School of Environment, Resources and Development, (SERD)

ED76.9012 : Selected Topic: Natural Resources Management Field Lab II  1(0-3)
Course Objectives:

As technologies developed while natural resources continue to deplete, natural resource managers and researchers need to understand the problems and propose solutions for addressing the complexity of natural resources management. Therefore, it is important that students be equipped with theories that can be linked to real-world problems. The objective of this course is to provide students with an opportunity to conduct quick field observations and rapid data collection and analysis using modern technologies and in collaboration with local communities, government institutions, and/or the private sector. 

Learning Outcomes:
The students upon completion of this course will be able to:
      Conduct rapid assessment of natural resources management issues occurring on the ground.
      Explain the appropriate intervention actions and policies for effective conservation and management of natural resources.
      Identify appropriate technologies for assessing problems surrounding natural resources management and local livelihood improvement.


Course Outline:
I.         Introduction
1.    Natural Resources Management in the Agenda 2030.
2.    Technologies for Assessing the Natural Resource Management Issues.

II.        Rapid Assessment of Natural Resources Management Problems and Solutions
1.    Rapid assessment of natural resources in the community forests using conventional and modern technologies
2.    Rapid socio-economic assessment of natural resources management using conventional and modern technologies
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.    Technovation [Elsevier]
2.    Sustainability [MDPI]
3.    Forest Policy and Economics [Elsevier]
4.    Land Degradation and Development [Wiley]
5.    Land Economics [Chicago Univ. Press]
6.    World Development [Elsevier]

Others: Relevant and selected articles are distributed as needed.

Time Distribution and Study Load:
Laboratory (field): 45 hrs
Self-study and report writing: 30 hrs
Teaching and Learning Methods:
Full participation in the field trip; Report writing with critical analysis demonstrating the learnings from field.
Evaluation Scheme:
There will be no exam. Grading will be based on full participation in the field trip (20%) and the report thereon (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.