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Online Courses

Algoma University is proud to be a member of the Ontario Online Learning Consortium (OOLC) providing a number of resources for students, faculty, and practitioners who are interested in online and technology enabled learning.

The university is excited to offer the following online course as part of the OOLC’s initial portal launch:

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TermCourseDescriptionTerm Dates
19SPADMN 3206Human Resources Planning

This course is designed to examine the multi-faceted approaches and methods used in the effective deployment and management of human resources. Topics such as strategic human resource management, corporate culture, performance management, employment equity, pay equity, human rights, organizational development and behaviour, and labour-management relations are explored, amongst other relevant issues challenging the effective management of the human asset. Prerequisite: ADMN 3136/3137. (LEC/EXP 3) 3 cr
April 29 - July 23, 2019
Concepts in Health Informatics

This course provides a broad introduction to health informatics, the field concerned with the application of information and communication technology (ICT) for the acquisition, storage, management and use of information in health care. The course provides an overview of current developments, issues and challenges in the emerging field of health informatics and covers various underlying themes including proper use of information technology, appropriate data entry, data privacy concerns, decision support, electronic health/medical records, ethical issues, etc. The course, considering viewpoints in public health, nursing, ICT in medicine and computer science, is a series of lectures supported by self-directed learning which culminates in a mini conference prepared by the students presenting selected studies of interest. Pre-requisite: one of PSYC 2127, 3256, 3286, BIOL 2056, 2996, or SOCI 2127 or permission of the department. Students may not retain credit for BIOL 3556 and BIOL 4206, or any special topics course in PSYC or SOCI where the topic was Health Informatics. (LEC/EXP 3) (3 cr)
Sept 4 - Dec 3, 2019
19SPCESD 2016Community Economic and Social Development Research Methods

This course provides an overview of the major CESD tools available. It will have a particular focus on Indigenous and smaller community-based research issues and approaches. Students will learn about qualitative and quantitative techniques such as community-based and participatory action research methods, needs assessment and survey applications, capacity assessment, conflict resolution and building public participation. In addition to introducing students to a variety of CESD research methods, students will engage in critical evaluations of the tools, techniques and principles associated with project planning and evaluation. (LEC 3)
April 29 - July 23, 2019
19SPCESD 2406Environment and Community Resilience

This course explores the ‘environment’ as an essential part of a holistic approach to community economic and social development. Students will be introduced to key environmental issues, concepts and alternative practices as well as assess community movements for environmental protection and enhancement, centering on concepts of ‘resiliency’. Students will have an opportunity to become involved in the design or development of a community-based environmental action initiative. Prerequisites: CESD 1006/07 (LEC 3) 3 cr
April 29 - July 23, 2019
19SFCOSC 1046Introduction to Computer Science I

This course is required of students in the B.A. or B.Sc. Computer Science programmes. It introduces problem analysis and structured programme design. Control structures for conditional execution, repeated execution, subprogrammes and recursion are introduced. Representation of information, including homogeneous and non-homogeneous linear data structure and files, is investigated. Prerequisite: OSSD MATH or Computer Science (LEC 3, TUT 1) 3 cr
April 29 - June 7, 2019
19SFMATH 1056Discrete Mathematics I

This course will cover the following topics: elementary logic; set theory and functions; equivalence relations; partial orders; mathematical induction; combinatorics (including permutations, combinations, selections, and distributions); binomial theorem; formal power series and generating functions; partial fractions and the solution of elementary recurrence relations. (LEC 3, TUT 1) 3 cr
April 29 - June 7, 2019
19SFMATH 1057Linear Algebra I

This course will cover the following topics: simultaneous linear equations; matrices and determinants; vector spaces and linear transformations; eigenvalues and eigenvectors; applications to analytic geometry and complex numbers. Prerequisite: OSSD Mathematics (LEC 3, TUT 1) (3 cr)
April 29 - June 7, 2019
19SSCOSC 1047Introduction to Computer Science II

