Our Program

What will you study at the AEL?

Conservation Ecology is a multi-disciplinary and integrated field that has to do with the protection and maintenance of the environment, habitat threats and the control thereof, sustainable utilisation of land, water and other natural resources. The academic program also includes fieldwork and lab work. The student will gain knowledge on specific elements of Biology, Ecology, Soil Science, Geography, Chemistry, Physics, Social Sciences and Environmental Legislation. You will study climate processes, water pollution, types and sources of pollution, and waste management. All of this and the emphasis placed on personal development will culminate in conservation leadership for tomorrow.

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A closer look at the modules

Module 1 : COMMUNICATION SKILLS

Master oral and written communication skills to effectively transmit the message and principles of conservation to the wider public. Learn to communicate the plight of biological diversity to governments and the wider public.

Module 2 : LEGISLATIVE FRAMEWORK WITH REGARD TO THE ENVIRONMENT

Environmental legislation serves as the basis for all conservation efforts. During this module you will gain an understanding of South African legislation. This will permit you as conservationist to take action while still acting within the legal boundaries of South Africa.

Module 3 : INTRODUCTION TO CONSERVATION ECOLOGY

Gain an understanding of the key principles that form the basis for conservation efforts. During this module the earth’s biodiversity, its value for mankind including conservation ecology as the practical solution to the current biodiversity crisis are explored.

Module 4 : CONSERVATION ECOLOGY

Learn about the different components of biological diversity
and the different levels of ecological organization, how this relates to conservation and how to use this knowledge to take action to prevent the loss of species and ecosystem malfunction.

Module 5 : SUSTAINABILITY THROUGH CONSERVATION

 

Understand the concept of sustainability and its relevance for conservation. After completing this module, you’ll be able to illustrate the principles of sustainability as well as its importance for conservation through using sustainable veld management as a vehicle.

Module 6 : DATA COLLECTION, HANDLING AND INTERPRETATION

After completing this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge, understanding and skills in collecting, sifting and recording data relevant to nature conservation, and compiling basic reports on collected data for record keeping and action. This will enable you to partake in research projects.

Module 7 : HABITAT THREATS

An introduction to the different factors that threaten biological diversity. Furthermore, you will learn how to identify, within the field situation, whether such threats are present and impacting the environment.

Module 8 : DEALING WITH HABITAT THREATS

An introduction to the different strategies to address the various environmental threats. This will enable you as conservationist to choose the appropriate techniques for environmental rehabilitation efforts.

Module 9 : PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT

Identify your own strengths, weaknesses and development areas, develop a Personal Development Plan and Personal Profile and demonstrate personal mastery in championing environmentally sound practices.

Module 10 : CONFLICT MANAGEMENT

Learn to identify situations where there is potential for conflict on environmental issues and conflicting stakeholder interests, and demonstrate skills in managing such conflict.

Extra-curricular activities

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4x4 Driving Skills

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Field Craft

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Tracking

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Personal development

An important component of personal development is balancing academics with meaningful and adventurous extra-curricular activities. It is a fact that a major portion of student development is through structured non-academic activities. Students are in the privileged position to do practical short courses in First Aid, 4x4 Driving Skills and Field Craft &Tracking. We offer extended academic tours to bring the academic side of the training in line with the practice by visiting inter alia nature reserves with exceptional biomes, farms, an abalone farm and a mine.

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Eat

Three tasty and nutritious meals are served daily, freshly prepared by our well trained kitchen staff, right from the convenience of our on-site fully equipped kitchen. *Special dietary needs can be accommodated by prior arrangement*

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Sleep

Our campus accommodation offers fully furnished air conditioned,
2-sleeper rooms with separate clean and regularly serviced ablution facilities.

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Learn

All theoretical modules are presented in our air-conditioned lecture hall, whilst the more practical modules are either completed in the vast natural habitat of our 24ha campus, through study excursions to nearby locations, or during our annual educational tours, which are always the highlight of the year.

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Play

Students can enjoy this breath-taking campus oasis with its abundance of open space and rolling lawns while taking part in social sports and other activities such as fishing in the river, rowing, or relaxing around a crackling fire in the open braai area. A well-equipped gym, games & tv room, and an Olympic sized swimming pool further complement our campus’ recreational facilities.

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