Akademia is a first year program designed to appeal to students with academic strength and interest in the arts, social sciences and sciences. This integrated arts and science program provides a strong educational experience while simultaneously allowing for the completion of the basic courses of the first year of the B.A. or B.SC. program.
The program is intended to facilitate the achievement of the University's Learning Objectives (described in Section II) and to enhance the first year experience of entering students by addressing their learning needs and aiding in the transition to the university environment. The structure of the program, with its combination of arts and science elements, and the design and presentation of the courses will contribute to the student's achievement of the Learning Objectives. Involvement with a living learning centre will contribute to personal, social and intellectual growth.
More specific aims of the Akademia program are a) to stimulate intellectual curiosity, b) to explore connections between educational experience, while simultaneously preparing for entry into the chosen specialization, and c) to develop strategies and skills for success in meeting the challenges of transition from secondary school to university.
Akademia students will be offered accommodation in one residence area which serves as headquarters for the program. Residence facilities include a common room used by faculty, staff and students for program activities and informal gatherings. This living learning dimension contributes to the integration of academic and personal learning.
Akademia is a special study opportunity for first year students. It is not itself a degree program, although the courses taken in Akademia will normally count towards those required for a particular degree program. Students selecting the Akademia program will also elect either the B.A. or B.Sc. program at the time of application to the University, and upon completion of the 2 Akademia semesters will, assuming that all continuation of studies regulations have been complied with, proceed directly into semester 3 of the degree program originally selected. Alternatively, students may apply for transfer into other degree programs using the procedure described in Section VIII, Transfer of Program, in this calendar.
The curriculum offers special courses, available only to Akademia students, which integrate approaches from the arts and science. These courses are taught by faculty members from arts, humanities, social science, and science departments, and usually focus on social, ethical, environmental, and other issues of current concern. The list of available integrated courses changes each year. In addition, regular courses in arts and social science (english, history, philosophy, psychology, sociology), and science (calculus, chemistry, microbiology, physics, zoology) are required. Full details of the program requirements are given in the Akademia Program Guide, available from the program counsellor (see below). Reference should also be made to the schedule of studies for Akademia which appears under the degree program information for the B.A. and B.Sc. degrees in Section IX.
The successful completion of the Akademia program, and the orderly transition to the B.A. or B.Sc. program in Semester 3, depends in part on personal academic counselling at all stages of the academic year. For further information from the program counsellor, or the director of the program call extension 2140. The Co-Directors can be reached at extension 3609.
The Career Development Practitioner program is offered jointly by the University of Guelph and Conestoga College. The intent of the program is to provide excellent preparation for career development practitioners for their role as career counsellors in developing a nation of individuals who are best able to compete in the global marketplace.
The program allows participants to complete concurrently both a B.A. from the University of Guelph as well as the Conestoga College Career Development Practitioner Certificate. The Conestoga College Certificate consists of 11 courses, all offered via the distance format. The University of Guelph will accept into the Bachelor of Arts degree, the articulated transfer of 2.50 credits from the Conestoga College Certificate. The remaining university level requirements consist of 5.00 credits, delivered through classroom format, distance format, or through a combination of both delivery methods. Please contact the program advisor, Prof. J. Mottin, Psychology, for further details.
College Level Required Courses
All of the following Conestoga College Career Development Practitioner Certificate courses are available via the distance education format:
University Level Required Courses
ISS*2500 [0.50] Management in Organizations
PSYC*1200 [0.50] Dynamics of Behaviour
PSYC*2010 [0.50] Quantification in Psychology
PSYC*3250 [0.50] Psychological Measurement(H)
SOAN*2040 [0.50] Sociology of Work
SOC*1100 [0.50] Sociology
XCST*2000 [0.50] Career Counselling and Development
1 of the following:
PSYC*3070 [0.50] Psychology in Human Resources Management
PSYC*3080 [0.50] Organizational Psychology
1 of the following:
ECON*1100 [0.50] Introductory Macroeconomics
ECON*1200 [0.50] Introductory Microeconomics
1 of the following:
PSYC*2360 [0.50] Introductory Research Methods
SOAN*2120 [0.50] Introductory Methods
The University offers certificate and diploma programs in Applied Statistics, Computing and Information Science, Food Science, and Public Policy and Administration. These programs are designed for those who want to develop or upgrade skills in one of these areas without necessarily proceeding towards a three or four year degree program. These programs may be completed on a part time basis over a period of time.
