Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University

Courses

Weeds-2 ASUR 1010
ASUR 1010
Introductory Residency Lab (2,0,0)(L)
Credits: 2
Campus
SC
NRSC
During this one-week residency, students become familiar with the educational technologies used in the program and are required to demonstrate standard ranch safe operating procedures. Participants tour a variety of ranch sites in the Cariboo-Chilcotin region and explore the historical issues that have shaped the ranching industry. Students discuss the challenges and opportunities that ranchers face in building resilient ranching operations.
Prerequisite: Admission to the Applied Sustainable Ranching program. Individual courses may be taken by non-program students where capacity exists and with instructor permission.
ASUR 1020
ASUR 1020
Sustainable Business Enterprise (10,0,0)
Credits: 10
Campus
SC
NRSC
Students build a sustainable business strategy for their ranch, including a strategic marketing and human resource management plan. They also develop skills in enterprise costing, preparing budget projections and management of financial statements. In addition, students explore governance frameworks, government programs, and key success factors for farm/life balance, succession planning, communication, conflict resolution, and crisis management.
Prerequisite: Admission to the Applied Sustainable Ranching program. Individual courses may be taken by non-program students where capacity exists and with instructor permission. Required Seminar: ASUR 1020S
ASUR 1030
ASUR 1030
Environmentally Sustainable Ranching (7,3,0,20)
Credits: 10
Campus
SC
NRSC
Students explore considerations and methodology for developing an environmentally sustainable ranch operation. Students develop management techniques to address soil fertility and soil health, riparian and watershed systems, wildlife and predator interactions, and urban and agriculture land interfaces. An appreciation for traditional uses of land by Aboriginal peoples and the legal requirements surrounding traditional-use sites is examined. Students create grazing management plans that demonstrate an appreciation for the importance of biodiversity in a healthy landscape and exemplify pasture stewardship principles for a variety of ecosystems.
Prerequisite: Admission to the Applied Sustainable Ranching program. Individual courses may be taken by non-program students where capacity exists and with instructor permission. Required Seminar: ASUR 1030S
ASUR 1040
ASUR 1040
Skill Development and Diversification (10,0,0,20)
Credits: 10
Campus
SC
NRSC
In this skills-based course, students explore a variety of techniques commonly used in ranch operations. Students apply skills related to humane animal care, stockmanship and dog training, equipment preventative maintenance, safe operating procedures, and fencing techniques. Additionally, students examine opportunities for diversification, including key success factors and production and income benchmarks for a number of alternative agriculture enterprises.
Prerequisite: Admission to the Applied Sustainable Ranching program. Individual courses may be taken by non-program students where capacity exists and with instructor permission.
ASUR 2010
ASUR 2010
Beef Production (10,0,0,4)
Credits: 6
Campus
SC
NRSC
Students develop skills related to beef cattle nutrition. Genetic parameters, finishing, processing, yield, product costing, and pricing will be explored. Students then create a herd-health, parasite prevention and marketing program specific to the beef enterprise on their ranch.
Prerequisite: Admission to the Applied Sustainable Ranching program. Individual courses may be taken by non-program students where capacity exists and with instructor permission.
ASUR 2020
ASUR 2020
Sheep Production (10,0,0,4)
Credits: 6
Campus
SC
NRSC
Students develop skills related to sheep nutrition and grazing management. Genetic diversity, finishing, processing, yield, product costing, and pricing will be explored. Students then create a flock-health, parasite prevention and marketing program specific to the sheep enterprise on their ranch.
Prerequisite: Admission to the Applied Sustainable Ranching program. Individual courses may be taken by non-program students where capacity exists and with instructor permission.
ASUR 2030
ASUR 2030
Winter Feed Production (4,0,0,13)
Credits: 5
Campus
SC
NRSC
Students develop skills related to winter feed management for their farm/ranch enterprise. Use of equipment, selection of seed and fertilizer, irrigation management, and best practices in forage harvesting are examined. Students create a marketing plan for their hay sales operation complete with product costing and pricing.
Prerequisite: This program uses a part-time, blended, block delivery combining face to face theory and labs, along with technology enhanced self-study, group work at a distance, while the field work is accomplished while on their ranch. Individual courses may be taken by non-program students where capacity exists and with instructor permission.
ASUR 2040
ASUR 2040
Soft Adventure and Agri-Tourism (4,0,0,13)
Credits: 5
Campus
SC
NRSC
Students explore the soft adventure and agri-tourism industry at a global and local level. Historical, geographical and cultural contexts will be examined in relation to the development of produce and service opportunities. Students use strategic planning, competitive strategy and information technology tools to design a soft-adventure and agri-tourism marketing plan for his/her ranch.
Prerequisite: Admission to the Applied Sustainable Ranching program. Individual courses may be taken by non-program students where capacity exists and with instructor permission.
ASUR 2050
ASUR 2050
Sustainable Ranching Final Project (12,0,0,180)
Credits: 6
Campus
SC
NRSC
Students complete a business and five year financial plan for the entire ranch operation using existing or virtual ranch/farm lands that includes the following components: 1. Strategic plan 2. Human resource management plan 3. Operations management plan for each of the enterprises 4. Marketing plan for each of the enterprises 5. Environmental and range use plan 6. Financial projections including net-worth, cash flow, and income statements 7. Capital improvement and finance plan
Prerequisite: Admission to the Applied Sustainable Ranching program. Individual courses may be taken by non-program students where capacity exists and with instructor permission.