Automated Office 40S
The purpose of this course is to develop technology-based skills that are necessary to survive the ever-changing environment in which businesses operate. The students will become proficient in paper-based and electronic communication through the use of software including Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Publisher, Excel, and Access. Students will also practice general office skills such as email and office etiquette. It is anticipated course participants will become more employable and better prepared for a business office environment.
Family Studies 40S
This course is a study of how families change throughout life, the various issues families face and how best to cope with challenges. Students will learn about the history of the family and how it has changed over time in addition to observing the forms, functions and roles of families. Factors affecting individuals and families are studied, such as stress and lifestyle, communication skills, parenting skills, balancing work and family life, resource management, violence, marriage, divorce and separation. Human growth, development and reproduction, along with individual character development and personality, are explored and students will also learn about caring for the elderly and understanding the challenges of aging.
This course provides students with an introduction to the legal systems, as well as the principles, practices and consequences of law with regard to torts, contracts, crimes, property rights, family and inheritance. While the course provides some background to business situations, many topics deal with circumstances found in private life.
Topics in Psychology 40S include introduction to the world of Psychology, the historical and present day perspectives, how psychologists research to understand people and why they act the way they do. Biological aspects of Psychology are studied, such as structure and function of the brain and nervous system, sensation and perception, what motivates us, how we learn, think and remember, and the various learning styles and multiple intelligences. We also look at development through the lifespan, personality, how groups and culture influence our behaviour, influences on personality and personality disorders. Stress and its effects are also discussed, along with wellness, dreams and altered states of consciousness, including hypnosis.