A Collaborative Diploma in Public/Private Sector Administration, offered jointly with Mohawk College, is also available. Consult the Faculty of Business and Communication at Mohawk for further details. Those interested in entering certificate and diploma programs should apply to Admissions. Applicants who already have a degree should apply to the degree program in which they were previously registered.
Up to 50% of the requirements for a degree-credit certificate can be applied towards a degree program specialization in order to hold both a degree with a specialization and a specialized certificate.
The Certificate in Computing and Information Science program is offered by the Department of Computing and Information Science. The program is usually completed on a part-time basis taking one or two courses per semester. Normally students will require 3-4 years to complete the program.
The certificate program is aimed at students who either have a formal university education in an area other than computer science or have been working in computer related areas but who have no academic background in computer science. All applicants are required to have an interview with the program co ordinator in the Department of Computing and Information Science before enrolling. Students may be asked to take a qualifying exam for direct entry into CIS*1700.
Students who expect to transfer to a degree program in Computing and Information Science should note the admission requirements as stated at the beginning of the relevant schedules of study.
Students interested in entering the Certificate in Computing and Information Science program should apply for the General Studies program if they do not have a university degree, or to Unclassified if they already have a university degree.
Among the 9 courses required for the certificate, the student must include 6 required courses and 3 restricted electives.
The sequence of courses chosen must comply with the prerequisites for each course. Consult with the program coordinator for assistance.
CIS*1650 [0.50] Foundations of Programming
CIS*2650 [0.50] Introduction to Computing and Information Science
CIS*1900 [0.50] Discrete Structures in Computer Science
CIS*2420 [0.50] Data Structures
CIS*2450 [0.50] Introduction to Information Processing
IPS*2010 [0.50] Structure and Application of Microcomputers
CIS*3110 [0.50] Operating Systems
CIS*3120 [0.50] Digital Systems
CIS*3200 [0.50] Software Engineering
CIS*3430 [0.50] System Analysis and Design in Applications
CIS*3490 [0.50] The Analysis and Design of Computer Algorithms
CIS*3530 [0.50] Data Base Systems and Concepts
The Certificate in Food Science program is offered by the Department of Food Science in a distance education mode. Normally, learners will require two years to complete the process. The certificate program is aimed at upgrading individuals who either have a formal university education in an area other than Food Science or have been working in Food Science-related areas but who have no academic background in Food Science. The certificate program concentrates on the chemistry, analysis, microbiology and processing of foods, and on the maintenance of food safety and quality throughout. All courses are offered in an interactive format via the internet.
Individuals interested in entering the Certificate in Food Science program should enrol in the Open Learning program through the Office of Open Learning. Post-secondary courses in microbiology and chemistry are pre-requisites for entrance into the program.
The core courses of the program cannot be used as substitutes for core courses or restricted electives in the B.Sc. Food Science Major.
FOOD*2010 [0.50] Principles of Food Science
FOOD*2400 [0.50] Introduction to Food Chemistry
FOOD*2410 [0.50] Introduction to Food Processing
FOOD*2420 [0.50] Introduction to Food Microbiology
FOOD*3430 [0.50] Introduction to Food Analysis
The Diploma in Applied Statistics is a program offered by the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, which seeks to give students of the Applied Sciences a technical competency in the use and application of Statistics.
The program is intended mainly for those whose primary area of expertise is not in Statistics, but who feel the need to be able to use modern statistical techniques. This program seeks to fill a need of scientists to reach a useful level of competency in the use of statistical methodology.
The program consists of 10 courses chosen from the following list. It is important to take into account the necessary prerequisites when determining the sequence in which the courses are taken. Consult an advisor from the department for assistance.
MATH*2080 [0.50] Elements of Calculus II
MATH*2150 [0.50] Applied Matrix Algebra
STAT*2040 [0.50] Statistics I
STAT*2050 [0.50] Statistics II
STAT*3100 [0.50] Introductory Mathematical Statistics I
STAT*3110 [0.50] Introductory Mathematical Statistics II
STAT*3210 [0.50] Experimental Design
STAT*3240 [0.50] Applied Regression Analysis
STAT*3320 [0.50] Sampling Theory with Applications
STAT*3510 [0.50] Environmental Risk Assessment
STAT*4050 [0.50] Topics in Applied Statistics I
STAT*4060 [0.50] Topics in Applied Statistics II
STAT*4080 [0.50] Data Analysis
STAT*4350 [0.50] Applied Multivariate Statistical Methods
STAT*4360 [0.50] Applied Time Series Analysis
STAT*4510 [0.50] Advanced Risk Analysis
The program is designed for those who wish to develop their skills in public sector management and public policy analysis. The requirement of 10 courses for the diploma is divided into 2 groups of courses: required courses; and elective courses. Courses taken for the diploma cannot be used for credit in other areas of study and vice versa. The diploma program is equivalent to a general area of concentration or minor honours for a B.A. degree.
