DIPLOMA IN WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT

Posted by on September 25, 2016

DEPARTMENT OF WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT (DWM)

Background

In the face of wildlife loss, accelerated by climate change and habitat degradation, it is of paramount importance for a country like Rwanda aspiring to boost wildlife conservation and tourism; to have trained and qualified personnel ready to deal with such a challenging issue.It is in that regard that Kitabi College of Conservation and Environmental Management (KCCEM) initiated its first diploma course in Wildlife Management delivered under the Department of Wildlife Management (DWM).

DWM is the oldest of all departments at KCCEM. Started in 2008, this department continues to attract conservation practitioners and students from a broad range of fields across the Albertine Region. Theuniqueness of the department lies in its focus on equipping students with practical hands-on skills underpinned bya competence-based learning approach.

Courses offered in this Department cover a range of crucial themes such asAdvanced Communication, Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and study skills, fieldand Research techniques. In addition, themes related to the exposure to the Biodiversity of the Albertine Rift, its Ecology and Conservation measures; Park, Wildlife Survey and Management competences; as well as nurturing entrepreneurial skills. Class lectures are complemented with field excursions to Nyungwe National Park (Figure 2), Volcanoes National Park, Karisoke Research center (Figure 1), Akagera National Park, Mountain Gorilla Veterinary Project, and one Regional Field tour.

Diploma in Wildlife Management – Modules and course units for year 1 and 2

MODULE COURSE UNIT
ORIENTATION TO ACADEMIC SKILLS

 

o   English Language

o   Communication skills

o   Introduction to field techniques

o   Introduction to computer applications

INTRODUCTION TO ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE o   Introduction to Global Environmental systems

o   Fundamentals of Ecology

o   Human impacts on the Environment

INTRODUCTION TO ALBERTINE RIFT BIODIVERSITY o   Introduction to plant diversity

o   Ichthyology and fisheries

o   Invertebrates, amphibians and Reptiles                                          

o   Birds

o   Mammals

INTRODUCTION TO NATURE CONSERVATION o   Introduction to research methods

o   Introduction to Biodiversity Conservation

o   Introduction to protected area management

 

SURVEY AND ENVIRONMENTAL SPATIAL ANALYSIS o   Introduction to GIS

o   Wildlife survey

o   Ranger based Monitoring

INTRODUCTION TO WILDLIFE BIOLOGY AND BEHAVIOUR o   Population ecology

o   Introduction to animal Behaviour

o   Wildlife feeding patterns

o   Wildlife Diseases

WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AND BIO-ANALYSIS o   Wildlife Management Techniques

o   Habitat Management

o   Statistics for field conservationists

PRINCIPLES OF ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT AND PLANNING

 

o   Introduction to water resource management

o   Climate change and Disaster management

o   Environmental Impact Assessment

o   Waste Management

PRINCIPLES OF ECONOMICS AND ENTERPRISE DEVELOPMENT o   Introduction to Tourism Development

o   Wildlife entrepreneurship

o   Project planning, management and evaluation

PRINCIPLES OF SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT AND COMMUNITY CONSERVATION

 

o   Community Conservation and Development

o   Conflict management

o   Participatory natural resources Management

WILDLIFE LAW AND POLICY AND PARK PLANNING o   Environmental Law and Policy

o   Wildlife compliance

o   Park Planning

MANAGEMENT AND LEADERSHIP o   Management and Administration

o   Introduction to financial accounting

o   Infrastructure and material management (in Nyungwe NP)

o   Leadership and professional ethics

INTERNSHIP / FINAL YEAR PROJECT

 

Extra-Curricular activities

Apart from taught modules, there are also optional activities and projects to enhance students’ knowledge and skills in the field of Wildlife Management. Such initiatives include: The propagation of Orchids, Environmental Clubs, Bird-watching Clubs, Community Outreach, and student engagement in research projects undertaken by the College and Conservation partners. The latter include Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), Rwanda Development Board (RDB), Karisoke Research Centre (KRC) and International Crane Foundation (ICF) among others.

Entry qualification


To be eligible, one must hold an Advanced Certificate of secondary education (A2) recognized by the National Examination Council of Rwanda or an equivalent Certificate in Subjects set by Rwanda Education Board or any other accredited institution with at least two main Pass in either Biology or Geography; Agriculture, Veterinary and Forestry. Mature students with working experience of two-years and holding a certificate from an accredited/recognized institution must have attained at least a credit pass in relevant subject area.

Program duration, assessment and award

KCCEM Diploma in Wildlife Management programs are completed in a two-years period; each year is divided into two semesters. Students must gain 240 credits to be eligible for the award of Diploma in Wildlife Management. In order to pass Diploma modules, students must achieve a final module mark of not less than 50% (continuous work assessment and final examination). The assessment is based on 40% for continuous assessment and 60% final examination. Upon completion of the course, graduates are a warded a Diploma in Wildlife Management (A1).

Potential career path

Students taking the Wildlife Management course are trained to be highly competitive on the job market. Some of the working areas include but not limited to: Game reserves and Park management, Wildlife Advocacy, Conservation NGOs, Wildlife Restoration projects, Wildlife entrepreneurship, Wildlife Survey or Research, Wildlife Community conservation, Wildlife Veterinary, etc.

Fees structure

Students attending a Diploma course in Wildlife Management are required to pay fees as detailed below:

Item Cost per academic year (Rwfs)
Application fee 5,000
Registration fee(including field uniform) 80,000
Tuition fee 600,000
Total 685,000

 

KCCEM Account Number:

Bank of Kigali:

  • 2850694514036 (Rwandan Francs)