This is an advanced field study course involving ecosystem mapping and detailed site evaluation (prescription). The first two mornings will be spent in the classroom, but the course will largely be taught in the field at sites on Royal Roads/DND lands.
The course involves:
identifying standard plant species cover
creating physical site descriptions
recognizing natural boundaries on air photos and on the ground
identifying features related to slope stability
recognizing critical clues to ecological processes that either limit or are critical to the functioning of an ecosystem (e.g. wildlife trees)
An important focus is to observe and recognize successional patterns as clues to restoration strategies.
Semi-distance format requiring attendance on campus for five days, plus readings/assignments to be completed before and after the on-campus portion of the course.
Tuition and Fee Payment:
RNS Diploma students pay $100 of the course tuition upon registration, with the remainder paid via their UVic MyPage account.
RNS Certificate students pay the full course tuition upon registration.
Acceptance to the RNS program or a combination of work and/or education experience equivalent to third-year standing.
Successful completion of ER312A or permission of the instructor.
If you’re not currently enrolled in the Restoration of Natural Systems (RNS) program, including UVic and Letter of Permission students from RRU and TRU, you must obtain approval from the Program Coordinator (email@example.com) before registering.
If you drop the course on the first day - 100% tuition refund
If you drop the course on the second day - 50% tuition refund
If you drop the course on the third day - Withdraw without penalty of failure, no refund
If you drop the course after the third day you will receive an “F” grade, and no refund.
Course withdrawal: students wishing to withdraw from a course—for any reason—must do so by contacting the program office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Credit vs non-credit
Credit refers to degree credit. If you are taking a course or program for credit through UVic Continuing Studies, it means that course or program provides credit towards a degree at UVic or another authorized university. Credit students have to meet certain criteria, such as being accepted to both UVic Continuing Studies and the University of Victoria.