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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

The master of resource management program is designed for recent graduates from a range of disciplines and for individuals with experience in private organizations or public agencies dealing with natural resources and the environment.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must satisfy the University admission requirements as stated in Graduate General Regulations 1.3 in the SFU Calendar. Contact the School of Resource and Environmental Management directly for more information (reminfo@sfu.ca). 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. Therefore, admission to the school may be conditional upon the completion of certain undergraduate courses. 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: http://www.rem.sfu.ca/prospective-students/apply-to-rem/.

Program Requirements

Program options consist of either 11 courses and a research project (course-based stream) for a minimum of 57 units, or 7 courses and a thesis (thesis-based stream) for a minimum of 47 units. Both the project and thesis require high quality research. The thesis stream is more research intensive, producing a final thesis document that is larger in scope than a project and that makes a distinct original contribution to knowledge.

Course-based Stream

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 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 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 one of

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 644 - Public Policy Analysis and Administration (5)

Analysis of methods of policy-making and problem solving with particular emphasis on natural resource issues. Topics include goal setting, problem definition, program scheduling, policy evaluation, policy implementation and public administration. A practical analysis of the structure and processes surrounding major contemporary policy issues. Equivalent Courses: MRM644.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
G100 Sean Markey
Tu, We 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
TASC2 7520, Burnaby

and four graduate elective courses (18 units minimum chosen in consultation with the student's 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.

Thesis Stream

Students complete one of

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 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.

and one of

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 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 644 - Public Policy Analysis and Administration (5)

Analysis of methods of policy-making and problem solving with particular emphasis on natural resource issues. Topics include goal setting, problem definition, program scheduling, policy evaluation, policy implementation and public administration. A practical analysis of the structure and processes surrounding major contemporary policy issues. Equivalent Courses: MRM644.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
G100 Sean Markey
Tu, We 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
TASC2 7520, Burnaby

and all of the following*

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 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 two graduate elective courses (6 units minimum chosen in consultation with the student's senior supervisor)

and a thesis

REM 697 - MRM Thesis (18)

Thesis course for the MRM - thesis stream degree.

*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.

Program Length

Students are expected to complete the program in six terms. Note that co-op placement(s) may extend terms to completion.

Other Information

Both the thesis and the research project must be submitted to the library upon completion.

REM's Cooperative Education (Co-op) Program provides opportunities for graduate students to work in governmental or private resource management organizations to gain professional experience. REM students remain in strong demand across several employment sectors, but most placements continue to be within the Federal and Provincial governments. Participation in the Co-op program is optional.

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.