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BMC 153 Environmental Site Assessment

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Course Description

Learn the theory and practical application of the principles of environmental site assessment (Phase I and Phase II). Explore a variety of techniques used to assess environmental impacts relating to site disturbance, contamination, and other stressors. The collection of data to achieve a specific purpose and methods for ensuring data quality are emphasized. Data interpretation and factors affecting data reliability are covered in detail, along with the correct use of sampling equipment. Other topics include: environmental management measures, including risk assessment, due diligence and regulatory methods. Case studies and in-class simulations make the course principles come alive.

Course Details

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Explain the purpose and benefits of the phased approach to environmental site assessment
  • Explain how the scientific method applies to environmental site assessment
  • Identify the primary methods used to collect information in environmental site assessment and define their appropriate application
  • Select an appropriate sampling method and design a basic sampling program
  • Design a program to maximize the quality of collected environmental information and be able to identify and apply techniques to minimize sources of error
  • Show how due diligence in property transactions is established through environmental site assessment, through an understanding of the regulatory and legal framework.


It is recommended that students take this course towards the end of their program.  Basic understanding of science and math (high school level) is recommended.

Applies Towards the Following Certificate(s)


  BMC 153 - 010 Environmental Site Assessment  
  Winter 2017   Status:  Available
Class:   Tue 6:00PM - 9:00PM
17 Jan 2017 to 28 Mar 2017
Class:   Sat 8:30AM - 4:30PM
04 Feb 2017
Number of Sessions: 12 Sessions
Hours: 40.00
Course Fees:   Flat Fee non-credit    $630.00
Potential Price Adjustments:
Campus: Main Campus Downtown
Delivery Options:  Class
Instructor(s): Wendy Thorne
  Reading List / Textbook:  Please go on line to http://dsp-psd.pwgsc.gc.ca/Collection-R/En40-498-2005-1E.pdf to access "The Inspector's Field Sampling Manual" 2nd edition 2005 online. You will need this for the course. There is no textbook to purchase for this course
  Section Notes:  

Note: This class will run on Tuesdays at Main Campus from 17 January 2017 to 28 March 2017. A Saturday computer lab workshop at the Downtown Campus will be held on Saturday 4 February 2017  from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.

This is a higher level course, it is recommended to take this course near the end of the certificate.

Basic knowledge of math and chemistry required.

If your desired course section is full, please check if another section is available for registration or add your name to the waitlist as sections are often added based on demand.


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