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PEI Occupational Health and Safety

An overview of the Occupational Health and Safety Act of Prince Edward Island. Students examine the legislation, how PEI employees are protected while on the job and the responsibilities of employees and employers.

Hours: 0
Course Code: SAFE-1005

Environmental Microbiology

An introduction to applied microbiology including a practical and theoretical introduction to structure and function of micro-organisms. The diversity of the microbial world is examined by comparing bacterial, fungal, protozoan and viral organisms. The growth, reproduction and enumeration of micro-organisms are studied as well as the effects of environmental conditions on microbial growth. The laboratory component provides hands-on experience in the isolation, cultivation and enumeration of micro-organisms as well as in the preparation of microbiological media.

Hours: 45
Course Code: BIOL-1100

Environmental Chemistry

This chemistry course focuses on building core knowledge and skills required in the Environmental Science field. This course provides an examination of the core principles of chemistry, including the properties of elements, compounds and solutions. Other topics covered include inorganic and organic nomenclature, acids, bases, gas laws, and thermodynamics/kinetics as they relate to environmental chemistry. It includes an evaluation of the fate and behaviour of organic and inorganic compounds in the environment.

Hours: 60
Course Code: CHEM-1005

Analytical Chemistry

Hours: 75
Course Code: CHEM-1010

Communications in the Applied Sciences

The vital role that communication plays in the science field will be emphasized in this course. The importance of accurate recording of laboratory and field activities as well as the ability to communicate findings to both the scientific and general communities will be stressed.

Hours: 45
Course Code: COMM-1110

Computer Essentials

In this course, students are introduced to the fundamentals of various software programs and information processing systems used in today's workplace and educational environments. Students develop the skills necessary to understand and efficiently use common workplace productivity tools. The main areas of focus include: operating systems, e-mail and groupware, word processing, spreadsheets, electronic presentation software, and the integration of these technologies.

Hours: 45
Course Code: COMP-1000

Environmental Science

Introduction to the fundamental principles of ecology and environmental science. It emphasizes an ecosystem approach to studying the environment. The interactions between abiotic and biotic are examined to gain an understanding of how a dynamic balance is achieved in natural ecosystems. This course examines the effect of human intervention on ecosystems and biomes as well as the major trends in resource consumption and use. This is done to gain a better understanding of how the environment is altered by human action and why these actions may have significant effects on an ecosystem and its sustainability.

Hours: 72
Course Code: ENVR-1000

Air Quality

Examination of factors influencing ambient and indoor air quality. Course components include a review of types and sources of air pollution, sampling and measurement systems for gases, vapours, aerosols and particulates; environmental and occupational sampling strategies, principles of source (stack gas) sampling, and air pollution treatment and control systems. A brief review of indoor air quality (IAQ) sampling, control and mitigation is also included.

Hours: 45
Course Code: ENVR-1010

Water Quality and Treatment Plant Operations

Exploration of the factors affecting the quality of water resources in the environment. The physical, chemical and biological properties of water are examined for various uses. In addition, the operation of water treatment facilities, including the distribution system, is reviewed. A significant component of the course is the development of field and laboratory skills, using standard methods for sampling and analysis of water samples.

Hours: 90
Course Code: ENVR-2010

Hydrologic Processes

A comprehensive study of surface water and groundwater resources and their inter-relationships. The course focuses on the principles of flow and measurement as well as water resources management. Topics include an overview of the hydrologic cycle and its component processes, flow measurement, the influence of precipitation events on surface water and groundwater, and the physics of water movement in both the saturated and unsaturated zones. Special topics addressed include sampling techniques, the installation of wells, watershed management, as well as a review of water quality and supply issues.

Hours: 90
Course Code: ENVR-2025

Soil Science

A comprehensive study of soil systems. Specifically, students are introduced to the fundamental physical, chemical and biological properties of soils. An important theme throughout the course is evaluating soil quality for agriculture and engineering applications.

Hours: 75
Course Code: ENVR-2030

Environmental Law

Examination of the regulatory aspects of environmental protection in Canada, with a focus on Prince Edward Island. Students review the basics of law, including applicable federal and provincial environmental legislation and associated regulations and the key concept of Due Diligence.

Hours: 45
Course Code: ENVR-2040

Waste Management

Introduction to the theory and practice of solid and hazardous waste management with focus on the Prince Edward Island system. Specialized topics include installation and removal of above-ground and below-ground storage tanks, Transportation of Dangerous Goods Act (TDGA) and preparation of lab packs.

