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Business

Financial Accounting Fundamentals, Grade 11, University/College

This course introduces you to the fundamental principles and procedures of accounting. You will develop financial analysis and decision-making skills that will assist them in future studies and/or career opportunities in business. You will acquire an understanding of accounting for a service and a merchandising business, computerized accounting, financial analysis, and ethics and current issues in accounting.

Prerequisite: None

Entrepreneurship: The Venture, Grade 11, College

This course focuses on ways in which entrepreneurs recognize opportunities, generate ideas, and organize resources to plan successful ventures that enable them to achieve their goals. You will create a venture plan for a school-based or student-run business. Through hands-on experiences, you will have opportunities to develop the values, traits, and skills most often associated with successful entrepreneurs.

Prerequisite: None

Grade 12, International Business – University/College

Grade 11, Information Technology-Applications in Business, College level

Grade 10,  Introduction to Information Technology in Business, Open Level

Financial Accounting Principles, Grade 12, University/College

This course introduces you to advanced accounting principles that will prepare you for post-secondary studies in business. You will learn about financial statements for various forms of business ownership and how those statements are interpreted in making business decisions. This course expands your knowledge of sources of financing, further develops accounting methods for assets, and introduces accounting for partnerships and corporations.

Prerequisite: Financial Accounting Fundamentals, Grade 11, University/College Preparation

Business Leadership: Management Fundamentals, Grade 12, University/College

This course focuses on the development of leadership skills used in managing a successful business. You will analyze the role of a leader in business with a focus on decision-making, management of group dynamics, workplace stress and conflict, motivation of employees, and planning. Effective business communication skills, ethics, and social responsibility will be emphasized throughout the course.

Prerequisite: None

Grade 12, Organizational Studies-Organizational Behaviour & Human Resources, University/College level

Grade 12, Information and Communication Technology: Multimedia Solutions, College level

Grade 10,  Introduction to Information Technology in Business, Open Level

Contemporary Studies (social science)

Understanding Canadian Law, Grade 11, University/College

This course explores legal issues that directly affect your life. You will acquire a practical knowledge of Canada’s legal system and learn how to analyze legal issues. You will also be given opportunities to develop informed opinions on legal issues, and to defend those opinions and communicate legal knowledge in a variety of ways and settings, including legal research projects, mock trials, and debates.

Prerequisite: Grade 10 Canadian History since World War I, Academic or Applied

Parenting, Grade 11, Open

This course focuses on the skills and knowledge needed to promote the positive and healthy nurturing of children, with particular emphasis on the critical importance of the early years to human development. You will learn how to meet the developmental needs of young children, communicate and discipline effectively, and guide early behaviour. You will have practical experiences with infants, toddlers, and preschoolers, and will learn skills in researching and investigating questions relating to parenting.

Prerequisite: None

Health for Life, Grade 11, College Preparation

This course enables students to examine the factors that influence their own health practices and behaviours as well as those factors that contribute to the development of healthy communities. It emphasizes the concept of wellness, which addresses all aspects of well-being – physical, cognitive, emotional, spiritual, and social – and promotes healthy eating, physical activity, and building and maintaining a positive sense of self. Students will develop the skills necessary to make healthy choices and create a personal wellness plan. They will also design initiatives that encourage others to lead healthy, active lives. The course prepares students for college programs in health sciences, fitness, wellness, and health promotion.

Prerequisite: None

Challenge and Change in Society, Grade 12 University– see CoOLCorrespondence On-Line courses.

Grade 11, Travel and Tourism: A Geographic Perspective, Open Level

Grade 9/10,  Introductory level Chinese

Grade 9/10,  Introductory level Spanish

Grade 11,  Health for Life, College Level

Grade 12,  Aesthetics – Workplace level, Prerequisite required

Understanding Canadian Law, Grade 11, University/College

This course explores legal issues that directly affect your life. You will acquire a practical knowledge of Canada’s legal system and learn how to analyze legal issues. You will also be given opportunities to develop informed opinions on legal issues, and to defend those opinions and communicate legal knowledge in a variety of ways and settings, including legal research projects, mock trials, and debates.

