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All Electives

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​To jump to the course of your choice easier, use the chart on this page​, find your course and click on it to jump to the course description.​​​​​​​​​

​Grade 9

​​General Studies

Career Development: Life/Work Exploration 10G (1 credit)​

Prerequisite: None 

This course is designed to provide students with the opportunity to: consider and assess their abilities; plan for personal goals; explore traditional and innovative career paths; explore future occupational options; examine the importance of managing one’s resources; practice decision-making skills; practice setting priorities; learn about the importance of personal, family and work relationships; determine how personal characteristics affect learning and decision-making skills; test ideas, hopes, aspiration in a comfortable, non-judgmental environment; and expand awareness of the need for sustainable development practices. ​

Dramatic Arts 10G (1 credit)

Prerequisite: None 

Are you interested in acting and performance but a little nervous to give it a try? Don’t worry – we will teach you all the steps in a safe and supportive environment. The course begins with cooperative dramatic games and then progresses to basic scene construction and improvisation and then moves to script work from situation comedies and serious dramas ​

​​Computers and Business

Applying Information and Communication Technology 15F1 & 15F2 (1 credit)

Prerequisite: None 

This course is designed to assist students in developing a common foundation of computer skills, which will be valuable as they progress through their high school program. The focus will be on a wide variety of computer skills that will be useful in all areas of study and may assist students in making choices about their subsequent course of studies. 

Topics will include hardware, windows environment, word processing, publications, presentations, spreadsheets, graphing software, web page design and computer graphics and animation. Students will also learn how to use scanners, video capture, and digital cameras.

Arts/Music

Concert Band 10S (1 credit)

Prerequsite None, but some previous band experience or private lessons would be an asset. 

In the Grade Nine band we join new friends from other schools and come together to work cooperatively to make great music together! If you never have tried an instrument before or have some instrumental experience join the band! All are welcome! This course is designed to get us working together to make some great music as we explore the different sounds and concepts of music through the playing of our instruments. We will further develop our ears, musicianship and technical skills. The course will include both instrumental and theory instruction with the primary focus being performance in the Junior Concert Band. This ensemble will study and perform a variety of different styles and eras. Concerts, assemblies, and out of school performances, as well as a Band Camp trip will be some of the highlights of the year. 

Equipment/Personal Supplies: A course fee of $120.00 applies to all band students. A blank CD is also required. 

Special Notes: Students are expected to participate in all concerts and activities. Regular home practice is expected. Students who continue in band throughout high school should note that the Grade 12 Concert Band credit is considered a University Entrance Credit. Band is offered as a year-long course.

Guitar 10S (1 credit)

Prerequisite: Grade 8 Guitar or permission from instructor. 

This is a performance oriented course. Students will perform as part of the full Guitar Ensemble, in smaller groups and in solo presentations. They will learn about the history and diversity of musical styles with which the guitar is associated. They will learn to listen critically to music and learn to write reviews of albums and songs. 

Required Materials: A course fee of $20.00 applies to all Guitar students. Method books and music sheets will be supplied by the school at no cost to the student. Also students require a uniform/sweater which can be purchased at the beginning of the school year. 

Special Notes: The study of a music instrument is a lifelong endeavor which can provide hours of enjoyment during leisure time. The dedicated musician may further their study at the undergraduate level or pursue a variety of professional careers in music. Guitar is offered as a year-long course.

Jazz Band 10S (1 credit)

Prerequisite: Registration in Concert Band 

Jazz Band is a performance-based course, with a focus on the skills required for playing jazz as part of an ensemble. Instrumentation includes trumpets, trombones, saxophones, guitar, piano, bass and drums. Band members will be given instruction in theory, instrumental technique, improvisation and composition, as well as an introduction to the basic jazz styles. The Windsor Park Jazz Band performs a diverse range of historical and contemporary music across a wide variety of genres. The band is highlighted by many performances throughout the year at special events, festivals, feeder school visits, evening concerts and on the spring music trip.

Equipment/Personal Supplies: Students registered in Concert Band will not be charged for using a division-owned instrument in Jazz Band. Students may instead rent or purchase their own instrument, if desired. All related supplies (reeds, valve oil, etc.) will be provided by the school as available, but are ultimately the student's responsibility. 

Special Notes: Students are expected to participate in all scheduled rehearsals, sectionals, concerts and performances. Independent preparation of individual musical parts is expected and required. Students should note that Jazz Band 40S can be used as a university entrance credit. Jazz Band is a full-year course.

Visual Arts 10G (1 credit)​

Prerequisite: None 

Grade 9 Art provides students the opportunity to explore and express the dynamics of the creative mind. Visual Arts is an avenue for students to “voice” their thoughts and beliefs, and communicate them in a positive way. Students experiment with a variety of media, and learn the basic principles and elements of design. Through the knowledge and skills gained in this course, students learn the power and impact of visual communication. 

Assessment: Evaluation and assignment of grades will be based upon the quality of work produced relative to the objectives of the course. This involves art appreciation, visual awareness, art production, and written assignments. 

Equipment/Personal Supplies: Students will be required to purchase an Art kit.

​French

French 10F (1 credit)​

Prerequisite: None 

French at the 10G level provides students with a basic understanding of the French language. Lessons include dialogues, grammatical explanations, translation, audio-visual and thematic presentations. 

Equipment/Personal Supplies: It is recommended that each student purchase a French/English dictionary for their use, a 3 Ring binder with loose-leaf, highlighter, and pen.

Industrial Arts / Human Ecology

Graphic Communication Technology 10G (1 credit)​

Prerequisite: None 

This area of study is designed to introduce students to the processes of communicating graphically using technology and materials. Some areas of study are:

  • Mechanical and Pictorial Drawing
  • Desktop Publishing
  • Introduction to B/W Photography
  • Computer Generated Design 
  • T-Shirt Printing 
  • Basic House Planning and Layout 
  • Introduction to Screen Printing 
  • Advertising and Design 
  • Measurements and Standard 

Special Notes: Students will produce projects in each of the above areas. This course will be of interest to students who are considering a career in commercial art, printing, architecture, interior design, fine arts, drafting& design, electronic imagery, photography or a related field. All computer based projects will be completed on iMac computers.

Home Economics 10G (1 credit)​

Prerequisite None 

Home Economics 10G is an introductory course comprised of 2 major units: Foods & Nutrition and Clothing-Textiles. The Foods & Nutrition unit exposes students to the basics of nutrition and healthy eating. Topics emphasized include safety in the kitchen, accurate measurement, an understanding of personal eating behaviors using the Food Guide to Healthy Eating. Students will participate in food preparation labs to enhance the classroom theory.

The Clothing & Textiles unit introduces the basics of clothing construction using a commercial pattern. Theory topics include pattern and fabric study, serging and machine embroidery, an introduction to textile products and garment care. Four wavy-weaving pillow and hoodie will be sewn as a practical application of sewing skills. All fabric, patterns, thread, notions and other small equipment will be supplied.

