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Preliminary Year Courses 2012-13

Successful completion of the Preliminary Year program requires a PASS standing in Interdisciplinary Studies 0015 and passing grade (50% or higher) in 5.0 full
course equivalents chosen from the list below:

Students enrolled in this program are required to register in:

Success in the University Environment
This course is designed to provide students who are registered in the Brescia University College Preliminary Year with opportunities to learn new abilities and
upgrade skills needed to achieve success in the university environment. Successful completion of Interdisciplinary Studies 0015 is required to pass
Preliminary Year at Brescia.
1.0 lecture hours

In addition to the above required course, students choose 5.0 courses from the following list of courses:

Biological Systems
In-depth study of the concepts and processes in biological systems. Students will study theory and conduct investigations in the areas of biochemistry,
metabolic processes, molecular genetics, homeostasis, and population dynamics. Emphasis will be placed on the development of skills and knowledge needed for
further study in Biology and related fields.
2 lecture hours, 3 laboratory/tutorial hours, 1.0 course

Introductory Chemistry
This course is equivalent to 12U/OAC level chemistry, studying the nature of scientific activity and the explanation of chemical reactions, modern atomic
theory and molecular structure.
2 lecture hours, 3 laboratory hours, 1.0 course

Literature and Composition

This course is designed to introduce the student to the study of literature, including poetry, short stories, novels, and plays. This course will encourage a critical approach to literature, with special attention essay
writing skills.
3 lecture hours, 1.0 course

Intensive French

Grammar, composition, oral practice. This course is designed for students beginning French, or having a limited knowledge of French.
4 lecture hours, 1 laboratory hour, 1.0 course

Fundamentals of Geography

A systematic descriptive introduction to the diverse elements of landscape including geomorphic, climatic, and biotic elements, human settlement and land-use patterns; cartographic approaches to the analysis of selected processes of landscape change; an introduction to the synthesis of elements and processes
in spatial systems models.
3 lecture hours, 1.0 course

Primer on Leadership

An introduction to various aspects of the study of leadership, with an emphasis on the theory and practice of leadership
3 lecture hours, 0.5 course

Students interested in pursuing degree in Business are advised to enroll in two of Math 0105a/b, Math 0110a/b, Math 1229a/b

Precalculus Mathematics
Set theory, functions and relations, trigonometry, logarithms and exponents.
3 lecture hours, 0.5 course

Introductory Calculus

Introduction to differential calculus including limits, continuity, definition of derivative, rules for differentiation, implicit differentiation, velocity, acceleration, related rates, maxima and minima, exponential functions, logarithmic functions,
differentiation of exponential and logarithmic functions, curve sketching.
3 lecture hours, 0.5 course

Methods of Matrix Algebra

Matrix algebra including vectors and matrices, linear equations, determinants. This course is intended primarily for students in the Social Sciences, but may
meet minimum requirements for some Biological or Basic Medical Sciences modules.
3 lecture hours, 0.5 course

Religious Quests in the Twentieth Century

An introduction to Religious Studies based on autobiographies and/or biographies of twentieth century persons representing different religious
perspectives and walks of life. Lectures, discussions of written materials and films.
2 lecture hours, 1 seminar hour, 1.0 course

Individual and Society

Focusing on the relationship between individuals and society, this course will provide students with a critical introduction to the themes of society, culture, diversity and identity.
3 lecture hours, 1.0 course

Spanish for Beginners

Introduction to understanding, speaking, reading, and writing Spanish with emphasis on oral skills. Intended for students with little or no previous knowledge of Spanish
4.0 hours, 1.0 course

WRITING 0012F (Fall)
Introduction to Advanced Academic Writing

in English for Multilingual Students This course will introduce multilingual students who have a good knowledge of academic essay format to those rhetorical and format-based skills necessary for advanced level writing in the
disciplines. The course will discuss the readerwriter- message triangle as it applies to different writing forms within the academy. It is designed to help multilingual students develop the linguistic, rhetorical, and strategic competencies that they will need to succeed in advanced academic courses at
the undergraduate level, and incorporates discussion of those issues that are culturally relevant to a Canadian academic community.
3 lecture hours, 0.5 course.

WRITING 1020G (Winter)
Writing: Introduction to University Essay Writing
(permission of Academic Advisor required)
A practical introduction to the basics of successful academic writing, designed for first-year students in all disciplines. Topics will range from grammar, sentence structure, and paragraphing to the principles of scholarly argument and research.
3 lecture/tutorial hours, 0.5 course.