XI. Special Study Opportunities

Distance Education

The Distance Education program, administered by the Office of Open Learning, supports academic departments in offering degree credit courses to students who choose to study outside the traditional classroom environment. Courses may come with a variety of learning resources, including: manuals, videotapes, audio CDs, DVDs, CD-ROMs, etc., depending on the nature of the course. As well, most courses incorporate computer conferencing, email, computer-based quizzes, and the use of the Internet. 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: to have flexibility in designing their own study schedules; to avoid timetable conflicts; to acquire credits while away on summer break or on a co-op job placement; to take courses unavailable in class in a given semester; to learn in an interactive online environment.

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 is available.

The following is a list of the courses that are offered in the distance format. When selecting these courses, section DE must be specified to indicate the distance education offering. Please consult Section XII--Course Descriptions. Because additional courses are constantly being developed, please consult the Office of Open Learning, 160 Johnston Hall, 519-767-5000, email: info@open.uoguelph.ca for an updated listing of courses available by distance education and when they are scheduled to be offered. Course listings are also available at www.open.uoguelph.ca.

ANSC*3210*DE [0.50] Principles of Animal Care and Welfare
ANTH*1150*DE [0.50] Introduction to Anthropology
BIOL*1500*DE [0.50] Humans in the Natural World
BIOL*2060*DE [0.50] Ecology
BIOL*3450*DE [0.50] Introduction to Aquatic Environments
BIOM*2000*DE [0.50] Concepts in Human Physiology
BOT*1200*DE [0.50] Plants and Human Use
BOT*2000*DE [0.50] Plants, Biology and People
BUS*2010*DE [0.50] Foundations of Leadership
BUS*2090*DE [0.50] Individuals and Groups in Organizations
BUS*2220*DE [0.50] Financial Accounting
BUS*2230*DE [0.50] Management Accounting
BUS*3000*DE [0.50] Human Resources Management
BUS*3010*DE [0.50] Compensation Systems
BUS*3030*DE [0.50] Occupational Health and Safety
BUS*3070*DE [0.50] Recruitment and Selection
BUS*3090*DE [0.50] Training and Development
BUS*4010*DE [0.50] Leadership Capstone
BUS*4060*DE [0.50] Human Resources Planning
CHEM*1060*DE [0.50] Introductory Chemistry
CHEM*1100*DE [0.50] Chemistry Today
CHEM*3360*DE [0.50] Environmental Chemistry and Toxicology
CHEM*4010*DE [0.50] Chemistry and Industry
CIS*1000*DE [0.50] Introduction to Computer Applications
CIS*1200*DE [0.50] Introduction to Computing
CIS*1500*DE [0.50] Introduction to Programming
CIS*2050*DE [0.50] Computers and Society
CROP*1050*DE [0.50] Green Energy - Fuel from Plants
ECON*1050*DE [0.50] Introductory Microeconomics
ECON*1100*DE [0.50] Introductory Macroeconomics
ECON*2200*DE [0.50] Industrial Relations
ECON*2100*DE [0.50] Economic Growth and Environmental Quality
ECON*2310*DE [0.50] Intermediate Microeconomics
ECON*2410*DE [0.50] Intermediate Macroeconomics
ECON*2770*DE [0.50] Introductory Mathematical Economics
ECON*3560*DE [0.50] Theory of Finance
ECON*3660*DE [0.50] Economics of Equity Markets
ECON*4400*DE [0.50] Economics of Organizations and Corporate Governance
EDRD*2020*DE [0.50] Interpersonal Communication
EDRD*2600*DE [0.50] Planning Theory
EDRD*2650*DE [0.50] Introduction to Planning and Environmental Law
EDRD*3120*DE [0.50] Educational Communication
EDRD*3140*DE [0.50] Organizational Communication
EDRD*3160*DE [0.50] International Communication
EDRD*3450*DE [0.50] Watershed Planning Practice
EDRD*3500*DE [0.50] Recreation and Tourism Planning
EDRD*3550*DE [0.50] Economic Development for Rural and Smaller Communities
EDRD*4010*DE [0.50] Tourism Planning in the Less Developed World
