M.A. (Environmental Planning and Management)

Overview

INTRODUCTION

Background

This programme was developed in order to address the emerging interest in prudent environmental management after the world realized the planet resources are finite and were getting depleted at very high rate hence the need for sustainable development that takes care of the present and future generations. After the Rio Summit on Environment and Development which proposed the Agenda 21 (Agenda for the 21st Century) each country promised to implement projects and land use activities that protects and preserves environmental integrity. Such projects require highly trained personnel hence the need for our country to start advanced training on the management of environment and natural resources. The Subject Benchmarks under this programme, within the UNESCO International Standard Classification of Education, include 031 (environmental sciences); 0522 (Natural environments and wildlife), 0532 (Earth sciences, especially Geography), 0712 (environmental protection) and 1022(occupational health and safety)

Philosophy of the Programme

The programme aims at achieving Excellency in training students to achieve the highest knowledge in environmental planning and management in order to participate in promoting green growth/green economy in all aspect of national development.

Rationale of the Programme

This programme intends on promoting environmentally sound development strategies within the framework of national development planning and to suggest realistic options. It trains students to be good managers and planners of the environment and conservation of natural resources so that they can participate in management and research in natural resources which are the resource base of life support systems and our economy. Our students acquire knowledge to be lead consultants in matters environment and development.

Goal of the Programme

The goal of this progamme is to train students to be leaders in environmental planning and management. They will acquire critical knowledge required for conservation and management of the natural resources required both at the international and national levels. The programme has been developed based on need analysis from key government specialized institutions and taking note to key major international environmental issues.

Expected Learning Outcomes of the Programme

At the end of the programme the learner should be able to:

  1. Develop skills necessary in identifying and analyzing environmental issues and offering remedial measures to such environmental problems.
  2. Be equipped with knowledge for incorporating environmental considerations in development, planning and decision making.
  3. c)Analyze environmental planning and management aspects as well as appraise environmental assessment and audit processes
  4. d) Apply scientific skills for research, planning, mapping and communicating geographic and environmental information.

e) Demonstrate the ability to think critically on the inter-relationships between the bio-physical and human environments.

MODE OF DELIVERY

Face-to-Face

Coursework for the programme shall be delivered through face-to-face sessions for full-time and part-time students.

Open, Distance and Electronic Learning (ODeL)

  1. The ODeL mode of delivery shall be through multi-media approach, including a variety of self-instructional print and electronic study materials as the ODeL Campus may from time to time determine.
  2. In addition, there will be limited face-to-face instruction during residential sessions for ODeL students. The face-to-face instruction shall not exceed one-third of the instruction time.

List of Courses/Units

Code

Title

Semester

Hours

Exams

YEAR 1

Core

 

 

 

CGP 501

Statistical Techniques and Analysis

I

45

1 x 3hrs

CGP 512

Environmental Impact Assessment and Audit

I

45

1 x 3hrs

CGP 520

Environmental Protection

I

45

1 x 3hrs

CGP 525

Environmental Management and Sustainable Development

I

45

1 x 3hrs

CGP 511

Research Methods

II

45

1 x 3hrs

CGP 521

Major Global Environmental Issues

II

45

1 x 3hrs

CGP 570

Monitoring and Evaluation

II

45

1 x 3hrs

CGP 591

Occupational Health and Safety

II

45

1 x 3hrs

 

 

 

 

 

YEAR 2

Electives

 

 

 

CGP 515

Remote Sensing and Geographic Information Systems

III

45

1 x 3hrs

CGP 517

Environmental Disaster Management

III

45

1 x 3hrs

CGP 527

Conflicts in Resource Uses and the Environment

III

45

1 x 3hrs

CGP 533

Biodiversity Resource Management

III

45

1 x 3hrs

CGP 535

Dry Lands Ecology and Management

III

45

1 x 3hrs

CGP 576

Urbanization and the Environment

III

45

1 x 3hrs

 

Project or Thesis

 

 

 

CGP 598

Project Paper

IV

180

None

CGP 599

Thesis

IV

360

None

Duration and Structure of Course Units

The common regulations of duration and structure of course units in the Faculty of Arts shall apply.