Prerequisite: Grade 10 Canadian History since World War I, Academic or Applied

World Religions: Beliefs and Daily Life, Grade 11, Open

This course introduces students to the range and diversity of world religions, and examines how systems of belief affect individual lives and social relationships. You will learn about a variety of religious beliefs, teachings, traditions, and practices. The course also helps you to develop skills used in researching and investigating topics related to world religions.

Prerequisite: None

Canadian and World Issues: A Geographic Analysis, Grade 12, University

This course examines the global challenges of creating a sustainable and equitable future, focusing on current issues that illustrate these challenges. Students will investigate a range of topics, including cultural, economic, and geopolitical relationships, regional disparities in the ability to meet basic human needs, and protection of the natural environment. Students will use geotechnologies and skills of geographic inquiry and analysis to develop and communicate balanced opinions about the complex issues facing Canada and a world that is interdependent and constantly changing.

Prerequisite: Any university or university/college preparation course in Canadian and world studies, English, or social sciences and humanities

Philosophy: Questions and Theories, Grade 12, University

This course addresses three (or more) of the main areas of philosophy: metaphysics, logic, epistemology, ethics, social and political philosophy, and aesthetics. You will learn critical-thinking skills and the main ideas expressed by philosophers from a variety of the world’s traditions; you will also learn how to develop and explain your own philosophical ideas, and how to apply those ideas to contemporary social issues and personal experiences. The course will also help you refine the skills used in researching and investigating topics in philosophy.

Grade 12, Individuals and Families in a Diverse Society,  University level

Grade 11,  Intermediate level Chinese

Grade 11, Intermediate level Spanish

Grade 11,  Aesthetics – Workplace level

Hospitality and Cooking, Grade 11

Hospitality and Cooking, Grade 12

World Regions, Grade 11, University/College

English

English, Grade 10, Academic

This course is designed to extend the range of oral communication, reading, writing, and media literacy skills that you need for success in your secondary school academic programs and in your daily life. You will analyze literary texts from contemporary and historical periods, interpret and evaluate informational and graphic texts, and create oral, written, and media texts in a variety of forms. An important focus will be on the selective use of strategies that contribute to effective communication. This course is intended to prepare you for the compulsory Grade 11 university or college preparation course.

Prerequisite: Grade 9 English, Academic or Applied

English, Grade 11, College

This course emphasizes the development of literacy, communication, and critical and creative thinking skills necessary for success in academic and daily life. Students will study the content, form, and style of a variety of informational and graphic texts, as well as literary texts from Canada and other countries, and create oral, written, and media texts in a variety of forms for practical and academic purposes. An important focus will be on using language with precision and clarity. The course is intended to prepare students for the compulsory Grade 12 college preparation course.

Prerequisite: Grade 10 English, Applied

English, Grade 11, Workplace

This course emphasizes the development of literacy, communication, and critical and creative thinking skills necessary for success in the workplace and in daily life. Students will study the content, form, and style of a variety of contemporary informational, graphic, and literary texts; and create oral, written, and media texts in a variety of forms for practical purposes. An important focus will be on using language clearly and accurately in a variety of formal and informal contexts.

The course is intended to prepare students for the compulsory Grade 12 workplace preparation course.

Prerequisite: Grade 10 English, Applied

Business and Technological Communication, Grade 12, Open

This course emphasizes practical writing and communication skills that are needed in the world of business and technology. You will analyze the characteristics of effective models of business and technical communications; gather information to write reports, business letters, memos, manuals, instructions, and brochures; and integrate graphics and text, using technology appropriately for formatting and special effects.

Prerequisite: Grade 11 English, University, College, or Workplace Preparation

English, Grade 12, Workplace

This course emphasizes the consolidation of literacy, communication, and critical and creative thinking skills necessary for success in the workplace and in daily life. You will analyze informational, graphic, and literary texts and create oral, written, and media texts in a variety of forms for workplace-related and practical purposes. An important focus will be on using language accurately and organizing ideas and information coherently. This course is intended to prepare you for the workplace and active citizenship

Prerequisite: Grade 11 English, Workplace Preparation

Studies in Literature, Grade 12, University  

This course is for students with a special interest in literature and literary criticism. The course may focus on themes, genres, time periods, or countries. You will analyze a range of forms and stylistic elements of literary texts and respond personally, critically, and creatively to them. You will also assess critical interpretations, write analytical essays, and complete an independent study project.

