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EXERM4250 Ecosystems and Environmental Management Course Page

Description: Ecosystems provide resources and services essential to our survival, and our actions have varied and significant impact on them. This course will include the study of ecology and environmental management, incorporating the fundamental components of ecosystems and how they interact. Students will learn about the components of ecosystems: biotic and abiotic, ecosystem development and functions, ecosystem cycles, and the foundations of population, community, and disturbance ecology. This information will be utilized to examine questions around land use, environmental management, economic impact, and the roles environmental ethics play in answering them.

EXERM4252 Environmental Geology Course Page

Description: Environmental Geology is the study of the earth's environment from a geologic perspective. It explores the effect of humankind's activities on the surface environment. The earth's underlying formations impact much of what humankind does. Surficial and subsurface geologic formations effect our water use, water and subsurface pollution, and waste disposal options. This course will introduce you to the geologic formations in Alberta and how those formations present environmental problems and opportunities.

EXERM4256 Applied Hydrology Course Page

Description: This course will introduce the practice of surface water hydrology as water plays a role in the development of most human activities. Various land phase hydrologic processes will be described. Methods of development of intensity-duration-frequency curves for rainfall, estimation of rainfall at ungauged locations, stream flow measurement methods, flood frequency analysis, regional frequency analysis for estimating stream flows at ungauged locations and risk assessment in hydrologic design will be discussed. Approximate methods for estimating storm water storage requirements for urban development and various hydrologic and hydraulic modes used in the professional domain will be introduced. Based calculations within various hydrologic procedures as required for addressing surface water hydrology issues will also be covered. Completion of EXERM 4250, EXERM 4252 and EXERM 4307 is strongly recommended

EXERM4258 Environmental Project Management Course Page

Description: Addressing environmental impact is critical for project success. This course covers engineering and technology problem solving techniques including issue identification, situation monitoring, outcome projection, release and escape control, treatment, and prevention methods including source abatement, minimizing risk, and process modification. Concepts such as planning, implementation, and documentation of requirements will also be covered. This course approaches issues uniquely from both civil and regulatory perspectives; beyond the focus of time and cost control withing conventional project management. Practical case study examples and scenario acting will reinforce learning.

EXERM4260 Environmental Law Course Page

Description: If your work impacts the natural environment, involves the development of natural resources, or addresses environmental health issues, it is important to have an understanding of the laws which regulate these areas. This course is intended to assist participants in navigating through the complex and often confusing array of Federal, Provincial, common law, and environmental regulatory schemes by providing an introduction to these 4 key areas of law, which impact environmental/resource/health regulation in Canada - constitutional law, civil law, regulatory law and administrative law. Note: This course is not intended as an in-depth review of any specific legislation.

EXERM4264 Land Reclamation Fundamentals Course Page

Description: This course will cover concepts related to successful land reclamation through the effective application of soil and vegetative science principles. Topics for this course include: Land use, types of disturbances, regulations governing land reclamation, soil testing, handling and storage, site preparation, plant community ecology, vegetation selection and planting, monitoring, and determinates of success within reclamation. This course will also cover special considerations such as erosion, soil and plant pathogens, amendments, and weeds. Basic knowledge of soils and vegetation is recommended, but not required.

EXERM4265 Applied Vegetative Reclamation Course Page

Description: This course will cover methods for establishing native plant communities on disturbed lands to fulfill reclamation goals and address such concerns as erosion, wildlife habitat, first nations cultural values and recreational desires. Topics will include planning, site preparation, plant species selection, establishment methods, maintenance, monitoring and criteria for success. Plant identification of native plants and invasive species will be introduced. Plant material acquisition, seed and propagule harvest and storage, and propagation methods will be discussed in some detail.

EXERM4267 Environmental Audits Course Page

Description: Environmental auditing is a management tool increasingly used by organizations to verify that the organization is meeting its environmental obligations. It is also an essential element of an environmental management system and a primary driver of continual improvement. This course will provide the student with the skills and knowledge to undertake effective environmental audits that will provide many benefits to their organization.

EXERM4268 Environmental Impact Assessments Course Page

Description: This course will present the purpose for an environmental impact assessment, the process from initiation to completion of the EIA, and its place in the application for a major project. Assessment requirements detailed within provincial and federal legislation and regulations will be reviewed. Requirements and processes for completing a cumulative environmental assessment within the EIA will be described. Differences and similarities between assessments for projects falling under Alberta's Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act and the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act will be illustrated. Linkages among these Acts and other legislation in Alberta (Water Act, Public Lands Act) and Canada (Fisheries Act, Navigable Waters Protection Act) will be discussed. Requirements for public and Aboriginal consultation, and the means to gather stakeholder input into the EIA process and outcomes will be outlined. Discussion of the components of the EIA that may lead to approval conditions and requirements, and how to address these in a way that sets the stage for future corporate action and government oversight. Use of the EIA as a tool in the overall environmental management of the project will also be discussed.

EXERM4274 Fundamentals of GIS Course Page

Description: Enhance the performance of your measuring, mapping, modeling, and monitoring by tapping the power of Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Learn the concepts that drive GIS, the basics of cartography, and the differences between various GIS packages. Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to: . Determine what types of files can be loaded in a GIS . How GPS can be used within a GIS environment . Locate geographic files for specific purposes . Understand discrepancies between NAD 27 and NAD 83 .

