Module 5.2 will enhance students’ leadership skills through learning activities that focus on critical reasoning and the related application of professional judgment. Key topics include critical reasoning, professional and technical report writing, and interpreting complex information to arrive at defensible positions when required. This course makes use of a case study approach to contextualize these themes using a real world example of a forest management planning process for which forest resource modeling outcomes failed to achieve the maintenance of wildlife habitat according to the regulatory standards of the time, and focuses on how this challenged stakeholders to arrive at a compromise to balance conflicting resource values.
Specific objectives are to enable participants to: Evaluate documents and computer models that pertain to complex plans; Analyze a problem or issue that includes qualitative/quantitative data collection, evaluation, and analysis; Develop logical arguments and apply judgement in providing solutions in a formal written report; and Construct a logical argument through group participation and discussion.
This course involves a combination of recorded lectures, readings, assignments and participation in semi-synchronous online discussion forums and synchronous tutorials with instructors and other participants over an 8-week period
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