MRM (Planning)

The Resource and Environmental Planning Program (REPP) is the only planning program in Canada that specializes in interdisciplinary training in policy, natural science, and social science applied to natural resource and environmental planning. REPP is a professional planning program accredited by the Planning Standards Board for the Planning Profession of Canada and the Planning Institute of British Columbia. Students graduating from the Resource and Environmental Planning Program receive the degree of Master of Resource Management (Planning). 

Students take an integrated sequence of courses in complementary fields, pursue further courses in planning, and complete a research project. The aim is to increase familiarity and competence in understanding the dynamics of natural resources, the strategies and techniques of natural resource and environmental planning and management, and the biological, physical, social, economic, and institutional implications of resource decisions. Students also become familiar with various quantitative methods of analysis and aids to decision-making. In the field of natural resources, in particular, it is important that an academic program stress problem-solving as well as creative and critical thinking skills, rather than focusing solely on subject matter such as fisheries, resource economics, or forestry.

Core required courses for the MRM (Planning) program are:

REM 601-5: Social Science of Natural Resources Management
REM 602-5: Professional Planning Practice
REM 611-5: Applied Population and Community Ecology
REM 621-5: Ecological Economics
REM 631-5: Earth Systems and Global Change in Environmental Management
REM 641-5: Environmental and Planning Law
REM 642-5: Sustainable Community Planning and Regional Development
REM 643-5: Environmental Conflict and Dispute Resolution
REM 801-5: Principles of Research Methods
REM 698-3: Field Resource Management Workshop*
REM 699-10: Research Project

* This is a mandatory workshop that is held in late August for new REM students. It provides an opportunity for students and faculty to get acquainted, and to introduce students to a variety of resource management issues that are discussed in the program.

In addition to these required courses, students take one graduate elective courses, usually focused on their areas of specialization.

In exceptional cases, if a student provides evidence of advanced education that is equivalent to one of the required courses, a waiver may be granted for that course, thereby reducing the number of required courses by one (see the Course Waiver Policy for details).

The coursework normally fills the Fall and Spring semesters in two consecutive academic years.

Sample planning student schedule

End of August

Fall

Spring

Summer

Fall

Spring

Summer

REM 698

REM 801

REM 601

REM 699

REM 699

REM 699

 

 

REM 611

REM 631

 

REM 643

REM 602

 

 

REM 621

REM 642

 

Elective

REM 631

 

Research Project (REM 699)
The final product of a REM research project is a high-quality written report on a problem in resource and environmental management or planning. The project will include some original research and incorporate knowledge gained through courses or in the field. It is expected the REM students will produce a high-quality project; these will be published by the SFU Library and possibly in other academic or non-academic outlets. Please discuss report length and structure with your supervisor. The length of the 699 report will vary by project and discipline, however a typical report will be approximately 50-60 pages in length (~14,000 words). It is expected that all Planning and Project stream students will complete and defend a project (REM 699) within the 5-6 term completion expectations.