Short Course Programs
Objectives of the Short Courses Program in Environmental
The aim of the short course program is to provide up to
date knowledge, skills and techniques in natural resources
conservation, management, engineering and planning to middle
level personnel employed in public and private sectors.
Senior level management courses may be provided on request.
Structure of the courses
Each course, lasting 2-6 weeks, consists of lectures, practical
exercises, field trips and group discussions with an emphasis
on hands on activities. Besides sample courses listed below,
the Department of Environmental Science can, on request
develop and offer courses to suit special requirements.
GIS for Environmental Planning and Management
This course is designed for participants with some professional
experience in environmental related management and planning
issues such as land use, wildlife, agriculture land information
etc. A Bachelors degree or equivalent in relevant subject
and knowledge of basic computer skills are expected. The
course covers all aspects of GIS from data acquisition to
the production of maps and reports. IDRISI and PC ARC/INFO
are used. Each participant has access to a PC and various
peripherals relevant to GIS. Commonwealth scholarships are
available for participants from outside Botswana.
Introduction to Environmental Impact Assessment
The course aims at introducing planners and decision
makers to the basics of Environmental Impact Assessment
(EIA). The course has a strong practical orientation and
includes working in groups and field work. The course covers
EIA and sustainable development, stages, methods and options
in the EIA process. Other topics include EIA requirements
and procedures of major donor agencies. Use of EIA experiences
from Botswana and the SADC region is extensively utilized.
Applicants must be holders of BA or BSc degrees in environmental
science, economics, development administration, planning,
biology or any other relevant field or have a diploma or
certificate with at least 5 years of experience in a senior
planning position. The course is conducted by a team of
experts drawn from the university and the private sector.
Candidates from outside Botswana may obtain financial support
from the Commonwealth Secretariat.
Remote Sensing Techniques for the Study of Environmental
The course is intended to provide background information
on a range of earth processes including those related to
soils, geomorphology, hydrology and ecology. Physical processes
operating in the semi-arid environments are emphasized.
Discussion of processes is followed by development of interpretative
skills using aerial photographs and remote sensing techniques.
The extension of these skills to GIS is also explored. This
course is conducted by departmental personnel with long
international experience. Remote sensing hardware and software
are available for participants' use. Candidates from outside
Botswana may obtain financial support from the Commonwealth
Public Participants and Local Institutional Development
for Natural Resources Management
This course us designed for planners and decision makers
involved in natural resources management. The course introduces
participants to concepts, theories, and the various methods
and techniques of public participation and local institutional
development. In the third week, participants undertake a
one week supervised field exercise and apply techniques
learnt in class to practical resources management situations.
Participants are finally guided in basic data analysis procedures
and report writing. Resource persons are drawn from ES department,
the government, NGOs and institutions outside Botswana.
Housing Design, Construction and Management
This course is for technical officers whose day-to-day duties
include assisting self-help home builders, inspection of
houses, maintenance and management of residential properties.
It covers basic requirements for the design of dwelling
units, building materials, construction management, maintenance
of buildings, cost estimation and housing policies. Emphasis
is placed on achieving an efficient and sustainable housing
system. Field and practical exercises and group discussions
form an integral part of the course. Resource personnel
are drawn from the University of Botswana with guest lectures
from the Botswana Technology Centre, Botswana Housing Corporation,
Government Departments and the private sector.
Introduction to Laboratory Management Techniques
This course exposes participants to various aspects related
to current trends in laboratory management in developing
countries. It aims at improving skills in laboratory management
and operations, trains and prepares participants for higher
positions of responsibility. Aspects covered include laboratory
design and organization, safety and equipment maintenance,
storage and handling materials for analysis, administration,
use of computers, financial and personnel management, public
relations and collaboration with specialized laboratories.
Applicants should have one or more of the following qualifications:
OTD, OND, BSc, HTD, HND or equivalent in a science related
discipline plus at least 5 years of working experience in
a laboratory. In service training could also be considered
where an applicant lacks the minimum qualifications. The
course is conducted by an interdisciplinary team of senior
laboratory personnel, consultants, academicians and researchers.
Scholarships to this course are available to applicants
employed by tertiary institutions outside Botswana from
the UNESCO regional office in Nairobi.
Economics and Natural Resource Management
"Inadequate appreciation of the close interactions between
the environment and economic development and planning is
widely considered to be the root cause of environmental
problems and policy failure (cf. Agenda 21)". This course
aims at filling this gap through the use of theoretical
concepts and policy applications. The following policy oriented
subjects are covered: sustainable development and policy
analysis and guidance, poverty, affluence and resources
and pollution, macroeconomics and the environment and economic
project appraisal, environmental economic policy instruments.
The course consists of a mixture of lectures, case studies
and group work. Participants are expected to write and present
a brief essay on a research topic. Entry requirements are
an undergraduate degree in environmental science and/or
economics or extensive verifiable work experience.
On successful completion of the course, each participant
is awarded a certificate of achievement.
Application Procedure and Enquiries
Applications should be submitted before commencement of
the desired course and further enquiries should be sent
to the Graduate school of the Environment and Energy, Islamic
Azad University, Science and Research Campus, Tehran, P.O.Box
14155-775, Tehran, Iran.