activities. International, national, regional rare and antiquarian books. Rare and antiquarian books in the university library. Rare books at the British library.  Book as an indivisible artistic whole.  Inner and outward forms of the book. Favorsky on the dynamics of a book’s inner artistic structure.

Semester: autumn semester

Level (BA/MA): BA

Lecturer – Popova Maria Konstantinovna, prof

History of West European and US literature

Field of study: Publishing (Izdatelskoye delo)

Description: Characteristics of the main epochs in the history of literature – Classic, Medieval, Renaissnace, XVII century, Enlightenment, Romanticism, Realism, Modernism, Postmodernism. Analysis of the most important literary works, such as “Iliad” by Homer, “Divine Comedy” by Dante, Shakespeare’s tragedies and comedies, etc.

Semester: spring and autumn semester

Level (BA/MA): BA

Lecturer – Popova Maria Konstantinovna, prof

 

Faculty of Romance and Germanic Philology

History and Culture of Britain and USA (2 ECTS)

Field of study: Teaching English as a Foreign Language; Cross-Cultural Studies

Description: The course covers such issues as the geography, political system, mass media, education and history, of the UK and the US.

Semester: Both semesters

Level (BA/MA): BA

Lecturer – Yaroslav Yeremeyev, PhD, Senior Lecturer; Olga Ivashenko, PhD, Senior ecturer; Natalya Sharova, PhD, Senior Lecturer.

History and Culture of Australia, Canada and New Zealand (2 ECTS)

Field of study: Teaching English as a Foreign Language; Cross-Cultural Studies

Description: The course covers such issues as the geography, political system, mass media, education and history of Australia, Canada, and New Zealand.

Semester: Both semesters

Level (BA/MA): BA

Lecturer – Yaroslav Yeremeyev, PhD, Senior Lecturer

Regional country studies (4 ECTS)

Field of study: Teaching English as a Foreign Language; Cross-Cultural Studies

Description: The course offers a review of the English speaking countries, such as the UK, the USA, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand according to the following plan: Geography, Symbols, and History. Students are also offered individual and group projects.

Semester: Both semesters

Level (BA/MA): BA

Lecturer – Yaroslav Yeremeyev, PhD, Senior Lecturer; Natalya Sharova, PhD, Senior Lecturer.

Computer-mediated business communication (5 ECTS)

Field of study: Teaching English as a Foreign Language; Cross-Cultural Studies

Description: The course offers a review of the English speaking countries, such as the UK, the USA, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand according to the following plan: Geography, Symbols, and History. Students are also offered individual and group projects.

Semester: Both semesters

Level (BA/MA): BA

Lecturer – Ekaterina Pletneva, PhD, Senior Lecturer

Public speaking and presentation (3 ECTS)

Field of study: Teaching English as a Foreign Language; Cross-Cultural Studies

Description: The course is designed to help students to develop the skills of effective PowerPoint presentation in English.

Semester: 2 (spring semester)

Level (BA/MA): BA

Lecturer – Andrey Bystrykh, PhD, Senior Lecturer

Business writing (5/5 ECTS)

Field of study: Teaching English as a Foreign Language; Cross-Cultural Studies

Description: This course focuses on the acquisition of business related vocabulary, including collocations, and incorporation of new lexical items into written texts.

Semester: Both semesters

Level (BA/MA): BA/MA

Lecturer – Ekaterina Pletneva, PhD, Senior Lecturer; Dmitry Zhuchkov, PhD

Business speaking (9/9 ECTS)

Field of study: Teaching English as a Foreign Language; Cross-Cultural Studies

Description: This course focuses on oral business communication skills needed in various situations. Students explore a wide range of verbal content, functions and forms and participate in listening and speaking activities, including role play, discussions, formal and informal speeches, group discussions, and presentations.

Semester: Both semesters

Level (BA/MA): BA/MA

Lecturer – Ekaterina Pletneva, PhD, Senior Lecturer; Dmitry Zhuchkov, PhD

Current social, economic and political situation in English speaking countries (4 ECTS)

Field of study: Teaching English as a Foreign Language; Cross-Cultural Studies

Description: The course provides practical knowledge of the economies, politics and social structure of the English speaking countries, their relations with each other and with the rest of the world. It explores timely national and international issues, focusing on UK and USA current problems.

Semester: Both semesters

Level (BA/MA): BA

Lecturer – Lyubov Tsurikova, PhD, Dr. phil. habil. in Linguistics; Andrey Bystrykh, PhD, Senior Lecturer.

Sociolinguistics (2 ECTS)

Field of study: Teaching English as a Foreign Language; Cross-Cultural Studies

Description: This course examines the relationship between language and society. It is intended as a general survey of basic topics in sociolinguistics and sociolinguistic research methods. It covers topics such as language variation and change, code switch, language attitudes, politeness, multilingualism, and explores the influence of social factors such as social class, networks, or gender on the way we speak.

Semester: 1 (autumn semester)

Level (BA/MA): BA

Lecturer – Lyubov Tsurikova, PhD, Dr. phil. habil. in Linguistics

Pragmatics of communication in a foreign language (2 ECTS)

Field of study: Teaching English as a Foreign Language; Cross-Cultural Studies

Description: The course explores the place of language in social, institutional, and cultural contexts, especially the pragmatic sources of language breakdowns and misencounters in cross-cultural communication by identifying and describing major factors in discourse events.

Semester: 1 (autumn semester)

Level (BA/MA): BA

Lecturer – Lyubov Tsurikova, PhD, Dr. phil. habil. in Linguistics

Media discourse in UK and USA (4 ECTS)

Field of study: Teaching English as a Foreign Language; Cross-Cultural Studies

Description: This innovative course focuses on developing the ability to comprehend and process authentic English language audio-visual media discourse (TV), as well as on enhancing critical thinking and discussion skills.

