Course Descriptions

Grade 9 - 12 Courses

The below list is not a complete list of all courses offered by InformNet. Please refer to the Current Course Schedule, for September to June courses, or select the summer school link for a list of courses offered during the month of July. Please contact the Inform Net office for more information.

Grade 9

ELA 10F

The specific outcomes for this course include:

  • The exploration of thoughts, ideas, feelings and experiences;
  • The comprehension of and ability to respond critically to literature;
  • The management of ideas and information;
  • The enhancement of the artistry of communication.
The above goals will be met via the study of a variety of literary forms and genres in which students will be afforded the opportunity to express themselves.

Math 10F

Math 10F This course provides the foundation for the various mathematics courses at the grade 10 level. The course includes, but is not limited to, statistics, probability, m easurement, algebra, geometry and problem solving.

Science 10F

SC10F is divided into four major units: Reproduction, Atoms and Elements, Nature of Electricity, and Exploring the Universe. The Reproduction unit involves the study of human rep roduction and genetics. Atoms and Elements is an introduction to the basics of chemistry. The Nature of Electricity unit has students investigating static and current electricity. Exploring the Universe leads students through an exploration of the universe and the study of space science and technology.

Canada in the Contemporary World (Social Studies) 10F

In this course we will learn about how our government works, how people immigrate to Canada and become citizens and what makes us unique as Canadians. In addition, we will examine some basic Canadian geography as well as global issues such as poverty, working conditions in the developing world, war and environm ental challenges. In our examination of each issue, we will discuss how we as Canadians can actively respond to these issues. This course is also offered in French where applicable.

Physical Education 10F

This course is all about being physically active and making healthy decisions every day. The lessons in each of the physical education modules will provide background information on why and how you should be active.
While taking this course, you will set your own physical activity goals and keep track of them in your Physical Activity Plan - what you plan on doing (for Module 1).
Physical Activity Log—what you actually do. You are required to complete 55 hours of physical activity for this credit. Your Physical Activity Log will be signed and submitted to your teacher at the end of the course. It is a requirement of gaining credit in PE10F. 
Health Education: (50%)
Module 1: Health, Fitness, and Active Living
Module 2: Personal Management
Module 3: Social Management
Module 4: Substance use and Abuse Prevention
Module 5: Personal Safety
Module 6: Human Sexuality
Physical Activity Log - completed: (50%)

Grade 10

ELA 20F

ELA 20F This course will focus on language, both the use of language for everyday communication plus the appreciation of the artistic use of language. The goals are for the student to improve and refine his/her own use of language through practice in reading, writing, thinking, viewing, speaking and listening, and also for the student to develop an appreciation of language used by others through a study of short stories, novels, poetry, drama, plus selections of non-fiction. Students will read and consider aspects of short stories, novels, plays, poems and non-fiction selections. They will also research topics for presentation, plus will write a variety of pieces including short quick writings, longer edited pieces and experiment with artistic pieces.

Geographic Issues of the 21st Century (Geography) 20F

The main focus of this course is the environmental and political issues in geography that impact our lives and those of future generations within the context of North America. Major topics of discussion will include: the impact of energy use on our planet; sustainable development; issues related to trade and industry; food production and related issues; population growth and city planning; use of Global Positioning Systems (GPS) and Geographic Information Systems (GIS).

Math - Intro to Applied & Pre-Calculus 20S

The grade 10 introduction to Applied and Pre - Calculus is intended for students considering post - secondary studies that require a math pre - requisite. The topics studied form the f oundation for topics to be studied in both g rade 11 Applied and Pre - Calculus Mathematics. Students will engage in experiments and activities that include the use of technology, problem solving, mental mathematics and theoretical mathematics to promote the development of mathematical skills.

Math - Essential 20S

Grade 10 Mathematics Essential is intended for students whose post-secondary planning does not include a focus on mathematics and science-related fields. Mathematics Essential topics emphasize consumer applications, problem solving, decision-making, and spatial sense. Students are expected to work both individually and in small groups on mathematical concepts and skills encountered in everyday life in a technological society.

Science 20F

Science 20F: The Science 20F program is composed of four major units: Dynamics of Ecosystems, Chemistry in Action, In Motion, and Weather Dynamics. Dynamics of Ecosystems has students' examining ecosystem relationships, population dynamics, biodiversity and how human activities affect ecosystems. The Chemistry in Action unit is a continuation from Science 10F's Atoms and Elements. Students will study chemical reactions, nomenclature basics, principles of acid-base chemistry, and the effects of chemical use in the environment. Basic kinematics along with the concepts of inertia, force, impulse and momentum are looked at during the In Motion unit. The complex relationships that influence weather and climate are pursued in the Weather Dynamics unit including the impact of human activities on our global climate.

