PG Diploma in Applied Environmental Economics Programme Specification

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                   University of London External System

     Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Environmental Economics
                   Programme Specification 2009
   General Information
Programme title             Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Environmental Economics
Final award                 Postgraduate Diploma
FHEQ level of final award   Masters ‘M’ Level (Level 7)
Associated programmes       MSc and Postgraduate Certificate in Applied Environmental Economics
(including short courses)
FHEQ level of associated    Masters ‘M’ Level (Level 7)
awards
Awarding body               University of London
Lead College                School of African and Oriental Studies through the Centre for Development,
                            Environment and Policy
Programme Director          Andrew Dorward
Mode of study               Distance learning.
Programme accredited by     Not accredited by any other body
Programme started           1996
Study year start date       February
Relevant QAA subject        Not applicable
benchmarks
Registration period         Minimum period required is usually 2 calendar years from the effective date
                            of registration.
                            Maximum period is 5 calendar years from the effective date of registration.
Average time to             2.5 years
graduation
Teaching Institution        No
attendance required?

    Admission Details
Intake quota                None
Admissions requirements     Students must have:
                            Either
                                (a) A first degree in agriculture, horticulture, agricultural economics,
                                economics or other appropriate discipline from a university or other
                                institution which has, in the opinion of the University, included a
                                suitable preliminary training.
                            Or
                                (b) Previous education and experience without a first degree, which
                                satisfies the University as a qualification on the same level of a first
                                degree approved under (a) for this purpose.
                                                                            Subject to College confirmation


                                    For all applicants a high level of English language ability in reading, writing
                                    and study skills, equivalent to a score of 6.0 in the IELTS test or a score of
                                    580 (or 237 on the computerised test) in the TOEFL test of English is
                                    required. Applicants may be asked to provide evidence of language ability
                                    as tested by the British Council or another registered body

                                    Refer to the Programme Regulations for the MSc degrees, Postgraduate
                                    Diplomas and Postgraduate Certificates in the fields of Agribusiness and
                                    Food Management, Applied Economics, Environment and Biodiversity,
                                    Sustainability and Development that are reviewed annually.
Possible exemptions                 None

Exemptions are given to
students who have qualifications
outside the University of
London; students will be
exempt from subjects but no
mark will count.

There is currently a limit on the
number of exemptions that can
be awarded - up to one third of a
degree.
Credit and                          Applications for credit from students and graduates of the University of
transfer/progression                London will be considered on a discretionary basis.
arrangements

Credits are given to students
who have University of London
qualifications; students can be
credited with the same or
equivalent subject previously
passed and the mark they
achieved will carry.

 Programme Outcomes
Distinctive features of the         This programme provides graduates with a sound theoretical base and
programme                           practical appreciation of environmental and natural resource economics. It is
                                    designed to suit students with a primary interest in issues and policies
                                    concerning the rural environment.

                                    Programme materials have been designed and developed by subject
                                    specialists drawn from leading universities and research institutes.
                                    The programme is very flexible – students can choose options from a wide
                                    choice of modules.
                                    The University of London has an extensive network of local examination
                                    centres in over 150 countries.
Possible routes to further          In order to transfer their registration to the MSc degree from the
study                               Postgraduate Diploma, students must normally obtain a Master's level pass
                                    in all eight of the Postgraduate Diploma modules and receive a
                                    recommendation from the Examiners that they he or she may proceed.

                                    A student who accepts the award of the Postgraduate Diploma will not be
                                    permitted to re-register for the related MSc at a later date.
                                                                    Subject to College confirmation


Possible graduate           Those graduating would be expected to pursue a career in Environmental
employment routes           Economics where the primary interest is the rural environment and might
                            work in the following areas: government ministries undertaking work in
                            environmental planning and policy analysis; public and private sector
                            companies involved in agricultural industries; international and non-
                            governmental organisations concerned with the environmental implications
                            of economic change and agricultural consultancies.