Semester: Both semesters

Level (BA/MA): BA

Lecturer – Lyubov Tsurikova, PhD, Dr. phil. habil. in Linguistics; Andrey Bystrykh, PhD, Senior Lecturer.

Language support for international project development (2/2 ECTS)

Field of study: Teaching English as a Foreign Language; Cross-Cultural Studies

Description: This course provides in-depth training in intercultural business communication, drawing on the latest developments in international management training.

Semester: 2 (spring semester)

Level (BA/MA): BA/MA

Lecturer – Lyubov Tsurikova, PhD, Dr. phil. habil. in Linguistics; Ekaterina Pletneva, PhD, Senior Lecturer

Internet-based intercultural communication (2 ECTS)

Field of study: Teaching English as a Foreign Language; Cross-Cultural Studies

Description: This course is designed to help EFL students to develop the skills of effective computer-mediated communication (mediated by the internet and mobile technologies) in a business environment, focusing on intercultural communication strategies.

Semester: 2 (spring semester)

Level (BA/MA): BA

Lecturer – Ekaterina Pletneva, PhD, Senior Lecturer

Literary text analysis (4/4 ECTS)

Field of study: Teaching English as a Foreign Language; Cross-Cultural Studies

Description: The course aims to develop skills of textual analysis and the understanding that texts, both literary and non-literary, can relate to culturally determined reading practices. An understanding of the ways in which formal elements are used to create meaning in a text is combined with an exploration of how that meaning is affected by reading practices and by the circumstances of text production and reception.

Semester: Both semesters

Level (BA/MA): BA/MA

Lecturer – Yaroslav Yeremeyev, PhD, Senior Lecturer; Natalya Sharova, PhD, Senior Lecturer

Theoretical Phonetics (3 ECTS)

Field of study: Teaching English as a Foreign Language; Cross-Cultural Studies

Description: Theoretical phonetics is an exam course designed to introduce students to the fundamental principles of British English phonetics and phonological system as they relate to the teaching of English as a foreign language. More specifically, the course covers the main terminology issues on the segmental and suprasegmental levels and provides students with a theoretical basis upon which to make practical decisions about pronunciation and spelling issues in English as a foreign language contexts

Semester: 1 (autumn semester)

Level (BA/MA): BA

Lecturer – Nelly Kostenko, PhD, Senior Lecturer; Ekaterina Pletneva, PhD, Senior Lecturer

Lexicology (4 ECTS)

Field of study: Teaching English as a Foreign Language; Cross-Cultural Studies

Description: Lexicology is an exam course designed to introduce students to the study of the formation, meaning and use of words and of idiomatic combinations of words. It explores semantics, derivation, usage and other issues, involved in analyzing the whole lexicon of the English language.

Semester: 2 (spring semester)

Level (BA/MA): BA

Lecturer – Olga Ivashenko, PhD, Senior Lecturer; Ludmila Laenko, PhD, Dr. phil. habil. in Linguistics

Theoretical grammar (4 ECTS)

Field of study: Teaching English as a Foreign Language; Cross-Cultural Studies

Description: The course in Theoretical Grammar introduces the students to the problems of up-to-date grammatical study of English morphology and syntax. It aims to improve their linguistic competence by applying modern analytical techniques to various grammatical phenomena and studying the relations between the paradigmatic and syntagmatic elements of the language system.

Semester: 1 (autumn semester)

Level (BA/MA): BA

Lecturer – Natalya Ovchinnikova, PhD, Senior Lecturer; Ekaterina Selezneva, PhD

History of English (4 ECTS)

Field of study: Teaching English as a Foreign Language; Cross-Cultural Studies

Description: The course in the History of English enhances the students’ understanding of the ways the English language has developed since the earliest times and enables learners to account for the specific features and inconsistencies of Modern English. This is achieved through analyzing theoretical aspects of language evolution as well as doing varied practical tasks (the study of Old English texts and etymology of words).

Semester: 2 (spring semester)

Level (BA/MA): BA

Lecturer – Nina Ulyanova, PhD, Senior Lecturer; Natalya Ovchinnikova, PhD, Senior Lecturer

Stylistics (2 ECTS)

Field of study: Teaching English as a Foreign Language; Cross-Cultural Studies

Description: A course of Stylistics deals with: a) Linguo-stylistics or a taxonomy of expressive means and stylistic devices for all the levels of English; b) Functional Stylistics analyzing official, publicist, academic, colloquial and Belles-Lettres varieties.

Semester: 1 (autumn semester)

Level (BA/MA): BA

Lecturer – Natalya Sharova, PhD, Senior Lecturer

General linguistics (3 ECTS)

Field of study: Teaching English as a Foreign Language; Cross-Cultural Studies

Description: General linguistics is an exam course designed to introduce students to the study of the universal properties of language as they manifest themselves in the language system, the language capacity of individual language users, the use of language in varying social circumstances, and the application of linguistic knowledge in technological environments.

Semester: 2 (spring semester)

Level (BA/MA): BA

Lecturer – Prof. Lyubov Tsurikova, PhD, Dr. phil. habil. in Linguistics

Theory of intercultural communication (4 ECTS)

Field of study: Teaching English as a Foreign Language; Cross-Cultural Studies

Description: This course provides in-depth training in intercultural communication, drawing on the latest developments in linguistic and social training. The aims of the course are to develop: knowledge of the theoretical approaches to intercultural communication; skills of critical analysis of the theoretical approaches to intercultural communication; social competence of orientation within multicultural realm.

