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Public Service (Optional Co-op)

Credential:
Ontario College Graduate Certificate
College Code:
CONS
School:
Liberal Studies
Program Code:
1274
Accelerated Delivery:
No
Campus:
DO
Academic Year:
2019 / 2020

About the Program

Public service is service that is performed for the benefit of the public or its institutions, usually through employment in either a government or a non-profit organization. This graduate certificate program provides students with the skills, knowledge and practical experience critical to a career in public service. Students will learn about the inner workings of government at the municipal, provincial and federal levels. The program will address issues such as public ethics, policy formulation, government and public sector structures, leadership, and management. Through the program, students will develop skills in critical thinking, analytical communications and problem-solving to pursue a career as a public servant.

Program Information

Length: One-year Ontario College Graduate Certificate program
Delivery Sequence: Doon (Kitchener) - September/2019 - Fall | Winter
Delivery Sequence for Co-op Option: Doon (Kitchener) - September/2019 - Fall | Winter | Spring/Summer
Location: Doon (Kitchener)
Start: September
First-Year Capacity: 30

Admission Requirements

Diploma or degree from an accredited college or university.

Note re: Admission Requirements

Applying to the Co-op Stream

Co-op Information

Admission Procedures

Program Requirements

Tuition & Fees

Tuition fee details for the 2018-2019 year are listed below. Fees for the next academic year are unavailable at this time. Books and supplies are additional.

Non Co-op Program Fees

Domestic Fees

Estimated fees based upon the previous academic year (2018 / 2019) for Public Service - Program # 1274

Doon - Fall 2018 Level 1 & 2 (Program Start: 2018-09-04)
Description Fall 2018 Winter 2019
Student Priority Fee $50.65 $50.65
Recreation/Athletics Fee $70.50 $70.50
Graduation/Alumni Services Fee $28.45 $28.45
Administration Fee $25.90 $25.90
Technology Enhancement Fee $142.75 $142.75
Program Services Fee $0.00 $0.00
CSI Capital Development Fee $72.65 $72.65
CSI Association Fee $110.00 $110.00
CSI - Advocacy Fee $5.75 $5.75
Program Tuition Fee (ACR) $2475.00 $2475.00
CSI Health Plan Fee $295.00 $0.00
ONE Card Fee $12.75 $12.75
CSI Legal Protection $28.00 $0.00
Session Total $3317.40 $2994.40
Year Total   $6311.80

International Fees

Estimated International fees based upon the previous academic year (2018 / 2019) for
Public Service - Program # 1274


Doon - Fall 2018 Level 1 & 2 (Program Start: 2018-09-04)
Description Fall 2018 Winter 2019
International Program Tuition $6000.00 $6000.00
Student Priority Fee $50.65 $50.65
Recreation/Athletics Fee $70.50 $70.50
Graduation/Alumni Services Fee $28.45 $28.45
Administration Fee $25.90 $25.90
Technology Enhancement Fee $142.75 $142.75
Program Services Fee $0.00 $0.00
CSI Capital Development Fee $72.65 $72.65
CSI Association Fee $110.00 $110.00
CSI - Advocacy Fee $5.75 $5.75
CSI Health Plan Fee $295.00 $0.00
ISR $375.00 $375.00
ONE Card Fee $12.75 $12.75
CSI Legal Protection $28.00 $0.00
CSI International Health Fee $485.00 $0.00
Session Total $7702.40 $6894.40
Year Total   $14596.80

Co-op Program Fees

Optional Co-op Domestic Fees

Estimated fees based upon the previous academic year (2018 / 2019) for Public Service (Optional Co-op) - Program # 1274C

