The following is a list of all of the School's courses.  Prospective students may apply to take a course or a full certificate program.  Please make your application to the program stream in which the course you are interested in is offered.

Please also note that not all courses are offered each semester, and that offerings are subject to enrollment. 

 

Environmental Management 

CEM 400 - Fundamentals of Environmental Management

CEM 441 - Urban Sustainability

CEM 402 - Strategies in Environmental Management

CEM 403 - Environmental Risk Assessment

WRM 402 - Urban Water Issues

CEM 444 - Global Environmental Issues    

 

Renewable Energy 

CRE 400 - Principles of Renewable Energy

CRE 401 - Biofuels

CRE 402 - Wind Energy

CRE 403 - Urban Energy Systems 

CRE 404 - Solar Energy  

 

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) 

Please note the following pre-requisites:

  • GEM400 for all GEM courses
  • GEM403 before GEM405
  • GEM401 before GEM404 

   

The Certificate Program is comprised of four courses. 

Required Courses: 

GEM 400- Introduction to GIS for Environmental Management   

GEM 401- Advanced GIS for Environmental Management 

   

And any two of the following:

GEM 402- Geospatial Technologies for Environmental Mapping with GIS 

GEM 403- Environmental Remote Sensing

GEM 404- GIS Modeling for Environmental Applications

GEM 405 - Advanced Remote Sensing Techniques for Environmental Applications  


Certificate of Advanced Study in GIS for Environmental Management 

This Certificate is designed for professionals who wish to achieve greater conceptual understanding and technical expertise to master the field of GIS.

The Advanced Certificate is comprised of six courses:

GEM 400- Introduction to GIS for Environmental Management

GEM 401- Advanced GIS for Environmental Management 

GEM 402- Geospatial Technologies for Environmental Mapping with GIS 

GEM 403- Environmental Remote Sensing

GEM 404- GIS Modeling for Environmental Applications

GEM 405 - Advanced Remote Sensing Techniques for Environmental Applications  

     

Water Resource Management 

WRM 400 - Water Resource Management

WRM 401 - Water Auditing      

WRM 402 - Urban Water Issues    


And one of the following courses:

CRE 400 - Principles of Renewable Energy  

GEM 400- Introduction to GIS for Environmental Management 

 

Climate Change Policy and Practice

CCP 400 - Climate Policy and Corporte Responses 

CCP 401 - Sustainability Reporting    

CCP 402 - GHG Accounting and Reporting * Previously ECF 403

CCP 403 - GHG Validation and Verification

 

CCP 400 - Climate Policy and Corporate Responses

The course will provide students with the tools and knowledge to critically assess the performance of climate policies both from the regulatory and from the industry perspectives.  The course is dynamic, provides real life examples, and will give students the opportunity to apply their knowledge in the development of a GHG mitigation strategy on a company of their choosing.


For more information, please see CCP 400 - Climate Policy  

 

CCP 401 - Sustainability Reporting

This course aims to provide students with a current and practical understanding of sustainability reporting.  The course will cover content to enable students to either begin producing sustainability reports for their organization or to enhance current sustainability reporting initiatives.  The world of sustainability reporting is changing rapidly as an increasing number of organizations are becoming more sophisticated in their reporting.  This course will provide students with current thinking and best practices behind sustainability reporting, in order to provide true added value to their organizations.

  

For more information, please see the detailed CCP 401 course page 

 

CCP 402 - GHG REPORTING AND ACCOUNTING (ISO 14064-1)

 

This course will cover important principles and concepts of GHG reporting and accounting at both the corporate and project levels. Students will learn to navigate the technical requirements of the major regulated and voluntary GHG cap and trade and offset schemes, while learning how GHG reporting and accounting considerations affect the environment. By the end of the course, students should be capable of overseeing the development and verification of a corporate GHG inventory report or a GHG emissions reduction report.

 

For more information, please see the detailed CCP 402 course page

 

CCP 403 - GHG Validation and Verification 

This course will cover the principles and process of greenhouse gas (GHG) validation and verification for both GHG inventories and GHG emission reduction reports. Students will be become very familiar with the ISO standard and the implementation of the standard within both regulatory and voluntary GHG programs. By the end of the course, students should be competent planning and conducting GHG validations and verifications including preparing all necessary documentation and evaluation of evidence. This course will be beneficial for people intending to conduct GHG validations and verifications as well as people who are preparing a GHG inventory or emission reduction project that will be validated or verified. 

For more information, please see the course page for CCP 403.   

 

CEM 400- Fundamentals of Environmental Management

This course provides students with an understanding of environmental management
from both a global and a Canadian perspective. The course content examines the natural science, political nature, and policy approaches to the environment. Additionally, this course investigates how management strategies are utilized in a wide variety of settings, how various paradigms and sets of values affect the strategies employed and, the process of decision-making in environment management.


For more information, please see the detailed CEM 400 course page.