Equipment/Personal Supplies: Pen, Binder, Loose-leaf

Metalwork Technology 10G (1 credit)​

Prerequisite: None 

This course will be an introduction to various machining and metalworking processes. It will include the mastery of oxy-acetylene welding, mig welding, plasma cutting, grinding, layout and design, problem solving, and general metal working. The student will be working on a wide variety of projects including a clipboard, mig cube, oxyman, and a screwdriver. The student will also be expected to design and develop a choice project incorporating learned processes. Examples of past choice projects have included motorized go-karts, power scooters, tree stands, power skateboard and skateboard rails. 

Equipment/Personal Supplies: Students are expected to come to class prepared to work, with a 3-ring binder, a pencil and an eraser. 

Special Notes: Due to safety concerns, there is a dress code in effect while attending Tech. Ed programs. Safety glasses are to be worn at all times in the shop area. ​

Woodwork Technology 10G (1 credit)​

Prerequisite: None 

This course will be an introduction to various woodworking processes and will appeal to students who enjoy designing and building projects from wood. Students will develop a good working knowledge of the woodworking industry along with the tools, materials and machinery used. 

Equipment/Personal Supplies:Students are expected to come to class prepared to work, with a 3-ring binder, a pencil and an eraser. 

Special Notes: Due to safety concerns, there is a dress code in effect while attending Tech. Ed programs. Safety glasses are to be worn at all times in the shop area.

Introduction to Pre-Engineering 15G/15G (1 credit)​

Prerequisite: None

This course is designed to use Project Based Learning as the instructional model. Students will be involved in problem-solving investigations and other engaging tasks that allow them to work in groups and/or autonomously to solve problems by developing realistic products. Students will be taught all required manufacturing skills, and how to safely utilize the equipment in the lab. Projects cover one of several major technology sectors while employing an enterprise process to design, build, and market an invention or idea. No previous experience required!

Additional Information: Students should have the ability to meet deadlines and to work independently and cooperatively with others. 

The Technologies Introduced Are: 

  • AC/DC Power
  • CNC Milling Technology
  • Communication Technology
  • Electrical Systems
  • Engineering
  • Manufacturing Tools
  • Mechanical Systems & Mechanisms
  • Pneumatics Technology
  • Quality Control
  • Robotics Technology
  • Lab Safety


Grade 10-12

​​Arts

Concert Band 20S (1 credit)​

Prerequisite: none

Concert Band is a performance-based course, with a focus on the skills required for making music as part of an ensemble. Instruction in theory, instrumental technique, improvisation, composition, and application of skills in the lifelong appreciation of music will also be given. Students at this level are expected to exhibit a degree of musical independence, with a particular focus on technique and ensemble skills. The Windsor Park Concert Band performs a diverse range of historical and contemporary music across a wide variety of genres. The band is highlighted by many performances throughout the year at special events, festivals, feeder school visits, evening concerts and on the spring music trip.

Equipment/Personal Supplies: Students using division-owned instruments will be charged a course fee of $120.00 to defray the cost of maintenance, cleaning, repairs and supplies. Students may instead rent or purchase their own instrument, if desired, which must be approved by the teacher. All related supplies (reeds, valve oil, etc.) will be provided by the school as available, but are ultimately the student's responsibility.

Special Notes: Students are expected to participate in all scheduled rehearsals, sectionals, concerts and performances. Independent preparation of individual musical parts is expected and required. Students should note that Concert Band 40S can be used as a university entrance credit. Concert Band is a full-year course.

Concert Band 30S (1 credit)​​

Prerequisite: none

Concert Band is a performance-based course, with a focus on the skills required for making music as part of an ensemble. Instruction in theory, instrumental technique, improvisation, composition, and application of skills in the lifelong appreciation of music will also be given. Students at this level are expected to exhibit a considerable degree of musical independence, and focus on increasingly finer aspects of their playing. The Windsor Park Concert Band performs a diverse range of historical and contemporary music across a wide variety of genres. The band is highlighted by many performances throughout the year at special events, festivals, feeder school visits, evening concerts and on the spring music trip.

Equipment/Personal Supplies: Students using division-owned instruments will be charged a course fee of $120.00 to defray the cost of maintenance, cleaning, repairs and supplies. Students may instead rent or purchase their own instrument, if desired. All related supplies (reeds, valve oil, etc.) will be provided by the school as available, but are ultimately the student's responsibility.

Special Notes: ​Students are expected to participate in all scheduled rehearsals, sectionals, concerts and performances. Independent preparation of individual musical parts is expected and required. Students should note that Concert Band 40S can be used as a university entrance credit. Concert Band is a full-year course. ​

Concert Band 40S (1 credit)​

Prerequisite: none

Concert Band is a performance-based course, with a focus on the skills required for making music as part of an ensemble. Instruction in theory, instrumental technique, improvisation, composition, and application of skills in the lifelong appreciation of music will also be given. Students at this level have the opportunity to become leaders in their sections, and undertake a great deal of responsibility for the band's performance. The Windsor Park Concert Band performs a diverse range of historical and contemporary music across a wide variety of genres. The band is highlighted by many performances throughout the year at special events, festivals, feeder school visits, evening concerts and on the spring music trip.

Equipment/Personal Supplies: Students using division-owned instruments will be charged a course fee of $120.00 to defray the cost of maintenance, cleaning, repairs and supplies. Students may instead rent or purchase their own instrument, if desired. All related supplies (reeds, valve oil, etc.) will be provided by the school as available, but are ultimately the student's responsibility.

Special Notes: Students are expected to participate in all scheduled rehearsals, sectionals, concerts and performances. Independent preparation of individual musical parts is expected and required. Students should note that Concert Band 40S can be used as a university entrance credit. Concert Band is a full-year course.

Dramatic Arts (Drama) 20S (1 credit)​

Prerequisite: None

Are you interested in acting and performance, but a little nervous to give it a try? Don’t worry – we’ll teach you all the steps in a safe and supportive environment. Students will play theatre games, learn improvisation, and explore scene work. ​

Guitar 20S (1 credit)​

Prerequisite: Music Guitar 10G or permission from instructor

This is a performance oriented course. Students will perform as part of the full Guitar Ensemble, in smaller groups and in solo presentations. Students will continue to develop their technical skills on the instrument and their abilities to read and write music. They will begin to learn about arranging music for small group performance.

Equipment/Personal Supplies: Any guitar student who uses a Division owned instrument will be required to pay a fee in the first week of school to defray the cost of maintenance and repair. The amount of the fee is under review. Method books and music sheets will be supplied by the school at no cost to the student. Also students require a uniform / sweater which can be purchased at the beginning of the school year.

Special Notes: The study of a music instrument is a lifelong endeavor which can provide hours of enjoyment during leisure time. The dedicated musician may further their study at the undergraduate level or pursue a variety of professional careers in music. Guitar is a year-long course. ​

Guitar 30S (1 credit)​

Prerequisite: Music Guitar 20s or permission from instructor.

