University of Guelph

1996-97 Undergraduate Calendar


XIV--General Information

Continuing Education

The University of Guelph serves the learning needs of people of all ages whose educational requirements may not fit the program structure or services available through full time undergraduate study. The gradual adoption of the philosophy of lifelong learning, changes in the demographic characteristics of our communities, and the effect of rapid technological advances on professional competence are major factors underlining the University's commitment toward alternative approaches to providing education.

The Office of Continuing Education is the institutional focus for non-degree professional development and general interest. It provides non traditional learning opportunities for those who are not interested in pursuing degree studies and who have specific educational objectives. Courses and programs cover a broad spectrum of learning needs which include professional updating programs and general interest/knowledge enhancement courses. Generally, and with the exception of the certificate programs, continuing education courses have no entrance requirements, prerequisites or examinations.

Certificate Programs

The Office of Continuing Education offers six different certificate programs. Each program consists of five or six related, not for degree credit courses. Generally, courses are scheduled for one three hour evening class held once a week over a ten week period. Some classes are scheduled on Saturdays. Students are expected to do a reasonable amount of reading on their own in support of their courses. Those seeking certification are required to complete assignments and write examinations.

The Certificate Program for Child Care Administrators is available by distance only.

To qualify for a certificate, candidates must receive a passing grade in all of the required courses in the program of their choice and apply in writing to the Office of Continuing Education for certification.

Certificate Program in Human Resources Management

The Human Resources Management Certificate program provides essential foundation skills and knowledge of management and labour relations with particular emphasis on relating practitioner principles, policies and procedures to "real world" situations. This program is designed to improve participants' skills in dealing with people and is comprised of the following courses:

Certificate Program in Personnel Administration

How an organization identifies and utilizes its human resources will determine its prosperity and success; however, lasting success in times of rapid change depends on the acquisition of new skills and knowledge in all facets of personnel administration.

The Certificate Program in Personnel Administration focuses on effective human resources recruitment, management and administration and is comprised of the following courses:

Certificate Program in Managing People at Work

Effective management means getting things done right through others. Successful managers and supervisors are leaders who know how to resolve conflict, motivate others and build an effective and efficient team which gets results. With little or no training or experience, people often are called upon to manage others. The Certificate Program in Managing People at Work is designed to benefit aspiring and newly appointed managers as well as those with supervisory experience and is comprised of the following courses:

*Also available by distance education.

Certificate Program in Communication

Effective communication is essential for personal and professional growth. It inspires confidence and improves relationships with family, friends, colleagues and business associates. It reduces misunderstanding and suspicion and leads to new openness, clarity and mutual respect. Effective communication is a vital link between you and your goals. An effective communicator listens carefully, thinks clearly, speaks and writes with clarity and precision.

Core Courses (Required)

Elective Courses (Choose One)

* Also available by distance education ** Available by distance education only

Certificate Program for Child Care Administrators

The responsibilities of child care administrators are becoming increasingly complex. A foundation of management skills combined with knowledge of current legislation is necessary to establish, maintain, and promote a quality child care services. The distance study Certificate Program for Child Care Administrators will enable administrators to develop essential personnel, fiscal, and resource management skills, in the context of current regulations.

National Certificate Program in Voluntary and Non Profit Sector Management

Voluntary and non profit sector managers are required to administer increasingly complex organizations with limited resources. Professional management practice must be based on a comprehensive understanding of management concepts and the many features of practice unique to the non profit setting. The National Certificate Program in Voluntary and Non Profit Sector Management is designed to give managers the educational support they need to face this challenge.

The University of Guelph is one of seventeen universities across Canada offering this program. Developed by The Canadian Centre for Philanthropy and Ryerson Polytechnical Institute, the program has also benefited from the input of leaders and decision makers in the voluntary sector throughout the country.

Core Courses (Required)

Elective Courses (Choose Two)

For more specific information on any of the certificate programs listed above, or any other continuing education courses, please visit the Office of Continuing Education office in Room 159, Johnston Hall, or call 519 767 5000, FAX 519 767 0758.

The Distance Education Office

facilitates the delivery of several degree credit courses to students who are typically off campus. The division is the focal point of this activity, providing information, student support, course preparation, and administration. Calendars and brochures outlining complete details of each of the above programs and activities are available from Room 153, Johnston Hall, or call 519 767 5010.

The General Studies Office

is responsible for administering the General Studies program, which allows mature students to take degree credit courses on a part time basis. This Division works closely with the colleges to develop and promote day and evening programs of study, including degrees, diplomas and certificates. Call 519 824-4120, extension 2140 for more information.

Independent Study/O.A.C. Access

provides an accessible, flexible and open education program to self-directed adult learners. Clients have the opportunity to satisfy intellectual curiosity, to acquire new job skills, to accumulate academic credits and to improve professional standing in ornamental horticulture and landscaping, food and agriculture production and processing, the environment and animal care.

There are two diploma programs via distance study: the Ontario Diploma in Horticulture (ODH) and the Ontario Diploma in Agriculture (ODA) comprised of 15 courses, two qualifying examinations and a year of documented work experience.

There are three industry certification programs via distance study: the Grape and Wine program (3 courses); the Canadian Feed Industry Advisor program (5 courses): and the Accredited Animal Health Advisor program (5 courses).

Over 80 educational videotapes are available to supplement courses or as stand-alone learning without assessment. Selected Independent Study/OAC ACCESS courses are transferable to the Ontario Agricultural College's Associate Diploma program. Courses can also be taken for personal interest.

Independent Study/OAC ACCESS also works with the Office of Continuing Education in offering non-degree professional development courses in food, agriculture and horticulture.

Ontario Diploma in Horticulture Ontario Diploma in Agriculture

The Ontario Diploma in Horticulture (O.D.H.) and the Ontario Diploma in Agriculture (O.D.A.) are distance study programs administered by the Independent Study Division of the Ontario Agricultural College. These diploma programs provide adult learners, employed in or seeking employment in horticultural and agricultural industries, with opportunities to upgrade their educational qualifications. O.D.H. graduates work in the ornamental horticulture/ landscaping industry; O.D.A. graduates are employed as farm operators and in agribusiness. Students register throughout the year and courses are self paced.

Completion of the diploma program normally takes three to five years. Course packages contain manuals and audio/visual material and include all information necessary to complete the course. A program consists of required and elected courses. Students choose from over 75 courses in 10 different options.

In Horticulture, the options are: Ornamental Horticulture, Commercial Floriculture, Landscape Construction, Landscape Design, Landscape Maintenance, Nursery Operations, Park Horticulture, Turf Management and Urban Forestry. In Agriculture, the options is General Agriculture.


Registration is open to adults. There are no formal educational requirements. Related post secondary studies may be eligible for credit towards either diploma.

A handbook containing course descriptions, fee information, and student awards is available from Independent Study/OAC ACCESS, 010 Johnston Hall, or call 519 767 5050 or 1 800 263-4499.

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