NOCTI and Nocti Business Solutions (NBS) | Evaluated Learning Experience
Natural Resources Management – West Virginia Customized Test (8993)
September 2019 - Present.
Student will be able to: Demonstrate understanding of agribusiness (e.g., SAE, expenses); Demonstrate understanding of animal systems (e.g., breeds of livestock, anatomy); Demonstrate understanding of agriculture innovation and technology; Demonstrate understanding of food products and processing (e.g., protein sources, food preservation); Demonstrate understanding of natural resources (e.g., renewable resources); Demonstrate understanding of plant systems (e.g., plant parts, processes, soil); Demonstrate understanding of power, structural, and technical systems (e.g., measurement); Demonstrate knowledge of leadership development through FFA (e.g., motto, parliamentary procedure, official dress); Demonstrate understanding of soil erosion and conservation (e.g., horizon, contour planting); Exhibit knowledge of spatial tools such as Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Global Positioning; Systems (GPS) and their use in resource management (e.g., satellite links, waypoint); Display knowledge of topographic and aerial maps, soil surveys, and soil test results (e.g., benchmark elevation, pH, slope); Demonstrate understanding of the hydrologic cycle (e.g., water holding capacity, acid rain); Exhibit knowledge of watersheds and aquatic ecosystems, (i.e., wetlands, ponds, streams) including wetland functions (e.g., eutrophication, Clean Water Act, water quality); Recognize aspects of aquifers and groundwater protection (e.g., soil drainage, manure nutrients); Identify point and non-point source pollution (e.g., riparian buffers); Define basic forestry concepts (e.g., site index, tree biology, forest measurements tolerant tree species); Display knowledge of dendrology (e.g., simple and compound leaves, samara); Recognize and define best management practices in forestry and state BMP regulations (e.g., prescribed burns); Demonstrate understanding of wildlife management practices (e.g., border cutting, wetland habitat, fall mast production); Exhibit knowledge of environmental regulations and laws (e.g., timber management, protection of imperiled species); Define and recognize aspects of sustainability (e.g., biodiesel); Identify aspects of the impact of international agriculture on U.S. and global natural resources (e.g., cost and availability, entrance of new species into country).
NOCTI and NBS exams assess an individual's end-of-program knowledge and skills in an online proctored proficiency examination format. In addition, some programs administer a performance component test to assess application of skills.
In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 3 semester hours in Natural Resources Systems (10/19) (11/23 revalidation).