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Courses - September 2022

Level 1

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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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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Computer Use in the Modern World
COMP1618

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.

  • 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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Student Success for Higher Learning
LIBS1540

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. It provides a structured and supportive learning environment to help students define and develop the academic habits and skills for a successful transition to a Canadian post-secondary culture. The course will address the diverse issues facing students who are beginning their academic path in post-secondary studies.

  • Hours: 42
  • Credits: 3
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Critical Thinking
PHIL1000

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.

  • Hours: 42
  • Credits: 3
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Level 2

Course Details

Foundations in Presentation Skills
COMM1665

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

  • Hours: 42
  • Credits: 3
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Information, Data and Current Events
MDIA1070

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.

  • Hours: 42
  • Credits: 3
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Canada in the Future
SOC1140

Description:

We live in an ever-changing and highly uncertain world that is showing no signs of slowing down. This course takes students on a journey of past, present and future megatrends and poses the question: What’s next? Students will begin to imagine what the future of Canada will look like by exploring current issues and trends that impact Canada and the world today. Students will explore demographic change and population trends, climate change, technology, globalization and social issues to make predictions of Canada in the future.

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

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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".

Foundations in Presentation Skills
COMM1665

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

  • Hours: 42
  • Credits: 3
  • Pre-Requisites:
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Foundations in Math
MATH1095

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.

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

Level 3

Course Details

Research and Writing
COMM2210

Description:

This course examines both the essentials of academic research and the general principles for effective writing of a research paper, along with the further development of communication and presentation skills. In practice-oriented activities, students will be guided through the incremental process of design and accomplishment of a research project. This includes selecting a research topic from the area of student’s academic and professional interests, drafting a literature review, formulating research questions and hypotheses, collecting data from diverse primary and secondary sources, basically analyzing and creatively interpreting data, and considering ethical issues. The rule of equal thirds, which are thinking, writing, and revising, will be implemented as an effective time management strategy. The course will culminate into the presentation of the research paper.

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

Electives: Program Option
Student must pass 1 Course(s), selected in the Student Portal from available course options

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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".

Introduction to Philosophy
PHIL2030

Description:

The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the history and basic principles of philosophy. In this course, students will learn methods of inquiry, analysis and criticism into complex problems and begin to formulate their own philosophical approaches. Using these philosophical approaches, students will develops one's ability to think carefully and critically. The objective of this course is to enable students to be reflective about the beliefs that they or their society have developed. Throughout this course students will seek to advance our reading comprehension as well as our communication skills, both oral and written in order to express their philosophical approaches.

  • Hours: 56
  • Credits: 4
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Introduction to Natural Science
SCIE2010

Description:

This course will introduce the student to the philosophy of science and the scientific process. This course will provide the student with an opportunity to review current moral and ethical issues affecting science. The student will explore the natural sciences including biology and geology at an introductory level. Students will explore basic concepts of various sub-disciplines of biology, thereby gaining an understanding of the nature of life and its complex interactions with the biotic and abiotic environments. They will develop a basic understanding of various geological principles and techniques used in the study of geology.

  • Hours: 56
  • Credits: 4
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Introduction to The Social Sciences
SOC1525

Description:

This course provides students with the opportunity to meet the Civic Life (Theme 2) component of the general education requirements for programs of instruction for Colleges of Applied Arts and Technology. In order to live responsibly and to reach one's potential as an individual, and as a citizen of society, there is a need to understand the patterns of human relationships that underlie the orderly interactions of a society’s various structural units. Informed people have knowledge of the meaning of civic life in relation to diverse communities at the local, national and global level. This course will teach the basic principles and vocabulary of the social science disciplines: economics, sociology, and politics. It will introduce students to the intellectual frameworks of these disciplines and will emphasize the development of critical thinking by focusing on inequalities in contemporary Canadian society. Students will be provided with an understanding of the meaning of freedoms, rights, and participation in community and public life, in addition to a working knowledge of the structure and function of various levels of governments in Canada. The course will contribute to the development of citizens who are conscious of the diversity, complexity, and richness of the human experience, who are able to establish meaning through this consciousness, and, who, as a result, are able to contribute thoughtfully, creatively, and positively to the society in which they live and work.

  • Hours: 56
  • Credits: 4
  • Pre-Requisites:
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Electives: Program Discipline Option
Student must pass 2 Course(s), selected in the Student Portal from available course options

Level 4

Course Details

Electives: General Education
Student must pass 2 Course(s), selected in the Student Portal from available course options

Electives: Program Option
Student must pass 1 Course(s), selected in the Student Portal from available course options

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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".

Ethics in the Real World
PHIL2000

Description:

This course focuses on ethical issues faced by individuals in Canadian society. It helps students to clarify their values and establish a framework for ethical decision making. This course will focus on and practice the skill of critical thinking, and learn to express carefully, verbally and in writing, our reasoning for a given position.

  • Hours: 56
  • Credits: 4
  • Pre-Requisites: LIBS2030 OR PHIL2030
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Introduction to the Natural Sciences II
SCIE2060

Description:

This course is a continuation of Introduction to Natural Science course. In this course, students will develop an understanding of the approaches to the natural sciences and emphasize the methods of thinking, approaching and solving problems in the sciences. This will be done through examination of research methods, and communication in science. The course will also continue its exploration of natural sciences by examining the field of chemistry, physics, and astronomy. In chemistry, students will apply fundamental concepts of chemistry to the current model of the atom, its applications in chemical equations, and radioactivity. Physics will explore concepts including motion, energy, and waves. In the astronomy section, students will acquire a basic understanding of the universe, its origins and composition, and the inter-relationships between galaxies, stars and planets.

  • Hours: 56
  • Credits: 4
  • Pre-Requisites: LIBS2010 OR SCIE2010
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Contemporary Social Issues
SOC2020

Description:

This course identifies and examines the social construction, causes and consequences of various social problems in contemporary Canadian society. Using current social science paradigms and theories, students will analyse the problems and explore potential responses from a professional viewpoint. Topics will include: crime, violence, family problems, illness & healthcare, social stratification problems, ageism, race, gender, sexual orientation, and ethnicity.

  • Hours: 56
  • Credits: 4
  • Pre-Requisites: LIBS1520 OR LIBS1525 OR SOC1525
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Electives: Program Discipline Option
Student must pass 2 Course(s), selected in the Student Portal from available course options

Program outcomes

  1. Question cultural norms in order to develop a personal world view in relation to others, including in the workplace.
  2. Describe the development of western thought in a global context to categorize behaviours and relationships in the modern world.
  3. Develop flexibility and clarity of both thought and expression in order to communicate required by business and industry.
  4. Utilize critical thinking processes and problem solving techniques through logical experiences, mathematical practices, and laboratory applications.
  5. 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
  6. Develop interpersonal skills and implement strategies to enhance self-satisfaction and employability