Environmental Technology Ontario College Advanced Diploma

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  • Objectives
    This three year program provides students with a general knowledge of the concepts of air, water, and waste management. In particular, the program emphasizes in-depth training in the principles and procedures of measurement and analysis techniques for air, water, and waste.
  • Practical experience
    This three year program has four co-op work terms.
  • Academic title
    Environmental Technology Ontario College Advanced Diploma
  • Course description
    Level 1    Credits
    Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
    • BIOL-1016    Cytology     4.00
    • CHEM-1003    General Chemistry 1     4.50
    • WRIT-1039    Reason & Writing 1-Technology     3.00
    • MATH-1172    Math 1     5.00
    • ENVR-1014    Environmental & Science Issues     3.00

    Level 2    Credits
    Gen Ed - Take a 3 credit General Education elective course
    Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
    • BIOL-3001    Microbiology 1 - Bacteriology     5.00
    • CHEM-1012    General Chemistry 2     3.50
    • MATH-3062    Mathematics 2     5.00
    • PHYS-1001    Physics     4.50

    Level 3    Credits
    Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
    • CHEM-3003    Analytical Chemistry     4.00
    • ENVR-3001    Water Quality Management I     2.00
    • ENVR-3010    Water Distribution & Treatment     2.50
    • MATH-3030    Statistics     3.00
    • PHYS-1032    Physics     3.50
    • GEOL-3001    Hydrogeology     2.00

    Level 4    Credits
    Gen Ed - Take a 3 credit General Education elective course
    Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
    • ENVR-3009    Water Quality Management 2     3.00
    • CHEM-3002    Organic Chemistry 1     5.00
    • CHEM-3004    Instrumental Methods of Analysis 1     6.00
    • PHYS-3003    Thermodynamics & Optics     4.00
    • MATH-1173    Calculus 1     5.00

    Level 5    Credits

    Gen Ed - Take a 3 credit General Education elective course
    Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
    • CHEM-5001    Organic Chemistry 2     4.25
    • ENVR-5010    Air Quality Sampling & Evaluation     3.50
    • ENVR-3007    Air Pollution Meteorology     4.00
    • ENVR-5003    Water Sampling & Evaluation Laboratory     3.50
    • MATH-5017    Calculus 2     5.00

    Level 6    Credits

    Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
    • CHEM-5005    Instrumental Methods of Analysis 2     5.50
    • ENVR-5005    Industrial Hygiene     3.00
    • ENVR-5006    Air Sampling & Evaluation Lab II     3.25
    • ENVR-5007    Air Pollution Meteor. Lab     1.50
    • ENVR-5008    Topics in Waste Management     4.00
    • COMM-3005    Language & Communication Skills 3     3.00

    Gen Ed - Electives
    Take 9 General Education Credits -
    Normally taken in Levels 2, 4 and 5

    BIOL-1016 -  Cytology
    This is an introductory course in biology where the study is limited to basic biological process occurring at the cellular level. The topics discussed will include cell structures and their function, structure and formation of macaromolecules; energy procurement, release and utilization; DNA structure and protein synthesis; Mendal's Laws and inherited characteristics; and Genetic diseases and their causes.

    BIOL-3001 -  Microbiology 1 - Bacteriology

    This is an introductory course in microbiology which places emphasis on bacteriology and will provide the student with a general working knowledge in the following areas: structure, classification, cultivation (nutrition, media preparation, isolation, transfer techniques) enumeration, metabolism, control of bacteria, and food and industrial microbiology.

    CHEM-1003 -  General Chemistry 1
    This course covers the basic concepts of matter, quantitative interpretation of chemical reactions, behaviour of gases, composition of atoms and their electron configurations and chemical bonding. Laboratories provide opportunities to develop laboratory techniques while working on experiments related to theory discussed in lectures.

    CHEM-1012 -  General Chemistry 2
    This course introduces students to chemical equilibrium, properties of solutions and acid-base systems, equilibrium in saturated solutions, and oxidation-reduction reactions and associated electrical energy. The laboratory experiments are related to material discussed.