Students are encouraged to consult the distance education coordinator in the Office of Open Learning or the Diploma in Public Policy and Administration program coordinator or Chair of the Department of Political Science with regard to the availability and on going development of distance education courses.
POLS*1400 [0.50] Public Management and Administration
POLS*2250 [0.50] Public Administration
POLS*3250 [0.50] Public Policy: Challenges and Prospects
POLS*3440 [0.50] Corruption, Scandal and Political Ethics
POLS*4250 [0.50] Problems in Public Administration and Public Policy
Electives - at least 2.50 credits must be chosen from the following:
POLS*2300 [0.50] Canadian Government
POLS*3110 [0.50] Politics of Ontario
POLS*3210 [0.50] The Constitution and Canadian Federalism
POLS*3270 [0.50] Local Government in Ontario
POLS*3280 [0.50] Modern Political Ideologies
POLS*3330 [0.50] Politics and Trade Liberalization in the Americas
POLS*3370 [0.50] Environmental Policy Formation and Administration
POLS*3470 [0.50] Business-Government Relations in Canada
POLS*3670 [0.50] Comparative Public Policy and Administration
Co-operative Education options are offered in 28 majors. Co-op provides eligible students with the opportunity to alternate semesters of academic study with semesters of paid work experience. The work experience is related to the student's academic program and/or career objectives. Admission can occur directly into semester 1 or in-course (but not beyond Academic Semester 3).
For further details refer to information on Co-operative Education in Section X. Course requirements and work study sequences for specific majors are listed under the appropriate degree program in Section X.
The Distance Education program, administered by the Office of Open Learning, supports the departments in offering degree credit courses to students who choose to study independently. Generally, each course comes with a manual that may be accompanied by videotapes, audiotapes, audio CD's, computer diskettes, CD-ROMs, etc., depending on the nature of the course. As well, many courses incorporate computer conferencing, e-mail, listservs, computer-based quizzes, and the use of the Internet. Many courses are offered via the World Wide Web. Distance education provides a contemporary means through which the University of Guelph continues its tradition of outreach and open learning opportunities.
Students may take distance education courses for a variety of reasons including: distance courses providing flexibility in designing their own study schedule; allowing them to avoid timetable conflicts; allowing them an opportunity to acquire credits while away on summer break or on a co-op job placement; courses only offered via distance in a given semester; preferring to learn via distance education.
The University of Guelph recognizes the importance of distance learning and is committed to providing opportunities for the off-campus learner. A wide range of subject areas and course levels are available.
The following is a list of the courses that are offered in the distance format in selected semesters. When selecting these courses, section DE must be specified to indicate the distance education offering. Please consult Section XII--Description of Courses for course descriptions. Because additional courses are constantly being developed, please consult the Office of Open Learning, Room 160, Johnston Hall, 767-5000, email: firstname.lastname@example.org for an updated listing on courses available by distance education and when they are scheduled to be offered. Course listings are also available at www.open.uoguelph.ca.
Note: Getting ready for Calculus, a non-degree credit preparatory course, is also offered via distance education.
Note: Please check with the Office of Open Learning regarding the technology and resource requirements (e.g. computer, modem, VCR, audio cassette recorder etc.) for the specific course(s) in which you are interested.
The courses have been designed and written by experts to meet rigorous standards. Clusters of courses are offered from selected areas of specialization within the University.
The Diploma in Public Policy and Administration, the Certificate in Food Science and the Career Development Practitioner Certificate are also offered in the distance education mode. (See Certificates and Diplomas in this section for further information).
The objective of the General Studies program is to provide mature students with the opportunity to take university courses before registering in a specific degree program or to take university courses for continued learning with no immediate intention of registering in a degree program. The General Studies program does not lead towards a specific undergraduate degree at the University of Guelph. Initially, students register for part time studies only.
Schedule of Studies
Students are advised to refer to Section VI-Schedule of Fees.
General Studies students can obtain counselling for selecting courses, and planning their future program from the B.A. Counselling Office located in Room 052 MacKinnon Building. Prospective students should contact the Admissions Section of the Office of the Registrar.
Students are referred to Section VIII-Undergraduate Degree Regulations for additional information regarding registration, course selection, withdrawal from study, continuation of study, examination policy and requests for academic consideration.
