Programs and Services » Course Descriptions » Course Descriptions

Course Descriptions

ELA A10

ELA A10 focuses on 2 interconnected themes: the mysteries of life and the challenges of life. Throughout this ELA A10 course the students will interact with and create a variety of literature, videos, and images, with a diverse range of topics. The course requires 1 novel study, with 5 book choices for students. There is also an independent study where students can choose to complete another novel study or film review, with a selection of novels and films that fit the themes of the course but are a variety of genres. There will also be daily journaling to support developing writing skills.

 

ELA B10

ELA B10 focuses on the themes of equity and ethics, and the world around and within us. Students will interact withELA B10 a variety of literature, videos, and images, with a diverse range of topics. This course will require the reading and analysis of a play. At this time, the chosen play is Shakespeare’s MacBeth. There is also an independent novel study for students to complete. There is a selection of novels that connect with the themes of the course and focus on either international conflicts or World War 2. There will also be daily journaling to support developing writing skills.

 

ELA 20

In ELA 20, we dive into a variety of literature and multimedia texts that explore the experiences and the journey of ela20 life. Childhood and youth lay the foundation for life, for learning and experiencing, for developing personal volition, for shaping identity and sense of self, and for health and well-being. The paths of childhood and youth are not the same for all, however. For some children and youth, it is a time of wonder, imagination, inquiry, discovery, play, experimentation, and innocence; for others, it is a time of neglect, abandonment, abuse, disillusionment, pain, exploitation, and innocence destroyed. In the first unit, we examine the roles of, and attitudes about, children and youth that have developed over time and that vary across cultures. By examining the complex nature of childhood and youth, we are given the opportunity to understand how childhood and youth contribute to who we are and who we would like to be. In the second unit, while exploring a variety of texts, students are presented with opportunities to investigate the complexities and dynamics of adult experiences through fictional characters and historical and contemporary individuals. Examining these experiences allows us to identify and consider our dreams and goals, and to chart the course to reach our destinations.

 

ELA 30

Before and throughout our nationhood, Canada’s diversity has been a source of pride and pain, strength and struggle. The wealth of worldviews represented in Canada challenges us, individually and collectively, to define ourselves not just as individuals, but as a nation unique among other nations. Through our literature - in all its forms - we explore the issues that influence Canadian culture and Canadian identity. What does it mean to be Canadian? What sort of people are we? How do we express and convey our identity as a people? What are our values, and how do we demonstrate them within and beyond our borders? How do our visual, oral, print, and multimedia texts reveal what it means to be Canadian? How does diversity benefit Canada and Canadians? In this course, we also look at the vast and varied landscape that inspires awe within and beyond our borders. Canada’s geography, climate, resources, and seasons shape both the people who live here and the nation itself. The Canadian landscapes are many: natural and constructed; psychological and physical; historical and contemporary; social and personal. We explore how these landscapes are revealed through the texts of our peoples. How has this vast land shaped individuals, cultural groups, and nations of people within Canada? How do the landscapes in which we live influence our thinking, our ways of being, and our interactions with others? How and why is the understanding of landscape changing?

 

ELA B30

Through powerful texts, both literary and informational, we examine the human condition - the great and the ghastly, the generosity and the greed, the good and the corrupt, the dignity and the disgrace, the truth and the deception - and the nature of the human mind and heart. In the first unit, students consider who they are, how they relate to others, how they develop their individual identity, what kind of identity they wish to create for themselves throughout life, and how they respond to joys, inspiration, doubts, and fears. In the second unit, students examine, critique, and interrogate the society in which they live and consider the actions students can take to create the kind of society in which they would like to live.

 

Creative Writing 

Students will have a chance to practice their skills with a variety of formats and styles of writing. The units creative writingcovered in this course include non-fiction, screenwriting, poetry, and short fiction. At the end of the course, students will have the option to choose a format of writing from a previous unit and complete the full writing process to create a piece of their choice that they can be proud of.

