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Grade 11 Courses

Grade 11 Courses Summary

Grade 11 is another very important year. It is the second year of a student’s journey to meeting their graduation requirements.

In grade 11, the courses needed for graduation are:

  • a Language Arts (aka English) 11
  • Social Studies 11 or12
  • Mathematics 11 or 12
  • a Science 11 or 12
  • a Fine Arts and/or an Applied Skills 10, 11, or 12, OR
  • one or two electives from grade 10 - 12. A student is also required to take 7 electives for graduation (3 of which must be a grade 12 level course)

     Applied Skills courses offered at SCIDES:
     Accounting 11, ACE IT, Business Computer Applications 11, Entrepreneurship 10, Family Studies 11/12,
     Foods & Nutrition 11/12, Marketing 11/12, Secondary School Apprenticeship 11A * Note that
     Independent Directed Studies courses may also include focus areas of Information Technology,
     Technology Education, Textiles etc.

      Fine Arts courses offered at SCIDES:
     
Art Foundations 11/12, Photography 10-12, Visual Arts  10-12.* Note
      that Independent Directed Studies courses may also include focus areas of Dance, Drama, Theater
      etc.

      **Wondering about trades and apprenticeships and the jobs that could be available to you? We
      have those too. Under courses, select “Trades and Apprenticeships”**



Aboriginal Leadership 11 (BAA)

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Accelerated Credit Enrolment in Industry Training (ACE IT) 11A and 11B

ACE IT is an industry training program for high school students. Through an ACE IT program, students can take courses that will give both high school graduation credits and a head start towards completion of an apprenticeship program.

ACE IT programs are developed and offered as partnerships between school districts and post-secondary institutions, and some classes such as welding are taught at UBCO, NVIT or TRU. Local employers frequently get involved in the development of ACE IT programs resulting in a high rate of success in finding employment upon program completion.

When a student successfully completes an ACE IT program he or she will receive credit for level one of the technical training (in-class) component of their industry training program. Through work experience placements included in the program students will also receive credit towards the on the job component of their training.

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Accounting 11

4 credits

This course is designed as an introduction to accounting concepts for those seeking entry level employment skills. Students gain insight into financial problems and solutions that have far-reaching benefits for entrepreneurial and professional careers. The course covers the basic principles of the double entry system and the accounting cycle. No previous accounting knowledge is required.

This course satisfies 4 Credits towards Fine Arts in the BC Graduation Program.

Recommended: Minimum C+ average Math 10 .
 

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Art 11

This course gives students experience with a wide variety of techniques and processes. This course involves both 2 and 3 dimensional art activities. The focus will be on developing an awareness of and skill in the use of the elements and principles of design, developing personal images, skill in the use of various media and techniques, and an increased awareness of historical and cultural contexts. Art Foundations 11 meets the needs of students taking art for the first time. This course also allows for students with previous experience to continue their art education. Projects completed in this course may form part of a developing student portfolio for use in future employment or further arts education at the post secondary level.

This course satisfies 4 Credits towards Fine Arts or Applied Skills credit in the BC Graduation Program.

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Biology 11

4 credits

Biology 11 is an academic course that is a tool to investigate the life around us. Exploration of the inter-connectedness between the many different species in our world will be encouraged through interactive labs and projects.

Topics include:

Ecology
Evolution
Microbiology
Plant Biology
Animal Biology

3 Modules

3 Supervised Exams

At Home and Virtual Labs

Prerequisites:
Science 10

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Business Computer Applications 11

4 credits

This course is designed to develop skills and attitudes that will be useful in the business world. Work through the course in a sequential manner. Each unit rests on skills mastered in previous units.

Proficiency with touch keyboarding continues to be an essential workplace skill and employment requirement. As you prepare a variety of business materials and complete business-related tasks, you will demonstrate your keyboarding proficiency as well as your word processing and document-formatting skills.

Communication in a business setting requires personal and technological skills. You will develop your skills in a business setting and learn how various forms of communication help a business achieve its goals.

You will demonstrate your ability to communicate clearly and effectively for business as you simulate workplace activities such as developing publications and reports, listening and speaking, and using electronically stored and transmitted information.