Semester: 2 (spring semester)

Level (BA/MA): BA

Lecturer – Lyubov Tsurikova, PhD, Dr. phil. habil. in Linguistics

International organizations activities (2 ECTS)

Field of study: Teaching English as a Foreign Language; Cross-Cultural Studies

Description: This Course provides information about the major international organizations such as United Nations, European Union, and their affiliates.

Semester: 2 (spring semester)

Level (BA/MA): MA

Lecturer – Natalya Sharova, PhD, Senior Lecturer

 

Faculty of Journalism

Basic principles of advertising and public relations in media (2 ECTS)

Field of study: Journalism

Description: The purpose of this course is to develop professional skills and techniques required to be successful in advertising and PR-practice such as: analysing information, making visuals, creating AD and PR-product. Moreover, the course develops decision-making skills, interpersonal skills, and taking responsibility for the results. The aspects explored are the history of PR and Advertising; Advertising and PR Professions; PR and AD genres that are shown through the concepts of Russian & foreign researchers.

Semester: 2 (spring semester)

Level (BA/MA): BA

Lecturer – Кurganova Ekaterinasenior lecturer in PR, Ph.D. in Philology

Modern TV in the Age of Globalization: Trends, Challenges, Prospects (2 ECTS)

Field of study: Journalism

Description: The course looks into the technological evolution of the TV and dwells on the modern technologies of video-content production. It traces the process of modifying organizational models of contemporary TV production in the age of convergence as well as the transformation of broadcasting channels, the up-to-date genres and formats.

Semester: 4

Level (BA/MA): BA

Lecturer – Shesterina  Alla, Head of Television and Radio Journalism Chair, Professor in TV Journalism, Doctor of Philology

 

Faculty of Law

Topical problems of International law (5 ECTS)

Field of study: Jurisprudence International law and business, International and European law

Description: This discipline introduces students to the issues of international law as an independent legal system. Its aim is to develop the scientific understanding of the main categories and institutions of international law. Under the modern conditions of globalization and regional integration this discipline is of the highest relevance for students.

Semester: 1 (autumn semester); 2 (spring semester)

Level (BA/MA): MA

Lecturer – Galushko D. , PhD, Associate Professor

Law of Eurasian integration (5 ECTS)

Field of study: Jurisprudence International law and business, International and European law

Description: The main aims of the course is to explore the major stages of Eurasian integration, to explore the Eurasian Economic Union as a very special entity, to characterize the Eurasian institutions and their interactions with Member States, to study the legal system of the Eurasian Economic Union as a part of international law, to consider the major branches and institutions of its law.

Semester: 1 (autumn semester); 2 (spring semester)

Level (BA/MA): BA/MA

Lecturer – Galushko D. , PhD, Associate Professor

 

Faculty of Economics

Managerial Economics (4 ECTS)

Field of study: Management

Description: Managerial Economics is aimed at applying economic analysis to decision-making techniques of business. Through this course you will gain knowledge about how to increase a company’s profitability by applying microeconomic analysis to a wide array of business problems. The course focuses on: demand&supply analysis, firm and individual behavior prediction, costs, pricing strategies, profit maximization by firms, market structures and managerial decision in different competitive settings.

Semester: Autumn

Level (BA/MA): MA

Lecturer – Irina Yu. Liashenko, PhD in Economics, Associate Professor

Macroeconomics-1 (2 ECTS)

Field of study: Management

Description: This course provides students with an introduction to the fundamental concepts, principles and models of macroeconomic theory and policy. This course begins with a brief history of macroeconomic thought and national income accounting. The main part focuses on basic models such as Circular Flow model, AD-AS, Income-Expenditure, IS-LM models, Phillips curve. The last part of this course includes models of an open economy (Mundell-Fleming model) and economic growth (Harrod-Domar and Solow models). These models explain the workings of goods and financial markets and determinants of aggregate output and aggregate income, inflation, unemployment, budget deficit, interest rate and exchange rate. Special attention should be paid to the role of fiscal and monetary policies of economic development.

Semester: Spring

Level (BA/MA): BA

Lecturer – Oleg Maslennikov

Risk management (2 ECTS)

Field of study: Management

Description: This course focuses on the process of effective enterprise risk-management which includes risk identification, risk evaluation, choice of risk strategy, and methods of risk management and control - monitoring the effectiveness of risk management.

The course deals with the management of socio-political, production, marketing, and financial risks.

Semester: Autumn

Level (BA/MA): MA

Lecturer – Galina V. Menyailo, PhD in Economics, Associate Professor

Analysis of business and finance risks (2 (Master) / 3 (Bachelor)  ECTS)

Field of study: Management

Description: This course focuses on: basics of business risks, main characteristics and measurements, methods of financial risk management, exchange risks, interest risks, insolvency risks descriptions, efficiency investment and financial decisions, overall liquidity risk assessment, cash flow discounting, influence of cost and price variances on the break-even point, risk finance planning, budgeting, other risks and opportunities factors.

Semester: Autumn (Master) / Spring (Bachelor)

Level (BA/MA): BA/MA

Lecturer – Irina Polukhina, PhD in Economics, senior lecturer

Marketing (3 ECTS)

Field of study: Management

Description: The aim of the course is to clear up the sense of marketing as a study, to form the system of professional marketing skills.
The objectives of the course are the following: to study the basics of marketing, to work out creative solutions that react to market changes.

Basic didactic units (sections): the nature and content of marketing. System of marketing research. The marketing complex. Marketing strategy. Process of marketing management in the enterprise. Marketing planning. Control of marketing activities. International marketing. Modern computer technologies and the Internet in marketing.

