FIC Vocabulary

FIC Vocabulary

ALC/ALAC

Students with IELTS 6.0 (minimum 6.0 in Reading and Writing bands, minimum 5.5 in Listening and Speaking bands) or equivalent are exempt from the Academic Literacy Course.

ACADEMIC SUBJECT

An academic subject is a subject that counts for credit at SFU. For example, ENGL101 is an academic subject. MMT100 is not an academic subject.

COMPUTING ID

At FIC, you need to have access to internet and computers. Your computing ID helps you log onto computers on campus. You can find instructions on how to get a computing ID in this guide.

CGPA

Cumulative Grade Point Average: numerical average of all terms completed.

COREQUISITES

The following course have co-requisites (may only be taken at the same time)

  • ENSC100
  • ENSC105
  • PHYS140
  • PHYS141
  • MATH151 (unless this course has already been completed)
  • MATH152 (unless this course has already been completed)

COURSE REPEAT POLICY

A student may take a course no more than three times at FIC. Please note that different programs have different policies. Please see specific policies below:

Program Policy Result of Failure
Cornerstone
Program
Students who fail the Cornerstone Program may re-take the course up to 1 time. Inability to complete the program within two semesters will result in termination of studies from FIC.
Integrated
Program
Students who fail the Integrated Program may re-take the course up to 1 time. Students who fail the English program twice will be required to withdraw.
Business Program Students will only be allowed to repeat a maximum of 2 of the 8 required courses for admission.You can repeat only one time. If you have attempted more than two repeats, your best two repeats will be used to calculate your Business admission average.
Engineering/
Computing Science
Students will only be allowed to take an applied science course twice. Students best attempt will be used in the GPA calculation.

ENGLISH BASICS TUTORIAL

One one-hour session is provided on a weekly basis.  Each session consists of a short lesson focusing on a specific area of grammar or sentence structure.  A priority is placed on those areas of the English language which commonly cause problems in students’ writing.

ENROLMENT TIME

Enrolment time is the time you are assigned to enroll in classes. Click on “Enrolment” on the student portal. Your enrolment time should be posted there about a week before enrolment begins.

ENROLMENT

Enrolment means to sign up for classes. Enrolment is open until the Friday of the first week of classes. After that, it is no longer possible to sign up for new classes or change your class.

EXAM ACCOMMODATION

FIC will provide exam accommodation for students who have special requirements for taking their exams. Students must provide official documentation from an approved health provider like SFU Health and Counselling that specifically states what accommodation is needed (IE: extra time, separate room, etc.). Students can submit their exam accommodation documentation to Student Advisors. During Final Exam period, students must submit their exam accommodation documentation 72 hours before their exam to write on their final exam date.

FIC ID Number

Your FIC ID number is the number that we use to identify you at FIC. You can find your FIC ID number on your FIC Letter of Offer.

GPA

Grade Point Average: numerical average for classes.

INTEGRATED LEARNING SKILLS (ILS/ILSA)

ILS is a course designed to help you adjust to university life and life in Canada. All students entering into UTPII must enrol in this free non-credit course. Students enrolled in ILS must maintain a minimum 80% attendance level as well as satisfactorily complete all assignments in order to pass ILS. Students who do not pass ILS will only be allowed to repeat it once and will be subject to a $500.00 fee for the course. Students who do not pass ILS are not eligible to transfer to SFU. Cornerstone and UTPI students are exempt from this course.

Math Assessment Test (MAP) TEST

Every student has to take the MAP test to take Math at FIC. This test will assess your math knowledge and place you in the appropriate course for your math level.

MATH ENROLMENT POLICY

Students in UTPI or UTPII are not allowed to take more than one Math class per semester.

PREREQUISITES

The following courses have prerequisites:

Course Pre-requisite Grade
BUS251 9 credits of UTPII courses 9 credits with no grade less than a C-
BUS272 9 credits of UTPII courses 9 credits with no grade less than a C-
CMPT130 Must qualify for MATH151 MATH100 with B grade
or MAP Test 26 or above
CMPT135 CMPT130 C-
ECON260 ECON1034 C-
ENGL112/115 9 credits of UTPII courses C-
ENSC100 9 credits of UTPII courses D
HIST204 HIST102 / WL102 / ENGL112 / ENGL115 C-
MACM101 MAP test score 26 or above
or MATH100 B
MATH100 MAP test score 9-19
or MATH099 B+
or MATH101 and 103 C
MATH151 MAP test score 26 or above
or MATH100 B
or MATH101 and MATH103 B
MATH152 MATH151 C-
or MATH157 B
MATH157 MAP 20 or above
or MATH100 C
or MATH101 and 103 C
MATH232 MATH151 C-
or MATH157 B
or MACM101 B
POL231 POL100 D
PHYS141 PHYS140 C-
PSYC109 9 credits of UTPII courses C-
WL201 HIST102 / WL102 / ENGL112 / ENGL115 C-