Doon - Fall 2018 Level 1 & 2 & 3 (Program Start: 2018-09-04)
Description Fall 2018 Winter 2019 Spring 2019
Student Priority Fee $50.65 $50.65 $0.00
Recreation/Athletics Fee $70.50 $70.50 $0.00
Graduation/Alumni Services Fee $28.45 $28.45 $0.00
Administration Fee $25.90 $25.90 $0.00
Technology Enhancement Fee $142.75 $142.75 $0.00
Program Services Fee $0.00 $543.50 $0.00
CSI Capital Development Fee $72.65 $72.65 $0.00
CSI Association Fee $110.00 $110.00 $0.00
CSI - Advocacy Fee $5.75 $5.75 $0.00
Program Tuition Fee (ACR) $2475.00 $2475.00 $0.00
CSI Health Plan Fee $295.00 $0.00 $0.00
ONE Card Fee $12.75 $12.75 $0.00
CSI Legal Protection $28.00 $0.00 $0.00
Session Total $3317.40 $3537.90 $0.00
Year Total $6855.30    

Optional Co-op International Fees

Estimated International fees based upon the previous academic year (2018 / 2019) for
Public Service (Optional Co-op) - Program # 1274C


Doon - Fall 2018 Level 1 & 2 & 3 (Program Start: 2018-09-04)
Description Fall 2018 Winter 2019 Spring 2019
International Program Tuition $6000.00 $6000.00 $0.00
Student Priority Fee $50.65 $50.65 $0.00
Recreation/Athletics Fee $70.50 $70.50 $0.00
Graduation/Alumni Services Fee $28.45 $28.45 $0.00
Administration Fee $25.90 $25.90 $0.00
Technology Enhancement Fee $142.75 $142.75 $0.00
Program Services Fee $0.00 $543.50 $0.00
CSI Capital Development Fee $72.65 $72.65 $0.00
CSI Association Fee $110.00 $110.00 $0.00
CSI - Advocacy Fee $5.75 $5.75 $0.00
CSI Health Plan Fee $295.00 $0.00 $0.00
ISR $375.00 $375.00 $0.00
ONE Card Fee $12.75 $12.75 $0.00
CSI Legal Protection $28.00 $0.00 $0.00
CSI International Health Fee $485.00 $0.00 $0.00
Session Total $7702.40 $7437.90 $0.00
Year Total $15140.30    

Financial Assistance

The 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 Opportunities

Graduates of this program can expect to have the specialized soft skills (including communications, leadership, organizational development and planning) to pursue or advance career opportunities in these services at the international, national, provincial, or local level.

On average, 83% of graduates from the last three years (2014 to 2016) found employment within six months of graduation.

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 Transfer

Conestoga 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. View the transfer agreement opportunities for this program.

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.

Program Courses

Non Co-op Course Details (1274)
Course Code Course Title and Description
Level 1
COMM8085 Communication in the Public Sector

Description: This course will cover the practical aspects of public sector communication skills both in written and oral presentation forms. In the written form, students will practice letter writing, on-line communication procedures and etiquette, the preparation of briefing notes, reports to committees or councils, meeting minutes, media releases, Question and Answer documents for senior managers or political leaders, and grant applications.
Hours: 70
Credits: 5
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

LIBS8055 Strategic Planning and Implementation

Description: In this course, students learn to create government department, section or unit mission, vision and value statements. Budgetary planning and financial management, information and data management, investment planning, and personnel planning and management will be considered from the perspective of not-for-profit and public sector financial and personnel structures. The need for increased public accountability and public service or ministerial responsibility will be evaluated. Management tools such as balanced score card logic, management and planning models, performance indicators, budget proposal development and tracking systems, program audit processes and evaluations, and timely and appropriate goods and services procurement methods will also be introduced.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

LIBS8080 Introduction to Politics and Government

Description: This course will explore Canadian democracy providing students with an understanding of the Canadian systems of government at the federal, provincial, and municipal levels. Students will also examine the distributions of powers and responsibilities in the Canadian federal structure, as well as the social, cultural and economic factors and related issues that influence federal-provincial-municipal relations. The course will also examine how the civil service, interest groups, the media, and political parties contribute to the overall functioning of governments.
Hours: 28
Credits: 2
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

