General Arts and Science - One Year
- Ontario College Certificate
- College Code:
- Liberal Studies
- Program Code:
- Accelerated Delivery:
- DO, BR
- Academic Year:
- 2019 / 2020
About the ProgramThis one-year certificate program is designed for students who wish to acquire a general education in the arts and sciences while having the flexibility to explore further educational options within the college or pursuing a degree at a local university. Students will acquire knowledge and skills in communication, critical thinking and research, while exploring contemporary issues in today's global society. Students will select and explore a topic of interest through the construction of a research project, paper, and portfolio that culminates in a presentation to an audience. During this program, students will participate in a course that will enable them to discover career opportunities. In the second semester, students will consult with their program coordinator to select from a variety of post-secondary courses in disciplines of their choice. The program is designed to allow students to explore options that meet future academic goals either through selecting courses in a major discipline or courses eligible for credit transfer to local university partners (courses are subject to availability). After successful completion of this program, students may wish to transfer to the Two-year General Arts and Science Diploma program, apply to programs within Conestoga College, or pursue further education at other institutions.
Program InformationLength: One-year Ontario College Certificate program
Brantford - September/2019 - Fall | Winter
Doon (Kitchener) - September/2019 - Fall | Winter
Doon (Kitchener) - January/2020 - Winter | Spring/Summer
Location: Doon (Kitchener) and Brantford
Start: September (Doon and Brantford) and January (Doon)
First-Year Capacity: 65 Doon (Kitchener - Fall), 32 Doon (Kitchener - Winter), 15 Brantford (Fall)
- Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD), or equivalent, or 19 years of age or older with mature student status (See Mature Student definition for details.)
- Grade 12 compulsory English, C or U, or equivalent, OR Conestoga College Preparatory Communications (COMM1270
- For more information on preparatory programs, visit Academic Upgrading
- An academic strength is calculated by averaging the submitted marks of required subjects. If more than one mark is received for a required subject, the highest mark will be used in the calculation.
- Ten (10) additional marks are added to each Advanced level, OAC, U, U/C, and post-secondary course used in the calculation of academic strength.
- A sound English background is important for success in this program and is considered during admission selection process. Minimum cutoffs apply.
- Familiarity with the Windows computerized environment would be an asset.
- Students who have successfully completed the one-year General Arts and Science Certificate may be eligible to transfer into Level 3 of the two-year General Arts and Science Diploma program.
Tuition & Fees
Domestic fees are currently unavailable; please check back at a later time.
Financial AssistanceThe Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) is a needs-based program designed to help Ontario students cover the cost of post-secondary education. Funded by the federal and provincial governments, OSAP is intended to promote equality of opportunity for post-secondary studies through direct financial assistance for educational costs and living expenses. These interest-free loans are intended to supplement your financial resources and those of your family. The majority of students apply for loan assistance via the OSAP website. Students can also print the application booklet through the OSAP website.
For more information, please visit Financial Services/Awards.
Graduate OpportunitiesGraduates may choose to seek admission to more specific vocational/educational programs at Conestoga College or elsewhere following completion of one year. Others choose to continue in and complete the Two-year General Arts and Science Diploma program. After completing the diploma, graduates can transfer to University of Waterloo, Wilfrid Laurier University and University of Guelph.
For more details on related occupations, job market information and career opportunities, see the Government of Canada website: https://www.jobbank.gc.ca/home
Pathways & Credit TransferConestoga pathways enable students to build on their academic achievements in order to earn a degree or additional credential. Pathways are formed through agreements between Conestoga programs or partner institutions.
Often applicants have earned credits from another college or university that may allow a student to be granted advanced standing or exemption. Learn more about credit transfer opportunities at Conestoga.
Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR)Conestoga recognizes prior learning of skills, knowledge or competencies that have been acquired through employment, formal and informal education, non-formal learning or other life experiences. Prior learning must be measurable at the required academic level and meet Conestoga standards of achievement for current courses. Challenge exams and portfolio development are the primary methods of assessment. Other methods of assessment may be available depending upon the nature of the course objectives. Successful completion of the assessment results in an official course credit that will be recorded on the student's Conestoga transcript. PLAR cannot be used by registered Conestoga students for the clearance of academic deficiencies, to improve grades or to obtain admission into a program.
