School of Environment, Resources and Development, (SERD)

ED76.9011 : Selected Topic: Natural Resources Management Field Lab I  1(0-3)
Course Objectives:

It is important for future natural resource managers and researchers to gain field observation of natural resource issues and initiatives so that they can link their classroom studies with actual natural resource issues on the ground. The objective of this course is to provide students with an opportunity to spend some time off campus to visit natural resource related sites and learn from first-hand interaction.

Learning Outcomes:

The students upon completion of this course will be able to:

  • Describe specific natural resource issues occurring on the ground.
  • Explain what kinds of actions have been taken to conserve and restore the degraded or depleted natural resources.
  • Solidify the classroom studies on natural resource management.


Course Outline:
I.      Introduction
1.    Key Issues in Natural Resources Management.
2.    Technologies and Practices to Address Natural Resource Management Issues.

II.    First-hand observation
1.    Natural Resource Degradation and Conservation
2.    Application of Natural Resource Technologies and Practices in field
Laboratory Sessions:

One field trip is conducted.


No designated textbook.

Reference Books:
  1. UNEP, 2012. The Fifth Global Environment Outlook, GEO-5, UNEP, Nairobi.
  2. Daly, H.E., Farley, J., 2010. Ecological Economics: Principles and Applications. Island Press,
  3. Contreras-Hermosilla, A., 2000. The Underlying Causes of Forest Decline, CIFOR Occasional Paper No. 30. Bogo.
Journals and Magazines:
  1. Conservation Biology [Wiley]
  2. International Journal of Sustainable Development and World Ecology [Taylor & Francis]
  3. Land Degradation and Development [Wiley]
  4. Land Economics [Chicago Univ. Press]
  5. World Development [Elsevier]

 Others: Relevant and selected articles are distributed as needed.

Time Distribution and Study Load:

Laboratory (field): 45 h

Self-study and report writing: 30 h

Teaching and Learning Methods:

Participation in the field trip; Report writing with critical analysis demonstrating the learning from fields.

Evaluation Scheme:

There will be no exam. Grading will be based on full participation in the field trip (20%) and the report (80%).


Grade “A” will be awarded if a student can clearly demonstrate field observations and critical thinking of the issues in a highly organized manner. Grade “B” will be awarded if a student can demonstrate good understanding of the issues observed in the field. Grade “C” will be given if a student can demonstrate some understanding of the issues. Grade “D” will be given if a student shows poor understanding of the issues. Grade “F” will be given if a student demonstrates very poor and limited understanding of the issues.

A Prof. Rajendra Prasad Shrestha , Prof. Nophea Sasaki , Dr. Takuji W. Tsusaka