Academic Operational Policies
|Subject:||Non-core/Breadth Curriculum||Number:||AOP 241|
|Issued by:||Vice-President Academic||Date Issued:||August 2020|
|Supersedes:||N/A||Page:||1 of 1|
1. Introduction and Purpose
Curriculum at Loyalist College is central to the function of meeting community, employer, government and student needs. The design, development, and delivery of non-core (degree breadth) courses at the College considers its strategic plan, workforce needs, program content, currency and sustainability, and Ministerial, regulatory and accrediting body requirements.
The purpose of this policy to provide students enrolled in degree programs with information about their program requirements.
This policy includes all Loyalist College students enrolled in degree programs and applies to degree breadth requirements. This policy does not apply to professional option courses.
Non-core (degree breadth) course – A degree-level course designed to enhance essential skills, including critical thinking, quantitative and qualitative reasoning, and communication, and provides knowledge of society and culture, and skills relevant to civic engagement. Non-core courses expand and deepen knowledge and understanding of areas in Humanities, Sciences, Social Sciences, Global Cultures (including Indigenous Cultures) and/or Mathematics.
Non-core elective course – A non-core course that is freely chosen by students enrolled in degree programs and is available to students from a variety of programs.
Non-core prescribed course – A non-core course that all students in a degree program must complete.
Lower-level non-core course – A non-core course that introduces students in degree programs to key concepts and theories in Humanities, Sciences, Social Sciences, Global Cultures (including Indigenous Cultures) and/or Mathematics, establishing foundational survey knowledge and analysis.
Professional option course – An elective course of interest that is directly linked to a student’s program. These are not non-core courses and they do not satisfy the non-core requirements for a degree program.
Upper-level non-core course – A non-core course that requires the application of foundational knowledge to evaluate critically the complexities of specific discipline areas and theoretical frameworks to a greater degree.
4. Policy Statement
Non-core courses are degree breadth courses and complement professional courses in degree programs. Non-core requirements contribute to students’ knowledge of society and culture, skills relevant to civic engagement, and strengthen critical thinking, quantitative reasoning, and written and oral communication skills. This policy aligns with the Postsecondary Education Quality Assessment Board’s Manual for Ontario Colleges.
Every non-core course at Loyalist College is classified as either lower- or upper-level and falls into one of the following five (5) categories:
- Social Sciences
- Global Cultures (including Indigenous Cultures)
Students in degree programs must meet the following non-core requirements:
- Successful completion of non-core courses in at least two (2) of the five (5) categories (Humanities, Sciences, Social Sciences, Global Cultures and/or Mathematics).
- Successful completion of at least two (2) upper-level non-core courses.
- Successful completion of at least one (1) lower-level, or English or critical thinking course is required before enrolling in an upper-level non-core course.
Note: Professional option courses are not equivalent to non-core courses.
Postsecondary Education Quality Assessment Board Manual for Ontario Colleges