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Advance Diploma in Nature Conservation

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The Advanced Diploma in Nature Conservation course is part-time and is presented over two years. Lectures are presented during two block sessions of two weeks each per year.


Admission for the Advanced Diploma in Nature Conservation programme will be determined by the standard of the student’s performance in the National Diploma. An average of 60% for the major subjects (Plant Studies 3, Animal Studies 3, Resource Management 3, and Conservation Ecology 3) at third level is the minimum requirement in order to be considered for admission to the Advanced Diploma.


Resource Management

The aim of this course is to provide a sound understanding of ecosystem functioning so that predictions about the impact and consequences of management actions can be made based on scientific findings. The influence of abiotic factors on the quality and abundance of forage is explored in relation to its effect on herbivores of different body sizes.  The impact of predation, disturbance and facilitation on these relations are also considered. The main wildlife management intervention strategies (culling, fire and water point placement) are then discussed together with other critical factors (e.g. poaching and invasive species) that influence biodiversity conservation practice today.

Research Methodology

This module introduces students to the philosophy and epistemology of scientific research. It ensures students are familiar with, and competent in the research process, the scientific method, and the most commonly-used biostatistics. Students submit a research proposal, collect scientific data, do a presentation of their research results to an academic medium and write-up their results in a scientific way. This module will ensure students are prepared to undertake a research-based Master’s degree.

Plant studies

The aim of this course is to equip the student with the necessary knowledge to enable them to collect, analyse, interpret and evaluate information critically for vegetation management.

Topics which will be covered include:

  • Plant-animal interactions
  • Habitat fragmentation
  • Veld monitoring and veld evaluation
  • Fire ecology
  • Alien invasive plant species management
  • Restoration ecology and the restoration process

Principles of Management

The aim of the course is to provide the student with a theoretical and practical background of business operations and the role of business as a manifestation of economic activity in the formal and informal sectors of the economy. Specific functions within business organisations will be analysed and discussed. The objective of this course is to help students to develop into successful managers/entrepreneurs i.e. teach them to arrange resources and activities in such a way that the organization they work for or establish, can operate as profitable as possible.

Conservation management

Consist of three components: Geographical Integrated Systems (GIS), Project Management, Community Conservation and Urban Conservation.

Coastal and Marine Management

The aim of this course is to equip the student with knowledge in order to be competent to perform advanced management of marine resources and biodiversity plus perform research in this field.

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