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Natural Resources Management (NRMT) Masters Courses

Natural Resources Management 5094 Field School View Details
Students will participate in a 10 to 14 day excursion. The focus will be on sustainable development of natural resources. Sustainability will be examined from the context of social, economic and ecological principles. Special attention will be given to trade, climate change issues and economic stability.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Grade Scheme: Pass/Fail
Offering: 10 – 14 full days in spring, summer or fall term
Notes: An additional fee (see Miscellaneous Fees) is required for this course to cover the cost of the trip.

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Natural Resources Management 5100 Internship View Details
A 4-month research internship under the supervision of an established researcher(s). A minimum of 300 hours participation in research activities is required as well as a comprehensive report.
Credit Weight: 1.0

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Natural Resources Management 5111 Professional Communication View Details
Students will examine effective methods for writing and oral communication. A strong emphasis will be placed on industry/business practices including the use of technology and social media. A significant portion of the course will be dedicated to practise and group evaluations of presentations.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Offering: 0-0; 3-1

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Natural Resources Management 5120 Foundations of Operation Research for Natural Resources Management View Details
Operations research provides quantitative tools to model complex decision-making problems in the management of natural resources. The objectives of this course are to provide students with: i) a comprehensive understanding of the modelling techniques used in operations research; and ii) an introductory understanding of computer programming required to build and solve mathematical models in operations research.
Credit Weight: 1.0
Offering: 3-0; 3-0

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Natural Resources Management 5131 Biogeochemistry of Forest Systems View Details
The study of the storage and cycling of carbon, water, and nutrients in forested ecosystems. Impacts of disturbance (fire, harvest, climate change) will be examined as examples of mechanisms associate with ecosystems stability, resilience and recovery. Students will normally use literature and/or process-based models (e.g. CENTURY) as a framework for understanding ecosystem processes and for identifying gaps in our current knowledge. Students, collectively or individually, may have the opportunity to employ analytical techniques (e.g. nutrient analysis, tree hydraulic architecture) and to interpret pertinent data.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Offering: 2-3; 0-0

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Natural Resources Management 5132 Special Topics View Details
A half-course offering opportunities for in-depth analysis of special topics in natural resources management.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Special Topic: Yes

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Natural Resources Management 5133 Indigenous Peoples & Natural Resources Management View Details
Natural resource development, whether focused on timber or non-timber forest products, minerals, energy from both renewable and non-renewable sources, the establishment of protected areas (conservation), or environmental services, can have an impact on Indigenous peoples’ relationship with their homelands. This course will explore through a series of case studies how government policy attempts to address Indigenous peoples' interests in natural resources development, the impacts of such development and how Indigenous peoples have responded. The course will focus on understanding the current context for addressing Indigenous issues in natural resources development and exploring alternative approaches that, at their core, respect Indigenous peoples and treaty rights.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0

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Natural Resources Management 5134 Complexity Science View Details
Complexity science is a broad term that is inclusive of a number of theories on the workings of dynamic and complex systems, such as complex adaptive systems theory, dynamic systems theory, chaos theory, and others. The complexity science perspective is useful in understanding the emerging properties of complex, dynamic social-ecological systems including human cognition and behaviour, social, economic, and cultural dynamics, ecological, climatic, and geographic systems, as well as the interactions among these nested systems. This course will provide the student with a foundational and critical understanding of the complexity perspective and key principles such as non-linearity, self-organization, attractors, and resilience. From this foundation, students will explore applications of the complexity perspective to research and practice in their own areas of interest.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0

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Natural Resources Management 5135 Applied Geomatics View Details
A study of airborne and spaceborne sensor systems, their applications and limitations. Techniques for data acquisition, registration, enhancement and analysis will be included. Hands-on computer-based image analysis (ERDAS) is an integral part of the course. Applications will include forest depletion mapping, precision agriculture, vegetation, stress detection and monitoring, as well as land-use inventory. The use of UAVs will be explored from both a Canadian and international context. A special focus is to expose students to consequences for data accuracy and decision making with careless use of modelling tools.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Offering: 2-3; 0-0

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Natural Resources Management 5136 Remote Sensing Applications View Details
A study of airborne and spaceborne sensor systems, their applications and limitations. Techniques for data acquisition, registration, enhancement and analysis will be included. Hands-on computer-based image analysis (ERDAS) is an integral part of the course. Applications will include forest depletion mapping, precision agriculture, vegetation, stress detection and monitoring, as well as land-use inventory. The use of UAVs will be explored from both a Canadian and international context.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Offering: 0-0; 2-3

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Natural Resources Management 5137 Biodiversity Conservation View Details
The practical application of policies and techniques to preserve and enhance biodiversity in the face of resource development and global environmental change. The course will cover the role of biodiversity in global systems processes, threats to biodiversity, the history of biodiversity conservation, and major national and internal level institutions and policies tasked with preserving biodiversity for its environmental, cultural, and intrinsic values. As humans enter a period of mass extinction and biodiversity loss, biodiversity conservation has emerged as a central challenge of the coming century. Students successfully completing this course will be well prepared to play an active role in one of the defining issues of our time.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Offering: 0-0;3-1

