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Tuition Fees:$246 /year
Applications Begin:10 January, 2020
Final Award:Bachelor of Arts in Geography and Resource Development
Start Date:September 2020
Academic Unit:COLLEGE OF HUMANITIES
Campus:Legon campus
Application Deadline: 30 June 2020
Programme Overview

Geography and Resource Development (GRD) involves a holistic study of the interrelationships among the earth’s biophysical systems and how these systems provide natural resource base for human communities. Bridging the social with natural sciences, it analyses the relationship between human activities and the natural & built environment; their existing impacts and implications for sustainable resource use.

GRD is rooted in Geography which examines the relationships between human society and the physical environment in two sub- fields: Human Geography – organisation of human activity or built environment & its relationship with the physical environment and Physical Geography – study of natural environment (landforms, climates, soils, water flora & fauna) and their production and interactions.

Many of the earth’s most pressing challenges such as water, food and energy scarcity can be traced to declining productivity or quality of the natural resource base that support a habitable planet.
The GRD programme therefore provides an integrated understanding of the theoretical, empirical and technological approaches for optimum resource development while addressing their inherent challenges and threats.

Ever since the signing of the Kyoto Protocol (to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change) in 1997, there has been a growing interest in environmental and sustainable practice.
The realisation that human activities are adversely affecting the oceans, forests, agricultural lands, fresh water and atmosphere has resulted in a high demand for GRD specialists to assess human impacts on the environment. Such assessments are typically used to advise regulatory authorities and policy makers on sustainable practices.

GRD is also the springboard for technologies such as Geographic Information System (GIS), Remote Sensing and Global Positioning Systems (GPS).
Through representations, analysis and prediction of spatial relationships, these technologies provide detailed facts on how human activities (such as urbanisation, extractive mining, timber logging and nomadic herding) affect natural process.

At the end of the programme, students are expected to:
• Develop a deep background in the geospatial science and earth system processes.
• Demonstrate an understanding of the theoretical principles, techniques and methods deployed in analysing the relationship between the human and the natural and built environment.
• Be able to gather geographic data by field observations, photographs, maps and satellites imagery.
• Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of resource development theories and policies as well as their analytical dimensions.
• Ability to use geographic information system technology to collect, analyse and display data.

This programme also run through the Distance Education mode. The delivery is a combination of E-learning and face to face interactive sessions (blended/hybrid teaching approach). Students are provided with E-learning resources/materials for the programme.
Tutorials are held at weekends, and students interact online with their lecturers, tutors and other students using the Learning Management system (SAKAI).

ADVANTAGES OF STUDYING BY DISTANCE
• A flexible course delivery to fit your busy schedule.
• User friendly written course materials.
• Choice of Centre
• Equal access to higher education.

Curriculum

LEVEL 100 (First Year)
FIRST SEMESTER

Course Code

Course Title

Credits

*UGRC 110

 Academic Writing I

    3

*UGRC 120

Numeracy Skills

    3

*UGRC 130

Science and Technology in Our Lives

    3

*UGRC 150

Critical Thinking and Practical Reasoning

    3

GEOG 111

Introduction to Physical Geography

    3

2 Courses from 2 other assigned Departments

    6

Minimum Credits Required

    15

SECOND SEMESTER

Course Code

Course Title

Credits

*UGRC 110

 Academic Writing I

    3

*UGRC 120

Numeracy Skills

    3

*UGRC 130

Science and Technology in Our Lives

    3

*UGRC 150

Critical Thinking and Practical Reasoning

    3

GEOG 112

Introduction to Human Geography

    3

2 Courses from 2 other assigned Departments

    6

Minimum Credits Required

    15

LEVEL 200

FIRST SEMESTER

Course Code

Course Title

Credits

*UGRC 210

Academic Writing II

    3

UGRC 220-238*

Introduction to African Studies

    3

GEOG 211

Introduction to Geographic Thought

    3

GEOG 213

Introduction to Weather and Climate

    3

2 Courses from the other assigned Department

    6

Minimum Credits Required

    15

SECOND SEMESTER

Course Code

Course Title

  Credits

*UGRC 210

Academic Writing II

    3

UGRC 220-238*

Introduction to African Studies

    3

GEOG 212

Geomorphological Processes and Landforms

    3

GEOG 214

Principles and Methods of Cartography

    3

OTHER SUBJECT

2 Courses from the other assigned Department

    3

Minimum Credits Required

   15

LEVEL 300 (GEOGRAPHY MAJOR/COMBINED)

