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St. Norbert Adult Education Centre 2020-21

(Subject to Change)



The purpose of these courses is to reinforce and extend the ICT or the computer knowledge, attitudes and skills acquired by students previously in school, at home or in the workplace.  These courses will teach students how to use the various functions and tools within Microsoft Office 2013 to increase their knowledge and competency in using the Word, Excel and PowerPoint programs. Students will work at an individualized pace to complete the units for this course, which will consist of a variety of assignments and projects. Students will need to complete a computer assessment prior to registration.

APPLIED BUSINESS TECHNOLOGIES 40S                                                                                            

This is a full credit course designed for students who will need office skills in their future work or academic pursuits. This course would be beneficial to students continuing their studies at the post-secondary level and to those interested in studying Office Administration.  Topics include: file management, business communication, advanced strategies for using Microsoft Office 2013 Word, Excel and Power Point.  Students will need to complete a computer assessment prior to registration. 

BIOLOGY 40S                                                                                                                                                                       

This Grade 12 course is designed to assist students in achieving greater understanding of human genetics, bioenergetics, the animal kingdom, and the plant kingdom. Topics include: systems of the human body, DNA/RNA/protein synthesis, introduction to human genetics, photosynthesis, cellular respiration, variety in animals, and variety in plants and angiosperms. Previous science courses at the Grade 10 or 11 level are recommended.



This foundation ELA course will expose students to a balance of literary and transactional materials and related activities.


ENGLISH TRANSACTIONAL 40S                                                                                                               

English 40S Transactional can be taken as the compulsory Grade 12 English credit for the Mature Student High School Diploma program. Reading and creating texts such as reports, essays, letters, charts and presentation for the purpose of communicating information represents 60% of the course content. The remaining 40% of the course focuses on samples of fictional literature such as novels, stories, plays and poems. Developing the skill of essay writing is a major objective of the course. (This course includes writing the Provincial Exam.)


English 40S Comprehensive can be taken as the compulsive Grade 12 English credit for the Mature Student High School Diploma program. Reading and writing fictional literature such as novels, short stories, plays and poems represent 50% of the course content .Reading and creating texts for the purpose of communicating information (transactional content) represents the remaining 50% of the course. Developing the skill of essay writing is a major objective of the course. (This course includes writing the Provincial Exam.)


This course emphasizes further development of mathematical knowledge and skills to prepare students for success in their everyday lives, in the workplace, and in high school Math courses. The focus is on developing and consolidating key foundational mathematical concepts and skills by solving authentic, real life problems.

ESSENTIAL MATH 20S                                                                                                                                   

Essential Math 20S is a general math course. The course is divided into four units that include the topics of wages and salaries, consumer decisions, geometry, and personal banking. This course is integrated with Science 20F as part of the Fast Track program.

Note: Students are required to provide their own scientific calculator.

ESSENTIAL MATH 40S                                                                                                                                                     

This course emphasizes number sense, consumer problem solving, and decision-making. Students develop valuable knowledge and skills that will allow them to make informed decisions, as they become independent citizens. The Consumer Mathematics curriculum addresses financial management, career exploration, home ownership and maintenance, as well as more traditional topics such as statistics. Students are evaluated on daily work, assignments and tests as well as the Career Project and the Provincial Exam.  Topics Include: investments, solving equations, graphing, relations and systems, variation, taxation, life insurance, and statistics. (This course includes writing the Provincial Exam.)

Note: Students are required to provide their own scientific or TI83+ calculator.



The purpose of this course is to improve a student’s accuracy and speed with a keyboard, using touch-typing techniques. This is a half credit course.

SKILLS FOR ACADEMIC SUCCESS 41G:                                                                                                                  

This course will allow students to focus on developing the writing skills required for Grade 12 English by teaching students how to prepare and write reports, essays and other forms of written communication. Students will also explore effective study and organization strategies to develop successful skills as a learner.  Topics include: review of writing styles and forms, research (content and analysis), reading strategies, goal setting, study skills, time management, and oral communication.


Students who can demonstrate proficiency in a language other than English or French may be granted high school credits by presenting credentials from a recognized educational institution or by participating in Special Language examinations that are offered twice a year.  See Centre staff for more details about this option.



This full credit course is designed to provide students with the skills and knowledge for making the transition from school to the workforce.  Students will explore issues related to employment and career planning though a series of booklet and assignments that will involve both individual and group work. All students must complete a supervised volunteer placement of 65 hours as part of the course requirements.  Topics include: career and employment planning, stress management skills, communication skills, employability skills, creation of a personal portfolio, effective interview skills, and preparing a resume.


Students can make a contribution by volunteering for 110 hours with worthwhile causes or organizations. The civic skills, knowledge and attitudes obtained from such community service activity can increase a student’s self-esteem and maturity, and provide more awareness of the needs of others in the community. This is an independent study option course which means that students select and set up their own volunteer placement.


Because students can gain valuable skills development and experience through on-the-job experience, the Credit for Employment credit is now available at St. Norbert Adult Education Centre.  CFE allows students to get credit for a job they already have. Reflections, planning and workplace evaluations are important parts of this course. Students should expect to complete 110 hours of work to be eligible for a single credit in CFE. (Note: Students must complete at least a half credit of Career Development to be able to take CFE.)

FAMILY STUDIES 40S                                                                                                                                                      

This course explores the dynamics and challenges of the family in today's society. Assignments follow a prior learning assessment assignment model, with an assignment booklet for students to complete independently and in small group classes.  Students must have experience with children of their own in order to register for the course.

GLOBAL ISSUES 40S         

Global Issues 40S combines topics of geography, history, social studies, and world affairs in an independently structured course. As such, it is an examination into the major issues facing human beings living in the early 21st Century. Topics include immigration, media, geography, colonialism, conflict, social issues, human rights, and the environment.

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