2007-2008 University of Guelph Undergraduate Calendar

XI. Special Study Opportunities

Open Learning

Continuing Education

The Office of Open Learning annually offers over 100 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; email: info@open.uoguelph.ca; website: www.open.uoguelph.ca; or visit us in Johnston Hall Room 160.

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. 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 and the Ontario Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. 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. It is strongly recommended that students pursue a concurrent program of clinical practice and supervision. Prerequisite: A Bachelor's degree.

Required Courses

Theories & Methods of Family Therapy: Foundations of the Field

Theories & Methods: Post-Modern Models

Theories & Methods of Couple Therapy

Elective Courses (Choose 3)

Violence in Families

Intensive Sex Therapy Training Program

Families in Transition: Divorce, Single Parenting and Re-marriage

Change Strategies in Therapy

Research in Marriage and Family Therapy

Professional Issues in Marriage and Family Therapy

Family Therapy and Mental Health

Spirituality: A New Story in Couple and Family Therapy

Couple and Family Therapy with LGBT Clients and their Families

Systemic Approaches with the Addicted Client: Assessment and Intervention

For details and to apply visit http://www.open.uoguelph.ca/certcfts/.

Diploma in Agricultural Communications

The Diploma in Agricultural Communications is designed for students looking to strengthen their ability to communicate complex issues about agriculture, agri-food, the environment and life sciences. Students will enhance and develop skills through their studies, which incorporte communication theory and applied knowledge, resulting in a more effective communicator and professional.

Required Courses

Agricultural Communications Studio I

Agricultural Communications Studio II

Agricultural Communication Theory in Action

Ethics in Leadership

Agricultural Communication Internship

For details and to apply, please visit http://www.agcommunications.ca/.

Diploma in Human Resources Management

Human resources management is a system of interrelated activities including 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. Courses in the Diploma meet the HRPAO academic program requirements. This program consists of 10 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.

Required Courses

Human Resources Administration

Organization and Management

Finance and Accounting Concepts

Occupational Health and Safety

Salary Administration and Benefits

Training and Development

Human Resources Labour-Management Relations

Human Resource Planning

Recruitment and Selection

One of the following two courses by distance education:

PSYC*3070*DE [0.50] Psychology in Human Resource Management
PSYC*3080*DE [0.50] Organizational Psychology

For details and to apply, please see http://hr.open.uoguelph.ca/.

English Language Certificate Program

The English Language Certificate Program is an intensive academic English program designed to prepare ESL students aged 18 and over for academic study at the undergraduate and graduate level. Daily classes in grammar, reading, writing, listening and speaking help students achieve the advanced level English skill needed to be successful in academic studies. A student who successfully completes the Advanced level with an average of 75% earns the University of Guelph Certificate of English Proficiency. Applicants must have a minimum of intermediate level English skill, and have an academic goal to study at a university.

Academic Writing at the Graduate Level

This online course introduces future and current graduate students to the writing requirements of graduate study in a Western university. Students study and analyze different types (genres) of writing from the three disciplinary areas of arts, the physical and natural sciences, and the social sciences in order to better understand these texts' function, audience and organization. These texts include abstracts, research proposals and thesis chapters. Through a small selection of readings, students are also introduced to the cultural dimension of graduate study at a Western university.

Graduate Preparation Program

This intensive academic preparation program for graduate level students is designed to provide a bridge to academic and cultural life in a Western university. Classes in this two-semester program include: Academic Writing Skills, Research Skills, Oral Presentation Skills, Lecture Note-taking Skills, Critical Thinking Skills, Academic Culture and Environment, Teaching Skills for Graduate Assistants, Understanding Canadian Culture and Conversation Practice.

Academic Writing for Teachers of English as a Foreign Language (EFL), Level 1

This online course is designed to develop and improve the writing skills of English teachers who are not native English speakers, and who are teaching English writing to students planning to study in a Western university. This course takes a functional approach to developing EFL teachers' academic writing skills through the analysis of a number of short texts to learn about different types of academic texts and their purposes. Students develop the language used to describe, reason, analyze and evaluate in a supportive, interactive multimedia environment. The course includes a cultural component as students are introduced to the teaching and learning practices and general expectations of a Western university.