Students registered in 3 or more courses of the General Studies program are eligible to apply to the Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) if an Ontario resident. Students who are residents of other provinces must apply to their home province for financial assistance. General Studies students are eligible to apply for OSAP assistance for a maximum of 2 semesters. General Studies students who transfer to a degree program may continue to apply for OSAP.
The University of Guelph offers graduate programs in most departments and schools. These post-baccalaureate programs offer opportunities for personal, academic and professional growth. Students with a 70% average or higher should consider and investigate these options, beginning no later than their third undergraduate year. Decisions regarding the desired area of study and pursuit of scholarship support require forethought and planning. Information, application forms, and counselling are available through the graduate coordinators of each department/school. Students are also welcome to visit the Office of Graduate Program Services, Level 3, University Centre.
The University of Guelph offers opportunities for qualified students to do graduate work leading to the Master of Arts (M.A.), Master of Science (M.Sc.), Master of Landscape Architecture (M.L.A.), Master of Engineering (M. Eng.), Master of Science in Aquaculture (M.Sc. Aquaculture), Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.), Master of Fine Art (M.F.A.), Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), and Doctor of Veterinary Science (D.V.Sc.) degrees.
The University of Guelph offers many interdisciplinary programs that cross departmental and college boundaries. In addition, specific courses and specializations have been modelled on an interdisciplinary approach to the topic or subject area.
Courses with an interdisciplinary approach and content are listed in Section XII under the following headings: Humanities, Physical Science, and Social Science as well as Interdisciplinary University Courses.
The following list of specializations is not intended to represent all the university's interdisciplinary initiatives. Instead it identifies those specializations that involve a significant degree of collaboration between departments or colleges. For further details, refer to the appropriate undergraduate degree program information in Section IX.
Bachelor of Arts
Bachelor of Science (Biological Science)
Bachelor of Science in Environmental Sciences
Bachelor of Commerce
The University of Guelph serves the learning needs of people of all ages whose educational requirements may not match the program structure or services available through full-time undergraduate study. The adoption of the philosophy of lifelong learning, changes in the demographic characteristics of our communities, the explosion of new knowledge, and the effect of rapid technological advances on professional competence are major factors underlying the University's commitment towards alternative approaches to providing education through open learning.
The Office of Open Learning
The Office of Open Learning is the institutional focus for distance education, continuing education, the Open Learning program. As such, the Office supports departments in the development and delivery of open learning activities. Courses and programs cover a broad spectrum of learning needs which include professional updating programs and general interest/knowledge enhancing courses.
The Open Learning Program
The Open Learning program is an open admission distance-only part time mode of study that provides access to degree-credit university courses for individuals who wish to study independently but are not interested in pursuing a degree at the University of Guelph at the present time. You may register in the Open Learning program, even if you are in another program or are registered at another educational institution. The Open Learning program extends the academic resources of the University to those interested in personal enrichment, professional updating, or eventual application to a degree program.
Open Learning program students must complete the same assignments and examinations as those in degree programs and are evaluated using the same standards. Upon successful completion of a course, learners receive the same credit weight for courses as would apply to courses taken within the degree program.
Individuals wanting to shift from the Open Learning program to a B.A. program will be guaranteed admission provided that they complete a minimum of 2.00 credits with a minimum 70 percent cumulative average. Students who complete a minimum of four courses with a cumulative average between
60.00 and 69.99 percent may apply for admission consideration to the B.A. Admissions Committee. Applicants are advised to complete 2 courses (1.00 credit) from the College of Arts and 2 courses (1.00 credit) in the Social Sciences.
Continuing Education Option
Those not interested in receiving credit for a course may register as a continuing education student. Learners taking courses in this way are not required to complete assignments or related exams.
Further information is available from the Office of Open Learning, Room 160 Johnston Hall, by e-mail: email@example.com, by phone (519) 767-5000 or at www.open.uoguelph.ca.
Open Learning Program Courses
(Refer to Certificates & Diplomas in this section for descriptions or contact the Office of Open Learning.)
*please check with the Office of Open Learning regarding the technology and resource requirements (e.g. computer, modem, VCR, audio cassette recorder, etc.) for the specific course(s) in which you are interested
Open Learning Program Scholarships
The Malik Scholarship
Awarded in honor of retired faculty member Professor Henrick Malik, of
the Department of Mathematics and Statistics in the College of Physical
and Engineering Science. Qualifications: A student in the Open Learning
program who achieves the highest mark in a given year in the distance
education course Statistics for Business Decisions (STAT*2060*DE)
Amount: One award of $150
The Office of Open Learning facilitates the delivery of degree credit courses to students who are typically off-campus or wish to take a distance course in order to accommodate their schedule. The Office of Open Learning assists in course development and preparation and is the focal point of this activity by providing information, student support, and administration. Please refer to the Distance Education heading in this section for the listing of courses offered through the distance format.
