Faculty of Extension
Below are the courses available from the EXERM subject code. Select a course to view the available classes, additional class notes, and class times
Ecosystems provide resources and services essential to our survival, and our actions have varied and significant impact on them. This course will include the study of ecology and environmental management, incorporating the fundamental components of ecosystems and how they interact. Students will learn about the components of ecosystems: biotic and abiotic, ecosystem development and functions, ecosystem cycles, and the foundations of population, community, and disturbance ecology. This information will be utilized to examine questions around land use, environmental management, economic impact, and the roles environmental ethics play in answering them.
Environmental Geology is the study of the earth's environment from a geologic perspective. It explores the effect of humankind's activities on the surface environment. The earth's underlying formations impact much of what humankind does. Surficial and subsurface geologic formations effect our water use, water and subsurface pollution, and waste disposal options. This course will introduce you to the geologic formations in Alberta and how those formations present environmental problems and opportunities.
This course will introduce the practice of surface water hydrology as water plays a role in the development of most human activities. Various land phase hydrologic processes will be described. Methods of development of intensity-duration-frequency curves for rainfall, estimation of rainfall at ungauged locations, stream flow measurement methods, flood frequency analysis, regional frequency analysis for estimating stream flows at ungauged locations and risk assessment in hydrologic design will be discussed. Approximate methods for estimating storm water storage requirements for urban development and various hydrologic and hydraulic modes used in the professional domain will be introduced. Based calculations within various hydrologic procedures as required for addressing surface water hydrology issues will also be covered. Completion of EXERM 4250, EXERM 4252 and EXERM 4307 is strongly recommended
Addressing environmental impact is critical for project success. This course covers engineering and technology problem solving techniques including issue identification, situation monitoring, outcome projection, release and escape control, treatment, and prevention methods including source abatement, minimizing risk, and process modification. Concepts such as planning, implementation, and documentation of requirements will also be covered. This course approaches issues uniquely from both civil and regulatory perspectives; beyond the focus of time and cost control withing conventional project management. Practical case study examples and scenario acting will reinforce learning.
If your work impacts the natural environment, involves the development of natural resources, or addresses environmental health issues, it is important to have an understanding of the laws which regulate these areas. This course is intended to assist participants in navigating through the complex and often confusing array of Federal, Provincial, common law, and environmental regulatory schemes by providing an introduction to these 4 key areas of law, which impact environmental/resource/health regulation in Canada - constitutional law, civil law, regulatory law and administrative law. Note: This course is not intended as an in-depth review of any specific legislation.
This course will cover concepts related to successful land reclamation through the effective application of soil and vegetative science principles. Topics for this course include: Land use, types of disturbances, regulations governing land reclamation, soil testing, handling and storage, site preparation, plant community ecology, vegetation selection and planting, monitoring, and determinates of success within reclamation. This course will also cover special considerations such as erosion, soil and plant pathogens, amendments, and weeds. Basic knowledge of soils and vegetation is recommended, but not required.
This course will cover revegetation standards, practices, and commonly used methods to re-establish native plant communities as part of the reclamation process for disturbed sites on public lands of Alberta. Topics will also include planning, species selection and sourcing native plant material, site preparation and establishment methods, maintenance, monitoring, and criteria for success. Plant identification of native plants, weeds, and invasive species will also be introduced.
Environmental auditing is a management tool increasingly used by organizations to verify that the organization is meeting its environmental obligations. It is also an essential element of an environmental management system and a primary driver of continual improvement. This course will provide the student with the skills and knowledge to undertake effective environmental audits that will provide many benefits to their organization.
Learn about the process and applications of the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) in the context of provincial and federal legislation and regulations. Discuss the requirements for public and Indigenous consultation involved in gathering stakeholder input into the EIA process, as well as topics such as Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK). Explore the components of the EIA that may lead to approval conditions and requirements, including how to address these in a way that sets the stage for future corporate action and government oversight.
