HORIZONS LEARNING - COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

English Language Arts/Comprehensive Focus: Grades 11(30S) and 12 (40S)

 

In this course students learn to think critically and independently while developing their skills in reading, writing, listening, speaking, viewing and representing. Students become increasingly proficient in using language to communicate effectively to an audience, express themselves clearly, and select appropriate forms for their purposes. They learn to manage data and information efficiently, and to work collaboratively in small groups.

 

English Language Arts/Transactional Focus: Grade 11 (30S) and 12 (40S)

 

"Transactional Focus" means that the major emphasis is on the language of business: In this course, emphasis is on the learning activities where language is being used primarily to convey information to persuade the consumer, to argue a case, or to accomplish some other specific audience. Students are challenged to acquire a range of skills, strategies and attitudes that help them function more efficiently in various settings, from the classroom to the global community. Emphasis is on language that infers, directs, persuades, plans, analyzes, argues and explains. The course content is adult based and deals with current social issues i.e. global warming, world economy and the changing world of employment.

 

Essential Mathematics: Grade 11 (30S)

 

Grade 11 Essential Mathematics (30S) is intended for students whose post-secondary planning does not include a focus on mathematics and science-related fields. This is a one-credit course consisting of two half-credits each emphasizing consumer applications, problem solving, decision making, and spatial sense.

 

* Students are expected to work both individually and in small groups on mathematical concepts and skills encountered in everyday life in a technological society.

 

Essentials Mathematics: Grade 12 (40S)

 

Grade 12 Essential Mathematics 40S is intended for students whose post-secondary planning does not include a focus on mathematics and science-related fields. Essential Math 40S is a one-credit course consisting of decision making, as well as number sense and number use. Students are expected to work both individually and in small groups on mathematics concepts and skills encountered in a technological society.

 

Topics include: Trigonometry, Home Finance, Geometry, Vehicle Finance, Statistics, Probability, Precision Measurement, Business Finance

 

Pre-Calculus Mathematics: Grade 12 (40S)

 

Pre-calculus math is only recommended for those students who possess a strong math background and require the course as a pre-requisite for post-secondary entrance. Each course consists of 9 modules and study will include the following topics: Trigonometry, Exponential, and Logarithmic functions, Circular function, Permutation and Combination.

 

* Pre-calculus 11 (30S) is a required pre-requisite or equivalent for pre-calculus 12 (40S).

 

Biology: Grade 12 (40S)

 

This course provides students an opportunity to learn about 3 fundamental concepts in biology: biodiversity, genetics and evolution. The biodiversity section will expose students to the wide variety of organisms that exist and how biologists organize them into groups. The genetics section will explore what genes are, how genes work and how they are passed from parent to offspring. The evolution section teaches students about what evolution is, how it works and why scientists believe that it has occurred

 

Career Development- Life/Work Transitioning: Grade 12 (40S)

 

The career development course is designed to connect school learning with workplace and labour realities. The course will help students acquire and apply the knowledge and skills to make appropriate decisions for life, work and the essential post-secondary education/training that is required in today's economy. The experiential learning components will provide students with opportunities to explore potential occupations, demonstrate employability skills, essential skills and specific occupational skills.

 

Chemistry: Grade 12 (40S)

 

The science of chemistry is concerned with the composition and interaction of different types of matter. The Chemistry 40S course focuses on three main areas of study: Kinetics, Equilibrium, and Oxidation - Reduction. There will be a short review unit at the beginning of the course to provide students with the required scientific background information. Chemistry students require good math skills, and it is strongly recommended that students wishing to take Chemistry take a 40S level math course first. A scientific calculator is required.

 

Automated Office: Grade 12 (40S)

 

This course is designed for students who need office skills in their future work or academic pursuits. Automated Office includes an introduction and intermediate level of Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint, and the integration of Microsoft Office 2010 applications.

 

* This course can be used as a dual credit as a grade 12 optional course toward the Mature Diploma and as a credit towards the Business Administrative Assistant and Medical Administrative programs offered at Winnipeg Technical College.

 

Family Studies: Grade 12 (40S)

 

This course is designed to allow for student input in how course content is covered. Some of the major topics to be covered include: health and wellness, time management, goal setting, human needs, moral development, discipline, decision making, conflict management, interpersonal communication, community awareness. Guest speakers and field trips are used to promote understanding of some of the topics covered. This class is considered a foundation course by Horizons and it is highly recommended that all students take it.

 

Law: Grade 12 (40S)

 

Law affects us all. This course explains the Canadian Civil and Criminal systems, legal aid, the Charter of Rights and Freedoms and the Young Offenders Act. Students can find out about their rights and responsibilities with respect to marriage, divorce and adoption of children in the Family Law unit. A variety of guest speakers will be invited to class including lawyers, judges, and law enforcement officers. Field trips may include visits to the Provincial Law Courts, Traffic Court and the Manitoba Legislature. *This course is also offered online through WebCT.

 

Physics: Grade 12 (40S)

 

Physics is a science concerned with the understanding of how the moving universe works. Students will be involved in basic experiments (measuring), assignments (mathematics), and discussions into everyday science principles that surround and affect everyone. Some topics that students will study are: Mechanics (motion and energy), Field Theory (gravitation, electricity and magnetism), Electric Circuits and Medical Physics. Students must have a good math background (ex. Applied Math) to be successful in the course and a scientific calculator will be used daily.

 

Psychology: Grade 12 (40S)

 

This course provides an overview of the basic principles of psychology and how these concepts are relevant to our lives. Examples of topics covered are: methods of study used by psychologists, states of consciousness, learning and memory, life span changes, emotions, sexuality, stress, abnormal behaviour, therapies and how the practice of psychology is applied to the real world.

 

Global Issues: Citizenship and Sustainability: Grade 12 (40S)

 

Students conduct inquiry into the social, political, environmental and economic impact of a variety of contemporary and emerging issues in the world. A component of the course is the planning and implementation of a community-based action-research project.

 

Topics May include: Media Consumerism, Environment, Poverty, Wealth, and Power, Peace and Conflict, Oppression and Genocide, Health and Biotechnology, Gender Politic, Social Justice and Human Rights

 

Special Language Credit:

 

The Special Language credit option allows students proficient in a language other than English or French to receive credit for their linguistic diversity. Students must register for the examination, which is done off site. Exams include both a written and oral component. Horizons Learning Centres will pay the fees for the examination. Many languages are eligible, such as Amharic, Chinese, Cree, Hebrew, Icelandic, Italian, Japanese, Filipino, Ojibwa, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish, Ukrainian, Urdu, and Vietnamese.