UTP II REDUCED COURSE LOAD POLICY

A full course load is 4 academic courses per semester. A minimum course load is 3 courses. Students must take the minimum course load two out of every three semesters. Students who have completed the requirements for their program may be eligible to drop below the minimum course load to 2 courses.  You must complete the Course Drop Form wks 3-13 and see a Student Advisor to drop below the minimum course load.  Please note that application for a reduced course load does not automatically guarantee it will be granted.

REDUCED COURSE LOAD POLICY- Stage I

A full course load is 4 academic courses per semester. Students must take this course load two out of every three semesters. Students who have completed the requirements for their program may be eligible to drop below the minimum course load but must see an advisor.  You must complete the Course Drop Form wks 3-13 and see a Student Advisor to drop below the minimum course load.  Please note that application for a reduced course load does not automatically guarantee it will be granted.

SFU EMAIL AND FIC EMAIL

At FIC, you have a SFU email address and FIC Email Address. You can access your FIC email through the Student Portal.

SFU ID NUMBER

Your SFU ID number is your main identification at FIC and SFU. You will use it to apply to SFU. To find out your number, go to the Student Portal. Under “Student Profile” you will see all of your details. Under UNI ID, you will see a nine digit number. This is your SFU ID number.

WRITING COURSE POLICY

No student can enrol in more than one English or Writing course in one semester, except with prior approval. No student may be enrolled in English until they have completed three UTP II classes.

WQB REQUIREMENTS

All SFU undergraduate students are required to complete at least

  • 6 units in designated Writing (W) and,
  • 6 units in courses designated Quantitative (Q), and
  • 18 units in designated Breadth courses distributed among the
  • Humanities (B-Hum), Social Sciences (B-Soc) and Sciences (B-Sci)

A grade of C- or better is required to earn W, Q, or B credits.

The following lists the WQB designations. Some courses have more than one designation and may fulfill both requirements. Please see a faculty advisor once you have transferred to SFU to ensure your course planning is accurate for timely graduation.

WRITING (W) COURSES – WRITING INTENSIVE
ENSC100 - Engineering, Science and Society

Writing
Breadth-Humanities (Effective Fall 2010)
3 units
Faculty of Applied Science – Reviews the different modes of thought characteristic of science, engineering and computing. Examines the histories and chief current research issues in these fields. Considers the ethical and social responsibilities of engineering and computing work.

Prerequisite

Open to students who have passed 3 UTP II Classes
Corequisite: ENSC105

ENSC105 - Process, Form and Convention in Professional Genres

Writing
3 units
Faculty of Applied Science - The course teaches fundamentals of informative and persuasive communication for professional engineers and computer scientists in order to assist students in thinking critically about various contemporary technical, social, and ethical issues. It focuses on communicating technical information clearly and concisely, managing issues of persuasion when communicating with diverse audiences, presentation skills, and teamwork.

Prerequisite

Open to students who have passed 3 UTPII courses
Corequisite: ENSC100.

ENGL115 - Literature and Culture (Formerly ENGL105)

Writing
Breadth-Humanities (Effective Fall 2016)
3 units
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences – An Introduction to the study of literature within the wider cultural field, with a focus on contemporary issues across genres and media.

Prerequisite

Open to students who have passed 3 UTP II Classes
Students with credit for ENGL105 may not take this course for further credit.

ENGL113 - Literature and Performance

Writing
Breadth-Humanities (Effective Fall 2016)
3 units
Introduces students to plays and performance works created and adapted for the stage, and/or the performative dimensions of other literary forms. May be organized historically, generically or thematically. The course may also explore the links between literary and performance theory. Includes attention to writing skills.

Prerequisite

Open to students who have passed 3 UTP II Classes

ENGL112 - Literature Now (Formerly ENGL101)

Writing
Breadth-Humanities (Effective Fall 2016)
3 units
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences - Introduces students to contemporary works of literature in English and/or contemporary approaches to interpreting literature. May focus on one or multiple genres. Includes attention to writing skills.