This is a performance oriented course. Students will perform as part of the full Guitar Ensemble, in smaller groups and in solo presentations. More emphasis will be placed on small group work. Students will expand their familiarity with the entire fret board. An increasingly divergent range of styles and playing techniques will be studied.

Equipment/Personal Supplies: A course fee of $20.00 applies to all Guitar students. Method books and music sheets will be supplied by the school at no cost to the student. Also students require a uniform / sweater which can be purchased at the beginning of the school year.

Special Notes: The study of a music instrument is a lifelong endeavor which can provide hours of enjoyment during leisure time. The dedicated musician may further their study at the undergraduate level or pursue a variety of professional careers in music.

Guitar 40S (1 credit)​

Prerequisite: Music Guitar 30S or permission from instructor.

This is a performance oriented course. Students will perform as part of the full Guitar Ensemble, in smaller groups and in solo presentations. More emphasis will be placed on small group work. Students will expand their familiarity with the entire fret board. An increasingly divergent range of styles and playing techniques will be studied.

Equipment/Personal Supplies: A course fee of $20.00 applies to all Guitar students. Method books and music sheets will be supplied by the school at no cost to the student. Also students require a uniform / sweater which can be purchased at the beginning of the school year.

Special Notes: The study of a music instrument is a lifelong endeavor which can provide hours of enjoyment during leisure time. The dedicated musician may further their study at the undergraduate level or pursue a variety of professional careers in music.

Jazz Guitar 20S (1 credit)​

Prerequisite: Music Guitar 10G

The aim of this course is to cultivate an understanding of the elements and structures of jazz music as it relates to the guitar. The improvisation component of jazz provides an excellent outlet for creativity and self-expression. The curriculum will focus on jazz theory and history, with an emphasis on performance.

Equipment/Personal Supplies: A fee of $20.00 applies to all guitar students. Method books and music sheets will be supplied by the school at no cost to the student. Also students require a uniform / sweater which can be purchased at the beginning of the school year.

Special Notes: The study of a music instrument is a lifelong endeavor which can provide hours of enjoyment during leisure time. The dedicated musician may further their study at the undergraduate level or pursue a variety of professional careers in music. Jazz Guitar is a year-long course. ​

Jazz Guitar 30S (1 credit)​

Prerequisite: Music Guitar 20S

The aim of this course is to cultivate an understanding of the elements and structures of Jazz music as it relates to the guitar. The improvisation component of jazz provides an excellent outlet for creativity and self-expression. The curriculum will focus on Jazz theory and history, with an emphasis on performance.

Equipment/Personal Supplies: A course fee of $20.00 applies to all Guitar students. Method books and music sheets will be supplied by the school at no cost to the student. Also students require a uniform / sweater which can be purchased at the beginning of the school year.

Special Notes: The study of a music instrument is a lifelong endeavor which can provide hours of enjoyment during leisure time. The dedicated musician may further their study at the undergraduate level or pursue a variety of professional careers in music.

Jazz Guitar 40S (1 credit)​

Prerequisite: Music Guitar 30S

This course is designed for the dedicated guitar student interested in the electric guitar and Plectrum technique. Students will explore the Jazz idiom through standards, Rock-fusion and Latin styles. The focus of the course will be on performance, technique, improvisation, and jazz rudiments.

Equipment/Personal Supplies: A course fee of $20.00 applies to all Guitar students. Method books and music sheets will be supplied by the school at no cost to the student. Also students require a uniform / sweater which can be purchased at the beginning of the school year.

Special Notes: Students participating in the Jazz Guitar Ensemble are expected to have access to an electric guitar and amplifier.

Jazz Band 20S (1 credit)

Prerequisite: Registration in Concert Band

Jazz Band is a performance-based course, with a focus on the skills required for playing jazz as part of an ensemble. Instrumentation includes trumpets, trombones, saxophones, guitar, piano, bass and drums. Band members will be given instruction in theory, instrumental technique, improvisation and composition, and will focus increasingly on their own playing style as section players and as soloists. The Windsor Park Jazz Band performs a diverse range of historical and contemporary music across a wide variety of genres. The band is highlighted by many performances throughout the year at special events, festivals, feeder school visits, evening concerts and on the spring music trip.

Equipment/Personal Supplies: Students registered in Concert Band will not be charged for using a division-owned instrument in Jazz Band. Students may instead rent or purchase their own instrument, if desired. All related supplies (reeds, valve oil, etc.) will be provided by the school as available, but are ultimately the student's responsibility.

Special Notes: Students are expected to participate in all scheduled rehearsals, sectionals, concerts and performances. Independent preparation of individual musical parts is expected and required. Students should note that Jazz Band 40S can be used as a university entrance credit. Jazz Band is a full-year course. ​

Jazz Band 30S (1 credit)​

Prerequisite: Registration in Concert Band

Jazz Band is a performance-based course, with a focus on the skills required for playing jazz as part of an ensemble. Instrumentation includes trumpets, trombones, saxophones, guitar, piano, bass and drums. Band members will be given instruction in theory, instrumental technique, improvisation, and composition. Students at this level are expected to exhibit a considerable degree of musical independence, and focus on increasingly finer aspects of their ensemble playing, soloing and improvisation. The Windsor Park Jazz Band performs a diverse range of historical and contemporary music across a wide variety of genres. The band is highlighted by many performances throughout the year at special events, festivals, feeder school visits, evening concerts and on the spring music trip.

Equipment/Personal Supplies:Students registered in Concert Band will not be charged for using a division-owned instrument in Jazz Band. Students may instead rent or purchase their own instrument, if desired. All related supplies (reeds, valve oil, etc.) will be provided by the school as available, but are ultimately the student's responsibility.

Special Notes: Students are expected to participate in all scheduled rehearsals, sectionals, concerts and performances. Independent preparation of individual musical parts is expected and required. Students should note that Jazz Band 40S can be used as a university entrance credit. Jazz Band is a full-year course.

Jazz Band 40S (1 credit)

Prerequisite: Registration in Concert Band

Jazz Band is a performance-based course, with a focus on the skills required for playing jazz as part of an ensemble. Instrumentation includes trumpets, trombones, saxophones, guitar, piano, bass and drums. Band members will be given instruction in theory, instrumental technique, improvisation, and composition. Students at this level have the opportunity to become leaders, soloists, and feature players in their sections, and undertake a great deal of responsibility for the band's performance. The Windsor Park Jazz Band performs a diverse range of historical and contemporary music across a wide variety of genres. The band is highlighted by many performances throughout the year at special events, festivals, feeder school visits, evening concerts and on the spring music trip.

Equipment/Personal Supplies: Students registered in Concert Band will not be charged for using a division-owned instrument in Jazz Band. Students may instead rent or purchase their own instrument, if desired. All related supplies (reeds, valve oil, etc.) will be provided by the school as available, but are ultimately the student's responsibility.

