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LIT THURLES CAMPUS


ENVIRONMENTAL & NATURAL RESOURCE MANAGEMENT BACHELOR OF SCIENCE (HONOURS) Ab Initio


LC408 What is the programme about?


Society today faces significant environmental challenges, from climate change at global level to waste management at local level. This programme at LIT Thurles prepares students to work in the environmental management sector and thus helps businesses, communities and the public sector respond actively to the challenges we face.


During the first two years of the programme, students learn about ecology and conservation of the natural environment as well as how to manage resources like waste and energy in business. There is lots of practical lab work, field work, field trips and computer skills sessions. Subjects on personal development are also included – valuable skills for the work place. New approaches to balancing the needs of society and the economy with protection of the environment are investigated. In the third year, students deepen their scientific understanding of how the earth’s natural systems work by examining the topic of water in detail. Students develop skills in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) mapping and in research. A Professional Development module prepares students for a work placement during the summer of third year.


In the fourth year, students examine the complex topics of atmosphere and climate, complementing the work done in previous years on ecology, land and water. Skills in environmental monitoring, computer modelling and organisational management are developed. Positive responses to our environmental challenges such as renewable energy and sustainable building are examined. New approaches to achieving long term sustainability are a key focus. Students undertake a dissertation of their own choosing, allowing them to follow their own research interests, gain valuable research experience and specialise in an area.


Who is the programme suited to?


The programme will interest those who wish to commit to obtaining an honours degree-level qualification in environmental management. This level may be required to avail of certain employment or further study opportunities. Relevant school subjects include geography and the sciences. Mature students from various work backgrounds have successfully completed the programme.


Modules


Year 1: Introduction to Environmental Science, Rural Land Use & the Environment, Introduction to Environmental Management, Personal Effectiveness, Introduction to Sustainable Development, Applied Environmental Science, Environmental Maths & Computing.


Year 2: Earth Science & Ecology, Environment & Sustainable Development, Conservation & Biodiversity Management, Waste & Energy Management, Group Work – Theory & Practice, Field Study Skills & GIS. Most weeks in Year 2 involve one day out in the field.


Year 3: Water Quality Analysis & Treatment, Research Techniques, Water Resource Management, Planning & the Environment, Train the Trainer, Geographic Information Systems, Work Placement, Professional Development.


Year 4: Dissertation, Economy, Society & Sustainable Development, Climate & the Atmosphere, Organisational Behaviour & Management for the Environmental Sector, Environmental Monitoring & Modelling, Carbon & Sustainable Energy. What can I do after the programme?


Graduates are qualified for a wide range of career roles including Environmental Officers/Scientists with businesses, public sector bodies and non-governmental organisations (NGOs), or as Environmental Researchers/Consultants. Graduates are also eligible to apply for a wide variety of postgraduate programmes. Opportunities are available to undertake research Masters and PhDs at LIT. Areas of further study include environmental science, planning, geography, sustainable development and GIS.


Hear some of our graduates speak about the programme – see the Video tab on the webpage: www.LIT.ie/Courses/LC408


Programme Code LC408


Programme Level Level 8


CAO Points 2015 270


Duration 4 years


Class Contact Hours Year 1: 21 hrs per week Year 2: 21 hrs per week Year 3: 19 hrs per week Year 4: 15 hrs per week


FOR FURTHER INFORMATION Location


Thurles Campus, Co. Tipperary


Minimum Entry Requirements: Leaving Certificate (2017): A minimum of 2 H5 & 4 O6/H7 grades in six Leaving Certificate subjects, including Mathematics and English or Irish.


QQI FET/FETAC Applicants & Mature Applicants: Refer to section ‘Entry Requirements’ for further information.


> 118 Undergraduate Prospectus 2017/2018


Contact Mr. Martin McCormack, Programme Leader


Tel: 0504 28104 Email: martin.mccormack@lit.ie Web: www.lit.ie/Courses/LC408


Check out our Facebook page at: Facebook.com/EnvironmentalCourse


Department of Applied Science


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