Prerequisite: Grade 11 English, University Preparation

Ontario Secondary School Literacy Course, Grade 12

This course is designed to help students acquire and demonstrate the cross-curricular literacy skills that are evaluated by the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test. Students will learn to use language skillfully and confidently. To make the learning process meaningful, students will learn how to make text to text, text to self, and text to world connections. In addition, they will learn how to recognize and identify the difference between directly stated and indirectly stated ideas and information. Students will be required to produce several pieces of writing i.e., summaries, information paragraphs, opinion pieces, and news reports. Students will also be required to contribute to discussions and complete on-line assignments, individually and collaboratively. Students will maintain and manage a literacy portfolio containing a record of their reading experiences and samples of their writing. The course is divided into three strands: Building Reading Skills; Building Writing Skills; and Understanding and Assessing Growth in Literacy.

Grade 11, English, Workplace Level

Grade 12, English, College Level

Grade 12, English, University

English, Grade 10, Applied

This course is designed to extend the range of oral communication, reading, writing, and media literacy skills that you will need for success in secondary school and daily life. You will study and create a variety of informational, literary, and graphic texts. An important focus will be on the consolidation of strategies and processes that help you interpret texts and communicate clearly and effectively. This course is intended to prepare you for the compulsory Grade 11 college or workplace preparation course.

Prerequisite: Grade 9 English, Academic or Applied

English, Grade 11, Workplace

This course emphasizes the development of literacy, communication, and critical and creative thinking skills necessary for success in the workplace and in daily life. Students will study the content, form, and style of a variety of contemporary informational, graphic, and literary texts; and create oral, written, and media texts in a variety of forms for practical purposes. An important focus will be on using language clearly and accurately in a variety of formal and informal contexts.

The course is intended to prepare students for the compulsory Grade 12 workplace preparation course.

Prerequisite: Grade 10 English, Applied

English, Grade 11, University

This course emphasizes the development of literacy, critical thinking, and communication skills. You will analyze challenging texts from various periods; conduct research and analyze the information gathered; write persuasive and literary essays; and analyze the relationships among media forms, audiences, and media industry practices. An important focus will be on using language with precision and clarity and incorporating stylistic devices appropriately and effectively.

The course is intended to prepare you for the compulsory Grade 12 university or college preparation course.

Prerequisite: Grade 10 English, Academic

English, Grade 12, College

This course emphasizes consolidation of literacy, communication, and critical and creative thinking skills necessary for success in academic and daily life. You will analyze a variety of informational and graphical texts, as well as literary works from various countries and cultures, and create oral, written, and media texts in a variety of forms for practical and academic purposes. An important focus will be on using language with precision and clarity and developing greater control in writing. This course is intended to prepare you for college or the workplace.

Prerequisite: Grade 11 English, College Preparation

English, Grade 12, University

This course emphasizes consolidation of literacy, critical thinking, and communication skills. You will analyze a range of challenging texts from various time periods, countries, and cultures; write analytical and argumentative essays and a major paper for an independent research project; and apply key concepts to analyze media works. An important focus will be on using academic language coherently and confidently, selecting the reading strategies best suited to particular texts and particular purposes for reading, and developing greater control in writing. The course is intended to prepare you for university, college, or the workplace.

In this course you will analyze online audio and video clips as part of the syllabus.

Prerequisite: Grade 11 English, University Preparation

The Writer’s Craft, Grade 12, University

This course emphasizes knowledge and skills related to the craft of writing. You will analyze models of effective writing; use a workshop approach to produce a range of works; identify and use techniques required for specialized forms of writing; and identify effective ways to improve the quality of your writing. You will also complete a major paper as part of a creative or analytical independent study project, and investigate opportunities for publication and for writing careers.

Prerequisite: Grade 11 English, University Preparation

Grade 11, English, College Level

Grade 11, English,  University level

Grade 12, English, Workplace Level

Grade 12,  Literacy Course, English, Open Level

Guidance & Career Education

Designing Your Future, Grade 11, Open

This course prepares you to make successful transitions to post-secondary work and education or training. You will explore the realities and opportunities of modern workplaces, while refining your employability skills and learning how to manage your career. You will target appropriate post-secondary education or training options and begin to implement an action plan for post-secondary success.