Workplace and Apprenticeship 10
This course is designed to provide students with the mathematical understandings and critical thinking skills identified for entry into post-secondary programs in trades and technology, and for direct entry into the work force.
Topics include:
1. measurement
2. trigonometry
3. geometry
4. consumer math
5. proportional reasoning
6. Problem solving strategies
 
Foundations and Pre-calculus 10
This course is the pre-requisite math class for the Foundations pathway and the Pre-Calculus pathway. The topics in Foundations and Pre-Calculus 10 are: Measurement, Trigonometry, Polynomials, Roots and Powers, Linear Relations, Linear Functions and Systems of Linear Equations.
 
Workplace and Apprenticeship 20
The Workplace and Apprenticeship pathway meets the needs of students intending to pursue careers in the trades and general workplace. This course is pre-requisite to Workplace and Apprenticeship Mathematics 30. In order to take Workplace and Apprenticeship Mathematics 20, students must have passed Workplace and Apprenticeship Mathematics 10. Topics for this course include:
1. Slope and rate of change
2. Graphical representations
3. Surface area, volume and capacity
4. Trigonometry of right triangles
5. Scale representations
6. Financial services
7. Personal Budgets
8. Analysis of puzzles and games
 
Foundations 20
Foundation 20 expands on topics learned in previous math classes. It delves into topics such as properties of angles, trigonometry, Statistics, Inequalities, Proportional reasoning and Quadratic functions. Requires: Introduction to Foundations and Pre-Calculus 10.
 
Workplace and Apprenticeship 30
The Workplace and Apprenticeship Mathematics pathway meets the needs of students intending to pursue careers in the trades and general workplace.
To take Workplace and Apprenticeship Mathematics 30, students must have passed Workplace and Apprenticeship Mathematics 20.
Topics for this course include:
1. Linear Relations
2. Limits to Measurement
3. Statistics
4. Probability and Odds
5. Properties of Geometric Figures
6. Transformations
7. Trigonometry
8. Owning a Small Business
9. Analysis of puzzles and games
 
Foundations 30
Foundation 30 expands on topics learning in Foundation 20. It delves into topics such as Finances, Set Theory, Counting Methods, Probability and Functions. Requires: Foundation 20
 
Pre-Calculus 30
Pre-Calculus 30 covers probability, trigonometry, logarithms, algebra and a great deal of graphing. Use of graphing technology (calculator or computer) is strongly recommended.
The course is a preparation for taking Calculus 30 and it intended for students that want to challenge themselves to the highest level of math possible in high school. It is a very challenging course that is a good preparation for university courses and technology based SIAST courses. Content in this pathway was chosen to meet the needs of students interested in pursuing careers in science-related areas.
 
Calculus 30 calculus30
Calculus 30 Build on the concepts from previous math classes. It will introduce students to mathematics that is used at the university level, such as, Limits, derivatives, related rates, and Integrals. Requires Pre-Calculus 30

Photography 10

Photography 10 takes students beyond just “snapping a picture” and into the creative and technical process of photography taking a photo. It will provide students with the opportunities to gain knowledge and develop skills used in photography and become familiar with career opportunities within the industry. Students will develop technical skills in the use of a camera, including the key concept of photography: the exposure triangle. They will learn and utilize the principles of composition and design and develop basic skills of image manipulation to create an aesthetically satisfying photo. Throughout this course, students will be given ample opportunity to get creative while learning and applying valuable skills!

 

Tourism 10tourism

is an introduction to the five industries (i.e., food and beverage, accommodation, recreation and entertainment,  transportation, and travel services) that make up the tourism sector. Students explore the impact of tourism on the local community and province while also considering the importance of sustainable practices, quality customer service and professionalism.

