Bachelor of Science in Range Management

Overview

In Kenya, rangelands cover over 80% of the country and are home to about 36% of the human population, 50% of the national livestock herd and most of the wildlife and biodiversity. Despite their importance, rangelands in Africa are subjected to human-induced degradation, with 31% of the area estimated to suffer severe loss of productivity. The sources of degradation range from inappropriate cultivation of marginal areas, deforestation to overgrazing. Presently, forest cover is disappearing at the rate of 3.7 to 5 million ha per year, and grazing contributes about 34.5% of the total soil loss in these areas. This has placed the rangelands to be hotspots of ecological vulnerability and desertification. Observed rangeland resource degradation trends is made worse by climate change that has increased the frequency and intensity of droughts, flush floods, as well as, increased livelihood risks for the local communities.

To achieve rangelands livelihood and environmental security, there is need to build knowledge and understanding of rangeland production systems and underlying ecological processes. Therefore, there is need for graduates with technological and managerial skills on rangeland ecosystems management. The revised BSc. Rangeland Resource Management curriculum aims at training and equipping rangeland professionals with appropriate scientific knowledge and skills required to implement sustainable and environment friendly technologies and practices to meet secure livelihoods for the people, as well as, make rangelands to continue to play a significant role in the national, regional and global economy. The program will empower the professionals meet emerging socio-economic and environmental challenges as envisaged in government development plans, e. g. vision 2030. Also, the revised course content addresses issues in internationally and nationally recognized conventions and protocols (CCD, CBD, and the Kyoto protocol on climate change) that partly focus on rangelands.

  1. The teaching period for the degree programme shall extend over not less than four academic years or their equivalents. Each academic year shall consist of two semesters of 15 teaching weeks and two weeks of examination.
  2. A candidate enrolled for the degree shall satisfactorily complete the programme in a period of not more than twice the minimum period for which he/she was registered for the degree.
  3. A candidate for B.Sc. Range Management shall participate and complete course work and practical assignments that may be applicable to programme. Admission to the examination at the end of the semester shall be based on satisfactory completion of such requirements.
  4. Each student shall be required to undertake range field practice after completion of the second semester of the third year of study.

K.C.S.E Candidates

In addition to satisfying the minimum University entrance requirements, the candidate should also offer passes at C+ or above in Biology or Biological Sciences, Physics and Chemistry or Physical Science and in Mathematics. In order to satisfy the cluster of four subjects, for candidates offering Physical and Biological Sciences, the fourth subject may be selected from the following:

Geography

Home Science

Agriculture

Wood work

Metal work

Building Construction

Power Mechanics

Electricity

Drawing and Design

Aviation Technology

 

Candidates who satisfy the minimum University entrance requirements, but have a C plain in Biology or Biological Sciences, Physics and Chemistry or Physical Sciences and Mathematics shall be eligible for admission after taking and passing bridging courses in these subjects offered by the University of Nairobi.

Other Candidates

Admission to the degree course may also be granted to the following candidates:

  1. Holders of K.A.C.E or equivalent with minimum 2 principal passes in Biology and Chemistry and at least a subsidiary pass in Mathematics. If Mathematics was not offered at K.A.C.E, then it is accepted at Ordinary Level but with a minimum of a credit or above.
  2. Holders of a Diploma in Agriculture or related equivalent from a recognized institution with pass at credit or distinction. Candidates with a pass with two years or more relevant working experience.
  3. Holders of a Higher National Diploma or equivalent in biological sciences and other related sciences from a recognized institution.
  4. Holders of credit pass Ordinary Diploma in biological sciences or related sciences from a recognized institution.
  5. Holders of a degree in biological sciences or related sciences from a recognized university.

Objective of the program is to provide training on Rangeland Resource and Environment Management so as to enable graduates assess and solve problems in all aspects of rangeland livelihoods and environment through extension, teaching, research and consultancy. The specific objectives are to empower the trained professionals to:

  • Enhance sustainable natural resources management for increased rangeland production and environmental protection
  • Assess the environmental and socio-economic impact of resource extraction and use in rangelands
  • Combat pollution and degradation of the rangeland environment
  • Contribute to research and technological innovations in rangeland and environment management and
  • Contribute to the implementation of the national policies relating to sustainable natural resource management.
BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN RANGE MANAGEMENT - A25      
       
YEAR 1 - 15UNITS  Semester 1    Semester 2   Yearly total 
TUITION                    162,000.00                  162,000.00                       324,000.00
ICT SERVICES - (PER YEAR)                        7,000.00                                    -                             7,000.00
CAUTION - (ONCE)                        5,000.00                             5,000.00
EXAMINATION (PER UNIT @1000)                        7,000.00                       8,000.00                         15,000.00
REGISTRATION (PER SEMESTER@2250)                        2,250.00                       2,250.00                           4,500.00
ID CARD ( PER YEAR)                        1,000.00                                    -                             1,000.00
STUDENT ORGANISATION(PER YEAR)                        1,000.00                                    -                             1,000.00
MEDICAL FEE (PER YEAR)                        6,500.00                                    -                             6,500.00
ACTIVITY-( PER YEAR)                        2,000.00                                    -                             2,000.00
LIBRARY (PER YEAR)                        4,000.00                                    -                             4,000.00
Total-Bsc-Range Management-Year1                    197,750.00                  172,250.00                       370,000.00
       