Prerequisite: None

Grade 10, Careers, half credit, Open level

Grade 12, Learning Strategies, Open Level

History

World History to the Sixteenth Century, Grade 11, University/College

This course investigates the history of humanity from earliest times to the sixteenth century.  Students will analyse diverse societies from around the world, with an emphasis on the political, cultural, and economic structures and historical forces that have shaped the modern world.  They will apply historical inquiry, critical-thinking, and communication skills to evaluate the influence of selected individuals, groups, and innovations and to present their own conclusions.

Prerequisite: Grade 10 Canadian History since World War I, Academic or Applied

World History: The West and the World, Grade 12, University

This course investigates the major trends in Western civilization and world history from the sixteenth century to the present. You will learn about the interaction between the emerging West and other regions of the world, and about the development of modern social, political, and economic systems. The skills and knowledge developed in this course will enable you to understand and appreciate both the character of historical change and the historical roots of contemporary issues.

The e-Journal is not available with this course.

Prerequisite: Any university or university/college preparation course in Canadian and world studies, English, or social sciences and humanities

Grade 10, Civic, half credit, Open level

Canada: History, Identity, and Culture, Grade 12, University

This course explores the challenges associated with the formation of a Canadian national identity. You will examine the social, political, and economic forces that have shaped Canada from the pre-contact period to the present and will investigate the historical roots of contemporary issues from a variety of perspectives. You will use critical-thinking and communication skills to consider events and ideas in historical context, debate issues of culture and identity, and present their own views.

Prerequisite: Any university or university/college preparation course in Canadian and world studies, English, or social sciences and humanities

Aboriginal Beliefs, Values, and Aspirations in Contemporary Society, Grade 11, Workplace

This course focuses on the beliefs, values, and aspirations of Aboriginal peoples in Canada. You will examine issues of identity facing Indian, Metis, and Inuit peoples, and their relationships to land and nature, as well as to one another within their communities and working environments. You will also learn how traditional and contemporary beliefs and values influence the present-day aspirations and actions of Aboriginal peoples.

Prerequisite: Grade 10 Aboriginal Peoples in Canada, Open, or Grade 10 Canadian History since World War I, Academic or Applied

Grade 12, World History: The West and the World,  University level

Mathematics

Foundations of Mathematics, Grade 9, Applied

This course enables students to develop an understanding of mathematical concepts related to introductory algebra, proportional reasoning, and measurement and geometry through investigation, the effective use of technology, and hands-on activities. You will investigate real-life examples to develop various representations of linear relations, and will determine the connections between the representations. You will also explore certain relationships that emerge from the measurement of three-dimensional figures and two-dimensional shapes. You will consolidate your mathematical skills as you solve problems and communicate your thinking.

Prerequisite: None

Principles of Mathematics, Grade 10, Academic

In this course you will broaden your understanding of relations, extend your skills in multi-step problem solving, and continue to develop your abilities in abstract reasoning. You will pursue investigations of quadratic functions and their applications; solve and apply linear systems; solve multi-step problems in analytic geometry; investigate the trigonometry of right and acute triangles; and develop supporting algebraic skills.

Prerequisite: Grade 9 Mathematics, Academic or Applied

Mathematics for Work and Everyday Life, Grade 11, Workplace

This course enables students to broaden their understanding of mathematics as it is applied in the workplace and daily life. Students will solve problems associated with earning money, paying taxes, and making purchases; apply calculations of simple and compound interest in saving, investing, and borrowing; and calculate the costs of transportation and travel in a variety of situations. Students will consolidate their mathematical skills as they solve problems and communicate their thinking.

Prerequisite: Principles of Mathematics, Grade 9, Academic, or Foundations of Mathematics, Grade 9, Applied, or a Grade 10 Mathematics LDCC (locally developed compulsory credit) course

Functions and Applications, Grade 11, University/College

This course introduces basic features of the function by extending students’ experiences with quadratic relations. It focuses on quadratic, trigonometric, and exponential functions and their use in modelling real-world situations. Students will represent functions numerically, graphically, and algebraically; simplify expressions; solve equations; and solve problems relating to applications. Students will reason mathematically and communicate their thinking as they solve multi-step problems.

