Academic Upgrading Curriculum

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Credential: Certificate of Successful Completion
Classes begin:
Continuous Intake
Offered at:
Frost Campus (ACF)
Cobourg Campus (ACL)
Program code:
Tuition & Ancillary Fees:
Free to residents of Ontario

Courses and Descriptions

Semester 1

Units/ Hours: 90

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.

Units/ Hours: 45

This course introduces scientific principles as required by students entering post-secondary programs requiring Grade 12 equivalency in biology. Topics include the structure and function of the cell, basic cell processes such as cell division and cellular respiration, as well as classification and characteristics of human body tissue. In addition, the course includes an overview of the gross anatomy and physiology of some body systems such as the muscular, skeletal, nervous, digestive, circulatory and respiratory systems.

Units/ Hours: 45

This course introduces scientific principles as required by students entering post-secondary programs requiring Grade 12 equivalency in chemistry. Topics include matter, atomic structure, the periodic table of the elements, chemical bonding, chemical nomenclature, solutions, chemical reactions and equations, acids and bases, and an introduction to biochemistry.

Units/ Hours: 120

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.

Units/ Hours: 100

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.

Units/ Hours: 100

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.

Units/ Hours: 100

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.

COMP 117
Units/ Hours: 45

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.

Units/ Hours: 130

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.

Units/ Hours: 80

The Mathematics - College Preparation (Business) course provides learners with the Mathematical skills needed to perform business operation. It builds a strong foundation for students moving on to further study and training in specialized Business Studies. It will also provide practical skills for those who wish to move directly into the world of business.

Units/ Hours: 160

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.

Units/ Hours: 100

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.

Units/ Hours: 120

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.

Units/ Hours: 100

This course reviews the fundamental concepts of whole numbers. It introduces students to operations with signed numbers, algebraic fundamentals, graphing, and statistics.

SCIE 165
Units/ Hours: 45

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.

Units/ Hours: 160

This course enables students to broaden their understanding of mathematics as it is applied in important areas of day-to-day living. Students will solve problems associated with earning money, paying taxes, and making purchases: apply calculations of simple and compound interest in saving, investing, and borrowing: and calculate the costs of transportation and travel in a variety of situations.

Units/ Hours: 45

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.