School of Tourism and Natural Resource Management

   

 

The programme shall be known as PhD in Environmental Planning and Management.

Philosophy of the Programme

The philosophy of the PhD environmental planning and management is to generate knowledge and to develop practical skills in environmental planning and management for sustainable development.

Goal of the Programme

In order to achieve its mission, the Programme has set the following objectives;

(1)            To impart students with  necessary knowledge and skills  that will assist them to make a distinct contribution to the knowledge and understanding of Environmental Planning and Management professional techniques and procedures,

(2)            To develop students with  in-depth knowledge and expertise on  methods of environmental planning and management that are  essential in addressing the current and future environmental planning and management problems, 

(3)            To produce students who can transform research into actions and  who are capable of  providing  environmental planning and management programmes that can benefit communities, regions and nations, and,

(4)            To produce competent  environmental planning and management managers and analysists who are able to work in different localities of the world 

Expected Learning Outcomes of the programme

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

  • Demonstrate professional competence on issues pertaining environmental planning and management

  • Apply skills and knowledge learned in tackling environmental planning and management challenges

  • Interrogate issues pertaining to environmental  planning and management

  • Use the methods learnt to solve environmental planning and management  issues

  • Analyze and interpret data on environmental  planning and management

  • To make rationale and independent decisions on matters pertaining to environmental  planning and management

  • Portray professionalism, teamwork and originality in performing their  environmental planning and management tasks

  • Mentor other upcoming professionals in the field and be dependable leaders, environmental planners and managers

Mode of Delivery of the Programme

  1. i) The programme shall be delivered through an independent three (3) year original research.
  2. ii) The PhD programme shall not involve course work.

          iii) Doctor of Philosophy in Environmental Planning and Management   should hold a Masters of Environmental Planning and Management, Masters of Urban and Regional Planning, Masters of Science degree in (Environmental Studies, wildlife, Forestry, Agriculture, Land Economics, Law, Sociology, Tourism, Natural Resource Management, Geography) or its equivalent from a University recognized by Maasai Mara University. 

          iv) Other academic regulations as prescribed by the Directorate of Post Graduate Studies shall apply.

Grading System

                 The PhD thesis shall be graded as an either PASS or FAIL.

Classification of Degrees

                 The PhD degree shall not be classified.

Description of Thesis

  1. A student shall, during the degree programme, write a thesis on a specific topic in Environmental Planning and Management.
  2. The thesis shall be written in accordance to the common regulations of the Directorate of Post-Graduate studies that specifies thesis format, length, style, anti plagiarism rules etc.

The programme shall be known as PhD in Land Resource Management

Philosophy of the Programme

The PhD programme in Land Resource Management is focused on training and developing capacity on managing, use and development of land resources as well as producing graduates who are well equipped to meet the challenges of management and use of land in the 21st century. It is also aimed at producing human resources who will form leaders to manage the resources for County as well as national government(s)

Rationale of the Programme

Agriculture is the mainstay of the Kenyan people and important in the country’s economy where land as a natural resource forms the basis of agriculture. In this regard, for the attainment of agricultural development the land resources must be managed and developed sustainably. The management and development require skilled manpower at all levels. Therefore, in this regard, a programme has been developed to keep in line the requirements of the market so that graduates are trained and capacitated on managing, use and development of land resources as well as to meet the challenges of management and use of land to produce graduates.

Goal of the Programme

Develop knowledge that will be of significance to development and management natural resources (land

The expected Learning outcomes of the Programme will be;

At the completion of the students’ thesis the students should be able to have generated and disseminate knowledge and innovation to make a contribution

  1. a) To the wise utilization of land resources including but not limited to land reclamation and rehabilitation, protection of the land resources, irrigation and afforestation and agroforestry.