  1. The degree programme shall consist of coursework, examination, and project or thesis.
  2. The programme shall be covered in a minimum of four (4) semesters of fifteen (15) weeks each and a maximum of fifteen (15) semesters from the date of registration.
  3. Each candidate in the Project Option shall be required to successfully take twelve (12) taught course units, comprising eight (8) core course units, and four (4) elective course units. In addition, candidates shall be required to take a project, which shall be equivalent to four (4) course units.
  4. Each candidate in the Thesis Option shall be required to successfully take eight (8) taught course units, comprising eight (8) core course units. In addition, candidates shall be required to take a thesis, which shall be equivalent to eight (8) course units.
  5. Each course unit shall have a minimum of forty-five (45) contact hours, and shall be covered within a semester of 15 weeks.
  6. Each student shall be required to take a minimum of two (2) and a maximum of four (4) course units in one semester.
  7. On successful completion of coursework, the student shall present a research proposal for approval in a departmental seminar.
  8. After approval of the research proposal, the student will undertake supervised research, write and submit a thesis within the remaining period of the programme.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Minimum Admission Requirements

The common regulations for admission requirements for Masters Degree in the University of Nairobi shall apply. In addition, the applicant must have the following minimum qualifications:

  1. Bachelor of Arts or Science degree, of at least Upper Second Class Honors in geography or relevant discipline.
  2. Bachelor of Arts or Science degree, of Lower Second Class Honors in geography or relevant discipline and a postgraduate Diploma.
  3. Bachelor of Arts or Science degree, of Lower Second Class Honors in geography or relevant discipline and minimum of 2 years work experience in a relevant field.
  4. Bachelor of Arts or Science Pass Degree in geography or relevant discipline and Postgraduate Diploma.
  5. Bachelor of Arts or Science Pass Degree in geography or relevant discipline and 3 years work experience in a relevant field.

Regulations for Credit Transfers

The common regulations for credit transfer and exemptions of the University of Nairobi shall apply.

  1. A student shall be allowed to seek credit transfer or exemptions for up to one-third of the total taught course units provided that they are equivalent to those offered by the University of Nairobi and were taken at equivalent level of study from an institution recognized by the University of Nairobi Senate.
  2. A student seeking credit transfer or exemptions shall send a formal application to the Director, Graduate School through the Dean, Faculty of Arts and Chairperson of Department, justifying the request, and attaching relevant supporting documents.
  3. Grades for transferred course units shall be entered in the candidate’s transcript while the exempted course units shall be entered as ‘exempt’.
  4. Credit transfers in case of exchange students shall be applicable only to specific Memoranda of Understanding or Agreements signed in advance between the University of Nairobi and the collaborating universities/institutions for joint programmes.

COURSE REQUIREMENTS

Students Obligations

The student shall be required to attend all the scheduled lectures and tutorials for the registered course units.

Lecturer Obligation

The course lecturer shall be required to deliver the curriculum to the learners as per the teaching timetable, apply problem-based learning approaches, align the curriculum to learning needs and outcomes, be available for consultation by students, and assess learners based on the curriculum and aligned learning outcomes.

Fees Structure

COST PER SEMESTER (KShs)

No. Of Units

Tuition

(13,500 per unit)

Exams

(1,000 per unit)

Total

2

27,000/=

2,000/=

29,000

3

40,500/=

3,000/=

43,500

4

54,000/=

4,000/=

58,000

 

OTHER CHARGES (KShs)

Registration

1,000/=

Per semester

Student ID

1,000/=

Per annum

Medical

5,000/=

Per annum

Library

3,000/=

Per semester

Activity

2,000/=

Per annum

Computer

5,000/=

Per annum

Caution

5,000/=

Once-refundable

TOTAL

22,000/=

 

 

ADDITIONAL CHARGES (KShs)

Extension of registration period

5,000/=

Per annum

Extension of correction period

2,000/=

Per three months

Extension of revision period

3,000/=

 

Extension of supervision period

6,000/=

 

Examination of revised thesis/project paper

12,000/=

 

 

NOTE:

  • Appropriate fieldwork fees shall be charged separately
  • Foreign students from outside the partner states of the Northern Corridor Integration Project (Republics of Burundi, Rwanda, Uganda and South Sudan) to add 25% on all charges