Natural Resources Management MOOC, Certificate

  • Application Deadline
  • 3 months
    Duration
  • Tuition
    Free
    Tuition (Full programme)
    Free
    Tuition (Full programme)
  • English (take IELTS)
    Language
University of Bergen Online
During the course students learn to manage a number of natural resources: water reservoirs, fisheries, animal herds, and climate, and they learn to operate in product and quota markets. A particular focus is on complicated dynamics, which historically have led to misperceptions and mismanagement.
  • Overview
  • Programme outline
  • Key facts
  • Admission requirements
  • Fees and funding

About

During the course students learn to manage a number of natural resources: water reservoirs, fisheries, animal herds, non-renewables and climate, and they learn to operate in product and quota markets. A particular focus is on complications which have led to misperceptions and mismanagement.

The course is a MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) for everybody 25 years or older. Since the course gives full university credit, students below 25 years of age must document minimum entrance requirements for higher education, see below. The course utilizes a number of new online teaching tools to help students develop deep understanding. Study at your own speed answering questions, solving problems, and watching videos.

Accreditation

The course is at the master level. To take the exam, all tasks must be finished. Assessment of student performance has two components. First, there is an online exam at the end of the course. Questions are varied randomly among students to unable collaboration. Second, students may be selected for an oral examination using Skype, where they must present a valid photo identification card. The probability of being selected is high if there is a big discrepancy between the quality of answers to questions in the chapters and in the exam. The grade is based on the online exam, however to pass the course, selected students must receive a passing grade on the oral examination. When the course is taken as part of a program at a university or college, that institution may organize the exam according to own rules.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Full-time duration 3 months
  • Study intensity Part-time
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Part-time variant
      Evening
  • Credits
    10 ECTS 10 alternative credits

    The course is a MOOC at the masters level and is highly ranked by previous students.

  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    Online
    • Time flexibility
      Self-paced
    • Attendance
      Exams and graduation only
    • Teacher support
      Continuous support with feedback on request
    • Student interaction
      Individual work/assignments (with online group discussions)
  • Entry Level
    Bachelor
  • Skill Disciplines
    Research Techniques, Research Context, Project Management, Communication

Programme Structure

While there exists much relevant knowledge about natural resources, they are frequently mismanaged, often with dramatic consequences for those involved. One aim of the course is to build solid intuitive understanding of the theories and principles underlying natural resources. A second aim is to help students develop the skills and competencies needed for proper management of for instance water reservoirs, fisheries, forests, animal herds, and climate, and to operate in product and quota markets.

For resource management, central topics are system descriptions, dynamics, economics, uncertainty and policy design. For management of commons problems, central topics are competitive games, regulation, and market-based institutions.

Audience

All applicants are responsible for checking that they have the needed background knowledge and computer equipment. To check, download the readiness-test to your desktop, double click, and take the test. See Links.

Lecturers

The course is created by Prof. Erling Moxnes, University of Bergen and Asc.Prof. Steve Alessi, University of Iowa.

The course is open to students worldwide. It is of interest to regular students, teachers, administrators, managers, politicians and journalists.

Norwegiancitizens:

Applicants above 25 years of age may be admitted on the basis of prior learning, which needs not be documented.

Applicants below 25 years of age must meet the minimum entrance requirements for higher education (generell studiekompetanse).

All Norwegian applicants must supply their ID number (personnummer) in the application.

Non-Norwegians:

Applicants above 25 years of age may be admitted on the basis of prior learning, which needs not be documented.

Applicants below 25 years of age must meet the Higher Education Entrance Qualification for non-Norwegians, which also include language proficiency requirements

Technological Requirements

Students are required to take the readiness test to check the adequacy of computers and Intenet connections. See Links.

Tuition Fee Per Full Programme

  • Free International
  • Free EU/EEA

There is no tuition fee, all needed material and software is available for free.

Funding

There is no tuition and no need to visit the University of Bergen, Norway, to take the course.

StudyPortals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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