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COURSE SELECTION INFORMATION

2019 – COURSE SELECTION FORM – 10

2019 – COURSE SELECTION FORM – 11

2019 – COURSE SELECTION FORM – 12

 

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

 

CAREER EDUCATION COURSES

CAREER LIFE EDUCATION 10 (CLE 10)

Supporting students in becoming successful, educated citizens by helping them learn how to effectively manage their life journey toward preferred future possibilities.

Students will identify and develop their personal interests, passions, and competencies and reflect on learning experiences in school and community; build confidence through their contributions, and explore multiple career-life roles and choices.

* CLE is a 4 credit course required for graduation.

 

CAREER LIFE CONNECTIONS 11/12 (CLC 11/12)

CLE is a two year course that must be completed in order to graduate. Students will continue to explore career choices and the associated skills necessary to be successful in achieving their post-secondary goals.  Mentorship within this course is focused on post secondary goals, completing experiential learning opportunities in a field of interest, and presenting a CAPSTONE project that highlights achievements in the personal and academic development of a student.

*CLC is a two year course that is taken over grade 11 and grade 12 and is required for graduation.

 

ENGLISH COURSES

ENGLISH 10 (LITERATURE STUDIES AND COMPOSITION 10)

Using oral, written, visual, and digital texts, students are expected to individually and collaboratively comprehend and connect (reading, listening, viewing) as well as create and communicate (writing, speaking, representing). At the Grade 10 level, however, the school will select any two combinations of the new Grade 10 options as required by the Ministry in addition to consideration of student needs and interests as well as staff proficiency:

Composition 10                   Creative Writing 10

Literary Studies 10             New Media 10

Spoken Language 10

 

ENGLISH 11 (LITERARY STUDIES AND COMPOSITION 11)

Prerequisite:     English Language Arts 10

Using oral, written, visual, and digital texts, students are expected to individually and collaboratively comprehend and connect (reading, listening, viewing) as well as create and communicate (writing, speaking, representing). At the Grade 10 level, however, the school will select any two combinations of the new Grade 10 options as required by the Ministry in addition to consideration of student needs and interests as well as staff proficiency:

Composition 11                  Creative Writing 11

Literary Studies 11            New Media 11

Spoken Language 11

 

ENGLISH STUDIES 12 (English 12)

Prerequisite:     English 11 (with minimum C+ recommended)

Using oral, written, visual, and digital texts, students are expected to individually and collaboratively comprehend and connect (reading, listening, viewing) as well as create and communicate (writing, speaking, representing).

This is a mandatory course for all students wishing to graduate.  It provides them with opportunities to: refine their ability to communicate effectively in a variety of contexts and to achieve their personal and career goals; think critically and creatively about the uses of language; explore texts from a variety of sources, in multiple modes, and that reflect diverse worldviews;  deepen their understanding of themselves and others in a changing world; gain insight into the diverse factors that shape identity; appreciate the importance of self-representation through text; contribute to Reconciliation by building greater understanding of the knowledge and perspectives of First Peoples; and expand their understanding of what it means to be educated Canadian and global citizens.

 

AP ENGLISH LITERATURE AND COMPOSITION 12 (English Literature 12)

Students taking this course have the option of writing the Advanced Placement English Literature Examination in May.  This is not, however, a requirement for taking the course.

Among several possible alternative English Language Arts 12 “electives” this course provides an introduction to the history and literary tradition of the English (British) people in addition to the literature of other English-speaking peoples around the world.  

While AP English Literature and Composition 12 allows for a wide range of study from all over the world, our primary focus is the English-speaking world in order to prepare students who chose to write the AP Literature Examination in May of each school year.  This course allows students to delve more deeply into literature through increasingly complex texts. Students can explore specific themes, periods, authors, or areas of the world through literary works (fiction and nonfiction) in a variety of media. Giving students the choice of a range of literary topics allows them to follow their passions.      

