Curricula 2018–

Bachelor of Natural Resources, Sustainable Coastal Management (240 cr)

Degree: Bachelor of Natural Resources
Qualification title: Miljöplanerare (YH), Bachelor of Natural Resources
Duration of studies: 2 years
Study type: Full-timeFull-time

The graduate
- has the basic knowledge of the principles of how an ecosystem functions and can identify and analyse the state of a coastal zone.
-Furthermore, s/he is able to propose how the state could be improved or managed sustainably.
- is able to identify the goods and services provided by an ecosystem.
- At the same time s/he is able to identify alternative ways of management that would support the balance between the society and the environment.
-is able to manage a coastal area in an integrated way, involving relevant stakeholders.
-is familiar with the conventions, policies and directives from the national and international environmental laws.
-has an understanding of how economic incentives and mechanisms can be used in ICZM.
-has an transdisciplinary approach in managing coastal zones.

Generic competences
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Realization plans

Core studies

120 cr
At least 120 credits of Higher Education prior to the admission at YH Nove
The core studies should have given the student the following competences:
Study proficiency:
-Ability to retrieve and critical exam information
-Ability to write and present in a coherent way
-Understand and solve problems
-Social and communication skills
A part from the competences the student should prove their interest/understanding in/of issues related to environmental or social or economic sustainable development.

Professional studies

75 cr
CM13CE15    15 cr
The Student
-understands the principles of ecology and that all ecosystems has an economical value
-understands the interdependency of nature and society
-knows the basics of coastal ecology

Coastal Ecology I

The Student
-knows principles of community ecology as applied to brackish water habitats
-can identify common species in the Baltic Sea
-is familiar with marine environments
-knows the basic methods for measuring important ecological parameters in the field and laboratory
-knows how to carry out an ecological study and present the findings
6    6 cr

Coastal Ecology II

The Student
-can analyze and evaluate ecological studies and disseminate the results to decision makers and the public
-can identify ecosystem services in the coastal area
-understands the impacts of agriculture and forestry on the coastal ecosystems
6    6 cr

Fisheries Resource Management

The Student
-is familiar with fisheries management
-knows different forms of aquaculture
-knows environmental impacts of aquaculture and unsustainable fishery
3    3 cr
CM13SW15    15 cr
The Student
- knows the concept of Integrated Coastal Zone Managment
- is familiar with Maritime Spatial Planning
- understands the principles of monitoring of aquatic bodies

Sustainable Coastal Management

At the end of this course students should:
• know how and why water bodies are monitored
• know the different institutions that carry out water monitoring in Finland
• get familiar with different methods to conduct monitoring of aquatic bodies
• learn about national and European laws that rule the aquatic monitoring
6    6 cr

Monitoring of Aquatic Bodies I

The Student
- knows what type of pollutional load threatens our water bodies
- knows how and why water bodies are monitored
- is familiar with authorities and other actors conductiong monitoring of aquatic bodies
3    3 cr

Monitoring of Aquatic Bodies II

At the end of this course students should:
• know the quality elements used to evaluate aquatic bodies
• know which activities have an impact on the quality of surface waters
• know the proper measures of management in order to lower the different types of
• be able to carry out methods used for evaluation of the state of surface waters and based on the results
make an interpretation of the water quality
3    3 cr

Water and Sewage Management

The Student
-knows important principles for managing the optimum use of water resources
-knows the basics of prevention, management and treatment of sewage
-can suggest suitable sewage management solutions in different settings
3    3 cr
CM16ME66   12 cr
The Student
- is familiar with how to identify and manage environmental impact.

Environmental Impact Assessment

The Student
-understands the importance of assessing the long term environmental consequences of planning and construction
-knows the EIA process in Finland and EU
-is familiar with different methods of assessing environmental consequences of a product, a service or an activity
3    3 cr

Waste Management

The Student
• Knows the different management and treatment methods of waste.
• Understands the hierarchy of waste management and the importance of wise resource usage and closing of the loop
• Is familiar with circular economy
3    3 cr

Management Systems

The Student
-has basic knowledge of environmental and quality management systems and their purpose and benefits
-knows the ISO standards and how they are structured
-knows environment, health and safety procedures in companies
 3   3 cr

Conservation Biology

The Student:
• Is familiar with the theory and practice of conservation of biodiversity, biological aspects of conservation, and systematic conservation planning
• Understands ecological principles and human dimensions of the conservation of biological diversity
• Is familiar with Natura 2000 and other conservation schemes
 3   3 cr
CM16GP93   12 cr
The Student
-Can use GIS as a tool to make sustainable plans of terrestrial and marine areas.