FIRST SEMESTER

Course Code

  Course Title

Credits

GEOG 321

Soils and Biogeography

    3

GEOG 323

Regional Geography of Africa   (One region outside West Africa)

    3

GEOG 325

Theory and Practice of Geography

    3

Any  ONE Elective  Course (3 credits)

GEOG 327

Introduction to Remote Sensing and Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

    3

GEOG 331

Arid Lands

    3

Any ONE Course from the other assigned Department

    3

Minimum Credits Required

   15

SECOND SEMESTER

Course Code

Course Title

Credits

GEOG 322

Introduction to Resource Analysis

  3

GEOG 324

Regional Geography of West Africa with Special Reference to Ghana

  3

GEOG 326

Research Methods

  3

Any  ONE Elective  Course (3 credits)

GEOG. 328

Geography of Gender and Development in Africa

 3

GEOG 342

Climatology

 3

GEOG 344

Geographic Information System (GIS)

 3

Any ONE Course from the other assigned Department

 3

Minimum Credits Required

 15

LEVEL 400

FIRST SEMESTER

Course Code

Course Title

Credits

GEOG 450

Long Essay

3

GEOG 451

Regional Development

    3

GEOG 453

Geography of the Developing World

    3

Elective  Courses

    3

GEOG 455

Rural Resources Development: Theories and Policies

    3

GEOG 457

Political Geography

    3

GEOG 459

Population Studies

    3

GEOG 463

Transportation Studies

    3

GEOG 465

The City: Origins, Internal Structure and Economic Function

    3

GEOG 467

Historical Geography of Africa

    3

GEOG 469

Agricultural Land use Theories and Policies

    3

GEOG 471

Geography of Tourism

    3

GEOG 473

Medical Geography

    3

GEOG 475

Industrial Location Theory and Practice

    3

GEOG 477

Pedology

    3

GEOG 479

Environmental Ecology

    3

GEOG 481

Climate and Society (Formerly,  Applied Climatology)

   3

GEOG 483

Tropical Geomorphology

   3

GEOG 485

Hydrology

   3

*GEOG 493

Theories and Analytical Methods for Integrated Disaster Risk

Reduction (IDRR)

   3

SECOND SEMESTER

Course Code

Course Title

Credits

GEOG 450

LONG ESSAY

    3

GEOG 452

Techniques of Regional Science

    3

GEOG 454

Spatial Organization

    3

Elective  Courses

    3

GEOG 456

Rural Development Experiences

    3

GEOG 458

Population and Development

    3

GEOG 462

Transport and the Space Economy

    3

GEOG 464

Cities in Economic Development and Problems of  Urban Management

    3

GEOG 466

Historical Geography of North Western Europe

    3

GEOG 468

Sustainable Agricultural Systems in the Developing World

    3

GEOG 472

Spatio-Temporal Analysis of Health and Development

    3

GEOG 474

Industrialisation in the developing World

    3

GEOG 478

Tropical Biogeography

    3

GEOG 482

Tourism Development in the Third World

    3

GEOG 484

 Climatic Change: Arid and Semi arid Lands (Formerly,  Climatology of Arid and Semi-Arid Lands)

    3

GEOG 486

Applied Geomorphology

    3

GEOG 488

Soil Survey

    3

GEOG 4922

Environmental Hydrology

    3

GEOG 494

Geopolitics of Africa

    3

GEOG 496

Policies and Strategies for Integrated Environmental Health

(IEH)  And Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) in Urban Areas

    3

Admission Requirements

For Ghanaian Students:

Entry requirements:

Core: Credit passes in English, Core Mathematics, Integrated Science & Social Studies

Electives: Credit passes in any three elective subjects

Applicants must have the following WASSCE subjects to qualify to read the under listed courses:

Economics, Mathematics or Statistics – Elective Mathematics
Computer Science – Elective Mathematics
French – French
English – English Literature
Geography – Geography

For International Students:

West Africa WASSCE:

Credit passes in any Three (3) Elective subjects.

