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Administrative Unit: Physical and Biological Sciences Department
Course Prefix and Number: ENVS 251
Course Title: *Resource Management
Number of:
Credit Hours 3
Lecture Hours 3
Lab Hours 0
Catalog Description:

An introduction to the global range of natural resources, the economic and political contexts of their development and the resulting physical and societal impacts. Cross-listed as GEOG 251. Prerequisite: GEOG 101.  Course meets Multicultural graduation requirement.

Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s): GEOG 101.
Course Rotation for Day Program: Offered even Fall.
Text(s): Most current editions of the following:

Recommended types of texts: textbooks listed are not necessarily the textbook(s) used in the course.

Environmental Management: Readings and Case Studies
By L. Owen and T. Unwin (Blackwell)
Natural Resource Conservation: Management for a Sustainable Future
By D. Chiras, et al (Prentice Hall)
Course Objectives
  • To identify the factors underlying local, regional, national and global resource issues.
  • To describe the considerations involved in ecosystem management.
  • To apply the concept of sustainability to resource management.
    Measurable Learning
  • Summarize the uses of the environment to benefit societies.
  • Illustrate the impact of resource development on various levels of the environment.
  • Demonstrate how the economy affects patterns of resource development.
  • Explain the role of political processes in developmental decisions.
  • Evaluate resource management decisions.
    Topical Outline:
  • Resources, technology and society.
  • Economic factors in resource development
  • Political factors in resource development
  • Environmental and societal impacts of resource development
  • Energy and mineral resources
  • Soil and water resources
  • Biological resources
  • Resource management: present and future concerns

    Recommended maximum class size for this course: 35

    Library Resources:

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    Prepared by: Nathan Means Date: August 27, 2014
    NOTE: The intention of this master course syllabus is to provide an outline of the contents of this course, as specified by the faculty of Columbia College, regardless of who teaches the course, when it is taught, or where it is taught. Faculty members teaching this course for Columbia College are expected to facilitate learning pursuant to the course objectives and cover the subjects listed in the topical outline. However, instructors are also encouraged to cover additional topics of interest so long as those topics are relevant to the course's subject. The master syllabus is, therefore, prescriptive in nature but also allows for a diversity of individual approaches to course material.

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