University of Guelph 2003-2004 Diploma Program Calendar

XII--Course Descriptions, Environmental Management

DENM*1000 Environmental Science and Issues F(3-2). [0.50].

This course will expose the student to a broad range of environmental issues facing society today. The course will present the student with issues such as environmental quality and protection, the effects of industrialization and the need for conservation, global warming and the production and politics of food and its affect on the global, national, regional and local environmental quality.

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Location (s): Ridgetown

DENM*1050 Fundamentals of Government and Organizations F(3-2). [0.50].

Students will be introduced to all levels of government in Canada, the legislative process, civil administration, and election processes. It will also include a brief comparison of the Canadian application of the English Parliamentary system and the United States Congressional System. The organization of government administration and the regulatory system, quasi government agencies and how the public is involved in government decision making regarding environmental issues and legislation. Finally a discussion of aboriginal issues and their role in the various levels of government in Canada.

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Location (s): Ridgetown

DENM*1100 Surveying and GIS F(2-3). [0.50].

This course is designed to introduce the student to the basic principals of surveying, map reading and production. They will learn how to read maps, take precise measurements, use basic survey instruments and create their own maps and site plans. Later in the course the student will be exposed to Geographic Information Systems (GIS), the Global Positioning System (GPS) and how they are used to organize and store spatial data. Finally, Remote Sensing techniques will be examined reviewing the range of technology from basic air photo interpretation to the full range of current electronic sensors utilized by the land management professionals.

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Location (s): Ridgetown

DENM*2000 Occupational Health and Safety W(3-2). [0.50].

This course provides an introduction to the topic of occupational health and safety. Topics to be covered include current Ministry of Labour Statutes and Regulations that pertain to the workplace. Students will become informed and conversant with topics including hazardous materials, hazardous chemicals, material safety data sheets, the Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System and health and safety planning.

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Location (s): Ridgetown

DENM*2050 Site Assessment W(3-2). [0.50].

Environmental Site assessments are now required by lenders for mortgage purposes prior to the purchase of industrial, commercial, institutional, agricultural and residential properties. This course will provide a detailed understanding of the site assessment process and students will complete a Level 1 Site Assessment study and report as part of the course. Risk assessment, environmental auditing and the decommissioning of contaminated sites will also be explored and discussed. Case studies will provide an overview of specific site assessments and subsequent large scale Level 2, 3 and 4 site remediation.

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Location (s): Ridgetown

DENM*2100 Ecology W(3-2). [0.50].

An introduction to the science of ecology, the study of interactions between organisms and their environments. Major topics include adaptation, populations, communities, biodiversity, ecosystems and competition. The effects of climate and human activities on ecological processes are also considered. Ecological principles are used to explain the issues associated with several environmental problems.

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Location (s): Ridgetown

DENM*2150 Water Resource Management W(3-2). [0.50].

Water is a precious resource that is all-to-often taken for granted. This course will demonstrate the significance of the various elements of the hydrologic cycle (e.g. precipitation, runoff, infiltration, groundwater recharge and discharge, etc.) It will focus on water supply systems, water wastewater perspective with other jurisdictions and the world. The students will learn of common water quality problems, including causes, and pathways that contaminants follow to reach water and groundwater.

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Location (s): Ridgetown

DENM*2200 Environmental Monitoring W(3-2). [0.50].

This course will introduce the environmental management student to the various methods used to measure environmental impact. Students will achieve a summary understanding of the various government and other agency threshold limits and guidelines of environmental parameters such as water quality, vegetarian, terrestrial and social impact analysis.

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Location (s): Ridgetown

DENM*3000 Data Analysis and Statistics F(3-2). [0.50].

Introduction to the use of statistics in the field of environmental management. Basic concepts include probability, observations, generalization of means, normal distribution, standard deviation, standard error, sampling, principles of experimental design, use of correlation and regression, index numbers.

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Location (s): Ridgetown

DENM*3050 Environmental Law F(3-2). [0.50].

The environmental Law course will introduce the student to the Canadian legal process and how new laws are drafted and passed and regulations developed and administered in Ontario and across Canada. The course will focus on the development of environmental legislation at both the federal and provincial levels of government and how they are administered and implemented.

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Location (s): Ridgetown

DENM*3100 Introduction to Applied Microbiology F(3-2). [0.50].

This course is designed for students in environmental studies. The importance from an environmental point of view, including water systems and soils as well as their importance in disease, nutrition, food and food processing will be emphasized.

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Location (s): Ridgetown

DENM*3150 Agriculture and Environmental Stewardship F(3-2). [0-50].

A course that examines the impact and role of farming in the agroecosystem. Lectures and case studies will be used to explore potential pathways of soil degradation and environmental contamination from agriculture, site assessment of environmental risk associated with specific farm operations and the utilization of best management practices for the conservation of soil, water and other natural resources.