Physical Education 20F

This course focuses on physically active and healthy lifestyle concepts and practices and builds on what you have learned in Grade 9. This course will give you the opportunity to learn more about yourself and enable you to make more informed decisions about healthy, active living, which will benefit you throughout life. The purpose of this Introduction is to help you become familiar with the course and what you are going to learn.
While taking this course, you will set your own physical activity goals and keep track of them in your Physical Activity Plan - what you plan on doing (for Module 1).
Physical Activity Log—what you actually do. You are required to complete 55 hours of physical activity for this credit. Your Physical Activity Log will be signed and submitted to your teacher at the end of the course. It is a requirement of gaining credit in PE20F. 

Health Education: (50%)
Module 1: Healthy Lifestyle Practices 
Module 2: Personal/Social Management
Module 3: Fitness Physiology
Module 4: Mental Health
Module 5: Nutrition
Module 6: Substance use and Abuse Prevention
Module 7: Human Sexuality
Physical Activity Log - completed: (50%)

Career Development: Life/Work Planning 20S

The grade 10 career development course have been designed to connect school learning with workplace and labour market realities; this connection will then contribute to increasing the number of students graduating from high school in Manitoba. The course provides a smoother transition between high school graduation and more appropriate post-secondary educational programming. The career development course will help students acquire and apply knowledge and skills to make appropriate decisions for life, work, and the essential post-secondary education/training that is required in today’s economy.

 

Grade 11

Math - Essential 30S

This course is intended for students whose post - secondary planning does not include a focus on mathematics and science related fields. This is a one credit c ourse comprising two half credits, each emphasizing consumer applications, problem - solving and decision making, as well as number sense and spatial sense . Students are expected to work both individually and in small groups on mathematical concepts and ski lls encountered and used in a technological society. Topics include: " Analysis of Games and Numbers " Interest and Credit " 3-D Geometry " Income and Dept " Statistics " Managing Money " Relations and Patterns " Trigonometry " Design Modeling "

Computer Science 30S

Computer Science is the study of how computer technology works. In this introductory course, students learn how computers represent, transmit and encrypt data (numbers, text and images) and how computer technology has developed over the years. The course emphasis is on how computer programs are written.

Students will learn to write computer programs using the Java programming language, which is the most commonly used programming language in the world. This is a project based course in which students create interactive computer games and two-dimensional simulations using a programming environment called Greenfoot (www.greenfoot.org).

ELA - Transactional Focus 30S

The Grade 11 Transactional Focus course deals with pragmatic language "the language of getting things done" - - language used to inform, to persuade, to argue, to plan. Students might take this course if they were pursuing such interests as science, business, technology, law, or journalism. The Transactional specialization will give students a Senior 3 credit for English, and allow entry to any of the three Senior 4 courses. The course is aimed at several learning outcomes. During this course students show they can explore and clarify their own ideas, feelings and experiences. In addition, students will read and view many different texts, and respond to new ideas raised in these texts. Some ideas will become the focus of research. After some inquiry, students will be expected to produce clear, artful texts of their own, proving they communicate for specific purposes and audiences. Finally, students will show that they can work together as a team. Course sequences include online communication, media literacy, literary and historical research, the search for justice, and workplace communication.

ELA - Comprehensive Focus 30S

This course addresses the learning outcomes identified by the provincial curriculum for the grade 11 Comprehensive Focus. Students read and respond to a balance of pragmatic and aesthetic texts. For example, transactional or non-fiction texts are used for practical, every-day purposes, while literary texts are used for aesthetic, expressive, and creative purposes.

Canadian History 30F

History 30S This course takes a chronological approach to the history of Canada. It will involve the study, reflection of the analysis of the primary and secondary documents concerning major people and events in the history of our country. There will be an extensive look ant the Aboriginal people of Canada and the history and conflict between the French and English in Canada. The first half of the course focuses on events leading up to the confederation of Canada. This includes the take over of Canada by the British War 1812 versus the United States, the rebellions in 1837 in Lower and Upper Canada and the circumstances surrounding the Confederation of the colonies of Canada. The second half of the course will focus on the events after the Confederation including the two world wars and the Prime Ministers that have lead the country since 1867. Time will also be taken to focus on the current challenges that Canadians are faced with.

Math - Pre-Calculus 30S

This course is designed for students who intend to study calculus and related mathematics as part of a post - secondary education. The course comprises, primarily, a high - level of theoretical mathematics with an emphasis on problem solvin g and mental mathematics, supported by cumulative exercises and testing. Students are required to learn mathematical concepts through practice and regular homework. Many of the questions and problems on exercises, tests and examinations can be expected to be different from those presented in class. Topics include: • Quadratic Equations and Functions • Radicals& Rationals Equations and Expressions • Sequences • Inequalities • Algebra • Trigonometry • Relations and Functions

Math - Applied 30S

This is one of two math programs available for students planning to pursue post-secondary studies in mathematics and science. It is intended for students whose post-secondary studies do not require the study of theoretical calculus. The math studied promotes the learning of problem solving skills, number skills and geometry skills as they relate to the world around us. Topics include: • Quadratic Functions • Proofs • Statistics • Systems of Inequalities • Trigonometry

Biology 30S

Students in BI30S will study the Human Body with respect to homeostasis, digestion and nutrition, the respiratory system, excretion and waste management, and concluding with the immune and nervous system. Students will also look at how technology has affected the wellness of the human body and resulting social issues. Lastly, students then look at how the expanse of living things depends on each other for survival.