Applicants must have the following subjects to qualify to read the under listed courses:

Economics, Mathematics or Statistics – Further Mathematics
Computer Science – Further Mathematics
French – French
English – English Literature
Geography – Geography

American High School:
American High School Grade 12
An applicant for admission to a degree programme in the University of Ghana must have and a Final Grade Point of at least 3.0

Cambridge ‘A’ and ‘O’ Levels:
GCE (Cambridge) – ‘A’ Levels

Entry requirements:

Passes in any Three (3) ‘A’ Level subjects

Applicants must have the following subjects to qualify to read the under listed courses:

Economics, Mathematics or Statistics – ‘A’ Level Mathematics
Computer Science – ‘A’ Level Mathematics
French – ‘A’ Level French
English – ‘A’ Level English Literature
Geography – ‘A’ Level Geography

International Baccalaureate:
Bachelor of Arts
Applicants must have at least Grade 4 in any Three (3) HL subjects.
Applicants must have the following subjects to qualify to read the under listed courses:

Economics, Mathematics or Statistics – Mathematics
Computer Science – Mathematics
French – French
English – English Literature
Geography – Geography

In addition, they must have at least Grade 4 in English Language/Literature (SL) and Mathematics (SL).

For Distance Education

SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATES
Applicants must possess at least credits (A1- C6 in WASSCE and A-D in SSSCE) in English, Core Mathematics and Integrated Science (for Science applicants) or Social Studies (for non-science applications) and three elective subjects in General Arts/ Business/Science. In addition, applicants should also have at least a grade C6 in WASSCE/D in SSSCE in Integrated Science/Core Science.

DIPLOMA APPLICANTS (DIPLOMA TO DEGREE)
You must possess an FGPA OF 3.25 or better from University of Ghana and passes in five subjects including English Language at the GCE ‘O’ level or credit in all the core subjects and two electives at the WASSCE/SSCE level or credit in all the core subjects and two electives at the WASSCE/ SSCE level. Diploma holders from institutions affiliated to university of Ghana may also apply. The Diploma course should be offered at the degree level .All post Diploma students are admitted at level 200.The degree course should be in the same area of the Diploma.

HIGHER NATIONAL DIPLOMAS(HND)
HND holders from recognised polytechnics/technical universities with a Final Grade Point Average (FGPA) of 4.00 or better in programmes that will be advertised, are eligible to apply to the SAME area of study, and where required, supported with one other subject in a related field, for admission. In addition, such applicants MUST have WASSSCE/SSSCE passes in three (3) core subjects and (2) electives in the appropriate subjects or credit passes in five subjects including English Language, Science and Mathematics at the GCE ‘O’ level as well as passes in two subjects at the GCE ‘A’ level. Applicants may be asked to write an entrance examination and or attend an interview as part of the admission process. All HND holders will be admitted to Level 200 in the same area subject as their HND qualification.

OTHER QUALIFICATIONS
These include International Baccalaureate (IB), IGCSE, GCSE, the America Grade12 and 13 examinations and other external qualifications, which have equivalences to SSCE/ WASSCE and the GCE.

MATURE STUDENTS
Mature persons who do not satisfy the approved requirements may apply for admission. Applicants must be at least 25 years at the time of application, attend and complete the University of Ghana Access Course and pass the Mature Students’ Entrance Examination conducted by the University.

Application Process
Application Fees for Ghanaian students: $34
Application Fees for International students: $105

1. GHANAIAN APPLICANTS
University of Ghana online application E-VOUCHERS can be obtained by Ghanaian applicants for GH¢200.00 at the following banks: Ecobank, Republic Bank, Agricultural Development Bank, Ghana Commercial Bank, Zenith Bank, Universal Merchant Bank, Consolidated Bank Ghana (CBG), Prudential Bank and Fidelity Bank. Ghanaian applicants in the following categories are expected to apply using the E-VOUCHER:

WASSSCE/SSSCE Applicants and Ghanaians with Foreign Background
WASSCE/SSSCE applicants and Ghanaians who apply with foreign qualifications from schools which write the International Baccalaureate (IB) and the IGCSE such as Alpha Beta, Faith Montessori International School, Ghana International School, New Nation International School, SOS – Hermann GMEINER International College and Tema International School etc., should do the following:

At any of the Banks listed above, applicants will be required to indicate their names, mobile phone numbers and e-mail addresses on the bank voucher before they are served. Those without e-mail addresses will however not be disadvantaged. A confirmation of their Pin will be sent to their mobile phones. After purchasing the e-voucher, applicants should CAREFULLY follow the instructions given. After the application has been submitted on-line, the e-voucher should be kept in a safe place as it may be required by applicants when accessing their admission status at a later date.

