Course Listing

Please visit the Academic Timetable to see which courses are presently being offered and in which location(s). Not all courses listed below run every term or in all locations. For specific details about program requirements and degree regulations, please refer to the Academic Calendar.

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BEMA-5000H Principles of EMA I This course will introduce students to the basic principles and theory of biological and environmental monitoring and assessment. Students will learn about tools for monitoring biotic systems in the environment, the importance of geomatics, the role of environmental action plans, environmental monitoring and forecasting, as well as environmental law and policy considerations.
BEMA-5001H Topics in EMA This course will provide students with the opportunity to learn about current environmental monitoring and assessment issues and challenges faced by environmental professionals in the field. This course will be comprised of seminars led by instructors, guest lecturers from university and industry, and students.
BEMA-5002H Principles of EMA II This course will introduce information on environmental ethics, stakeholder perspectives, indigenous land claims, environmental repair and remediation, and provide students with working experience on environmental assessments and action plans. Students should expect to get a good grasp of key players within the environmental sector, and know methods, considerations and key components used in assessments of current or future-impacted environmental systems.
BEMA-5003H Data Analysis for Env Professionals This course will include approaches and tests that are especially relevant to uncontrolled environmental research, including how to draw inference from previous research results and how to include expert opinion in statistical analysis. Students will gain the ability to quickly, efficiently and correctly draw statistical inference from messy data, develop skills in translating statistical results to environmental inference, and develop familiarity with the open-access R statistical software platform.
BEMA-5004H Science Communication for Env. Profess. This course will cover effective writing and presentation of scientific information for both scientific and non-scientific audiences. Issues regarding authorship, language and selection of reputable references will be covered in detail. Students will learn strategies and styles for effective writing and presenting and will learn how to effectively interpret scientific information for non-scientific audiences.
BEMA-5005H Geomatics I This course will provide an introductory overview of the geomatics discipline, including remote sensing, geographical information systems (GIS), global positioning systems (GPS), spatial modelling, and terrain analysis. Students will be introduced to analytical operations in vector, raster and integrated environmental datasets, with practical applications learned through online labs, field, student participation and group project activities.
BEMA-5006H Genome-based Envtl Monitoring This course will provide insight into how DNA is being used to trace contaminated food, track the source of disease outbreaks, enforce wildlife protection statutes, enforce environmental protection laws, enhance invasive species detection, identify bioterrorism agents and their source, and a variety of other applications. Assignments will include case reports addressing the leading-edge technologies in forensic cases using non-human DNA to help solve crimes.
BEMA-5008H Sampling Design in Envt'l Research This course will introduce students to a variety of quantitative techniques used to make predictions and assessments regarding environmental health and viability. Students will learn how to quantify changes in environmental parameters, model species distributions and population changes, determine the long-term viability of existing populations, and make predictions regarding the fate of ecological communities and ecosystems
BEMA-5009H Environmental Policy This course provides a review of environmental legislation in Canada and abroad, and how it relates to the support, management, and exploitation of ecosystems. Specific attention will be given to past and present environmental standards and regulations, Species-at-Risk legislation, international treaties and obligations regarding air, land, and water, as well as anticipated changes to environmental policy that will impact future standards and practices for industrial development and resource exploitation.
BEMA-5010H Landscape Ecology This course will provide students with a solid foundation in landscape ecology including new approaches to resource management and conservation that consider ecosystem processes in large spatial and temporal scales. Important concepts central to landscape ecology research such as dispersal, connectivity, and habitat fragmentation will be examined in detail, as well as the current methods used in landscape ecology research design and analysis.
BEMA-5013H BEMA Placement This course will consist of a 15-week placement experience with a government agency, industry, or non-governmental agency, or related laboratory or work unit, on themes and principles learned during coursework associated with the M.BEMA degree. Students will work closely with the instructor and placement host to determine deliverables that will be presented to various stakeholders, as technical report(s) and/or presentation(s).
BEMA-5014H BEMA Capstone This course will consist of a 1-week capstone experience located at the Trent Peterborough campus that will provide students with the opportunity to present their placement work to peers, participate in professional skills workshops, complete an e-portfolio to showcase their work, and prepare an application for certification as an Environmental Professional in Training (EPt) from ECO Canada.