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LAKEHEAD CALENDAR 2009-2010

Lakehead 2009-2010 Academic Courses Graduate Courses (Masters and PhD) Forestry Masters Graduate Courses
Forestry Masters Graduate Courses

GRADUATE COURSES

Courses not offered this academic year (fall/winter terms) are indicated by the words "NOT OFFERED THIS YEAR" below the course description. Nevertheless, students should refer to the Timetable as a final check.

The following courses are offered for the MScF and MF programs. Specific courses may be offered in any academic year, depending on instructor availability and level of student interest. Students should refer to the Timetable and the Chair, Forestry Graduate Studies Committee, as final checks.

Forestry 5131      Biogeochemistry of Forest Systems
Credit Weight: 0.5
Description: The study of the storage and cycling of carbon, water, and nutrients in forested ecosystems. Impacts of disturbance (fire, harvest, climate change) will be examined as examples of mechanisms associate with ecosystems stability, resilience and recovery. Students will normally use literature and/or process-based models (e.g. CENTURY) as a framework for understanding ecosystem processes and for identifying gaps in our current knowledge. Students, collectively or individually, may have the opportunity to employ analytical techniques (e.g. nutrient analysis, tree hydraulic architecture) and to interpret pertinent data.
Offering: 2-3; 0-0
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Forestry 5132      Special Topics
Credit Weight: 0.5
Description: A half-course offering opportunities for in-depth analysis of special topics in forestry.
SpecialTopic: Y
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Forestry 5162      Special Topics
Credit Weight: 1
Description: A full course offering opportunities for in-depth analysis of special topics in forestry.
SpecialTopic: Y
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Forestry 5163      Forest Soils and Tree Mineral Nutrition
Credit Weight: 1
Description: The course reviews soil processes and soil-forming factors. In-depth analysis of concepts of tree mineral nutrition, soil chemistry and soil physics is undertaken. Current developments in forest soil science are examined in a seminar format.
Offering: 2-3; 2-3
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Forestry 5170      Plant Growth Analysis
Credit Weight: 0.5
Description: Plant growth analysis, demographic analysis and yield component analysis are three procedures and used to study relationships underlying plant growth and development. Fundamental principals governing whole plant growth and stand-level responses to environment will be reviewed. Major topics include: determination of relative growth rates (RGR), variation in RGR, relative land output (RLO) and inverse yield-density relationships.
Offering: 2-3; 0-0
Notes: Offered in alternate years
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Forestry 5233      Operational Efficiency and Analysis in Wood Procurement
Credit Weight: 0.5
Description: Students will study operational efficiency and techniques used in the development, analysis and evaluation of wood procurement equipment, systems, work methods, and organizations.
Offering: 2-3; 0-0
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Forestry 5251      Advances in Silviculture
Credit Weight: 0.5
Description: Advanced silvicultural concepts and practices, concentrating on fundamental biological and ecological principles as they pertain to design and implementation of silvicultural systems. Material covered in lecture will assume previous coursework in silvicultural principles, forest ecology, and forest management.
Offering: 2-3; 0-0
Notes: Offered in alternate years
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Forestry 5253      Wood Procurement Planning, Scheduling and Control
Credit Weight: 0.5
Description: Students will study and model wood procurement planning, scheduling and control. Wood procurement will be studied taking into account the overall economy of a firm, as well as the social, silvicultural and natural environments in which it operates.
Offering: 0-0; 2-3
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Forestry 5273      Tree Ecophysiology I
Credit Weight: 0.5
Prerequisite(s): Permission of the instructor
Description: A study of ecophysiological principles and mechanisms of plant response to change in the environment. The course will focus on assumptions and approaches of ecophysiological research, foliar gas exchange (photosynthesis and transpiration), long-distance transport of assimilates, and water relations.
Offering: 3-1; 0-0
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Forestry 5274      Tree Ecophysiology II
Credit Weight: 0.5
Prerequisite(s): Forestry 5273 or permission of the instructor
Description: A study of ecophysiological principles and mechanisms of plant response to change in the environment. This course will further materials covered in Forestry 5273. A good understanding of photosynthesis, long-distance transport of assimilates and water relations is essential for taking this course. The course content will focus on leaf energy budgets, mineral nutrition, growth and allocation, life cycles and biotic influences.
Offering: 0-0; 3-1
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Forestry 5430      Advanced Forest Pathology
Credit Weight: 0.5
Description: An advanced course in the concepts and methods used in artificial forest ecosystems. The course will expand on the number of tree diseases covered. Particular emphasis will focus on the diseases associated with tree nurseries and plantation diseases in both conifers and hardwoods. Some time will be devoted to readings and discussions on the ablotic agents implicated in tree diseases such as air pollution and acid precipitation.
Offering: 0-0; 3-0
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Forestry 5510      Research Methods I: Philosophy and General Methods of Science
Credit Weight: 0.5
Description: A wide variety of philosophical and practical topics will be covered.  These include the nature, origin, and limits of scientific knowledge; the scientific literature; library research methods; research problem analysis; research proposals; project management and reporting research results.
Offering: 3-0; 0-0
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Forestry 5515      Research Planning
Credit Weight: 0.5
Description: Further development and understanding of the design of research, building on hypotheses and theories, including principles presented in Forestry 5510. Emphasis on development of scientific communication skills within the context of a research program.
Offering: 0-0; 3-0
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Forestry 5530      Research Methods II: Experimental Design in Forestry Research
Credit Weight: 0.5
Prerequisite(s): Mathematics 2321 or permission of the instructor
Description: The design, execution and analysis of forestry experiments. Four basic design structures are treated: completely randomized, randomized complete blocks, split-plot, and nested. One way, factorial and nested treatment structures are discussed. Additional topics include incomplete block designs, fractional factorial designs and response surface designs. Students learn how to decide whether a proposed design is well suited to their purposes and how to make ill-suited designs better. As a term project, students execute, analyze and report on an experiment of their own design.
Offering: 0-0; 2-3
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Forestry 5575      Application of Modelling in Forest Management
Credit Weight: 0.5
Description: An introduction to the mathematical modelling of systems of forest management. Single-use and multiple-use models are covered. Students will develop their own modelling projects as the course progresses.
Offering: 0-0; 2-3
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Forestry 5610      Forest Genetics I: Natural Variation
Credit Weight: 0.5
Description: A study of the origin, nature and ecological significance of the genetic variation found in important Canadian tree species. Topics include the maintenance and modeling of genetic variation and the impacts of climate change.
Notes: Offered in alternate years
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Forestry 5710      Forest Genetics II: Tree Improvement
Credit Weight: 0.5
Description: A study of the principles and methods used for the capture of useful components of genetic variation for improvement of Canadian tree species. Topics include the identification of seed zones and breeding zones, selection criteria and strategies, the breeding cycle, and the impacts of climate change.
Offering: 0-0; 2-3
Notes: Offered in alternate years
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Forestry 5730      Advanced Remote Sensing Applications
Credit Weight: 0.5
Description: A study of airborne and spaceborne sensor systems, their applications and limitations. Techniques for data acquisition, registration, enhancement, and analysis will be included. Hands-on computer-based image analysis (ERDAS) is an integral part of the course. Applications will include forest depletion mapping, vegetation, stress detection and monitoring, as well as land-use inventory. The link between remote sensing and a GIS will be demonstrated.
Offering: 0-0; 2-3
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Forestry 5770      Management and Marketing Strategies
Credit Weight: 0.5
Description: A study of the fundamental principles of marketing management and an in-depth understanding of the present national and international market of forest products and equipment. Techniques of conducting market research and developing marketing intelligence for the forestry sector will be explored. A firm's marketing environment will be explored to develop a market coverage strategy over a value-added forest product's life cycle by using market segmentation, market targeting, and market positioning theories. Concepts of pricing decisions, distribution channels, integrated logistics management and marketing communication will be introduced.
Offering: 3-0; 0-0
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Forestry 5810      Forest Policy
Credit Weight: 0.5
Description: An advanced course in forest policy development and analysis. Working individually and in small teams, students will conduct descriptive, evaluative, and prescriptive analyses of proposed and current forest policies. Students will prepare papers and present formal seminars on assigned topics, and complete a major term project.
Offering: 2-3; 0-0
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Forestry 5815      Environmental Assessment
Credit Weight: 0.5
Description: Environmental assessment (EA) processes and procedures, scientific and analytical protocols, and the role of EA in forest management are presented and student's skills developed in analyzing environmental impacts and EA documents. Students performance is evaluated through a variety of analytical, written and oral projects as well as class participation.
Offering: 0-0; 3-0
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Forestry 5850      Wood Ultrastructure
Credit Weight: 0.5
Description: The morphology of fibre and its variation within a standing tree in a nature stand and a man-made forest will be introduced. The impact of various silvicultural treatments on fibre quality for various forest products, including pulp and paper, will be discussed. Students will present a 20-minute seminar based on their literature reviews in the subject areas or a small project related to the fibre morphology study.
Offering: 2-3; 0-0
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Forestry 5870      International Resource Conservation
Credit Weight: 0.5
Description: Conservation, the managed-use of natural resources, must become an explicit element in economic development decisions and programs. International economic relationships pose particular problems for environmental management in many developing countries. Students will examine the nature and extent of some of the problems and consider ways in which the international community can deal more effectively with environmental concerns. Emphasis will be placed on the social, economic and cultural aspects of the issues. Course format includes readings, student-led seminar discussions, and short written assignments.
Offering: 0-0; 3-0
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Forestry 5901 (9901)      MScF Thesis
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Forestry 5980 (9980)      MF Report
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