Wetland Delineation, Classification, and Assessment

    EXERM 4280 is offered this spring:

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.
Course at a glance
What you will learn

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

  • Understand factors influencing the occurrence of wetlands in the landscape, including hydrology, soils, vegetation, drainage, and function.
  • Recognize field indicators confirming the presence or absence of wetlands.
  • Understand and demonstrate the protocols for delineating wetland boundaries, both via desktop and field delineation.
  • Apply the Alberta Wetland Classification System and other common classification systems.
  • Complete a wetland impact and assessment report.
  • Identify methods for wetland replacement and compensatory mitigation.
  • Be familiar with wetland functions and values and with the use of the Alberta Wetland Rapid Evaluation Tool (ABWRET).

Offered:

Take note:
  • A recommended reading list will be provided via eClass and will be available one week prior to course start; advanced registration is advised.
  • Mandatory field work (two full-day field trips): long pants and good grip boots with good ankle support are essential. Rubber boots are useful but not necessary. Wear weather-appropriate clothing, sun block, work gloves, hard hat, and high-visibility clothing (safety vest, reflective stripes, or blaze orange/yellow outer layer)
  • Students are responsible for their transportation to the field trip sites; carpooling options may be available.
  • A basic plant field guide and a Munsell soil color book will be provided to each field team. Additional copies, however, would be useful, and students are encouraged to bring plant identification books/field guides.
  • Hand lenses are required to assist in class exercises.
  • Assessment includes post-course work to be completed via eClass.
Overall Schedule
Lecture/Class Schedule
May 30Jun 3
Mondays

8:00 am – 4:30 pm MT

Tuesdays

8:00 am – 4:30 pm MT

Wednesdays

8:00 am – 4:30 pm MT

Thursdays

8:00 am – 4:30 pm MT

Fridays

8:00 am – 4:30 pm MT

Saturdays

Sundays

Jun 10 — post-class component closes

Students in this section may have post-class readings or assessments to complete.

Syn­chro­nous online learning, eClass

39 hours of instruction

In synchronous online courses, students move through the course material at the same pace as their peers. These courses also provide learners with pre-scheduled online lectures that have the instructor and students interacting at the same time. All components of this type of course are accessible through eClass, the University of Alberta’s eLearning management tool. for­mat details

Kristen Andersen

Your Instructor

Kristen AndersenID: kristen-andersen

Class info
  • This class is a com­bi­na­tion of online syn­chro­nous learn­ing and in-per­son field work. There will be a post-work com­po­nent to be com­plet­ed after the last online meet­ing. The manda­to­ry Field Trip com­po­nent will take place on two of the class dates. For the real-time online ses­sions, a com­put­er with both audio input and out­put (such as a micro­phone-equipped head­set) is required. More infor­ma­tion will be sent to your ual​ber​ta​.ca email before the first day of class. To start your online learn­ing expe­ri­ence at the Fac­ul­ty of Exten­sion, vis­it www​.exten​sion​.ual​ber​ta​.ca/​e​l​e​a​rning.
  • 39 course hours in total
  • Cost assistance: may be eli­gi­ble for the Cana­da-Alber­ta Job Grant, the Canada Training Benefit, and the Skilled Immigrant Micro-Loan.
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    Cor­po­rate mul­ti-reg­is­tra­tion pack­ages (groups of 4 or more) are avail­able for most Exten­sion cours­es. Con­tact us at corporate.learning@ualberta.ca for pre­ferred pricing.
  • Open for registration until May 30, 2022. Register at least one week before the course start date to secure your spot. If space is available you may register until the day the course starts. Refunds, withdrawals & transfers policies
This course has no prerequisites

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

Take note:

  • A recommended reading list will be provided via eClass and will be available one week prior to course start; advanced registration is advised.
  • Mandatory field work (two full-day field trips): long pants and good grip boots with good ankle support are essential. Rubber boots are useful but not necessary. Wear weather-appropriate clothing, sun block, work gloves, hard hat, and high-visibility clothing (safety vest, reflective stripes, or blaze orange/yellow outer layer)
  • Students are responsible for their transportation to the field trip sites; carpooling options may be available.
  • A basic plant field guide and a Munsell soil color book will be provided to each field team. Additional copies, however, would be useful, and students are encouraged to bring plant identification books/field guides.
  • Hand lenses are required to assist in class exercises.
  • Assessment includes post-course work to be completed via eClass.
Currently counts towards

We recommend that you apply to the program as soon as possible to lock in your course requirements as they are subject to change.

*If you are already enroled in this program, please refer to your specific program requirements as outlined at the time of your admission: Bear Tracks > Academic Advisement.

You can register for and take a course without applying and enrolling into the program.

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EXERM 4280 is offered this spring: