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Course Descriptions for Grade 11 Courses

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Grade 11 students may also choose electives from the Grade 12 lists if no prerequisites are required or if they have fulfilled the prerequisites.

 

English, Grade 11, University Preparation- Compulsory (ENG3U) 

This course emphasizes the development of literacy, communication, and critical and creative thinking skills necessary for success in academic and daily life. Students will analyse challenging literary texts from various periods, countries, and cultures, as well as a range of informational and graphic texts, and create oral, written, and media texts in a variety of forms. An important focus will be on using language with precision and clarity and incorporating stylistic devices appropriately and effectively. The course is intended to prepare students for the compulsory Grade 12 university or college preparation course. 

Prerequisite: English, Grade 10,  Academic

 

Functions, Grade 11, University Preparation – Elected Compulsory (MCR3U) 

This course introduces the mathematical concept of the function by extending students’ experiences with linear and quadratic relations. Students will investigate properties of discrete and continuous functions, including trigonometric and exponential functions; represent functions numerically, algebraically, and graphically; solve problems involving applications of functions; investigate inverse functions; and develop facility in determining equivalent algebraic expressions. Students will reason mathematically and communicate their thinking as they solve multi-step problems. 

Prerequisite: Principles of Mathematics, Grade 10, Academic

 

Functions and Applications, Grade 11, University/College Preparation (MCF3M) – Elected Compulsory

This course introduces basic features of the function by extending students’ experiences with quadratic relations. It focuses on quadratic, trigonometric, and exponential functions and their use in modelling real-world situations. Students will represent functions numerically, graphically, and algebraically; simplify expressions; solve equations; and solve problems relating to applications. Students will reason mathematically and communicate their thinking as they solve multi-step problems. 

Prerequisite: Principles of Mathematics, Grade 10, Academic, or Foundations of Mathematics, Grade 10, Applied

 

Foundations for College Mathematics, Grade 11, College Preparation (MBF3C) – Elected Compulsory

This course enables students to broaden their understanding of mathematics as a problem-solving tool in the real world. Students will extend their understanding of quadratic relations; investigate situations involving exponential growth; solve problems involving compound interest; solve financial problems connected with vehicle ownership; develop their ability to reason by collecting, analysing, and evaluating data involving one variable; connect probability and statistics; and solve problems in geometry and trigonometry. Students will consolidate their mathematical skills as they solve problems and communicate their thinking. 

Prerequisite: Foundations of Mathematics, Grade 10, Applied

 

Biology, Grade 11, University Preparation – Elective (SBI3U) 

This course furthers students’ understanding of the processes involved in biological systems. Students will study cellular functions, genetic continuity, internal systems and regulation, the diversity of living things, and the anatomy, growth, and functions of plants. The course focuses on the theoretical aspects of the topics under study, and helps students refine skills related to scientific investigation. 

Prerequisite: Science, Grade 10, Academic

 

Chemistry, Grade 11, University Preparation – Elective (SCH3U) 

This course enables students to deepen their understanding of chemistry through the study of the properties of chemicals and chemical bonds; chemical reactions and quantitative relationships in those reactions; solutions and solubility; and atmospheric chemistry and the behaviour of gases. Students will further develop their analytical skills and investigate the qualitative and quantitative properties of matter, as well as the impact of some common chemical reactions on society and the environment. 

Prerequisite: Science, Grade 10, Academic

 

Communications Technology, Grade 11, University/College Preparation – Elective (TGJ3M)

This course examines communications technology from a media perspective. Students will develop knowledge and skills as they design and produce media projects in the areas of live, recorded, and graphic communications. These areas may include TV, video, and movie production; radio and audio production; print and graphic communications; photography; digital imaging; broadcast journalism; and interactive new media. Students will also develop an awareness of related environmental and societal issues, and will explore college and university programs and career opportunities in the various communications technology fields. 

Prerequisite: None

 

Core French, Grade 11, University Preparation – Elective (FSF3U) 

This course offers students extended opportunities to speak and interact in real-life situations in French with greater independence. Students will develop their listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills, as well as their creative and critical thinking skills, through responding to and exploring a variety of oral and written texts. They will also broaden their understanding and appreciation of diverse French-speaking communities, and will develop skills necessary for lifelong language learning. 

Prerequisite: Core French Grade 10, Academic

 

Designing Your Future, Grade 11, Open - Elective (GWL3O)

This course prepares students to make successful transitions to postsecondary destinations as they investigate specific postsecondary options based on their skills, interests, and personal characteristics. Students will explore the realities and opportunities of the workplace and examine factors that affect success, while refining their job-search and employability skills. Students will develop their portfolios with a focus on their targeted destination and develop an action plan for future success.

Prerequisite: None

 

Drama, Grade 11, University/College Preparation – Elective (ADA3M) 

This course requires students to create and perform in dramatic presentations. Students will analyse, interpret, and perform dramatic works from various cultures and time periods. Students will research various acting styles and conventions that could be used in their presentations, and analyse the functions of playwrights, directors, actors, designers, technicians, and audiences. 

Prerequisite: Dramatic Arts, Grade 9 or 10, Open

 

Drama- Musical Theatre, Grade 11, University/College Preparation - Elective (ADB3M)


This course requires students to create and perform in dramatic presentations. Students will analyse, interpret, and perform dramatic works from various cultures and time periods. Students will research various acting styles and conventions that could be used in their presentations, and analyse the functions of playwrights, directors, actors, designers, technicians, and audiences. This course focuses on Music Theatre.


Prerequisite: Drama, Grade 9 or 10, Open

 

Entrepreneurship: The Venture, Grade 11, College Preparation – Elective (BDI3C) 

This course focuses on ways in which entrepreneurs recognize opportunities, generate ideas, and organize resources to plan successful ventures that enable them to achieve their goals. You will create a venture plan for a school-based or student-run business. Through hands-on experiences, you will have opportunities to develop the values, traits, and skills most often associated with successful entrepreneurs. 

Prerequisite: None

 

Visual Arts - Film and Video, Grade 11, Open, Elective (AWR3M)

This course enables students to further develop their knowledge and skills in visual arts. Students will use the creative process to explore a wide range of themes through studio work that may include drawing, painting, sculpting, and printmaking, as well as the creation of collage, multimedia works, and works using emerging technologies. Students will use the critical analysis process when evaluating their own work and the work of others. The course may be delivered as a comprehensive program or through a program focused on a particular art form (e.g., photography, video, computer graphics, information design). This course focuses on film/video.

Prerequisite: Visual Arts Grade 9 or Grade 10, Open

 

Forces of Nature: Physical Processes and Disasters, Grade 11, University/College Preparation – Elective (CGF3M) 

In this course, students will explore physical processes related to the earth’s water, land, and air. They will investigate how these processes shape the planet’s natural characteristics and affect human systems, how they are involved in the creation of natural disasters, and how they influence the impacts of human disasters. Throughout the course, students will apply the concepts of geographic thinking and the geographic inquiry process and use spatial technologies to analyse these processes, make predictions related to natural disasters, and assess ways of responding to them. 

Prerequisite: Issues in Canadian Geography, Grade 9, Academic or Applied

 

Introduction to Anthropology, Psychology, and Sociology, Grade 11, University/College Preparation – Elective (HSP3U) 

This course introduces the theories, questions, and issues that are the major concerns of anthropology, psychology, and sociology. Students will develop an understanding of the way social scientists approach the topics they study and the research methods they employ. Students will be given opportunities to explore theories from a variety of perspectives and to become familiar with current thinking on a range of issues that have captured the interest of classical and contemporary social scientists in the three disciplines. 

