Course Details

            Course Code: OD211

            Course Title: Natural Resource Management

            Course Type: General

            Number of Credits: 3(3-0-6)

Course Description

This course explains the meaning and principles of sustainable development, community-based natural resource management, and corporate social responsibility. Topics include the three spheres of sustainability, basic concepts of biodiversity and ecosystems, and how human behavior influences the local environment in terms of forests, water, energy and waste. Climate Change adaptation and mitigation at local level and community will also be discussed. Besides looking at communities and their sustainable use of their environments, students will also look at their own organizations, and how to make those organizations more responsible socially and environmentally.

Course Objectives and Student Learning Outcomes

            Upon completing this course, students should be able to:

·         Understand and discuss the major issues affecting the planet

·         Understand and explain the major components of ecosystems and the drivers impacting on them

·         Discuss and analyze the major factors causing biodiversity loss influencing social and environmental health in a community

·         Discuss and analyze the major factors causing energy and waste management issues influencing social and environmental health in a community

·         Understand the major issues related to climate change and discuss the concepts of adaptation and mitigation and its effects on local communities

·         Explain the meaning and importance of Sustainable Development and Community Based Natural Resource Management.

·         Understand participation, gender, and social inclusion in sustainable development projects

·         Explain how organizations (including corporations) can carry out their social and environmental responsibilities

·         Connect Myanmar’s and Thailand’s economic and social plans/strategies to the three spheres of sustainability

Credit hours / trimester




Additional class


Laboratory/field trip/internship


Self study







Course Schedule:  



Learning Outcomes Students should be able to

Key Words

Activities/ Methodology

1. Introduction

Course Introduction

Introducing Planet Earth

·         Discuss the major environmental and social issues facing their respective communities


Environmental and social issues

Documentary, In-class  discussion, Reflection

2. The World We Live In



·         Understand the different types of Natural Resources

·         Understand and explain the critical components of Ecosystems

·         Understand and explain the major Causes Ecosystems to Change

·         Understand and discuss the impact of feedback Loops on the environment


Easter Island, Natural Resources, Renewable, Non-renewable, Ecosystem, Direct and Indirect Driver of Change, Positive and Negative Feedback Loops

Lecture, in-class  discussion, Group Activities, Reflection

3. Environmental damage influencing social and environmental health in a community


·         Understand the importance of biodiversity for a healthy environment

·         Understand the major causes of biodiversity loss

·         Understand the concept of Natural Capital and how it can be used to prevent biodiversity loss

·         Understand the actions individuals can take to positively impact on the environment


Biodiversity, Genetic, Species, Ecosystem, Ethical Values, Biodiversity Hotspots, HIPPO, Habitat Loss, Invasive Species, Pollution, Population, Exploitation, Conservation, Economic Value, Natural Capital

Lecture, in-class  discussion, Group Activities, Reflection

4. Environmental damage influencing social and environmental health in a community

Waste and Energy Management



·         Understand the causes and effects of waste and waste management

·         Understand use of energy and the management and production of (alternative) energy


Waste, Waste Management, Corrosive, Ignitability, Reactive, Toxicity, 5 Rs, Outreach Programs, Alternative Energy Resources

Lecture, in-class  discussion, Group Activities, Reflection

5. Community Environmental Issues

·         Presentation I – Problem Identification (25%)


Group Presentations

6. Environmental damage influencing social and environmental health in a community

Climate Change


·         Understand the meaning of Climate Change and Global Warming

·         Understand how the greenhouse effect impacts on the earth’s climate

·         Understand how humans have contributed to global warming?

·         Understand the effects of global warming


Climate Change, Global Warming, Greenhouse Effect, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Tipping Point, Inequality, Vulnerability, Climate Change Sceptics

Lecture, in-class  discussion, Group Activities, Reflection

7. Adaption and Mitigation in Climate Change


·         Understand how the international community is approaching climate change

·         Understand how communities and organizations adapt and mitigate to climate change effects

·         Understand how to integrate adaptation and mitigation into sustainable development project

Kyoto Protocol, Global Governance, Economic Vitality, Global Warming, Mitigation, Adaption, Technology Innovations, Collaborative Consumption, GOAL

Lecture, in-class  discussion, Group Activities, Reflection

8. Introduction to Sustainable Development

·         Be able to discuss the issue of the commons

·         Understand the key principles of Sustainable Development

·         Discuss some of the Sustainable Development models

·         Be able to discuss the ways of measuring sustainable strategies

·         Be able to discuss potential solutions to the current unsustainable  practices




Sustainable Development, Tragedy of the Commons, Gross Domestic Product (GDP), Three Spheres, SD Principles, Gross National Happiness (GNH), Human Development Index (HDI), Manifesto for Living


Lecture, in-class  discussion, Group Activities, Reflection

9. Participation in Sustainable Development Projects


·         Understand why community participation is important for CBNRM projects

·         Understand the importance of social inclusion and gender in CBNRM projects

·         Understand how Adaptive Management provides a framework for dealing with complex and ever-changing environment

Community Participation, Consensus, Levels of Participation, Gender Inequality and Gender Analysis, Social Inclusion,

Lecture, in-class  discussion, Group Activities, Reflection

10. Introduction to Corporate Social Responsibility

·         Understanding of Social and Environmental responsibility in organizations

·         Understand the driving forces of CSR adoption by organisations

·         Understand the different models and strategies businesses use to implement their social responsibilities

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), CSR Continuum, Carroll’s Pyramid, Intersecting and Concentric Circles CSR Models, Social Policy,

Lecture, in-class  discussion, Group Activities, Reflection

11. Including CSR in Community-Based Organisations

·         Understanding the idea of Inclusive Business

·         Including CSR in your organization


Inclusive Business, Economic Pyramid, Stakeholders, Partnerships, Initial Environmental Examination (IEE)

Lecture, in-class  discussion, Group Activities, Reflection

12. Community Solutions

Presentation II – Solutions (25%)


Group Presentations


Short Briefing About Excel

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After going through this book, you will become conceptually strong in using various features of Excel. You will increase your productivity by understanding and using the right tool for the related data set.

What will you learn

By the end of the book, you will come across many case studies to put your knowledge to practice and understand many tools to solve real-life business problems such as importing data into Excel from different sources, data cleaning through various tools including flash fill, bringing data together into one place using lookup functionality, analysing it to get insights through pivot tables & what if analysis, generating forecast based on past trends, exporting final reports, understanding Power features like Power Pivot/Query/Map and automating manual processes through Macros . Remember to practice along with sample data files provided in the exercise files bundle of the book to master these techniques.

Who this book is for

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Table of Contents

1. What’s New in Excel 2019/Office 365
2. Entering Data in Excel
3. Transforming and Managing Data
5. Formulas and Functions
6. Data Analysis
7. Data Visualization
8. Data Extraction
9. Automation in Excel through Macros