Ecosystems and Environmental Management

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.

Course at a glance
What you will learn

By the end of this course, you should be able to:

  • Describe the importance of ecology and ecosystems for human prosperity.
  • List and describe the essential components of ecosystem structure, including biotic (living) and abiotic (non-living) components.
  • Explain how energy relationships influence the size and numbers of plant and animal species.
  • Understand and draw the cycles that drive and regulate ecosystems, as well as predict the consequences of alterations to these cycles.
  • Describe the factors thought to determine the number and distribution of species; apply these factors to conservation planning.
  • Understand the main characteristics of Alberta’s natural regions and appreciate a variety of land use issues facing these ecosystems.
  • Evaluate ecosystem and species management from a variety of scientific, economic, and ethical perspectives.
This course has no prerequisites

Students from all educational backgrounds welcome. You can register for this course without applying and enrolling in a program.

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When will
this course be offered?

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