LIBS8090 Public Policy

Description: This course will introduce the policy cycle by examining agenda-setting, policy formulation, government decision-making, policy implementation, and the evaluation of policies. These theoretical lessons will create an understanding of how the public policy process operates and, thereby, how to influence policy decisions. The complex relationships that exist both between politicians and public servants as well as between the public sector and the private sector will be discussed. Students will also practice consultation methods and develop policy recommendations.
Hours: 70
Credits: 5
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites: LIBS8080

Level 2
LIBS8100 Ethics, Multiculturalism, and Government

Description: In this course, students will be introduced to the theoretical framework which defines ethics and values, including multicultural considerations, within the public sector in Canada. This will be achieved by using practical examples of ethical dilemmas resulting from situations such as conflicts of interest, acceptance of gifts and tokens, whistle-blowing, and confidentiality. This course will encourage comparative discussions between existing governmental policies and the theoretical framework associated with ethical issues. The course will also provide an opportunity for students to appreciate Canada's unique approach to immigration and cultural pluralism. Students will explore the challenges faced by newcomers and Canada's Indigenous Peoples. Finally, the course will provide the students with an opportunity to explore multicultural issues, especially as they relate to public service practitioners.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

LIBS8110 Public Sector Leadership & Professional Development

Description: By examining contemporary leadership models and existing organizational systems in the public service environment, students will learn about the theories and practices associated with facilitating and leading productive operational teams. Students will learn and practice conflict resolution management and negotiations skills, as well as dispute resolution approaches. With the objective of understanding what makes a high-performance team, existing or potential partnership and team-building processes will be evaluated. Students will develop the personal leadership skills and values associated with being a ‘reflective practitioner' within the public service.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

LIBS8120 Public Service Capstone

Description: The capstone project is an experiential learning project during the second semester of the program that enables students to practice in a group setting their skills of research, analysis, communication, project management, and evaluation. Students will model and apply the skills learned throughout the Public Service program to a specific project for a government, non-profit, or social purpose organization. Students will enhance their writing and presentation skills as well as their analytical and team building skills.
Hours: 70
Credits: 5
Pre-Requisites: COMM8085
CoRequisites: MGMT8300

MGMT8300 Introduction to Project Management

Description: This course provides the practical knowledge to prepare for starting and completing a project successfully. It will cover the components and tasks related to complex projects that often involve multiple functional teams and departments. You will explore how the knowledge areas of the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) are applied during each phase of a project's life cycle as well as the processes related to successful project management. An overview of status reporting and the use of MS Project will be covered. This knowledge will help establish priorities and effectively manage your projects. It will be of particular interest to those students who have a long-term goal of attaining the Project Management Professional (PMP)® designation certified by the Project Management Institute.
PMP and PMBOK are registered marks of the Project Management Institute, Inc.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

Optional Co-op Course Details (1274C)
Course Code Course Title and Description
Level 1
COMM8085 Communication in the Public Sector

Description: This course will cover the practical aspects of public sector communication skills both in written and oral presentation forms. In the written form, students will practice letter writing, on-line communication procedures and etiquette, the preparation of briefing notes, reports to committees or councils, meeting minutes, media releases, Question and Answer documents for senior managers or political leaders, and grant applications.
Hours: 70
Credits: 5
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

LIBS8055 Strategic Planning and Implementation

Description: In this course, students learn to create government department, section or unit mission, vision and value statements. Budgetary planning and financial management, information and data management, investment planning, and personnel planning and management will be considered from the perspective of not-for-profit and public sector financial and personnel structures. The need for increased public accountability and public service or ministerial responsibility will be evaluated. Management tools such as balanced score card logic, management and planning models, performance indicators, budget proposal development and tracking systems, program audit processes and evaluations, and timely and appropriate goods and services procurement methods will also be introduced.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

LIBS8080 Introduction to Politics and Government

Description: This course will explore Canadian democracy providing students with an understanding of the Canadian systems of government at the federal, provincial, and municipal levels. Students will also examine the distributions of powers and responsibilities in the Canadian federal structure, as well as the social, cultural and economic factors and related issues that influence federal-provincial-municipal relations. The course will also examine how the civil service, interest groups, the media, and political parties contribute to the overall functioning of governments.
Hours: 28
Credits: 2
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