Special Notes:Students are expected to participate in all scheduled rehearsals, sectionals, concerts and performances. Independent preparation of individual musical parts is expected and required. Students should note that Jazz Band 40S can be used as a university entrance credit. Jazz Band is a full-year course. ​

Visual Arts 20S (1 credit)​

Prerequisite: None

Grade 10 Art builds upon the student’s previous knowledge and skills, to allow for further artistic exploration. Students are challenged with creative inquiries that evoke an opinion or vision. Here students are given more opportunity to make personal design choices in media, colour, and composition. This promotes visual works that are infused with individuality and uniqueness

Equipment/Personal Supplies: Students will be required to purchase an Art kit.

Visual Arts 30S (1 credit)​

Prerequisite: Art 10F/20F or permission from the instructor

Art students will gradually encounter higher levels of artistic challenge and expectations. This course will focus on the essential learning areas as stated in the art curriculum: Art Language and Tools, Creative Expression in Art, Understanding Art in Context and Valuing Artistic Expression. Students will also be introduced to more artworks from various times, places, and cultures. Students will be encouraged to generate creative ideas, as well as be able to assess their own art and artwork from other sources. As part of the exploration of art history, students research and recognized various artists and their specific styles. Some of the media used is this course are: acrylic and watercolour paint, ink, sculpture-including plaster cast, clay and various drawing media.

Equipment/Personal Supplies:Students will be required to bring their own sketchbook, drawing pencils, eraser and pencil sharpener to the class.

Visual Arts 40S (1 credit)​​

Prerequisite: Art 30S or permission from the instructor

Art students will gradually encounter higher levels of artistic challenge and expectations. This course will focus on the essential learning areas as stated in the art curriculum: Art Language and Tools, Creative Expression in Art, Understanding Art in Context and Valuing Artistic Expression. Students will also be introduced to more artworks from various times, places, and cultures. Students will be encouraged to generate creative ideas, as well as be able to assess their own art and artwork from other sources. As part of preparation for post-secondary, students will write an art analysis paper to explore artists in different historical contexts.

​Computer Science

Computer Science 20S (1 credit)​

Prerequisite: Desire to learn a programming language, creativity and patience.

This introductory course in computer science is of interest to a broad audience. As Steve Jobs said “I think everybody in this country should learn how to program a computer because it teaches you how to think.” Students will develop knowledge, skills, and attitudes applicable to situations beyond computer science. Students will learn how to work both independently and collaboratively in order to complete a series of projects and rich tasks. Students will use interactive programming software such as scratch, alice and greenfoot to produce original games and interactive stories that can be shared with a global audience. For more information on why you should take computer science visit http://code.org​.

Computer Science 30S (1 credit)​

Prerequisite: Desire to learn a programming language, creativity and patience.

This introductory course in computer science is of interest to a broad audience. As Steve Jobs said “I think everybody in this country should learn how to program a computer because it teaches you how to think.” Students will develop knowledge, skills, and attitudes applicable to situations beyond computer science. Students will learn how to work both independently and collaboratively in order to complete a series of projects and rich tasks. Students will use interactive programming software such as scratch, alice, greenfoot and stencyl to produce original games and interactive stories that can be shared with a global audience. Students will also write programs in Java and/or C++ covering topics such as – documentation, variables and data types, input/output, debugging, multiple branching, looping, subprograms with parameters, strings, one-dimensional arrays and simple sorting algorithms. Although no prerequisite is required this course does move at a faster pace than Introduction to Programming I. For more information on why you should take computer science visit http://code.org.

​​Computer Science 40S (1 credit)​

Prerequisite: Introduction to Programming I or II or a recommendation from your math teacher

This course is of interest to students who would like to pursue further studies in computer science. Students will develop knowledge, skills, and attitudes applicable to situations beyond computer science. Students will learn how to work both independently and collaboratively in order to complete a series of projects and rich tasks. Students will use interactive programming software such as scratch, alice, greenfoot and stencyl to produce original games and interactive stories that can be shared with a global audience. In addition, students will promote computer science by doing outreach to grade 9s and feeder school. Students will also write programs in Java and/or C++ covering topics such as – sequential and random access files, object-oriented programming, recursion, two-dimensional arrays, analyzing algorithms, and sorting and searching. Students must also learn a new programming language independently.

​Information Communication Technology: ICT Courses

  • ​​Students who elect to take courses in the ICT stream may take either Digital Pictures 25S and Desktop Publishing 35S or Interactive Media 35S and Digital Film Making 25S in either Grade 10, 11, or 12.

Digital Pictures & Desktop Publishing 25S (1 credit)​

Prerequisite: None

The purpose of this course is to provide students with the skills and knowledge to convey a message through an original image. Students will learn how to capture and manipulate a still image. Topics will include; Digital camera and how to use it, Adobe Photoshop and Picture manipulation. The desktop publishing component of this course allows students to plan and create a variety of published documents. Students will learn about, plan and produce print documents conforming to recognized standards. Topics will include; layout and design, photos and artwork, and print media.

Equipment/Personal Supplies: Students may supply and use their own digital camera.

Special Notes: These two courses must be combined together as one credit as there are no half credit options.

Interactive Media 35S & Digital Film Making 25S (1 credit)

Prerequisite: None

The purpose of this course is to provide students with the skills and knowledge to tell stories by combining sound, still images, moving image, text, graphics and animation into a video product. Students will also be provided with the opportunity to create new media products that combine video, audio, and interactive components. Students will learn how to capture and manipulate a video and create various media to produce an interactive DVD-Rom. The focus of this course will be on using a digital video camera, video editing and DVD menu creation.

Equipment/Personal Supplies: Students may supply and use their own digital camera.

Special Notes: These two courses must be combined together as one credit as there are no half credit options.

Information Communication Technology: Yearbook

  • ​​This stream has been created for students who are interested in applying computer technology to the production of the schools' yearbook. Students in Grade 10, 11, or 12 can sign up for one course per year, and receive 1 credit per year in the completion of the yearbook. Students will learn methodology as it relates to industry and transfer those skills into the production of the yearbook. Typically the yearbook courses will be scheduled outside the normal timetable.

Digital Pictures & Desktop Publishing - Yearbook 25S-Y (1 credit)​

Prerequisite: None

The purpose of this course is to provide students with the skills and knowledge to convey a message through an original image. Students will learn how to capture and manipulate a still image. Topics will include; Digital camera and how to use it, Adobe Photoshop and Picture manipulation. The focus will be on the schools yearbook. The desktop publishing component of this course allows students to plan and create a variety of published documents. Students will learn about, plan and produce print documents conforming to recognized standards. Topics will include; layout and design, photos and artwork, and print media. Digital Pictures 25S & Desktop Publishing 35S will appear on the official school transcript.

Equipment/Personal Supplies: Students may supply and use their own digital camera.