Semester: Spring (depends on qualification)

Level (BA/MA): BA

Lecturer – Olesia Gorte, lecturer/instructor

International Marketing (3 ECTS)

Field of study: Management

Description: The aim of the "International Marketing" course is to study the impact of the internationalization of national economies and the globalization of world markets on the activity of enterprises.
The objectives of the discipline is to provide the necessary knowledge in the field of international marketing activity and the formation of the skills to analyze contemporary issues in the field of international marketing.

Basic didactic units (sections): The nature and environment of international marketing, the output of the firm to foreign markets, trade policy in the foreign markets, features of international pricing, the distribution of products in foreign markets, International marketing communication.

Semester: Spring

Level (BA/MA): BA

Lecturer – Olesia Gorte, lecturer/instructor

Place Marketing (3 ECTS)

Field of study: Management

Description: The aim of the "Place Marketing" course is to study the concept of place marketing, theoretical and practical aspects of the organization of place marketing, to give the students the skills about the mechanisms of place marketing.

The objectives: to acquaint students with the theoretical aspects of place marketing; to show the practical application of the tools and strategies of marketing within certain territories.

Basic didactic units (sections): The basics of place marketing, types of place marketing, the tools and mechanisms of place marketing,  the marketing strategy of the territories, territorial peculiarities of service marketing, experience in  the system of state and municipal management.

Semester: Spring

Level (BA/MA): BA

Lecturer – Olesia Gorte, lecturer/instructor

Management research systems (2 ECTS)

Field of study: Management

Description: Keywords: research, research methods, research program, management, cybernetics, organizations, system, system analysis, development, effectiveness of research and management.

Course description: Life is developing at a very fast pace nowadays. Organizations have to analyze market situations, thinking about improving effectiveness of their work. This course explains the importance of research work today; it also provides the students with special knowledge, skills and competences on how to organize a research and how to create a research program using different analytic methods. The key ideas of this course also include comparing different research methods and learning how to calculate effectiveness of research and management.

Semester: Autumn

Level (BA/MA): MA

Lecturer – Maria Solosina, lecturer

 

Faculty of International Relations

Introduction to Emerging Markets (3 ECTS)

Field of study: Business of emerging markets

Description: A brief introduction into the specific area of emerging markets in the modern global economy.

Semester: Autumn

Level (BA/MA): MA

International Economic and Transnational Law (3 ECTS)

Field of study: Business of emerging markets

Description: Transnational Law as a particular system of standards of law. Parties of Transnational. Sources of transnational law and process of lawmaking. Subject and objects of transnational law.

Semester: Spring

Level (BA/MA): MA

International Project Management (4 ECTS)

Field of study: Business of emerging markets

Description: Project management on international level, its difference from other forms of project management. Main theoretical and practical approaches.

Semester: Spring

Level (BA/MA): MA

Cross-Cultural Management (3 ECTS)

Field of study: Business of emerging markets

Description: Main aim of the subject is to form theoretical and applied knowledge in cross-cultural management in times of globalization.

Semester: Spring

Level (BA/MA): BA/MA

Global Supply Chain Management (5 ECTS)

Field of study: Business of emerging markets

Description: Definition and structure of a supply chain, its development, sustainability and competitiveness. Domestic practice compared with foreign experience.

Semester: Spring

Level (BA/MA): MA

Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility (3 ECTS)

Field of study: Business of emerging markets

Description: The course examines the foundations of moral reasoning and the analysis of ethical issues that arise in a wide range of contemporary business practices, both domestically and globally.

Semester: Spring

Level (BA/MA): BA/MA

Conflict Resolution and Negotiation (5 ECTS)

Field of study: Business of emerging markets

Description: The art and science of negotiations with the goal of making students more effective negotiators in a variety of business situations and negotiations as well. Concept and skill development.

Semester: Spring

Level (BA/MA): BA/MA

Marketing Research Methods (4 ECTS)

Field of study: Business of emerging markets

Description: Characteristics of marketing research; Marketing research as main method to collect marketing information, its specific features in emerging markets.

Semester: Spring

Level (BA/MA): MA

International Finance (2 ECTS)

Field of study: Business of emerging markets

Description: International finance and credit institutions are studied with regard to emerging markets features.

Semester: Autumn

Level (BA/MA): MA

Distribution and Sales Management (3 ECTS)

Field of study: Business of emerging markets

Description: Goods and services distribution and its organizational features. Sales management basics and main approaches to it.

Semester: Autumn

Level (BA/MA): MA

M&A in Emerging Markets (3 ECTS)

Field of study: Business of emerging markets

Description: Mergers and Acquisitions, their specific types and legal approaches. Mergers and Acquisitions in an emerging markets system.

Semester: Autumn

Level (BA/MA): MA

Compliance in Emerging Markets (3 ECTS)

Field of study: Business of emerging markets

Description: A specific subject devoted to compliance frameworks in emerging markets systems.

Semester: Autumn

Level (BA/MA): MA

Leadership and HR in Emerging Markets (2 ECTS)

Field of study: Business of emerging markets

Description: Definition, types of leadership, leaders: their features and psychological types. Image of modern leader in business area. Leadership and human resources management in emerging markets.

Semester: Autumn

Level (BA/MA): MA

International Strategic Management (3 ECTS)

Field of study: Business of emerging markets

Description: International strategic management, its system, subject and object. Main differences from other types of management. Legal regulations for international strategic management.

Semester: Spring

Level (BA/MA): MA

Public Speaking (2 ECTS)

Field of study: Business of emerging markets

Description: Oratory, forms of performance, tools and techniques of public speech, etc.