This field-study based course focuses on field diagnostics of soil properties and processes; soil descriptions, classification, and mapping; soil survey procedures; description of soil pits and landscapes; and hands-on field experience with application to industry standards. Mandatory field work is required to collect samples and data for further review in class. Prior knowledge of soil formation and classification is expected.
Enhance the performance of your measuring, mapping, modeling, and monitoring by tapping the power of Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Learn the concepts that drive GIS, the basics of cartography, and the differences between various GIS packages. Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to: . Determine what types of files can be loaded in a GIS . How GPS can be used within a GIS environment . Locate geographic files for specific purposes . Understand discrepancies between NAD 27 and NAD 83 .
Through lecture, classroom and field exercises, students can expect to learn methods to identify wetlands and delineate their boundaries based on indicators of vegetation, soils, and hydrology, in addition to conducting desktop delineations through aerial photo interpretation. Other topics to be covered include wetland classification, impact and assess reports, and relative-value assessments. Prior knowledge of soils and vegetation is helpful, but not required.
This course will introduce students to the basic concepts of applied soil physics, with an emphasis on the quantitative aspects. Basic physical aspects of both the solid and liquid phases of soils as well as how water is held by soils and how it moves through soils, will be covered. The course will examine the link between the soil water regime and processes within the hydrologic cycle, with emphasis on infiltration and the soil physical properties affecting this key hydrologic process. Soil management challenges that involve soil physics and how to manipulate soils to enhance their physical properties will also be examined.
This course will introduce students to the soil principal reactive chemical constituents and their processes. Topics will include an introduction to the soil solid and liquid components (chemical composition, mineralogy, organic matter and soil solution); and description of important soil chemical processes and their relevance to environmental and agricultural applications (mineral stability and weathering, oxidation-reduction, surface adsorption and exchange, colloidal behaviour and soil acidity and salinity).
The course will address the relevance of soil fertility including the importance of soil fertility in plant growth and nutrient uptake by crops. The agronomic significance of soil physical, chemical, and biological properties as they pertain to soil fertility will be discussed. Topics will include major nutrients, as well as secondary and micronutrients, and corresponding fertilizers. The course will also examine soil fertility evaluation: soil testing; the backbone of soil fertility and problems soils (acid and saline soils). Soil management challenges including fertilizer application, water use efficiency, interactions amount nutrients, and economics of plant-nutrient use will be addressed.
This course is an introduction to common practices within the management of contaminated sites in Alberta. The three part approach for the assessment management of contaminated sites will be covered including: Phase 1 Environmental Site Assessment, Phase 2 Environmental Site Assessment, and Risk Management Plans. Alberta Site Assessment standards and the Alberta Tier 1 and 2 soil and Groundwater Remediation Guidelines will also be covered. Additional topics will include differences between risk management and site remediation with examination of cost considerations within various site remediation components. Case studies will be used to provide a focus on contamination sources, characterization, transportation, and environmental fate in the environment.
This course will provide the key points associated with remediation of contaminated soil and groundwater utilizing different remediation technologies. The main processes within remediation (engineering, physical, chemical, biological, and thermal) will be covered. Decision-making factors for choosing the appropriate remediation technology for each site is a focal point in this course. Descriptions, applicability, advantages, limitations, time frames, potential health and safety issues, and cost of various technologies will also be studied. Case studies of contaminated sites with special emphasis on remediation technologies currently available for handling such sites in Alberta will be explored.
This course will cover the concepts, applications, planning procedures, and implementation strategies involved in the successful construction of wetlands that look and function like natural wetlands. Students can expect to learn about site selection, testing soil texture, selecting construction techniques, establishing designed hydrology and vegetation aspects, and working with heavy equipment operators. Topics in peatland restoration will also be covered. The course will be offered as a combination of mandatory hands-on experience in the field, in addition to classroom lecture.
