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Postgraduate Course: Integrated Resource Management (PGGE11117)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Geosciences CollegeCollege of Science and Engineering
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryIntegrated Resource Management is about co-ordinating planning & decision making processes in natural resource use so that:
- user conflicts are reduced
- long term sustainable benefits are optimized
- economic, environmental, & social needs of society are balanced

This course introduces participants to a range of decision support tools and focuses on their application in practice. The sessions will be primarily participative and include exposure to some computer based practical examples.
Course description Following an introductory session, the course comprises of 3 broad sections including a case visit to Loch Lomond & the Trossachs National Park:

Session 1 Resource use & resource user interactions, stakeholder analysis & flowcharts
Section 1 Policy options & approaches
Session 2 Overview of policy instruments governing resource use
Session 3 Maintaining strategic resource supplies
Session 4 An introduction to Strategic Environmental Assessment

Section 2 Integrated management in practice
Session 5 Integrated management attempts
Session 6 Co-ordinating resource management in National Parks
Session 7 Problems in resource valuation approaches

Section 3 Management decisions support mechanisms
Session 8 Supporting better decision making
Session 9 Balancing welfare needs with environmental responsibility
Session 10 Dealing with multiple and conflicting objectives
Session 11 Further explorations of multi criteria decision analysis
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2015/16, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  48
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 33, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 163 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 50 %, Coursework 50 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Coursework assessment 50%
Exam 50%
Feedback Students will receive formative feedback following submission of their proposal document for the Resource Management Report. Formative feedback is also available interactively within the self- learning packages associated with the course. Feedback will be given on the intermittent assessment submitted via Learn through the "Turnitin" grademarker which will be used to attach comments throughout submitted documents.
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S1 (December)Integrated Resource Management2:00
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. understand the integrated nature of natural resource use interactions & the need for integrated intervention & management
  2. appreciate the challenges of developing integrated policy & management practices
  3. use appropriate planning & management decision support tools in natural resource utilisation
  4. apply their knowledge of policy directives & instruments affecting natural resources
Learning Resources
While specific texts will be referred to in each session, the following selected material should provide useful reference points. Note that this reading list is in the general order in which the material will be encountered during the course.

Pearce, D. & Atkinson, G. (1998) 'The concept of sustainable development: an evaluation of its usefulness ten years after Brundtland';
Grimble, R. (1998) 'Stakeholder methodologies in natural resource management'. Published by Natural Resources Institute
Office of the Deputy Prime Minister (2005) A practical guide to the Strategic Environmental Assessment Directive
Panayotou,T. (1998)'Instruments of change' Earthscan chapter 3
Sterner, T. (2003) 'Policy instruments for environmental and natural resource management'. Science
European Commission (2012) 'The Common Agricultural Policy: A partnership between Europe and Farmers'
DECC (2013) 'UK renewable energy roadmap:2013 update'.
Scottish Government (2009) 'National Planning framework for Scotland 2'
Edwards-Jones, G., Davies, B. & Hussain, S.S. (2004) 'Ecological Economics; An introduction' Blackwell Science
Clemen, R. T. (1996) 'Making Hard Decisions: An Introduction to Decision Analysis' 2nd Edition, Duxbery Press
Hanley, N. & Spash, C.L. (1993). 'Cost Benefit Analysis and the Environment', Edward Elgar Publishing Limited
Department for Communities and Local Government (2009) 'Multi-criteria analysis: a manual'
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Students will gain experience in developing and communicating short, focused management reports. Their analytical and interpretative skills will be enhanced, as will their ability to research and present relevant resource related literature.
Problem solving and group work is a key component of the student experience, and in parallel to the experience gained in decision support methods, students will become more proficient in spreadsheet use.
KeywordsIntegrated Resource Management - Stakeholder analysis,flowcharts,Strategic Enviromental Assessment
Course organiserDr Ron Wilson
Tel: (0131 6)51 7163
Course secretaryMrs Alice Heatley
Tel: (0131 6)50 4866
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