Learn more about PLAR.
|Course Code||Course Title and Description|
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Description: This course focuses on the reading, writing and critical thinking skills needed for academic and workplace success. Students will analyse, summarize, and discuss a variety of readings and apply the steps of planning, writing, and revising in response to written prompts. This course prepares students for post-secondary writing tasks, research, and documentation.
|COMM1835||Foundations in Presentation Skills
Description: This course will provide students an opportunity to develop and hone their presentation skills through a variety of practical scenarios. Students will begin to produce materials that will contribute to their personal portfolios. Both individual and group work will be utilized in the development of visual and verbal presentations
Description: This self-directed course focuses on introducing new students to the supports, services, and opportunities available at Conestoga College. By the end of this course, students will understand the academic expectations of the Conestoga learning environment, as well as the supports available to ensure their academic success. Students will also be able to identify on-campus services that support their health and wellness, and explore ways to get actively involved in the Conestoga community through co-curricular learning opportunities.
|LIBS1540||Student Success for Higher Learning
Description: This course enables students to employ strategies and take advantage of resources and opportunities that will support their success in post-secondary environments. Students will identify their unique learning styles and develop strategies for achieving their academic, career and personal goals for reaching personal satisfaction.
Description: This course examines the essential elements of both critical and design thinking, through problem solving. Students will explore the nature of evidence, sound arguments and valid conclusions, faulty reasoning, convergent and divergent thinking, and the creative process. The concepts of critical and creative thinking are then applied to problem solving frameworks where students will engage in the discussion of ideas and the presentation of information to an audience.
|MDIA1070||Information, Data and Current Events
Description: In this modern era, we are bombarded with fake news, post and alternative facts, and complex influences impacting the way we locate, consume and understand data and current events. In this course, students will explore the tools needed to be able to successfully sort through a myriad of complex information, data and sources to make sense of the information. As they explore tools, strategies and resources, students will be able to situate themselves in the mix of the information, how it applies to their home communities as well as the ever evolving global environment.
Description: In this unique course, students will develop a portfolio by designing an independent research project by applying the foundational knowledge obtained in their current courses. Specifically, students will locate a topic of exploration, develop a portfolio that will allow them to demonstrate their understanding of the project, document their own learning processes, and present their findings on their research. Through the development of their portfolio, students will be able to experiment with their approaches while reflecting on their understanding of the experience.
|SOC1140||Canada in the Future
Description: This course engages students' ability to abstractly conceptualize the future of Canada. Students will begin to imagine what the future of Canada will look like in ten, twenty and even fifty years from today by exploring current issues and trends that impact Canada and the world today. In this course, students will present their case based on sociological frameworks ie demographics, economics, technology, art, localization, globalization; to make predictions of Canada in the future
Electives: Program Option
Student must pass 1 Course(s)
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Please note that all courses may not be offered in all semesters. Go to your student portal for full timetabling details under "My Courses".
|COMP1618||Computer Use in the Modern World
Description: Students will use Microsoft Office to create reports, electronic presentations, brochures, flyers, posters and create budgets. In addition, they will be using computer applications in the contexts of online platforms, online collaboration tools and social media. As students use their research skills in online environments, they will learn how to conduct searches in order to decipher accurate from inaccurate information.
|MATH1095||Foundations in Math
Description: Students will learn and apply strategies, skills, concepts, procedures, and representational methods to solve problems in pre-algebra, algebra, and geometry/trigonometry relevant to a broad range of careers.
Electives: Program Discipline Option
Student must pass 1 Course(s)
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Please note that all courses may not be offered in all semesters. Go to your student portal for full timetabling details under "My Courses".
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Description: This course introduces accounting terminology, the accounting equation, the double-entry system of bookkeeping, the accrual basis of accounting, financial statements, and the ledgers and journals making up a basic accounting system.
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|FIN1020||Introductory Financial Planning
Description: This course is an introduction to the areas of financial planning and financial services. Topics covered include: financial planning, financial markets, investment portfolios, securities regulations, consumer debt, retirement and estate planning.
Description: This is an introductory course in managerial finance. Its purpose is to introduce the student to the theory and principles of managerial finance.
|FIN2055||Canadian Securities Fundamentals I
Description: This course is the first component of the Canadian Securities Fundamentals. Topics covered include: capital markets and financial services; the Canadian economy and its impact on financial markets; financing, listing and regulation of corporations issuing securities in the market; analyzing financial statements; the fixed income securities market; the equities markets.
