MSc in Natural Resource and Environmental Management: course descriptions
CERMES Core Courses

ENVT 6000 Concepts and Issues for Environmental Managers

This course provides an overview of the key concepts and issues that students are expected to be knowledgeable about, and may consider in greater detail later in their academic work and careers. The topics are examined largely from a Caribbean perspective within the global context.

These topics, which may vary from year to year as new ideas and issues arise, include: environmental statistics, social-ecological system concepts, ecosystem-based management, global and regional governance through multilateral agreements, sustainable development, poverty and globalisation. Specific areas of attention include biodiversity, fisheries and coastal management, environmental impact assessment, climate change, sustainable tourism, law and various environmental management and planning tools. (Go to Programme Overview)
ENVT 6001 Introduction to Environmental Planning and Management

The purpose of this course is to introduce environmental planning and management in the Caribbean. It therefore explores the nature of the inter-relationship between environmental systems and human systems, and examines the complexity of environmental policy, planning and management.

Topics include perspectives on environmental management and planning, international and regional agreements and administrative arrangements for environmental planning, policy design, physical planning, spatial planning and management, implementation and evaluation of management strategies, issues and dynamics, and people-centred practices in planning and management. (Go to Programme Overview)

ENVT 6002 Professional Skills for Environmental Managers

This course equips students with a portfolio of skills that will allow them to present themselves, and to conduct and present their work, in a professional manner. It starts by addressing fundamental issues of verbal and non-verbal communication geared at enhancing the students’ ability to share information in a range of settings. The improvement of writing skills, an introduction to research, data handling, the preparation of well-structured technical proposals and reports, and the delivery of professional and persuasive presentations are all topics covered in this course. (Go to Programme Overview)

ENVT 6100 Environmental Impact Assessment

Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) is an essential process in support of sustainable development. This course therefore introduces key concepts and processes involved in EIA.  The intent of the course is to increase students’ understanding of the role of EIA in resource management to the extent that they should be prepared to work as part of an EIA team in their field of expertise. Topics covered include: what is EIA; steps in an EIA; preparation of terms of reference; baseline studies; mitigation measures; comparison of alternatives; public involvement and the review process. (Go to Programme Overview)

ENVT 6120 Measurement and Analysis in Natural Resource Management

The aim of this course is to give students hands-on experience in the design and implementation of long and short-term data collection systems, and in the analysis and interpretation of results.  The course covers environmental and social data collection and is intended to support interpretation and analysis of data collected in specialisation courses and the research project.  Analytical methods to be used include basic data handling and storage, preliminary level parametric and non-parametric statistical testing, and graphical presentation of results.
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ENVT 6101 Geoinformatics for Environmental Management

This course seeks to equip students with the theoretical understanding and practical skills in geo-informatics that underpin natural resources and environmental management. This course comprises basic theoretical and practical concepts in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and remote sensing (RS). The GIS component deals with the concepts and techniques for collecting or creating, processing, storing and analysing spatial data. The RS component deals with the theory and techniques requisite for handling optical satellite images. Topics to be covered include the nature of GIS, spatial data capture and storage, spatial data models, spatial analysis, satellite remote sensing and image analysis.  (Go to Programme Overview)
ENVT 6102 Resource Economics

This course surveys a wide range of economic issues relating to natural resource and environmental policy. It commences with an introduction to elementary concepts of economic theory, i.e. the consumer, the firm, supply and demand and criteria for economic efficiency. This is followed by consideration of: environmental economic efficiency, environmental economics, the economics of natural resource depletion, economic valuation methods, poverty and natural resources, and natural resource accounting. (Go to Programme Overview)

Research Project

ENVT 6900

The Research Project is to be undertaken immediately after the end of Semester II from July to October.  Students are required to submit their research paper at the end of this time period for examination.  Research projects are typically supervised by CERMES faculty and must be in priority research areas relevant to the students' specialisation stream.  External non-CERMES persons can also act as supervisors, but they must be qualified experts in the relevant research areas, and approval must be granted by CERMES with CERMES faculty overseeing the project as secondary supervisors. (Go to Programme Overview)