Who should attend
Students from all educational backgrounds welcome.
About the course
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.
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.
Because of COVID-19, many providers are cancelling or postponing in-person programs or providing online participation options.
We are happy to help you find a suitable online alternative.