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|INFO1380||Technology Infrastructure: Networking
Description: This course will provide the student with the knowledge to conduct meaningful dialogue with the network specialists who design, install and maintain the network within their organization. The student will be introduced to broad networking concepts including protocols, topologies, transmission media and security, using hands-on examples of networking issues.
|MATH1010||Business Mathematics I
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Description: This course will provide the student with learning tools that will help them to improve their basic arithmetic skills and also develop reasoning and problem solving skills. It is designed to help the student bridge existing gaps between their current preparation and college level math.
|MATH1910||Mathematics for Information Technology I
Description: The purpose of the course is to provide students with a sound mathematical foundation for logical reasoning and problem solving. The course stresses computer and business applications using equations, logic, sets, vectors, and data structures. The course includes applications such as cost-volume-profit analysis. The course is designed for IT students to help them translate everyday real world scenarios into mathematical concepts they can solve with computer systems and applications.
|MKT1150||Graphic Design for Marketers
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|MKT2050||Managing Marketing Communications
Description: Businesses today have a variety of messages to get out to the public. Using scenario based learning techniques, you will learn how to effectively communicate using the written word through numerous channels. You will learn how to internally market messages as well as how to convey those same messages to an external market or to other key stakeholders.
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|PHYS1111||Physics I - Mechanics
Description: This course will give students a basic understanding of mechanics. Topics covered will include kinematics, dynamics, work, energy, power and fluids. The course includes laboratory exercises to enhance understanding of the lecture material.
|PROG1245||Programming: Web Foundations
Description: In this course, students develop the skills needed to build static web sites. This includes facility with coding HTML, XHTML, and CSS, as well as the insertion of graphics and video into web sites.
|PROG1781||Programming Concepts I
Description: Software development programs depend on a strong foundation in programming concepts and logic. In order to develop programs that solve business problems, the student will use the programming concepts of data types, looping, decision making, modifying strings and arrays. Particular attention will be paid to problem solving techniques using flowcharting to design the logic of the program. The student will be introduced to techniques of desk checking, testing and debugging.
|PROG1815||Programming Concepts II
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|SCIE1155||Science for Technology
Description: This course is designed to introduce students to aspects of physics and chemistry that a Civil Engineering Technologist must know in order to understand concepts taught in other related Civil Engineering Technology courses. This introductory course will therefore explore the fundamental concepts of physics with respect to such applications as measurement, ratios and proportions, density, force and acceleration, heat transfer and the thermal expansion of solids. This course will also explore a fundamental understanding of basic chemistry and chemical reactions. An emphasis is placed on problem solving to illustrate the practical application of these concepts of science in technology.
|SOCS1015||Introduction to Professional Practice
Description: This course will introduce students to the professional practice of social service work. Through an examination of values and personal styles, students will develop an awareness of self as an essential component of the helping relationship.
|SOCS1035||Techniques Of Interviewing & Assessment
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|SOCS1040||Social Service Systems I
Description: This course provides students with an historical and theoretical basis upon which to study the existing community social service systems in terms of levels of government roles, function, structure, administration and funding. Current social service delivery issues such as shared service, conferencing, service resolution, community policing and volunteer/client management will be explored and discussed.
|SOCS1050||Social Work And The Law
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|SOCS1060||Group Process And Dynamics
Description: This course introduces concepts involved in group process, group dynamics and the stages of group development exploring group work with children, youth, adults and older adults. Leadership skills and characteristics, as well as ethical standards in group work are examined .Students learn through participation in an experiential group setting with the opportunity to focus on skills development using role plays and simulation.
|SOCS1360||Working with Diverse Populations
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|TECH1000||Introduction to Engineering Technology
Description: This course is the first in a sequence of two courses that will introduce the student to a variety of engineering technology/technician programs at Conestoga and the career opportunities associated with them. Among the fields of study covered in this series of courses include are architecture-construction, civil, electrical/electronic/energy systems, mechanical, welding, computer and information technologies and various trades and apprenticeship programs. Students will gain an appreciation and understanding of these various engineering technologies through independent study, field trip(s), lectures and participation in laboratories and hands-on activities.
|TECH1010||Technology Foundations Workshop I
Description: This course provides students with the opportunity to develop math and physics skills in a tutorial setting as a supplement to concurrent courses MATH1740 and PHYS1110. Through group work and individual assistance, students will review topics assigned in their math and physics courses, assessing their weaknesses and identifying strategies for success. Students will practice analyzing problems, calculating solutions and organizing their study routines.
- Question cultural norms in order to develop a personal world view in relation to others, including in the workplace.
- Describe the development of western thought in a global context to categorize behaviours and relationships in the modern world.
- Develop flexibility and clarity of both thought and expression in order to communicate required by business and industry.
- Utilize critical thinking processes and problem solving techniques through logical experiences, mathematical practices, and laboratory applications.
- Develop personal and professional abilities, drawing from the subject areas of Health, Business, Engineering or Information Technology, in order to contribute to success in the workplace
- Develop interpersonal skills and implement strategies to enhance self-satisfaction and employability
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For a list of the current members, please visit our Program Advisory Committees.
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