Bachelor of Natural Resources, Sustainable Coastal Management (240 cr)
Qualification title: Miljöplanerare (YH), Bachelor of Natural Resources
Duration of studies: 2 years
Study type: Full-time
- has the basic knowledge of the principles of how an ecosystem functions and can identify and analyse the state of a coastal zone.
-Furthermore, s/he is able to propose how the state could be improved or managed sustainably.
- is able to identify the goods and services provided by an ecosystem.
- At the same time s/he is able to identify alternative ways of management that would support the balance between the society and the environment.
-is able to manage a coastal area in an integrated way, involving relevant stakeholders.
-is familiar with the conventions, policies and directives from the national and international environmental laws.
-has an understanding of how economic incentives and mechanisms can be used in ICZM.
-has an transdisciplinary approach in managing coastal zones.
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At least 120 credits of Higher Education prior to the admission at YH Nove
The core studies should have given the student the following competences:
-Ability to retrieve and critical exam information
-Ability to write and present in a coherent way
-Understand and solve problems
-Social and communication skills
A part from the competences the student should prove their interest/understanding in/of issues related to environmental or social or economic sustainable development.
-understands the principles of ecology and that all ecosystems has an economical value
-understands the interdependency of nature and society
-knows the basics of coastal ecology
-knows principles of community ecology as applied to brackish water habitats
-can identify common species in the Baltic Sea
-is familiar with marine environments
-knows the basic methods for measuring important ecological parameters in the field and laboratory
-knows how to carry out an ecological study and present the findings
-can analyze and evaluate ecological studies and disseminate the results to decision makers and the public
-can identify ecosystem services in the coastal area
-understands the impacts of agriculture and forestry on the coastal ecosystems
-is familiar with fisheries management
-knows different forms of aquaculture
-knows environmental impacts of aquaculture and unsustainable fishery
- knows the concept of Integrated Coastal Zone Managment
- is familiar with Maritime Spatial Planning
- understands the principles of monitoring of aquatic bodies
-knows the concept of Integrated Coastal Zone Management
-has basic knowledge of challenges in cross sectorial management of coastal areas
-can identify stakeholders and how to involve them in the management process
-understands how Maritime Spatial Planning can be used in sustainable coastal management
-is familiar with relevant policies and legislation
- knows what type of pollutional load threatens our water bodies
- knows how and why water bodies are monitored
- is familiar with authorities and other actors conductiong monitoring of aquatic bodies
-knows important principles for managing the optimum use of water resources
-knows the basics of prevention, management and treatment of sewage
-can suggest suitable sewage management solutions in different settings
- is familiar with how to identify and manage environmental impact.
-understands the importance of assessing the long term environmental consequences of planning and construction
-knows the EIA process in Finland and EU
-is familiar with different methods of assessing environmental consequences of a product, a service or an activity
Knows the different management and treatment methods of waste.
Understands the hierarchy of waste management and the importance of wise resource usage and closing of the loop
Is familiar with circular economy
-has basic knowledge of environmental and quality management systems and their purpose and benefits
-knows the ISO standards and how they are structured
-knows environment, health and safety procedures in companies
Is familiar with the theory and practice of conservation of biodiversity, biological aspects of conservation, and systematic conservation planning
Understands ecological principles and human dimensions of the conservation of biological diversity
Is familiar with Natura 2000 and other conservation schemes
-Can use GIS as a tool to make sustainable plans of terrestrial and marine areas.
understands the EU Governance and marine planning policy and legislation
is able to work with stakeholders and participative methods
can define interactions and analyze pressures between human activity and the ecosystem
Knows the planning process and has executed a marine planning exercise
-is able to handle geographic data in a GIS program
-knows how to capture data using the Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS)
-can analyze geographical environmental data using different data sources and methods
-can effectively visualize geographic information for different purposes
-can apply GIS for environmental planning
understands the importance of well-functioning urban infrastructure
has an understanding of the socio-technical nature of infrastructure systems and the links between urban infrastructure, urban development and economy
understands the main challenges that the urban areas are facing and is aware of the existing tools to tackle these challenges
- Knows the basics of project and career management as well as leadership
- Is able to compelete their thesis in a successful manner
-understands the benefits, relevance and reasons for using statistics in environmental sciences as a problem solving tool
-understands and knows the usefulness of probability in decision making
-knows how to present descriptive statistical data
-understands and can perform basic statistical tests
-knows how to interpret statistical reports and know how to run basic statistical tests
-knows how to plan studies in a statistically proper and sound way avoiding common pitfalls
Knows the basic principles of project management
Knows what self and team leadership implies.
Has prepared a plan for his/her career that enables them to make wise choices during their studies.
-Is familiar with different scientific theories
-Can describe and apply relevant research methods
-Can plan a scientific study and is able to analyze and communicate research findings
-Knows the relevant aspects of international forestry and agriculture and international development with in the two fields
- Understands how Bioeconomy can be used to develop a greener economy in an innovative manner
Can describe the circumstances for forestry in different countries
Can describe the principles of plantation forestry
Is aware of different forms of forest ownership
Is aware of the challenges of sustainability in a global perspective related to forestry
Is familiar with international wood trade and raw material flows
Is familiar with development models in agriculture like Agroforestry and model farms
Is aware of the challenges of sustainability in a global perspective related to agriculture and climate change
Is familiar with international Agribusniess and food production and trade
Is knowledgeable in international agreements and trade barriers and their effect on agriculture
Is able to understand, analyze and to apply the main principles and work methods of development cooperation
Is able to link concept of development and his/her own line of business
Global issues relevant for the profession
Gains intercultural competence
Is able to implement participatory development methodologies
Knows the principles for developing sustainable innovation in a responsible manner
Understands the concept of Bioeconomy and how it relates to the forestry, agriculture and other Bioeconomy sectors
Is knowledgeable of working with innovation in a sustainable manner
Is familiar with the main companies in Finland working with Bioeconomy
The practical training provides students the opportunity to earn academic credit for relevant knowledge outside the University. The aim of the training is to acquire hands-on experience in real life work in national and international Coastal Management and Sustainable Development settings. The practical training permits students to integrate in-class experiences with experiential knowledge, gain in-field job experience and expand their professional skills. We highly recommend students to conduct their practical training abroad to enlarge their social network and experience.
The student will be able to prove his/her ability to:
- critically evaluate information
- work systematically within a given theme or in a
- to plan and independently write thesis or a project report
- to present and critically evaluate thesis
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