Prerequisite

Open to students who have passed 3 UTP II Classes
Students with credit for ENGL101 may not take this course for further credit.

PSYC109 - Brain, Mind and Society

Writing
Breadth-Science
3 units
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences – Introduces the student to issues in Psychology by surveying the research on brain and behaviour and the implications of this work for individuals and society. Beginning with neurons, this course explores the transition to human experience.

Prerequisite

Open to students who have passed 3 UTP II Classes.

QUANTITATIVE (Q) COURSES
BUS251 - Financial Accounting I

Quantitative
3 units
Beedie School of Business – An introduction to financial accounting, including accounting terminology, understanding financial statements, and analysis of a business entity using financial statements. Includes also time value of money and a critical review of the conventional accounting system.

Prerequisite

Open to students who have passed 3 UTP II Classes with no grade less than a C-.
Not available to students on AP

CMPT120 - Introduction to Computer Science & Programming I

Quantitative
Breadth-Science
3 units
Faculty of Applied Sciences – An elementary introduction to computing science and computer programming, suitable for students with little or no programming background. Students will learn fundamental concepts and terminology of computing science, acquire elementary skills for programming in a high-level language and be exposed to diverse fields within, and applications of computing science. Topics include pseudocode; data types and control structures; fundamental algorithms; computability and complexity; computer architecture; and history of computing science. Treatment is informal and programming is presented as a problem-solving tool.

Prerequisite

No prerequisite required

CMPT128 - Introduction to Computer Science for Engineers

Quantitative
Breadth-Science (Effective Fall 2007)
3 units
Faculty of Applied Sciences – An introduction to computing science and computer programming, suitable for students wishing to major in Engineering Science, Computing Science or a related program. This course introduces basic computing science concepts, and fundamentals of object oriented programming. Topics include: fundamental algorithms and problem solving; abstract data types and elementary data structures; basic object-oriented programming and software design; elements of empirical and theoretical algorithmics; computation and computability; specification and program correctness.

Prerequisite

This course is no longer offered at FIC.

CMPT130 - Introduction to Computer Programming Ⅰ

Quantitative
Breadth-Science (Effective Fall 2012)
3 units
Faculty of Applied Sciences – An introduction to computing science and computer programming, using a systems-oriented language, such as C or C++. This course introduces basic computing science concepts. Topics will include: elementary data types, control structures, functions, arrays and strings, fundamental algorithms, computer organization and memory management.

Prerequisite

Computing Science students cannot take CMPT130 in the first semester of their study.
BC Math 12 (or equivalent, or any of MATH150, MATH151, MATH154, or MATH157), OR MATH100 with B grade OR MAP test score (26 or above).
Students with credit for CMPT102, CMPT120, CMPT126, or CMPT128 may not take this course for further credit.

CMPT135 - Introduction to Computer Programming Ⅱ

Quantitative
3 units
Faculty of Applied Sciences – A second course in systems-oriented programming and computing science that builds upon the foundation set in CMPT 130 using a systems-oriented language such as C or C++. Topics: a review of the basic elements of programming; introduction to object-oriented programming (OOP); techniques for designing and testing programs; use and implementation of elementary data structures and algorithms; introduction to embedded systems programming.

Prerequisite

CMPT130 with a minimum C- grade.
Students with credit for CMPT125, CMPT126, or CMPT128 may not take this course for further credit.

CMPT150 - Introduction to Computer Design

Quantitative
3 units
Faculty of Applied Sciences – Digital design concepts are presented in such a way that students will learn how basic logic blocks of a simple computer are designed. Topics covered include basic Von Neumann computer architecture; an introduction to assembly language programming; combinational logic design; and sequential logic design.

Prerequisite

This course is no longer offered at FIC.

ECON103 - Principles of Microeconomics

Quantitative
Breadth-Social Sciences
4 units
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences – The principal elements of theory concerning utility and value; price and costs; factor analysis; productivity; labor organization; competition and monopoly; and the theory of the firm.

Prerequisite

No prerequisite required

ECON105 - Principles of Macroeconomics

Quantitative
Breadth-Social Sciences
4 units
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences – The principal elements of theory concerning money and income; distribution; social accounts; public finance; international trade; comparative systems; and development and growth.