Programme Content and
        Structure
Learning aims, objectives   Subject Specific
and intended outcomes       Students taking the programme will gain knowledge and understanding of:
                                The different ways in which economic decisions, market forces and
                                government policies can affect the natural environment
                                The theory and techniques of non-market valuation to estimate the
                                demands for environmental quality or the cost of environmental
                                degradation
                                The ability to design and critically evaluate public policies towards the
                                environment and natural resources
                                The usefulness of environmental economics in informing political
                                decision-making

                            Intellectual Skills
                            students will develop their ability to:
                                analyse environmental economic issues using a social science approach
                                think critically, analyse and evaluate information, and synthesise
                                proposals
                                interact with, and mediate among, policy makers and the public
                                evaluate the social and economic dimensions of change in the
                                environmental economics sector
                                produce clear and concise presentations

                            Generic skills
                            students will develop their ability to:
                                 communicate effectively through written presentations
                                 synthesise and evaluate information from a variety of sources
                                 demonstrate competence in the use of ICT
                                 learn independently with open-mindedness and critical enquiry and
                                 sensitivity to culture
                                 learn effectively for the purpose of continuing professional development
                                 use literature and secondary data sources effectively
Learning and teaching       Students will be sent a study package for each module studied that is
methods, including          intended to meet all the module study requirements for self-directed study.
                            The study package includes:
support guidance,                A detailed study guide that includes exercises, assignments and other
materials provided and           activities
study requirements               Books and other published materials together with integrated volumes
                                 of readings drawn from a wide range of sources
                                 Supplementary study materials including, where appropriate, audio
                                 and/or video tapes and computer software
                            In addition to the above there are two opportunities to receive support from
                            tutors.
                                 Firstly, students are encouraged to take part in an on-line learning
                                 environment. This gives the opportunity for students to interact both
                                                              Subject to College confirmation


                          with other students and with tutors. A ‘tutorial’ forum is provided
                          through which a student can post questions to tutors and other students
                          on any study topic that they might have difficulty with
                          Secondly, tutorial feedback is given on some assignments

                      Students also have access to a student-to-student network - this allows
                      registered students to communicate with each other and to provide mutual
                      support.
Programme structure   The Postgraduate Diploma consists of the following:
                           Four core modules plus
                           Four further modules chosen from a list of options.

                      In any one year students may study and be examined in a maximum of five
                      modules.

                      Refer to the Programme Regulations for the MSc degrees, Postgraduate
                      Diplomas and Postgraduate Certificates in the fields of Agribusiness and
                      Food Management, Applied Economics, Environment and Biodiversity,
                      Sustainability and Development that are reviewed annually.
Syllabus              The following list of modules is current at time of going to press. Not all of
                      the modules will necessarily be available in every year.

                      Four core modules:
                      Economic principles
                      Economics of environmental policy
                      Environmental valuation: theory, techniques and application
                      Natural resources economics

                      Four further modules chosen from:
                      Quantitative methods
                      Applied environmental economics
                      Agricultural trade and policy
                      Political economy of public policy
                      Policy and reform in OECD and transition economies (formerly known as
                      Agricultural policy and reform of the OECD countries)
                      International Environmental Law
                      Project planning and management
                      Environmental ethics
                      Ecological science and management
                      Research methods
                      Environmental impact assessment
                      Environmental auditing
                      Water resource management
                      Or Introduction to biodiversity conservation and management
                      Or Sustainable land management
                      Ethics and environmental practice
                      (One module selected from a further list of modules may be taken as one of
                      the four optional modules subject to the approval of the degree tutor - refer
                      to the Programme Regulations)

                      Refer to the Programme Regulations for the MSc degrees, Postgraduate
                      Diplomas and Postgraduate Certificates in the fields of Agribusiness and
                      Food Management, Applied Economics, Environment and Biodiversity,
                      Sustainability and Development that are reviewed annually.
                                                                             Subject to College confirmation


Programme Regulations         Refer to the Programme Regulations for the MSc degrees, Postgraduate
                              Diplomas and Postgraduate Certificates in the fields of Agribusiness and
                              Food Management, Applied Economics, Environment and Biodiversity,
                              Sustainability and Development that are reviewed annually.
                              http://www.londonexternal.ac.uk/current_students/general_resources/regulations/index.shtml
Assessment methods,           Each module will be assessed by one, two-hour unseen written paper.
including the proportion of
                              Refer to the Programme Regulations for the MSc degrees, Postgraduate
the different methods used    Diplomas and Postgraduate Certificates in the fields of Agribusiness and
                              Food Management, Applied Economics, Environment and Biodiversity,
                              Sustainability and Development that are reviewed annually.
Marking scheme and            The Postgraduate Diploma will be awarded without classification. At the
classification criteria       discretion of the Board of Examiners a mark of distinction may be awarded
                              to those students who show exceptional merit. The award is normally given
                              on the basis of achieving marks within the appropriate range in each module.
                              Examiners have complete discretion to take into account the student's
                              overall performance.
                              Mark range         Classification
                              62.5+              Distinction
                              40-62.4            Pass
                              0-39               Fail
                              (applicable to students who registered with effect from 1 January 2004 or earlier)