 

Information Processing 10

This is a course that is aimed at providing you the basic skills to process information in four broad areas: informationprocessing10 keyboarding, computer applications, communications and management of information. The integration of these skills will assist students in making the transition to adulthood and lifelong learning. Additionally, we will explore the concept of digital citizenship and digital law to help equip us with critical twenty-first century skills.
Module 1: Keyboarding (throughout)
Module 2: Information Processing in the Workplace
Module 3: Digital Citizenship, Communication + Law
Module 4: Microsoft Word
Module 5: Excel Spreadsheets
Module 6: Computer Technology
Module 7: Digital Communications
Module 8: Graphic Design
Module 9: Digital Photography
Module 10: Presentation Design

 

Information Processing 20

This is a course aimed to develop your preparedness to be a successful citizen in your own lives and in the business world. From a business perspective, the essential skills of keyboarding, business communication, management of information and computer applications will be mastered to create a strong foundation of employability skills.
Module 1: Ergonomics + Keyboarding (throughout)
Module 2: Information Processing in the Workplace
Module 3: Employability Skills
Module 4: Digital Communication, Citizenship + Law
Module 5: Computer Technology
Module 6: Business Communications
Module 7: Excel Spreadsheets
Module 8: Visual Communications
Module 9: Video Design
Module 10: Website Design

 

Media and Communications 20

Media and Communications 20 (MC20) allows students a chance to work with photographic, graphic design, and mu

ltimedia projects, and take a look at the legal aspect of these pieces of media. This course is split into the following 7 units: Online Learning 101, Introduction to Media and Communications, Legal and Ethical Issues, Cameras and Basic Photography, Graphic Design, Audio Visual and Multimedia Production, and Career media and communications 20 Opportunities. At this time it is taught asynchronously, with students working through readings, videos, audio recordings, and assignments that vary from blog posts to audio visual projects. Students are also required to meet with the teacher 1-1 every one to two weeks, based on the students needs and to fulfill the attendance requirement.

 

Hockey 10, 20, 30

This course provides students who wish to pursue a variety of levels of hockey the opportunity to develop their hockey skills, fitness levels, mental training, and leadership skills. All three levels of this course are divided into four major units:

 

1. On-ice Skill Development : power skating, on-ice tactical development and on-ice systems development. hockey

2. Off-ice Skill Development: off-ice stride development. fitness development, video analysis.

3. Factors Affecting Human Performance: mental training, basic anatomy, nutrition, and officiating.

4. Planning For Participation and Performance: individual and team goal setting, leadership and team building, sportsmanship, and fair play.

 

Requirement for this course - the students must belong to a hockey team and their coach needs to be willing to complete an assessment form 2-3 times.

 

Special Projects 10, 20, 30

Special projects allow students to get credit(s) in a topic that interests them. Because they are up to the student and supervising teacher, the possibilities are endless. These projects do require preplanning by the student, and they must be able to keep track of the work they put into the project to ensure they reach the minimum 100 hours to receive credit for the project. The student will also need a mentor with previous knowledge of the skill or activity to be worked on throughout the project. Special project credits may be given for a business project, a volunteer project that you are completing in your community or even outside of Saskatchewan, or a project that involves the use of unique skills and knowledge.  Some examples of projects that have occurred in the past throughout Saskatchewan: Starting and running a community based group, swimming, rebuilding an automobile, creating your own business, etc. These projects are not taught by a teacher, the teacher is there to supervise and sign off on the work being done by the student. Therefore, these projects are the responsibility of the student, with support from the teacher and other members involved in the project.

 

Entrepreneurship 20

This course introduces students to the contributions that entrepreneurs make to their communities, and to the entrepreneurship Saskatchewan and Canadian economies. Students analyze characteristics and skills common to entrepreneurs and reflect upon personal suitability for, and interest in, entrepreneurship. They explore the importance of economic reconciliation in building strong communities and reflect upon personal commitment to the process. Business ethics and social responsibility are explored. Students gain an appreciation for the work involved in planning a successful venture including the initial ideation stage, marketing, financing and sketching a plan. Running a short-term business venture is optional. 