Calendars and brochures outlining complete details of activities are available from the Office of Open Learning, Room 153 Johnston Hall, 767-5000, firstname.lastname@example.org, or at www.open.uoguelph.ca.
The Office of Open Learning annually offers over 70 professional development programs, courses, conferences, and certificates in collaboration with academic departments and/or professional organizations. For detailed information on learning opportunities offered by the Office of Open Learning contact us at tel: (519) 767-5000; fax (519) 767-1114; e-mail: email@example.com; website: www.open.uoguelph.ca; or visit us in room 160 Johnston Hall.
Diploma in Human Resources Management
Human resources management is a system of interrelated activities such as training and development, compensation management, and labour relations that work towards satisfying organizational goals and objectives. Typically, managers in smaller organizations are responsible for these activities in addition to other operational responsibilities. In larger organizations, the human resources department generally has subject specialists who oversee each function area. Regardless of how the system of activities is administered, individuals responsible for managing a group of employees should have a practical understanding of management tools and techniques to effectively work with the most important resource in their organizations - their people.
The Diploma in Human Resources Management program provides essential management foundation skills and knowledge with particular emphasis on relating practitioner principles, policies and procedures to "real world" situations. This program consists of ten courses and is designed to meet the learning needs of individuals who currently work in a human resources environment or who have ambition to do so. The required courses are:
One of the following two courses through Open Learning:
Certificate Program in Managing People at Work
Effective and efficient managers get things done through and with the help of others. Successful managers are leaders who know how to work with people in meeting organizational goals and objectives. These managers have the right set of supervisory / management skills, knowledge and attitudes which are critical for positive rewards and results. The Certificate Program in Managing People at Work is designed to provide training to individuals who are newly appointed or aspiring managers in organizations. The Certificate program is comprised of the following 5 courses:
Certificate Program in Dispute Resolution
Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) processes include mediation, arbitration and negotiation which replace traditional formal processes of litigation and adjudication. This Certificate program will is designed for those wishing to learn the theory and skills necessary to settle disputes rapidly and privately in a world that is stratified by income, education, race/ethnicity, age and gender.
Electives (Choose one of):
Certificate Program In Couple & Family Therapy Studies
(co-sponsored by the Ontario Association for Marriage and Family Therapy)
The Certificate in Couple and Family Therapy Studies is designed to provide practising therapists with specialized training and updating in the needs, problems and changing patterns of couple and family relationships. Systems theory is the primary, although not the only, theoretical orientation within the program. Attention to issues of gender, race, class, ethnicity and culture underlies all aspects of the program. Most program faculty are clinical members of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) and AAMFT-approved supervisors.
Courses in this program are designed to meet the education requirements for Clinical Membership in the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. All courses are delivered at a level of rigour equivalent to that of a Master's degree and require completion of a formal evaluation component, marked according to University of Guelph grading standards. Individuals successfully completing the required course of study will receive the Certificate in Couple and Family Therapy Studies from the University of Guelph. While completion of all six courses in the certificate program is encouraged, students are welcome to take courses for general interest or specific upgrading, provided they have adequate background and/or preparation.
Elective Courses (Choose 3):
English Language Certificate Program
The University of Guelph's English Language Certificate Program is designed for Academic Studies and Corporate Training.
Academic english prepares the student for university studies by focusing on the development of specific academic skills required for a successful university education. The english proficiency requirements of the English Language Program include grammar, conversation, comprehension, presentation and TOEFL preparation.
The Corporate Training English Program has been developed in response to the growing needs of a global economy and to facilitate english language training in a job related environment. The program which is industry and discipline specific is also available "On Site" in host countries in order to meet the human resources requirements in a more cost effective manner. For more information please consult the Open Learning web-site at www.open.uoguelph.ca/english.
Professional Association Affiliations
Several courses have been approved by the following associations and may be applied to each association's respective professional programs:
Because the university operates on a three semester system, a broad range of course offerings is available in the Summer Semester (May to August). During the summer months, degree credit courses are offered in a variety of formats to meet the needs of full-time and part-time students both on-campus and off-campus. In addition to regular semester courses running from May to August, there are 2 summer sessions (May June and July August) when degree courses are offered in a six week format. For scheduling information consult the Undergraduate Timetable, available from the Academic Records Section, in the University Centre, Level 3.
Distance education opportunities are also available during the summer. For further details, contact the Office of Open Learning in Johnston Hall.