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  RENEWABLE RESOURCE MANAGEMENT
- two year diploma
- starts in September and January

 

Proper management of renewable natural resources is vital to the sustainablity of resource use and is based on the knowledge that resources are interrelated and that a change in one usually affects the others. Students gain an understanding of the principles of ecosystem management and their application to integrated natural resources management. A broad range of technical skills are developed appropriate to the needs of employers in the major fields of natural resource management.

IMPORTANT DATES

 
Fall

Winter

Fees Due August 4, 1999 Nov. 29, 1999
Lectures Begin Sep. 1, 1999 Jan. 4, 2000
Add/Drop Period Sep. 1-9, 1999 Jan. 4-11, 2000
Last day to Withdraw Nov. 17, 1999 March 28, 2000
Last Day of Lectures December 13, 1999 April 20, 2000
No Classes Sep .6, Oct. 11, Nov. 11 Feb. 21-25, 2000
Field Trips n/a n/a
Practicum Placement n/a n/a
Final Exams Dec. 14-17, 1999 April 24-27, 2000

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

New students are accepted to the Renewable Resource Management two- year diploma program in both the Fall and Winter terms.

Academic Requirements
Applicants to this option are required to have an Alberta High School Diploma, or equivalent, including a minimum of 55% in each of: Biology 30, English 30, Chemistry 20 and Math 20. Applicants are also required to achieve a minimum 65th percentile in Reading, Sentence Skills, and Arithmetic and 70th percentile in Elementary Algebra sections of the Computerized Placement Test or equivalent.

Alternate Admission applicants are required to have received a minimum of 55% in the required high school courses and achieved a minimum 55th percentile in Reading, Sentence Skills, Arithmetic and Elementary Algebra sections of the Computerized Placement Test or equivalent.

Non-academic Requirements
Applicants are required to submit a letter of rationale outlining their career goals and an understanding of how the Renewable Resource Management program fulfils their goals. A standard form is mailed to applicants.

Professional Suitability
Work experience or volunteer service directly related to resource management are factors in selecting applicants to the program. An applicant with related work or volunteer experience is encouraged to include either a resume or standard form available from the College, which outlines their experience. Directly related work or volunteer experiences are interpreted as any area included in the program course designations.

PROGRAM FEES

 
YEAR I
YEAR II
Year I Tuition
$2927
$2533
Studentsı Association
$ 99
$ 86
Books and Supplies
$1524
$1925
TOTAL FEES
$4550
$4544

All fees are approximate and are based on a full credit load for each program (the number of credits may depend upon the elective courses selected) and is subject to change. Costs of books and supplies are estimated. Supply costs include only the specialized materials and equipment needed for the program and not basic stationery supplies. The LCC Studentsı Association fees are subject to change. For more detailed information on tuition fee calculation and other fees, students are advised to consult the FEES section of this Calendar.

PRIOR LEARNING ASSESSMENT

Students accepted into this program have the opportunity to apply related employment, volunteer, educational or training experiences toward the completion of the program. For information on Prior Learning Assessment, students should contact the Registrarıs Office.

GRADUATION

Upon successful completion of program requirements, students are awarded a Diploma in Renewable Resource Management.

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

Employment can be found with provincial and federal government conservation and resource management agencies such as Parks, Fish and Wildlife, Environment, Forestry and Fisheries. Non-government employers include environmental consulting firms, resource development companies and private conservation organizations.

  1. Employers often require that students hold a valid Standard First Aid or Wilderness First Aid Certificate and/or a CPR Certificate to be eligible for seasonal and/or permanent employment. Students are encouraged to obtain these certificates either prior to entering the program or during the first term.

TRANSFER AGREEMENTS

University of Lethbridge
Graduates of the Environmental Science two-year diploma (Renewable Resource Management or Watershed Management options) can receive two years credit toward a post-diploma Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Science from the University of Lethbridge. Students who obtain LCC’s Fish and Wildlife Technology post-diploma certificate are eligible for extra credit. Details regarding admission requirements and course selection are listed separately in this Calendar.

University of Montana
Graduates of the Renewable Resource Management option may receive up to two years credit toward a Bachelor of Science degree in Wildlife Biology (Terrestrial or Aquatic Biology options) from the University of Montana in Missoula, Montana. Credit depends on academic performance, course selection and approval of course equivalencies by the U of M’s School of Forestry.

University of Northern British Columbia
Graduates of the Renewable Resource Management program may receive up to 1.5 years credit toward a Bachelor of Science degree in Natural Resource Management at the University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC). Credit depends on academic performance, course selection and approval of course equivalencies by the UNBC Program Leader of Forestry for degree specializations (Forestry, Fisheries, Wildlife and Outdoor Recreation).

Interested students can obtain further information on these partnerships from the LCC Centre for Environmental Science and Agriculture team leader or Student and Enrollment Services.

CURRICULUM

First Term Hours/Week Credits
BIO 158 Vertebrate Zoology (2-2) 4
CJP 166 Criminal Law and Procedure (5-0) 5
ENG 155 Scientific and Technical Writing (3-0) 3
RRM 172 Foundations of Conservation (3-0) 3
RRM 196 Map and Aerial Photo Interpretation (3-2) 5
RRM 266 Physical Geology (3-2) 5
Total 25 credits

  • Many courses within the program require computer competency to complete assignments. Where students lack these skills on entry, enrolment in CPU 151 becomes mandatory.

Second Term Hours/Week Credits
BIO 154 Plant Taxonomy (2-2) 4
BIO 255 Ecology (3-2) 5
CJP 282 Evidence and Court Procedure (5-0) 5
COM 150 Communications for Resource Managers (3-0) 3
RRM 276 Geographic Information Systems (4-0) 4
STS 251 Statistical Methods (3-1) 4
Total 25 credits

Third Term Hours/Week Credits
BIO 159 Aquatic Biology (2-2) 4
RRM 253 Soil Resources (3-2) 5
RRM 255 Water Resources (3-2) 5
RRM 264 Forest Management (3-2) 5
RRM 272 Issues in Canadian Ren. Resource Policy (3-0) 3
Total 22 credits

Fourth Term Hours/Week Credits
RRM 254 Range Resources (3-2) 5
RRM 258 Principles of Wildlife Biology (3-2) 5
RRM 259 Principles of Fishery Science (3-2) 5
RRM 260 Seminar (1-0) 1
RRM 294 Forest Protection (2-2) 4
RRM 298 Conservation Biology (3-0) 3
Total 23 credits

SPECIAL NOTES
During the second and third years, students are off-campus completing field courses most of September and April. It is extremely difficult to take Year I and Year II courses simultaneously. Students are advised to complete all Year I courses before proceeding to Year II, and all Year II courses before enrolling in Year III courses.

The following courses have a field component. In the Fall term, field trips are in September, while in the Winter term, field trips occur in April.

BIO 159 Aquatic Biology
RRM 253 Soil Resources
RRM 254 Range Resources
RRM 255 Water Resources
RRM 258 Principles of Wildlife Biology
RRM 259 Principles of Fishery Science
RRM 264 Forest Management
RRM 266 Physical Geology
RRM 294 Forest Protection

Students enrolled in the above courses are expected to provide their own equipment and supplies. This may include: warm sleeping bag, ground sheet and pad, tent (may be shared with other students), ruck sack or duffle bag for gear, adequate clothing for cold/wet weather, hiking boots, binoculars, cooking and eating gear (may be shared), food, field notebook, compass, and hip or chest waders.

Fieldwork schedules are dependent on many variables and often require students to participate on weekends. All program fieldtrips require mandatory attendance. Lab and class schedules are also extended when related to field activities.

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