Available courses

INTRODUCTION TO COASTAL ZONE MANAGEMENT

This module is designed for coastal zone stakeholders to have a working knowledge when planning and designing coastal infrastructure. It aims to provide an understanding to integrated coastal zone management (ICZM), its principles, concepts, and practices. The importance of designing & maintaining coastal infrastructure as it relates to coastal hazards and climate change is highlighted. Case studies on ridge to reef management are evaluated and discussed within the Belize context. The ICZM cycle and coastal laws and policies in Belize are reviewed to provide an understanding of the relationships between the legislation and coastal development practices.

INTRODUCTION TO COASTAL BASELINE DATA AND MODELLING

This module is designed for coastal zone stakeholders to have a working knowledge when planning and designing coastal infrastructure or when coastal land-use policy making. It aims to provide an understanding of the required baseline data and available methods and tools for the numerical modelling of marine and coastal hydrodynamics related to wind, waves, surges and tides and coastal morphodynamics including longshore and cross-shore sediment transport in different coastal typologies. All of it considering the impacts of climate change. 

INTRODUCTION TO ENGINEERING DESIGN OF STRUCTURAL COASTAL PROTECTION INFRASTRUCTURE

This module is designed to provide a general overview of the elements of coastal engineering design to both engineers and non-engineers. Underlying concepts will be presented in a general manner where participants are expected to broaden their understanding through independent reading of subject areas. The module will include some quantitative aspects for improved understanding which would be executed during the class-assignment sessions. Participants will not be expected to be able to complete a design at the end of the module, but should be able to understand the complexity of and requirements for designing in the coastal environment. The module will be assessed using a single course assessment artefact.

INTRODUCTION TO ENGINEERING DESIGN OF NATURE BASED COASTAL PROTECTION INFRASTRUCTURE

This module is designed to provide an overview of the elements of designing in the coastal zone using nature-based solutions. Participants are expected to broaden their understanding through independent reading of subject areas. The module includes class-assignment sessions for improved understanding of underlying principles. Participants will be expected to understand the benefits and limitations of designing using nature-based solutions in the coastal environment. The module will be assessed using a single course assessment artefact.

MANAGEMENT AND MAINTENANCE OF COASTAL PROTECTION MEASURES

This module is designed to provide a general overview of the construction and management of coastal protection solutions. A review of possible failure mechanisms of some types of coastal solutions will be provided during this module. A presentation of data collection techniques will be provided in the context of coastal parameter estimation of key coastal characteristics. The understanding of the basic concepts is expected to be reinforced through use of field activities. The module will be assessed using a single course assessment artefact.

COMPOSING PROCESS

In this second year composition course, students produce writings that focus on issues of national importance in Belize. They analyze various types of texts and conduct research into cultural, political, social, environmental, and economic factors that shape the Belizean society. The course culminates in the writing of an 8 to 10-page research paper that demonstrates mastery of academic writing conventions, including standard documentation styles. This section of The Composing Process, with course number ENGL1035B1, is delivered via a blended modality, with 70 percent of course activities done online and 30 percent on campus.

Course Coordinator : Ivory Kelly

FOUNDATIONS OF EARLY CHILDHOOD

This course is designed to examine the guiding theories (theoretical, philosophical and social) perspective of early childhood education. Topics include: You and Early Childhood Education: Becoming a Professional, Early Childhood Education Today: Understanding and Responding to Current Issues, History and Theories: Foundations for Teaching and Learning, Implementing Early Childhood Programs: Applying Theories to Practice, Teaching Standards and You: Supporting Children’s Learning, Observing and Assessing Young Children: Guiding, Teaching and Learning. This course places emphasis on the foundation and theories to teach, understand, support and guide early childhood education. It teaches instructors through visual layouts and audio to enhance skills accompanied by learning guides to help guide instructors as they progress through each skill. Upon completion of this course participants will be able conduct research on issue affecting the early childhood education program in Belize, conduct classroom observation and write their philosophy of Early Childhood Education.

Course Coordinator : Rebecca Chun

ONLINE - FOUNDATIONS OF EARLY CHILDHOOD

This course is designed to examine the guiding theories (theoretical, philosophical and social) perspective of early childhood education. Topics include: You and Early Childhood Education: Becoming a Professional, Early Childhood Education Today: Understanding and Responding to Current Issues, History and Theories: Foundations for Teaching and Learning, Implementing Early Childhood Programs: Applying Theories to Practice, Teaching Standards and You: Supporting Children’s Learning, Observing and Assessing Young Children: Guiding, Teaching and Learning. This course places emphasis on the foundation and theories to teach, understand, support and guide early childhood education. It teaches instructors through visual layouts and audio to enhance skills accompanied by learning guides to help guide instructors as they progress through each skill. Upon completion of this course participants will be able conduct research on issue affecting the early childhood education program in Belize, conduct classroom observation and write their philosophy of Early Childhood Education.

EARLY CHILDHOOD DEVELOPMENT AND BEHAVIOR GUIDANCE

The course examines factors that influence social and emotional development and explains how these interrelate with other aspects of growth and development (i.e. physical, moral, and cognitive development.)  This course also focuses on Play as a context for social development and learning while utilizing play-based skills and activities. The course places emphasis on age appropriate behavior expectations in young children and examines developmentally appropriate behavior guidance.

Course Coordinator : Sylvia Sabal

ONLINE - EARLY CHILDHOOD DEVELOPMENT AND BEHAVIOR GUIDANCE

The course examines factors that influence social and emotional development and explains how these interrelate with other aspects of growth and development (i.e. physical, moral, and cognitive development.)  This course also focuses on Play as a context for social development and learning while utilizing play-based skills and activities. The course places emphasis on age appropriate behavior expectations in young children and examines developmentally appropriate behavior guidance.

Course Coordinator : Sylvia Sabal