Prerequisite

No prerequisite required

ECON260 - Environmental Economics

Quantitative
3 units
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences – Economic analysis of environmental problems (water and air pollution, etc.) Evaluation of market failures due to externalities and public goods. Market and non-market regulation of environmental problems.

Prerequisite

ECON103 with a minimum C- grade

FPA149 - Sound (Formerly FPA184)

Quantitative
3 units
Faculty of Communications, Arts and Technology – Introduction to acoustics, psychoacoustics, sound synthesis, audio sampling and signal processing, and sound production in general as relating to music, film sound, radio, new media, art installations and live performance.

Prerequisite

No prerequisite required

MACM101 - Discrete Mathematics I

Quantitative
Breadth-Science
3 units
Faculty of Science – This course is an introduction to discrete mathematics. The course will focus on establishing basic principles and motivate the relevance of those principles by providing examples of applications in computing science.

Prerequisite

MAP test score (26 or above) OR MATH100 with a minimum B grade

MATH100 - Precalculus

Quantitative
Breadth-Science (Before Summer 2017)
3 units
Faculty of Science – Designed to prepare students for first year Calculus courses. Topics include language and notation of mathematics; problem solving; algebraic, exponential, logarithmic and trigonometric functions and their graphs.

Prerequisite

MAP test score (9-19) OR MTH099 with a B+ minimum grade OR MTH101 & MTH103 with a minimum C grade
MATH100 may not be counted towards the mathematics minor, major or honors degree requirements.
Students with a passing grade in MATH157 or MATH151 may not take this course for credit.

MATH151 - Calculus I

Quantitative
3 units
Faculty of Science – Designed for students specializing in mathematics, physics, chemistry, computing science and engineering. Logarithmic and exponential functions; trigonometric functions; and inverse functions. Limits, continuity, and derivatives. Techniques of differentiation, including logarithmic and implicit differentiation. The Mean Value Theorem. Applications of Differentiation including extrema, curve sketching, related rates, Newton's method. Antiderivatives and applications. Conic sections, polar coordinates, parametric curves.

Prerequisite

MAP test score (26 or above) OR MATH100 with a minimum B grade OR MTH101 & MTH103 with a minimum B grade

MATH152 - Calculus II

Quantitative
3 units
Faculty of Science – Riemann sum, Fundamental Theorem of Calculus, definite, indefinite and improper integrals, approximate integration, integration techniques, applications of integration. First-order separable differential equations. Sequences and series, series tests, power series, convergence, and applications of power series.

Prerequisite

MATH151 with a C- minimum grade or MATH157 with a B minimum grade

MATH157 - Calculus for the Social Sciences I

Quantitative
Breadth-Science (Before Summer 2017)
3 units
Faculty of Science – Designed for students specializing in business or the social sciences. Topics include limits, growth rate and the derivative; logarithmic exponential and trigonometric functions and their application to business, economics, optimization and approximation methods; functions of several variables.

Prerequisite

MAP test score (20 or above) OR MATH100 with a C minimum grade OR MTH101 & MTH103 with a B minimum grade
Students with credit for MATH151 may not take MATH157 for further credit.

MATH232 - Applied Linear Algebra

Quantitative
3 units
Faculty of Science – Linear equations, matrices, determinants. Introduction to vector spaces and linear transformations and bases. Complex numbers. Eigenvalues and eigenvectors; diagonalization. Inner products and orthogonality; least squares problems. An emphasis on applications involving matrix and vector calculations.

Prerequisite

MATH151 with a C- minimum grade OR MATH157 with a B minimum grade OR MACM101 with a B minimum grade
Students with credit for MATH240 may not take this course for further credit.

PHIL105 - Critical Thinking (Formerly PHIL001)

Quantitative
Breadth-Science (Effective Summer 2016)
Breadth-Social Sciences (Effective Summer 2016)
3 units
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences – An introduction to the evaluation of arguments as they are encountered in everyday life. The central aim will be to sharpen skills of reasoning and argumentation by understanding how arguments work and learning to distinguish those which actually prove what they set out to show from those which do not.

Prerequisite

No prerequisite required

PHYS140 - Studio Physics – Mechanics & Modern Physics

Quantitative
Breadth-Science
4 units
Faculty of Science – A general calculus-based introduction to mechanics taught in an integrated lecture-laboratory environment. Topics include translational and rotational motion, momentum, energy, gravitation, and selected topics in modern physics.