EDRD*4120*DE [0.50] Leadership Development in Small Organizations
EDRD*4500*DE [0.50] Planning Industrial Ecology: Design for Sustainability
ENGL*1200*DE [0.50] Reading the Contemporary World
ENGL*1410*DE [0.50] Major Writers
ENGL*2640*DE [0.50] Culture, Location, Identity: Minoritized Literatures in Canada and Beyond
ENGL*2740*DE [0.50] Children's Literature
ENGL*3360*DE [0.50] Scottish Literary Cultures
ENVB*2210*DE [0.50] Introductory Apiculture
ENVB*3000*DE [0.50] Nature Interpretation
ENVB*3030*DE [0.50] Pesticides and the Environment
ENVB*3040*DE [0.50] Natural Chemicals in the Environment
EURO*1050*DE [0.50] The Emergence of a United Europe
FARE*3400*DE [0.50] Agribusiness Financial Management
FOOD*2010*DE [0.50] Principles of Food Science
FOOD*2400*DE [0.50] Introduction to Food Chemistry
FOOD*2410*DE [0.50] Introduction to Food Processing
FOOD*2420*DE [0.50] Introduction to Food Microbiology
FOOD*3430*DE [0.50] Introduction to Food Analysis
FOOD*4310*DE [0.50] Food Safety Management Systems
FREN*1090*DE [0.50] Basic French: Reading
FREN*1100*DE [0.50] Basic French: Listening
FREN*1120*DE [0.50] Basic French: Writing
FREN*2020*DE [0.50] France: Literature and Society
FREN*2500*DE [0.50] French Translation I
FREN*3530*DE [0.50] Business French
FRHD*1010*DE [0.50] Human Development
FRHD*1020*DE [0.50] Couple and Family Relationships
FRHD*2060*DE [0.50] Adult Development and Aging
FRHD*2100*DE [0.50] Development of Human Sexuality
FRHD*2110*DE [0.50] Exceptional Children and Youth
FRHD*2260*DE [0.50] Infant Development
FRHD*2270*DE [0.50] Development in Early and Middle Childhood
FRHD*2280*DE [0.50] Adolescent Development
FRHD*3190*DE [0.50] Administration of Programs for Children and Youth
GEOG*1200*DE [0.50] Society and Space
GEOG*1220*DE [0.50] Human Impact on the Environment
GEOG*1300*DE [0.50] Introduction to the Biophysical Environment
GEOG*2210*DE [0.50] Environment and Resources
GEOG*2510*DE [0.50] Canada: A Regional Synthesis
GEOG*3020*DE [0.50] Global Environmental Change
GEOG*3210*DE [0.50] Management of the Biophysical Environment
GEOG*3490*DE [0.50] Tourism and Environment
GEOL*1100*DE [0.50] Principles of Geology
GEOL*2250*DE [0.50] Geology of Natural Disasters
HISP*1100*DE [0.50] Introductory Spanish I
HISP*1110*DE [0.50] Introductory Spanish II
HIST*1150*DE [0.50] The Modern World
HIST*2000*DE [0.50] The British Isles, 1066-1603
HIST*2040*DE [0.50] War and Society
HIST*2070*DE [0.50] World Religions in Historical Perspective
HIST*2250*DE [0.50] Environment and History
HIST*2260*DE [0.50] Religion and Society
HIST*2450*DE [0.50] The Practising Historian
HIST*2610*DE [0.50] Contemporary Canadian Issues
HIST*3020*DE [0.50] Sexuality and Gender in History
HIST*3030*DE [0.50] Celtic Britain and Ireland to 1066
HIST*3140*DE [0.50] Witch-hunts and Popular Culture
HIST*3530*DE [0.50] Celtic Britain and Ireland Since 1603
HIST*3540*DE [0.50] World War II
HIST*4050*DE [1.00] Topics in Scottish History
HORT*1120*DE [0.50] Grape and Wine Science
HORT*3430*DE [0.50] Wine-Grape Culture
HTM*2030*DE [0.50] Control Systems in the Hospitality Industry
HTM*2150*DE [0.50] Introduction to Canadian Business Management
HTM*3180*DE [0.50] Casino Operations Management
HTM*3780*DE [0.50] Economics of Food Usage
MATH*1000*DE [0.50] Introductory Calculus
MATH*2150*DE [0.50] Applied Matrix Algebra
MBG*3060*DE [0.50] Quantitative Genetics
MBG*3090*DE [0.50] Applied Animal Genetics
MBG*3600*DE [0.25] Introduction to Genomics
MCB*2210*DE [0.50] Introductory Cell Biology
MCS*1000*DE [0.50] Introductory Marketing
MCS*2020*DE [0.50] Information Management
MCS*2100*DE [0.50] Personal Financial Management
MCS*3010*DE [0.50] Quality Management
MCS*3030*DE [0.50] Research Methods
MCS*3040*DE [0.50] Business and Consumer Law
MET*1000*DE [0.50] The Atmospheric Environment
MUSC*1060*DE [0.50] “Classical” Music: Context and Codes
