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Courses - January 2022

Level 1

Course Details

College Reading & Writing Skills
COMM1085

Description:

This course introduces students to the reading, writing, and critical thinking skills needed for academic and workplace success. Students will analyse a variety of texts and apply the steps of planning, writing, and revising to produce writing that meets the expectations of selected audiences and purposes. The course prepares students for college-level writing tasks, research, and documentation by asking them to produce clear, informed, and purposeful documents relevant to both academic and professional contexts.

  • Hours: 42
  • Credits: 3
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Introduction to Microsoft Word and Excel
COMP1927

Description:

This course introduces students to the computer skills required for success in school and the workplace. Students will learn the basics of Microsoft Windows, Word, and Excel. Students will practice using Microsoft Office applications to create and modify educational and workplace documents.

  • Hours: 42
  • Credits: 3
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Conestoga 101
CON0101

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.

  • Hours: 1
  • Credits: 0
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Finance in Logistics and Transportation
FIN2180

Description:

All managers in a transportation organization need financial management skills to make decisions and manage projects within an organization. This introductory course for non-accounting students covers aspects of both financial accounting and management accounting. Students will be able to apply concepts of finance and financial management for organizations operating in the transportation sector. Students will develop an appreciation for the techniques used to control financial risk. Students will be able to apply concepts of financial accounting to both personal and business situations, including the preparation and use of basic financial statements. Management accounting topics will allow the students to understand cost behaviour and its use in decision-making, evaluate capital investments, and prepare operating budgets.

  • Hours: 56
  • Credits: 4
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Introduction to Transportation Systems
TRAN1000

Description:

This course will provide students with an overview of systems and terminology specific to the transportation industry. Students will develop the knowledge of fundamental industry jargon to support communication skills in their occupation. Analysis of systems will help students understand the relationship between industry terms and the daily operations and safety of a commercial truck driver.

  • Hours: 42
  • Credits: 3
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Logistics, Transportation and Trucking I
TRAN1010

Description:

Students will be introduced to the history of the transportation and trucking industries in this fundamental course. Understanding how the industry has evolved, industry trends and the structure and business model of various trucking organizations will be covered. How the trucking industry is an integral part of business of logistics in Canada will be introduced. As part of this course, students are expected to spend 20 hours in the trucking simulators.

  • Hours: 84
  • Credits: 6
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Principles of Distribution and Logistics
TRAN1040

Description:

This course will provide the students with the knowledge and necessary skill set to implement and manage the core principles and activities in Distribution and Logistics. Topics will include Channels of Distribution, Total Logistics Concept, Inventory and Purchasing Logistic Integration, National and International Freight Logistics, Cost and Performance Monitoring, Planning and Control Cycle and the challenges facing Logistics and Distribution in a Globalized Marketplace.

  • Hours: 56
  • Credits: 4
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Level 2

Course Details

Professional Communication Strategies
COMM1255

Description:

With a view to developing professional communication strategies, this course will enable students to learn how to effectively communicate with co-workers, customers and border authorities as emerging transportation professionals. Professional presence, including appearance, verbal and non-verbal communication skills, attitude and etiquette will be reviewed as students will develop hands-on experience through presentations and communication assignments as well as mock scenarios where relevant professional situations will be practiced.

  • Hours: 42
  • Credits: 3
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Project Cost and Risk Management
MGMT1245

Description:

Project managers need to ensure that the scope and schedule of the project is effectively managed from concept through to implementation. This course will explore on all aspects of scope and schedule management including the link to company strategy, concept development, business case, contract management, requirements gathering, work breakdown, scope and schedule definition, schedule creation and management, critical path assessment. Students will learn strategies to ensure that the project implements the scope as agreed, in the schedule as intended. The constant challenge of balancing scope and timing will be studied in detail.

  • Hours: 42
  • Credits: 3
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Introduction to Truck Service and Repair
TRAN1020

Description:

In this course the student is given an overview of truck and coach systems, including the operation and interpretation of precision measuring tools and meters. Basic function and usage of trade related hand and power tools, including motive power safety and WHMIS is also covered. A major component of this course includes part, component identification and location.

  • Hours: 56
  • Credits: 4
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Logistics, Transportation and Trucking II
TRAN1030

Description:

This course is designed to give the student an overview of the legal implications of the trucking industry. Border crossing, transporting goods, documentation and load security will be essential elements the student will need to be successful. Included in this course will be a series of workshops, field trips and guest speakers introducing students to the different areas of the transportation industry. As part of this course, students are expected to spend 20 hours in the trucking simulators gaining valuable ‘in-truck’ experience.

  • Hours: 84
  • Credits: 6
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Technology in Trucking
TRAN1050

Description:

During this course the student will learn to effectively use software and systems currently employed by the trucking industry. Hours of service software and electronic logging devices will be practiced in order to give the student an understanding of how this technology integrates with business best practice and to prepare the student for success in their career. Mobile devices will used to fully understand the use of GPS and Border Connect on the road.

  • Hours: 42
  • Credits: 3
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Current Topics in Trucking
TRAN1060

Description:

Students will identify and discuss current trends and topics in trucking. Case studies and articles from publications will be reviewed by the students and they will present structured arguments assessing the techniques or processes described in the reference documentation.

  • Hours: 28
  • Credits: 2
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Electives: General Elective
Student must pass 1 Course(s), selected in the Student Portal from available course options

Level 3

Course Details

Introduction to Project Time and Cost Management
MGMT1235

Description:

Project managers need to ensure that the cost and risks of the project are effectively managed from concept through to implementation. This course will explore on all aspects of cost and risk management including the link to concept development, scope, schedule, procurement, budget baselining, cost estimates, risk planning, risk response and control. Students will learn costing and risk strategies to ensure that the project achieves its contractual deliverables within the budget and schedule as intended.