Prerequisite: Principles of Mathematics, Grade 10, Academic, or Foundations of Mathematics, Grade 10, Applied

Foundations for College Mathematics, Grade 12, College

This course equips students with the mathematical knowledge and skills they will need in many college programs. You will use statistical methods to analyze problems; solve problems by applying the principles of geometry and measurement to the design and construction of physical models; solve problems involving trigonometry in triangles; and consolidate your skills in analyzing and interpreting mathematical models.

Prerequisite: Foundations for College Mathematics, Grade 11, College Preparation, or Functions and Applications, Grade 11, University/College Preparation

Calculus and Vectors, Grade 12, University

This course builds on students’ previous experience with functions and their developing understanding of rates of change. Students will solve problems involving geometric and algebraic representations of vectors and representations of lines and planes in three dimensional space; broaden their understanding of rates of change to include the derivatives of polynomial, sinusoidal, exponential, rational, and radical functions; and apply these concepts and skills to the modelling of real-world relationships. Students will also refine their use of the mathematical processes necessary for success in senior mathematics. This course is intended for students who choose to pursue careers in fields such as science, engineering, economics, and some areas of business, including those students who will be required to take a university-level calculus, linear algebra, or physics course.

Prerequisite: Note: Advanced Functions, Grade 12, University Preparation, must be taken prior to or concurrently with Calculus and Vectors.

Advanced Functions, Grade 12, University

This course extends students’ experience with functions. Students will investigate the properties of polynomial, rational, logarithmic, and trigonometric functions; develop techniques for combining functions; broaden their understanding of rates of change; and develop facility in applying these concepts and skills. Students will also refine their use of the mathematical processes necessary for success in senior mathematics. This course is intended both for students taking the Calculus and Vectors course as a prerequisite for a university program and for those wishing to consolidate their understanding of mathematics before proceeding to any of a variety of university programs.

Prerequisite: Functions, Grade 11, University Preparation, or Mathematics for College Technology, Grade 12, College Preparation

Grade 11,  Foundation for College Mathematics, College Level

Grade 12 , Mathematics for College Technology, College level

Grade 12, Mathematics of Data Management, University level

Grade 10,  Principles of Mathematics, Academic level

Foundations of Mathematics, Grade 10, Applied

This course enables students to consolidate their understanding of linear relations and extend their problem-solving and algebraic skills through investigation, the effective use of technology, and hands-on activities. Students will develop and graph equations in analytic geometry; solve and apply linear systems, using real-life examples; and explore and interpret graphs of quadratic relations. Students will investigate similar triangles, the trigonometry of right triangles, and the measurement of three-dimensional figures. Students will consolidate their mathematical skills as they solve problems and communicate their thinking.

Prerequisite: Grade 9 Mathematics, Academic or Applied

Mathematics for Work and Everyday Life, Grade 11, Workplace

This course enables students to broaden their understanding of mathematics as it is applied in the workplace and daily life. Students will solve problems associated with earning money, paying taxes, and making purchases; apply calculations of simple and compound interest in saving, investing, and borrowing; and calculate the costs of transportation and travel in a variety of situations. Students will consolidate their mathematical skills as they solve problems and communicate their thinking.

Prerequisite: Principles of Mathematics, Grade 9, Academic, or Foundations of Mathematics, Grade 9, Applied, or a Grade 10 Mathematics LDCC (locally developed compulsory credit) course

Foundations for College Mathematics, Grade 11, College

This course will enable you to broaden your understanding of exponential growth and important areas of personal finance. You will investigate properties of exponential functions and develop skills in manipulating exponential expressions; solve problems and investigate financial applications involving compound interest and annuities; and apply mathematics in making informed decisions about transportation, accommodation, and career choices.

Prerequisite: Foundations of Mathematics, Grade 10, Applied

Functions, Grade 11, University

This course introduces the mathematical concept of the function by extending your experience with linear and quadratic relations. You will investigate properties of discrete and continuous functions, including trigonometric and exponential functions; represent functions numerically, algebraically, and graphically; solve problems involving applications of functions; investigate inverse functions; and develop facility in determining equivalent algebraic expressions.

