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Diploma in Environment and Natural Resources Management

Program Description

The Diploma in Environment and Natural Resources Management, or DENRM Program , is an exit program of the Master of Environment and Natural Resources Management (MENRM). It is designed to give professionals in environment-related activities a solid foundation in becoming competent practitioners in the field.

The MENRM Program is a single, completely ladderized post-baccalaureate degree program. All students will apply for admission into the MENRM Program and will be regarded as Master’s students while enrolled or in residence.

Students will have the option to earn the Diploma degree if they exit the program after completing 24 units of specified courses.

Students will select from two program tracks, either the Upland Resources Management (URM) Track or the Coastal Resources Management (CRM) Track, upon completion of two core courses. Those who will graduate with the Diploma degree will also have the advantage of specializing in one of the two program tracks.

Students can choose between the Diploma degree or the Master’s degree depending on their career goals:

  • Those who want to become highly competent practitioners can aim for the Diploma degree.
  • Those who, in addition to becoming highly competent practitioners, also want to contribute to the advancement of the environment and natural resources management field as researchers, can aim for the Master’s degree.

Program Goals

The program aims to:

  • Equip students with a multidisciplinary perspective in dealing with environmental issues by providing solid grounding in both natural sciences and social sciences as these apply to environmental management.
  • Enable students to become highly skilled and knowledgeable practitioners in either upland or coastal resources management.

Admission Requirements

The requirement for admission into the MENRM Program, and the DENRM, will be a baccalaureate degree in any field.

An application form must be duly accomplished and submitted to the Office of the University Registrar, together with the following documents:

    1. Original copy of the official transcript of academic records stating degree obtained, date of graduation;
    2. Two letters of reference from former professors or supervisors, using UPOU standard format; and
    3. Official receipt of the application fee paid at any Philippine National Bank (PNB) branch.

Admission Policies

Applicants are screened by the Program Admission Committee constituted by the FMDS Dean.

Mode of Instruction

Courses are delivered on a semestral basis using various technologies where appropriate. The virtual classrooms run in MyPortal, the learning management system of the UPOU. This is where class announcements are made, course materials uploaded, discussions held and assignments uploaded.

Courses

The DENRM program requires 24 units of courses comprising 6 units of core courses, 12 units of major courses, and 6 units of elective courses.

Course Code

Course Title

Course Description

Number of Units

ENRM223 Ecosystem Structure and Dynamics Ecosystem structure, function, energetics, nutrient cycles, population dynamics, ecosystem models 3 units
ENRM221 Socio-Cultural Perspectives on the Environment Socio-cultural perspectives and models for understanding human-environment interactions 3 units

Major Courses (12 units)

Course Code

Course Title

Course Description

Number of Units

ENRM230 Principles and Applications of Landscape Ecology Principles, theories, research methods and applications of landscape ecology in environment and natural resource management 3 units
ENRM231 Economics of Upland Resources Economic analysis of upland resources; economic principles in the management and use of upland resources 3 units
SF263 Cultures and Societies in Tropical Ecosystems An overview of community and forest interactions in the upland tropics, with special reference to Southeast Asia 3 units
ENRM236 Governance of the Upland Environment Survey and analysis of policies, legislation, institutions, and processes relating to the use of upland resources [Prerequisites: ENRM221 or COI] 3 units

Elective Courses (6 units)

Choice of 2 courses from the Upland Resources Management track

Course Code

Course Title

Course Description

Number of Units

ENRM232 Management of Terrestrial Protected Areas Management and administration of protected areas [Prerequisites: ENRM223 or COI] 3 units
ENRM233 Rehabilitation of Marginal and Degraded Areas Principles and application of different rehabilitation techniques for marginal and degraded upland areas [Prerequisites: ENRM223 or COI] 3 units
ENRM235 Upland Ecosystem Management Tools, techniques, and strategies in integrated and participatory upland ecosystem management 3 units

Major Courses (12 units)

Course Code

Course Title

Course Description

Number of Units

ENRM240 Aquatic Ecosystems Physical, chemical, biological characteristics, and dynamics of different aquatic ecosystems 3 units
ENRM241 Economic Valuation and Assessment of Aquatic Resources Application of economic principles in optimally utilizing, valuation of, and managing marine resources 3 units
ENRM244 Coastal Anthropology Study of human activity system in single or multi-ecological zones where fishing and fishing-related activities are undertaken 3 units
ENRM246 Governance of the Coastal Environment Survey and analysis of policies, legislation, institutions, and processes relating to the use of marine and freshwater resources 3 units

Elective Courses (6 units)

Choice of 2 courses from the Coastal Resources Management track

Course Code

Course Title

Course Description

Number of Units

ENRM242 Coastal Zone Management Study of coastal zone components, their uses, and management [Prerequisites: ENRM223 or COI] 3 units
ENRM243 Introduction to Ichthyology Biology of fishes with emphasis on their evolution and classification, morphology and biodiversity, reproduction, physiology and role in exploited systems 3 units
ENRM245 Aquatic Resources Management Biodiversity, utilization, conservation and management of living aquatic resource systems, with an emphasis on fisheries management 3 units
ENRM247 Management of Marine Protected Areas Function, design, establishment and management of marine protected areas 3 units
ENRM248 Advanced Aquatic Resources Management Fish population dynamics and stock assessment 3 units

Course Code

Course Title

Course Description

Number of Units

ENRM252 Environmental Advocacy Models, approaches, and strategies in the promotion of environmentalism 3 units
ENRM255 Biodiversity Conservation Conservation and management of biological diversity with emphasis on tropical areas 3 units
ENRM256 Decision Support for Environmental Management Decision-aiding methods for the analysis of environmental management problems 3 units
ENRM257 Sustainable Tourism Development Principles, theories, research methods and case studies in sustainable tourism development of environment and natural resources 3 units

Program of Study

At the end of the first semester of the first year of study, the student will need to choose whether to pursue the Upland Resources Management Track or Coastal Resources Management Track. The second semester subjects will depend on which track will be selected. . This should be done prior to online registration for the second semester.

Typical Program Schedule for DENRM:

Year Semester 1 Number of Units Semester 2 Number of Units
1 ENRM221 3 units Major Course (CRM or URM) 3 units
ENRM223 3 units Major Course (CRM or URM) 3 units
2 Major Course (CRM or URM) 3 units Elective Course 3 units
Major Course (CRM or URM) 3 units Elective Course 3 units
Total: 24 units

Program Policies

Exit to DENRM

Students can exit the MENRM program and earn the Diploma degree (DENRM) if they have completed the 24 units of courses (which is comprised of 6 units of core courses, 12 units of major courses, and 6 units of elective courses)

Re-entry of DENRM graduates to the MENRM program

A DENRM graduate may seek re-admission to the MENRM program. Courses completed for the DENRM may be credited to the MENRM as follows:

  • Up to 24 units if re-admitted within three years from graduation.
  • Up to 9 units if re-admitted after three years but within five years from graduation.

For admission related details, please visit UPOU website.