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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
SummaryIIntegrated 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:

20 Sep Resource use & resource user interactions, stakeholder analysis & flowcharts

Section 1 Policy options & approaches
27 Sep Overview of policy instruments governing resource use
4 Oct Maintaining strategic resource supplies
11 Oct An introduction to Strategic Environmental Assessment

Section 2 Integrated management in practice
18 Oct Integrated management attempts
25 Oct Co-ordinating resource management in National Parks
1 Nov Problems in resource valuation approaches

Section 3 Management decisions support mechanisms
8 Nov Supporting better decision making
15 Nov Balancing welfare needs with environmental responsibility
22 Nov Dealing with multiple and conflicting objectives
29 Nov 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
Not being delivered
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Understand the integrated character 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 secretaryMiss Susie Crocker
Tel: (0131 6)51 7126
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