Community Service - Yearbook CS31G-Y (1 credit)​

Prerequisite: None, it is recommended that students take Digital Pictures prior to enrolment.

The purpose of this course is to provide students with an opportunity to volunteer their time to take photographs during school events. This course has been developed for students who are seriously interested in photography as a hobby or career; previous experience in photography is not essential but desirable. Photography 31G will cover all main aspects of photography including composition, lighting, camera handling techniques, special effects as well as processing techniques. Students will learn how to operate a digital SLR camera including aperture and time value modes. The course will also include shooting assignments on location. The practicum projects consist of the class working together to publish the school yearbook. Community Service/Photography 31G will appear on the official transcript. 

Equipment/Personal Supplies: Students may supply and use their own digital SLR camera.

Special Notes: This course is scheduled outside the regular timetable and runs from September to June.

Applied Technology - Yearbook AT40S-Y (1 credit)​​

Prerequisite: Students must take either Desktop Publishing 35S or Photography 31G prior to enrolment.

Applied Technology – Yearbook Production allows students to take on an editorial or leadership role. In this course, returning members are expected to lead team meetings and help with software and equipment training and are also eligible to run a department (ex: editor, design editor, copy editor). Students enrolled in will be expected to develop and demonstrate strong leadership skills. Yearbook provides students with the opportunity to develop skills in a variety of areas including: photography, writing and desktop publishing. The course will consist of both theory and application projects where students will apply their skills to design/publish print documents. The practicum projects consist of the class working together to publish the school yearbook. Applied Technology - Yearbook Production 40S will appear on the official school transcript.

Equipment/Personal Supplies: Students may supply and use their own digital SLR camera.

Special Notes: This course is scheduled outside the regular timetable and runs from September to June.

​French

French 20S (1 credit)​

Prerequisite: French 10F

This course is designed to offer the student a more advanced level of sentence structure, grammar and oral competency. Students will write compositions, give oral presentations and discuss material presented in French.

Equipment/Personal Supplies: French/English dictionary, 3 Ring binder with loose-leaf, highlighter, pen. ​

French 30S (1 credit)​

Prerequisite: French 20F This course is designed to provide students with a working knowledge of French, and advanced study of grammatical structures and sentences patterns, and various articles taken from journals.

Equipment/Personal Supplies: French/English dictionary, 3 Ring binder with loose-leaf, highlighter and pen.

French 40S (1 credit)

Prerequisite: French 30S This course is designed to provide students with a working knowledge of French, and advanced study of grammatical structures and sentences patterns, and an introduction to French Canadian literature both in songs, in short stories and poetry

Equipment/Personal Supplies: 3 Ring binder with loose-leaf, highlighter and pen.​

​Human Ecology

  • All Home Economics courses are worth 1 credit. 
  • There are no prerequisites for any Home Economics courses. The Provincial curriculum allows for much flexibility and is designed to be co-educational and non-sequential. All courses are open to any grades 10, 11 and 12 students. 
  • Family Studies 40S and Foods and Nutrition 40S are approved admission courses at the University of Manitoba. Family Studies 40S is an approved admission course at the University of Winnipeg. 
  • In order to offer as many choices to students throughout their years at WPC, we may be offering courses on a rotational basis from year to year.

Clothing, Housing, & Design 20G (1 credit)​

Prerequisite: None

Students will use fabric as a medium for creative expression to meet personal needs when selecting construction projects. Application of the elements and principles of design will be required. This course will examine the elements of design, the consumer aspects of clothing and textiles, textile and fabric properties and careers in the clothing and textiles areas.

Equipment/Personal Supplies: Students will be expected to purchase their own patterns, fabric and corresponding notions for one of their major construction projects. Thread and other small equipment will be supplied.

Clothing, Housing, & Design 30G (1 credit)​

Prerequisite: It is recommended that students take Home Ec. 10 G or Clothing / Housing Design 20G

Students will develop their construction skills in using fabric and accessories when constructing their practical projects. Fiber properties, manufacturing, and care of textile projects will be explored. Students will identify the significance of modern technology on the clothing and textiles industry and apply consumer knowledge when selecting fabric products. Special clothing needs will also be researched.

Equipment/Personal Supplies: Students will be expected to purchase their own patterns, fabric and corresponding notions. Thread and other small equipment will be supplied.

Clothing, Housing, & Design 40G (1 credit)​

Prerequisite: It is recommended that students have at least 2 years of clothing /textiles courses.

Students will create a sample portfolio of advanced techniques and will construct a number of garments/projects using commercial patterns and applying textile design elements.

Family Studies 20G (1 credit)​

Prerequisite: None

This course involves the examination of pregnancy, birth and the first year of life, including an infant’s emotional, social, intellectual and physical development. A special project includes caring for a “computerized baby”. Specific topics include: Readiness for Parenting, Parenting Styles, Conception, Pregnancy, Labor and Delivery, The Newborn, Feeding the Infant, The Infant’s First Year, and Positive and Negative Aspects of Parenting.

Family Studies 30G (1 credit)​

Prerequisite: None

This course involves the study of the physical, social, emotional and intellectual development of an individual from toddler through to preschool and the factors that influence this development. Specific topics include: Role of parenting and care-giving, Toilet training, Toys and play, Language and development, Feeding, Health and safety, Independence, Guiding Behavior, Day Care, Home Routines, Children with Special Needs, Child Abuse, Sex Roles and Sibling Relationships.

Family Studies 40G, 40S (1 credit)

Prerequisite: None

This Family Studies course gives students the opportunity to discover how individuals, families and society are interconnected in the lives of all people. Students will explore who they are as individuals and who they want to become by understanding their personal values and goals. Emphasis will be placed on communication skills, values clarification and self-exploration. Also, students will study families and their changing structures and functions. They will acquire skills and knowledge necessary to strengthen bonds through their lives.

Special Note: Students who chose the 40S option will be required to do extra course work and write a final exam. This 40S credit is accepted by both the University of Manitoba and University of Winnipeg. ​

Foods & Nutrition 20G (1 credit)​

Prerequisite: None

This course expands on the introductory course, Home Economics 10G. Students will gain a greater understanding of the 6 essential nutrients that our bodies need, and discover the strong link between eating habits and lifelong health and wellness. One of the highlights of foods and nutrition is the food lab, which offers a unique opportunity for hands-on application of course material. The recipes chosen are varied, with an emphasis on healthy, whole foods. Students are also given opportunity to create their own recipes.

Equipment/Personal Supplies: Students require a binder and pen for each class. All other necessary equipment for practical labs is supplied.

Foods and Nutrition 30G (1 credit)​

Prerequisite: None

This course promotes the development of personal health by exploring the psychology of food choices and provides the opportunity for self-assessment of eating habits. Current food trends are explored and analyzed as well as diet related concerns such as fad diets and sports nutrition. We celebrate cultural diversity by examining the culinary regions of Canada, and focus on the food industry unique to Manitoba. The highlight of this course is the food labs, which offer a unique opportunity for hands-on application of course material. We create a wide variety of healthy dishes which challenge students’ abilities and expand their repertoire.