This course takes a software engineering approach to programming in the large with particular emphasis on modularity, abstract data types, programme specification, testing, documentation and maintenance. Students will develop and document software with reusable software libraries. Prerequisite: COSC 1046 (LEC 3, TUT 1) (3 cr)
June 12 - July 5, 2019
19SSCOSC 2006Data Structures I

An introduction to data structures and their associated algorithms. Pointers and dynamic memory. Treatment of stacks, queues, and linked lists. Searching and sorting algorithms. Analysis of time and space requirements. Prerequisite: COSC 1047 and MATH 1056, or permission of the department. (LEC 3, TUT 1) 3 cr
July 8 - August 2, 2019
19SSCOSC 2007Data Structures II

Continuation of the study of data structures and the analysis of algorithms, trees, binary search trees, balanced trees, B-trees. Recursive programming techniques, elimination of recursion Applications. Prerequisite: COSC 2006 (LEC 3, TUT 1) 3 cr
August 6 - 30, 2019
19FGEOG 4407Natural Resources and the Envrionment: Policy and Practice

This course examines the role of natural resources in regional development planning. The strategic use of natural resources to foster a basis for long-term sustainable economic development in resource-rich regions is emphasized. Models and theories of resources and regional development, including notions of ‘resource curse’, and new development paradigms such as ‘sustainable development’, provide students with contexts for ideas, tools, and strategies for regional development planning with natural resources. Linkages, networks, innovation flows, and the arms of the national political economy dramatize pertinent external factors that act on internal conditions to influence regional development. While the experience of other regions in Canada is considered, Northern Ontario serves as the main spatial frame for the course. The course is taught by lecture/field studies/and seminar format. Prerequisite: GEOG 1026/27 preferred or permission of the department. (LEC/SEM 3, FIELD 12) 3cr
Sept 4 - Dec 3, 2019
20WGEOG 4816Community Planning

An introduction to the history, theory, methods and techniques, and practice of urban planning. Sensitivity of planning towards environmental and human health factors is also discussed. Emphasis is placed mainly on the Canadian context. Prerequisite: restricted to students in year three or four of the program or permission of the department. (LEC/SEM 3) 3 cr
January 6 - April 3, 2020
19FCOSC 1701Computer Applications I

This is a general introductory course in personal computing with special emphasis on the applications of microcomputers. The general concepts of computing will be reviewed. Students will gain practical experience in the use of software including word processors, spread sheets and database systems. (LEC 3, TUT 1) 3 cr
Sept 4 - Dec 3, 2019
20WCOSC 1701Computer Applications I

This is a general introductory course in personal computing with special emphasis on the applications of microcomputers. The general concepts of computing will be reviewed. Students will gain practical experience in the use of software including word processors, spread sheets and database systems. (LEC 3, TUT 1) 3 cr
January 6 - April 3, 2020
20WCESD 2996Finance and Accounting in First Nations Communities

This course will focus on finance and accounting skills relevant to First Nation and community organizational contexts. it will support the development of skills related to the preparation and use of the main organization’s budgets, financial statements and financial decision-making processes. Prerequisites: CESD 1206/7 or CESD 1006/7. Credit cannot be retained for both CESD 2556 and 2996. 3 cr
January 6 - April 3, 2020
How to take courses online

If you are interested in completing an online course for credit towards a degree at another institution, please follow the simple steps outlined below:

  1. Apply by visiting the Apply section of the website
  2. Have your home institution approve the course(s) to be completed by Letter of Permission (LOP). Once the approval process for the LOP is complete, your university will forward the valid letter to regoffice@algomau.ca or by mail to:

Algoma University
Office of the Registrar
1520 Queen Street East
Sault Ste. Marie, ON P6A 2G4

Details on course fees are available in the Tuition Deadlines and Fees section of the website. Important registrarial dates and deadlines are available in the Office of the Registrar section.

Please note, the refund policies and deadlines at Algoma University may be different from those at your home university. The last day for withdrawing from a course without academic penalty (F grade) is much later than the deadline for withdrawing and receiving a tuition refund. Students are charged for all courses in which they enroll whether or not they attend class.