                              Mark range           Classification
                              70+                  Distinction
                              50-69                Pass
                              0-49                 Fail
                              (applicable to students who registered with effect from 1 January 2005 or later)
Estimated study hours         In order to complete the programme in the minimum period a student should
overall                       be prepared to study 20 -25 hours per week during the annual study calendar
                              of 36 weeks.
Intellectual development      The Programme will demand a process of intellectual development through
(rationale of progression     an approach to intellectual enquiry of environmental economics issues that
                              emphasises the integration of theory and practice
through programme)

    Quality Assurance
Particular indicators of      Teaching materials
quality                       All the course modules have been prepared by experienced distance learning
                              authors, under the supervision and academic guidance of staff within the
                              Centre for Environmental Policy, Faculty of Natural Sciences, Imperial
                              College London. There is a rigorous process of module review and editing
                              and a progressive approach to the preparation of materials in electronic
                              format.

                              Tutoring
                              There is an extensive on-line learning environment whereby every current
                              course module offered has allocated to it an experienced tutor who facilitates
                              question and answer sessions and student discussions in a virtual learning
                              environment, monitored and overseen by learning technology staff within
                              the Distance Learning Programme. Tutors are also responsible for marking
                              TMAs and providing feedback to students on-line.

                              Examinations
                              The DLP operates a model of very good practice in terms of procedures for
                              setting examination papers, involving Visiting Examiners’ inputs, and in
                                                                  Subject to College confirmation


                           relation to examining processes generally. All scripts are double marked
                           within the Centre for Environmental Policy and Visiting Examiners are sent
                           examples of mark ranges, particularly borderline scripts.

                           Evaluation
                           The DLP operates an on-line system of comprehensive survey covering both
                           the teaching materials and the tutoring. Feedback has generally been very
                           positive on the quality of the materials and in terms of the levels of
                           satisfaction with on-line teaching support.
Methods of assuring,       The Ordinances and Regulations of the University state that: ‘Candidates
evaluating and improving   granted degrees and other awards shall have attained the same academic
                           standard irrespective of mode or place of study or examination.’ Degrees
quality and standards of   and Diplomas awarded to External students are, therefore, examined to the
the programme              same standard as those granted to Internal students of the University.
                           In support of this statute, the External System and individual Lead Colleges
                           share responsibility for ensuring the quality of External provision. The
                           Quality Assurance Framework for the External System defines this shared
                           responsibility and covers areas including:

                           The bidding process

                           External Systems must undergo validation & approval under Lead College
                           mechanisms and with reference to national QAA benchmark statements.
                           Student and programme management
                           This includes the admission, registration and progression of students,
                           establishment of assessment procedures and appointment of boards of
                           examiners.

                           System wide matters

                           Academic policy and development is the responsibility of the Board of the
                           External System. The qualifications framework for External Systems
                           outlines the different levels of undergraduate and postgraduate study and the
                           awards which may be made to External students.

                           Systematic reporting and the review process

                           External Examiners make annual reports on assessment procedures and
                           standards set and achieved. Annual Programme Reports provide annual
                           summaries of programme information. These reports are considered and
                           acted on as part of an annual review process.
Programme                  The programme was approved by appropriate Departmental and Faculty
validation/approval        Teaching Committees, and ratified by the Imperial Senate.
Appointment of external    External Examiners for External System programmes are nominated and
examiners                  their appointment approved by the Lead College or Consortium, using
                           approval processes which are parallel with those used for the appointment of
                           External Examiners assessing College-based students.
Student feedback           Students are provided with feedback forms to be completed at the end of
mechanisms                 each module. There are also similar forms distributed with each assignment.
                           These forms, together with other feedback opportunities are now available in
                           the online learning environment. The results of this feedback are channeled
                           to the appropriate academics and administrators.

                           External System wide student feedback mechanisms are currently under
                           development therefore no standard data is available yet.
Subject to College confirmation