General Arts and Science

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Program Title: General Arts and Science
Credential Earned: Certificate or Diploma
Delivery: Full Time, Contact North, Distance Learning
Program Length: 2 Semesters, *4 Semesters (G045)
Program Status: Open

Program Codes
Program codes are for September intakes except those that are indicated differently.
Course codes ending in W mean a January intake.

General Arts and Science – Preparation 1 Year Certificate
G165 (PC) Timmins Campus – Not Available

General Arts and Science 1 Year certificate (Exploratory)
G279 (CK) Contact North Kirkland Lake – September start and G279W January start
G277 (HL) Haileybury Campus – September start
G276 (KL) Kirkland Lake Campus September start
G278 (OL) Open Learning – September start and G278W January start and G278S May start
G261 (PC) Timmins Campus – September start

GAS Exploratory – 2 year program Timmins campus only
G045 (PC) Timmins Campus September start only. * 4 Semesters.


Additional Information Regarding: Semesters 3 & 4 (Diploma Program)
Twenty courses at a post-secondary level are required for a two-year Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities diploma. Students who choose the Diploma option of the General Arts and Science program will select courses they wish to study.

 Students who have NOT completed Year 1 of College Exploration G261, must complete the 4 mandatory courses (Communication I and Communications II and Computer Applications I and Computer Application II)


Program Description
Students can choose from the following options:

1. General Arts and Science – College Preparatory Pathway to obtain a one-year Northern College Certificate of Achievement.
2. General Arts and Science – College Exploration and University Transfer Pathway to obtain a one-year Ministry of Training, Colleges and University Certificate.
3. General Arts and Science to obtain a two-year Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities Diploma.

This program is a flexible program that provides students with access to a wide variety of postsecondary options. While exploring different areas of study such as community services, business, health sciences, and technology and working toward a college certificate or diploma, students earn credits that may be transferred to other college programs or university. The program focuses on developing enhanced skills in communication, critical thinking and computer literacy to build a solid foundation for future studies and career success. This program offers students the opportunity to:

Design a program of study that upgrades their qualifications for other university and college programs.
Obtain a general post-secondary education before deciding on a career path.
Personalize a program of study based on their goals and interests.
Earn credits that can be transferred to a variety of program areas at college or university.
Attend college even if they have been unable to gain entry into the program of their choice due to limited enrolment.

Program Outcomes
Upon completion of this program, you will be able to:

  • Develop communication skills to a level required by business and industry
  • Use critical thinking and problem-solving techniques
  • Develop a general knowledge of a variety of subjects that will contribute to developing insights into self and society
  • Function successfully in a post-secondary educational environment
  • Transfer the credits gained in approved courses towards a baccalaureate (B.A./B.Sc) at selected universities or to other college programs.

Career Opportunities
Upon graduation, students may find employment in all occupations requiring a general education or with firms/agencies that provide their own training. A wide variety of entry-level positions exist in all economic sectors, such as business, finance, retail and sales, hospitality, arts, culture, recreation and sports. Many graduates of this program continue their studies in other college or university programs.

Contact Information
Des Quinn
Tel: 705-235-3211 ext. 2258
quinnd@northern.on.ca

Admission Requirements
Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD)
Grade 12 English (C, U)
Grade 10 Math (MFM2P or equivalent)
Or equivalent.
Or mature student status (an applicant who does not have a high school diploma or equivalent, and will have reached the age of 19 years on or before the start of the program).
Mature students must undergo academic testing prior to admission into a program. Call the Admissions Office at 705-235-7222 for more details. Note: Academic prerequisites for this program may be obtained free of charge through Academic Upgrading.
Semester 1
College Preparatory Pathway
AA1053 Life Management I
CM1006 Communication Fundamentals I
EC2033 Working with Diversity
IN1013 Computer Applications I
MA1053 Mathematics Fundamentals I

College Exploratory Pathway
CM1903 Communications I – Model A
IN1093 Computer Applications for Business and Technology any 3 post-secondary courses

Semester 2
College Preparatory Pathway
CM1803 Pre-Technology Communications I OR
CM1903 Communications I – Model A
EL1003 Elective I
MA1803 Pre-Technology Mathematics I
or
MA2053 Mathematics Fundamentals II
NA1213 Health Awareness
NA2053 Canadian Government
CM2903 Communications II – Model A
IN2313 Software Applications II any 3 post-secondary courses

Semesters 3 & 4
Diploma Program (4 semesters)
Twenty courses at a post-secondary level are required for a two-year Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities diploma. Students who choose the Diploma option of the General Arts and Science program will select courses they wish to study.

NOTE: Students who have NOT completed Year 1 of College Exploration G261, must complete the 4 mandatory courses (Communication I and Communications II and Computer Applications I and Computer Application II)

Semester 1

College Preparatory Pathway

AA1053 Life Management I
This course is designed to respond to the students’ learning and life skills goals by helping them identify and apply these skills to a variety of areas such as family, self, leisure, education, work, economics and community. It also provides the students with additional opportunity to assess and gather information in deciding upon or changing their college program or major. Students will continue to explore the services and support systems within their college and their community. The purpose is to provide students with the opportunity to maximize their educational goals and gain insight into their personal journey. The course will introduce portfolio building as a strategic tool for career developments and for self-discovery.