  • Hours: 42
  • Credits: 3
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Health and Safety in Trucking
OHS1490

Description:

This course is designed to provide knowledge and understanding in various safety-related topics pertinent to a transportation/logistics environment. Topics include: due diligence, WHMIS, shipping/receiving regulations, occupational health and safety requirements, and, manual and automated lifting practices. Safety considerations regarding women in trucking, ‘on the road’ considerations, human trafficking, and personal well-being will be addressed. Students will explore personal and societal elements that contribute to health and wellness while being on the road. With a focus on healthy eating, students will develop skills to plan for, choose and prepare food when traveling.

  • Hours: 56
  • Credits: 4
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Logistics, Transportation and Trucking III
TRAN2000

Description:

This course is designed to give the student an overview of how the truck driver integrates with the entire transportation operation. An introduction to the roles of dispatching and scheduling will give students an understanding the interactions within a transportation business. Troubleshooting to meet customer agreements and business sustainability will be a key focus. As part of this course, students are expected to spend 20 hours in the trucking simulators gaining valuable ‘in-truck’ experience.

  • Hours: 84
  • Credits: 6
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Truck and Repair Practices
TRAN2010

Description:

In this course students will learn the basic working knowledge of recommended trade work practices; operating principles, testing and servicing of tools and equipment; and seals, bearings, and gaskets.

  • Hours: 42
  • Credits: 3
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Load Distribution
TRAN2020

Description:

This course will provide an introduction to the field of physics and also explain the standard measurements and calculations involved in the basic principles of physics. It will develop structured problem solving skills in the study of kinematics, and dynamics. Laboratory exercises focusing on load distribution in a transport truck will also provide a practical application of theories.

  • Hours: 42
  • Credits: 3
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Electives: General Elective
Student must pass 1 Course(s), selected in the Student Portal from available course options

Level 4

Course Details

Career Discovery
CDEV1840

Description:

This course focuses on career exploration and decision making. Students will evaluate their interests, values, skills and abilities through assessment tools and explore the labour market to identify employment trends aligned to their strengths. Effective communication strategies to aid success in the workplace will be covered. By the end of this course, students will have created a personalized development plan to support their future career goals.

  • Hours: 42
  • Credits: 3
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Owner Operator
TRAN2030

Description:

This course introduces students what to expect as an owner operator and you examine your goals in the industry. The course will discuss tax implications, understanding mileage, carrier contract and how to develop relationships with truck dealers. Understanding why your carrier contract are critical to optimizing and maximizing your revenue and profit.

  • Hours: 42
  • Credits: 3
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Professionalism in Trucking
TRAN2040

Description:

The course introduces students to the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to provide service excellence in the workplace. This course focuses on both the organizational theory that defines service cycle management and the practical skills required in a customer service organization. Practical application through mock situations ‘on the road’ will give students the tools for career success.

  • Hours: 42
  • Credits: 3
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Capstone (Logistics and Commercial Trucking)
TRAN2080

Description:

This course is designed to provide students with an opportunity to solve a real-life problem for a local transportation employer as it relates to commercial trucking, by applying theory and skills developed in previous courses. Working in small teams, and supervised by a faculty member, students will conduct secondary and primary research, develop and evaluate alternative solutions, and present a final recommendation to the employer. The final report will summarize the methodology and approach taken, justify the reasons for selecting the specific solution, and outline a practical work plan for implementing the proposed solution, including estimated timeline and budget. The students’ work will be formally assessed by their supervisor and the employer, and informally by their classmates.

  • Hours: 140
  • Credits: 9
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Electives: General Elective
Student must pass 1 Course(s), selected in the Student Portal from available course options

Program outcomes

  1. Examine the connections between strategic objectives, stakeholder expectations, and the functions, processes, and roles within a supply chain, to support decision-making, problem solving and completion of tasks.
  2. Support supply chain business operations using accounting and financial analysis.
  3. Identify compliance issues within a supply chain to inform business operations.
  4. Identify risk mitigation tools and strategies to support business operations within a supply chain.
  5. Contribute to the acquisition and sale of goods, services and materials in accordance with best practices and stakeholder expectations across a variety of industries.
  6. Contribute to the planning and scheduling of material requirements and resource allocation, and the management of inventories, for efficient production and fulfillment of customer orders and returns.
  7. Coordinate the efficient handling and movement of goods, services, materials and related information within a supply chain.
  8. Contribute to the identification and management of continuous improvements to functions and processes within a supply chain.
  9. Use available technologies to enhance work performance and support supply chain functions, processes, transactions, and communications.
  10. Monitor relevant trends, emerging technologies, and local and global economic, political, and environmental issues to enhance work performance and support management decisions.
  11. Perform tasks in accordance with policies and procedures for workplace health and safety and industry standards and best practices for professional, ethical, and accountable conduct and communications.
  12. Collaborate with a diversity of stakeholders to facilitate business operations within a supply chain.
  13. Participate in facilitated learning opportunities for personal, career and professional development.
  14. Use physics of load configuration, weights and dimensions specific to transporting goods for the safe and legal operation of a transport vehicle and to support other activities in a supply chain operation.
  15. Maintain the safe and integral operation of a tractor trailer and its parts, including effectuating repairs, in accordance with industry best practices and relevant traffic legislation.