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AANB 515 Animal Welfare and Animal Ethics
Credit will be granted for only one of APBI 315, ANSC 515, or AANB 515.
AANB 550 Topics in Animal Welfare
ANTH 100A Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
Basic concepts and methods of anthropology; culture and race; comparative study of social systems, religion, symbolism, art, and other institutions. Examples are drawn from a variety of cultures.
ANTH 201A Ethnic Relations
An introduction to the study of the relations between ethnic groups and of the interplay between ethnicity and other social factors.
ANTH 202B Contemporary Social Problems
Cultural background to contemporary events; problems of nationalism and regional conflicts, economic and social development, gender, religion and social change. Course may stress a different region of the world in different years.
ANTH 210 Eating Culture
An anthropological exploration of how the collection, cultivation and consumption of food shapes human society and culture.
ANTH 220 First Nations of British Columbia
The cultures, languages, and resources of First Nations, with anthropological perspectives on colonization and development.
ANTH 360 Introduction to Ecological Anthropology
Analysis of the relations between human societies and the ecological aspects of their environment (including technology, society, and ideology). Previously ANTH 460.
ANTH 540A Advanced Seminar: Sacred Geography
APBI 100 Soil and the Global Environment
Soil as the base of the Earth�s ecosystem pyramid. The interconnection between soil, climate change and human activity, the carbon cycle, water resources, food security, food safety, and biofuel production. Strategies for sustaining soil resources.
APBI 200 Introduction to Soil Science
Physical, chemical and biological properties of soils; soil formation, classification, use and conservation. There are no prerequisites for this course, but background in Biology 12, Chemistry 12, and Physics 12 (or first-year university-level) is strongly advised.
APBI 244 Introduction to Biometeorology
Basic principles and processes of climatology. Energy and water balance concepts. Weather systems and climate change, microclimate of soils, crops, forests, and animals.
APBI 260 Basic principles and processes of climatology. Energy and water balance concepts. Weather systems and climate change, microclimate of soils, crops, forests, and animals.
Introduction to the biophysical and socioeconomic factors affecting systems management and production in selected agroecosystems. Credit will be granted for only one of APBI 260 or APBI 265.
APBI 265 Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems
Principles and practices necessary to understand practical concerns of sustainable food systems. Credit will be granted for only one of APBI 265 or APBI 260.
APBI 290 Introductory Topics in Applied Biology: Insects for Food and Feed
Analysis and interpretation of current issues in applied biology. Topics will vary from year to year.
APBI 312 Reproductive and Digestive Physiology
Reproductive and digestive physiology, and current technologies applied to these systems in domestic and wild animals.
APBI 314 Animals and Society
Contemporary use of animals for food production, companionship, recreation and science; social and ethical issues concerning human impacts on animals; animals in human culture; protection of animals by society and the law.
APBI 315 Animal Welfare and the Ethics of Animal Use
Scientific assessment of animal well-being, ethical concepts applied to animal use, and animal welfare issues arising in agriculture, biomedical research and other areas. Credit will be granted for only one of APBI 315, ANSC 515, or AANB 515.
APBI 319 Aquaculture and the Environment
Interactions between aquaculture and the environment. Current issues, comparison of systems, species, production methods, environments, and socioeconomics.
APBI 342 Soil Biology
The diversity of soil organisms (bacteria, protozoa, fungi, animals, plants) in natural and managed ecosystems; roles in primary production, nutrient cycling, decomposition and reclamation; interactions between soil organisms; responses to environmental change.
APBI 351 Plant Physiology
Mechanisms and regulation of functional processes contributing to the assimilation, transport and utilization of water, mineral nutrients and carbon by plants.
APBI 360 Agroecology II
Animals and Plants as Components of Agricultural Ecosystems. A systems approach is used to investigate the functions and interactions of plants and animals in agricultural systems. Field trips for assessment of existing agroecosystems.
APBI 361 Key Indicators of Agroecosystem Sustainability
A detailed exploration of biophysical, economic, and social ecosystem sustainability indicators for primary production subsystems.
APBI 401 Soil Processes
Integration of soil physics, chemistry, and biology in understanding essential soil processes.
APBI 402 Sustainable Soil Management
Application of fundamental, unifying, soil science principles in sustainable ecosystem management.
APBI 412 Belowground Ecosystems
Concepts, methods, and applications of belowground ecology with emphasis on biotic interactions in soil; roles that aboveground and belowground communities play in regulating the structure and function of terrestrial ecosystems and their responses to global change. Credit will be granted for only one of FRST 512 or APBI 412.
APBI 413 Stress and Coping in Animals
Understanding, assessing, and managing stress in farm, companion, captive wildlife, and research animals: sources of stress; behavioural, emotional, cognitive, and physiological responses; effects on growth, reproduction, health.