 

CEM 441- Urban Sustainability

Urban sustainability is a relatively new and evolving area of academic study and professional activity in Canada and many other countries worldwide. The importance of urban sustainability is underscored by global demographic trends. Currently, 54% of the world’s population resides in urban areas and this percentage is projected to steadily increase over the coming decades. Furthermore, the environmental impacts of urban areas in many parts of the world, which are substantial and far-reaching, provide compelling reason to transition towards more sustainable forms of urban development.

This course aims to provide students from a wide variety of academic and professional backgrounds with a current understanding of urban sustainability in theory and practice. Course content will be based on a broad range of academic and non-academic sources, featuring examples and case studies from a North American as well as a global context.

For more information, please see the course page CEM 441 - Urban Sustainability 

 

CEM 402- STRATEGIES IN ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT

In the course, the themes of conflict and uncertainty in environmental management are explored as a foundation for understanding the specific context and inherent challenges of many environmental issues, from local to global scales. The course examines various environmental management strategies and the roles played by multiple stakeholders in addressing the different forms of conflict and uncertainty that often arise. 

 

The role of federal, provincial/territorial, and municipal levels of government in Canada in environmental management are covered, from the development of specific environmental regulations and environmental impact assessment procedures to broader policy decisions with environmental consequences. Further, building on material introduced in CEM 400, the course looks at promising approaches and best practices in contemporary environmental management (such as visioning, adaptive management, and participatory strategies), drawing on examples nationally and internationally. Moreover, given that even the best-laid environmental management plans may not prevent conflicts between stakeholders from occurring, the course reviews useful dispute resolution techniques.

For more information, please see the detailed CEM 402 course page



CEM 403- ENVIRONMENTAL RISK ASSESSMENT

This course begins by examining the definition of risk in the context of environmental management, and compares expert and layman approaches to risk assessment. Course content looks at exposure measurement, toxicology, and epidemiology as ways to assess environmental risk in terms of effects on human health and safety. Difficulties inherent to such analyses (e.g., cumulative and synergistic effects, uncertainty) are also addressed. Students consider different approaches to risk management (prevention, mitigation, compensation) as well as the regulatory and legislative context to risk assessment and management.


For more information, please see the detailed CEM 403 course page.

 

CEM 404 - URBAN WATER ISSUES 


This course will investigate urban water issues from the environmental management perspective.  Using an interdisciplinary approach, it will review the ecosystem approach to understanding water as a resource and how science, policy, decision-making, ethics, and corporate approaches play out in the management of water in the urban setting.  The perspective of developed and developing countries will be examined through case studies.


For more information, please see the detailed CEM 404 course page

 

CEM 444 - Global Environmental Issues

This course will entail a broad and comprehensive understanding of contemporary global environmental issues, encompassing the driving forces, nature of the impacts on the planet and populations in different parts of the world, and range of responses and strategies at different scales to address these issues. Course material will also examine the governance of the global commons, which includes a few success stories to date, along with obstacles and formidable challenges for the foreseeable future.    

 - syllabus coming soon    

 

CRE 400- PRINCIPLES OF RENEWABLE ENERGY

This course investigates the principle types of renewable energy, as well as historical and technological challenges, and their place in the current global market. The place of renewable energy in society as a whole is examined through individual, political, corporate, and industry perspectives.


For more information, please see the detailed CRE 400 course page.  


CRE 401- BIOFUELS

This course investigates a specific renewable energy indepth; examining newly emerging markets and their effect at various scales, including regional, national, and global perspectives. Students examine biofuels through the avenues of production of its various forms, placement in markets, and policy approaches with an eye towards reduction in GHGs (greenhouse gases).


For more information, please see the detailed CRE 401 course page.


CRE 402 - WIND ENERGY

This course provides a historical overview of wind energy. It covers basic aerodynamics and technical components of wind turbines, as well wind turbine installations from the planning stage to their activation. Additionally, this course describes current programs and policies which promote the integration of renewable energy sources into existing energy portfolios.


For more information, please see CRE 402 course page.

CRE 403 - URBAN ENERGY SYSTEMS

This course examines the role of a variety of technologies and strategies in achieving a sustainable urban environment. It covers opportunities for energy conservation, the shift toward decentralized power generation, several renewable energy technologies adapted for the urban environment, energy efficient buildings, alternative modes of transportation, urban planning, and government policies.


For more information, please see CRE 403 course page.

CRE 404 - SOLAR ENERGY

In this course students will learn the fundamentals of solar energy and the technologies used to harness it, as well as examining the factors that affect the viability of solar installations. The basic science of solar radiation will be reviewed as well as the history of its use. Photo-voltaic (solar to electricity) systems will be studied in detail as well as solar-thermal energy systems.  The environmental and economic benefits and costs of solar technologies will be investigated along with the influence of environmental policy and economic factors on the feasibility of solar energy systems. 


For more information, please see CRE 404 - Solar Energy  



GEM 400- INTRODUCTION TO GIS FOR ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT

This course provides an introduction to digital mapping and spatial analysis using a geographic information system. The course begins by building a foundation of fundamental concepts such as scale and map projections, critical to all future GIS analytical work. Students then learn how to create their own maps, input their own data, and how to use GIS software to analyze geographic problems and learn techniques that can be applied to environmental management, as well as to a wide variety of other subject areas.


