Ecosystem Management Technician Curriculum

School of Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences

Accepting Applications for January 2019

See curriculum for: September 2019
Credential: Ontario College Diploma ( 4 semesters )
Classes begin:
January 07, 2019
Offered at:
Frost Campus
Program code:
Tuition & Ancillary Fees:
$2,206.87 per semester*
$8,004.19 per semester*
* Tuition and fees subject to change.

Courses and Descriptions

Semester 1

Units/ Hours: 45

This course will enable students to apply specific mathematical concepts and acquire foundation skills important in the Natural Resource and Environmental Sciences. It is designed to complement and reinforce learning within other first semester courses and program areas.

COMM 201
Units/ Hours: 45

Communications I is an introductory course that provides a foundation in college-level communications by teaching students to read critically, write appropriately for a variety of audiences, conduct and cite research, and revise for clarity and correctness. In seminars and labs, students will engage in both independent and collaborative activities, including the development of a digital portfolio designed to help them become more effective communicators in academic and professional environments.

Units/ Hours: 60

Learn how nature works by studying the key components of the ecosystems in the Kawartha Lakes Region. Through field and lab exploration of wild life, landforms, forests, lakes, rivers and wetlands, students will see the connections between themselves, the environment and ecosystems that surround them.

Units/ Hours: 60

This course will focus on three areas of study: identification, field and lab skills. Students will identify and classify the living and non-living components of the specific ecosystems described in the Ecology and Environment (ENVR 20) course. Field skills to be developed include the ability to navigate through the natural environment and use a variety of ecosystem inventory techniques. Special emphasis will be placed on safe work habits in lab and field.

GEOM 122
Units/ Hours: 90

In this course, students will learn to collect, record, interpret and manage spatial and non-spatial data from a variety of disciplines within the School of Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences. The use of information technology will be used to manipulate and integrate data in a Geographic Information System, and recognized cartographic standards will be applied to create maps for use in their field of study.

Units/ Hours: 45

This course will enable students to develop a personal position and direct their career path within the context of the environmental and natural resource industry. An integrated, community based learning approach will be used to identify and apply a personal understanding of leadership, sustainability and community in the context of natural resource sciences.

Semester 2

COMM 202
Units/ Hours: 45

Communications II, building on the foundation of Communications I, is a blended course that teaches students to write and communicate for a variety of professional situations. In seminars, labs and online modules, students will develop a professional portfolio that demonstrates their abilities to meet the challenges of a changing workplace.

Units/ Hours: 45

Ecology: Concepts and Linkages introduces contemporary theory, ideology and practices of ecosystem management. Students use qualitative and quantitative methodology, historical context, and selected experiences to assemble ecological data and information into knowledge that functions to benefit ecosystems. The course integrates ecology, environmental and ecosystem health sciences to assist in the understanding and sequential application of ecosystem management practices.

Units/ Hours: 45

This course deals with specific measurements and assessment methods for forests. The course involves laboratory sessions and field trips. Measurement of tree height, tree diameter, basal area, land area and tree volume is studied. Fixed area sampling, point sampling and tree marking are field trip topics.

Units/ Hours: 21

The Common Lecture/Lab portion of the Soil Studies course provides an introduction to the physical and chemical properties of soils. Students develop skills in the identification and classification of soil, physical and index properties, textures, soil moisture, soil porosity, and other aspects of soil science using a variety of field and laboratory methods.

Units/ Hours: 21

Soil Studies II course for the Ecosystem Management and Forestry Technician Programs continues with physical and chemical properties of soils and introduces the biological component required for the understanding of forest soils. The student will determine soil textures, pH; moisture regimes and drainage, identification of mineral and organic soil profiles: application of the Forest Ecosystem Classification methodology, and perform a soil/site description in the field. Throughout the course analytical skills will be developed that are typical of site evaluation and environmental studies.

Units/ Hours: 60

This course deals with the identification of approximately 100 species of trees and shrubs of importance to those managing the forests resources of Ontario. Throughout the semester identification features for common trees and shrubs in both summer and winter condition are introduced and applied. A number of field trips are utilized to assist students with their identification skills. In the weekly lecture series topics such as tree growth, reproduction, photosynthesis, respiration, forest ecology and uses of trees will be introduced. At the completion of the course students will have a sound working knowledge of dendrology. The skills introduced in this semester may then be used in following semesters when working with Forest Ecosystem Classification, Restoration Ecology, Conservation Planning and other habitat management situations.

Units/ Hours: 45

This course is an introduction to a range of skills in wildlife observation. A variety of wildlife species may be present in an environment despite not being seen. Important skills include visual and auditory identification of wildlife signs. The primary emphasis in this course will be on identification of wildlife signs such as tracks, trail patterns, scat, skulls, impacts on the environment, bird song and amphibian calls. Documentation of wildlife observation will be practiced regularly. Field guides, photography, binoculars and spotting scopes will be used to document wildlife sightings and their signs.