The course will introduce the practice of hydrogeology as generally applied in Alberta. Three areas of hydrogeology will be explored, with emphasis on conditions in Alberta. These areas include:(1) Hydrogeological Site Assessment, (2) Groundwater Resource Evaluation and Management, and (3) Groundwater Monitoring. Topics will include principles and practices of contaminated site assessment, regulatory considerations, conceptual models, environmental risk management, and groundwater remediation. Methods of characterizing regional baseline hydrogeology, groundwater resource quantity and quality, and groundwater vulnerability will be covered, along with discussion of issues such as groundwater modelling, watershed management, groundwater-surface water interaction, and implications of climate change. Also considered will be the key elements of designing an effective groundwater monitoring program both on a local and a regional scale.
Introduction to classification and mapping of soils with emphasis on soil-forming processes; principles of the Canadian system of soil classification; soil profiles, diagnostic features, soil-forming factors and processes; kinds and distribution of soils in Canada; soil survey procedures, and utilization of existing spatial information to support soil mapping at a detailed scale. This course includes a mandatory field trip to collect data for mapping exercises. Prior knowledge of soil science is recommended.
Learn how to apply typical GIS commands in a variety of fields such as emergency services, home care, housing, transportation, water, land consultation, etc. Participants will use a GIS tool called Quantum GIS (www.qgis.org) - a free, but powerful GIS package available for download, and will also be introduced to one or two online GIS tools designed specifically for certain aspects of First Nations GIS needs in Canada. Prerequisite: EXERM 4274
Due to the nature of the issues, the topic of this course will change from term to term depending on the specific interests of Faculty, or students, and according to the current issues facing in Environmental, Health and Safety.
Walk through an overview of sustainable energy technology as you explore concepts related to the relationship between energy and the environment. Learn the theory and practice invoiced in energy production, storage, distribution, and consumption. Master the terminology in this field, and gain an understanding of common and alternative energy sources, units of measurement, greenhouse gas emissions, and the financial aspects of energy-related projects.
Explore different facets of solar power technology and learn about the planning, design and development of solar energy projects. Gain an understanding of mechanical and technical aspects of solar power generation, include the emerging technologies in the area, and discuss the economical requirements of solar energy projects.
Explore different facets of wind power technology and learn about the planning, design and development of wind turbine energy projects. Gain an understanding of mechanical and technical aspects of wind power generation, including the emerging technologies in the area, and discuss the economical requirements of wind energy projects.
Get an overview of hydro, geothermal, and nuclear technologies for power generation. Explore aspects such as risk-reward assessments and emerging technologies, as well as ecological, economical, and social implications of related projects. Prerequisite: EXERM 4302
Learn about recent innovations within energy production and their applications to industry segments such as transportation, agriculture, and urban planning. Get an overview of current practices, the ecological and climate impacts of energy production, and the integration of science, technology, economics, industry standards, and government regulations for energy projects. Prerequisite: EXERM 4302
Learn about soil formation and soil classification with emphasis on Western Canadian soils. Explore aspects such as soil-forming factors and processes, properties of common soils, and cycles of nutrients in the soil. Find out about essential online information resources available in the area of soil sciences. Acquire a foundation of knowledge and skills for application within more specialized soil and environmental sciences courses.
Understand key concepts related to electricity and major forms of power generation. Learn about the importance and different applications of direct and alternating current. Get an overview of conventional and alternative forms of electricity generation. Acquire foundational knowledge in conventional and renewable energy systems, as well as the most innovative applications on the market.
Get a comprehensive overview of the major processes behind electricity distribution and transmission. Learn about the challenges that renewable energy systems pose to electricity grids and how they can be overcome. Walk through basic concepts in smart city design, including smart metering, energy dispatching, and IoT.
Explore the material relationship between electricity generation and the natural environment. Learn about the role of carbon dioxide in relation to the greenhouse effect and the impacts of different electricity generation forms on emissions. Discuss topics such as albedo effect and energy reflection, climate change feedback loops, climate policy frameworks, Canada¿s performance relative to Paris targets, and future trajectories.