    CHEM-3002 -  Organic Chemistry 1
    This is a lecture/laboratory course. The lectures will provide students with a basic knowledge of the properties and reactions of alkanes, alkenes, alkynes and aromatic compounds. The Laboratory experiments will emphasize proper techniques in extraction, isolation, purification, identification and synthesis of simple organic compounds.

    CHEM-3003 -  Analytical Chemistry

    The chemical theory and experimentation introduced in general chemistry courses is developed further with emphasis on laboratory skills and analysis techniques. CHEM3003 demonstrates the importance of stoichiometric calculations for solution preparation, standardization, acid-base reactions, and oxidation- reduction reactions to the analysis of materials applicable to the science and environmental laboratory field.

    CHEM-3004 -  Instrumental Methods of Analysis 1

    This course provides students with a knowledge of concepts and techniques employed in spectrophotometric and separation analysis in biological, chemical, environmental, forensic, medical and quality control areas. Practical experience is gained in the operation of infrared, ultraviolet/visible and atomic absorption spectrophotometers, gas and liquid chromatographs.

    CHEM-5001 -  Organic Chemistry 2

    This is a Lecture/Laboratory course. It provides students with information on more Functional group studies which include nomenclature, reaction and properties of alcohols, phenols, ethers, halides, aldehydes and ketones, carboxylic acids and derivatives, and nitrogen bases. Stereochemistry topics will be introduced. Laboratory experiments will emphasize the lecture topics.

    CHEM-5005 -  Instrumental Methods of Analysis 2

    This is a lecture/laboratory course. It provides students with a knowledge of concepts and techniques employed in spectrophotometric and chromatographic separation analyses. Practical experience is gained in the operation of several spectro-photometers (infrared, ultra-violet/visible, atomic absorption), gas chromatrograph, high performance liquid chromatograph (HPLC), and gas chromatography/mass spectrometry (GC/MS).

    COMM-3005 -  Language & Communication Skills 3
    This course will permit the student to perform primary and secondary research, to shape, organize and document a formal report and to present a persuasive oral proposal.

    ENVR-1014 -  Environmental & Science Issues
    This course provides a comprehensive understanding of the parameters and problems surrounding major environmental issues. This understanding will enable the student to evaluate different courses of action that can be undertaken to deal with these issues. This course will also provide students with a framework of knowledge into which environmental considerations can be integrated into decision-making practices.

    ENVR-3001 -  Water Quality Management I

    This course provides an introduction to freshwater management concepts and principles and prepares the student for advanced courses in water and wastewater treatment, qualitative analysis and hydrogeology.

    ENVR-3007 -  Air Pollution Meteorology

    This course introduces the student to meteorology and its relationship to air pollution.

    ENVR-3009 -  Water Quality Management 2
    The course focuses on environmental legislation applicable in drinking water and waste water quality management in the province of Ontario (Acts, Regulations, policies, guidelines, standards and by-Laws). The course also addresses technical principles, processes and practices in domestic wastewater treatment.

    ENVR-3010 -  Water Distribution & Treatment

    This course is designed to familiarize the student with the fundamental concepts involved in the purification and distribution of a water supply. Examples of the changing water supply as it relates to the geography and the environment are also considered. The study of macroinvertebrate and Benthos sampling will be augmented with field sampling.

    ENVR-5003 -  Water Sampling & Evaluation Laboratory
    An explanation of the theory, importance, and standard chemical analysis of: dissolved oxygen, biochemical oxygen demand, chemical oxygen demand, nitrogen, phosphates, phenol, oil and grease, chromium, and hardness relating to natural and waste waters is covered. Some practical treatment procedures are performed. Laboratory oriented.

    ENVR-5005 -  Industrial Hygiene
    This course is an introduction to the field of industrial hygiene for students who will be responsible for identifying hazards in their work environment.