Semester: any semester

Level (BA/MA): BA/MA

Russian Culture and Traditions (2 ECTS)

Field of study: Business of emerging markets

Description: Ancient and modern cultures of Russia, Russian mentality, Stereotypes about Russia, Russian holidays, free time in Russia, etc.

Semester: any semester

Level (BA/MA): BA/MA

History of Russia (2 ECTS)

Field of study: Business of emerging markets

Description: History of Russia from ancient times till the year 2013.

Semester: any semester

Level (BA/MA): BA/MA

Business Communications (2 ECTS)

Field of study: Business of emerging markets

Description: This subject is devoted to providing practical knowledge in the area of international business communications and negotiations. Main focus will be to provide the students with the theoretical basis and practical skills for successful communicating in all areas of business activities, including the cultural and behavioral patterns for different countries. The course also covers practical aspects of avoiding typical communicative mistakes, working with aggressive audience, verbal attacks and counter-attacks, non-verbal communicative patterns and persuasive speaking.

Semester: any semester

Level (BA/MA): BA/MA

 

Natural sciences

Faculty of Biology and Soil Sciences

Monitoring Plant Communities and Populations (3 ECTS)

Field of study: Biology

Description: Monitoring is a powerful tool for better management of resources. Good monitoring can detect management problems at an early stage; it can also demonstrate that management is effective and successful.

The course will provide an overview of different monitoring techniques. Approximately half of the course will explore different methods of plant population structure investigation. In this part we will explain the ways of researching demographic, vitality and spatial structure of plant populations, and it will be also focused on the problem of compiling and processing data for population analysis. The second half of the course will provide a critical overview of different concepts which describe the organisation and dynamics of plant communities. You will gain knowledge of discrete and continuum vegetation, different models of succession development and climax concept. This part of the course is designed to foster a comprehensive understanding of the ways to research plant communities.

The course will couple lectures and class work. The lectures will combine the knowledge of different botanical disciplines: plant ecology, phytogeography, population biology, vegetation ecology, and plant sociology. The class work will be focused on the problem of how to integrate the methods of different botanical disciplines in order to solve some practical tasks.

Semester: 2 (spring semester)

Level (BA/MA): BA

Lecturer – Andrei Kirik, PhD

Citology (3 ECTS)

Field of study: Biology

Description: The course will explore the characteristic of modern cytology methods. This introductory course teaches students the features of the structure and functioning of prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells, plant and animal cells. Class work is based on learning practical skills of microscopic techniques, preparation of slide mounts, and cytological analysis. A discussion of the characteristics of structural and functional organization of sub-cellular components will provide students with solid knowledge of the origin of eukaryotic cells, and their differentiation in multi-cellular organisms. This course is designed to foster a comprehensive understanding of structural and functional organization, types and modern methods of studying chromosomes as carriers of material units of heredity – genes. Through this course you will find out about the cell cycle and its regulation, normal karyotype and various pathological conditions. This course is an introduction to the division types (reproduction) of prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells, mechanisms of mitosis, meiosis and amitosis, and their characteristic features. The course will give you an idea of endomitosis and somatic polyploidy polyteny, explore the features of micro- and megasporogenesis, micro- and megagametogenesis, the process of fertilization in plants. Students will gain knowledge of apoptosis – genetically programmed cell death. We will consider cytological basis of pathology, aging and cell death.

Semester: 1 (autumn semester)

Level (BA/MA): BA

Lecturer – Olga Mashkina, PhD, Associate professor; Mikhail Belousov (assistant)

The concept of free radicals (3 ECTS)

Field of study: Biology

Description: Generated in living organisms and oxidative stress, the mechanisms of their formation, modifications of biological molecules induced by reactive oxygen intermediates or by oxidative stress products, methods for detection of these modifications as well as components and functioning of antioxidant system that protects living cells against free radicals will be discussed. Diseases accompanied by the oxidative stress development will also be the subject of the study.

Semester: 1 (autumn semester)

Level (BA/MA): MA

Lecturer – Safonova Olga A., PhD, Associate professor

Human Biochemistry (3 ECTS)

Field of study: Biology

Description: The Course is designed to assist the students to acquire knowledge of the normal biochemical composition and functioning of the human body and its individual tissues (muscle, nerve and others), integration of metabolic processes between the various organs of the body and understand some alterations in biochemistry in diseases. It is fundamental to understanding how the body adapts to physiologic stress, how defects in metabolism result in disease, and why data from the clinical chemistry laboratory are useful to diagnose disease and monitor the efficacy of treatment.

Semester: 2 (spring semester)

Level (BA/MA): BA

Lecturer – Safonova Olga A., PhD, Associate professor

Ethology (3 ECTS)

Field of study: Biology

Description: Study of animal behavior and general approaches to zoo psychology. This course focuses on the research into the psychological and neurological bases of animal sensation, cognition, behavior, perception, and behavioral interactions within and outside the species.

This program typically includes in-depth instruction in ethology, neurobiology, behavioral neuroscience, cognition and sensory perception, behavioral evolution, motivators, hormonal controls, learning and instinct, community ecology, reproductive and developmental biology, functional behavior, and applications to specific behaviors and patterns as well as to specific phyla and species.

This course achieves a good balance between recent research and classic studies of animal behavior. It integrates both psychological and biological approaches and provides current information in the areas of animal learning and cognition, parasitism, and mutualism. It includes all phases of scientific animal behavior investigation.

