Certificate of Successful Completion in Academic Upgrading Curriculum
Accepting Applications for January 2020
Courses and Descriptions
This course will provide an orientation to the Academic Upgrading program. Learners will be provided with information, resources and contacts to help them be successful. Additionally, important program policies and procedures will also be included.
Academic Upgrading: Independent Study represents a unique course designed by a student in conjunction with his or her student advisor or coordinator to meet very specific learning outcomes that are not consistent with the standard outlines of upgrading courses. These learning outcomes must fall within the curriculum scope of the subject programming presently offered by the upgrading department. The student may package together a combination of outcomes from Communications, Mathematics, Computer Awareness, and Strategies for College and Work. These outcomes will represent the skills identified by the student as necessary for either career or academic preparation or individual improvement. Successful completion of this unique package of outcomes will be recognized with a Pass/Fail grade only. This course is not recognized as the equivalent of any other regular Academic Upgrading course.
This course introduces biological principles as required for an ACE Biology credit, qualifying as an elective towards earning the ACE Certificate, as well as post-secondary program requirements for a Grade 11C equivalency in Biology. Topics include; the structure and function of the cell, basic cell processes such as cell transport mechanisms, cell division and cellular respiration, human organization from cell to system. The course introduces human anatomy/physiology of the nervous, musculoskeletal, circulatory, respiratory, endocrine, digestive, excretory, reproductive, lymphatic and blood systems, as well as an introduction to micro-biology, taxonomy, energy pyramids, and biogeochemical cycles.
This course introduces scientific principles as required for an ACE Chemistry credit, qualifying as an elective towards earning the ACE Certificate, as well as post-secondary program requirements for a Grade 12C equivalency in Chemistry. Topics include; matter, atomic structure, the periodic table of the elements, Lewis structure diagrams, chemical bonding, properties and nomenclature of compounds, and chemical reactions. The course introduces chemical calculations including molar mass, the mole concept, percent composition, stoichiometry, and percent yield. Also included are an introduction to organic chemistry, acids and bases, and applications of water.
Prepare for college entrance and/or employment through the practical development of communication skills in the areas of grammar, writing, reading and research reports. Students will acquire study and critical thinking skills and develop the ability to communicate clearly and effectively in written form.
This course emphasizes reading comprehension, writing organization and basic language skills. Students are encouraged to express ideas clearly in sentences and paragraphs. Students completing this course acquire the prerequisite for Communications Foundations 4.
This course continues to build on the skills acquired in Communications Foundations 3. Students develop better reading comprehension and basic language skills and learn to write in various styles with an emphasis on business writing. This course also introduces research skills. This course and the skills acquired in this course are a prerequisite for Communications Foundations 5.
This course enables students to develop the English communications skills necessary for entrance into other training and/or employment. Practice and study are provided in four areas: writing well, researching, reading with understanding, and speaking clearly.
This course prepares learners to perform basic computer skills needed to succeed in further studies as well as providing practical skills for those who wish to move directly into the world of work. It enables students to create documents, navigate the Internet to conduct research, and communicate in educational, workplace, and personal settings.
CORE Mathematics introduces mathematical principles as required by students entering post-secondary programs requiring a Grade 12 equivalency with no special mathematics prerequisites. Topics covered will include a review of algebraic fundamentals, formula manipulation, graphical and analytical solutions to functions, slope and equations of lines, and an introduction to statistics.
The Mathematics - College Preparation (Technology) course builds on and expands the fundamental algebraic skills mastered in CORE Mathematics. Calculators and/or appropriate software are an integral part of the course. The objective of the course is to prepare students to have the necessary mathematical skills to study math-focused college post secondary programs. Students who have successfully achieved the learning outcomes will be able to utilize their skills to solve applied problems involving trigonometry, polynomial/rational/exponential expressions, polynomial/exponential/logarithmic functions, and the principles of geometry and measurement.
This course covers the fundamental skills in addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division of whole numbers, fractions, and decimals. Other operations with whole numbers are included such as factoring, finding square roots, rounding-off, estimating, and order of operations.
This course introduces the metric system for measuring length, mass, and volume. It also covers ratios and proportion, percentages, geometry, and perimeter, area, and volume.
This course will enable students to develop competency in basic physics skills essential for a career in trades or for further education in technology at the college level. Students will study and explore concepts, principles and laws related to motion, mechanical systems, electricity and magnetism, energy transformations, and hydraulics and pneumatics. Emphasis will be placed on applying physics concepts to real world situations and to solving problems in technology which are commonly encountered in the trades. Successful graduates of this course will also have demonstrated competency in communicating technical information and evaluating the impact on physics on society and the environment.
This course provides students with an opportunity to learn and use success strategies that can be applied in their personal, employment, and academic life. The strategies will equip them with the knowledge, skills, and behaviours to become effective, confident, and flexible learners. The course will focus on areas such as self-reflection, critical thinking, goal setting, study skills, organizational skills, group dynamics, and career/employment exploration.