Prerequisite

BC Principles of Physics 12, or equivalent.
Corequisite: MATH151
There is a $100 Lab fee associated with this course.

PHYS141 - Studio Physics – Optics, Electricity and Magnetism

Quantitative
Breadth-Science
4 units
Faculty of Science – A general calculus-based introduction to electricity, magnetism and optics taught in an integrated lecture-laboratory environment. Topics include electricity, magnetism, simple circuits, optics and topics from applied physics.

Prerequisite

PHYS140 with C-minimum grade
Corequisite: MATH152
There is a $100 Lab fee associated with this course.

STAT203 - Introduction to Statistics for the Social Sciences

Quantitative
3 units
Faculty of Science / Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences – Introduction to descriptive and inferential statistics aimed at students in the social sciences. Scales of measurement. Descriptive statistics. Measures of association. Hypothesis tests and confidence intervals. Intended to be particularly accessible to students who are not specializing in Statistics.

Prerequisite

No prerequisite required

BREADTH (B) COURSES

Students must take 6 units each of Humanities (B-Hum), Social Sciences (B-Soc), and Science (B-Sci)

HUMANITIES: (B-HUM)
ENSC100 - Engineering, Science and Society

Writing
Breadth-Humanities (Effective Fall 2010)
3 units
Faculty of Applied Science – Reviews the different modes of thought characteristic of science, engineering and computing. Examines the histories and chief current research issues in these fields. Considers the ethical and social responsibilities of engineering and computing work.

Prerequisite

Open to students who have passed 3 UTP II Classes
Corequisite: ENSC105

FNST101 - The Cultures, Languages and Origines of Canada’s First Peoples

Breadth-Humanities (Effective Spring 2008)
Breadth-Social Sciences (Effective Spring 2008)
3 units
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences – An introduction to the nature and goals of First Nations studies as an academic discipline; survey of prehistory, traditional cultures and aboriginal languages of Canada's First Nations.

Prerequisite

No prerequisite required

FPA135 - Introduction to Cinema (Formerly FPA136)

Breadth-Humanities (Effective Fall 2015)
3 units
Faculty of Communications, Arts and Technology – An introductory course designed to facilitate a fundamental understanding of film technique, style and form in order to develop the skills with which to analyze films of all genres. Through lectures and screenings it will provide an overview of the social, aesthetic and technical development of motion pictures, introducing tools for the formal analysis of the elements of cinema: cinematography and lighting, art direction, performance, editing, sound and the screenplay. The formal and historical elements of documentary, avant-garde and dramatic films will be addressed. The course will involve the screening and discussion of several complete feature films and shorts, as well as excerpts from others.

Prerequisite

No prerequisite required

HIST102 - Canada Since Confederation

Breadth-Humanities
3 units
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences – A survey of Canadian history since 1867.

Prerequisite

No prerequisite required

HIST204 - The Social History of Canada

Breadth-Humanities
3 units
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences – A survey of major themes in Canadian social history from the arrival of Europeans to the present day. Particular attention will be paid to the effects of gender, race and class on the experience to Canadians over time.

Prerequisite

HIST102 / WL101 or ENGL112 / ENGL115 with a minimum C- grade

IAT110 - Visual Communication Design

Breadth-Humanities (Effective Fall 2014)
3 units
Faculty of Communication, Art and Technology - Visual communication for art and design in digital media. Students learn the fundamentals of digital raster and vector image creation. Design principles such as form, typography and colour theory as they apply to digital media will be taught. Students will have core projects in digital photography, magazine layout, and kinetic typography.

Prerequisite

Primarily for non-SIAT majors; while SIAT majors may take the course, it does not count for credit for SIAT degree requirements.

ENGL115 - Literature and Culture (Formerly ENGL105)

Writing
Breadth-Humanities (Effective Fall 2016)
3 units
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences – An Introduction to the study of literature within the wider cultural field, with a focus on contemporary issues across genres and media.

Prerequisite

Open to students who have passed 3 UTP II Classes
Students with credit for ENGL105 may not take this course for further credit.

ENGL113 - Literature and Performance

Writing
Breadth-Humanities (Effective Fall 2016)
3 units
Introduces students to plays and performance works created and adapted for the stage, and/or the performative dimensions of other literary forms. May be organized historically, generically or thematically. The course may also explore the links between literary and performance theory. Includes attention to writing skills.

