Ecosystems and Environmental Management

  • Online delivery
  • eClass
  • 24 hour course, no prerequisites

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.

Course at a glance
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.
Take note:

This course has no prerequisites

Students from all educational backgrounds welcome. You can register for this course without applying and enrolling in a program.


Syn­chro­nous online learning, eClass

In synchronous online courses, students move through the course material at the same pace as their peers. These courses also provide learners with pre-scheduled online lectures that have the instructor and students interacting at the same time. All components of this type of course are accessible through eClass, the University of Alberta’s eLearning management tool. for­mat details

Weekend (Sat, Sun)
Jan 30, 2021Feb 7, 2021






9:00 am – 4:00 pm


9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Class info
  • This is a syn­chro­nous course that fea­tures live online activ­i­ties at pre­de­ter­mined times. For the real-time class­room ses­sions, a com­put­er with both audio input and out­put (such as a micro­phone-equipped head­set) is required. To start your online learn­ing expe­ri­ence vis­it www​.ext​-leo​.ca/​s​t​u​dents
  • 24 course hours in total
  • Eli­gi­ble for the Cana­da-Alber­ta Job Grant.
    Cor­po­rate mul­ti-reg­is­tra­tion pack­ages are avail­able for most Exten­sion cours­es. Con­tact us at excorp@​ualberta.​ca for pre­ferred pricing.
  • Open for registration until January 30, 2021. Register at least one week before the course start date to secure your spot. If space is available you may register until the day the course starts.
Currently counts towards

* If you are already enroled in this program, please refer to your specific program requirements as outlined at the time of your admission: Bear Tracks > Academic Advisement.

You can register for and take a course without applying and enrolling into the program.

We recommend that you apply to the program as soon as possible to lock in your course requirements as they are subject to change.


Looking for different course dates?

New course schedules are released each June and October.

  • 1 scheduled
  • Online delivery
  • 24 hour course, no prerequisites

Summer & Fall courses: all online

All courses will be delivered online, including many that were previously unavailable in the online format.

If you do see a program on our website announced as an in-person or downtown Edmonton offering, please disregard the format – but not the program. There will be no in-person offerings through the Faculty of Extension for the Summer & Fall terms.

Get ready to keep learning! Register for a course and join us online this Summer/Fall.