Prerequisite: Principles of Mathematics, Grade 10, Academic

Mathematics for College Technology, Grade 12, College

This course enables you to extend your knowledge of functions. You will investigate and apply properties of polynomial, exponential, and trigonometric functions; continue to represent functions numerically, graphically, and algebraically; develop facility in simplifying expressions and solving equations; and solve problems that address applications of algebra, trigonometry, vectors, and geometry. You will reason mathematically and communicate your thinking as you solve multi-step problems. This course prepares you for a variety of college technology programs.

Prerequisite: Functions and Applications, Grade 11, University/College Preparation, or Functions, Grade 11, University Preparation

Mathematics of Data Management, Grade 12, University

This course broadens students’ understanding of mathematics as it relates to managing information. You will apply methods for organizing large amounts of information; apply counting techniques, probability, and statistics in modelling and solving problems; and carry out a culminating project that integrates the expectations of the course and encourages perseverance and independence. Students planning to pursue university programs in business, the social sciences, or the humanities will find this course of particular interest.

Prerequisite: Functions, Grade 11, University Preparation, or Functions and Applications, Grade 11, University/College Preparation

Grade 12,  Foundation for College Mathematics, College Level

Grade 11, Functions, University level

Grade 12 , Mathematics, Calculus and Vectors, University level

Grade 10,  Foundations of Mathematics, Applied level

Grade 12,  Mathematics, Advanced Functions, University level

Principals of Mathematics, Grade 10, Academic

Science

Science, Grade 10, Academic

This course enables students to enhance their understanding of concepts in biology, chemistry, earth and space science, and physics, and of the interrelationships between science, technology, society, and the environment. Students are also given opportunities to further develop their scientific investigation skills. Students will plan and conduct investigations and develop their understanding of scientific theories related to the connections between cells and systems in animals and plants; chemical reactions, with a particular focus on acid–base reactions; forces that affect climate and climate change; and the interaction of light and matter.

Prerequisite: Science, Grade 9, Academic or Applied

Biology, Grade 11, College

This course focuses on the processes involved in biological systems. You will learn concepts and theories as you conduct investigations in the areas of cellular biology, microbiology, animal anatomy and physiology, plant structure and physiology, and environmental science. Emphasis will be placed on the practical application of concepts, and on the skills needed for further study in various branches of the life sciences and related fields.

Prerequisite: Grade 10 Science, Academic or Applied

Chemistry, Grade 11, University

This course enables you to deepen your understanding of chemistry through the study of the properties of chemicals and chemical bonds; chemical reactions and quantitative relationships in those reactions; solutions and solubility; and atmospheric chemistry and the behaviour of gases. You will further develop your analytical skills and investigate the qualitative and quantitative properties of matter, as well as the impact of some common chemical reactions on society and the environment. Includes 3D molecular models using VSEPR and video clips featuring neutralization.

Prerequisite: Grade 10 Science, Academic

Physics, Grade 11, University

This course develops your understanding of the basic concepts of physics. You will study the laws of dynamics and explore different kinds of forces, the quantification and forms of energy (mechanical, sound, light, thermal, and electrical), and the way energy is transformed and transmitted. You will develop scientific inquiry skills as you verify accepted laws and solve both assigned problems and those emerging from your investigations. You will also analyze the interrelationships between physics and technology, and consider the impact of technological applications of physics on society and the environment.

Prerequisite: Grade 10 Science, Academic

Science, Grade 12, University/College

This course enables students, including those who do not intend to pursue science-related programs at the post-secondary level, to further develop their understanding of science and its technological applications. You will explore a range of topics, including organic products in everyday life; pathogens and disease; energy alternatives and their impact globally; communications systems; and science and contemporary societal issues. Emphasis will be placed on relating these topics to global issues as well as to daily life, and on developing skills in the areas of experimentation, research, critical thinking, and analysis.

Prerequisite: Grade 10 Science, Academic, or any Grade 11 university, university/college, or college preparation course in science

Chemistry, Grade 12, College

This course introduces students to the concepts that form the basis of modern chemistry. Students will study qualitative analysis, quantitative relationships in chemical reactions, organic chemistry and electrochemistry, and chemistry as it relates to the quality of the environment. Students will employ a variety of laboratory techniques, develop skills in data collection and scientific analysis, and communicate scientific information using appropriate terminology. Emphasis will be placed on the role of chemistry in daily life and in the development of new technologies and products.