 

MATHEMATICS COURSES

MATH 10 (FOUNDATIONS AND PRE-CALCULUS)

Prerequisite:     Mathematics 9

This course extends the concepts studied in Principles of Mathematics 9 and again is focused on major curriculum organizers including problem solving, number concepts and operations, patterns and relations, shape and space, and statistics and probability. Topics include the analysis and creation of table data, the real number system with operation on radicals, powers and roots, arithmetic and linear growth, polynomials, rational expressions, equations, functions and function notation, domain and range, linear functions and direct variation, volume and surface area, general triangle trigonometry, sine and cosine laws, coordinate geometry of straight lines, data analysis with the emphasis on sampling, probability, and expected values.

 

WORKPLACE MATH 10

This course focuses on math topics that are useful in our daily tasks and in many of the trade careers.  Topics include unit conversion, money and currency, measurement and some trigonometry. The course is intended for students who are planning to enter a career in the trades or who do not expect to pursue post-secondary studies related to math.

 

PRE-CALCULUS 11

Prerequisite:     Foundations and Pre-Calculus 10 with minimum 73%

This course is designed to prepare students for Math 12.  Students wishing to fulfill university entrance requirements must successfully complete Math 11.  Students taking this course must meet the recommended standard, as this course requires a strong mathematical foundation.  Topics covered include algebra, functions and relations, geometry, trigonometry, and inequalities.

 

FOUNDATIONS OF MATHEMATICS 11    

Prerequisite:    Foundations of Mathematics and Pre-Calculus 10

In this course, students will be expected to use a variety of methods to solve real-life, practical, technical and theoretical problems.  Topics include: relations and formulas, income and debt, data analysis and interpretation, measurement technology, owning and operating a vehicle, personal income tax, applications of probability, and business plans.

 

WORKPLACE MATH 11

Prerequisite:     WORKPLACE Math 10 or FPC Math 10 with minimum 60%

This course focuses on math topics that are useful in our daily tasks and in many of the trade careers.  Topics include unit conversion, money and currency, measurement and some trigonometry. The course is intended for students who are planning to enter a career in the trades or who do not expect to pursue post-secondary studies related to math.

 

PRE-CALCULUS 12

Prerequisite:     Pre-Calculus 11 with minimum 73%

This course is intended for those students with a keen interest in math that will likely continue their studies in math or science.  The topics covered include: trigonometry, exponential and logarithmic functions, geometric sequences and series, translations, conic sections, probability, statistics, combinations and problem solving.

 

FOUNDATIONS OF MATHEMATICS 12    

Prerequisite:    Foundations of Mathematics 11

In this course, students will be expected to use a variety of methods to solve real-life, practical, technical and theoretical problems.  Topics include: relations and formulas, income and debt, data analysis and interpretation, measurement technology, owning and operating a vehicle, personal income tax, applications of probability, and business plans.

 

AP CALCULUS 12

Prerequisite:   Pre-Calculus 12 with a minimum 73%

This calculus course is designed to provide interested students with a solid background in order to make the transition to university or college mathematics easier.  It is recommended that students achieve at least a B in Math 11 Pre-Calculus and Math 12 Pre-Calculus before they attempt calculus.  Concepts in both differential and integral calculus are investigated. .

 

  • Strongly recommended for students pursuing post-secondary Science.

 

 

SCIENCE COURSES

SCIENCE 10

The purpose of the junior science program is to introduce students to all disciplines associated with science. In Science 10 the following areas are stressed: Life Science: looks at the building blocks of life, the call and the diversity of life through the study of genetics. Physical Science: continuation of the science 9 course with regards to chemicals and reactions; in depth look at electricity and magnetism and how it affects our daily lives; radioactivity. Earth and Space Science: earth forces.