LIBS8090 Public Policy

Description: This course will introduce the policy cycle by examining agenda-setting, policy formulation, government decision-making, policy implementation, and the evaluation of policies. These theoretical lessons will create an understanding of how the public policy process operates and, thereby, how to influence policy decisions. The complex relationships that exist both between politicians and public servants as well as between the public sector and the private sector will be discussed. Students will also practice consultation methods and develop policy recommendations.
Hours: 70
Credits: 5
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites: LIBS8080

Level 2
CEPR8200 Co-op and Career Preparation

Description: This series of modules will prepare graduate certificate students for job searching for their co-op work terms and for their future careers. Students will familiarize themselves with the co-operative education policies and procedures and will learn the expectations, rules, and regulations that apply in the workplace regarding social, organizational, ethical, and safety issues while deepening their awareness of self-reflective practices. Students will critically reflect on their skills, attitudes, and expectations and evaluate available opportunities in the workplace. Successful completion of this course is a requirement for co-op eligibility.
Hours: 14
Credits: 1
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

LIBS8100 Ethics, Multiculturalism, and Government

Description: In this course, students will be introduced to the theoretical framework which defines ethics and values, including multicultural considerations, within the public sector in Canada. This will be achieved by using practical examples of ethical dilemmas resulting from situations such as conflicts of interest, acceptance of gifts and tokens, whistle-blowing, and confidentiality. This course will encourage comparative discussions between existing governmental policies and the theoretical framework associated with ethical issues. The course will also provide an opportunity for students to appreciate Canada's unique approach to immigration and cultural pluralism. Students will explore the challenges faced by newcomers and Canada's Indigenous Peoples. Finally, the course will provide the students with an opportunity to explore multicultural issues, especially as they relate to public service practitioners.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

LIBS8110 Public Sector Leadership & Professional Development

Description: By examining contemporary leadership models and existing organizational systems in the public service environment, students will learn about the theories and practices associated with facilitating and leading productive operational teams. Students will learn and practice conflict resolution management and negotiations skills, as well as dispute resolution approaches. With the objective of understanding what makes a high-performance team, existing or potential partnership and team-building processes will be evaluated. Students will develop the personal leadership skills and values associated with being a ‘reflective practitioner' within the public service.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

LIBS8120 Public Service Capstone

Description: The capstone project is an experiential learning project during the second semester of the program that enables students to practice in a group setting their skills of research, analysis, communication, project management, and evaluation. Students will model and apply the skills learned throughout the Public Service program to a specific project for a government, non-profit, or social purpose organization. Students will enhance their writing and presentation skills as well as their analytical and team building skills.
Hours: 70
Credits: 5
Pre-Requisites: COMM8085
CoRequisites: MGMT8300

MGMT8300 Introduction to Project Management

Description: This course provides the practical knowledge to prepare for starting and completing a project successfully. It will cover the components and tasks related to complex projects that often involve multiple functional teams and departments. You will explore how the knowledge areas of the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) are applied during each phase of a project's life cycle as well as the processes related to successful project management. An overview of status reporting and the use of MS Project will be covered. This knowledge will help establish priorities and effectively manage your projects. It will be of particular interest to those students who have a long-term goal of attaining the Project Management Professional (PMP)® designation certified by the Project Management Institute.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

Level 3
COOP8040 Co-op Work Term (Public Service)

Description: This co-op work term will provide students with college-approved work experience in an authentic, professionally relevant work environment. Through this course, students will be provided the opportunity to connect theory and practice by leveraging their academic knowledge to develop specialized vocational skills. The practical applications of this work term will promote students' awareness of key concepts and terminology in their field, improve their competencies in problem-solving and decision-making, further their application of professional judgement, hone their leadership skills (independently or as part of team), and enhance their capacity to critically analyze and reflect on their demonstrated abilities in the workplace.
Hours: 420
Credits: 14
Pre-Requisites: CDEV8200 or CEPR8200
CoRequisites:

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