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Undergraduate Course: Natural Resource Management (ECSC09002)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Geosciences CollegeCollege of Science and Engineering
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 9 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course is intended for students interested in the policies and management of the natural environment and its resources. However, the transferable nature of the skills elements involved may make this course attractive to other students wishing to pursue a career in government agencies or consultancy.
The course includes practical and theoretical aspects and provides students with a basic toolkit of quantitative and qualitative techniques used in resource planning and analysis, together with case studies with which to gain experience of their application. Students will also consider existing policies affecting the environment, as well as approaches to policy evaluation.
Course description Week 1 Introduction
Weeks 1-5 Natural Resource Use, Valuation and Appraisal
Weeks 5-9 Current Natural Resource Policy Issues
Weeks 6-11 Natural Resource Policy Evaluation and Planning
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 2018/19, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  40
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 33, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 5, Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 22, Fieldwork Hours 3, Summative Assessment Hours 2, Revision Session Hours 3, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 128 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 50 %, Coursework 50 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Written Exam: 50%, Course Work: 50 %.
The degree examination will be held in May. Students are expected to answer 4 questions from a choice of 6. Intermittent course assessment comprises of 2 pieces of work; an individual self-determined resource management report of no more than 1500 words (25%) and a group case study report (25%) based on a real-life commercial operation.

Assessment deadlines
The resource management report proposal must be submitted via Learn in week 2 and submission of the final report is in week 6.
The case visit is scheduled for week 5, with submission of the final group report in week 8. A case seminar will follow in week 9 at which student groups will present their findings and recommendations.

Feedback Oral feedback will be provided for the self-determined resource management report giving guidance on suitability, direction and scope of the enquiry. The submitted report itself will be commented on and marked electronically.
For the case management report, a group presentation before the report hand in will provide an opportunity for feedback from all members of the class. Electronic submissions will also attract extensive comments which can be accessed online.
Finally, student exam scripts (duly annotated) will be available for inspection and discussion with the course organiser in an organised feedback session early in September of the following academic year.
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)Natural Resource Management2:00
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Appreciate the drivers for the formation of policies relating to natural resource use and issues with their implementation.
  2. Assess the value of market and non-market costs and benefits of natural resources and appreciate the assumprions made.
  3. Understand and be able to apply cost benefit analysis in environmental projects
  4. Construct and execute optimisation models in resource allocation problems and use multicriteria decision support techniques.
  5. Appreciate the challenges and potential solutions to current natural resource management problems.
Reading List
Edwards-Jones, G., Davies, B. & Hussain, S.S. (2000) Ecological Economics; An introduction, Blackwell Science (Chs 9, 10, 12, 14)
Harris, J.M. & Roach, B. (2018) Environmental and Natural Resource Economics, Routledge (Chs 3, 4, 6-8, 13)
Kula, E. (1992) Economics of natural resources and the environment , Chapman & Hall, London Chs 2, 3, 4
Hanley, N. & Spash, C.L. (1993). Cost Benefit Analysis and the Environment, Edward Elgar Publishing Limited.
Panayotou, T. (1998) Instruments of Change; Motivating and Financing Sustainable Development, Earthscan, London, Chs 2, 3, 4 & 7
Parnell, D.J. (1997) Introduction to Practical Linear Programming ,Wiley ,New York
Winston W.L. (1995) Introduction to Mathematical Programming. 2nd Ed. Duxbury ,Belmont Calif. Chs 3,4,5,6

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.
Additional Class Delivery Information Two 2 hour lecture/practical session per week
KeywordsECSC09002 NRM
Course organiserDr Peter Alexander
Tel: (0131 6)50 9090
Course secretaryMiss Eilein Fraser
Tel: (0131 6)50 5430
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