Businesses use a wide variety of equipment that requires a basic level of technical skill to operate. Using a variety of software, you will develop your understanding of business information systems and improve your keyboard proficiency, critical-thinking abilities, and entrepreneurial and problem-solving skills.

This course satisfies 4 Credits towards Fine Arts or Applied Skills credit in the BC Graduation Program.

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Chemistry 11

4 credits
Chemistry 11 is an introductory academic course that builds a foundation for later studies in chemistry. The course material involves both reasoning and problem solving. The major topics include:

Introduction to Chemistry
Atoms, Molecules, and Ions
The Mole Concept
Chemical Reactions
Atomic Theory
Solution Chemistry
Organic Chemistry

Pre-requisites:
Science 10 and Foundations or Pre-calculus Math 10

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Communications 11

4 credits

Designed to meet the needs of students who do not plan to go directly to university, as well as students who have had a history of difficulty in English courses. Follows a sequence of development from basic to advanced skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing. Literature, which forms approximately one-third of the course, will be interwoven into the course.

Course overview:

Three modules

Three supervised module tests

Modules:

1. Information Navigation

2. Communication and Community

3. Storytelling

Prerequisite: English 10

 

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Computer Programming 11

4 credits

APPLIED DESIGN, SKILLS, AND TECHNOLOGIES

The goal of Programming 11 is to introduce the concepts and tools needed to begin computer programming. No prior knowledge is required or assumed - students will learn the basics from the ground up using Javascript, which is an integral part of today's web sites. Ideas will be presented in such a way that they are transferable to other programming languages. Students will emerge with a solid foundation of coding skills, and experience with a language highly relevant to today's tech world.
 
No specific prerequisites, however a desire to program and a general comfort level with basic programming an assett.
 

Earth Science 11

4 credits

Earth Science 11 is a course designed to provide Senior Secondary students with a background knowledge and the opportunity to investigate their earth, its materials and its processes. Topics will be studied from the areas of:

  • Astronomical Sciences (stellar systems, solar system),
  • Geological Science (earth’s crust, the changing planet, fossils, renewable and non-renewable resources, geological time), and
  • Oceanographic and Atmospheric Sciences (oceans, weather).

This course satisfies 4 Credits towards Science 11 credit in the BC Graduation Program.

Prerequisites:
Science 10

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English 11

4 credits

Designed to enhance students' appreciation for literature while focusing on improving writing skills. Students will study essays, novels, plays, poems and short stories from various times, places, and authors, to provide an opportunity to read good literature and to develop their comprehension, writing, and discussion skills.

  • Literature: Continued focus on both classical and modern writers. Particular emphasis on theme and purpose.
  • Composition: Emphasis on rhetorical strategies for successful writing. A major research essay is a requirement of the course.

Course overview:

Three modules

Three supervised module tests

Modules:

1. Facts and Fiction (Short Stories)

Choice: 2 or 3

2. Poetry and novel Who Has Seen the Wind?

3. Poetry and novel Lord of the Flies

4. Shakespeare’s Macbeth


Prerequisite: English 10

 

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Family studies 11

4 credits

The aim of the Family Studies 11 curriculum is to provide students with the knowledge, skills, and attitudes that will assist them in making informed decisions related to parenting, adolescence, adulthood, family and interpersonal relationships, and housing and living environments.

Prerequisites:
None

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Foods & Nutrition 11

4 credits

The aim of the Foods and Nutrition 11 and 12 curriculum is to provide opportunities for students to develop the knowledge, skills, and attitudes that have immediate and future applications in their personal and family lives, as well as in local and global environments, including understanding the principles of healthy eating to plan and create nutritious foods for individuals, groups, and family members; increasing knowledge of the nutritional, social, and economic factors that affect food selection and preparation; practising and thinking critically about principles and techniques related to acquisition, production, and consumption of foods.

