Certificate of Environmental Studies

This is a two-semester course and there are a total of 8 units. Students are required to attain a total of 120 credit points in order to fulfill the requirements of the course. The sequencing of the course still resembles the older version of the certificate, with more emphasis on equipping students with knowledge and skills that they can apply in their own communities or as environmental advocators.  This is a standalone certificate, which means that it is not stair cased into the diploma program. However, those wishing to enroll in the diploma program, especially Form 5 school leavers, it is a requirement and highly desirable that they graduate with a certificate in environmental studies. The reduction in the number of units, does not affect the knowledge base or the practical skills expected of our students. In fact, it introduces a clear demarcation of scope and content in each unit and allows this shift to be shared between the certificate and the diploma program.

Admission Requirements

The minimum entry requirement into the Certificate of Environmental Studies programme is the completion of Form 5 or Form 6 with good passes in English, Maths and Sciences. A form 3 mature aged students who has had prior learning or work experience in the field of science or related sector will also be considered.


Course Structure

Course Code: CES
Course Name: Certificate of Environmental Studies
Duration: 1 year
Core Units: 8 Units
Total Credit Points: 120
Campus: Kukum

Unit CodeUnit TitleSemester Offered   Credit Points
EN401Basic statistics and Computer Application 1     15
The unit equips students with the art of collecting, organizing, and interpreting numerical data. Computer application provides students the ability to present their research findings in a professional and convincing manner. The basic components of a computer and software available like excel, power point presentation, and geographical information systems are taught.
EN402Communication  Skills1     15
This unit is designed to help students think critically, read, write and speak fluently in order to build confidence in public discourse, debates and meetings. Emphasis is on reflective thinking skills, report writing skills, presentation skills and public relations skills.
EN422Animal to Ecology and Ecosystem1     15
An introduction to ecology focuses on land, water, plant, man-made ecosystems and different types of ecosystems services in the Solomon Islands. The importance, distribution, abundance, and interrelationships of organisms are taught, as well as feeding relationship within an ecosystem, composition, major threats and the way energy and matter flows within the earth’s system.
EN404Population studies1     15
Population studies introduce students to many facets of human development including population theories and how they shape, develop and influence population policies globally, regionally and locally. Terminologies and formulae to make predictions on future events are described and calculated.
EN411Environment and Food Security2     15
The unit aims to help students define food security, identify its importance to Solomon Islands, Students will learn of food security issues from other countries and examine how poverty and food scarcity may be addressed through the available resources, methods (traditional or modern food preservation practices) and policy initiatives. Students should be able to appreciate that food security is affordable, safe, healthy, and meets the dietary requirements of common Solomon Islanders.
EN403Environmental Laws and Regulations in SI2     15
The unit aims at helping students to differentiate between legislations, policies and provincial ordinances. Students are guided through the processes of how legislations, policies and ordinances are derived and adopted or enacted. Their effectiveness, policing and implications on public behaviour, will form part of the students policy evaluation and recommendation strategies. They will have at their disposals certain national legislations, policies and provincial ordinances especially those pertinent to the environment. Students will appreciate the step in policy formulation such as; identify the problem, lists of alternative solutions, analysis and recommendations.
EN423Introduction to Biodiversity Conservation and Management2     15
The unit focuses on biodiversity and conservation management. It looks at the different activities on identified sectors that are vibrant and active revenue earners in Solomon Islands and how their, impact on a particular biodiversity are assessed. Identification of biodiversity that constitute ecosystems; identification of important services and benefits deriving from species; examining potential threats to the biodiversity. The latter will look more into conservation and management approaches practiced globally, regionally and locally to help protect important areas of biodiversity and rare and threatened species.
EN412Natural Disaster and Disaster Management.2     15
This unit introduces students to the types of disasters; related factors, effects and the management approaches that can be used to minimize the impacts of a disaster. Students will also be able to explain why certain disasters occur more often than others or none at all in Solomon Islands. Students will carry out drills and respond appropriately to the nature of the disaster, are in a position to provide advice on disaster preparedness, and carry out evaluation and risk assessment on pre- and post-disaster events. Roles and functions of key management agencies in Solomon Islands will be explained.