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Bachelor of Arts in Natural Resources and Management (BA NRM)

The Bachelor of Arts in Natural Resources Management (BA.NRM) use and development of resources; coupled with practical field experience, knowledge and skills necessary for meeting challenges of sustainable use of natural resources. Ata the end of the programme, learners will be expected to have acquired competences in poverty analysis and social development planning. Ultimately the programme will produce competent professionals who can identify, plan and monitor the exploitation of natural resources.

Programme Summary

Course Name:Bachelor of Arts in Natural Resources Management
Course Initials:  BA NRM
Duration:  3 Years
Total Units: 
Mode of Deliverence: Blended 

Programme Informations

Option (I):  Direct Entry Scheme (Form VI) Qualifications

  1. Possession of Certificate of Secondary Education Examination (CSEE) or equivalent, with credit passes in five approved subjects, obtained prior to sitting for the Advanced Certificate of Secondary Education Examination (ACSEE) or equivalent; and
  2. He/she has obtained at least two principal level passes in approved subjects – such as Geography, History, Biology, Economics, Agricultural Sciences and Chemistry, in the Advanced Certificate of Secondary Education Examination (ACSEE); and

Option (II) Equivalent Qualifications

  1. Diploma in Natural Resource Management, Wildlife Management, Land Survey, Land and Soil Management, Forest Management and Nature conservation, Tsetse control,  Environmental Studies, Environmental Health Sciences, Environmental Engineering, Tourism Management, Heritage Management, Economic Development, Community Economic Development, Community Development, Education, Law, Gender Studies, Foundation Programme, Youth  Development Work (CYP) and any relevant Diploma recognized by OUT Senate  with an average of ‘B’ or GPA of 3.0 with not less than four passes at O’ Level.


  1. b) Recognition of Prior Learning certificate (RPL) with average of B+ Grade approved by TCU shall be eligible for BA NRM program.

It consists of 14 core courses and 4 electives. Each course (core and elective) is 2units. There are 2 compulsory cross cutting courses on offer (computer and communication skills) each with a1-unit weight. A student is required to complete 36 units in order to qualify for a BA in Natural Resources Management degree. This shall be made of all core courses in each level whereby at each level a student shall be required to accomplish a minimum of 12 units. For example, in level 1 a student will be required to undertake all 12 units from the core courses plus 2 units from the compulsory courses as indicated in this Handbook. In level 2 students shall be required to accomplish all 5 core courses which make up 10 units and select a minimum of one course from the elective courses. In level 3 students shall be required to do all 6 core courses which make 12 units. 

level 1 (All Courses)

Course CodesCourse Title
ORM 101Background to Natural Resources  
ORM 102Introduction to Population, Resources and Environment
ORM 103Introduction to Geographic Techniques  
ORM 104Climatology
ORM 105Introduction to Human Geography
ORM 106Gender and Natural Resource Management
OFC 017Communication Skills*
OCP 100Introduction to Computer*

* 2 compulsory courses@1 unit = 2 units included

Level 2 (Five Core And One Elective)

Course CodesCourse Title
ORM 201Minerals and Energy Resources
ORM 202Remote Sensing and Geographic Information System
ORM 203Social Research Methods in Geography
ORM 204Field Practical
ORM 205Environmental hazards and natural disaster management*
ORM 206Population and Poverty Studies*
ORM 207Urban Planning and Management*
ORM 208Principle of Ecology

Elective courses

Level 3 (All courses)

Course CodesCourse Title
ORM 301Environmental Economics
ORM 302Policy Issues in Natural Resources
ORM 303Environmental Impact Assessment
ORM 304Climate Variability and Environmental Resources Management
 ORM 305Biodiversity Monitoring Conservation and Management
ORM 306Land Evaluation and Land Use Planning
Dr.Anna Wawa


Upon completion of the programme, undergraduates will acquire ample knowledge and skills in natural resources management and will be capable of mapping natural resources. Issues of natural resource planning, use and management for the current and future generation will be stressed.

Specifically, undergraduates should be able to:

  1. Clearly define and describe different theories and concepts related to natural resources management
  2. Critically discuss the human influences on natural resources development and conservation
  3. Critically analyze the nature of inter-dependences between different natural resources
  4. Describe and apply various techniques of collecting and analysing geographical data.
  5. Examine natural resource management problems
  6.  Assess natural resources using various evaluation techniques
  • Conduct a research on a natural resources problems and produce reports
  • Discuss and develop policies and regulations for natural resources management
  1.  Carry out mapping of natural resources
  2.  Determine dynamics in natural resources i.e. depletion/regeneration
  3.  Project the future status of given natural resources base
  • Counsel people in proper management of natural resources and stewardship

All Bachelor of Arts in Natural Resources Assessment and Management courses shall be examined during the academic year in which they are studied.

The assessment will comprise course work and annual examinations. Course work assessment shall consist of an online coursework assessment and a two hour written test. 

The coursework assessment will contribute 30% of the total marks for each course. Annual examinations; each student shall be required to sit for a three-hour annual examination, at the end of the academic year.

The annual examination will contribute 70% to the total mark of each course. The combination of both coursework and annual examination shall be100%.

Each candidate shall be required to register for the examinations in specific subjects at least one month at latest, before the commencement of annual examinations period.

The annual University examinations shall be conducted under the control of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) with the Director of the Examinations Syndicate.