This course involves 2 hours per week of classroom instruction and 4 hours per week of laboratory and field work.
Major topics may include:
- Population, community and ecosystem processes
- Biological diversity and conservation biology
- Geological topics including:
- Bedrock & surficial geology
- Landscapes & hillslopes
- Streams & flooding
- Earthquakes & hazards
- Shorelines & coastal processes
- Soils & groundwater
- Fraser Estuary
- Coquitlam River
- Boundary Bay
- Burns Bog
- Byrne Creek
- Adaptive management
- Impact assessment
- Stakeholders & partnerships
- Conflict resolution
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.
|Interim project report & presentation||20%|
|Final project report & presentation||40%|
Textbooks and Materials to be Purchased by Students