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Sir Wilfred Grenfell College (2007/2008)
11.12 Environmental Studies Courses

New Course Numbering

For existing Memorial University of Newfoundland courses the numbers remain the same. For new courses in Environmental Studies the following scheme is used.

1st digit = year

2nd digit = Program Concentration

  • 0 = common to both concentrations
  • 1 = Environmental Perspectives Concentration
  • 2 = Outdoor Environmental Pursuits Concentration
  • 9 = Project

1000

An Introduction to Environmental Studies

is an introduction to a variety of major issues in environmental studies through an examination of a range of case studies including both local problems, such as the impact of outdoor recreation activities on the environment, and global threats, such as stratospheric ozone depletion.

Prerequisites: None.

Lectures: Three hours per week.

2000

Introduction to Mapping, Remote Sensing, and Geographical Information Systems

is an introduction to maps, global positioning systems, remote sensing, and geographic information systems. Applications to a broad range of environmental issues will be discussed.

Three hours of lectures and three hours of laboratory per week.

Prerequisites: Geography 1000 or Earth Sciences 1001.

2210

Outdoor Environmental Pursuits I

is the theoretical rationale and practical skills needed to demonstrate basic proficiency in several of the following activities: minimal impact camping, wilderness cooking, hiking, kayaking, canoeing, navigating with map and compass, outdoor safety, search and rescue, and group management. The major focus of this course will be the practical application of learned skills.

Classes: Three hours of lectures and three hours of practicum per week.

Co-requisite: Basic first aid and CPR course.

Note:

Attendance is required.

2220

Outdoor Environmental Pursuits II

is the theoretical rationale and practical skills needed to demonstrate basic proficiency in several of the following activities: cross-country skiing, telemark skiing, downhill skiing, snowshoeing, winter camping, and winter survival techniques. The major focus of this course will be the practical application of learned skills.

Lectures: Three hours of lectures and three hours of practicum per week.

Note:

Attendance is required.

3000

Issues in Environmental Economics

is an analysis of current issues concerning the effects of the economic activities of production and consumption on the natural environment. The concepts of scarcity, abundance, demand, supply, opportunity cost, trade-offs, externalities, marginal benefits and marginal costs will be utilized in examining environmental problems. The social and economic implications of various approaches will also be analyzed.

Prerequisite: Economics 2010.

Lectures: Three hours per week.

3001

Environmental and Resource Management: Applications of Geographic Information Systems

is applied GIS knowledge and skills in environmental and resource management. The topics cover GIS data sources, data conversions, database design, spatial analysis and decision support systems. Examples of GIS applications in the private and public sectors will be provided.

Lectures: Three hours per week.

Laboratory: Three hours per week.

Prerequisite: Environmental Studies 2000. Introduction to Mapping, Remote Sensing and Geographical Information Systems.

3210

Expedition

will consist of one or more extensive expeditions into wilderness areas. A variety of applied topics related to environmental issues, outdoor leadership, and outdoor survival will be covered using an experiential approach.

Expedition: Two weeks (Summer term).

Prerequisites: Environmental Studies 2210 and 2220.

Note:

Attendance is required.

4000

Environmental Impact Assessment

will include an analysis of the different methods of assessing the impacts that investment projects or decision-making processes have on the environment. Environmental Impact Assessments (EIAs) vary with individual projects and are a vital tool to use in integrated planning of development proposals, policies and programs. Emphasis will be given to assessing the socio-economic impact of development projects.

Lectures: Three hours per week.

4010

Seminar in Environmental Studies

is a senior seminar in which selected environmental issues will be examined from several disciplinary perspectives.

Prerequisite: Permission of the Environmental Studies Program Chair.

Seminars: Three hours per week.

4020-4039

Special Topics in Environmental Studies

has a range of special topics in Environmental Studies.

Note:

Normally taken by students beyond the second year.

4950

Independent Research Project

is a course, under the supervision of a faculty member, where each student will carry out an approved project in environmental studies and prepare a major paper based on independent research.

Prerequisite: Permission of the Environmental Studies Program Chair.