Higher Education
 

University of Toronto

Centre for Environment
Donna Workman, Manager,
Program and Partnership Development
33 Willcocks Street, Room 1016V
Toronto, Ontario, Canada, M5S 3E8
416-978-7077
d.workman@utoronto.ca
Certificate in GIS for Environmental Management:
http://learn.environment.utoronto.ca/distance-education.aspx

Description of Program:

The objectives of the Certificate in GIS for Environmental Management program is to build a foundation for understanding the GIS and Remote Sensing theory and techniques, and develop GIS software skills to solve practical tasks related to environmental management. All courses in this certificate program are completed through online distance education.

Course Listing (Mandatory courses for certificate completion):
UNITS
     GEM 400 Introduction to GIS for Environmental Management
3
     GEM 401 Advanced GIS for Environmental Management
3
   
Electives List (Students must select 2 courses from this list for certificate completion):
     GEM 402 Geospatial Technologies for Environmental Mapping with GIS
3
     GEM 403 Environmental Remote Sensing
3
     GEM 404 GIS Modeling for Environmental Applications
3

Description of Courses:

GEM 400
Introduction to GIS for Environmental Management
PREREQUISITE: This course is designed for people with no prior GIS experience. There are no prerequisites for this course. A basic understanding of computers and familiarity with the Microsoft Windows operating system is assumed.
DEPARTMENTAL RECOMMENDATION (S): Mandatory for certificate completion.
LECTURE: This course is administered through online distance education.

This online course provides an introduction to digital mapping and spatial analysis using a geographic information system (GIS). The course begins by building a foundation of fundamental concepts such as scale and map projections, critical to all future GIS analytical work. Students then learn how to create their own maps, input their own data, and how to use GIS software to analyze geographic problems and learn techniques that can be applied to environmental management, as well as to a wide variety of other subject areas.
For a detailed course description please view the course web page:
http://learn.environment.utoronto.ca/distance-education/courses.aspx

GEM 401
Advanced GIS for Environmental Management
PREREQUISITE: GEM 400 Introduction to GIS for Environmental Management
DEPARTMENTAL RECOMMENDATION (S): Mandatory for certificate completion.
LECTURE: This course is administered through online distance education.

This online course builds on GEM 400 and covers advanced topics in spatial analysis and data modeling using geographic information systems (GIS) for environmental management. The goal of this course is to provide a comprehensive introduction to the techniques and functions used in the analysis of spatial data. The analysis functions of GIS is to help in the understanding of the patterns and processes that lie beneath the features represented in the spatial database.
For a detailed course description please view the course web page:
http://learn.environment.utoronto.ca/distance-education/courses.aspx

Electives Course List:

GEM 402
Geospatial Technologies for Environmental Mapping with GIS
PREREQUISITE: This course is designed for people who have completed GEM 400 and GEM 401. Proficiency with the Microsoft Windows operating system and ArcGIS is required. A high-speed internet connection is required.
LECTURE: This course is administered through online distance education.

The aim of this course is to introduce fundamental concepts of geospatial information and their relationship in the light of GIS mapping for environmental studies. The course starts with and emphasizes on the nature of geospatial data, their acquisition and processing as the holistic process.

Geographic coordinate systems, projections and datum are vitally important for integration of different geospatial data, acquired with GIS, GPS and Remote Sensing technologies. The course introduces fundamentals of the subject and elaborates on details.
For a detailed course description please view the course web page:
http://learn.environment.utoronto.ca/distance-education/courses.aspx

GEM 403
Environmental Remote Sensing
PREREQUISITE: GEM 400 Introduction to GIS for Environmental Management. Proficiency in the Microsoft Windows operation system is required. A high-speed internet connection is required.
LECTURE: This course is administered through online distance education.

This course introduces the students with the principles of Remote Sensing (RS) and develops basic skills in using remote sensing data and techniques for environmental studies. The first part of the course will cover the principles and techniques of acquisition, enhancement, and analysis of RS imagery, as well as visual and computer-based image interpretation. The second part of the course deals with application of RS principles and data in environmental studies. Topics include the use of Remote Sensing for environmental applications related to different studies of vegetation, soil, water, air, and land use/land cover. The goal of the course is to develop an understanding of inventorying, mapping, and monitoring the Earth's natural resources through the measurement, analysis and interpretation of electromagnetic energy emanating from features of interest.
For a detailed course description please view the course web page:
http://learn.environment.utoronto.ca/distance-education/courses.aspx

GEM 404
GIS Modeling for Environmental Applications
PREREQUISITE: This course is designed for people who completed GEM 400 and GEM 401 courses. Proficiency with the Microsoft Windows operating system and ArcGIS are required. A high-speed internet connection is required.
LECTURE: This course is administered through online distance education.

This course will provide students with a theoretical understanding and practical experience in GIS modeling for specific environment applications. It will introduce new environmental applications to GIS modeling techniques (in addition to GEM400, GEM401 and GEM403) and methodology to use in combination with GIS analysis techniques for spatial modeling for environmental applications. The discussed environmental applications relate to natural resource use as well as engineering tasks.

Students will have the opportunity to acquire hands-on experience in spatial modeling using the GIS package with extensions. A series of laboratory works are designed to lead the students through the keys steps in spatial modeling for environmental applications.
For a detailed course description please view the course web page:
http://learn.environment.utoronto.ca/distance-education/courses.aspx