Certificate in Interdisciplinary Studies in Aquatic Resources

This program is an introduction to the principles necessary for participation in natural and aquatic resources. Participants will use an integrated approach to gain an understanding of the use, the management, and the ability to sustain the resources of an aquatic ecosystem. The courses in this program will explore the living and non-living characteristics that determine the nature of aquatic ecosystems, and also examine human interaction with these resources.

This Certificate may appeal to individuals working in resource industries (fishing, forestry, mining, petroleum), community development, tourism, business, government, education, enterprise development public servants, educators and other interested community members.

Features of the Certificate in Interdisciplinary Studies in Aquatic Resources include:

  • 18 credits make this Certificate attractive to part-time students who wish to begin and/or continue their studies
  • courses delivered in a home study format using computer CD-ROM and the Internet, including bulletin boards, threaded discussions, chat rooms, links to other students and resources, on-line assignment transmission, on-line contact with professor
  • administrative, technical, and library support
  • courses delivered on a set schedule with a completion time of approximately 15 months
  • courses with both theoretical and applied approaches to the material
  • a schedule that is sensitive to the experience, expectations and learning needs of adult students

High school certification is the normal admission requirement. However, if you do not meet the normal admission requirements of the university you may be considered under the Mature Student Policy. Each applicant is considered on an individual basis.

Course Descriptions

Course Descriptions

COURSE

DATES


Aquatic Resources 100
Introduction To Aquatic Resources
6 Credits

September - April

 

Biology 112
Diversity of Life
3 Credits

September - December

 

Business Administration 221
Financial Accounting I
3 Credits

May - June

 

Business Administration 231
Foundations of Marketing
3 Credits

September - December

 

Earth Sciences 171
Understanding The Earth
3 Credits

May - June

 

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Certificate in Interdisciplinary Studies in Aquatic Resources?

This Certificate program provides students with an introduction to the foundations of scientific, business, and social science principles necessary to operate in a multidisciplinary setting. Participants will utilize an integrated approach to gain an understanding of the use and management of the resources of an aquatic ecosystem.

Who will benefit from this program?

Individuals working in resource industries (fishing, forestry, mining, petroleum), community development, tourism, business, government, education, enterprise development, and other interested community members will benefit from this program.

What will I learn in this program?

Students will explore the living and non-living characteristic that determine the nature of aquatic ecosystems, and examine human interaction with these resources. Recipients of this Certificate will have sufficient grounding in a range of topics to examine issues affecting Canadian communities in a comprehensive manner. Rather than look at resource issues in a purely economic or scientific dimension, participants are encouraged to factor in social and environmental concerns as well. Course topics include Aquatic Resources, Diversity of Life, Understanding the Earth, Foundations of Marketing, and Financial Accounting.

What is included in the course package?

A CD-ROM and Student Handbook are included in your package. The CD contains the course material and outlines requirements, learning objectives and schedules. It also presents learning materials in a series of lessons. The CD contains internet features that allow you to electronically connect with other resources. Students will communicate with professors and other students through features such as course Chat and Threaded Discussion. The Student Handbook is your information source for the courses and will answer many of your questions regarding technical guidelines, university contacts, textbooks, and library service.

How many hours per week should I allocate for study?

Study time varies between students and the course option that you select. A minimum if ten hours per week is suggested to complete distance course work. Additional time is recommended for completing assignments or field experiences.

My study and writing skills are rusty. Will I be able to handle the work?

Any student can experience anxiety over taking university courses. The most important factors related to success are personal discipline and efficient time management.

Additionally, your professor, library support, the Writing Centre, and the Continuing & Distance Education office are available to provide support and assistance with study skills.

Can these course credits be applied toward a university degree if further study is desired?

Students will earn at least three university credits for each course in this program. A total of 18 credits are earned upon successful completion of this Certificate program. These university credits are recognized as credit towards further study at StFX or may be used as transfer credits at other universities, depending on the program of study.

What are the admission requirements?

High school certification is the normal admission requirement. However, if you do not meet the admission requirements, you may be considered under the Mature Student Policy. Each applicant is considered on an individual basis.

Tuition Fees

Tuition fees are paid on a course-by-course basis, and are in keeping with the tuition fees paid by part-time students. All fees are subject to change. Call the Program Office for a fee schedule.

Information/Registration

Continuing & Distance Education
St. Francis Xavier University
PO Box 5000
Antigonish, NS
B2G 2W5
(902) 867 3959
1 877 867 3906 (toll free)
Fax: (902) 867 5154