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Natural Resources Management 5138 Restoration Ecology View Details
An introduction to ecological restoration. It examines the physical and biological characteristics of ecosystems and processes and the need to maintain and restore them. The emphasis is on examples from British Columbia but the approach is applicable to issues around the globe. It examines natural and human-caused changes at ecosystem to species levels; discusses ecosystems and biodiversity; considers the philosophy and ethics of restoration and introduces legal and policy frameworks. The course introduces the process and techniques of assessing the ecosystems and developing recommendations through field visits. The course focuses on developing learners’ abilities to combine and analyze factual scientific analysis of ecosystems in the context of human values and needs.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0

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Natural Resources Management 5162 Special Topics View Details
A full course offering opportunities for in-depth analysis of special topics in natural resources management.
Credit Weight: 1.0
Special Topic: Yes

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Natural Resources Management 5163 Forest Soils and Tree Mineral Nutrition View Details
The course reviews soil processes and soil-forming factors. In-depth analysis of concepts of tree mineral nutrition, soil chemistry and soil physics is undertaken. Current developments in forest soil science are examined in a seminar format.
Credit Weight: 1.0
Offering: 2-3; 2-3

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Natural Resources Management 5170 Plant Growth Analysis View Details
Plant growth analysis, demographic analysis and yield component analysis are three procedures and used to study relationships underlying plant growth and development. Fundamental principals governing whole plant growth and stand-level responses to environment will be reviewed. Major topics include: determination of relative growth rates (RGR), variation in RGR, relative land output (RLO) and inverse yield-density relationships.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Offering: 2-3; 0-0
Notes: Offered in alternate years

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Natural Resources Management 5233 Operational Efficiency and Analysis in Wood Procurement View Details
Students will study operational efficiency and techniques used in the development, analysis and evaluation of wood procurement equipment, systems, work methods, and organizations.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Offering: 2-3; 0-0

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Natural Resources Management 5251 Advances in Silviculture View Details
Advanced silvicultural concepts and practices, concentrating on fundamental biological and ecological principles as they pertain to design and implementation of silvicultural systems. Material covered in lecture will assume previous coursework in silvicultural principles, forest ecology, and forest management.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Offering: 2-3; 0-0
Notes: Offered in alternate years

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Natural Resources Management 5253 Wood Procurement Planning, Scheduling and Control View Details
Students will study and model wood procurement planning, scheduling and control. Wood procurement will be studied taking into account the overall economy of a firm, as well as the social, silvicultural and natural environments in which it operates.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Offering: 0-0; 2-3

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Natural Resources Management 5273 Tree Ecophysiology I View Details
A study of ecophysiological principles and mechanisms of plant response to change in the environment. The course will focus on assumptions and approaches of ecophysiological research, foliar gas exchange (photosynthesis and transpiration), long-distance transport of assimilates, and water relations.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Prerequisite(s): Permission of the instructor
Offering: 3-1; 0-0

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Natural Resources Management 5274 Tree Ecophysiology II View Details
A study of ecophysiological principles and mechanisms of plant response to change in the environment. This course will further materials covered in Natural Resources Management 5273. A good understanding of photosynthesis, long-distance transport of assimilates and water relations is essential for taking this course. The course content will focus on leaf energy budgets, mineral nutrition, growth and allocation, life cycles and biotic influences.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Prerequisite(s): Natural Resources Management 5273 or permission of the instructor
Offering: 0-0; 3-1

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Natural Resources Management 5430 Advanced Forest Pathology View Details
An advanced course in the concepts and methods used in artificial forest ecosystems. The course will expand on the number of tree diseases covered. Particular emphasis will focus on the diseases associated with tree nurseries and plantation diseases in both conifers and hardwoods. Some time will be devoted to readings and discussions on the ablotic agents implicated in tree diseases such as air pollution and acid precipitation.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Offering: 0-0; 3-0

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Natural Resources Management 5510 Research Methods I: Philosophy and General Methods of Science View Details
A wide variety of philosophical and practical topics will be covered.  These include the nature, origin, and limits of scientific knowledge; the scientific literature; library research methods; research problem analysis; research proposals; project management and reporting research results.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Offering: 3-0; 0-0

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Natural Resources Management 5515 Research Planning View Details
Further development and understanding of the design of research, building on hypotheses and theories, including principles presented in Natural Resources Management 5510. Emphasis on development of scientific communication skills within the context of a research program.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Offering: 0-0; 3-0