International Student Certificate Program

This one-year study abroad program is designed for international university students who do not qualify for traditional university exchange programs. The three-semester program can be configured in one of three combinations of English Language Certificate Program and Open Learning program. Participants must be an undergraduate university student in their home country and should have a letter of permission to study at the University of Guelph.

Equine Science Certificate

The Certificate consists of six distance education courses taken online. This program is designed to provide horse owners and those working in the equine industry with evidence-based knowledge to improve the health and performance of horses in their care.

The courses are as follows:

Management of the Equine Environment

Health and Disease Prevention

Growth and Development

Functional Anatomy

Equine Nutrition

Exercise Physiology

For details and to apply, please see http://www.equinesciencecertificate.com

Landscape/Horticulture Online Certificate Programs

The Landscape/Horticulture Online Certificate Programs include five certificates and over 25 online/web-based courses offered by distance education. Learners may enrol in one or more individual courses or study towards one or more of the certificates.

Creating Landscapes Certificate

The Creating Landscapes Certificate is designed to provide landscape designers, contractors and gardening enthusiasts with the training and skills necessary for creating desirable outdoor living environments. The program refers to historical influences on modern landscape design and discusses the Design Process. Other topics include management principles for operating a successful business, the physical properties and uses of landscape construction material, and incorporating computer technology in creating successful designs.

Required Courses:

Landscape Design I

Landscape Design II

Introduction to Landscape Construction

Landscape Plants or Introduction to Plant Identification

Computer Assisted Design

Business Management Principles

For details and to apply, please see http://www.horticulturecertificates.com/.

Maintaining Golf Courses Certificate

The Maintaining Golf Courses Certificate is designed to provide turf managers and golf superintendents with turf identification and management skills, insight into golf course design and construction techniques, tree care techniques and other best management practices related to the care of golf courses. Challenges such as maintaining healthy playing conditions while respecting environmental needs such as wildlife and water quality are also examined.

Required Courses:

Turf Management


Golf Course Design and Construction

Weed Management in Turf


Environmental Management of the Golf Course

For details and to apply, please see http://www.horticulturecertificates.com/.

The Horticulturist Certificate

This online certificate is designed especially for gardeners wishing to enhance their knowledge and skills relating to the residential garden environment. The impact of soil conditions are a critical aspect of this study program. Basic horticulture and botany are discussed as are principles of plant care for ensuring optimum health. Students will learn about common plant pests and diseases and their effective treatments. They will begin to create beautiful and hardy landscapes through innovative residential garden design tactics and strategies.

Required Courses:

Cultural Practices for Plants

Introduction to Plant Identification or Landscape Plants

Designing the Landscape

Ornamental Plant Protection

Introduction to Soils and Plant Growth

Weed Management in Horticulture

Growing Plants

For details and to apply, please see http://www.horticulturecertificates.com/.

Growing Plants for Profit Certificate

In the Growing Plants for Profit Certificate, students will learn how to effectively grow healthy crops while at the same time implementing sound business practices. Plant propagation techniques are thoroughly discussed as are the specifics of both greenhouse and nursery production. Business skills are offered to guide students through the complexities of running a profitable business operation. Plant identification techniques ensure that learners have a good understanding of the most exciting product choices.

Required Courses:

Commercial Floriculture

Landscape Plants or Introduction to Plant Identification

Greenhouse Management

Nursery Production

Plant Propagation

Business Management Principles

For details and to apply, please see http://www.horticulturecertificates.com/.

Sustainable Landscapes Certificate

The Sustainable Landscapes Certificate is designed for students who wish to learn about innovative strategies which help fortify the relationships between water and land, ensuring care of both environments. Design tactics to retain or enhance naturalized landscapes will be examined. Students will gain knowledge about tree health as it relates to both the individual plant and woodland communities.

Required Courses:

Alternative Land Use Practices for Sustainable Landscapes

Landscape Plants or Introduction to Plant Identification

The Naturalized Landscape

An Introduction to Woodland Ecology


For details and to apply, please see http://www.horticulturecertificates.com/.