    ENVR-5006 -  Air Sampling & Evaluation Lab II
    ENVR5006 provides the theoretical and practical experience to monitor air pollutants using automatic monitors. The procedures of source sampling in accordance with MoE code are outlined both in the classroom and in measurements on a major thermal plant.

    ENVR-5007 -  Air Pollution Meteor. Lab

    This is a laboratory course in which the students learn how to use meteorological instruments both inside the laboratory and outside on a tower.

    ENVR-5008 -  Topics in Waste Management
    This course provides the student with a basic knowledge in the following topics in waste management: industrial ecology and applying the concepts; federal and provincial legislation and related regulations, policies and guidelines; solid and hazardous waste management strategies; pollution prevention approach and spills response planning and implementation.

    ENVR-5010 -  Air Quality Sampling & Evaluation

    This course introduces the student to the principles and techniques of air pollution monitoring. Federal and Provincial legislation is reviewed as well as international agreements and practices such as Air Quality Management Systems (ISO 14000). The industrial control of pollutant gasesand solids is studied prior to an investigation of pollution production and control from mobile sources. Extensive laboratory, field exercises and numerical problems are included.

    GEOL-3001 -  Hydrogeology
    This theory course is designed as an introduction to hydrogeology and is intended primarily for third semester Environmental Technology students. At the end of the course the student will be familiar with the terminology, concepts and physical processes connected with surface water and groundwater flows. The student will be exposed to elementary analytical and numerical problem solving techniques in this field. The nature of human impacts on these processes will also be investigated.

    MATH-1172 -  Math 1

    As the first mathematics course for technology students, the content covered includes a review of principles used for manipulating numeric expressions, fractions and percentages, treatment of measured data, followed by fundamental algebra, radicals, logarithmic and exponential functions.

    MATH-1173 -  Calculus 1
    This course is the first of two calculus coursesfor Technology students. The content coveredincludes introduction to limits, differentiationand integration of polynomial functions .Applications of differentiation include graphing,optimization problems, related rate problems andNewton's method in root finding. Applications ofintegration include problems involving area,volume, motion and work. Use of spreadsheetapplications will continue in the solution ofnon-linear equations , differences used toestimate derivatives, approximation of definiteintegrals by summation techniques (including theTrapezoid Rule and Simpson's 1/3 Rule).

    MATH-3030 -  Statistics
    The course is a fundamental statistics course for technologists and introduces: descriptive statistics; probability and probability distributions; sampling distributions and hypothesis testing; regression, correlation and quality control charts.

    MATH-3062 -  Mathematics 2

    This course is the second of two pre-calculus mathematics courses whose content includes an introduction to trigonometry, treatment of algebraic fractions and functions and graphs. This course introduces the student to the use of a spreadsheet in numerical problem solving.

    MATH-5017 -  Calculus 2
    This course is the second of two calculus coursesfor Technology students. The content includesdifferentiation of transcendental functions ,methods of integration and analytical solution offirst-order ordinary differential equations. Thiscourse will continue to use spreadsheet techniquesto demonstrate numerical methods applied to thetopics in calculus, including numerical solutionof first-order ODEs as well as regressionanalysis.

    PHYS-1001 -  Physics
    This foundation course covers kinematics and dynamics of straight line motion, force, work, energy, power, momentum, rotational motion, and properties of fluids.

    PHYS-1032 -  Physics

    This foundation course covers waves and sound, electric and magnetic fields, and DC/AC circuits.

    PHYS-3003 -  Thermodynamics & Optics
    This course covers the basic concepts of thermodynamics and optics, and applications to instrumentation the student will encounter in the future.

    WRIT-1039 -  Reason & Writing 1-Technology

    This course will introduce technology students to essential principles of reading, writing, and reasoning at the postsecondary level. Students will identify, summarize, analyze, and evaluate multiple short readings and write persuasive response essays to develop their vocabulary, comprehension, grammar, and critical thinking. This course will also introduce students to selected issues and terms in technology.

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