Ecosystem Management Technology Curriculum

School of Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences

Start in September 2020

Credential: Ontario College Advanced Diploma ( 6 semesters )
Classes begin:
September 08, 2020
Offered at:
Frost Campus
Program code:
Tuition & Ancillary Fees:
Tuition is unavailable at this time

Vocational Learning Outcomes

  • Use Geographic Information Systems and remote sensing technologies as a decision-making tool in ecosystem-based management planning and decision-making.
  • Apply project management skills (work flowcharts, project planning, etc.) to complete projects for internal and external clients.
  • Apply the principles of sustainability (social, environmental, cultural and economic) to decision-making at a variety of levels (local, regional, global).
  • Analyze the role of government policies (both market-driven and legislated) that encourage accountability and influence human behaviour towards biodiversity conservation and ecosystem sustainability in wilderness, rural and colonized landscapes.
  • Respect individuals and their multiple perspectives in the successful completion of team-based projects and activities.
  • Apply effective leadership skills ...
  • Apply effective communication skills (written, spoken and through digital media and social networks) to engage the public in activities that generate awareness of current issues in ecosystem management and environmental sustainability.
  • Develop event-planning, fundraising, media and advocacy skills required to work effectively both with and for non-government agencies and the non-profit sector.
  • Work effectively with a wide variety of sampling tools, protocols and technologies to accurately collect, organize, analyze, interpret and communicate ecological and spatially geo-referenced data to external clients and the general public.
  • Respect a variety of worldviews and perspectives on ecology, sustainability, and the role that humans play within ecosystems at the local, regional, and global level.
  • Prepare comprehensive external reports, maps, and field records, documenting information accurately and in a timely manner, in compliance with industry and government regulations, established policies and procedures.
  • Operate and maintain tools and equipment appropriately, in compliance with industry safety and operating standards, ensuring optimum health and safety of self, team members and the environment.

Courses and Descriptions

Semester 5

Units/ Hours: 90

This is a student placement undertaken with an agency and approved by the course instructor(s). It is designed to provide the student with an opportunity to apply ecosystem management skills and knowledge and to allow for the development of basic project management skills.

Units/ Hours: 40

This field camp is a mandatory diploma requirement of the Ecosystem Management Technology Program. It consists of four consecutive days of field study followed by independent group work to complete assignments.

Units/ Hours: 45

This course focuses on the study of First Nations people in Canada and abroad from cultural, economic, political and natural resource perspectives. Contemporary developments shaping First Nations involvement in ecosystem management and sustainable development initiatives will be introduced.

Units/ Hours: 45

This course will cover some of the key aquatic and terrestrial habitat assessment methodologies currently used in the environmental and natural resources sector. Successful completion of this course will provide the student with a solid understanding of and familiarity with standard field and lab protocols; results preparation, analysis and interpretation; report writing and information sharing; relevant policy/legislation, and critical thinking skills related to natural heritage area planning, environmental impact studies and other activities.

Units/ Hours: 45

This course explores the various and often controversial ways in which economics can be used to understand individual, business, and public policy treatment of natural resources and the environment. It introduces fundamental economic principles and examine how they might apply to the human relationship with the natural world. It grapples with the basic issue of how we humans value and distribute nature's benefits and burdens across space, time, and the human community.

Units/ Hours: 45

This is an introductory course in Remote Sensing and Satellite data processing. The course highlights the principles of remote sensing, characteristics of the electromagnetic spectrum, operational airborne and satellite sensors, image processing strategies, applications of remote sensing and linkages of remote sensing with GIS. Furthermore, the students are exposed to various computer exercises and hands-on projects/applications involving the use of PCI Image Analysis/GIS software.

Units/ Hours: 45

This course will examine past, present, and future elements of urban ecosystems through the study of the social, political, and economic structures that influence the urban environment. This course will examine the challenges faced by urban ecosystems and the solutions that can be adopted to enable future generations to maintain a standard of living within the urban landscape that is healthy, sustainable and cognitive to the natural world upon which our collective existence depends.

Semester 6

Units/ Hours: 45

This course provides students with the opportunity to explore how GIS technology is being used in a wide variety of natural resource and environmental applications locally, provincially, nationally, and internationally. Hands-on experience using ArcView GIS will allow students to continue to develop their GIS analysis skills. Term projects will provide the opportunity to use GIS as a tool to facilitate the management of, or solution to, a natural resource or environmental plan.

Units/ Hours: 90

This is a student placement undertaken with an agency and approved by the course instructor(s). It is designed to provide the student with an opportunity to apply ecosystem management skills and knowledge and to allow for the refinement of basic project management skills.

Units/ Hours: 45

The concepts of ecosystem sustainability and health, and ecosystem approaches to human health, are explored in an interactive, participatory, case-based manner. Student attendance at and participation in activities, both in class and off-site, are critical components of assessment and evaluation in this course. Students will be required to work together as a class - both in and out of formal class time - to design and deliver a one-day conference on a related topic as a major component of the course.

Units/ Hours: 45

This course examines the life history, biology, and habitat requirements of a variety of wildlife species. Instruction will include standard field and laboratory techniques used in the study of wildlife populations and the basic principles of wildlife management. Current methodology involved in assessing habitat quality and setting harvest limits and targets of selected big game species will be considered.

Units/ Hours: 45

This course will examine how "sustainable" decisions are made in practice within organizations including corporations, governments and NGOs (Non-Government Organizations). Students will explore the concept of sustainability; the idea of balancing economy, society and environment in all decisions; and how different organizations have put the concept of sustainability into practice. Drawing on case studies, the experiences of practitioners, and real-life sustainability issues, the objective of the course is for students to gain knowledge about the implementation of sustainability in practice within the kinds of organizations they may work for after graduation.

Units/ Hours: 45

Students will discover the dynamics of planning legislation in directing growth and form of communities and region. Development controls that direct planning of regions and communities will be examined. An understanding of Natural Heritage Systems Planning will be attained. Students will understand the concepts required to prepare and review a development application.