Prerequisites:
None

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Forensics 11 BAA

Board Approved course (BAA)

Fingerprints. Blood spatter. DNA analysis. The world of law enforcement is increasingly making use of the techniques and knowledge from the sciences to better understand the crimes that are committed and to catch those individuals responsible for the crimes. Forensic science applies scientific knowledge to the criminal justice system. This course focuses on some of the techniques and practices used by forensic scientists during a crime scene investigation (CSI). Starting with how clues and data are recorded and preserved, the student will follow evidence trails until the CSI goes to trial, examining how various elements of the crime scene are analyzed and processed.

This course satisfies 4 Credits towards General Electives in the BC Graduation Program.

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French 11

4 credits

French 11 is a course designed to help students become confident with the French language and develop skills required to effectively communicate in numerous different ways within real-life scenarios.

In this course, you will build upon the skills, knowledge and understanding you already have to become even more confident and fluent in French. It is expected that in tackling French 11, you are comfortable reading, writing and speaking in French given support in the form of vocabulary and study aids. Almost all of the instruction for this course will be delivered in French, just as it would be if you were in a regular Grade 11 French classroom setting.

As much as possible, we will be using authentic French language resources as content in place of a text or workbook.

It is recommended that students complete:
• French 10 or equivalent
• Or permission from teacher

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Independent Directed Studies 11

Independent Directed Studies allow a student, under the supervision of a teacher (counsellor), to initiate, develop and complete their own area of learning based on the Prescribed Learning Outcomes (PLO's) of a Ministry-Developed or Board/Authority Authorized Grade 10, 11 or 12 elective course.

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Math 11, A&W

Apprenticeship and Workplace Mathematics 11 prepares students to solve problems, communicate and reason mathematically, make connections between mathematics and its applications, become mathematically literate, appreciate and value mathematics, and make informed decisions as contributors to society.

Math 10 is a suggested prerequisite to attempting this course.  Topics to be covered:

  • Measurement – Development of spatial sense through direct and indirect measurement.
  • Geometry – Develop spatial sense.
  • Number – develop number sense and critical thinking skills.
  • Algebra – Develop algebraic reasoning.
  • Statistics – Develop statistical reasoning.

Prerequisites:

AWM10. Scientific calculators are required
 
4 credits
 

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Math 11, FOM

4 credits

Foundations of Mathematics 11 is an exciting study of a broad range of math topics, designed to ignite students interests in math and many of it's different facets. Students will engage with ideas like logical and spatial reasoning, algebraic interpretation and statistical analysis. Students will also undertake a history of mathematics project.

The topics covered include:
  • Quadratic Functions and Equations
  • Sine and Cosine Law
  • Geometry and Reasoning
  • Rates and Ratios
  • Inequalities and Linear Programming
  • Statistical Distributions and Analysis

This course is available as an entire video curriculum, with flash animated videos and interactive technology components. There is engaging instruction, and comprehensive practice materials. A graphing calculator such as a TI-83 or TI-84 is suggested but not required.

Prerequisites: FOMP 10
Scientific calculators are required.
4 credits
 

Math 11, PreCal

4 credits

Pre-Calculus 11 requires that students have complete Principles of Math 10 or Foundations of Math and Pre-Calculus 10. The goal of Pre-Calculus 11 is to prepare students for Pre-Calculus 12, which will in turn see students fully prepared to take Calculus in high school or University. This course consists of exciting, interactive animation and video lessons, that guide students in discovery of the following topics:

Quadratic Functions
Radical Functions
Polynomial Functions
Absolute Value Functions
Rational Expressions
Arithmetic and Geometric Sequences
Trigonometry

Prerequisites:FPM10 with C+min. Graphing calculators required.

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Marketing 11: Sports & Entertainment

Have you ever wished to play sports professionally? Have you dreamed of one day becoming an agent for a celebrity entertainer? If you answered yes to either question, then believe it or not, you've been fantasizing about entering the exciting world of sports and entertainment marketing. Although this particular form of marketing bears some resemblance to traditional marketing, there are many differences as well—including a lot more glitz and glamour! In this course, you'll have the opportunity to explore basic marketing principles and delve deeper into the multi-billion dollar sports and entertainment marketing industry. You'll learn about how professional athletes, sports teams, and well known entertainers are marketed as commodities and how some of them become billionaires as a result. If you've ever wondered about how things work behind the scenes of a major sporting event such as the Super Bowl or even entertained the idea of playing a role in such an event, then this course will introduce you to the fundamentals of such a career.