  2. b) In areas which will achieving the food self-sufficiency target of the County and in the Country

  3. c) In refining and advance knowledge in various aspects of land resources and environmental protection

  4. d) To conduct demand-driven, problem solving and action-oriented research projects in the field of Land Resources Management

  5. e) Contribute to the intellectual, cultural, social and economic development of the community

There shall be no specialization in the programme but students shall conduct their research in the broad areas of Land Resources Management

Mode of Delivery of the Programme

  1. i) The programme shall be delivered through an independent three (3) year original research.

  2. ii) The PhD programme shall not involve course work.

Admission Requirements for the Proposed Programme

To qualify for admission into a Doctor of Philosophy programme, a candidate shall be a

  1. Holders of a relevant Masters degree of Maasai Mara University.  OR

  2. Holders of a relevant Masters degree from any other accredited University recognized by Maasai Mara University Senate as equivalent to (i) above. OR

            iii.        Holder of other qualifications considered by Senate as equivalent to a relevant Masters degree.

  1. In addition to the Masters degree, the candidate shall normally have a Bachelors degree.

  2. In addition to the above, applicants must meet the specific requirements of the doctoral degree programme as approved by senate

  3. In addition to fulfilling the common university regulations, an applicant for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Land Resources Management   should hold a Masters of Land Resources Management, Masters of Urban and Regional Planning, Masters of Science degree in (Environmental Studies, Wildlife, Forestry, Agriculture, Land Economics, Law, Sociology, Tourism, Natural Resource Management, Geography) or its equivalent from a University recognized by Maasai Mara University. 

           vii.        Other academic regulations as prescribed by the Directorate of Post Graduate Studies shall apply.

Regulations on Credit Transfer in a programme

 There shall be no transfer of credits in this program.

Grading System

The PhD thesis shall be graded as an either PASS or FAIL.

Classification of Degrees

The PhD degree shall not be classified.

INTRODUCTION

Master of Science in Land Resources Management is an interdisciplinary graduate program for students who wish to broaden their knowledge of land and natural resources or who seek special education in technical, social, or management aspects of land. The broad construal of land resources in this program is based on the idea that land includes all physical elements in the wealth of a nation bestowed by nature such as climate, forests, wetlands, fields, rangelands, minerals, mountains, lakes, streams, seas, plants and animals and is critical to the economic, social and cultural development of a nation.

The program provides opportunities for interdisciplinary graduate study and research and its goal is to give students a broad understanding of land resources as well as knowledge of related scientific, technical, socio-political, legal, and economic issues.

JUSTIFICATION

The Master of Science in Land Resources Management provide an excellent, practically-based training that has several distinctive features: 

First, it is unique in that it offers a multi-disciplinary research-led programme in Master of Science in Land Resources Management consistent with the changing needs of contemporary land use practice.  The proposed degree emphasises the integrated nature of management through the delivery of course units from natural, social, economic, political and environmental sciences to understand and evaluate planning processes, policies and tools set within Kenya, and increasingly regional and global, systems. The multi-disciplinary nature of the degree provides students with the opportunities to develop strength in areas of choice.  

Second, the Master of Science in Land Resources Management enables students to develop critical thinking skills, the ability to conduct independent research, and the skills to work with others in an integrated manner on challenging projects. Students develop interpersonal, communication, and conflict resolution skills essential for working in teams and interacting with people from diverse cultures, communities, and backgrounds. 


Third, the Master of Science in Land Resources Management emphasises the importance of practical experience and builds real-world problem-solving skills through field and studio work, workshops, role-plays, case studies, and close interaction with lecturers and leading practitioners. Students also develop an ethical and theoretical foundation that serves them well for professional practice.  


Finally, while rooted in the Kenyan context, the Master of Science in Land Resources Management draws on international experience and planning approaches. Graduates of MSc (LRM) from Maasai Mara University  can therefore apply their training locally or overseas in a variety of professional and applied environments.

OBJECTIVES

GENERAL OBJECTIVE

The objectives of the Master of Science programme in Land Resources Management is to train experts will facilitate and guide society in land resource management at different levels and for different sectors of the societies. 