Equipment/Personal Supplies:Students require a binder and pen for each class. All other necessary equipment for practical labs is supplied.

Foods and Nutrition 40G, 40S (1 credit)​​

Prerequisite: None

Students are challenged with the current issues of hunger, both locally and globally and study the global food supply. That leads into the study of international foods and research on a country of choice kicks off the presentation of “Food Folklorama”. We explore the latest in food technology: irradiated foods, genetically modified foods and organic food. And finally, concentrate on developing life skills by planning nutritious meals within a limited budget. The focus in the food labs is more experimental and challenging, but will also be practical so as to offer a healthy repertoire of recipes for future independent living.

Equipment/Personal Supplies: Students require a binder and pen for each class. All other necessary equipment for practical labs is supplied.

Special Notes: Foods 40S is an approved admission course at the University of MB and involves extra coursework.

Humanities

Cinema as a Witness to Modern History 40S (1 credit)​

Prerequisite: History 30F

This course considers cinema as a source of information – or misinformation – about the past, and as a springboard for critical reflection about diverse interpretations of history. Students will engage in a variety of learning strategies in this course as they

  • study films from various genres and periods 
  • explore the historical and social context in which the films were created 
  • deconstruct the techniques used to convey the filmmakers’ messages
  • pose questions about the influence of cinema on their understanding of the past 
  • conduct inquiry into major themes in world history 
  • develop critical media literacy 
  • engage in historical thinking

Each film, including documentary and dramatic selections from Canadian, American, and international cinema, is viewed and analyzed as a product of its historical period and as an interpretive representation of the past. The course deals with historical developments and themes that have influenced world history since the beginning of the 20th century, including 

  • ideology and revolution 
  • power and propaganda 
  • imperialism and decolonization 
  • social transformation 
  • war and peace 
  • oppression and resistance 
  • environmental impact 
  • technological change

Current Topics in First Nations, Metis, & Inuit Studies 40S (1 credit)​

Prerequisite: None

This course focuses on current issues that face aboriginal citizens of Canada in recent and current history. Students will develop an understanding and appreciation of the culture and reality of First Nations, Metis and Inuit people of Manitoba and Canada. This course is structured around four thematic units: Image & Identity, Relations with Government, Social Justice Issues, & Indigenous Peoples and the World. This is a highly interactive class with readings, guest speakers, panel discussions and field trips. Assessment: 70% term work & participation, 30% final project.

English Language Arts Literary Forms 40S (Second English Credit)

This course emphasizes the study of literature including novels, plays and poetry. Activities in this course include literary discussions, analytical writing about literature and individual and group projects and presentations. In place of a final exam, there will be a major project worth 20% of the final grade.

Note: Any student considering university should enrol in this course

Global Issues: Citizenship and Sustainability 40S (1 credit)​

Prerequisite: History 30F

Notes: We recommend that students pursuing post-secondary college or university studies consider this 40S course with its emphasis on oral and writing skills for an academic audience. 

Students conduct inquiry into the social, political, environmental and economic impact of a variety of contemporary and emerging issues in the world. Through their inquiry they focus on questions of quality of life locally, nationally and globally. This course is based on the principles of active democratic citizenship, ecological literacy, critical media literacy, and ethical decision-making, and consolidates learning across the disciplines to empower students as agents of change for a sustainable and equitable future. A component of the course is the planning and implementation of a community-based action-research project. Topics include: 

  • Media 
  • Consumerism 
  • The environment 
  • Wealth and power 
  • Indigenous peoples 
  • Peace and conflict 
  • Oppression and genocide 
  • Health and biotechnology
  • Gender and identity 
  • Social justice and human rights
     ​

History of Rock and Roll 31G (1 credit)​

Prerequisite: None

History of Rock and Roll is a course designed to familiarize the student with the history of popular music and provides a survey of rock music starting with the roots and birth of Rock and Roll to the British Invasion, Motown, Hard Rock, Progressive Rock, Disco, Heavy Metal, Grunge, Rap, Hip-Hop, and Post-rock. Prominent players and groups of each era will be covered, as well as sociological, economic and cultural factors that shaped the many styles of Rock music. Classroom activities will include listening, analyzing, writing, class discussions, research, and presentations.

Law 40S (1 credit)​

Prerequisite: None

This course provides an excellent opportunity for students to acquire knowledge of basic legal principles and practices, and to make them aware of their legal rights and responsibilities as they arise in everyday life.

Units of Study: 

  • Foundations of our Legal System 
  • Criminal Law
  • Civil Law 
  • Contract Law
  • Other topics of interest may be covered as time permits
     

*Active participation, including debates, case studies, weekly newspaper readings and mock trials are included as part of this course.

Psychology 40S (1 credit)​

Prerequisite: None

Psychology is the study of behaviour and mental processes. Studying psychology gives students lifelong skills such as dealing with issues proactively, solving problems, learning, and nurturing healthy relationships. Psychology helps students understand themselves, and deal with issues in their own lives such as inner conflicts, relationships with parents and peers, and intimacy. It also helps students understand societal problems like drug dependency, aggression, and discrimination.

This course exposes students to the major topics found in the field of psychology. It also emphasizes the issues that are of particular direct interest and relevance to students completing high school. Students explore the scientific methods upon which psychology is based. They can then apply what they learned to their daily lives.

Special Notes: This course is an approved course for admission into most universities.

Sociology 31G (1 credit)​

Prerequisite: None

This course introduces the theories, questions, and issues that are the major concerns of sociology. Students will develop an understanding of the way social scientists approach the topics they study and the research methods they use. Various social structures shape the people of different societies through interaction, socialization and groupings. A study of culture and how it affects social growth will also be studied. Social institutions such as religion, family and education and how they are changing will also be considered.

Advanced Placement World History 42S (Online) (1 credit)

Prerequisite: History 30F

Course Content: Advanced Placement World History is a university-level survey course with an emphasis on Asian, African, European, and American history. The focus will be on the big picture, using a global perspective to analyze the ways in which people and societies have been connected through time.

AP World History follows a chronological approach in covering the history of civilization from prehistoric times through the twenty-first century in five units of study: 

  • Technological and Environmental Foundation, to 600 B.C.E (3 weeks) 
  • Organizations and Reorganization of Human Societies, 600 B.C.E-600 C.E (3 weeks) 
  • Regional and Trans regional Interactions, 600 C.E-1450 (7 weeks) 
  • Global Interactions, 1450-1750 (6 weeks) 
  • Industrialization and Global Integration, 1750-1900 (6 weeks) 
  • Accelerating Global Change and Realignments, 1900-Present (6 weeks)

University Credit: Each university/college makes its own decision regarding granting of credits to students writing the AP exam.Universities grant credits for AP courses based on their local mark requirements on the AP exam.

