The focus of this course is a semester-long research project involving a field location associated with a particular environmental topic. The project will be analogous to a major project undertaken by an environmental consulting company. Students will engage in data collection and analysis relevant to the environmental issue associated with the field location. Technical report writing and working in teams are required components of this course.
Major topics may include:
- Population, community and ecosystem processes
- Biological diversity and conservation biology
- Geological topics including:
Toxic and hazardous wastes
Air & water pollution
Water quality sampling
Solid & liquid waste management
Habitat destruction and restoration
Geological, natural and environmental history of a local field site eg.:
- Bedrock & surficial geology
- Landscapes & hillslopes
- Streams & flooding
- Earthquakes & hazards
- Shorelines & coastal processes
- Soils & groundwater
Application of environmental management strategies eg.:
- Fraser Estuary
- Coquitlam River
- Boundary Bay
- Burns Bog
- Byrne Creek
- Adaptive management
- Impact assessment
- Stakeholders & partnerships
- Conflict resolution
Methods Of Instruction
This course involves 2 hours per week of classroom instruction and 4 hours per week of laboratory and field work.
Means of Assessment
|Interim project report & presentation
|Final project report & presentation
Upon completion of SCIE 2307, the student will be able to:
- Describe biological and geological features of a field site of environmental interest.
- Design a sampling protocol and collect biological, geological and chemical samples from a field site.
- Identify and catalogue biological and geological samples in the laboratory.
- Use GPS equipment and GIS software to map a field site.
- Conduct simple chemical analyses of field-collected samples (eg. water samples) in the laboratory.
- Design and conduct simple field experiments to answer questions of environmental interest.
- Operate and maintain field equipment used for collection of data.
- Accurately record data from field collections and experiments and enter into an appropriate computer program (eg. Microsoft Excel).
- Prepare data for presentation (eg. graphically) and conduct simple statistical analyses.
- Organize field, laboratory and data analysis activities by collaboration with a team of students.
- Research an environmental topic related to the data collection above, prepare a major report and present findings in a student conference.
Textbooks and Materials to be Purchased by Students