This problem-based learning course for 3rd year Environment and Sustainability (Geography) majors introduces students to key concepts and techniques employed in environmental research. Students will develop a core set of qualitative and quantitative research and analytical skills, including data interpretation, life cycle analysis, literature assessments and risk assessment, through three modules focused on present-day challenges in the areas of climate change mitigation, agriculture, and coastal hazards. Through lectures, in-class activities and assignments, students will gain exposure to the relationships between data, information, knowledge and action in the environmental space. The students will also gain experience using a variety of analytical tools and techniques common in environmental work.
At the end of this course students will be able to:
- Interpret environmental data, including understanding probability, uncertainty, sampling, signal detection and data scaling
- Apply analytical methods used in environmental research (e.g. footprint analysis, life cycle analysis, literature review, risk assessment)
- Create, use and manipulate data in spreadsheets
- Conduct searches of the scholarly literature and read scholarly publications
- Assess the reliability of information sources and detect biases in the presentation of environmental information in the media and elsewhere