Semester: 2 (spring semester)

Level (BA/MA): BA

Lecturer – Olga Solodovnikova, PhD, Associate Professor

General Biology (3 ECTS)

Field of study: Biology

Description: Introduction of Cytology, Genetics, Evolution and Ecology

Semester: 1 (autumn semester)

Level (BA/MA): BA

Lecturer – Olga Solodovnikova, PhD, Associate Professor

Biotechnology (3 ECTS)

Field of study: Biology

Description: This course brings together a broad collection of case studies on biotechnology applications in industrial processes and subjects them to detailed analysis in order to give advice to scientists, industrial managers and government policy makers. The special attention is paid to physical, chemical and molecular bases of biotechnological processes. This course integrates many different perspectives to give the students a coherent road map of the biotech industry for the next decades. It is anchored by numerous relevant examples that create a framework which any life sciences professional needs to understand.

Semester: 1 (autumn semester)

Level (BA/MA): BA

Lecturer – Marina Holyavka, Associate Professor

Parasitology (3 ECTS)

Field of study: Biology

Description: The course is devoted to study of morphology, biochemistry, ecology and life cycles of parasitic organisms. The course is concentrated on biodiversity of the parasite, their adaptations and relations with their hosts

Semester: 1 (autumn semester)

Level (BA/MA): BA

Lecturer – Sergey Gaponov, Full Professor

Zoology of Invertebrates (3 ECTS)

Field of study: Biology

Description: The course is devoted to the study of diversity, morphology, biology and systematic of invertebrate animals

Semester: Both semesters

Level (BA/MA): BA

Lecturer – Sergey Gaponov, Full Professor, Department of Zoology and Parasitology

Zoology of Vertebrates (3 ECTS)

Field of study: Biology

Description: The course is devoted to the study of diversity, morphology, biology and systematic of vertebrate animals.

Semester: Both semesters

Level (BA/MA): BA

Lecturer – Sergey Gaponov, Full Professor, Department of Zoology and Parasitology

Medical Parasitology (3 ECTS)

Field of study: Biology

Description: The course is devoted to the study of parasites which use the human body for their lives and development, interrelations between parasites and human.

Semester: 1 (autumn semester)

Level (BA/MA): MA

Lecturer – Sergey Gaponov, Full Professor, Department of Zoology and Parasitology

Zoonotic diseases (3 ECTS)

Field of study: Biology

Description: The course is devoted to the modern understanding of zoonotic diseases, their geographical distribution, and the causes of their exceeding in the modern World

Semester: 1 (spring semester)

Level (BA/MA): MA

Lecturer – Sergey Gaponov, Full Professor, Department of Zoology and Parasitology

 

Faculty of Chemistry

Environmental Analytical Chemistry (3 ECTS)

Field of study: Analytical chemistry

Description: is an interdisciplinary science. Lectures show the significant role of analytical methods (Analytical Chemistry) in Environmental Chemistry which enable the identification of the nature, concentration and source of pollutants in the air, soil and water. Common classical and advanced analytical techniques used for qualitative and quantitative determinations of various contaminants are considered as important tools in Environmental Chemistry.

Semester: 2 (spring semester)

Level (BA/MA): MA

Lecturer – Eliseeva Tatiana Viktorovna, Associate Professor

Electrochemistry (3 ECTS)

Field of study: Electrochemistry

Description: The course is aimed to develop a thermodynamic and kinetic approach to the phases with electric charges. The course of electrochemistry is divided into three main parts, which are the equilibrium in the electrolyte solutions, the transport of charged particles and the electrode processes. There is a strong emphasize on the ion interaction and the structure of double electric layer at the phase boundary.

Semester: 2 (spring semester)

Level (BA/MA): BA

Lecturer – Grushevskaya Svetlana Nikolaevna, Associate Professor

Modern electrochemical methods (4 ECTS)

Field of study: Electrochemistry

Description: In this course, we’ll come together to help you learn about the theoretical basis and technical instrumentation of the modern electrochemical investigations.

This course is designed to teach students major principles of measurements in electrochemistry and corrosion science. The focus is on the transient (“chrono-“) methods. The course provides an overview of techniques based on concepts of impedance. We will discuss the principles involved in scanning electrochemical microscopy. Special emphasis is placed on examining electrodes, electrolytes and electrochemical instrumentation. Through this course students will gain knowledge of the features of electrochemical investigation of solid compounds and materials.

Semester: 10 (spring semester)

Level (BA/MA): MA

Lecturer – Dr. Oleg Kozaderov

Green Electrochemistry (4 ECTS)

Field of study: Electrochemistry

Description: The course combines information, theoretical concepts and case studies, and, where possible and appropriate, hands-on experience with specific technologies in actual use.
After completing the course, you should be able to make your own project and  calculate the efficiency of the safe electrochemical technology in comparison with the already functioning ones.
The course consists of three parts.
The first part includes a review of  modern electrochemical technologies and productions.
Students get acquainted with principles of using electrochemical technologies in various industries.
The second part centers on examining the principles of Green chemistry and their application in electrochemical processes.
Students learn that in the stage of planning it is necessary to evaluate not only the targeted chemical properties of the future product, but to assess the  environmental risks associated with its properties, such as toxicity to humans and the biosphere, the period of decomposition in nature, expansion directions in the nature, the toxicity of secondary products. In this course students learn, that when creating a chemical product it is also necessary to evaluate the sources and energy needs for different implementations of this technology, as well as the economic costs of waste disposal, and to assess the environmental risks associated with energy production and waste management.
The third part focuses on teaching students the performance analysis of the electrochemical technology. 

In this part of the course, students learn the quantitative performance criteria of Green chemistry and are required to apply these criteria to electrochemical technologies and processes.