University of Manitoba AP Policies on History 

  • Students must earn a grade of 4.0 or 5.0 on the AP exam.
  • Successful students earn a transfer of 1 full University credit (6 hours) 
  • Students cannot receive university credit for both AP World History and AP European History.

University of Winnipeg AP Policies on History 

  • Students must earn a grade of 4.0 or 5.0 on the AP exam. 
  • Successful students earn a transfer of 1 full University credit (6 hours) 
  • Students cannot receive university credit for both AP World History and AP European History. 
  • Students interested in writing the optional Advanced Placement (AP) exam must pay a fee of approximately $100.00.

The exam is written in May but the grade is not received until July. This mark is not used to calculate a student’s final grade. As such, an in-school final exam is written at the completion of the course in May. Please note that both the school exam and the AP Exam will both be written at the Arts and Technology Centre.

Industrial Arts

Graphic Communication Technology 20G (1 credit)​

Prerequisite: None

This area of study is designed to allow students to work effectively with materials, applications, equipment, and technology in the graphics field in order to communicate visually. Some areas of study are:

  • ​Image Generation 
  • Photography 
  • B/W Darkroom Processes and Photo Design 
  • Vinyl sign/sticker design 
  • Airbrushing 
  • Architecture and Residential Design 
  • Photo Screen Printing 
  • Digital Photography 
  • Graphic Art Design

Special Notes: This course offers hands-on experiences and problem solving on a daily basis. Evaluation will be based on, individual assignments and projects, group assignments and projects, tests, quizzes, and problem solving procedures. This course will be of interest to students who are considering a career in commercial art, printing, architecture, interior design, fine arts, drafting and design, electronic imagery, photography or a related field.

Graphic Communication Technology 30S (1 credit)​

Prerequisite: Graphics Communication Technology 20S or approval by instructor

This area of study deals with the blending of technology and processes used in the graphics program. It builds on the skills developed in the 20G program and allows students the flexibility to exercise time management, quality control, and teamwork. Some areas of study are: 

  • Image Generation 
  • Process Photography 
  • B/W Darkroom Processes and Photo Manipulation 
  • Photo Composition 
  • Airbrushing 
  • Architecture Design 
  • Advanced Photo Screen Printing 
  • Digital Photography 
  • Mass Production Screen Printing 
  • Product Illustration

Special Notes: This course stresses the importance of all forms of communication. Evaluation will include: individual assignments and projects, group assignments and projects, and class evaluation. There are compulsory assignments and optional projects that will allow students to specialize in an area of interest.

Graphic Communication Technology 40S (1 credit)

Prerequisite: Graphics Communication Technology 30S or approval of instructor

This course has a compulsory component and an independent work component. Some areas of study are: 

  • Offset Lithography
  • Media Production 
  • Photo Journalism
  • Photo Composition 
  • Airbrushing
  • Architecture Design 
  • Video Advertising
  • Digital Photography 
  • Mass Production Screen Printing

Special Notes: Students will design their own program goals for the remainder of the course. They will be able to choose topics such as, drafting and architecture, architectural model building, photography, video production, and numerous other topics. Independent project work should be geared toward post-secondary career choices such as Drafting, Graphic Design, Commercial Art, Interior Design, Fine Arts, Photography or related fields.

Metalwork Technology 20G (1 credit)​

Prerequisite: Metalwork Technology 10G recommended.

Metalwork Technology allows students to explore the processes involved in the manufacturing and fabrication of metal products with a “hands on” approach. There is an emphasis on the elements of design and the design process which is utilized to create student projects. Projects will be manufactured using a variety of materials, computers, welding and machining technologies. Students’ projects range from wrought iron furniture, sheet metal cabinets, precision tool milling and engine lathe machining.

Equipment/Personal Supplies: Students are expected to come to class prepared to work, with a 3-ring binder, a pencil and an eraser.

Special Notes: Due to safety concerns, there is a dress code in effect while attending Tech. Ed programs. Safety glasses​ are to be worn at all times. ​

Metalwork Technology 30G (1 credit)​​

Prerequisite: Metalwork Technology 10G or 20G recommended

This course covers advanced machining techniques, using the turpet milling machine and engine lathes as well as advanced welding (MIG/TIG/GAS). The students will be working on a wide variety of projects ranging from engine building and machining, foundry and parts casting, art metal and Auto CAD. This course would be an asset to any student considering a career in Engineering, Aviation, Machinists, Tool and Die, Automotive, Welding, Smelting Industry or Auto body restoration

Equipment/Personal Supplies: Students are expected to come to class prepared to work, with a 3-ring binder, a pencil and an eraser.

Special Notes: Due to safety concerns, there is a dress code in effect while attending Tech. Ed programs. Safety glasses are to be worn at all times.

Metalwork Technology 40G (1 credit)

Prerequisite: Metalwork Technology 10G, 20G or 30G

This course will include advanced MACHINING, MILLING, PLASMA CUTTING, OXY, ARC, MIG and to include TIG WELDING. Students will become proficient in lab safety and in machine maintenance and repair. A power mechanic component will include small engine teardown, trouble-shooting and repair. Any student considering a career in the areas of Engineer, Aviation, Tool and Die, Automotive, Welding, Auto body or Sheet Metal Fabrication would do well to sign up for this program. To help prepare our future trades people, technical literacy will be reinforced. If you’re looking for a fast paced, high energy course with potential in a post-secondary career, this is it.

Equipment/Personal Supplies:Students are expected to come to class prepared to work, with a 3-ring binder, a pencil and an eraser.

Special Notes: Due to safety concerns, there is a dress code in effect while attending Tech. Ed programs. Safety glasses are to be worn at all times.

Woodwork Technology 20G (1 credit)

Prerequisite: Woodwork Technology 10G recommended.

Woodwork Technology gives students the opportunity to learn “hands on” technical aspects of wood. Through instruction, fabrication and finishing methods, students will manufacture projects such as: cabinets, Intarsia and wood turnings. (Style and type of projects vary each year.)

Equipment/Personal Supplies: Students are expected to come to class prepared to work, with a 3-ring binder, a pencil and an eraser.

Special Notes: Due to safety concerns, there is a dress code in effect while attending Tech. Ed programs. Safety glasses are to be worn at all times. ​​ ​

Woodwork Technology 30G (1 credit)

Prerequisite: Woodwork Technology 20G recommended

This program will be an extension of the Woodwork 20G program. It will include further skill development in woodworking such as more complex use of the router, table saw, radial arm saw, etc. Project work will be of a more difficult nature. One third of class time will be related theory and drafting.

Equipment/Personal Supplies: Students are expected to come to class prepared to work, with a 3-ring binder, a pencil and an eraser.

Special Notes: Due to safety concerns, there is a dress code in effect while attending Tech. Ed programs. Safety glasses are to be worn at all times.