SPECIFIC OBJECTIVES

The specific objectives of the Master of Science programme in Land Resources Management is to train experts who, in their future careers, carrying due responsibility, are expected to be able to:

  • Determine land suitability to be used for both agricultural and non-agricultural purposes:
  • Address problems of degradation and desertification.
  • Understand dynamics of natural ecosystems and their conservation.
  • Identify emerging environmental issues with regard to land.
  • Integrate land management in the frame of sustainable development.

ADMISSIONS

The common regulations for the Masters degrees in the School of Tourism and Natural Resources Management shall apply.

The candidates for the M.Sc. in Land Resources Management should have:-

  1. At least a second class honours (upper division) degree in Environmental studies,  Environmental management, Geography, Wildlife Management, Agriculture,  Sociology, Forestry  Management, Parks Management from the Maasai Mara University, or an equivalent degree from a University recognised by the Maasai Mara University Senate, or
  2. a holder of a second class honours (lower division) degree in Environmental studies,  Environmental management, Geography, Wildlife Management, Agriculture,  Sociology, Forestry  Management provided that the candidate has acquired at least two years relevant experience.
Unit code Course title       Credit Hours
CORE UNITS
YEAR 1
SEMESTER 1
ELM 8101 Land Resource Policy and Legislation 3
ELM 8102 Research methodology and communication 3
ELM 8103 Applied Statistics and Computer Application 3
ELM 8104 Land Resource and Sustainability Philosophy 3
                                         SEMESTER 2
ELM 8105 Project planning, implementation and management 3
ELM 8106 Spatial Analysis and Modeling Techniques 3
ELM 8107 Seminars  on emerging issues in land planning and management 3
ELM 8108 Agricultural systems planning and management 3
ELECTIVE UNITS
ELM 8109 E Land Degradation and Productivity Management 3
ELM 8110 E Meteorology and climatology 3
ELM 8111 E Irrigation and drainage Technologies 3
ELM 8112 E Soil resource management 3
ELM 8113 E Water resource management 3
ELM 8114 E Agricultural Management for Arid and Semi -Arid Lands 3
YEAR 2
SEMESTER 1 and 2
ELM 8201 Research and Thesis 12

 

Rationale of the Programme

The goal of the Master of Science (M.Sc.) programme in Wildlife Resource Management is to provide training and experience in research, planning and design methods, experimentation and scientific writing in matters related to wildlife resources.  The graduate programme builds upon a solid, basic undergraduate programme.  The focus of the programme is on problem-solving approaches, the synthesis of basic ecological concepts, and the development of inquisitive intuitive thinking capabilities.

2.0 Program Learning Outcomes

At the end of the Master of Science in Wildlife Resource Management programme, candidate will be able to:

  1. a) Take up specialists careers  in Wildlife resource management
  2. b) Acquire and disseminate advanced management skills which relate to human-wildlife conflicts.
  3. c) Impart advanced knowledge on development of scientific tools and technologies as a basis for wildlife resource management

3.0 Admission Requirements to the Master of Science in Wildlife Management

Requirements for candidates to join this programme are:

Second Class Honors (Upper division) in Undergraduate degree in Wildlife Management from a recognized university OR

Second class honors in a relevant Undergraduate degree discipline from a recognized university OR

Second Class honors lower in Undergraduate degree from a recognized university with relevant field experience of Two (2) years OR Second Class  honors lower division in Undergraduate degree from a recognized university with at least One (1) research Publication.

4.0 Candidates’ Assessment Policy

Assessment at the end of the programme work shall consist of:

Candidates shall be required to pass all prescribed courses in the program. The pass mark shall be 50%.

Assessment at the end of the course work shall consist of:

A written examination, which shall normally constitute 60% of the total marks in each course.

Continuous course work assessment based on essays, laboratory assignments and such other tests as the course concerned may prescribe.  This will normally constitute 40% of the total marks.