CM1006 Communication Fundamentals I
This course is designed to improve your writing, reading, and thinking skills, which are critical to your success in college and in most careers. Each of these components is self-contained so that the course can easily be adapted to a wide range of needs.

EC2033 Working with Diversity
Cultural Competence involves a dialogue between the worker and the client. It does not rely solely on the skills and competence of the worker, but rather emphasizes open and constant communication based on mutual respect and equal rights. The students will learn about the concept of Cultural Competence and Social and Economic Justice. The history and current social conditions of many historically oppressed groups will be covered in detail to help the student gain the awareness, knowledge and skills necessary to attain Cultural Competence.

IN1013 Computer Applications I
This is an introductory course in the study of computers and software. Software packages including Windows operating system, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint and Internet-Explorer will be taught at the beginner to intermediate level and supplemented with in-class assignments and tests. Examination of the Internet as an information vehicle and electronic mail are also covered. This course is common in many programs therefore students should expect minor variations from the description presented here.

MA1053 Mathematics Fundamentals I
Students will review mathematical concepts and operations of basic arithmetic skills and their applications. Whole numbers, fractions, decimals, percent, ratio and proportions are topics covered.

College Exploratory Pathway
CM1903 Communications I – Model A
Communications I is a practical course designed to help strengthen both oral and written skills. Students will be exposed to a variety of learning methods and communication formats. Emphasis will be placed on the use of appropriate structure, writing conventions and style. Students will also develop discipline-specific documents as well as learn the basics of portfolio assembly and presentation.

IN1093 Computer Applications for Business and Technology any 3 post-secondary courses
Students are introduced to commonly used features of the most widely used microcomputer applications – MS Word, MS Excel, and MS PowerPoint. Basic computer skills are required as prerequisites. A series of lectures, projects, and exercises will take advantage of Microsoft Office features. Word’s extensive menu, toolbar, and template features will be used to create various business documents. Project material is developed so that students will apply their software skills to course material throughout their program of studies.

Semester 2
College Preparatory Pathway

Pre-Technology Communications I will give the learner the opportunity to develop thinking, writing, and speaking skills necessary for communicating successfully, both in college and in the workplace. This course begins with outlining for the purposes of planning, organizing and understanding business messages with a focus on the importance of analyzing purpose and audience. Students will write effective business messages, adhering to the required elements of style appropriate for professional workplace communication. Also, class time will be used to refine writing style as writing difficulties present themselves.

CM1903 – A Communications I is a practical course designed to help strengthen both oral and written skills. Students will be exposed to a variety of learning methods and communication formats. Emphasis will be placed on the use of appropriate structure, writing conventions and style. Students will also develop discipline-specific documents as well as learn the basics of portfolio assembly and presentation.

EL1003 Elective I
Students may choose a post-secondary course from a program they are working towards or a regular General Arts and Science course as an elective. Notes: Students cannot take post-secondary courses which require prerequisites. Certain programs such as, BSc. Nursing, Law Clerk and others, have predetermined electives. A list of eligible elective courses for these programs will be provided by the program coordinator at the beginning of each semester in which an elective is required.

MA1803 Pre-Technology Mathematics I
This course will provide an emphasis on basic math skills required to prepare for trades and technology specific math.

MA2053 Mathematics Fundamentals II
Students will review the mathematical concepts and operations of Algebra and its applications. The metric system, measurements, and concepts of Algebra I and II will be covered.

NA1213 Health Awareness
This course is designed to provide students with a basic knowledge of a number of health awareness topics. With this basic information they will be able to discuss and engage in promoting healthy behaviour change in themselves and their communities. Students will be encouraged to use a log book as a tool to help them follow a wellness behaviour plan. Students will also participate in a fitness program for 2 hours a week.

NA2053 Canadian Government
This course is designed to enable the student to understand the operation, structure, function and interaction of the three levels of government. In addition, the historic, economic, social and political environments in which the government exists will be discussed.

CM2903 Communications II – Model A
Communications II is a continuation of Communications I and is designed to strengthen practical written and oral presentation skills. Students will apply the appropriate principles and formats to job-related documents and will continue to review grammatical structures and apply editing strategies.

IN2313 Software Applications II
Essential aspects of Excel and the principal functions of a worksheet are covered. The student will use formulas and functions to build and format worksheets and workbooks. Topics including using IF, financial, database, and lookup functions, as well as data tables and amortization schedules. A variety of charting techniques will be examined. Excel worksheets and charts are linked to Word documents and PowerPoint presentations.

Semesters 3 & 4
Diploma Program (4 semesters)
Twenty courses at a post-secondary level are required for a two-year Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities diploma. Students who choose the Diploma option of the General Arts and Science program will select courses they wish to study.

NOTE: Students who have NOT completed Year 1 of College Exploration G261, must complete the 4 mandatory courses (Communication I and Communications II and Computer Applications I and Computer Application II)

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Articulation Agreements – Universities
Program Degree at Receiving University
General Arts and Science (2 Year) Lakehead (Ontario)
Bachelor of Arts (General)
Bachelor of Arts adn Science (Interdisciplinary Studies)
Honours Bachelor of Arts and Science (Interdisciplinary Studies)
Windsor (Ontario)
Bachelor of Arts (General), Multiple Majors

Note: The information above is subject to change without notice at the institution’s discretion.