Woodwork Technology (Furniture Design) 40S (1 credit)​

Prerequisite: Woodwork Technology 20G or 30G recommended

This course is designed to provide the fundamental and technical skills in furniture design and manufacturing. Unleash your creative woodworking potential by applying new technologies in the fabrication of jigs and fixtures to create beautiful and practical projects. Student projects range from tables, using new and time honored techniques to creative wood turnings, intarsia and finishing.

Equipment/Personal Supplies:Students are expected to come to class prepared to work, with a 3-ring binder, a pencil and an eraser.

Special Notes: Due to safety concerns, there is a dress code in effect while attending Tech. Ed programs. Safety glasses are to be worn at all times.

Math & Sciences

Advanced Placement Calculus 42S AB (Online)​

Prerequisite: Pre-Calculus 30S (80% final grade recommended and currently enrolled in Pre-Calculus 40S.)

Content: Advanced Placement Calculus AB is a university level course and it is primarily concerned with the development of students’ understanding of the concepts in Calculus and to provide experience with its methods and applications. This introductory calculus course covers the topics of (I) Functions, Graphs, and Limits (II) Derivatives and (III) Integrals. The course emphasizes a multi-presentation approach to calculus with concepts, results and problems being expressed graphically, numerically, analytically and verbally.

Additional Information: This Course begins in November 2013 and ends in May 2014. All students are required to have a T1-83 or T1-84 graphing calculator. Students interested in writing the optional Advanced Placement (AP) College Board exam must pay a fee of approximately $100. The exam is written in May, but the mark is not received until July. The exam mark is not used to calculate a student’s final grade. As such, an in-school final exam is written at the completion of the course in May. Both exams will be written at the Arts and Technology Centre.

University Credit: Taking the AP exam is not compulsory, but students who successfully challenge the examination and receive a mark of 4 or 5 (out of 5) may earn a University Credit or an Advanced Standing at numerous universities and colleges across Canada and the United States. Universities grant credits for AP courses based on the universities’ local mark requirement on the AP exam.

Biology 30S (1 credit)

Prerequisite: Science 20F

Wellness is a major theme in the Biology 30S course. The intent is to have students learn more about their medical histories (e.g. medical chart), and how their body works; to collect data on how their body is performing (e.g. heart rates); to analyze how well they are taking care of themselves (e.g. checklist) and to make decisions about their own lifestyle to promote their wellness (e.g. life goals). Students explore this theme in the creation of a wellness portfolio. By completing their portfolios, students personalize the human body content in the Biology 30S program. Micro themes will be used. Micro themes are writing assignments designed to help students learn the material by looking at it in a different way (Martin, 1989). They involve more than simply reading the textbook or memorizing notes. Students must examine a particular case study about human biology and interpret what is going on. Afterwards, they express their ideas in a short, written work. The body systems studied will include Digestion and Nutrition, Transportation and Respiration, Excretion and Waste Management, Protection and Control, Wellness and Homeostatic Changes.

Special Notes:This is a course for students interested in continuing the “Study of Life”. Biology would be of interest to students entering Physical Education, Recreation, and Nursing etc. at the post-secondary level. ​​

Biology 40S (1 credit)​​

Prerequisite: Science 20F

Topics revolve around the many areas of plant, animal and human diversity. The areas of emphasis include the following: 

  • Understanding Biological Inheritance; students who are very interested in the study of genetics will enjoy this portion of the course. 
  • Evolutionary Theory and Biodiversity: Evolution is the theme that unifies all of the different fields of biology. Biodiversity and how it relates to ecosystem, species and genetic diversity is an area of interest to many students. 
  • Discussion of a variety of reasons for maintaining biodiversity including, maintaining a diverse gene pool, economic value, and the sustainability of an ecosystem. 
  • In this science we look at diversity in the world around us. Including classifying organisms and discussing their evolutionary past.

Prerequisites for entering the Faculty of Science and many other related faculties at the post-secondary level have changed. High school biology is no longer recommended for some university courses, it is required.

Chemistry 30S (1 credit)​

Prerequisite: Science 20F and Introduction to Applied Math and Pre-Calculus Math 20S (Essential Math 20S (minimum 70%) can be used as a prerequisite for Chemistry 30S but if the student wishes to continue to Chemistry 40S, Pre-Calculus or Applied Math is required in grade 11).

This course builds on what was learned in the chemistry unit of Science 20F. The course focuses on theoretical and mathematical aspects of the interactions of matter. Students will also use experiments to further their understanding of the topics. The units include:

  • Physical Properties of Matter – explains how matter behaves during physical changes
  • Gases and the Atmosphere – explains how gases behave during temperature and pressure changes
  • Chemical Reactions – quantitatively explores chemical reactions
  • Solutions – deals with solubility and concentration
  • Organic Chemistry – deals with naming and reactions of organic molecules.

Equipment: The student will be required to have a scientific calculator.

Chemistry 40S (1 credit)​

Prerequisite: Chemistry 30S, Pre-Calculus 30S OR Applied Math 30S

The course further explores how and why reactions occur and are affected by various conditions. The units covered include:

  • Aqueous reactions – deals with reactions that occur in water.
  • Kinetics – qualitative and quantitative properties that affect the speed of reactions.
  • Chemical equilibrium – qualitatively and quantitatively determine how reactions behave and change under various conditions.
  • Acids and Bases – deals with the strength of Acids and Bases and quantifies pH.
  • Electrochemistry - batteries and reactions that create or use electricit
  • y.
  • Atomic structure – further explores the Quantum model of the atom and light spectra.

Equipment:The student will be required to have a scientific calculator.

Physics 30S (1 credit)​

Prerequisite: Science 20F, Introduction to Applied Math and Pre-Calcu

lus Math 20S

:

  • Waves –includes sound and mechanical waves.
  • The Nature of Light – deals with electromagnetic waves. 
  • Mechanics – further explores how and why objects move using graphs and equations.
  • Fields – deals with gravitational, electric, and magnetic fields quantitatively and qualitatively.

Equipment/Personal Supplies: Students will be required to have a scientific calculator, a geometry set and graph paper.

Special Notes: Physics 30S is a demanding course and requires a strong mathematical background. Physics is required for students who intend to enroll in the faculties of Engineering and Dentistry and is strongly recommended for entrance into the faculties of Computer Science and Medicine.​

Physics 40S (1 credit)​​

Prerequisite: Physics 30S, Pre-Calculus 30S OR Applied Math 30

The course continues the topics introduced in Physics 30S. The focus in this course is to build upon and explore in more depth the concepts previously learned. The units covered include:

  • Mechanics – introduces how an object moves in two dimensions using vectors.
  • Fields – further explores the interaction of the various fields (electric, magnetic, electromagnetic, and gravitational).
  • Electricity – deals with electric circuits.
  • Medical Physics – introduces types of radiation and radioactive decay.

Equipment: Students will be required to have a scientific calculator. ​​​

 
 
 
   
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