XII. Course Descriptions

Environmental Design and Rural Development

School of Environmental Design and Rural Development

EDRD*1400 Introduction to Design W (3-0) [0.50]
This course is designed to increase visual awareness and recognition of natural and planned design elements in the environment. Students will investigate the roles of designers and seek to develop an understanding of design as an applied process that responds to human needs.
Equate(s): MCS*1400
Restriction(s): This is a Priority Access Course and some restrictions may apply during some time periods. Please contact the department for more information.
EDRD*2020 Interpersonal Communication F (3-0) [0.50]
This course introduces to dyadic and small-group communication. The focus is on communication style and effectiveness with attention to verbal and nonverbal communication, listening behaviour and conflict. (Offered through Distance Education only.)
EDRD*2650 Introduction to Planning and Environmental Law F,W (3-0) [0.50]
The goal of the course is to introduce the students to the principles and processes that govern the management of land use and the protection of the environment. This will be done through an examination of the key legislation and regulations applied to land use and the environment. (Offered through Distance Education format only.)
Prerequisite(s): 5.00 credits
EDRD*3000 Program Development and Evaluation W (3-0) [0.50]
Concepts and processes of program development and evaluation of rural extension programs. Programs designed with client involvement, situational analysis and priority setting will receive particular attention.
Prerequisite(s): 10.00 credits
Equate(s): REXT*3000
EDRD*3050 Agricultural Communication I F (3-0) [0.50]
Practical and effective ways of communicating information to a broad audience via the media, focusing mainly on print media (newspapers and magazines) and agricultural media. Strong emphasis on writing and preparing ready-to-use material and strategies for getting it published. (Students will develop an understanding of the news/communications business and find where they can fit into it or use it to their advantage to get a job. Contact with professionals will be a major part of the course).
Prerequisite(s): 10.00 credits
Equate(s): REXT*3050, REXT*4050
EDRD*3120 Educational Communication W (3-0) [0.50]
This course addresses the communication concepts and practices within the formal and non-formal educational contexts. Communication is central to teaching and learning because communication mediates a conscious effort either on the part of the learners to learn, or on the part of the teachers to provide and transfer knowledge, attitudes and skills. (Offered through Distance Education only.)
Prerequisite(s): 5.00 credits
Restriction(s): REXT*3100
EDRD*3140 Organizational Communication S (3-0) [0.50]
This course explores the application of communication process theory to organizations with special emphasis on internal organizational processes experienced at individual, group and organizational levels. Students examine communication in different organizational contexts including civil society, government, business and transnational corporations. (Offered through Distance Education only.)
Prerequisite(s): 5.00 credits
Restriction(s): REXT*3040
EDRD*3160 International Communication W (3-0) [0.50]
This course examines the role of communication in global development. Emphasis is on the application of interpersonal, intercultural communications and the mass media in the development process. (Offered through Distance Education only.)
Prerequisite(s): 10.00 credits
Restriction(s): REXT*3060
EDRD*3400 Sustainable Communities W (2-1) [0.50]
The structure, function and trends affecting agri-food community settings including historical, ecological and social factors, institutions, agencies and change processes are discussed. The agricultural role of the Provincial Government and the contemporary impact of the agro-industrial complex on Ontario communities will be considered mainly from a comparative perspective. Related topics will include physical infrastructure, political conflicts, labour markets, settlement patterns, housing, gender relations, landscape management, quality of life, sustainability and the promotion of community leadership.
Prerequisite(s): AGR*1250 or 10.00 credits
Restriction(s): AGR*3400
EDRD*3450 Watershed Planning Practice F,W (3-0) [0.50]
An introduction to the principles and practice of watershed-based planning, with an emphasis on Ontario, but with reference to other parts of Canada, the U.S. and international contexts. History of water resource use and abuse, basic concepts of hydrology, water resource management, ecosystem approaches, and planning theory are also included. (Offered through Distance Education format only.)
Prerequisite(s): 10.00 credits or instructor consent
Equate(s): UNIV*3400