EXERM4280 Wetland Delineation, Classification, and Assessment Course Page

Description: Through lecture, classroom and field exercises, students can expect to learn methods to identify wetlands and delineate their boundaries based on indicators of vegetation, soils, and hydrology, in addition to conducting desktop delineations through aerial photo interpretation. Other topics to be covered include wetland classification, impact and assess reports, and relative-value assessments. Prior knowledge of soils and vegetation is helpful, but not required.

EXERM4281 Applied Soil Physics Course Page

Description: This course will introduce students to the basic concepts of applied soil physics, with an emphasis on the quantitative aspects. Basic physical aspects of both the solid and liquid phases of soils as well as how water is held by soils and how it moves through soils, will be covered. The course will examine the link between the soil water regime and processes within the hydrologic cycle, with emphasis on infiltration and the soil physical properties affecting this key hydrologic process. Soil management challenges that involve soil physics and how to manipulate soils to enhance their physical properties will also be examined.

EXERM4282 Applied Soil Chemistry Course Page

Description: This course will introduce students to the soil principal reactive chemical constituents and their processes. Topics will include an introduction to the soil solid and liquid components (chemical composition, mineralogy, organic matter and soil solution); and description of important soil chemical processes and their relevance to environmental and agricultural applications (mineral stability and weathering, oxidation-reduction, surface adsorption and exchange, colloidal behaviour and soil acidity and salinity).

EXERM4284 Applied Soil Fertility Course Page

Description: The course will address the relevance of soil fertility including the importance of soil fertility in plant growth and nutrient uptake by crops. The agronomic significance of soil physical, chemical, and biological properties as they pertain to soil fertility will be discussed. Topics will include major nutrients, as well as secondary and micronutrients, and corresponding fertilizers. The course will also examine soil fertility evaluation: soil testing; the backbone of soil fertility and problems soils (acid and saline soils). Soil management challenges including fertilizer application, water use efficiency, interactions amount nutrients, and economics of plant-nutrient use will be addressed.

EXERM4285 Environmental Site Assessment and Management Course Page

Description: This course is an introduction to common practices within the management of contaminated sites in Alberta. The three part approach for the assessment management of contaminated sites will be covered including: Phase 1 Environmental Site Assessment, Phase 2 Environmental Site Assessment, and Risk Management Plans. Alberta Site Assessment standards and the Alberta Tier 1 and 2 soil and Groundwater Remediation Guidelines will also be covered. Additional topics will include differences between risk management and site remediation with examination of cost considerations within various site remediation components. Case studies will be used to provide a focus on contamination sources, characterization, transportation, and environmental fate in the environment.

EXERM4286 Remediation Technologies Course Page

Description: This course will provide the key points associated with remediation of contaminated soil and groundwater utilizing different remediation technologies. The main processes within remediation (engineering, physical, chemical, biological, and thermal) will be covered. Decision-making factors for choosing the appropriate remediation technology for each site is a focal point in this course. Descriptions, applicability, advantages, limitations, time frames, potential health and safety issues, and cost of various technologies will also be studied. Case studies of contaminated sites with special emphasis on remediation technologies currently available for handling such sites in Alberta will be explored.

EXERM4291 Applied Hydrogeology in Alberta Course Page

Description: The course will introduce the practice of hydrogeology as generally applied in Alberta. Three areas of hydrogeology will be explored, with emphasis on conditions in Alberta. These areas include:(1) Hydrogeological Site Assessment, (2) Groundwater Resource Evaluation and Management, and (3) Groundwater Monitoring. Topics will include principles and practices of contaminated site assessment, regulatory considerations, conceptual models, environmental risk management, and groundwater remediation. Methods of characterizing regional baseline hydrogeology, groundwater resource quantity and quality, and groundwater vulnerability will be covered, along with discussion of issues such as groundwater modelling, watershed management, groundwater-surface water interaction, and implications of climate change. Also considered will be the key elements of designing an effective groundwater monitoring program both on a local and a regional scale.

EXERM4297 Classification and Mapping of Soils Course Page

Description: Introduction to classification and mapping of soils with emphasis on soil-forming processes; principles of the Canadian system of soil classification; soil profiles, diagnostic features, soil-forming factors and processes; kinds and distribution of soils in Canada; soil survey procedures, and utilization of existing spatial information to support soil mapping at a detailed scale. This course includes a mandatory field trip to collect data for mapping exercises. Prior knowledge of soil science is recommended.

EXERM4301 Contemporary Issues in Environment Course Page

Description: Due to the nature of the issues, the topic of this course will change from term to term depending on the specific interests of Faculty, or students, and according to the current issues facing in Environmental, Health and Safety.

EXERM4307 Introduction to Soils Course Page

Description: This course includes an overview of soil formation and soil classification with emphasis given to soils of Western Canada. Additional topics will include basic soil chemical, physical and biological properties and processes. Soil make-up and why air and water are important components of soil will also be included, water holding and transmission, soil nutrient cycling by microorganisms, effects of salt on soil properties, and soil interactions within ecosystems will also be covered. Course concepts will provide a broad understanding of soil science as preparation for more specialized soil and environmental sciences courses.