Hours: 45
Course Code: ENVR-2050

Environmental Site Assessment

An introduction to the fundamental concepts of performing environmental site assessments. The basic procedures used to perform Phase I, II and III assessments are discussed. A review of the regulatory environment is provided. Case studies are used to highlight different approaches to performing environmental site assessments.

Hours: 60
Course Code: ENVR-2060

Wastewater Treatment Plant Operations

An introduction to the operation of municipal wastewater treatment systems, sewage lagoons and on-site treatment systems. Topics covered include preliminary, primary, and secondary treatment systems, and effluent disinfection and disposal. Practical aspects of system operation are emphasized including sampling and analysis of wastewater, process control and interpretation of results within the context of applicable federal and provincial regulations.

Hours: 75
Course Code: ENVR-2070

Environmental Management and Planning

Examination of development issues and how good environmental management and planning, and the application of problem-solving skills, can support the goal of sustainable development. Students explore existing conflicts between value systems and the practical implications for considering sustainability issues in a wide variety of applications. Students apply problem solving skills and concepts of environmental sustainability to a land development project, considering the scientific, political, economic and ethical implications.

Hours: 60
Course Code: ENVR-2080

Map Use and Analysis

Use and practice mapping and navigation skills in the field. Students gather and translate data, prepare maps, and experience how a Global Positioning System (GPS) and Global Information System (GIS) are applied in occupational fields.

Hours: 72
Course Code: GEOG-1000

Natural Science Math

This course in mathematics for applied science programs begins with an intensive overview of measurement, emphasizing both metric and imperial units, conversion of simple and derived units, proper treatment of significant digits, and techniques for handling measurement error. Following a review of algebra and Euclidean geometry (including many scientific calculator functions), the course will continue to apply mathematical skills to solve systems of two and three linear equations by means of graphic, algebraic, and determinant methods; derive and graph functions; and utilize factoring techniques to solve fractional and quadratic equations. The course will utilize trigonometric and vector analysis to solve practical problems involving angles in any quadrant, as well as right and oblique triangles. Finally, the relationship between exponents and radicals, and the relationship between exponential and logarithmic functions will be applied to biotic systems.

Hours: 60
Course Code: MATH-1200


Exploration of the essentials of statistical collection, analysis, and interpretation. Topics covered include the principles of statistical design, frequency distributions, descriptive statistics, measures of central tendency and dispersion, basic probability, standard normal distributions, linear regression and correlation, and a variety of statistical tests for goodness of fit, differences between means, and identification of outliers. Emphasis will be placed on the use of statistical software for data analysis.

Hours: 30
Course Code: MATH-1300

Standard First Aid and CPR/AED Level C

A comprehensive two-day course offering standard first aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) skills from a certified trainer. As required by regulation, this course covers CPR and the management of other breathing, airway and circulation emergencies, as well as, the control of bleeding, treating shock, stabilizing fractures and dislocations, head and spine injuries, and more. Also, includes automated external defibrilators (AED). This certification expires in 3 years.

Hours: 12
Course Code: NCPR-1001

Workplace Hazardous Materials Information Systems

Students complete Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) training and certification.

Hours: 3
Course Code: NCPR-1002

Hazardous Materials Awareness

Students learn about asbestos containing materials in buildings, mould awareness and how moisture affects mould growth, lead containing materials in buildings, mercury and PCBS in buildings, radon.

Hours: 6
Course Code: NCPR-1003

Asbestos Awareness

Students are trained and certified at an awareness level to work in an environment where they may be exposed to asbestos containing materials. This certification does not include removing asbestos.

Hours: 6
Course Code: NCPR-1005

Confined Space Awareness

Students will be trained and certified in Level 1 confined space awareness.

Hours: 12
Course Code: NCPR-2001

OJT - Environmental Applied Science Technology

On-the-job training provides learners with an opportunity to apply skills and knowledge acquired in the Environmental Applied Science Technology program to a relevant work environment. OJT participants will be expected to assume, with appropriate supervision, the duties and responsibilities normally expected of an entry-level employee in a similar position. Using their own observations and initiative, learners will be expected to acquire and apply new skills as may be expected of a new employee in their respective workplace setting.

Hours: 160
Course Code: PRAC-2035

Industrial Occupational Health and Safety

An introduction to the procedures, standards, legislation and programs used to maintain and improve the quality of industrial workplace environment from a health and safety perspective. These areas include: the recognition, evaluation and control of workplace hazards; industrial hygiene; awareness of technical standards, and worker health programs. A key component is a review of the methods of workplace health and safety compliance monitoring.

Hours: 45
Course Code: SAFE-1100