For more information, please see the detailed GEM 400 course page.


GEM 401- ADVANCED GIS FOR ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT

This course builds on GEM 400 and covers advanced topics in spatial analysis and data modeling using geographic information systems for environmental management. Students learn how to interpret remotely sensed data including multispectral satellite imagery and high resolution aerial photography to map and analyze land cover patterns, such as amount of forest interior available for wildlife, and how to create and analyze three-dimensional surfaces, visualize geospatial data, and understand point patterns and spatial autocorrelation.

Prerequisite: GEM 400

For more information, please see the detailed GEM 401 course page.


GEM 402- GEOSPATIAL TECHNOLOGIES FOR ENVIRONMENTAL MAPPING WITH GIS

This course outlines the fundamentals of geographic coordinate systems and projections, content and layout topographic maps, map reading, interpretation and measurement, as well as using topographic maps as a base for thematic mapping. Aerial photographs, widely used in many environmental applications, are also discussed in detail. The course introduces different types of images, their specific features and their use for different applications.

Prerequisite: GEM 400

For more information, please see the detailed GEM 402 course page.


GEM 403- ENVIRONMENTAL REMOTE SENSING

This course introduces the student to the basics of using remote sensing data for environmental management. The first part of the course will cover the principles of remote sensing and techniques to acquire, enhance, interpret and analyze remote sensing imagery using visual and computer-based methods. The second part of the course deals with the application of remote sensing principles and data to environmental science. Topics include the use of remote sensing for environmental applications related to different studies of vegetation, soil, water, air, and land use/land cover.

Prerequisite: GEM 400

For more information, please see the detailed GEM 403 course page.


GEM 404- GIS MODELING FOR ENVIRONMENTAL APPLICATIONS

This course provides students with a theoretical understanding and practical experience in GIS modeling for specific environmental applications. It introduces new environmental applications to GIS modeling techniques (in addition to GEM402) and methodology to use in combination with GIS analysis techniques for spatial modeling for environmental applications. Students have the opportunity to acquire hands-on experience in spatial modeling using the GIS package with extensions.

Prerequisite: GEM 400, GEM 401

For more information, please see the detailed GEM 404 course page.

 

GEM 405 - ADVANCED REMOTE SENSING TECHNIQUES FOR ENVIRONMENTAL APPLICATIONS

Building on the fundamental remote sensing concepts, techniques, and environmental applications introduced in the GEM 403- Environmental Remote Sensing course, this course aims at broadening with advanced and current topics in processing and analysis of remote sensing images for environmental applications. This course focuses on the use of hyperspectral, LiDAR and RADAR data to study land, ocean, and atmospheric environmental processes. Specific topics include, but are not limited to, hyperspectral image classification and accuracy assessment, multi-sensor thermal data analysis, air-borne LiDAR data processing, atmospheric laser profiling, application of LiDAR data for environmental studies.

Prerequisite: GEM 403

For more information, please see the detailed GEM 405 course page.   

 

ECF 403 - GHG REPORTING AND ACCOUNTING

This course will cover important principles and concepts of GHG reporting and accounting at both the corporate and project levels. Students will learn to navigate the technical requirements of the major regulated and voluntary GHG cap and trade and offset schemes, while learning how GHG reporting and accounting considerations affect the environment. By the end of the course, students should be capable of overseeing the development and verification of a corporate GHG inventory report or a GHG emissions reduction report.


For more information, please see the detailed ECF 403 course page

 

WRM 400- WATER RESOURCE MANAGEMENT

WRM 400 is one of the required foundation courses of the Certificate in Water Resource Management.  It provides a critical overview of water issues with particular reference to the connections between water and broad economic activities and social goals such as food production, metropolitan cities, transboundary water conflicts and co-operation, energy and human health.  This approach reflects need for a more holistic environmental management paradigm and governance structures.


For more information, please see the detailed WRM 400 course page.
  

WRM 401- WATER AUDITING

WRM 401 is a required course for the Certificate in Water Resource Management. This course covers lifecycle issues relating to the supply, usage and treatment of drinking water, including storm water and wastewater management in an urban context. It then focuses on and quantifies water usage and auditing at different scales - from individual homes, commercial buildings and multi-unit residential buildings to industry, to the municipal level. Economic instruments for water management at scale are studied.  It then covers different types of water audits and how they are undertaken.  


For more information, please see the detailed WRM 401 course page.

 

WRM 402 - URBAN WATER ISSUES

This course will investigate urban water issues from the environmental management perspective.  Using an interdisciplinary approach, it will review the ecosystem approach to understanding water as a resource and how science, policy, decision-making, ethics, and corporate approaches play out in the management of water in the urban setting.  The perspective of developed and developing countries will be examined through case studies.

For more information, please see the detailed WRM 402 course page.  

 

 



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