Sunday, 15 September 2019

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION AND NATURAL RESOURCE MANAGEMENT

Admission Requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Environmental Conservation and Natural Resource Management

a)  Candidates must have obtained the minimum University and School admission requirements.
b) The following shall be eligible for registration for the degree of Bachelor of Science in Environmental Conservation and Natural Resource in the Department of Biological sciences:
i)  An aggregate of C+ grade which is the minimum University of Embu admission requirement and must have obtained at Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) the following grades:
                                                                                                Biological Sciences C+
                                                                                                Chemistry C (Plain)
                                                                                                Mathematics C
                                                                                                English/Kiswahili /Geography C
                                                                                                OR
ii)    Two principal passes in Biology and one subsidiary pass in Mathematics, Physics or Geography, OR
iii)    An aggregate of C (plain) at KCSE and a Diploma (or Higher National Diploma) in Biology and related sciences with at least a Credit Pass.
c)    Any other qualification equivalent to the above subject to Senate’s approval.

Duration of Study
Four (4) academic years

Expected learning outcomes
Upon successful completion of the program students will be able to:
(a)    Describe the focus of environmental conservation and natural resource management.
(b)    Explain the main principles of sustainable utilization of natural resources.
(c)    Describe the ecological and environmental issues affecting natural resources.
(d)    Show proficiency in environmental research and data analysis.

Career prospects
Graduate of the programme can pursue careers in conservation, natural resources and environmental management.
Course requirements.
i.  A learner is required to attend at least two thirds of the total number of lectures in a unit in order to be allowed to sit for the end of semester examination in a given unit of the programme.
ii.  The lecturer shall ensure the programme course(s) are delivered in a manner that learning takes place and in line with the University requirements for teaching, assessment and evaluation of a unit.
iii.  Any student who fails to attain the pass mark in:
a)  Less than 40% of the units taken in an academic year shall be required to retake the failed units when next offered.
b)  Between 40% and 75% of the units taken in an academic year shall be required to repeat the year.
c)  More than 75% of the units taken in an academic year shall be discontinued.
iv.  A student who fails to attain a pass mark in a retake examination, shall on recommendation of the school board and approval by Senate be allowed to retake the failed unit only once. Grading of retake Examinations shall be similar to that of ordinary Examinations as specified in respective programmes.
v.  A student will not be allowed to proceed to the subsequent year of study without clearing retakes in the previous year. For instance, a second year student with retakes in the first year will not be allowed to proceed to the third year of study.
vi.  A student who fails after the second retake will be required to repeat the year and shall not be allowed to register for the next year of study until they have passed in all the pending retake units.
vii.  A student shall be allowed to repeat a year of study ONLY ONCE.
viii.  A repeating student in any academic year who fails to attain the pass mark in any of the failed courses shall on recommendation of the School Board and approval by Senate, be discontinued from the degree programme.
ix.  The lecturer is obliged to interpret and implement the curriculum and check student class attendance.


Bachelor of Science in Environmental Conservation and Natural Resource Management Courses/Unit Distribution Table

First Year: Three common/ University Courses/Units

S/No

Unit code

Course Title

Theory Hours

Practical Hours

Status

1

CCS 001

Communication Skills

45

0

Senate approved

2

CCS 010

HIV and AIDS

45

0

Senate approved

3

CCS 009

Elements of Economics

45

0

Senate approved

 

First Year: 12 Courses/Unit

S/No

Unit code

Course Title

Theory Hours

Practical Hours

Status

4

SBT 101

Plant Diversity

30

15

Senate approved

5

SBT 102

Introductory Biochemistry

30

15

Senate approved

6

SCH 102

Organic Chemistry 1

30

15

Senate approved

7

SCH 103

Physical Chemistry 1

30

15

Senate approved

8

SGP 111

The Natural Environment

30

15

Senate approved

9

SGP 114

Fundamentals of Natural Resources Management

30

15

Senate approved

10

SZL 101

Invertebrate Zoology

30

15

Senate approved

11

SZL 102

Vertebrate Zoology

30

15

Senate approved

12

SZL 103

Fundamentals of Ecology

30

15

Senate approved

13

SBE 101

Introduction to Environmental Science

30

15

Senate approved

14

SCH 101

Inorganic Chemistry

30

15

Senate approved

15

SBC 106

Information Technology

30

15

Senate approved

 

Second Year: 14 Courses/Units

S/No

Unit code

Course Title

Theory Hours

Practical Hours

Status

1

SBE 201

Principles of Microbiology

30

15

Senate approved

2

SBE 202

Introduction to Climatology

30

15

 