5.0 Evaluation of Teaching

Each candidate shall be given a course evaluation form at the end of every semester to assess the quality and effectiveness of the teaching methods and delivery of content. All candidates shall be required to submit each semester a written report to the Head of department

6.0 Graduation requirements

Names of candidates who have submitted copies of Theses in CDs shall be tabled to the Board of Post Graduate Studies, together with copies of the bound theses and minutes of the respective Oral Presentation. The Board shall inspect the bound theses, and once satisfied, shall recommend the successful candidates to Senate for the award of respective Master of Science Degree, taking into consideration other requirements in respect of course work with copies to Board of Graduate Studies.

7.0 Classification of Degrees

The Masters programme shall consist of a minimum of forty (40) credit hours and a maximum of fifty eight (58) credit hours of coursework, examination and thesis distributed over four semesters. Candidate who satisfies the graduation requirements will be awarded a “Master of Science in Wildlife Resource Management”.

8.0 Program Course Structure

YEAR 1, SEMESTER I                                                                             

Course Code              Course Name                                                             CREDIT HRS

WRM 8103                 Research Methods                                                               3

WRM 8104                 Advanced Biostatistics                                                          3

WRM 8105                 Graduate Seminar                                                                3

WRM 8106                 Planning Thesis Research                                                      3

WRM 8107                 Thesis                                                                                 3

                                    Semester Total                                                                15

 

YEAR 1, SEMESTER II

Course Code              Course Name                                                             CREDIT HRS

WRM 8203                 Advanced Wildlife Management                                            3

WRM 8204                 African Plant and Community Ecology                                   3

WRM 8205                 Advanced Population Dynamics and Analysis                          3

WRM 8206                 Advanced Wildlife Physiology and Nutrition                            3

WRM 8207                Human & Social Dimensions of Wildlife & Park Management.    3

WRM 8208                 Environmental Interpretative methods                                   3

WRM 8209                 Wildlife Management planning                                              3

WRM 8210                 Etho-Ecology                                                                      3         

WRM 8107                 Thesis                                                                                2

Semester Total                                                                                                      14

NB: In Second Semester, Candidates will Select Any Four Courses = 12 units in Addition to WRM 8107 = 2 Units, Totaling to 14 Units

YEAR 2,  SEMESTER I

Course Code              Course Name                                                             CREDIT HRS

WRM 8107:                Thesis                                                                               10

Semester Total                                                                                                   10

YEAR 2, SEMESTER II                                                                

Course Code              Course Name                                                             CREDIT HRS          

WRM 8107                 Thesis                                                                                6

Semester Total                                                                                                        6

 

 

INTRODUCTION

The Master of Environmental Planning and Management prepares students with a bachelor’s degree in Land Resource Planning and management, Agriculture, Architecture, Environmental Studies, Law, Engineering, Geography, Forestry, Sociology or related disciplines to pursue advanced studies in Environmental Resources Planning and Management. Masters of Environmental Planning and Management is an interdisciplinary graduate program for students who wish to broaden their knowledge of physical, social and natural environment or who seek special education in technical, social, or management aspects of environment. The broad construal of environmental resources in this program is based on the idea that environment includes all physical elements in the wealth of a nation bestowed by nature and is critical to the economic, social and cultural development of a nation.

The program provides opportunities for interdisciplinary graduate study and research and its goal is to give students a broad understanding of environmental resources as well as knowledge of related scientific, technical, socio-political, legal, and economic aspects. 

RATIONALE

The Master of Environmental Planning and Management provide an excellent, practically-based planning education that has several distinctive features:

Firstly, it is unique in that it offers a multi-disciplinary research-led programme in Environmental Planning and Management consistent with the changing needs of contemporary planning theory and practice.  The proposed degree emphasizes the integrated nature of planning through the delivery of course units from social, economic, political and environmental sciences to understand and evaluate planning processes, policies and tools set within Kenya, and increasingly regional and global systems. The multi-disciplinary nature of the degree provides students with the opportunities to develop strength in areas of choice.  

Secondly, the Master of Environmental Planning and Management enables students to develop critical thinking skills, the ability to conduct independent research, and the skills to work with others in an integrated manner on challenging projects. Students develop interpersonal, communication, and conflict resolution skills essential for working in teams and interacting with people from diverse cultures, communities, and backgrounds. 