 

LIFE SCIENCE 11

This course is an introductory biology course that focuses on the three themes of Cell Biology, Evolutionary Processes and Classification Features of the 6 kingdoms. It is intended for students who may be planning to pursue a degree in the life sciences or related fields and includes an introduction of content necessary for the both Grade 12 Anatomy and Physiology and first year biology.  Students should have a good understanding of grade 10 science, particularly the units on Genetics and Chemistry

 

BIOLOGY 12 (ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY 12)

Prerequisite:     Biology 11 or Chemistry 11 with Department Approval

This senior biology course is based on the three themes of Homeostasis, DNA and Gene Expression and Human Organ Systems. Topics covered include of cell chemistry and cell processes, digestion, respiration, circulation, circulation and the nervous, urinary and reproductive systems This course is intended for students who are planning to study Life or Health Science in university. Students are recommended to have completed  Chemistry 11 and Life Science 11.

 

CHEMISTRY 11

Prerequisite:     Math 10 and Science 10, minimum 70% average in each

This is an introductory course stressing lab skills, understanding of concepts and everyday applications for chemistry to the real world.  Major topics include: classification of matter, properties of substances, naming compounds, the periodic table, atomic structure, the mole concept, chemical reactions, using solutions and organic chemistry.

 

CHEMISTRY 12   

Prerequisite:     Chemistry 11 with minimum 70%

A more advanced course extending from Chemistry 11 and intended to prepare students for further study in a post secondary science program.  Math 12 should be taken concurrently. Topics include reaction kinetic, equilibrium, solubility, acids and bases, and electrochemistry.

 

PHYSICS 11

This course is required for students who intend to take Physics 12 and is essential for students who intend to pursue a career in technical fields such as engineering or applied sciences.  Topics to be studied include motion, forces, energy, electric circuits, and waves (sound and light). There is a mathematical component to this course.

 

PHYSICS 12    

Prerequisite:     Math 11 & Physics 11 with minimum 70%

This course is especially geared towards those students intending to follow studies in electronics, engineering or various applied technician programs.  Topics covered are; vectors, graphical analysis, momentum, equilibrium systems, circular motion and gravity, electromagnetism, electrostatics and special relativity. There is a mathematical component to this course.

 

SCIENCE FOR CITIZENS 11

This is a general interest course designed for students who are not intending to pursue science after high school. Topics include the role of science in our everyday lives, relating First Peoples principles and practices of the science to the world around us, applications of scientific technology in the workplace, and the use of scientific principles in making decisions about the impact on the environmental and global systems. Students should have completed Science 10.

SOCIALS COURSES

SOCIAL STUDIES 10

Prerequisite:     Social Studies 9.

Social Studies 10 is a required academic course for grade 10 students. The course includes a survey of Canadian history from the conclusion of the War of 1812 to the turn of the century. Key topics include the drive for responsible government, Confederation and the “Establishment of the West”. An in-depth study of the history of British Columbia includes BC’s key economic activities. There is also a geographic component examining the physiographic regions of Canada. Current events are also an important component.

 

SOCIAL STUDIES 11: EXPLORATIONS

Prerequisites: Social Studies 10.

Social Studies 11 is designed to strengthen students’ understanding of what it means to be a conscious citizen, responsible human being and an active member of the community. In this course, students will examine past and present global issues in topics such as Human Geography, Political Studies, Social Justice, and Genocides.  Students will explore issues within this course by using the 6 Big Historical Thinking Concepts as a framework for investigation and critical thinking.

 

COMPARATIVE CULTURES 12

Prerequisite:  Explorations in Social Studies 11 (may be taken concurrently)

Comparative Cultures 12 is a survey course designed to provide an overview various cultures through time. Focus will be placed on gaining understanding of institutions (political, social, and economic structures), belief systems/values, daily life, gender roles, power and authority, and artwork. Through these areas of focus students will broaden their perspectives and advance their skills of critical thinking and analysis.