EDRD*3500 Recreation and Tourism Planning F,W (3-0) [0.50]
Application of planning theory to recreation and tourism in the private and public sectors, approaches to implementing plans, and strategies for involving stakeholders in the planning process. Focus will also be on the impact of various approaches to planning recreation and tourism. (Offered through Distance Education only.)
Prerequisite(s): 10.00 credits
Equate(s): UNIV*3500
EDRD*3550 Economic Development for Rural and Smaller Communities S (3-0) [0.50]
This course addresses the variety of challenges facing rural and smaller communities in Canada relating to livelihood creation and maintenance, employment, investment, business development, tax base maintenance and enhancement and the associated strategies for development planning and management. The roles of various agents (public, private, community, Third Sector) are addressed through the literature and case studies. The course critically examines "local" and "community" economic development, and reviews the rich Canadian experience here. The structure and dynamics of rural economies are examined. The course addresses selected methods of analysis and outlines the process of planning for, and managing, economic development at the local level. Various development organizations (e.g. cooperatives, Community Development Corporations) are examined. (Offered through Distance Education only.)
Equate(s): UNIV*3550
EDRD*4010 Tourism Planning in the Less Developed World W (3-0) [0.50]
This course will provide a discussion and investigation of tourism from an interdisciplinary point of view. The subject of tourism development cuts across many disciplines and is fundamental to a variety of scholars and practitioners working in tourism and development generally. While a variety of important theories and planning practices from a variety of disciplines have been selected for study, planning and community development theory will provide the overarching perspective. The features of planning theories and models stress analysis and intervention into human and environmental systems. This perspective begins with the view that tourism is a complicated human construct and as such needs to be structured and guided in order to maximize the benefits to all stakeholders in the system. (Offered through Distance Education only.)
Prerequisite(s): 5 credits
EDRD*4020 Rural Extension in Change and Development F (3-0) [0.50]
The planning and management of development programs with emphasis on the role of non-formal education and counselling in influencing behavioral change and adoption of innovation. Case studies include cross cultural and international considerations.
Prerequisite(s): 10.00 credits
Equate(s): REXT*4020
EDRD*4060 Agricultural Communication II W (3-0) [0.50]
Application of practical and effective writing and communication techniques, mainly through the production of print publications and the further development and application of journalistic writing and editing skills. Special emphasis on issues important to the agri-food industry.
Prerequisite(s): 1 of EDRD*3050, REXT*3050, equivalent
Equate(s): REXT*4060
EDRD*4120 Leadership Development in Small Organizations F (3-0) [0.50]
The main theories of leadership will be discussed with exploration of the current literature, practice leadership skills and perform relevant activities in an on-line environment. Emphasis will be placed on the communication challenges facing leaders in small organizations and the importance of developing a culture of shared leadership. (Offered through Distance Education only.)
Prerequisite(s): 10.00 credits
Restriction(s): REXT*4100
EDRD*4300 Issues in Landscape Management F (2-3) [0.50]
Through lectures students will be exposed to the historic and contemporary approached used in the planning design of urban open space. Lectures and case studies will present a broad range of solutions which will be evaluated against appropriate criteria. Studio experience will expose the student to the process of planning and design. Projects will allow students to apply their theoretical and technical knowledge to contemporary issues.
Prerequisite(s): 14.00 credits
Restriction(s): Registration in Urban Landscape Management.
EDRD*4500 Planning Industrial Ecology: Design for Sustainability W (3-0) [0.50]
To create ecologically informed and professionally skilled scientists, engineers, planners, and managers by providing them with: systems-analytic frameworks to critically examine processes, products, infrastructure, management systems and public policies from the perspective of environmental sustainability; and the skill set to guide the design of appropriate responses. Course requires a science background, minimum OAC Chemistry or Physics. (Offered through Distance Education only.)
Prerequisite(s): 10.00 credits
Equate(s): UNIV*4500
University of Guelph
50 Stone Road East
Guelph, Ontario, N1G 2W1