Semester: 11-12

Level (BA/MA): MA

Lecturer – Irina Protasova

 

Faculty of Physics

Synchrotron investigations of functional nanostructures (2 ECTS)

Field of study: Solid state physics and nanostructures

Description: Modern diagnostics techniques based on synchrotron radiation for functional nanostructure characterization will be presented. The course will include the following topics. Basics of synchrotron radiation. Modern synchrotron radiation sources. Main approaches for nanostructures diagnostics. Basics for atomic and electronic structure studies at macro- and microscopic levels with the use of X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, photoelectron microscopy (including angle and time resolved), resonance scattering basics, X-ray absorption spectroscopy.

Semester: 3

Level (BA/MA): MA

Lecturer – Dr. Sc. Sergey Turishchev

X-ray and photoelectron spectroscopy (2 ECTS)

Field of study: Solid state physics and nanostructures

Description: Atomic and electronic structure techniques will be studied as well as local atomic surrounding probing approaches. Core levels spectroscopy, valence and conduction band density of states distribution investigations will be considered. Qualitative and quantitative phase composition analysis as non-destructive approaches for physics and chemistry studies of different objects surface and bulk including biology systems and nanomaterials will be described. Modern instrumentation trends will be discussed as well.

Semester: 7

Level (BA/MA): Postgraduate

Lecturer – Dr. Sc. Sergey Turishchev

Present and future of silicon technology (1 ECTS)

Field of study: Solid state physics and nanostructures; Physics of semiconductors

Description: History, present and future of silicon technologies for micro- and nanoelectronics will be considered starting from bulk silicon properties to nanocrystals and clusters. Formation approaches, electronic structure, perspective optical properties will be studied in frameworks of past and present problems. Future directions will be discussed from the technology and application positions at basic researches, laboratory and manufacturing levels.

Semester: 2

Level (BA/MA): MA

Lecturer – Dr. Sc. Sergey Turishchev

Basics of the solid state physics (2 ECTS)

Field of study: Solid state physics and nanostructures

Description: Classical lectures presenting the basics of the solid state physics will include: translation symmetry in crystals, reciprocal lattice, Brillouin zone, electrons in periodic potential, Bloch theorem, single-electron approximation, many-electron approximation, boundary condition, electronic states, band theory of solids, metals, semiconductors and dielectrics, direct and indirect transition, Fermi surface, density of states, effective mass, strong coupling method, orthogonalized plane wave method, pseudopotential method, augmented plane wave method, Hartree-Fock equations.

Semester: 5

Level (BA/MA): Postgraduate

Lecturer – Dr. Sc. Sergey Turishchev

Classical Mechanics (3 ECTS)

Field of study: Theoretical physics

Description: The course covers Newtonian classical mechanics (Newtonian formalism), description of classical mechanics within Lagrangian and Hamiltonian formalisms, basic application of classical mechanics for one-dimensional problems, application for description of dynamics of a classical system in a central fields, application for description of dynamics of a rigid body, application to the theory of linear and nonlinear vibrations, fluid mechanics.

Semester: 2-3

Level (BA/MA): Postgraduate

Lecturer – Dr. Sc. Mikhail Frolov

Quantum mechanics (3 ECTS)

Field of study: Theoretical physics

Semester: 5-6

Level (BA/MA): Postgraduate

Lecturer – Dr. Sc. Mikhail Frolov

Morphology, phase composition and electronic structure of nanomaterials (2 ECTS)

Field of study: Theoretical physics

Description: Practical course aimed at obtaining working skills with X-ray spectroscopy and microscopy experiments. X-ray emission spectrometer, scanning electron microscope, X-ray diffractometer and other facilities of Voronezh State University will be used. For postgraduate and master students. Dr. Sergey Turishchev, associate professor, senior researcher of the solid state physics and nanostructures department, physics faculty. Dr. Dmitry Spirin, head of the laboratory of the solid state physics and nanostructures department, physics faculty.

Semester: 1-2

Level (BA/MA): MA

Lecturer – Dr. Sergey Turishchev, Dr. Alexey Kharin

 

Faculty of Applied Mathematics, Informatics and Mechanics

Data Mining (4 ECTS)

Field of study: Fundamental informatics and intellectual informational technologies

Description: The course will explore Data Mining studies, algorithms and computational paradigms that allow computers to find patterns and regularities in databases, perform prediction and forecasting, and generally improve their performance through interaction with data. It is currently regarded as the key element of a more general process called Knowledge Discovery that deals with extracting useful knowledge from raw data.
The knowledge discovery process includes data selection, cleaning, coding, using different statistical and machine learning techniques, and visualization of the generated structures.

The course will cover all these issues and will illustrate the whole process by examples. Special emphasis will be placed on Machine Learning methods as they provide the real knowledge discovery tools. Important related technologies, as data warehousing and on-line analytical processing (OLAP) will be also discussed. The students will use recent Data Mining software.

Semester: 2

Level (BA/MA): MA

Lecturer – Natalia Sapkina

Linear algebra (4 ECTS)

Field of study: Fundamental informatics and intellectual informational technologies, Applied Mathematics and Informatics

Description: This course will explore methods, problems, and theorems of linear algebra and the ability to apply the gained knowledge towards the solution of applied mathematics and informatics problems.
After completing the course, students should be able to use algebraic methods and theorems towards the solution of applied problems.
Over the course of the training students will receive knowledge and techniques relating to the creation of algebraic structures and will gain skills relating to researching solutions to linear algebra problems.

Courses meetings will consist of one-second lectures and practical occupations and one-second activities. There will be five types of activities: group discussion, writing assignments, independent work, offset and final exam.