 

Mental Wellness 30

The focus of this course is to understand positive mental health and looks at how certain aspects of life can affect ourmental wellness mental health. Such as, biases and stigma, current events, social media and screen time. We focus on primary, secondary and tertiary prevention including community supports, symptoms and treatments of selected mental illnesses, and interventions for positive change. The course will focus on brain science and how our brain is affected by certain mental illnesses as well as going into depth about some of these mental illnesses. The last piece is to appraise one's personal mental wellness including self-care and intervention.

The course will include blog entries, case studies, application-based assignments, videos, PowerPoints, readings, appraising.

 

Food Studies 30

Food is essential for life. For some people, the quest for food is a daily struggle for survival. For others, food is foodstudies30 plentiful, and their challenge is to select nutritious food from a multitude of options. Food Studies 30 is a celebration of the health, social, and cultural benefits of food, while reminding us of our obligation to use food resources safely and wisely, and to share them with others less fortunate than ourselves. The information and activities in the course provide you with the opportunity to explore your individual food habits and those of your family in relation to nutritional, cultural, psychological, and social factors. The learn/do, instructional/activity approach used throughout the course will help you to apply your learning in practical and positive ways in your life. We will be covering 11 units, and you will have several opportunities to show off your cooking skills!

 

Interior Design & Decorating 30

Interior Design and Decorating 30 is designed for students to explore their creativity and self-expression within the interiordesign30  context of solving interior design and interior decorating problems. A series of introductory modules provide overviews to the foundations of design, such as elements and principles of design, and the design process. Further interior decorating modules explore client relations, the design presentation, space planning, designing outdoor spaces, finishes, furniture, fixtures, appliances, and accessories. Students have an opportunity to develop their presentation skills as they work through interest areas and apply their knowledge to various creative assignments and projects, all leading students to a cumulative project that allows them to design their dream home!

 

Life Transitions 30

This course deals with the "transitions" or changes that people face as they journey towards being an adult. You will learn and practice practical life skills in the following areas: Health Self-Care, Money Management, Career Planning, Communication and Conflict in Relationships, and Independent Living.

Computer Science 20 computerscience
in Computer Science 20 you will explore the history of computers, consider the impact of computers on society, and  learn the fundamentals of computer programming. The focus of the course will be on scratch program and learning how to code in python. Requires: Science 10
 
 
Environmental Science 20 
In Environmental Science students will explore factors that affect the overall well-being of the earth. Students will enironmental science examine how human population and their actions have altered the earth, by observing this through different worldviews, mindsets and methods. Students will also explore how plants, soil, aquatic systems and animal populations and biodiversity have impacted and play integral role in the environment. Additionally, how pollution and other factors have altered our indoor and outdoor air quality. Student inquiry will guide independent investigations of environmental science related phenomena.

Pre Requisite: Science 10
 

Health Science 20

This course will challenge students to look at the health science field from holistic and analytic perspectives to health science provide a basis for making sound personal health choices. Students will apply information in the areas of medical knowledge systems and ethics, human anatomy and physiology, nutrition and metabolism, and medical diagnostics. Understanding the basic anatomy and physiology of the human body will provide a context for studying the normal and abnormal functioning of various body systems and the tools and techniques used to diagnose those systems. Students will also investigate the range of health science careers and post-secondary programs available in Saskatchewan.

 

Prerequisite: Science 20

 
Physical Science 20
This course combines chemistry and physics in an integrated manner to investigate concepts related to heating and cooling, the foundations of chemistry, including the mole and quantitative analysis of molecules and chemical reactions, and the characteristics and properties of waves. An overarching theme is the study of the enterprise of public and private science as it occurs in agriculture, industry, and universities to help students better understand various physical science related career paths. Student inquiry will guide independent investigations of physical science phenomena.
 

Earth Science 30

Students gain an understanding of our planet’s geological origins, rock classification, the role of Geographicearthscience Information Systems, and geology-related careers. This course will look at the Foundation of Earth science, as well as study the Atmosphere, Hydrosphere and Lithosphere.

