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An integrated approach to the understanding and management of natural resources
|Online courses |
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|Air Quality and Smoke Management (FOR 554, 3 credits)|
|Overview of air pollution, air quality, and smoke. The common sources of pollutants to the atmosphere, their degradation mechanisms, and removal processes. Further content on global biomass burning and emissions of smoke from wildfires, including historical and current policy.|
|Fuels Inventory and Management (FOR 451, 3 credits)|
|Tools, quantitative analysis, and approaches for inventory and management of fuels for wildland fires over large, diverse areas in forests, woodlands, shrubland, and grasslands. Critically review and synthesize relevant scientific literature.|
|GIS Application in Fire Ecology and Management (REM 407, 2 credits)|
|Introduces applications of GIS in fire ecology, research, and management including incident mapping, fire progression mapping, GIS overlay analysis, remote sensing fire severity assessments, fire atlas analysis and the role of GIS in the Fire Regime Condition Class concept and the National Fire Plan. Additional assignment/projects required for graduate credit.|
|Hydrologic Applications of GIS and remote sensing (GEOG 524, 3 credits)|
|Concepts of area-based hydrologic
modeling and assessment and the various types of spatially
distributed information commonly used in these activities, such as
topographic data, vegetation cover, soils and meteorologic data.
Hands-on experience in manipulating these types of data sets for
hydrologic applications. Recommended Preparation: Watershed Science
and Management (FOR 462), Fundamentals of Hydrologic Engineering
(BAE 355 or CE 325), or equivalent.
Prerequisites: An introductory course in GIS (e.g., Geog 385) or equivalent work experience.
|Landscape and Habitat Dynamics (REM 507-02, 3 credits)|
|This course is designed for students who are interested in quantitative methods for predicting landscape change and dynamics. Central topics in this course are the concepts of disturbance ecology (focus on fire), potential vegetation, niche modeling, successional change, climate change scenarios, human induced change, and effects of change on species ranges and wildlife habitat. Following an introductory section on spatial modeling and uncertainty, we explore spatial point pattern analysis, species distribution modeling, state-and-transition modeling, fire effects models, and landscape scale treatment design. In the laboratory section of the course we use geospatial analysis tools such as the spatial statistics packages in R, the Vegetation Dynamics Development Tool, the Maximum Entropy model, the Wildland Fire Assessment Tool, and the Landscape Treatment Designer to quantify landscape composition under a variety of modeled management and/or climate scenarios. We read and discuss scientific papers and the latter part of the course is dedicated to development, analysis, and reporting of an independent project on a topic of particular interest to the student. Note. This course has similar content and replaces GIS Applications in Natural Resources (REM 502 and GIS Applications in Natural Resources (REM 402).|
|Management of Scientific Innovation (BUS 552, 3 credits)|
|Study of business and economic principles needed to manage scientific innovation with emphasis on strategy, organizational leadership, and marketing concepts. Course topics include the role of innovation in strategy, the development of systems and processes that support innovation, the management of technical teams, the commercialization and regulation of scientific innovation, and the protection of intellectual property.|
Dr. John Lawrence | 208-885-5821 | Delivery method: Custom
course web site | Fall semester
|Prescribed Fire For Ecologically-Based Management (FOR 444, 2-3 credits)|
|Learn about prescribed burning in support of ecologically-based management through reading, discussion and participating in hands-on service learning, planning, conducting and monitoring prescribed burns, reading and discussing local ecology and management, working collaboratively, and developing skills in fire management. Course requires travel as well as pre, during and post-travel writing, discussion and presentations.|
|Principles of Research I (CSS 504, 2 credits)|
|Approaches, designs, and methods for conducting social science research as applied to natural-resource related research problems. Skills for reading and understanding research literature. Practice in developing elements of a comprehensive research project proposal, including: research goals and objectives; research questions; project purpose; significance of proposed study based on literature and theory; and theoretical framework. Practice in understanding, selecting, and applying appropriate research paradigm for inquiry into research questions, as well as possible research designs for different research paradigms; and appropriate data capturing techniques and analysis procedures. Practice in proposal and report writing in a formal, professional, technical style.|
|Principles of Research II (CSS 504, 2 credits)|
|Readings in research literature pertinent to problems, practices, and theories of the conservation social sciences; evolution of literature and critical evaluation of scientific methods applied. Research approaches, designs, and methods as applied in natural resources professions.|