Prerequisite: Grade 10 Science, Academic or Applied

Physics, Grade 12, College

This course develops students’ understanding of the basic concepts of physics. You will explore these concepts as they relate to mechanical, electrical, fluid (hydraulic and pneumatic), and communications systems, as well as to the operation of commonly used tools and equipment. You will develop scientific-inquiry skills as you verify accepted laws of physics and solve both assigned problems and those emerging from your investigations. You will also consider the impact of technological applications of physics on society and the environment.

Prerequisite: Grade 10 Science, Academic or Applied

Grade 11,  Biology, College Level

Grade 12,  Biology, University Level

Grade 12,  Chemistry, College Level

Grade 11,  Environmental Science, Workplace level

Science, Grade 10, Applied

This course enables students to develop a deeper understanding of concepts in biology, chemistry, earth and space science, and physics, and to apply their knowledge of science in real-world situations. Students are given opportunities to develop further practical skills in scientific investigation. Students will plan and conduct investigations into everyday problems and issues related to human cells and body systems; chemical reactions; factors affecting climate change; and the interaction of light and matter.

Prerequisite: Science, Grade 9, Academic or Applied

Biology, Grade 11, University

This course furthers your understanding of the processes involved in biological systems. You will study cellular functions; genetic continuity; internal systems and regulation; the diversity of living things; and the anatomy, growth, and functions of plants. The course focuses on the theoretical aspects of the topics under study, and helps you refine skills related to scientific investigation.

Prerequisite: Grade 10 Science, Academic

Environmental Science, Grade 11, Workplace

This course provides you with the fundamental knowledge of and skills relating to environmental science that will help you succeed in work and life after secondary school. You will explore a range of topics, including the impact of human activities on the environment; human health and the environment; energy conservation; resource science and management; and safety and environmental responsibility in the workplace. Emphasis is placed on relevant, practical applications and current topics in environmental science, with attention to the refinement of your literacy and mathematical literacy skills as well as the development of your scientific and environmental literacy.

Earth and Space Science, Grade 12, University

This course focuses on the Earth as a planet, and on the basic concepts and theories of Earth science and their relevance to everyday life. You will examine the Earth’s place in the solar system and, after a general introduction to Earth science, will explore in more detail the materials of the Earth, its internal and surficial processes, and its history. The course draws on astronomy, biology, chemistry, mathematics, and physics in its consideration of geological processes that can be observed directly or inferred from other evidence.

Prerequisite: Grade 10 Science, Academic

Biology, Grade 12, University

This course provides you with the opportunity for in-depth study of the concepts and processes associated with biological systems. You will study and conduct investigations in the area of metabolic processes, molecular genetics, homeostasis, evolution, and population dynamics. Emphasis will be placed on achievement of the detailed knowledge and refined skills needed for further study in various branches of the life sciences and related fields.

Prerequisite: Grade 11 Biology, University Preparation

Chemistry, Grade 12, University 

This course enables you to deepen your understanding of chemistry through the study of organic chemistry, energy changes and rates of reaction, chemical systems and equilibrium, electrochemistry, and atomic and molecular structure. You will further develop problem-solving and laboratory skills as you investigate chemical processes, at the same time refining your ability to communicate scientific information. Emphasis will be placed on the importance of chemistry in daily life, and on evaluating the impact of chemical technology on the environment.

Prerequisite: Grade 11 Chemistry, University Preparation

Physics, Grade 12, University

This course enables students to deepen their understanding of the concepts and theories of physics. You will explore further the laws of dynamics and energy transformations, and will investigate electrical, gravitational, and magnetic fields; electromagnetic radiation; and the interface between energy and matter. You will further develop inquiry skills; learning, for example, how the interpretation of experimental data can provide indirect evidence to support the development of a scientific model. You will also consider the impact on society and the environment of technological applications of physics.

Prerequisite: Grade 11 Physics, University Preparation

Grade 11,  Biology, University Level

Grade 11,  Chemistry, University Level

Grade 12,  Chemistry, University level