 

PHYSICAL GEOGRAPHY 12

Prerequisite:     Socials Studies 11 OR 80% in Social Studies 10 and permission of the Department Head

Geography is a course that addresses both the physical and human-created systems of the world through the study of people, places, and environments.  In addition, this course examines current global issues affecting our planet such as resource management, urban development, and climate change. Geography encourages students to interpret the landscape and understand the connections between people and their environment.  Through inquiry, case studies, and analysis; students will investigate and explore the world to gain a greater understanding of the “global village.”

 

20TH CENTURY WORLD HISTORY 12

Prerequisite:     Social Studies 11 with minimum 70% OR 80% in Social Studies 10 and permission of the Department Head

This course is an intense study of the issues and events that have shaped the twentieth century.  This course investigates such dynamic forces as liberalism, capitalism, communism, militarism, revolution, the Depression, the Cold War and the unrest in the Third World.  Current issues and events will be considered in the light of such forces and developments. The student considering this course should be seriously prepared to do extensive outside reading, writing and to participate in the seminars and discussions.  Many visual aids are used to supplement core material.

 

LAW STUDIES 12

Prerequisite:     Social Studies 11 (may be taken concurrently)

This course will introduce students to the study of law in Canada.  The main areas of study are: criminal law, tort law, family law and development of our legal system.  Students will also learn trial advocacy (trial skills) and argument techniques and will participate in a mock trial.

 

BA PSYCHOLOGY 12

This is a survey course of the general topics in the study of Psychology. Students will relate human behaviour to the structure and function of the brain and will explore such other areas as States of Consciousness, Learning, Memory, Abnormal Psychology and Sensation and Perception.

 

FRENCH COURSES

CORE FRENCH 10

French 10 is an intermediate course that builds on the work done in French 8 and 9 and encourages students’ active participation in increasing their functional level of French language. By the end of Grade 10, students should be able to use a range of useful vocabulary and expressions for a variety of spoken and written tasks such as communicating needs, desires, emotions or how to do something. Students should also be able to link statements in past, present and future tenses in both oral and written presentations.

 

CORE FRENCH 11

Prerequisite:     French 10 with minimum 70%

This course is a continuation of the French 10 course.  Emphasis will be placed on communication in French through development of the four language skills: speaking, writing, reading and listening comprehension.  Course work will include the study of cultural influences, authentic French documents, literature, music and videos. New verb tenses and various grammatical structures will be studied.

*A language 11 is required for admission to first year at some universities.

 

CORE FRENCH 12   

Prerequisite:     French 11 with minimum 70%

This course is a continuation of the French 11 course.  As well as consolidating and refining the skills of French 11, particularly in the areas of reading and writing, new aspects of the language, such as the subjunctive, will be presented. Students of French 12 will be expected to clearly express their ideas in written French.

 

RELIGION COURSES

BA PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGION 10A

The major emphasis of the course is the study of Christian Morality. The students will be examining the key ideas of moral decision-making such as Natural Law, Conscience Formation, Sin and Virtues. The students will discuss basic moral concepts and their implications to the modern context. They will also examine gospel values being lived by local heroes and the development of Church teachings.

* This course is mandatory for all students in grade 10.  Participation in community service
and student retreats is a required part of this course.  

 

BA PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGION 11A

Prerequisite:    Religion 10

The Grade 11 Religion course focuses on the history of the Church. As such, it provides opportunities for students to delve into the many topics and issues which have arisen in the Life of the Church and discuss many important questions. Students will grow in their knowledge of classical thought, as well as in their abilities of historical analysis and this course will also expose them to the rich history of Catholic spirituality, and the many forms it can take.

* This course is mandatory for all students in grade 11.  Participation in community service
and student retreats is a required part of this course.  

 

BA PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGION 12A

Prerequisite:     Religion 11

The grade 12 Religion Course as drafted by the O.R.E. focuses on the themes of service prayer, self, apologetics.  There is a reexamination of our Lord Jesus Christ, including the Churches teaching of the Eucharist. The lay Christian and single vocations are also presented.  The problems of current moral issues and the challenges of being a Christian in an unbelieving world are studied.