Thirdly, the Master of Environmental Planning and Management emphasises the importance of practical experience and builds real-world problem-solving skills through field and studio work, workshops, role-plays, case studies, and close interaction with lecturers and leading practitioners. Students also develop an ethical and theoretical foundation that serves them well for professional practice.  


Finally, while rooted in the Kenyan context, the Master of Environmental Planning and Management draws on international experience and planning approaches. Maasai Mara University Master of Environmental Planning and Management graduates can therefore apply their training locally or overseas in a variety of professional and applied environments. 

OBJECTIVES

GENERAL OBJECTIVE

 To train and impart knowledge to planners who will facilitate and guide society in policy analysis, plan formulation, plan preparation and implementation at different levels and for different sectors.

SPECIFIC OBJECTIVES

Graduates of this programme will have mastered and/or acquired the following:

  • The history and socio-political background of urban and regional planning in Kenya and beyond;
  • The changing nature of planning including spatial, rural, regional and urban components;
  • Graduates will also have critical thinking skills, oral and communication skills, self-directed learning skills and familiarity with particular techniques and tools relevant to Urban and Regional Planning;
  • An ability to assemble, evaluate, analyse, assess, and synthesise information from a wide range of disciplines;
  • The ability to make sound judgments in relation to planning objectives, policies and methods in accord with legal requirements and principles of good planning.

ADMISSIONS

The common regulations for the Masters degrees in the School of Tourism and Natural Resource Management shall apply. 

The candidates for the Master of Environmental Planning and Management should have:-

At least a second class honours (upper division) degree in Environmental Bachelor of Environmental Planning and Management, Bachelor of Environmental Studies, Bachelor of Urban and Regional Planning OR Bachelor of Science/Arts in Geography, Economics, Surveying and Photogrammetry, Land Economics, Building Economics, Estate Management, Housing Technology, Engineering, Sociology, Agriculture, Forestry and Wildlife, Zoology, Botany OR Bachelor of Architecture OR Bachelor of Lawfrom a University recognised by the Maasai Mara University Senate, or

A holder of a second class honours (lower division) degree in above recognized degrees provided that the candidate has acquired at least two years relevant experience.

PROGRAMME DURATION AND PATTERN

The Master of Environmental Planning and Management is a two year, full time course. In the first three semesters students shall take a minimum of 18 units of which 12 will be core and the remaining 6 electives. In the fourth semester, students will have to prepare a research project Equivalent to 6 Units. Successful completion of the Programme leads to the award of a Master of Environmental Planning and Management.

 

 

YEAR/SEM

CORE COURSES

ELECTIVE COURSES

Year 1 Sem 1

EPM 8103: Planning theory

EPM 8104: Management theory and techniques

EPM 8105: Rural planning studio

EPM 8106: Research methodology and communication

EPM 8107 E: Environmental action planning

EPM 8108 E: Resource use Planning

EPM 8109 E: Infrastructural planning and development

EPM 8110 E: Energy planning and management

EPM 8111 E: Waste management planning

Year 1 Sem 2

EPM 8112: Statistics For Environmental Planners

EPM 8113: Development control

EPM 8114: Urban planning studio

EPM 8115: Environmental impact assessment and auditing

EPM 8116 E: Participatory and Advocacy planning

EPM 8117 E: Land administration and management

EPM 8118 E: Water resource planning and management

EPM 8119 E: Environmental systems analysis, monitoring and modeling

Year 2 Sem 1

EPM 8201: Project planning and management

EPM 8202:  Regional planning studio

EPM 8203: Environmental law and policy

EPM 8204: Emerging issues in environmental planning and management

EPM 8205 E:  Integrated environmental management

EPM 8206 E: Disaster management

EPM 8207 E:  Remote sensing and GIS application

EPM 8208 E:  Environmental economics

EPM 8209 E:  Conflict management and Resolution

Year 2 Sem 2

EPM 8210: Research Project

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