Courses Catalogue

Wetland Ecology & Management

COURSE CODE: ENV7105
COURSE CREDIT UNIT: 4
ACADEMIC PROGRAMME: Environmental Management, M.Sc
COLLEGE/SCHOOL/FACULTY: School of Natural and Applied Sciences
STATUS: Elective
PROGRAMME TYPE: Postgraduate

Course Description

To provide a clear understanding of the principles and science of wetlands and to acquaint students with a fundamental scientific basic for their management based on solid knowledge and understanding of their ecological and socio-economic functions and processes. This course is an interdisciplinary overview of physical, ecological, ecosystem, social and cultural aspects of wetlands, intended for physical, life or social sciences with an interest in wetland environments and resources.

COURSE JUSTIFICATION/RATIONALE

The need to introduce students to key concepts of wetlands ecology and management. It makes students appreciate services and attributes provided by wetlands and hence the need to manage them sustainably. Some of the concepts and issues are introduced and discussed in the field to enable students appreciate the wetland environment and associated management challenges.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

By the end of this course, the student should be able to:

 Describe the importance/values of wetlands ecology and management in environment

 Identify key issues and challenges of wetland management

Explain the importance of wetland assessment and monitoring in wetland management

 Describe the methods of economic valuation of wetland resources

Design and apply public awareness strategies in wetland management

Explain the current policies and laws relating to wetland management

LEARNING OUTCOMES

A student completing the course is expected to:

Demonstrate a conceptual understanding of wetland ecosystem functions & processes such as hydrology, production, and biogeochemical cycling.

Demonstrate the ability to analyze resource management problems in wetland ecosystems, demonstrate the scientific background for jobs involving delineation, mitigation, and regulation of wetland resources.

Perform an in-depth analysis about a current wetland problem or topic.