Semester: 1

Level (BA/MA): BA

Lecturer – Ekaterina Aristova

Fractional calculus (4 ECTS)

Field of study: Applied Mathematics and Informatics

Description: Fractional calculus is a generalization of ordinary differentiation and integration to arbitrary (non-integer) order. The subject is as old as differential calculus, and goes back to the times when Leibnitz and Newton invented differential calculus.

Semester: 1

Level (BA/MA): MA

Lecturer – Elina Shishkina

Basic concepts of mathematics (4 ECTS)

Field of study: Applied Mathematics and Informatics

Description: This course is designed to provide students with the basic knowledge for learning mathematical analysis and mathematics in General.

This course helps a student complete the transition from purely manipulative to rigorous mathematics. The exposition covers some topics that are assumed by later courses but are often not covered with any depth or organization: basic set theory, induction, quantifiers, functions and relations, equivalence relations, properties of the real numbers (including consequences of the completeness axiom), and basic properties of n-dimensional Euclidean spaces.

Semester: 4

Level (BA/MA): BA

Lecturer – Igor Polovinkin

Neural networks (2 ECTS)

Field of study: Applied Mathematics and Informatics

Description: This is a course in practical Neural Networks, which would be a brief and instructive overview of the basic models, learning algorithms, and some applications of neural networks. We will go over single and multi-layer, fully-connected perceptrons including simplified error analysis and back-propagation, starting at the most fundamental level.

The course will also teach students about industrial and academic applications of neural networks and how to recognize tasks that neural networks are suitable for. Only a rudimentary knowledge of programming is required for this course. Enrollment in this course is limited to 20 students.

Semester: 2

Level (BA/MA): MA

Lecturer – Natalia Sapkina

 

Faculty of Computer Science

Computer Architecture and Organization (4 ECTS)

Field of study: Information Systems and Technology

Description: aims to develop an understanding of basic concepts of a stored-program computer architecture and organization, providing practice in PDP-11 and Intel x86 machine-code programming.

Semester: 2 (spring semester)

Level (BA/MA): BA

Lecturer – A. Koval, Senior teacher

Data Mining (4 ECTS)

Field of study: Information Systems and Technology

Description: As a result of this course the student should:

  • demonstrate an understanding of purpose and architecture of data warehousing when implementing Data Mining techniques;
  • demonstrate an understanding of the basic concepts of multivariate data analysis and online analytical processing (OLAP) when processing real multi-dimensional data with Data Mining systems;
  • demonstrate the knowledge of common data mining techniques and algorithms, their applicability and the specific features when selecting relevant method for solving specific problems of data mining;
  • practically use Data Mining tools (RapidMiner, Matlab and MS Analysis Serivces) for solving specific data mining problems;
  • to be able to apply the knowledge of visual data analysis (visual mining) to choosing a relevant form of multidimensional data representation (for preliminary analysis) and results data mining;
  • demonstrate an understanding of the basic stages of the data mining process and its organizational factors, as well as relevant standards, when designing or implementing data mining systems.

Semester: 1 (autumn semester)

Level (BA/MA): MA

Lecturer – A. Sychev, Ph.D., Associate prof

Web Development (4 ECTS)

Field of study: Information Systems and Technology

Description: As a result students should know:

  • basic concepts in the field web-applications development;
  • markup languages (HTML, XML) and related technologies (CSS, XHTML, DOM);
  • client side programming using script languages;
  • basic concepts server side programming (ASP, PHP, JEE) be able:
    • to make HTML documents containing simple scripts;
    • develop server-side applications with chosen script language;
    • to analyse the security of web-applications.
  • аnd have basic understanding:
    • of web-programming using frameworks
    • web CMS;
    • advanced technologies: WEB 2.0, mashups, AJAX;
    • search engine positioning optimization.

Semester: 2 (spring semester)

Level (BA/MA): BA

Lecturer – A. Sychev, Ph.D., Associate prof

Operating Systems (4 ECTS)

Field of study: Information Systems and Technology

Description: Students know and understand the purpose and the architecture of an operating system, and in particular memory and tasks management; they are able to install an OS; they know, can apply and program shell commands for Linux and Windows OS; they understand multitasking and concurrent programming, and can analyze and write small concurrent programs in C or Java.

Semester: 1 (autumn semester)

Level (BA/MA): BA

Lecturer – S. Vlasov, Ph.D., Associate prof.

Systems Engineering (4 ECTS)

Field of study: Information Systems and Technology

Description: As a result of this course the students should:

  • demonstrate understanding of systems thinking and systems approach in creating new or complex analysis of the existing system which is a product, a service, or a corporate organization;
  • develop projects of complex systems for various purposes and justify the choice of relevant hardware and software on the base of methods of systems analysis;
  • prepare requirements on the design of components of information systems and technology on the base of -systems engineering methodology;
  • choose and put into practice computer-aided design tools;
  • unify and perform typing the design solutions.

Semester: 2 (spring semester)

Level (BA/MA): BA

Lecturer – S. Vlasov, Ph.D., Associate prof.

Theoretical mechanics (3 ECTS)

Field of study: Theoretical mechanics

Description: In this course, we’ll come together to help you learn to basics of Theoretical Mechanics with a computer science bias. Theoretical Mechanics is an in-depth study of the description and explanation of translational and rotational motion.

We will revisit Newtonian dynamics as a review; look at oscillations; delve into the dynamics of rigid bodies, discuss in depth central force motion and the consequences of angular momentum conservation, see how things are described in an accelerating frame of reference and learn about and use the Lagrangian method.

Level (BA/MA): BA

Lecturer – A.V. Flegel, S.V. Borzunov, I.V. Stukalova


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