* This course is mandatory for all students in grade 12.  Participation in community service
and student retreats is a required part of this course.

 

PHYSICAL EDUCATION COURSES

PHYSICAL AND HEALTH EDUCATION 10

This course is designed to assist students in becoming life long, healthy individuals. The course integrates physical activities such as softball, soccer, dance, badminton, basketball, lacrosse, rugby, volleyball and weight training, along with an active health examination. A ski trip is planned every year to give the students an opportunity to learn and develop a new skill.

 

PHYSICAL EDUCATION 11: ACTIVE LIVING

Prerequisite:     Grade 11 Standing

Provides students with the understanding, attitudes and abilities required to consciously maintain physical health throughout life when selecting exercises, physical activities and health habits.  This course encourages participation in extra-curricular and community programs to improve and maintain physical fitness and provides exposure to a wide variety of lifetime activities. The course also attempts to develop leadership skills through student involvement in organizing and choosing program content.  There will be a small community service component to this course.

*Note: $50 course fee is required

 

PHYSICAL EDUCATION 12: ACTIVE LIVING

Prerequisite:     Grade 12 Standing

Provides students with the understanding, attitudes and abilities required to consciously maintain physical health throughout life when selecting exercises, physical activities and health habits.  This course encourages participation in extra-curricular and community programs to improve and maintain physical fitness and provides exposure to a wide variety of lifetime activities. The course also attempts to develop leadership skills through student involvement in organizing and choosing program content.  There will be a small community service component to this course.

*Note: $50 course fee is required

 

PHYSICAL EDUCATION 11: FITNESS AND CONDITIONING

Provides students with the understanding, attitudes and abilities required to consciously maintain physical health throughout life when selecting exercises, physical activities and health habits.  This course focuses on how personal fitness can be maintained or enhanced through participation in a variety of activities at different intensity levels.  It will go through following proper training guidelines and techniques that can help students reach their health and fitness goals.  Students enrolling in this class must be ready to participate fully in each class and work towards fitness goals created specifically for them.

 

PHYSICAL EDUCATION 12: FITNESS AND CONDITIONING

Provides students with the understanding, attitudes and abilities required to consciously maintain physical health throughout life when selecting exercises, physical activities and health habits.  This course focuses on how personal fitness can be maintained or enhanced through participation in a variety of activities at different intensity levels.  It will go through following proper training guidelines and techniques that can help students reach their health and fitness goals.  Students enrolling in this class must be ready to participate fully in each class and work towards fitness goals created specifically for them.

 

ELECTIVE COURSES

ART STUDIO 10

Visual Arts is an advanced course for the serious art student who wants to build upon their creative skills. This course will examine the impact of modernism upon the Artist and their artwork in the 20th and 21st centuries. Students will explore the Elements and Principles of Design through a series of projects in a variety of media. A portfolio will be created at the conclusion of this course for those students who desire to further their visual arts experience in a Post Secondary setting.

 

ART STUDIO 11 and 12

With a focus on visual communication, students will be given the opportunity to develop skills and techniques with various two and three dimensional media which will assist their efforts to convey artistic intent. Classwork is a balance of technical development and creative training and extended projects are a marriage of the two.  Students are encouraged to develop innovative thinking and problem solving strategies to various design challenges and recognize that refining artistic expression requires perseverance, resilience and risk taking.

 

COMPUTER STUDIES 10

Information Technology 10 is an introductory course that allows students to prepare for the challenges of ICT 11 and 12. Students will be introduced to basic computing concepts, HTML, graphics and programming.

 

COMPUTER PROGRAMMING 11

This is a course designed to increase your knowledge and skills in using computers for typical school, business and personal uses.  Choose modules in Word Processing, Spreadsheets, Databases, Web page design and basic graphics, and programming.

 

COMPUTER PROGRAMMING 12

Prerequisite: Computer Programming 11

Based on your proven abilities and interests, we can design a course to develop your skills further in programming, web or graphic design, or office applications.

