Undergraduate & honours qualifications

Diploma in Nature Conservation

Qualification stream: Nature Conservation
Qualification code: 98024 - NCO
NQF level: 6
Total credits: 360
SAQA ID: 90512
APS/AS: 21
Rules:
This qualification has compulsory contact modules that carry additional fees. The qualification also requires time to be spent in the industry to meet the requirements reflected in the six NCA-modules. Some modules are only offered online and regular internet access is required to complete these modules. Students who completed EUC1501 prior to 2014 need not register for EUP1501. Due to module code and name changes, EMP3701 is equivalent to NCA3701. Students who have already passed NCA3701 must not register for EMP3701
Purpose statement:
The purpose of this qualification is to develop competent conservation officers who can provide support to conservators and resource managers or actively participate in management functions in natural resource management areas. Qualifying learners will be able to apply acquired technical and scientific knowledge, skills and attitudes, to interpret observations made and information and data gathered, regarding natural resources. This qualification aims to enhance professional competence in the field of nature conservation on local, regional and national levels by providing the conservation industry with persons who are able to participate in ecosystems' management, environmental education and ecotourism. This, in turn, will contribute to sustainable and responsible utilisation of natural resources in Africa, thus contributing to economic development. It further aims to advance social and economic transformation by providing accessible opportunities for individual, career and entrepreneurial development for people from all social and cultural groups.
This qualification will be presented using both online and distance learning modes.

Who can register?

  • Applicants may only register once they have received confirmation from Unisa that their application for admission has been accepted. Unisa reserves the right to not process and / or to cancel your registration if it is found that you were incorrectly admitted to a qualification.
  • Re-registering students may register for the 2019 academic year once the registration period opens.


Please note:

  • Should you wish to start a new qualification, please apply for the alternative qualification during the next application period.
  • All communication sent to you after the initial study package (with the exception of study guides) will be sent electronically to your myLife e-mail account (eg follow-up tutorial letters, examination timetables and results, financial statements). You will no longer receive such communication in printed format.


How to choose your modules

Each Unisa qualification is structured in such a way that you need to pass a certain number of modules and NQF level credits within a certain amount of time in order to graduate. You must pass a minimum number of credits / modules annually so that you are able to re-register and continue with your qualification:

  • At least 36 NQF credits (3 modules of 12 credits each) in your first year of study.
  • At least 48 NQF credits (4 modules of 12 credits each) in your second or further years of study.

You may not register for more than the allowed maximum number of credits / modules per semester:

  • At least 60 NQF credits (5 modules of 12 credits each) in a semester.
  • At least 120 NQF credits (10 modules of 12 credits each) per year for year modules.

The maximum number of credits do not include supplementary and / or aegrotat examinations from a previous semester. Modules taken for non-degree / non-diploma purposes also count towards the maximum number of credits allowed.

You must take your available time into consideration when choosing your modules, as this will impact your academic performance. You need approximately

  • 6 to 8 hours per week for semester modules.
  • 4 to 6 hours per week for year modules.

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Curriculum for this qualification

As you are deciding on the modules you will be registering for, remember to write down the module names and codes so that you have something that you can refer to when completing your registration.

First level

Module Pre-requisite/Co-requisite/Recommendation
Group A. Compulsory
ANS1501 - Animal Studies I Co-requisite:PSO1501 (or XSO1501) & COC1501
CEC1501 - Conservation Ecology I
CIN1501 - Conservation Interpretation I
COA1501 - Conservation Administration I
COC1501 - Contact Course I Co-requisite:ANS1501 (or XNS1501) & PSO1501 (or XSO1501)
CVM1501 - Conservation Resource Management I
EUP1501 - Ethical Information and Communication Technologies for Development Solutions
FOC1501 - Fundamentals of Conservation I
PSO1501 - Plant Studies I Co-requisite:ANS1501 (or XNS1501) & COC1501 (for 98024 Nature Conservation only)
SSC1501 - Soil Science I

Second level

Module Pre-requisite/Co-requisite/Recommendation
Group A. Compulsory
ANS2601 - Animal Studies II Pre-requisite:ANS1501 (or XNS1501)
CEC2601 - Conservation Ecology II Pre-requisite:CEC1501 (or XEC1501) or CEC131S
CIN2601 - Conservation Interpretation II Pre-requisite:CIN1501 (or XIN1501) or COM1501
Co-requisite:COC2603 or COC3602
COC2602 - Contact Course II Pre-requisite:COC1501
Co-requisite:CEC3701
Recommendation:CVM2601
CVM2601 - Conservation Resource Management II Pre-requisite:HBB121R or CVM1501
Recommendation:Should be taken together with or follow on COC2602
NCA2603 - Nature Conservation Application IA Pre-requisite:COC1501
Recommendation:That all first level modules be completed before registering for this module.
NCA2604 - Nature Conservation Application IB Pre-requisite:COC1501
Recommendation:That all first level modules be completed before registering for this module.
NCA2605 - Nature Conservation Application IIA Pre-requisite:COC1501
Recommendation:That all second level modules be completed or registered for before registering for this module.
NCA2606 - Nature Conservation Application IIB Pre-requisite:COC1501
Recommendation:That all second level modules be completed or registered for before registering for this module.
PSO2601 - Plant Studies II Pre-requisite:PSO1501 (or XSO1501)

Third level

Module Pre-requisite/Co-requisite/Recommendation
Group A. Compulsory
ANS3701 - Animal Studies III Pre-requisite:ANS2601
CEC3701 - Conservation Ecology III Pre-requisite:CEC2601
Co-requisite:COC2602
COC3601 - Contact Course III Pre-requisite:COC1501
Co-requisite:CVM3701 & PSO3701
COC3602 - Contact Course IV Co-requisite:CIN2601
CVM3701 - Conservation Resource Management III Pre-requisite:CVM2601
Co-requisite:PSO3701 & COC3601
EMP3701 - Ecological Management Plan Pre-requisite:COC3601
GGH3708 - Environmental Awareness and Responsibility
NCA3601 - Nature Conservation Application IIIA Pre-requisite:COC1501
Recommendation:That all third level modules be completed or registered for before registering for this module.
NCA3602 - Nature Conservation Application IIIB Pre-requisite:COC1501
Recommendation:That all third level modules be completed or registered for before registering for this module.
PSO3701 - Plant Studies III Pre-requisite:PSO2601 or PSO281Z
Co-requisite:CVM3701 & COC3601