Maritime Spatial Planning

The Student
• understands the EU Governance and marine planning policy and legislation
• is able to work with stakeholders and participative methods
• can define interactions and analyze pressures between human activity and the ecosystem
• Knows the planning process and has executed a marine planning exercise
3    3 cr

Geographic Information Systems

The Student
-is able to handle geographic data in a GIS program
-knows how to capture data using the Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS)
-can analyze geographical environmental data using different data sources and methods
-can effectively visualize geographic information for different purposes
3    3 cr

GIS Project

The student
-can apply GIS for environmental planning
3    3 cr

Management of Urban Development

The Student
• understands the importance of well-functioning urban infrastructure
• has an understanding of the socio-technical nature of infrastructure systems and the links between urban infrastructure, urban development and economy
• understands the main challenges that the urban areas are facing and is aware of the existing tools to tackle these challenges
 3   3 cr
CM16LR9    9 cr
The Student
- Knows the basics of project and career management as well as leadership
- Is able to compelete their thesis in a successful manner


The Student
-understands the benefits, relevance and reasons for using statistics in environmental sciences as a problem solving tool
-understands and knows the usefulness of probability in decision making
-knows how to present descriptive statistical data
-understands and can perform basic statistical tests
-knows how to interpret statistical reports and know how to run basic statistical tests
-knows how to plan studies in a statistically proper and sound way avoiding common pitfalls
3    3 cr

Environmental Outreach

The student
• Has prepared a plan for his/her career that enables wise choices during their studies and career
• Can write a scientific text and knows how to communicate the research outcomes to all kinds of audiences
• Understands good ethical conduct in research and understands the importance of avoiding plagiarism
3    3 cr

Research Methodology

The Student
-Is familiar with different scientific theories
-Can describe and apply relevant research methods
-Can plan a scientific study and is able to analyze and communicate research findings
3    3 cr
CM16BI 12   12 cr
The student:
-Knows the relevant aspects of international forestry and agriculture and international development with in the two fields
- Understands how Bioeconomy can be used to develop a greener economy in an innovative manner

International Forestry

The Student
• Can describe the circumstances for forestry in different countries
• Can describe the principles of plantation forestry
• Is aware of different forms of forest ownership
• Is aware of the challenges of sustainability in a global perspective related to forestry
• Is familiar with international wood trade and raw material flows
 3   3 cr

International Agriculture

The Student
• Is familiar with development models in agriculture like Agroforestry and model farms
• Is aware of the challenges of sustainability in a global perspective related to agriculture and climate change
• Is familiar with international Agribusniess and food production and trade
• Is knowledgeable in international agreements and trade barriers and their effect on agriculture
 3   3 cr

Bioeconomy Innovation

Bioeconomy Innovation
The Student
• Knows the principles for developing sustainable innovation in a responsible manner
• Understands the concept of Bioeconomy and how it relates to the forestry, agriculture and other Bioeconomy sectors
• Is knowledgeable of working with innovation in a sustainable manner
• Is familiar with the main companies in Finland working with Bioeconomy
 6   6 cr

Practical training

30 cr
1218   30 cr
The practical training provides students the opportunity to earn academic credit for relevant knowledge outside the University. The aim of the training is to acquire hands-on experience in real life work in national and international Coastal Management and Sustainable Development settings. The practical training permits students to integrate in-class experiences with experiential knowledge, gain in-field job experience and expand their professional skills. We highly recommend students to conduct their practical training abroad to enlarge their social network and experience.


15 cr
The student will be able to prove his/her ability to:
- critically evaluate information
- work systematically within a given theme or in a
- to plan and independently write thesis or a project report
- to present and critically evaluate thesis

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