 

CREATIVE WRITING 12

A course designed to provide opportunities for those who enjoy writing for pleasure and for those who need to concentrate on further developing creative writing skills. Students will study the importance of narratives to the human heart, explore the various elements of storytelling, and will participate every class in writing short stories, poetry, journaling, and scriptwriting.

 

DRAMA 10/11/12

These courses are designed to help students to begin to understand the concepts of style and context. A significant emphasis will be placed on the level of activity of the student within the class projects. Students will have the opportunity to utilize their skills through participation in extra-curricular performances. By taking either of these courses, students will satisfy graduation requirements for fine arts.

 

FOOD STUDIES 10

Foods10 introduces students to general principles of food theory that are applied with an emphasis on nutrition and time management. Students will learn to select and use appropriate equipment to complete food projects in a safe manner. They will use recipes and collect ingredients using professional measuring techniques and baking or cooking principles for food preparation. In addition, students will study the significance of nutrients and dietary requirements using Canada’s Food Guide.

 

FOOD STUDIES 11

This is a course for you if you love to cook and want to learn about unique food preparations and techniques! Foods 11 will provide you with the opportunity to plan, prepare, and enjoy a variety of delicious foods while applying key concepts of healthy eating. Students will also learn about food borne illnesses, eating disorders, nutrients, and how to live a healthy lifestyle. The hands on application of this course gives students plenty of opportunity to practice the theory they learn in practical applications.

 

FOOD STUDIES 12

 

INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC 10

This course meets the learning outcomes of the Music 10 IRP for Concert Band. It will also facilitate the student to gather knowledge and materials for their graduation portfolio and develop the ability to articulate musical competency, performance skills and literacy.

 

INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC 11/12 (BAND)

Students will continue developing their music skills from Band 10. Music history, theory, stylistic skill analysis and instrumental technique will be taught in more depth. Students will be able to gather knowledge and materials for their graduation portfolio.

 

MARKETING AND PROMOTION 11

This course is designed to give students an introductory look at how businesses plan, price, promote and distribute products or services.  While we will be exploring marketing theory in this course, a large percentage of class time and the students evaluation will focus on hands-on activity based assignments and projects.

 

PHOTOGRAPHY 11

This course introduces the student to explore black and white film photography.  It is an intensive, hands-on technical experience of manipulating 35mm camera operations, processing black and white film and working within the darkroom to enlarge negatives into silver gelatin prints.  Students will explore the history of the photographic image and be introduced to traditional and contemporary photographers.

*Students will be required to have a 35 mm (manual – not automatic or digital) SLR camera for this course.

 

PHOTOGRAPHY 12

Prerequisite:     Photography 11

Photography 12 concentrates on photography as an art form as well as a main contributor to the culture.  Using their cameras as their artistic tool and film as their medium, students will embark upon creating personally and socially expressive visual works.  Students will delve into the artistry of the darkroom with advanced processes and procedures.

*Students will be required to have a 35 mm (manual – not automatic or digital) SLR camera for this course.

 

GRADE 12  PEER TUTORING BLOCK

Grade 12 students with a heavy academic load may apply for Peer Tutoring 12. They will assist other students with their studies and gain valuable experience as peer assistants.

 

 

Questions?

Feel free to contact me at dfraser@stjohnbrebeuf.ca

The Academic Counselling Department

 At St. John Brebeuf our goal is to assist our students in pursuing post-secondary options and workplace options that are best-suited to their interests and aptitudes. To support our students along this path we provide academic counselling and career planning through the Academic Counselling Department. The Department is open on an appointment or drop-in basis throughout the day to assist students with course selections, career planning, university, college or trades program research and general academic support. Together, the Academic Counselling Department and Learning Centre coordinate a highly effective Peer Tutoring program in which senior students provide academic assistance to other students in the school. The Academic Counselling Department also provides information on external and internal scholarships and external testing (TOEFL, SAT, ACT, etc.) and assists students with work experience placements.