Prerequisite: None

 

Introduction to Computer Science, Grade 11, University Preparation – Elective (ICS3U) 

This course introduces students to computer science. Students will design software independently and as part of a team, using industry-standard programming tools and applying the software development life-cycle model. They will also write and use subprograms within computer programs. Students will develop creative solutions for various types of problems as their understanding of the computing environment grows. They will also explore environmental and ergonomic issues, emerging research in computer science, and global career trends in computer-related fields. 

Prerequisite: None

 

Marketing: Goods, Services, Events, Grade 11, College Preparation – Elective (BMI3C) 

This course introduces the fundamental concepts of product marketing, which includes the marketing of goods, services, and events. Students will examine how trends, issues, global economic changes, and information technology influence consumer buying habits. Students will engage in marketing research, develop marketing strategies, and produce a marketing plan for a product of their choice. 

Prerequisite: None

 

Media Arts, Grade 11, University/College Preparation – Elective  (ASM3M)

This course focuses on the development of media arts skills through the production of art works involving traditional and emerging technologies, tools, and techniques such as new media, computer animation, and web environments. Students will explore the evolution of media arts as an extension of traditional art forms, use the creative process to produce effective media art works, and critically analyse the unique characteristics of this art form. Students will examine the role of media artists in shaping audience perceptions of identity, culture, and values. Prerequisite: Media Arts, Grade 10, Open

 

Media Studies, Grade 11, Open – Elective  (EMS3O)

This course emphasizes knowledge and skills that will enable students to understand media communication in the twenty-first century and to use media effectively and responsibly. Through analysing the forms and messages of a variety of media works and audience responses to them, and through creating their own media works, students will develop critical thinking skills, aesthetic and ethical judgement and skills in viewing, representing, listening, speaking, reading, and writing. 

Prerequisite: English, Grade 10, Academic or Applied

 

Personal and Fitness Activities, Grade 11, Open – Elective (PAF3O)

This course focuses on the development of a healthy lifestyle and participation in a variety of enjoyable fitness focused activities.  This course will teach the student about weight training, cardiovascular training, strength and endurance as well as flexibility training and nutrition.  Students will be encouraged to develop and follow their own gym fitness plan and will be given the tools to achieve their healthy fitness goals. The student will determine the emphasis of his/her program. Fitness levels will be monitored regularly.  Evaluation will be based on the student’s ability to reach goals established jointly with the teacher, effort, participation, and record keeping.   Health components follow the PPL3O course so therefore, both courses cannot be taken for credit.  Students will gain decision-making skills, improve communication skills and develop organizational skills. 

Prerequisites: None

 

Physics, Grade 11, University Preparation – Elective (SPH3U) 

This course develops students’ understanding of the basic concepts of physics. Students will study the laws of dynamics and explore different kinds of forces, the quantification and forms of energy (mechanical, sound, light, thermal, and electrical), and the way energy is transformed and transmitted. They will develop scientific-inquiry skills as they verify accepted laws and solve both assigned problems and those emerging from their investigations. Students will also analyse the interrelationships between physics and technology, and consider the impact of technological applications of physics on society and the environment. 

Prerequisite: Science, Grade 10, Academic

 

Presentation and Speaking Skills, Grade 11, Open – Elective (EPS3O) 

This course emphasizes the knowledge and skills required to plan and make effective presentations and to speak effectively in both formal and informal contexts, using such forms as reports, speeches, debates, panel discussions, storytelling, recitations, interviews, and multimedia presentations. Students will research and analyse the content and characteristics of convincing speeches and the techniques of effective speakers; design and rehearse presentations for a variety of purposes and audiences; select and use visual and technological aids to enhance their message; and assess the effectiveness of their own and others’ presentations. 

