Ontario College Advanced Diploma in Fish and Wildlife Technology Curriculum
Start in September 2020
Vocational Learning Outcomes
- Synthesize knowledge of aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems and ecological principles and apply this to the protection, management and effective utilization of fish and wildlife resources.
- Identify and classify, at an advanced level, a wide range of biota and habitats, and analyze and interpret their relationship to and influence on fish and wildlife management.
- Apply fisheries and wildlife science to effectively design, develop, and implement management techniques, protocols and prescriptions that support sustainable management of fish and wildlife resources.
- Interpret and apply current and emerging regulations, standards and policies to support and guide fish and wildlife planning and management practices.
- Employ state-of the-art protocols and design tools and techniques to monitor and manage fish and wildlife populations and related habitat, with a predominant focus on provincial standards.
- Using previously collected field data, interpret, analyze and synthesize material...
- Apply computer applications including word processing, spreadsheets, databases and presentation software to facilitate the creation of management directions.
- Safely maintain and supervise the calibration, operation, and troubleshooting of a range of equipment and machinery.
- Collect, organize, manage, analyze, synthesize and critique field and lab data, in accordance with accepted procedures and standards.
- Apply geospatial analysis tools and technologies for organizing and presenting information.
- Supervise the appropriate handling of all tools, materials and equipment, in compliance with industry/ministry safety and operating standards, ensuring optimum health and safety of self, team members and the environment.
- Effectively synthesize, communicate and convey technical ideas and information to a wide range of audiences, at the appropriate level, to inform/guide planning and decision making.
- Ensure that self and team members act in accordance with norms and professional codes of ethical practice.
- Research and critically assess fish and wildlife practices, technologies, issues and trends from a range of sources, including primary literature and scholarly journals.
- Contribute to community-based research and development projects, with industry partners, to produce ecosystem-based management plans and strategies.
- Work effectively in a collaborative work environment, demonstrating effective teamwork, interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to coordinate, plan and supervise projects in the field.
- Prepare a portfolio that reflects personal growth, job readiness and resources for ongoing professional development and learning.
- Demonstrate a sound knowledge of business infrastructure practices and procedures in the field of fish and wildlife resource management.
- Demonstrate the achievement of skills, knowledge and attributes to the level required by industry-recognized accrediting bodies (e.g. North American Wildlife and Technical Association NAWTA).
- Articulate and incorporate the principles of quality assurance/quality control and personal integrity in the collection, sampling, analysis and interpretation of field/lab data, operation and use of tools and equipment, and other related activities.
Courses and Descriptions
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 current GIS software 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 problem.
This course will reflect the recent industry focus on significant wildlife habitats under threat from green energy initiatives such as wind generator installations; also covered are other habitats including wetlands and natural upland areas that are falling under the increasing pressures of development. Some of the themes examined in this course are: drastic declines in aerial insectivore birds and bat populations; effects of habitat loss on endemic amphibian and reptile populations; migratory bird staging and stopover area identification and conservation; importance of wildlife movement corridors; the gathering of baseline data in habitats, making possible the monitoring of changes; the effects of component loss on ecological function in habitat areas.
During Semester 5, students are involved in a two-week placement with a natural resource agency. This placement provides each student with hands-on experience. Each student is evaluated on this placement by the immediate supervisor and on an oral presentation given in class immediately following the placement. Students are required to pay for expenses.
This course makes use of skills attained in previous limnology courses and teaches additional limnological concepts and skills. Topics covered will relate to fish-hatchery water quality, aquatic productivity, enumeration of aquatic organisms, and biological monitoring of the aquatic environment using biota at different trophic levels.
The course includes a series of field and laboratory exercises on the management and ecology of major game species. The history of commercial fisheries will be examined, along with catch statistics, capture methods, and the management of commercially important species. Some fishery techniques include age and growth studies, habitat assessment, rehabilitation, population and biomass surveys, creel surveys, and diet analysis. In addition, there will be a large component of fishery science and application of mathematical models to fisheries management.
Various topics and practices relating to waterfowl management are covered, such as a discussion of the North American Waterfowl Management Plan, population dynamics, and habitat manipulation. The provincial wetland evaluation program is presented and field procedures in identification, aging, and sexing of waterfowl are practised.
This course contains a public speaking presentation on a managed species of mammal. The Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources/Ontario Fur Harvesters Federation fur harvest, management and conservation course will be completed including certificate testing. The course includes a tour of a fur grading and auction facility.Students must attend and participate in all field trips and activities.
This course examines the importance of major contaminants in water, air, biota, soil, and sediment. Specifically, methods of detection, analysis, safe limits, government protocols, and regulations relating to these compounds will be reviewed. Several methods of environmental monitoring will be surveyed, including bioassays, ecosystem, response, and determination of the actual levels of contaminants in various media (e.g. air, water, biota).
This course involves the development and analysis of experimental design. Students will also be introduced to some of the methods of statistical analysis frequently used in the environmental field such as two-way ANOVA, cluster analysis, multiple regression, population estimation models.
During Semester V and VI, students are involved in a two-week placement with a natural resource agency. This placement provides each student with hands-on experience. Each student is evaluated on this placement by the immediate supervisor and/or an oral presentation given in class immediately following the placement. Students are required to cover their own expenses.
This course adopts a project-oriented approach to the application of geomatics in spatial analysis and resource management. Students will have the opportunity to design and implement a research project using geomatics techniques to investigate a problem in any area of Fish and Wildlife management. This course guides the student through the development of a project plan or workflow outlining the various stages of project implementation including data acquisition, preprocessing, analysis, interpretation, reporting and presentation. Students will be expected to select, prepare an implementation plan, and complete a geomatics project related to their Fish and Wildlife Research Project, a previous Fish and Wildlife course, or an approved research problem for an internal or external client.
During the two-week field placement in previous semester, students will collect data for a scientific fisheries or wildlife project. Using the skills and knowledge gained in the previous semesters, the data will be processed, statistically analyzed, written up and presented for peer review.
This course will examine the current issues and advances in the fish and wildlife industry. Students will engage with industry to improve networking and interviewing skills, as well as, research advances in technology, techniques, and management of fish and wildlife. Current legislation and its impact on fish and wildlife management will also be explored.
The Winter Field Camp is designed to give students increased exposure to a variety of limnological, fisheries, and wildlife equipment and techniques. The camp synthesizes past independent course knowledge and introduces students to advanced techniques and protocol. Some areas of study will include the collection of volume-weighted samples, the use of a submarine photometer, multiparameter sonde unit, nondestructive and destructive netting techniques, and radio telemetry. Trapping techniques, map, photo interpretation, operation of handheld GPS units, and terrestrial ecosystem classification will be incorporated into wildlife inventories.