DIPLOMA/HND TO DEGREE APPLICANTS
After buying the e-voucher, Diploma/HND to Degree applicants are expected to scan and attach the following documents to their online application forms:

Diploma/HND transcripts
Where applicable, certified copies of ‘O’ and ‘A’ Level certificates/result slips
The pay-in-slips together with applicants’ certificates/result slips should be scanned and attached to the application form before submission online. The certificates/results slips should be scanned into one PDF or WORD document and attached to the application form.

2. INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS AND GHANAIANS APPLYING FROM ABROAD
International applicants and Ghanaians applying from abroad should NOT buy the e-voucher. They should use the following link to access the online application form for completion and submission.

Online Application for International & Ghanaians Abroad Undergraduate applicants

All applicants are expected to pay to the University a non-refundable application processing fee of US$110.00.This fee can be paid directly or wire transferred into the University of Ghana ECOBANK Account.

Details of the Account are:

Account Name: University of Ghana Foreign Students Fees
Account Number: 2441000716652
Bank Details: Ecobank Ghana Limited, Legon Branch
Swift: ECOCGHAC

or International Transfer through Ecobank (2441000716652 or 1441000716647

or Payment with Credit Card on the GT payment platform.

The pay-in-slips together with applicants’ certificates/result slips should be scanned and attached to the application form before submission online. The certificates/ results slips should be scanned into one PDF or Word document and attached to the application form.

Note that no application will be processed without proof of payment of the fee.

Career Opportunities

The BA Geography & Resource Studies offers a wide variety of career opportunities in forestry, mining, climatology & meteorology, land surveying, urban/community planning, conservation science, natural resource management, geology, GIS/remote sensing, disaster & emergency planning and education. Postgraduate studies will open up further career opportunities in environmental research, management and consulting.

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Tuition Fees for Ghanaian students: $246
Tuition Fees for International students: $4,502

Lecturers

Martin Oteng-Ababio
Professor/Head of Department
moteng-ababio@ug.edu.gh

Alex Barimah Owusu
Senior Lecturer
abowusu@ug.edu.gh

Alex Boakye Asiedu
Professor
abasiedu@ug.edu.gh

Austin Dziwornu Ablo
Lecturer
aablo@ug.edu.gh

CHARLOTTE WRIGLEY-ASANTE
Assoctiate Professor, Director, Centre for Gender studies and Advocacy
cwrigley-asante@ug.edu.gh

Emmanuel Morgan Attua
Associate Professor, Principal University of Ghana Accra City Campus
emattua@ug.edu.gh

Ernest Agyemang
Senior Lecturer
eagyemang@ug.edu.gh

George Owusu
Senior Lecturer
owusugeorge@ug.edu.gh

Gerald A. B. Yiran
Senior Lecturer
gyiran@ug.edu.gh

Isaac Kwamena Arthur
Lecturer
ikarthur@ug.edu.gh

Joseph Awetori Yaro
Professor, Director Regional Institute for Population Studies
ayaro@ug.edu.gh

Joseph Kofi Teye
Associate Professor, Director, Centre for Migration Studies, University of Ghana
jteye@ug.edu.gh

Kusimi John Manyimadin
Senior Lecturer
jmkusimi@ug.edu.gh

Kwabena Awere Gyekye
Lecturer
email@ug.edu.gh

Kwadwo Owusu
Professor
kowusu@ug.edu.gh

Lydia Osei
Lecturer
losei@ug.edu.gh

Mariama Awumbila
Professor
mawumbila@ug.edu.gh

Mariama Zaami
Lecturer
mzaami@ug.edu.gh

Paul William Kojo Yankson
Professor
pyankson@ug.edu.gh

Professor Jacob Songsore
Professor
songsore@ug.edu.gh

Samuel Agyei-Mensah
Pro Vost, College of Humanities
samensah@ug.edu.gh

Relevant Contact

Prof.
Martin Oteng-Ababio
Head of Department
Prof.
Alex Barimah Owusu
Senior Lecturer