3

SBE 203

Ecological Laboratory Techniques

30

15

Senate approved

4

SBT 201

Gymnosperm & Angiosperm Taxonomy

30

15

Senate approved

5

SBT 203

Plant Ecology

30

15

Senate approved

6

SBT 204

Plant Structure and Function

30

15

Senate approved

7

SBT 207

Principles of Plant Pathology

30

15

Senate approved

8

SBT 208

Plant - Microbe Interactions

30

15

Senate approved

9

SGP 215

Environment & Development in Africa

30

15

Senate approved

10

SGP 220

Sociology and Development

30

15

Senate approved

11

SGP 233

Principles of Landscape Ecology

30

15

Senate approved

12

SGP 234

Principles of Resources Development and Conservation

30

15

Senate approved

13

SZE 203

Animal Ecology and Animal Behaviour

30

15

Senate approved

14

SZL 203

Fundamentals of Aquatic Ecology

30

15

Senate approved

 

Third Year: 12 Courses/Units + Field training/ attachment

S/No

Unit code

Course Title

Theory Hours

Practical Hours

Status

1

SBE 301

Vegetation Inventory and Analysis

30

15

Senate approved

2

SBE 302

East African Rangelands and Management

30

15

Senate approved

3

SBE 303

Soil Science for Conservation Biology

30

15

Senate approved

4

SBE 304

Population Ecology

30

15

Senate approved

5

SBE 305

Community Ecology

30

15

Senate approved

6

SGP 328

Integrated Water Resources Management

30

15

Senate approved

7

SGP 334

Principles of Environmental Planning

30

15

Senate approved

8

SZE 301

Principles and Practices of Biological Conservation

30

15

Senate approved

9

SZE 302

Environmental Health and Ecotoxicology

30

15

Senate approved

10

SZE 303

Modeling of Biological Systems

30

15

Senate approved

11

SZE 304

Research Methodology

30

15

Senate approved

12

SZL 303

Biostatistics

30

15

Senate approved

 

Mandatory non-examinable field course

S/No

Unit code

Course Title

Theory Hours

Practical Hours

Status

13

SBT 329

Field Training / Attachment / Internship

180

0

Senate approved

 

Fourth Year: 10 Courses/Units + two elective courses

S/No

Unit code

Course Title

Theory Hours

Practical Hours

Status

1

SBE 401

Agroecosystems and Agroecology

30

15

Senate approved

2

SBT 413

Applied Microbiology & Biotechnology

30

15

Senate approved

3

SGP 421

Environmental Pollution

30

15

Senate approved

4

SGP 424

GIS and RS Applications In Environmental Management

30

15

Senate approved

5

SGP 431

Ecotourism and Environmental Management

30

15

Senate approved

6

SZE 401

Environmental Impact Assessment and Monitoring

30

15

Senate approved

7

SZE 402

Environmental Law and Policy

30

15

Senate approved

8

SZE 404

Environmental Auditing & Economics

30

15

Senate approved

9

SZE 405

Ecosystem Approach to Natural Resource Management

30

15

Senate approved

10

SZE 406

Wildlife Management and Fisheries

30

15

Senate approved

 

Fourth Year: Elective courses

S/No

Unit code

Course Title

Theory Hours

Practical Hours

Status

11

SBE 403

Field Research Project (Equivalent to Two Units)

 

90

Senate approved

12

SBE 402

Hydrology & Watershed Management

30

15

Senate approved

13

SBE 404

Forestry Resources and Community Management

30

15

Senate approved

14

SGP 435

Transboundary Natural Resources Management (TBNRM)

30

15

Senate approved

15

SZE 403

Conservation in International Trade and Development

30

15

Senate approved

 

Requirements for graduation
a)    The curriculum for the Bachelor of Science in Environmental Conservation and Natural Resource Management shall take a minimum of four academic years consisting of two semesters each.
b)    In each year a candidate is required to take all the thirteen (13) course units or equivalent offered.
c)    Candidates are expected to attend the courses registered for in entirety to the satisfaction of the Department and School Board of Examiners.

Award of Degree
a)    The degree award and classification shall be based on the average score of all units taken in programme.
b)    The degree award shall be Bachelor of Science in Environmental Conservation and Natural Resource Management.

Classification of Degrees
A candidate who qualifies for Award of the Degree in Biology shall be placed in one of the classes as follows:
i.    First Class Honours                                    70% - 100%    
ii.    Second Class Honours (Upper Division)        60% - 69%
iii.    Second Class Honours (Lower Division)       50% - 59%
iv.    Pass                                                     40% - 49%