Prerequisite

Open to students who have passed 3 UTP II Classes

ENGL112 - Literature Now (Formerly ENGL101)

Writing
Breadth-Humanities (Effective Fall 2016)
3 units
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences - Introduces students to contemporary works of literature in English and/or contemporary approaches to interpreting literature. May focus on one or multiple genres. Includes attention to writing skills.

Prerequisite

Open to students who have passed 3 UTP II Classes
Students with credit for ENGL101 may not take this course for further credit.

WL201 - East/West

Breadth-Humanities (Effective Fall 2009)
3 units
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences – Explores the relationship between Eastern and Western narratives. The focus may include the mutual influence of Eastern and Western cultural traditions and modernity’s, the construction of the ‘East’ in the West and of the ‘West’ in the East, theories of Orientalism and Occidentalism, and forms of East/West syncretism.

Prerequisite

WL101 or HIST102 & HIST204; or ENGL112; or ENGL115

SCIENCE: (B-SCI)
BISC100 - Introduction to Biology

Breadth-Science
4 units
Faculty of Science – An introduction to the basic concepts of biology, emphasizing evolution as a unifying theme. Topics include cell structure, mitosis and meiosis, DNA structure and function, evolution and population and ecosystem ecology.

Prerequisite

There is a $100 Lab fee associated with this course.
There is a $100 Book fee associated with this course.

BPK140 - Contemporary Health Issues (Formerly KIN140)

Breadth-Science
3 units
Faculty of Science – Explores health from a holistic perspective, in which health is viewed as physical, psychological, and social well-being. Considers genetics, environment, personal health behaviors (such as diet, exercise, stress management, and drug use), socioeconomic status, health care delivery systems, and aging with the intent to improve students' abilities to evaluate health information.

Prerequisite

Not available to students on AP.

CMPT120 - Introduction to Computer Science & Programming I

Quantitative
Breadth-Science
3 units
Faculty of Applied Sciences – An elementary introduction to computing science and computer programming, suitable for students with little or no programming background. Students will learn fundamental concepts and terminology of computing science, acquire elementary skills for programming in a high-level language and be exposed to diverse fields within, and applications of computing science. Topics include pseudocode; data types and control structures; fundamental algorithms; computability and complexity; computer architecture; and history of computing science. Treatment is informal and programming is presented as a problem-solving tool.

Prerequisite

No prerequisite required

CMPT130 - Introduction to Computer Programming Ⅰ

Quantitative
Breadth-Science (Effective Fall 2012)
3 units
Faculty of Applied Sciences – An introduction to computing science and computer programming, using a systems-oriented language, such as C or C++. This course introduces basic computing science concepts. Topics will include: elementary data types, control structures, functions, arrays and strings, fundamental algorithms, computer organization and memory management.

Prerequisite

Computing Science students cannot take CMPT130 in the first semester of their study.
BC Math 12 (or equivalent, or any of MATH150, MATH151, MATH154, or MATH157), OR MATH100 with B grade OR MAP test score (26 or above).
Students with credit for CMPT102, CMPT120, CMPT126, or CMPT128 may not take this course for further credit.

MACM101 - Discrete Mathematics I

Quantitative
Breadth-Science
3 units
Faculty of Science – This course is an introduction to discrete mathematics. The course will focus on establishing basic principles and motivate the relevance of those principles by providing examples of applications in computing science.

Prerequisite

MAP test score (26 or above) OR MATH100 with a minimum B grade

PHIL105 - Critical Thinking (Formerly PHIL001)

Quantitative
Breadth-Science (Effective Summer 2016)
Breadth-Social Sciences (Effective Summer 2016)
3 units
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences – An introduction to the evaluation of arguments as they are encountered in everyday life. The central aim will be to sharpen skills of reasoning and argumentation by understanding how arguments work and learning to distinguish those which actually prove what they set out to show from those which do not.

Prerequisite

No prerequisite required

PHYS140 - Studio Physics – Mechanics & Modern Physics

Quantitative
Breadth-Science
4 units
Faculty of Science – A general calculus-based introduction to mechanics taught in an integrated lecture-laboratory environment. Topics include translational and rotational motion, momentum, energy, gravitation, and selected topics in modern physics.

Prerequisite

BC Principles of Physics 12, or equivalent.
Corequisite: MATH151
There is a $100 Lab fee associated with this course.

