Courses Catalogue

Plant Resources, Planning & Management

ACADEMIC PROGRAMME: Environmental Management, Masters
COLLEGE/SCHOOL/FACULTY: School of Natural and Applied Sciences
STATUS: Elective
PROGRAMME TYPE: Postgraduate

Course Description

The course unit will impart skills necessary for making management decisions for plants.  The course will discuss the, distribution diverse uses of plants, techniques to determine priority economic species, threats to plants and techniques to assess conservation status of plants.  The course unit will ultimately explore ways that individuals and communities can share benefits from plants under their stewardship. 


The need to discuss the roles of plants, both economic and non-economic in developing countries


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

Give an account of the distribution of plant resources including theories to account for the different patterns of plant resource distribution.

Determine priority economic species

Plan and manage plant conservation programmes/projects

Discuss ways of facilitating benefit sharing for individuals and communities

Identify the various sources of natural products,

Discuss the relevance of Bioprospecting in natural products research and development,

Describe the procedures for production of crude natural products,

Explain and apply bioassay guided fractionation and characterization of compounds in drug development,


A student completing the course is expected to:

Apply scientific and quantitative reasoning to address real world problems in plant production and management systems.

Integrate skills, facts, concepts, principles and research methods from plant and other sciences in order to actively participate in a wide variety of environmental and agricultural activities, including research, outreach, education and management.

Obtain, evaluate, and apply scholarly information to expand understanding and knowledge-base of the plant sciences.

Communicate effectively to a broad range of audiences using appropriate traditional and emerging technological media.

Appreciate the breadth and depth of professional opportunities in plant science.