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."

By completion of this course, successful students 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)


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8:30AM to 5:00PM
Feb 10, 2020 to Feb 13, 2020
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Course Fees
Flat Fee non-credit $550.00
Reading List / Textbook
No Textbook required.
Section Notes

Due to the intensive nature of this course, it is recommended that you familiarize yourself with course materials before your first class.

Assignments and group work will be required throughout the course duration and a final assignment may be due after the course has ended.

This course uses Desire2Learn (D2L), an online learning management system. The instructor will post your course outline and other materials in D2L one week prior to the course start date. For more information about D2L, please visit our Online Learning Resources.

Students are expected to attend all sessions.

Unless otherwise stated, notice of withdrawal or transfer from a course must be received at least seven calendar days prior to the start date of the course.

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