|Principles of Vegetation Measurement/Assessment (REM 410, 2 credits)|
|Overview of vegetation measurement techniques for grasslands, shrublands, woodlands, and forests. Students will gain a solid understanding of how to assess and monitor vegetation attributes relative to wildlife habitat, livestock forage, fire fuel characteristics, watershed function, and many other wildland values. Recommended Preparation: A basic statistics course and understanding of how to use computer spreadsheets such as Excel.|
|Public Management Techniques (POLS 553, 3 credits)|
|Public management is a profession, with a set of principles, techniques and skills. The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the basic principles, techniques, and their application to the context of public sector. This course is designed to serve both the needs of those interested in pursuing a public service career and the interests of those embarked on understanding more about public management. This is primarily a “tools” course or a “how-to” course on public management. So, an important feature of this course is the use of hands-on activities for innovative problem solving in the context of public management. Some class meetings will be devoted to the application of public management techniques.|
|Public Relations and Communication for Resource Management Professionals (CSS 593, 3 credits)|
|This course focuses on key concepts, principles and practices of good public relations and social marketing - and in particular, their application for more effective resource management. Ensuring clear communications, good public relations, and positive, constructive dealings with both internal publics (organization employees) as well as external publics (clients, special interests, the general public) is critical for sound resource management, results-oriented planning, and productive policy development.|
|Scientific Graphics Design (NR 504-40, 3 credits)|
|Principles of graphics design for science, including the graphical presentation of data for printed and electronic journals, poster presentations, and oral presentations. Students will analyze published scientific graphics as well as learn to design their own graphs based on data from their graduate research or other sources.|
Course companion program
Although the availability of online courses is
increasing each semester, the suite of online courses for the MNR
program is smaller than the number of on-campus courses. In order to
broaden the curriculum for our off-campus students, we will provide
the opportunity to participate in on-campus courses from your
off-campus location. If you are off-campus and wish to enroll in an
on-campus course, you can elect to participate in the course
companion program, in which you will participate in a live on-campus
course via Skype video on a laptop computer. Your course companion
will bring and setup the laptop for each class session, where you
will be able to participate as if you were in the classroom live.
Please note the following conditions:
|Because of the large number of on-campus courses approved for the MNR program, on-campus students in the MNR program have access to a wider range of courses than the suite of online courses. Consult with your graduate advisor to design your study plan of courses that may include on-campus courses and online courses.|
Course preparation - Suggested
books and journals
Geographic information systems and mapping
Paul A. Longley, M. Goodchild, D.J. Maguire, D.W. Rhind. 2010. Geographic information systems and science. Wiley.
DeMers, M.N. 2008. Fundamentals of geographical information systems. Wiley.
Jurin, R.R., D. Roush, and K.J. Danter. 2010.
Environmental communication: Skills and principles
for natural resource managers, Scientists, and Engineers. Second
Scientific method and experimental designs
Scientific writing, units, and the graphical display of
Journal of GIS Trends
Journal of Public Relations Research
Journal of Remote Sensing & GIS
Public Understanding of Science
Transactions in GIS
SigmaPlot by Systat. A comprehensive computer software program for designing scientific graphs suitable for journal and book publication.
Systat. A comprehensive statistical software package for scientists.
|Selection criteria for MNR program||Registration procedures||Resources|
credits minimum per program category
You may select any courses within a particular program category to meet the minimum five-credit requirement. However, we highly recommend that you vary your course selection for a good balance of topics within a program category.
Transfer courses & alternative
Non-University of Idaho students
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Admission requirements: Non-degree student
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|University of Idaho students||Fees|
|If you cannot register for the course directly,
send your University of Idaho student ID number
to the professor so that your registration profile
can be revised to allow enrollment.
|No out-of-state tuition fees are assessed
for online courses at the University of Idaho as long as you only enroll in online courses. There
is a course support fee in addition to the normal in-state fees. If
you enroll in both online and on-campus courses at the University of
Idaho, out-of-state tuition fees