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Location (s): Ridgetown

DENM*3160 Agricultural Chemicals in the Environment W(3-2). [0.50].

An introduction to the environmental, human health and economic issues associated with the use of chemicals, especially pesticides, in agriculture and landscape environments. Students will become informed and conversant on the benefits and possible risks of pests, pesticides, bio-controls and transgenic organisms that are used for pest management.

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Location (s): Ridgetown

DENM*3200 Water Treatment F(3-2). [0.50].

This course provides the student with the basic design concepts and operational techniques of industrial and municipal water treatment systems. Several treatment processes for ground and surface supplies will be discussed including optimization and testing methodologies as well as the legal requirements of water taking in Ontario. Analytical calculations pertaining to water treatment will be examined. The participants in the course will be given the opportunity to write Provincial Certification Examination for the Water Operator-In-Training classification.

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Location (s): Ridgetown

DENM*3210 Sewage & Waste Water Treatment F(3-2). [0.50].

This course covers the introductory concepts of sewage and some related industrial waste treatment. Topics covered encompass the various unit treatment mechanisms currently utilized such as the biological, chemical and physical processes, legislation, different plant configurations, solids handling and disposal, process optimization and applicable testing methodologies. Analytical calculations pertaining to sewage treatment will be examined. The participants in the course will be given the opportunity to write the Provincial Certification Examination for the Sewage Operator-In-Training classification.

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Location (s): Ridgetown

DENM*4000 Business Practices and Ethics W(3-2). [0.50].

Students will be introduced to a basic understanding of entrepreneurship and business ethics. They will learn about how a business is formed and various legal structures, marketing, book keeping, public presentation skills and how to write a resume. The Student will become acquainted with business planning, budgets and financial planning, proposal writing and delivery. Finally the students will study the advantages of professional designation and the rights and responsibilities that come with it.

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Location (s): Ridgetown

DENM*4050 Environmental Project W(3-2). [0.50].

This course is designed to give the student an opportunity to thoroughly review the environmental systems of an industry, municipality, agribusiness and/or agricultural enterprise. The student will complete an Environmental Management System using Gap analysis and create environmental policies and action plans.

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Location (s): Ridgetown

DENM*4100 Land Use Planning W(3-2.) [0.50].

Students will become familiar with land use planning legislation and controls used in Ontario and across Canada. They will begin with the study of settlement theory and how land development effects the natural environment. The various legislative tools used to measure and control the development of land and how to understand the public's role in the process. The students will also be introduced to the higher levels of land use planning including the provincial and federal environmental assessment processes.

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Location (s): Ridgetown

DENM*4150 Sampling and Analysis W(2-3). [0.50].

This is a practical course with hands-on approach designed to increase students confidence and competency in performing laboratory and field work. Specific skills what will be acquired in this course will include: preparing a standard operation procedure; preparing a list of analytes for study; analyzing organic contaminants and heavy metals in surface water, groundwater and sediment: and evaluating the degree of contamination; evaluating vegetative communities in various types of habitat; compiling a representative species list; performing a title search; evaluation data, including quality control data; and analyzing macro-invertebrate and fish data. Collectively, students will use their acquired knowledge to design, carry out, interpret the results and prepare comprehensive report on a selected area.

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Location (s): Ridgetown

DENM*4200 Watershed Management and Conservation W(3-2). [0.50].

Students will learn to appreciate water issues on a watershed scale. They will see the impacts of various land uses on the quantity and quality of water leaving a watershed. The course will examine not only the impacts of human habitation on a watershed but will consider the impact of the forces of nature. The dynamics of various elements of a watershed (e.g. wetlands, dams, reservoirs, riparian zones, land cover, etc) will be studies, in order to understand the importance of each in the entire system.

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Location (s): Ridgetown

DENM*4210 Nutrient Management W(3-2). [0.50].

This course will examine the best management practices associated with nutrient management on farms. Emphasis will be placed on the components and development of a nutrient management pan and the sage utilization of manures and bio-solids in agricultural production systems.

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Location (s): Ridgetown

DENM*4250 Industrial Waste Management W(3-2). [0.50].

This course is designed to give the student a through understanding of the field of industrial wastes from a regulatory perspective. Topics include current Federal and Ontario hazardous waste statutes and regulations. The registration and manifesting of a variety of hazardous and non-hazardous industrial wastes will be explores. Waste minimization and pollution prevention strategies and methodologies will also be discussed.

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Location (s): Ridgetown

DENM*4260 Spills Response Planning W(3-2). [0.50].

The purpose of this course is to acquaint the student with the legislation and rules surrounding spills and emergency planning. Demonstrate the technology and techniques available and how and when it is used. The process of contingency planning and the need for Environmental Management Systems.

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Location (s): Ridgetown




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