Ontario College Certificate in General Arts and Science - Environmental and Natural Resource Studies Option Curriculum
Accepting Applications for September 2018
Courses and Descriptions
This course examines themes, trends, and challenges that impact the Canadian workplace and therefore individuals in their careers. An overview of business/organizational functions, organizational structure and behaviour will be examined. Students will have the opportunity to explore the factors that have an impact on their job performance, satisfaction, and job fit. Through self -assessments students will understand their working style and how their approach to work impacts themselves and others in the workplace.
Communications I is an introductory course that provides a foundation in college-level communications by teaching students to read critically, write appropriately for a variety of audiences, conduct and cite research, and revise for clarity and correctness. In seminars and labs, students will engage in both independent and collaborative activities, including the development of a digital portfolio designed to help them become more effective communicators in academic and professional environments.
In this course, the student will use information technology tools to manipulate data from a variety of disciplines within the School of Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences. This course will include data collection methods and strategies to effectively manage environmental and natural resource science data.
Learn how nature works by studying the key components of the ecosystems in the Kawartha Lakes Region. Through field and lab exploration of wild life, landforms, forests, lakes, rivers and wetlands, students will see the connections between themselves, the environment and ecosystems that surround them.
This course will focus on three areas of study: identification, field and lab skills. Students will identify and classify the living and non-living components of the specific ecosystems described in the Ecology and Environment (ENVR 20) course. Field skills to be developed include the ability to navigate through the natural environment and use a variety of ecosystem inventory techniques. Special emphasis will be placed on safe work habits in lab and field.
Field Camp is a five day and four night (extended weekend) camp in the fall semester that introduces students to a natural resource and environmental studies lifestyle by means of experiencing applied field practices / procedures and group dynamics / leadership skills of the industry professional. The camp includes an introduction to essential canoeing and a series of practical workshops including compassing / GPS navigation, plant identification and wildlife observation skills with an emphasis on experiential learning.
This foundational mathematics course introduces mathematical principles which will prepare students for success in the Common First Semester in the School of Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences. Topics covered will include calculator skills, the use of significant digits and scientific notation, measurement conversions, perimeter, area and volume calculations, fundamental algebraic skills, reading charts and graphs, introductory statistics, Pythagorean Theorem and basic trigonometry.
This course will enable students to apply specific mathematical concepts and acquire foundation skills important in the Natural Resource and Environmental Sciences. It is designed to complement and reinforce learning within other first semester courses and program areas.
This course is designed to introduce students to spatial concepts and mapping. Students will learn to read and understand maps commonly used in the industry today, collect spatial data using modern methods, use and integrate data using a Geographic Information System, and apply recognized cartographic standards to create maps for use in their field of study.
This course will introduce basic concepts and applications in Chemistry to prepare students for further study at the college level. Topics include mathematics and calculations in the discipline, elements and the periodic table, nomenclature, chemical reactions, solutions, acid/base chemistry, and a brief introduction to organic chemistry. Students will apply and extend their understanding of Chemistry through group work, hands-on laboratories, presentations, and individual assignments.
This course will enable students to develop a personal position and direct their career path within the context of the environmental and natural resource industry. An integrated, community based learning approach will be used to identify and apply a personal understanding of leadership, sustainability and community in the context of natural resource sciences.
All graduates of diploma programs require general education credits. These courses allow you to explore issues of societal concern by looking at the history, theory and contemporary applications of those issues.
Your program has designated some required general education courses. In addition, you have the opportunity to choose from a list of electives each semester.
Many of these courses and some other general education courses are also available through evening classes, by distance education, or on-line. See our Part-Time Studies Calendar for these opportunities.
You may already possess general education equivalencies from other colleges or universities. Please see the General Education Co-ordinators at the Peterborough and Lindsay locations for possible exemptions.