       
YEAR 2 - 16UNITS  Semester 1    Semester 2   Yearly total 
TUITION                    162,000.00                  162,000.00                       324,000.00
ICT SERVICES - (PER YEAR)                        7,000.00                                    -                             7,000.00
EXAMINATION (PER UNIT @1000)                        8,000.00                       8,000.00                         16,000.00
REGISTRATION (PER SEMESTER@2250)                        2,250.00                       2,250.00                           4,500.00
STUDENT ORGANISATION(PER YEAR)                        1,000.00                                    -                             1,000.00
ID CARD ( PER YEAR)                        1,000.00                                    -                             1,000.00
MEDICAL FEE (PER YEAR)                        6,500.00                                    -                             6,500.00
ACTIVITY-( PER YEAR)                        2,000.00                                    -                             2,000.00
LIBRARY (PER YEAR)                        4,000.00                                    -                             4,000.00
Total-Bsc-Range Management-Year2                    193,750.00                  172,250.00                       366,000.00
       
       
YEAR 3 -14UNITS  Semester 1    Semester 2   Yearly total 
TUITION                    162,000.00                  162,000.00                       324,000.00
ICT SERVICES - (PER YEAR)                        7,000.00                                    -                             7,000.00
EXAMINATION (PER UNIT @1000)                        7,000.00                       7,000.00                         14,000.00
REGISTRATION (PER SEMESTER@2250)                        2,250.00                       2,250.00                           4,500.00
ID CARD ( PER YEAR)                        1,000.00                                    -                             1,000.00
STUDENT ORGANISATION(PER YEAR)                        1,000.00                                    -                             1,000.00
MEDICAL FEE (PER YEAR)                        6,500.00                                    -                             6,500.00
ACTIVITY-( PER YEAR)                        2,000.00                                    -                             2,000.00
LIBRARY (PER YEAR)                        4,000.00                                    -                             4,000.00
Total-Bsc-Range Management-Year3                    192,750.00                  171,250.00                       364,000.00
       
       
YEAR 4 -15UNITS  Semester 1    Semester 2   Yearly total 
TUITION                    162,000.00                  162,000.00                       324,000.00
ICT SERVICES - (PER YEAR)                        7,000.00                                    -                             7,000.00
EXAMINATION (PER UNIT @1000)                        7,000.00                       8,000.00                         15,000.00
REGISTRATION (PER SEMESTER@2250)                        2,250.00                       2,250.00                           4,500.00
ID CARD ( PER YEAR)                        1,000.00                                    -                             1,000.00
STUDENT ORGANISATION(PER YEAR)                        1,000.00                                    -                             1,000.00
MEDICAL FEE (PER YEAR)                        6,500.00                                    -                             6,500.00
ACTIVITY-( PER YEAR)                        2,000.00                                    -                             2,000.00
LIBRARY (PER YEAR)                        4,000.00                                    -                             4,000.00
Total-Bsc-Range Management-Year4                    192,750.00                  172,250.00                       365,000.00
       
Grand totals          1,465,000.00
Philosophy, Rationale

Advances in various aspects of rangeland science and community development practices in recent years suggest a common framework for managing rangelands. The Rangeland Development Paradigm centres on the livelihoods of humans in rangelands and their dependence on these ecosystems, through the study of highly interactive human-environment systems.

The Rangeland paradigm responds to recent research and policy trends that link ecosystem management with human livelihoods. 

It is a convergence of insights and key advances drawn from a diverse array of research in desertification, vulnerability, poverty alleviation, and community development. Universities have a key role in this new paradigm which will need them to be proactive within national innovation systems to generate relevant and timely interventions for sustainable rangeland resource management.

Thus, this degree programme will contribute to the goal of improving the livelihoods of communities in rangelands through sustainable resource management supported by focused research, undergraduate training and community-based interventions. The programme is geared towards inspiring learners to provide leadership and stewardship and give hope and faith to the dryland societies that they can excel in whatever they choose to do with passion, moral responsibility and a strong sense of patriotism.

Rationale

 

This curriculum aims at training and equipping rangeland resource management professionals with appropriate scientific knowledge and skills required to implement sustainable and environmentally friendly technologies and practices aimed at securing livelihoods, as well as enhancing rangelands capacity to continue playing a significant role in the national, regional and global economies. The program will empower the professionals to meet emerging socio-economic and environmental challenges nationally, regionally and internationally.

 

 

Justification of the need for the programme

Many rangelands in developing countries have remained under-developed and undervalued, yet sustained higher levels of investment can support enhanced productivity and better incomes. The world cannot achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) without addressing the needs of people living in the drylands that constitute more than 40% of the global land surface. Ongoing economic development provides the surest foundation for managing the risk of environmental variability, taking advantage of new or emerging opportunities.

 

 

Mode of Delivery

2.1. Face-Face Mode

The programme will adopt a face-to-face mode of delivery that will be based on various techniques including didactic lectures, seminars, case-based learning and tutorials.

2.2. Open, Distance and Electronic Learning

Use of various media that are largely home or office-based. Mediated technical learning materials including audio-visual, e-learning materials, will be employed.

2.3. Blended Learning

The course will be delivered through a combination of face-to-face, and ODeL where applicable.

2.4. Asynchronous Learning

Asynchronous mode of learning will be used to allow students to learn on their own schedule by providing access to instructional materials and assignments within a certain timeframe.

 

Contacts of support persons

Dr. Oliver Wasonga 

oliverwasonga@uonbi.ac.ke