This course introduces you to the practice of ecological restoration. We’ll start by examining the physical and biological characteristics of ecosystems as well as the need to maintain and restore them. We’ll also examine natural and human-caused changes, at ecosystem to species levels, while considering the philosophy and ethics of restoration within legal and policy frameworks.
This course also introduces you to the process and techniques of assessing ecosystems and developing recommendations. In addition, you’ll develop your ability to combine and analyze factual scientific analysis of ecosystems in the context of human values and needs.
The emphasis is on examples from British Columbia but the approach applies to issues around the globe.
This course will:
Introduce you to the physical, biotic and human issues of restoration of natural ecosystems and assist you to explore these in the broadest sense.
Demonstrate the critical role of scientific description and analyses (biophysical sciences) and the importance of the integration of scientific data, models and approaches with human needs and attitudes (social sciences) for successful restoration.
Demonstrate the importance of communication for the successful development and management of a restoration project, and introduce you to selected skills.
Provide you with the basic tools for carrying out restoration projects.
Link you to restoration activities in the community and to others carrying out restoration in the province of British Columbia.
Provide you with a solid introduction to your further study of courses in the Restoration of Natural Systems Program.
Integrate what you learn into practice.
Online Moodle-based format over a 14-week period, requiring approximately 10 hours of coursework per week.
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.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) before registering.
This course may be available online. Students login to the course and communicate with the instructor and fellow students via the Internet. All assignments and course activities are submitted electronically to the course instructor.
Using mobile devices in online courses
If you are planning on accessing your online courses using a mobile device such as a tablet or a smartphone, please note that not all required course features will be accessible with these devices. To fully function in your online courses, you will need to have access to a computer running Windows or MacOS.
Participants may be entitled to a partial refund, depending on date of course drop. Exact dates are listed in the University of Victoria calendar http://web.uvic.ca/calendar2017-09/general/dates.html and updated annually. Please consult the calendar for information.
Course withdrawal: students wishing to withdraw from a course—for any reason—must do so by contacting the program office at email@example.com.
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.