Prerequisite: English, Grade 10, Academic or Applied

 

The Individual and the Economy, Grade 11, University/College Preparation – Elective (CIE3M) 

This course explores issues and challenges facing the Canadian economy as well as the implications of various responses to them. Students will explore the economic role of firms, workers, and government as well as their own role as individual consumers and contributors, and how all of these roles contribute to stability and change in the Canadian economy. Students will apply the concepts of economic thinking and the economic inquiry process, including economic models, to investigate the impact of economic issues and decisions at the individual, regional, and national level. 

Prerequisite: Canadian History Since World War 1, Grade 10, Academic or Applied

 

Understanding Canadian Law, Grade 11, University/College Preparation – Elective (CLU3M) 

This course explores Canadian law, with a focus on legal issues that are relevant to the lives of people in Canada. Students will gain an understanding of laws relating to rights and freedoms in Canada; our legal system; and family, contract, employment, tort, and criminal law. Students will develop legal reasoning skills and will apply the concepts of legal thinking and the legal studies inquiry process when investigating a range of legal issues and formulating and communicating informed opinions about them.. 

Prerequisite: Canadian History Since World War 1, Grade 10, Academic or Applied 

 

Visual Arts, Grade 11, University/College Preparation – Elective (AVI3M) 

This course enables students to further develop their knowledge and skills in visual arts. Students will use the creative process to explore a wide range of themes through studio work that may include drawing, painting, sculpting, and printmaking, as well as the creation of collage, multimedia works, and works using emerging technologies. Students will use the critical analysis process when evaluating their own work and the work of others.  

Prerequisite: Visual Arts, Grade 9 or 10, Open

 

Visual Arts – Fashion and Textile Design Design, Grade 11, University/College Preparation – Elective (AWI3M)

This course provides students with opportunities to further develop their skills and knowledge in visual arts. Students will explore a range of subject matter through studio activities, and will consolidate their practical skills. Students will also analyze art works and study aspects of Western art history, as well as art forms from Canada and other parts of the world. Students will learn about the world of Fashion Design, the development of industrial sewing skills, the study of the fashion curve and personal wardrobe planning. 

Prerequisite: Visual Arts, Grade 9 or 10 Open

 

Visual Arts – Photography, Grade 11, University/College Preparation – Elective (AWQ3M)

This course focuses on studio activities in digital photography studies. Students will create art works that explore a wide range of subject matter, and will evaluate art works, providing grounds for their aesthetic judgments. They will also examine historical, stylistic, and cultural contexts of Western art (including Canadian art) and art from various world cultures to support their study of specific media.  This course will involve the use of a digital camera, laptop computer, shooting and digital photo techniques using Photoshop CS or CS2.   Required equipment: Digital camera (minimum 3 megapixel, 5 megapixel or higher ideal) and a laptop computer. 

Prerequisite: Any Arts Course

 

Music - Music For Creating, Grade 11, Open - Elective (AMC3O)


This course develops students’ musical literacy through performance and the preparation and presentation of music productions. Students will perform works at a level consistent with previous experience. Independently and collaboratively, students will use current technology and the creative and critical analysis processes to plan, produce, present, and market musical productions. Students will respond to, reflect on, and analyse music from various genres and periods, and they will develop skills transferable to other aspects of their lives and their careers. NOTE: This course focusses on creating, presenting, and promoting art work, including integrated productions with an emphasis on music recording and songwriting.


Prerequisite: Instrumental Music, Grade 9 or 10, Open

World History to the Sixteenth Century, Grade 11, University/College Preparation – Elective (CHW3M) 

This course explores the history of various societies and civilizations around the world, from earliest times to around 1500 CE. Students will investigate a range of factors that contributed to the rise, success, and decline of various ancient and pre-modern societies throughout the world and will examine life in and the cultural and political legacy of these societies. Students will extend their ability to apply the concepts of historical thinking and the historical inquiry process, including the interpretation and analysis of evidence, when investigating social, political, and economic structures and historical forces at work in various societies and in different historical eras. 

Prerequisite: Canadian History Since World War 1, Grade 10, Academic or Applied

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