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Natural Resources Management 5530 Research Methods II: Experimental Design in Forestry Research View Details
The design, execution and analysis of forestry experiments. Four basic design structures are treated: completely randomized, randomized complete blocks, split-plot, and nested. One way, factorial and nested treatment structures are discussed. Additional topics include incomplete block designs, fractional factorial designs and response surface designs. Students learn how to decide whether a proposed design is well suited to their purposes and how to make ill-suited designs better. As a term project, students execute, analyze and report on an experiment of their own design.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Offering: 0-0; 2-3

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Natural Resources Management 5550 Principles of Research Methods & Experimental Statistics View Details
Students will explore fundamental concepts in science, including the scientific method, critical thinking, academic literature, library research methods, research problem analysis, research proposals, project management, reporting research results, quantitative analysis and experimental design, such as completely randomized designs, nested designs, randomized complete block designs, repeated measures designs, and factorial designs. Basic concepts of sampling, randomization, single- and two-factor ANOVA, MANOVA, linear regression, logistic models, and multivariate analysis will also be introduced. Case studies that involve improper statistics, flawed designs, and overreaching conclusions will be examined.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
Notes: May only be taken by MSCF.CO (course-based MSCF) students

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Natural Resources Management 5575 Advanced Forest Management Planning View Details
Provide students with: i) a comprehensive and detailed understanding of the key steps required to produce a forest management plan; and ii) a deeper understanding of the decision support models used in forest management planning. Topics include: valuing and characterizing forest conditions, land classification, projecting stand and forest conditions, linear and integer programming models of forest management planning problems, determining sustainability, and defining a desired forest structure.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Offering: 0-0; 2-3

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Natural Resources Management 5610 Genetics: Natural Variation & Selective Breeding View Details
A study of the origin, nature and ecological significance of the genetic variation found in important Canadian plant and animal species. Topics include the maintenance and modeling of genetic variation, selection criteria and strategies, the breeding cycle, and the impacts of climate change and human activities on genetic diversity.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Offering: 2-3; or 2-3

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Natural Resources Management 5710 Forest Genetics II: Tree Improvement View Details
A study of the principles and methods used for the capture of useful components of genetic variation for improvement of Canadian tree species. Topics include the identification of seed zones and breeding zones, selection criteria and strategies, the breeding cycle, and the impacts of climate change.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Offering: 0-0; 2-3
Notes: Offered in alternate years

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Natural Resources Management 5730 Advanced Remote Sensing Applications View Details
A study of airborne and spaceborne sensor systems, their applications and limitations. Techniques for data acquisition, registration, enhancement, and analysis will be included. Hands-on computer-based image analysis (ERDAS) is an integral part of the course. Applications will include forest depletion mapping, vegetation, stress detection and monitoring, as well as land-use inventory. The link between remote sensing and a GIS will be demonstrated.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Offering: 0-0; 2-3

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Natural Resources Management 5770 Management and Marketing Strategies View Details
A study of the fundamental principles of marketing management and an in-depth understanding of the present national and international market of forest products and equipment. Techniques of conducting market research and developing marketing intelligence for the forestry sector will be explored. A firm's marketing environment will be explored to develop a market coverage strategy over a value-added forest product's life cycle by using market segmentation, market targeting, and market positioning theories. Concepts of pricing decisions, distribution channels, integrated logistics management and marketing communication will be introduced.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Offering: 3-0; 0-0

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Natural Resources Management 5810 Forest Policy View Details
An advanced course in forest policy development and analysis. Working individually and in small teams, students will conduct descriptive, evaluative, and prescriptive analyses of proposed and current forest policies. Students will prepare papers and present formal seminars on assigned topics, and complete a major term project.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Offering: 2-3; 0-0

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Natural Resources Management 5815 Environmental Assessment View Details
Environmental assessment (EA) processes and procedures, scientific and analytical protocols, and the role of EA in forest management are presented and student's skills developed in analyzing environmental impacts and EA documents. Students performance is evaluated through a variety of analytical, written and oral projects as well as class participation.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Offering: 0-0; 3-0

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Natural Resources Management 5850 Wood Ultrastructure View Details
The morphology of fibre and its variation within a standing tree in a nature stand and a man-made forest will be introduced. The impact of various silvicultural treatments on fibre quality for various forest products, including pulp and paper, will be discussed. Students will present a 20-minute seminar based on their literature reviews in the subject areas or a small project related to the fibre morphology study.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Offering: 2-3; 0-0

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Natural Resources Management 5870 International Resource Conservation View Details
Conservation, the managed-use of natural resources, must become an explicit element in economic development decisions and programs. International economic relationships pose particular problems for environmental management in many developing countries. Students will examine the nature and extent of some of the problems and consider ways in which the international community can deal more effectively with environmental concerns. Emphasis will be placed on the social, economic and cultural aspects of the issues. Course format includes readings, student-led seminar discussions, and short written assignments.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Offering: 0-0; 3-0

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Natural Resources Management 5901 (9901) MScF Thesis View Details
Credit Weight: 2.5

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