Environmental Management and Assessment


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Ontario College Graduate Certificate
1 Year

Program Code: 1517X01FWO
Academic Year: 2014/2015


Our Program

This one-year Ontario College Graduate Certificate program delivered in a blended format of online learning on weekdays complemented by laboratory activity on weekends offers students the opportunity to enhance their existing skills to succeed in the exciting and expanding field of environmental management and assessment. The program also consists of practical and field experiences allowing students to acquire a range of interdisciplinary techniques used by those at the forefront of environmental management practice.

With escalating demand for environmental awareness, there is an increasing need for highly-skilled personnel capable of working in the fields of environmental auditing and assessment. This program builds proficiency and adds depth to the knowledge platform of students, allowing them to specialize in, or broaden, their expertise in a range of disciplines including biodiversity conservation, environmental law and policy, as well as environmental chemistry.

All students are required to complete a work integrated learning experience.

Graduates may find employment in fields, such as environmental research, site assessment, pollution prevention and control, water and waste water monitoring and regulatory compliance and policy development.

Bring Your Own Device (BYOD): Students are expected to have and use a laptop or mobile computing device when registered in this on-campus program. Hardware and software specifications required by your program are outlined at www.algonquincollege.com/byod Mobile devices/laptops and supplies can be purchased directly from Algonquin's New Technology Store at educational rates.

SUCCESS FACTORS
This program is well-suited for students who:

  • Wish to expand their career options in the environmental industry.
  • Enjoy a hands-on approach to learning about environmental science.
  • Are critical and innovative thinkers.
  • Are able to analyze, evaluate and apply relevant information from a variety of sources.
  • Are independent learners.

Your Career

Graduates may find employment in a variety of expanding fields, such as environmental research and site assessment, pollution prevention and control, water and waste water monitoring, regulatory compliance and policy development.

Courses

Programs at Algonquin College are delivered using a variety of instruction modes. Courses may be offered in the classroom or lab, entirely online, or in a hybrid mode which combines classroom sessions with online learning activities. Upon registration, each full-time student is provided an Algonquin email account which is used to communicate important information about program or course events.
Level: 01 Hours
ENV4002 Students develop plans for sample acquisition using a number of tools, including GIS mapping, analytical instrumentation and in situ sensing systems. Students are expected to employ high-level quality control and ensure that sampling procedures are adequate to generate informative data.

Co-requisites: QUA4000 and SCI4000
Field Techniques and Sample Acquisition Students develop plans for sample acquisition using a number of tools, including GIS mapping, analytical instrumentation and in situ sensing systems. Students are expected to employ high-level quality control and ensure that sampling procedures are adequate to generate informative data.

Co-requisites: QUA4000 and SCI4000
90.0
ENV4003 Canadian environmental laws and regulations at the municipal, provincial and federal level are emphasized. Students examine environmental policy and interpret its impact on Canadian ecosystems. Particular attention is given to the Canadian Environmental Protection Act and the plans and policies it entails. Environmental Policy I Canadian environmental laws and regulations at the municipal, provincial and federal level are emphasized. Students examine environmental policy and interpret its impact on Canadian ecosystems. Particular attention is given to the Canadian Environmental Protection Act and the plans and policies it entails. 45.0
ENV4004 Students develop and strategize research projects in partnership with local and regional organizations. In group settings, students write research proposals and timeline their research and development plan for the upcoming term. Applied Research Project I Students develop and strategize research projects in partnership with local and regional organizations. In group settings, students write research proposals and timeline their research and development plan for the upcoming term. 45.0
QUA4000 Interpreting results is a critical aspect of environmental studies. Students enhance their knowledge of statistical theory by applying it to case studies and data generated from concurrent courses. Students compare a variety of statistical tools including computer software for data analysis and become adept at selecting the most appropriate tests.

Co-requisites: ENV4002 and SCI4000
Applied Environmental Statistics Interpreting results is a critical aspect of environmental studies. Students enhance their knowledge of statistical theory by applying it to case studies and data generated from concurrent courses. Students compare a variety of statistical tools including computer software for data analysis and become adept at selecting the most appropriate tests.

Co-requisites: ENV4002 and SCI4000
45.0
SCI4000 Students explore cutting-edge methods for specimen processing. Experiments are conducted using water, waste water, soil and air samples obtained from field excursions. Quantitative and qualitative determinations of sample components are achieved using chromatography, spectroscopy and microscopy.

Co-requisites: ENV4002 and QUA4000
Sample Processing and Analysis Students explore cutting-edge methods for specimen processing. Experiments are conducted using water, waste water, soil and air samples obtained from field excursions. Quantitative and qualitative determinations of sample components are achieved using chromatography, spectroscopy and microscopy.

Co-requisites: ENV4002 and QUA4000
45.0
SCI4001 Students critically review the current understanding of urban and rural biodiversity using relevant case study material. Topics include urban-industrial biodiversity, climate change and its ecophysiological impact, as well as the biotechnological revolution of genetically-engineered organisms. Biodiversity Conservation/Ecophysiology Students critically review the current understanding of urban and rural biodiversity using relevant case study material. Topics include urban-industrial biodiversity, climate change and its ecophysiological impact, as well as the biotechnological revolution of genetically-engineered organisms. 45.0
Level: 02 Hours
CHE4000 Students develop experience in modern environmental chemistry areas of research. Topics include biodiesel production, the use of nanotechnology to target pollution and green chemical processing. Advanced Environmental Chemistry Students develop experience in modern environmental chemistry areas of research. Topics include biodiesel production, the use of nanotechnology to target pollution and green chemical processing. 45.0
ENV4005 Students expand their comprehension of environmental policy by reviewing and suggesting modifications to current Canadian policy. As a final project, students create novel policy based on the current environmental trends using findings from their own research in previous or concurrent courses.

