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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. 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.
Course description The course aims to provide students with a toolkit of quantitative and qualitative techniques used in resource planning and analysis, together with case studies with which to gain experience of their application.
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 2023/24, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  45
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) Assessment details
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 (30%) and a group case study report (20%).

Assessment deadlines
The case-study visit is scheduled for Thursday week 5. A case-study seminar will follow on Thursdsay week 6 at which student groups will present their findings and recommendations, with submission of the final group report by 12 noon on Monday week 8.

Individual resource management report must be submitted via Learn before noon on Thursday week 11. Feedback on outlines of these report will be provided on Tuesday week 9.
Feedback 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 seminar will be held with feedback provided on the analysis and interpretation of the management propositions made by the various student groups. 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.
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)2:00
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)
Rocha, J. C., et al. (2018). "Cascading regime shifts within and across scales." Science 362(6421): 1379-1383.
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
Liu, L. (2018) A sustainability index with attention to environmental justice for eco-city classification and assessment. Ecological Indicators 85, 904-914
Parnell, D.J. (1997) Introduction to Practical Linear Programming ,Wiley, New York
Boardman, A. Greenberg, D. Vining, A. Weimer, D. (2010) Cost-Benefit Analysis: Concepts and Practice. Pearson.
Bergmann, A. and Hanley N. (2012) The costs and benefits of renewable energy in Scotland.
Harris, J.E. & Roach, B. (2018) Environmental and Natural Resource Economic , Routledge, NY & London, Chs 1, 2
Kula, E. (1992) Economics of natural resources and the environment, Chapman & Hall, London Chs 2, 3, 4
Panayotou, T. (1998) Instruments of Change; Motivating and Financing Sustainable Development, Earthscan, London, Chs 2, 3, 4 & 7
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Additional Class Delivery Information Two 2 hour lecture/practical session per week on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
KeywordsECSC09002 NRM
Course organiserDr Alfy Gathorne-Hardy
Tel: (0131 6)50 5412
Course secretaryMiss Francesca Nadal Finnegan
Tel: (0131 6)50 4842
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