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BMC 298 Oil Sands: Overview, Environmental Impacts, and Regulations

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Course Description

With respect to Alberta's oil sands, should Canada be forced to choose between economic development and a sustainable environment? This course is designed for anyone interested in the environmental management, public relations, and health and safety job categories in the oil and gas industry. Through this course, develop the skill set required to understand, review, analyze, and evaluate environmental data and information related to the oil sands industry.

Course Details

With the largest oil reserves in the world in the form of oil sands, it is estimated that 1.7 to 2.5 trillion barrels of oil are deposited in a combination of sand, water and clay in Northern Alberta. This emphasizes the emerging leading role of Canada as a secure energy resource. In order to have a sustainable developing industry and economy, it is necessary to train a work force to be well-informed of all aspects of this industry, including technical operation, environmental impacts, public perspectives and governmental policies and regulations. In recent years, the oil sands have become a focus point for national and intentional environmental groups to the extent that some call it "dirty oil."

Upon completion of this course, the learner will be able to:

  • Understand the strategic role of Alberta and Canada in the global energy market
  • Gain knowledge on the source of the oil sands and geology in the region
  • Understand the difference between a situ oil sands operation and open pit mining
  • Present the history of oil sands technology development
  • Learn the concept behind oil sands extraction and gain a big picture overview of oil sands operations
  • Discuss the key and critical issues related to environmental management
  • Evaluate the existing tailings and gas emission management
  • Evaluate and analyze the environmental information published in the global media
  • Gain contrast on CCS (carbon, capture, and storage) from an environmental management perspective
  • Learn about existing regulations related to oil sands

Applies Towards the Following Certificate(s)


  BMC 298 - 013 Oil Sands: Overview, Environmental Impacts, and Regulations  
  Fall 2016   Status:  Available
Class:   Sat 9:00AM - 2:30PM
29 Oct 2016 to 10 Dec 2016
Number of Sessions: 6 Sessions
Hours: 30.00
Course Fees:   Flat Fee non-credit    $550.00
Potential Price Adjustments:
Campus: Downtown
Delivery Options:  Class
Instructor(s): Aref Seyyed Najafi
  Reading List / Textbook:  No textbook
  Section Notes:  

No class on 12 November 2016.

Due to the intensive nature of this course, it is recommended that you pre-read or familiarize yourself with course materials prior to the course.

Students are expected to attend all sessions.

Students will be required to complete assignments during the week and may be asked to prepare a final assignment after the course has ended.

The instructor may choose to use Desire2Learn (D2L), an online learning environment, to post the Course Outline and other course materials. If you have questions about using D2L, let your instructor know when you attend the first class. D2L may not be available before the start date of the course.

A $25 fee applies for course withdrawals and transfers.  
  BMC 298 - 014 Oil Sands: Overview, Environmental Impacts, and Regulations  
  Winter 2017   Status:  Available
Online:   31 Jan 2017 to 10 Apr 2017
Hours: 30.00
Course Fees:   Flat Fee non-credit    $550.00
Potential Price Adjustments:
Delivery Options:  Online
Instructor(s): Aref Seyyed Najafi
  Reading List / Textbook:  No required textbook for this course.
  Section Notes:  

Prerequisite: Learning Online

Caution:  Please do not register for this course if you have not either completed the prerequisite course Learning Online (BMC 352) or registered to complete Learning Online before this course commences.  In order to ensure fairness to all students, individuals without the required prerequisite will be subject to withdrawal from the course with no refund of tuition.

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.

There is a co-instructor


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