Prerequisites: ENV4003
Environmental Policy II Students expand their comprehension of environmental policy by reviewing and suggesting modifications to current Canadian policy. As a final project, students create novel policy based on the current environmental trends using findings from their own research in previous or concurrent courses.

Prerequisites: ENV4003
45.0
ENV4006 In compliance with the Auditing Association of Canada, students acquire the tools to perform high-level environmental audits and site assessments. Using both case studies and field excursions, students identify environmental hazards and liabilities and assess localized environmental requirements. Students review and implement effective and appropriate environmental management systems.

Prerequisites: ENV4002 and ENV4003 and QUA4000

Co-requisites: ENV4005
Environmental Auditing and Site Assessment In compliance with the Auditing Association of Canada, students acquire the tools to perform high-level environmental audits and site assessments. Using both case studies and field excursions, students identify environmental hazards and liabilities and assess localized environmental requirements. Students review and implement effective and appropriate environmental management systems.

Prerequisites: ENV4002 and ENV4003 and QUA4000

Co-requisites: ENV4005
90.0
ENV4007 Students expand, conduct and troubleshoot their applied research projects. Prior learning is employed to engage in project development and management. Students also interact with local and regional organizations to ensure the relevancy of their projects.

Prerequisites: ENV4004
Applied Research Project II Students expand, conduct and troubleshoot their applied research projects. Prior learning is employed to engage in project development and management. Students also interact with local and regional organizations to ensure the relevancy of their projects.

Prerequisites: ENV4004
90.0
SCI4002 Students expand upon their knowledge of hydrology by exploring current approaches to the sustainability of freshwater resources. Special consideration is given to green handling of waste water and storm water in water-centric urban environments. Sustainable Hydrology Students expand upon their knowledge of hydrology by exploring current approaches to the sustainability of freshwater resources. Special consideration is given to green handling of waste water and storm water in water-centric urban environments. 45.0

Fees & Expenses

Tuition Fees: $2,728.47 per term.

Information Technology Fee: $86 per term. *

BYOD Fee: $150 per term. **

eTextbook Fees: see www.algonquincollege.com/etextbooks

Incidental Fees: $45 in Level 01 and $135 in Level 02.

Student Activity/Sports Fee: $240.50 per term.

Student Commons/Auditorium Fee: $22 per term.

Student Centre Building Fee: $17.50 per term.

Student Experience Fee: $17 per term.

Health Services Fee: $20 per term.

Health Plan Fee: $123.96 paid once annually. ***

A $40 graduation fee is payable in the final term.

A $20 transcript fee is payable in the first term a student attends Algonquin College.

International Students pay all relevant Canadian fees plus an International Premium of $3,975 per term.

* Students paying the Information Technology fee are provided with a network account, an email address, and Internet access. For more information please visit our website at www.algonquincollege.com/its/services/it_fee.htm

** The BYOD Fee covers the costs associated with providing various services and software to students registered in a BYOD program.

*** Students who have coverage with another plan can request a refund by supplying the Students' Association with documentation supporting the request. This request will have to be made annually.

Books cost approximately $1,000 for the program. Supplies can be purchased at the campus store. See www.algonquincollege.com/etextbooks

for more information about books. Each student is required to purchase two lab coats and goggles.

Admission Requirements 

Program Eligibility

  • Ontario College Diploma, Ontario College Advanced Diploma or Degree in areas of environmental science, water and waste water, biotechnology; or equivalent with departmental approval.
  • A degree in environmental studies with sufficient postsecondary training or equivalent in biology and chemistry laboratory procedures will also be considered.
  • Applicants with International transcripts must provide proof of the subject specific requirements noted above along with proof of either: IELTS-International English Language Testing Service-Overall band of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each band; OR TOEFL-Internet-based (iBT)-overall 88, with the minimum of 22 in each component: Reading 22; Listening: 22; Speaking: 22, Writing: 22.

Application Information

Applications to full-time day programs must be submitted with official transcripts showing completion of the academic admission requirements through:
ontariocolleges.ca
60 Corporate Court
Guelph, Ontario N1G 5J3
1-888-892-2228

Applications are available online www.ontariocolleges.ca. A $95 fee applies.
Applications for Fall Term, Winter Term and Spring Term admission received by February 1 will be given equal consideration. Applications received after February 1 will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis as long as places are available.

International applicants applying from out-of-country can obtain the International Student Application Form at xweb.algonquincollege.com/FormIE/index.aspx or by contacting the Registrar's Office.

For further information on the admissions process, contact:

Registrar's Office
Algonquin College
1385 Woodroffe Ave, Room C150
Ottawa, ON K2G 1V8
Telephone: 613-727-0002
Toll-free: 1-800-565-4723
TTY: 613-727-7766
Fax: 613-727-7632
Email: AskAlgonquin@algonquincollege.com

Additional Information

For more information, please contact Rebecca Trueman, Chair of Applied Science and Environmental Technology, at 613-727-4723 ext. 5400 or truemar@algonquincollege.com.

Every attempt is made to ensure the accuracy of the information in this publication. The College reserves the right to modify or cancel any course, program, fee, timetable, or campus location at any time