Chemistry 30S

Using the kinetic molecular theory, students will loo k at physical properties of matter, including phase changes and vaporization. Students will also be studying physical characteristics of gases, gas laws, chemical reactions, stoichiometry, solutions and their physical characteristics, and organic chemistry including IUPAC nomenclature. Included in their studies will be a look at how chemistry has affected our quality of life.

Grade 12

Biology 40S

In this course, students are exposed to foundation concepts regarding the Biology of the world around us. The interdependence of life is a recurring theme in the course work. Students are expected to integrate information gained in previous units and apply that information throughout the semester. Topics of study include Ecology, Biological Diversity, and Genetics. Specific emphasis will be placed on the use of Biotechnology including; genetically modified food, forensics, recombinant DNA technology, Human Genome Project and Gene Therapy. Lastly, students then look at how the expanse of living things depends on each other for survival.

Math - Essential 40S

This course is intended for student whose post - secondary planning does not include a focus on mathematics and science - related fields. Grade 12 essential Mathematics (40S) is a one - credit course consisti ng of two half - credits each emphasizing consumer applications, problem solving, decision - making, and spatial sense.

Computer Science 40S

Computer Science 40S In this second course in Computer Science, students continue their study the how computer technology works. The emphasis continues to be on programming in Java, using the Greenfoot (www.greenfoot.org) and BlueJ (www.bluej.org) environments. Students will also learn about the types of careers available to computer science students.

This is a project based course in which students study program design while they create interactive games and simulations for computers, web pages and mobile devices.

ELA - Comprehensive Focus 40S

This course addresses the learning outcomes identified by the provincial curriculum for the grade 12 Comprehensive Focus. Students read and respond to a balance of pragmatic and aesthetic texts at a more advanced level than the grade 11 course

ELA - Transactional Focus 40S

This Grade 12 English Language Arts addresses the learning outcomes identified by the provincial curriculum for the Grade 12 Transactional Focus course. Students read and respind primarily to transactional, pragmatic, or functional texts at a more advanced level than in grade 9. Students learn authentic applications of various transactional forms while continuing to focus their communication for a particular purpose, context and audience.

Law 40S

This course provides students with an overview of the Canadian legal system. As well, students will discuss and examine court cases and current events of a legal nature, thereby building critical thinking skills. This is an excellent course for those who are considering a career in law enforcement, criminology or the legal profession.

Math - Pre-Calculus 40S

Our world is changing rapidly, science and technology is advancing at a record pace. The world is becoming a technology and information based society. To meet these challenges, Senior Years graduates must be mathematically literate. They must understand how mathematical concepts permeate daily life, business, industry, environment and technology. In addition, they must appreciate the usefulness and diversity of mathematics.

Pre - Calculus Mathematics will further develop the students to:

  • Understand underlying mathematical features of a problem
  • Establish a strategy for solving a problem
  • Solve a problem using a variety of techniques
  • Work cooperatively with others in problem solving-situations

This course is designed for students who intend to study calculus and related mathematics as part of post - secondary education. It builds on the topics studied in Grade 11 Pre - calculus Mathematics and provides background knowledge and skills for the study of calculus in post - secondary institutions.

Math - Applied 40S

Applied Math 40S This course is intended for students considering post - secondary studies that do not require a study of theoretical calculus. It is context driven and promotes the learning of numerical and geometrical problem solving techniques as they relate to the world around us.

Chemistry 40S

Chemistry 40S students in this very comprehensive course will study five units consisting of Kinetics, Chemical Equilibrium, Acid - Base Equilibrium, Solubility Equilibrium and Oxidation - Reduction. Within these units, concepts such a s factors affecting reaction rates, Le Chatelier’s Principle, pH, buffers and electrochemical cells are a few that will be addressed. Throughout the program, students will gain an understanding of observation and inference in this experimental science.

Psychology 40S

Psychology is the scientific study of behaviour and mental processes. It us es the scientific method to discover ways of understanding the complexities of human thought and behavior, as well as differences among people. Studying psychology gives students lifelong skills such as dealing with issues proactively, solving problems, learning, and nurturing healthy relationships. It helps students understand themselves, and deal with issues in their own lives such as inner conflicts, relationships with parents and peers, and intimacy. It also helps students understand societal problems like addiction, violence, and prejudice. This course exposes students to the major topics found in the field of psychology. It also emphasizes the issues that are of particular direct interest and relevance to students completing high school.

Global Issues: Citizenship and Sustainability 40S

Students examine the social, political, environmental and economic impact of a variety of current and emerging world issues such as media awareness, human trafficking, genocide, sustainability and gender issues. Students will also consider how every individual is connected to global issues. Part of their study will focus on quality of life locally, nationally and globally. Students will also choose a global issue and complete a summative course project as a final exam.