PHYS141 - Studio Physics – Optics, Electricity and Magnetism

Quantitative
Breadth-Science
4 units
Faculty of Science – A general calculus-based introduction to electricity, magnetism and optics taught in an integrated lecture-laboratory environment. Topics include electricity, magnetism, simple circuits, optics and topics from applied physics.

Prerequisite

PHYS140 with C-minimum grade
Corequisite: MATH152
There is a $100 Lab fee associated with this course.

PSYC109 - Brain, Mind and Society

Writing
Breadth-Science
3 units
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences – Introduces the student to issues in Psychology by surveying the research on brain and behaviour and the implications of this work for individuals and society. Beginning with neurons, this course explores the transition to human experience.

Prerequisite

Open to students who have passed 3 UTP II Classes.

SOCIAL SCIENCES: (B-SOC)
ARCH100 - Ancient Peoples and Places

Breadth-Social Sciences
3 units
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences – A broad survey of human cultural development from the late Palaeolithic/Palaeo Indian periods (ca 40,000 BP) to the rise of civilization and empires, in both the Old and New Worlds.

Prerequisite

No prerequisite required

FNST201 - Canadian Aboriginal Peoples’ Perspectives on History

Breadth-Social Sciences (Effective Summer 2018)
3 units
An examination of fact and ideology in history and historic events involving contact between Aboriginal and European peoples. The course will also address questions of research methodologies in studying Aboriginal/European relations, such as the evaluation of oral history and written ethnohistoric sources. An additional focus will be on gender as it influences perspectives.

Prerequisite

No prerequisite required

CMNS110 - Introduction to Communication Studies

Breadth-Social Sciences
3 units
Faculty of Communication, Art & Technology – An introduction to selected theories about human communication. This course is required for a major, honors or minor in communication.

Prerequisite

No prerequisite required

CRIM101 - Introduction to Criminology

Breadth-Social Sciences
3 units
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences – This course provides a basic understanding of criminological concepts and theories and a solid foundation for future criminology courses. Emphasis will be placed on developing the relationship between criminological ideas, research, practice and policy in Canada. Lectures and readings will introduce students to a range of theoretical and substantive issues in criminology. Topics will include: examination of different terms and concepts commonly used in Criminology, such as crime, delinquency, deviance, criminal, victim, rehabilitation and treatment; criminology as a body of knowledge and as a profession; position and subject matter of criminology; relationship between criminology and other academic disciplines; specificity of criminology; relationship between theory and practice; history and evolution of criminological thought; elements of continuity and discontinuity between classical and modern theories of criminality; levels of explanations in criminology; practical applications of criminology, and the foundations of a modern criminal policy.

Prerequisite

No prerequisite required

CRIM135 - Introduction to Canadian Law & Legal Institutions

Breadth-Social Sciences
3 units
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences – A general introduction to the fundamental and competing principles of jurisprudence and to the basic legal institutions of Canada. Prepares students for those law and law-related courses offered within the School of Criminology and will consider the history of Canadian law, the development of the Canadian constitution, the system of Canadian courts and the roles and responsibilities of members of the legal profession. In addition, the course will consider the nature of legal reasoning, the doctrine of precedent, principles of statutory interpretation and will also introduce the fields of contract, torts, administrative law, and family law. Also examines the process of law reform in Canada.

Prerequisite

No prerequisite required

ECON103 - Principles of Microeconomics

Quantitative
Breadth-Social Sciences
4 units
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences – The principal elements of theory concerning utility and value; price and costs; factor analysis; productivity; labor organization; competition and monopoly; and the theory of the firm.

Prerequisite

No prerequisite required

ECON105 - Principles of Macroeconomics

Quantitative
Breadth-Social Sciences
4 units
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences – The principal elements of theory concerning money and income; distribution; social accounts; public finance; international trade; comparative systems; and development and growth.

Prerequisite

No prerequisite required

FNST101 - The Cultures, Languages and Origines of Canada’s First Peoples

Breadth-Humanities (Effective Spring 2008)
Breadth-Social Sciences (Effective Spring 2008)
3 units
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences – An introduction to the nature and goals of First Nations studies as an academic discipline; survey of prehistory, traditional cultures and aboriginal languages of Canada's First Nations.

Prerequisite

No prerequisite required

GEOG100 - Our World: Introducing Human Geography

Breadth-Social Sciences
3 units
Faculty of Environment – A geographical introduction to how humans shape our world, with attention also given to how it shapes us. Themes may include: culture, economic activities, environmental change, globalization, politics, population, resources, and urbanization.