 

Prerequisites: Physical Science 20 or Environmental Science 20  

 
Biology 30bio30
The major themes of this course are to examine the significance of evolution as a key unifying theme in biology and to explore what life is and how it changes over time. Students will examine the organization of life in all kingdoms through the study of cellular processes and organism function. In genetics and biotechnology, students will explore inheritance, and how information is stored, transmitted, and expressed at chromosomal and molecular levels. Student inquiry will guide independent investigations of biology-related phenomena.
 
Chemistry 30
A major focus of the course is the study of the role of chemical properties and bonds in determining what materials chemistry30 are suitable for specific applications. Students will actively investigate the nature of equilibrium in chemical reactions and explore electrochemistry and its impact on society and the environment. Students will also get to increase their knowledge of acids and bases as well as organic chemistry. The big ideas of Chemistry 30 focus on knowledge, attitudes, skills, and how science, technology, society, environment (STSE) are all interconnected.
 
Computer Science 30 computerscience30
In Computer Science 30 will extend the basics learning in Computer Science 30. Students will be introduced to  HTML, (Hypertext Markup Language). Which is used to create web pages. Students will also gain an understanding of how to use JavaScript. A Final Project at the end of this course will allow students to study an area of computer Science that interests them. Requires: Computer Science 20

Social 10

social

This course contains 3 distinct themes; political decision making, economic decision making, and international  decision making. Students will have a chance to create a variety of products, including presentations, essays, summaries, etc. and participate in discussions on a variety of topics. There is also a citizenship project for student to work on throughout the semester. This project focuses on determining issues within different scales of community (local, national, and global) and taking action about an issue important to them.

 

Psychology 20

According to the American Psychological Association, psychology "is the study of the mind and behavior..., a diversepsychology20 scientific discipline comprising several major branches of research (e.g., experimental, biological, cognitive, lifespan developmental, personality, social), as well as several subareas of research and applied psychology (e.g., clinical, industrial/organizational, school and educational, human factors, health, neuropsychology, cross-cultural)." ( https://dictionary.apa.org/psychology )
This course, Psychology 20 - Social Psychology, is designed to help you explore influences on an individual's thoughts and feelings and about themselves and the world. You will investigate connections between mental health and personal environment in relation to holistic development and behaviour.
As well, you will engage in investigative inquiries of contemporary psychology issues and examine major theoretical perspectives, research methods, and Saskatchewan First Nations and Métis perspectives from a social context. ( 2019 Saskatchewan Curriculum - Psychology 20 )

 

Psychology 30

Is a course that aims to develop students' understanding and appreciation for psychology as a field of scientific knowledge, and to give students a frame a reference for understanding themselves, others, and social relationships. The Psychology 30 course focuses on human development. Students will learn about human growth and changes in behaviour associated with age, including the various stages of development from infancy through childhood, adolescence, adulthood, and old age.

 

History 30

In the course of History 30: Canadian Studies, we will be examining the history of Canada along a chronological history30 timeline. Beginning with the migration, European exploration, colonial conflicts, pre-confederation, post-confederation, and finishing with the examination of contemporary issues, national and international, that change and transform the physical, political, and social landscape of Canada. During the entire course we will be examining certain aspects of our national identity in regard to how we see ourselves, and how we are perceived from the rest of the world.

 

Native Studies 30 

native studies

Native/Indigenous Studies 30 is split into 5 units; an Introduction, Indigenous and Treaty Rights, Governance, Land Claims, Economics, and Social Development. There are a variety of assessments that will be used, such as case studies, research papers, presentations, reflective journals, discussion boards, and small amounts of collaborative group work. Students will develop an understanding of Indigenous history, current affairs, goals, and reconciliation. They will also get the chance to improve formal writing skills, including formatting and citations.  

 

Law 30

This course is heavy in content and has 6 different units. They are: Foundations of Law, Criminal Law, Civil Law, law 30 Family Law, Contract Law, and Law in Canada Today. Throughout these units students will access a variety of legal documents, news articles, and textbook resources. The students will complete open book quizzes, case studies, examples, and discussions on a variety of topics within these units. There is also a final project where students are asked to inquire about a topic of their choice and reflect on connections to Canadian Law and the course.