Units/ Hours: 45

This course is an introduction to the study of Indigenous (First Nations, Metis, and Inuit) peoples in Canada. Students will explore the complex historical and contemporary relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples. The course will also guide students to begin to understand the diversity and depth of Indigenous societies, worldviews, and knowledge through a multi-disciplinary lens.

Semester 3

Units/ Hours: 21

This course examines self-awareness, interpersonal relations, motivation, small group dynamics, leadership, conflict management, and team success tools and strategies. Using team-based project experiences, regular discussion, debrief and personal reflection periods, the course will focus on the development and application of self-awareness to improve both the process and products of independent and team-based work.

Units/ Hours: 60

Students taking this course will develop skills, knowledge, and attitude in the management of lake, river, wetland and marine ecosystems. They will apply current theories of ecosystem management to aquatic environments by studying abiotic, biotic, and cultural components at a variety of spatial and temporal scales.

Units/ Hours: 40

This field camp is a mandatory diploma requirement of the Ecosystem Management Technician Program. It consists of three days of field study followed by independent work for the completion of related assignments.

Units/ Hours: 45

This is an introductory level course in Vector GIS. Students will be exposed to various components of Vector GIS, including co-ordinate systems, map projections, data sources and data structures. Students will also learn how to produce maps in order to effectively communicate geographic information. Data collection techniques will be explored through the use of a GPS receiver.

Units/ Hours: 30

This course provides an introduction to laws that have an impact on the use of natural resources in Ontario. The course will deal with an overview of the legal system, the underlying principles of gaining compliance, and specific legislation that may be encountered in the natural resources field.

Units/ Hours: 45

A course to develop skill, knowledge and attitudes in restoration and preservation of ecosystems. Students will develop scientific knowledge of current methodologies and technologies in restoration.

Units/ Hours: 45

This course covers data organization, the basic statistical parameters, confidence intervals for means, the normal distribution, hypothesis testing (Chi-square, 'F', 't' and Anova), and regression analysis.

Units/ Hours: 45

Students taking this course will develop skills, knowledge, and attitude in management techniques for terrestrial ecosystems, including forest management planning on crown and private lands. They will apply current theories of ecosystem management to the terrestrial environment through study of abiotic, biotic, and cultural components. Completion of this course, along with Aquatic Ecosystems (ECOS 3), will prepare students for a wide range of employment opportunities in the field of ecosystem management.

Units/ Hours: 45

All graduates of diploma programs require general education credits. These courses allow you to explore issues of societal concern by looking at the history, theory and contemporary applications of those issues.

Your program has designated some required general education courses. In addition, you have the opportunity to choose from a list of electives each semester.

Many of these courses and some other general education courses are also available through evening classes, by distance education, or on-line. See our Part-Time Studies Calendar for these opportunities.

You may already possess general education equivalencies from other colleges or universities. Please see the General Education Co-ordinators at the Peterborough and Lindsay locations for possible exemptions.

Semester 4

Units/ Hours: 21

This course examines self-awareness, interpersonal relations, motivation, small group dynamics, leadership, conflict management, and team success tools and strategies. Using team-based project experiences, regular discussion, debrief and personal reflection periods, the course will focus on the development and application of self-awareness to improve both the process and products of independent and team-based work.

Units/ Hours: 45

This course focuses on public speaking, and the production and use of visual materials. Videotaping will be used to evaluate presentation delivery and stage presence. Students will also develop skills in the chairing and minute taking of a meeting, as well as conducting and participating in an effective interview experience, and the development of a career portfolio.

Units/ Hours: 45

The course examines elementary principles of data acquisition, data management, and spatial analysis, using the raster data model. Laboratory exercises will allow students to become familiar with the operation of GIS software commonly used in the field. The students will be exposed to various hands-on projects/applications involving the use of GIS software.

Units/ Hours: 45

This course provides students with technical skills and knowledge related to monitoring and assessing ecosystem health and change in terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems. An emphasis will be placed on scientific methodology, report-writing skills, and experimental design principles. Students will also become familiar with the federal and provincial Environmental Assessment acts.

FLPL 108
Units/ Hours: 80

This 80 - hour (2 week) course will take place during weeks 14 and 15 (April) of Semester 4. The student will be engaged in a Field Placement for an organization whose primary focus and core business is of an environmental nature.

Units/ Hours: 45

Humans are now the most significant selective force on Earth which has resulted in our current geological period being named the Anthropocene. This course examines the life history, behaviour and habits of plant and animal species in the context of human activities. Management techniques will include methodology, materials, equipment, and strategies used for resolving issues with plants and animals. It will also explore laws and hazards of repelling or removing such species and the risks to humans, plants, and animals. Most importantly, all methods and strategies will be examined in the context of the ecology of humans and wildlife.

Units/ Hours: 45

This course introduces the students to tree anatomy, tree physiology, urban soil conditions, tree installation and the impact of construction on tree health. Field trips deal with tree selection, tree pruning, tree reaction to wounding and an introduction to hazard tree assessment.