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School of Resource and Environmental Management | Faculty of Environment Simon Fraser University Calendar | Fall 2019

Resource and Environmental Management

Master of Resource Management (Planning)

The master of resource management (planning) program is distinctive in Canada because of its focus on the policy, economic, and environmental science aspects of natural resource and environmental planning. The program is accredited by the Canadian Institute of Planners (CIP) and the Planning Institute of British Columbia. An MRM (Planning) graduate is eligible for candidate membership to become a certified professional planner and may enjoy improved employment prospects, conference and workshop participation, and access to professional development programs.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must satisfy the University admission requirements as stated in Graduate General Regulations 1.3 in the SFU Calendar. Those with degree qualifications in fields not directly related but with extensive experience in resource management are encouraged to apply.

Applicants will vary in their preparation for the various disciplines in the school. Students must be familiar with the material covered in an undergraduate course in parametric and non-parametric statistics. Detailed application information, including the application deadline, can be found on the department's website:

Program Requirements

This program consists of required courses, an elective course, and a research project for a minimum of 57 units.

Students complete the following courses

REM 601 - Social Science of Natural Resources Management (5)

An introduction to the relevance of social science perspectives, data and analytical tools in resource management, especially as these complement, supplement or critique perspectives from natural science or economics. Equivalent Courses: MRM601.

REM 602 - Professional Planning Practice: Advanced Seminar (5)

A professional planning seminar covering planning practice and planning ethics. This course includes an internship requirement. Prerequisite: Eight REM courses or permission of instructor.

REM 611 - Population and Community Ecology (5)

A review of population, community, and ecosystem ecology; implications of these areas for methods of resource management and environmental assessment. Equivalent Courses: MRM611.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
G100 Mo, We 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
WMC 2532, Burnaby
REM 621 - Ecological Economics (5)

Introduction to economic concepts for management of the environment and specific natural resources. Key issues are definitions of sustainability, the substitution capability between human-made and natural capital, and the appropriate application of economics to sustainable development analysis and policies. Equivalent Courses: MRM621 MRM662.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
G100 Tu, Th 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
AQ 2104, Burnaby
REM 631 - Earth Systems and Global Change in Environmental Management (5)

Reviews how human and natural processes across earth systems and over a range of scales interact to affect the hydrological cycle, climate, and land surface processes that are relevant to resource management. Equivalent Courses: MRM631.

REM 641 - Environmental and Planning Law (5)

A practical introduction to the legal system that governs the use and protection of natural resources and the environment in Canada. The course also includes an overview of the law that governs land use planning in British Columbia. Prerequisite: Enrollment in a REM graduate program or permission of the department. Students with credit for MRM 641 may not take this course for further credit.

REM 642 - Sustainable Community Planning and Regional Development (5)

Theory and techniques of regional analysis; planning models and their application to key resource sectors. Equivalent Courses: MRM642.

REM 643 - Environmental Conflict and Dispute Resolution (5)

This course examines theoretical aspects of conflict and dispute resolution in natural resource management settings and is designed to assist students in understanding the nature of environmental conflict and the role of environmental dispute resolution (EDR) techniques. Equivalent Courses: MRM660 MRM662.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
G200 Th 12:30 PM – 4:20 PM
TASC2 7520, Burnaby
REM 698 - Field Resource Management Workshop (3)

An intensive field course introducing students to the diversity of issues and viewpoints concerning management of natural resources. Problem areas will include forestry, mining, fisheries and wildlife management, energy, recreation and land use planning. Graded on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis. Equivalent Courses: MRM698.

REM 801 - Principles of Research Methods (5)

Students will develop skills and insight into the design, implementation and analysis of interdisciplinary research in natural resource and environmental management. This will help prepare students to carry out their own research projects. Students who entered REM during or prior to the Fall 1994 term and who have received credit for any one of MRM 601, 611 or 621 may not take REM 801 for credit. Equivalent Courses: MRM801.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
G100 Tu, Th 8:30 AM – 10:20 AM
BLU 10011, Burnaby

and a minimum of three elective graduate units in consultation with the senior supervisor

and a research project

REM 699 - Research Project (6)

A research project dealing with a specific interdisciplinary problem in resource management, administration or allocation. The study must result in the preparation of a formal paper and the presentation of a seminar. Students with credit for MRM 699 may not take this course for further credit.

Program Length

Students are expected to complete the program requirements in nine terms.

Other Information

Course Exemption

In exceptional cases, if a student provides evidence of advanced education that is equivalent to one of the required courses, an exemption may be granted for that course, thereby reducing the number of required courses by one. If a student receives a course exemption, the student is not required to replace the course for which the exemption was received.

Research Project

The research project must be presented and defended at an oral examination. The project is examined by the supervisory committee and upon successful completion must be submitted to the library.

Academic Requirements within the Graduate General Regulations

All graduate students must satisfy the academic requirements that are specified in the Graduate General Regulations, as well as the specific requirements for the program in which they are enrolled.