Prerequisite

There is a $85 Book fee associated with this course.

HSCI160 - Global Perspectives on Health

Breadth-Social Sciences (Effective Spring 2009)
3 units
Faculty of Health Sciences – The primary aim of the course is to engage and inspire students about the opportunities and challenges in global health. This is an overview of issues in global health from many different viewpoints and provides general understanding of factors/dynamics that affect the health of human populations and efforts to improve it. What is the difference between the health of an individual and the health of a population, vulnerable populations, and global population? What’s the burden of disease and who shoulders the greatest proportion of it? What are the determinants of health, what’s the role of culture, lifestyle, health beliefs, environmental factors, access to health services and other resources? The course will answer these and many other questions from the global perspective; it will also look at the changing pattern of population health and diseases in the world and will discuss major challenges and emerging issues.

Prerequisite

No prerequisite required

POL141 - War, International Cooperation and Development (Formerly POL241)

Breadth-Social Science (Effective Fall 2016)
3 units
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences – Theory and practice of international politics, diplomacy, hot war, cold war, alliances and the role of leaders. Students who have taken .

Prerequisite

POL 241 may not take this course for further credit.
There is a $90 Book fee associated with this course.

LBST101 - Introducing Labour Studies

Breadth-Social Sciences
3 units
Introduction to key concepts necessary for understanding the character and organization of work in contemporary society. The discussion of such issues as how our society decides who works, what the work will be, and under what conditions people work, will be situated in the context of current debates, trends, and issues.

Prerequisite

No Prerequisite Required

LING111 - Introduction To English Vocabulary Analysis

Breadth-Social Sciences
3 units
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences – Introduces the linguistic pathways by which selected contemporary English vocabulary has arisen. Word etymologies are derived through the application of analytical tools leading to a deeper understanding of language change and word meaning.

Prerequisite

Students with credit for LING110 may not take this course for further credit.

LING110 - The Wonder of Words

Breadth-Social Sciences (Effective Spring 2010)
3 units
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences – Study of the structure of words, the change of meaning of words, the change in form of words. Examples from English, French and other languages. A general interest course open to all students.

Prerequisite

Students who have taken LING110 in Fall 2009 or prior will NOT receive B-Soc designation.
This course is no longer offered at FIC.

LING220 - Introduction to Linguistics

Breadth-Social Sciences (Effective Spring 2010)
3 units
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences – This class is an introductory study of how language works and the complexities of human language. The course focuses on the central topics of modern linguistic science: Phonetics - the production, transmission, and perception of speech sounds, Phonology - the patterning of speech sounds, Morphology - word structure, Syntax - sentence structure, and Semantics - meaning.

Prerequisite

No prerequisite required

PHIL105 - Critical Thinking (Formerly PHIL001)

Quantitative
Breadth-Science (Effective Summer 2016)
Breadth-Social Sciences (Effective Summer 2016)
3 units
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences – An introduction to the evaluation of arguments as they are encountered in everyday life. The central aim will be to sharpen skills of reasoning and argumentation by understanding how arguments work and learning to distinguish those which actually prove what they set out to show from those which do not.

Prerequisite

No prerequisite required

POL100 - Introduction to Politics and Government

Breadth-Social Sciences
3 units
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences – A comprehensive introduction to the study of politics and government for both political science majors and students specializing in other disciplines. The course will explore the major concepts, methods, approaches and issues in political science, as well as the primary components of government structure and the political process.

Prerequisite

There is a $75 Book fee associated with this course.

POL231 - Introduction to Comparative Government and Politics

Breadth-Social Sciences
3 units
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences – An introduction to political processes and structures in comparative perspective.

Prerequisite

POL100 with a D minimum grade.

PSYC100 - Introduction to Psychology I

Breadth-Social Sciences
3 units
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences – Acquaints the student with the major issues in contemporary psychology and considers the historical antecedents. Special attention is given to questions of methodology and research design in psychology. Topics in physiological psychology, perception, learning, and motivation are considered.

Prerequisite

No prerequisite required

PSYC102 - Introduction to Psychology II

Breadth-Social Sciences
3 units
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences – Acquaints the student with major issues in contemporary psychology and considers their historical antecedents. Topics in learning, cognition, social psychology and abnormal psychology are considered.

Prerequisite

PSYC100 is strongly recommended.

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