APBI 414 Animals and Global Issues
Research seminar integrating diverse information to address global animal issues including: animal-source foods and human health, environmental impact of livestock production, trade in exotic animals.
APBI 415 Applied Animal Behaviour
Application of principles and research methods of animal behaviour to practical problems in the care of farm, companion, wild and research animals, and in animal training, and human-wildlife conflict.
APBI 416 Animal Welfare and Conservation Biology
Evaluation of humane treatment of individual animals living in the wild and managed within conservation biology. Assessment of attitudes and viewpoints of the role of animal welfare in conservation biology.
APBI 418 Intensive Fish Production
Management of fin fish throughout the life cycle; broodstock, egg, larvae, and juvenile. Control of environmental factors, including pathogens, for maximum productivity at all life stages.
APBI 428 Integrated Pest Management
Development and implementation of multi-disciplinary pest management programs in agricultural crops.
APBI 444 Agroforestry
An introduction to the application of knowledge and principles of agroecology and forest ecology to global agroforestry systems. The course includes a one-weekend field trip that requires a supplemental fee.
APBI 460 Advanced Agroecology
The relationship between biological diversity and sustainability for the management of agroecosystems; emphasise on ecological interactions between natural ecosystems and agroecosystems, including connections between agroecology and conservation biology. A fee will be assessed each student to cover field trip costs.
APBI 490 Advanced Topics in Applied Biology: Sustainable Fruit Production
Analysis and interpretation of current issues in applied biology.
APBI 495 Principles of Wildlife Management in Forests and Agricultural Environments
Impacts of wildlife on crop productivity in temperate and tropical environments, the resiliency of wildlife populations to conventional control methodology, adoption of innovative methods to reduce crop damage, and the impact of introduced species on native fauna.
APBI 497B Directed Studies: Engaging Aboriginal Communities through Community-Based Experiential Learning: Field Course Collaboration in Food Security with Squamish First Nation
APPP 502 Sustainability and Leadership
Skills for leading change that influences triple-bottom-line; sustainability, change agency systems thinking; awareness and perspective for engagement and communication; adaptive leadership; change dynamics; cases studies in organizational and social change. Collaboratively delivered with the Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration.
APSC 100 Introduction to Engineering I
An introduction to the engineering profession including: roles and responsibilities of the engineer, the engineering disciplines, sustainability, an introduction to the engineering design process, introduction and application of the relevant foundational scientific principles, prototyping, engineering graphics, technical communication, and engineering ethics.
APSC 101 Introduction to Engineering II
An introduction to the engineering profession including: the engineering design process, sustainability, prototype testing, introduction and application of the relevant foundational scientific principles, team functioning, engineering graphics, and technical communication.
APSC 261 Technology and Society I
The course deals with the influence of technology on the social, political, economic, and environmental aspects of society. The specific subject matter varies from year to year. Examples of subjects considered include, resources, energy, nuclear power, technology, the effects of technology on the family, education, agriculture, international policy and others.
APSC 262 Technology and Society II
The course deals with the influence of technology on the social, political, economic and environmental aspects of society. The subject matter varies from year to year and differs from APSC 261. It may be taken as a continuation of APSC 261 or taken independently. Examples of subjects considered include pollution, work place health hazards, social impact of computers, problem solving, green revolution, technology and the third world, engineering ethics and others.
APSC 366 The Art of the Possible: An Introduction to Engineering for Non-Engineers
An introduction to engineering for the non-specialist. A case-studies approach includes examples from sustainability-related technology, consumer products, structures, and energy conversion.
APSC 461 Global Engineering Leadership
Introduction to concepts, theory, and practice of engineering leadership, including characteristics; individual and cultural differences, service and management contexts; managing change, conflicts, and crises; real-world ethics and core values.
APSC 498H Directed Studies: Humanitarian Engineering
Requires approval of a Department Head or Program Director.
APSC 598G Topics in Engineering: Sustainable Building Project
ARCH 411 Materials and Methods of Construction
An investigation of building materials and systems considering design objectives, environmental conditions, historical context, regulatory controls, and economic constraints. The major building systems of light wood frame, steel, and concrete and the technical and expressive opportunities inherent in each. Credit will be granted for only one of ARCH 411 or DES 232. Restricted to B.En.D. students.
ARCH 511 Architectural Technology I
Architectural technology, including materials and methods, construction types, and building system integration. Strong emphasis on enclosure performance with focus on smaller buildings and light wood framing construction.
ARCH 513 Environmental Systems and Controls I
Building form and fabric considerations to assure appropriate thermal, luminous, sonic, and atmospheric conditions within buildings.
ARCH 531 Architectural Technology II
Analysis and design of advanced assemblies. Integration of multiple building systems within a wide range of construction types, and more complex enclosures in a variety of climatic conditions. Emphasis on technical performance, durability and sustainability.