This course satisfies 4 Credits towards Applied Skills in the BC Graduation Program.

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Photography 11 (Digital): Creating Images with Impact!

Have you ever wondered how photographers take such great pictures? Have you tried to take photographs and wondered why they didn’t seem to capture that moment that you saw with your eyes? The Digital Photography I course focuses on the basics of photography, including building an understanding of aperture, shutter speed, lighting, and composition. Students will be introduced to the history of photography and basic camera functions. Students will use the basic techniques of composition and camera functions to build a portfolio of images, capturing people, landscapes, close-up, and action photographs.

This course satisfies 4 Credits towards a Fine Arts and/or Applied Skills 11 credit in the BC Graduation requirements.

No prerequisites

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Physical Education 11

4 credits

Physical Education 11 and 12 builds on the concepts of Active Living, Movement, Personal and Social Responsibility developed in earlier grades. Active Living provides students with opportunities to make appropriate choices and set personal goals that enhance their quality of life. Movement includes physical activities in the areas of; dance and gymnastics, games, as well as individual and team activities. Students may also gain course credit from taking health-related courses or coaching experience. Personal and Social Responsibility provides opportunities for students to acquire leadership skills and an understanding of the qualifications required to pursue careers related to physical activity.

Prerequisites:

PE10

 

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Physics 11

4 credits

Students will apply vector analysis to a variety of problem-solving situations. This course is intended for serious students who are continuing their education at university. Major topics include:

  • Kinematics (motion)
  • Dynamics (forces)
  • Energy & Momentum
  • Optics and Waves
Prerequisites:
Science 10 and Foundations of Mathematics and Precalculus 10 with a C+ average. Strong problem solving skills.
 

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Psychology 11 BAA

Board Approved course (BAA)

4 credits

Self-knowledge is the key to self-improvement! More than 800,000 high school students take psychology classes each year. Among the different reasons, there is usually the common theme of self discovery! Sample topics include the study of infancy, childhood, adolescence, perception and states of consciousness. This course offers exciting online psychology experiments about our own behavior.

This course satisfies 4 Credits towards General Electives in the BC Graduation Program.

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Science & Technology 11

4 credits

Students in this course will learn about the complex world of science and technology and the interaction which occurs between the two. Science and Technology 11 will provide students with opportunities to investigate, analyze, understand, and experience the relationships among science, technology and human society. Topics covered include:

Natural Resources and the Environment
Personal Technologies
Transportation
Forensics

This course satisfies 4 Credits towards grade 11 Science credit in the BC Graduation Program.

Prerequisites:
SC10

Secondary School Apprentice 11 (SSA)

4 credits

Secondary School Apprenticeship is a provincial career program that enables students who already have a job in an apprenticeable trade to move directly into the standard apprenticeship training system while still in high school. Become a registered apprentice, 'earn while you learn' and be eligible for a $1000 SSA Scholarship.

4 courses with 4 credits each

Prerequisites:
None

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Social Studies 11

4 credits

Emphasizes the study and appreciation of Canada and the forces and events that have influenced Canada's development. Students examine the foundations of the Canadian government, history of Canada and the geography of world problems. Designed to give students a rich understanding of Canada and how responsible citizenship requires an understanding of the structure and function of Government.

Course overview:

4 modules

Supervised module tests

Modules:

1. Politics and Government

2. History 1914-1945

3. History 1945-2000

4. Human Geography
 
Prerequisites:Social Studies 10
 

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Vet 11 BAA

Board Approved course (BAA)

As animals play an increasingly important role in our lives, scientists have sought to learn more about their health and well-being. Taking a look at the pets that live in our homes, on our farms, and in zoos and wildlife sanctuaries, this course will examine some of the common diseases and treatments for domestic animals. Toxins, parasites, and infectious diseases impact not only the animals around us, but at times…we humans as well! Through veterinary medicine and science, the prevention and treatment of diseases and health issues is studied and applied.

This course satisfies 4 Credits towards General Electives in the BC Graduation Program.

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