MUSC*1130*DE [0.50] Introduction to Musicianship
MUSC*2140*DE [0.50] History of Jazz
MUSC*2150*DE [0.50] Music and Popular Culture
MUSC*2280*DE [0.50] Masterworks of Music
NRS*2050*DE [0.50] The Landscape of Scotland
NRS*2120*DE [0.50] Introduction to Environmental Stewardship
NRS*3300*DE [0.50] Land Resource Stewardship
NUTR*1010*DE [0.50] Nutrition and Society
NUTR*2050*DE [0.50] Family and Community Nutrition
OAGR*2300*DE [0.50] Organic Marketing
PATH*3610*DE [0.50] Principles of Disease
PHIL*2070*DE [0.50] Philosophy of the Environment
PHIL*2100*DE [0.50] Critical Thinking
PHIL*2120*DE [0.50] Ethics
PHIL*2130*DE [0.50] Philosophy of Religion
PHIL*2170*DE [0.50] Existentialism
PHIL*3240*DE [0.50] Philosophy of Technology
PHYS*1020*DE [0.50] Introductory Physics
PHYS*1600*DE [0.50] Contemporary Astronomy
POLS*1400*DE [0.50] Issues in Canadian Politics
POLS*1500*DE [0.50] World Politics
POLS*2250*DE [0.50] Public Administration and Governance
POLS*2300*DE [0.50] Canadian Government and Politics
POLS*3250*DE [0.50] Public Policy: Challenges and Prospects
POLS*3300*DE [0.50] Governing Criminal Justice
POLS*3370*DE [0.50] Environmental Politics and Governance
POLS*3440*DE [0.50] Corruption, Scandal and Political Ethics
POLS*3940*DE [0.50] Accountability and Canadian Government
PSYC*1100*DE [0.50] Principles of Behaviour
PSYC*1200*DE [0.50] Dynamics of Behaviour
PSYC*2010*DE [0.50] Quantification in Psychology
PSYC*2310*DE [0.50] Introduction to Social Psychology
PSYC*2360*DE [0.50] Introductory Research Methods
PSYC*2390*DE [0.50] Principles of Sensation and Perception
PSYC*2410*DE [0.50] Behavioural Neuroscience I
PSYC*2450*DE [0.50] Introduction to Developmental Psychology
PSYC*2650*DE [0.50] Cognitive Psychology
PSYC*2740*DE [0.50] Personality
PSYC*3010*DE [0.50] Compensation Systems
PSYC*3020*DE [0.50] Psychology of Law
PSYC*3070*DE [0.50] Psychology in Human Resource Management
PSYC*3080*DE [0.50] Organizational Psychology
PSYC*3250*DE [0.50] Psychological Measurement
PSYC*3340*DE [0.50] Psycholinguistics
PSYC*3390*DE [0.50] Abnormal Psychology
PSYC*3480*DE [0.50] Psychology of Sport
PSYC*3570*DE [0.50] The Psychology of Death and Dying
PSYC*3710*DE [0.50] Psychology of Learning Difficulties and Disabilities I
PSYC*3800*DE [0.50] Psychology and Education
PSYC*3850*DE [0.50] Intellectual Disabilities
SOAN*2400*DE [0.50] Introduction to Gender Systems
SOC*1100*DE [0.50] Sociology
SOC*1500*DE [0.50] Crime and Criminal Justice
SOC*2070*DE [0.50] Social Deviance
SOC*2760*DE [0.50] Homicide
SOC*3490*DE [0.50] Law and Society
SOIL*2010*DE [0.50] Soil Science
SOIL*3080*DE [0.50] Soil and Water Conservation
STAT*2060*DE [0.50] Statistics for Business Decisions
THST*2500*DE [0.50] Contemporary Cinema
TOX*3360*DE [0.50] Environmental Chemistry and Toxicology
UNIV*2050*DE [0.50] Environmental Perspectives and Human Choices I
UNIV*3250*DE [0.50] Environmental Perspectives and Human Choices II
WMST*1000*DE [0.50] Introduction to Women's Studies


  • Getting ready for Calculus, a non-degree credit preparatory course, is also offered via distance.

Note: Please check with the Office of Open Learning regarding the technology and resource requirements (e.g. computer, internet, DVD player, 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 Applied Statistics, the Certificate in Public Policy and Administration, the Certificate in Communication Process, the Certificate in Food Science, the Certificate in Hospitality Studies, the Certificate in Environmental Citizenship, the Certificate in Environmental Conservation, the Certificate in Scottish Studies and the Certificate in Leadership are also offered in the distance education mode in whole or in part (see Certificates and Diplomas in this section for further information).

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