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Ontario Tech acknowledges the lands and people of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation.

We are thankful to be welcome on these lands in friendship. The lands we are situated on are covered by the Williams Treaties and are the traditional territory of the Mississaugas, a branch of the greater Anishinaabeg Nation, including Algonquin, Ojibway, Odawa and Pottawatomi. These lands remain home to many Indigenous nations and peoples.

We acknowledge this land out of respect for the Indigenous nations who have cared for Turtle Island, also called North America, from before the arrival of settler peoples until this day. Most importantly, we acknowledge that the history of these lands has been tainted by poor treatment and a lack of friendship with the First Nations who call them home.

This history is something we are all affected by because we are all treaty people in Canada. We all have a shared history to reflect on, and each of us is affected by this history in different ways. Our past defines our present, but if we move forward as friends and allies, then it does not have to define our future.

Learn more about Indigenous Education and Cultural Services

University Preparatory Program

Overview:

This specialized Ontario Tech University certificate program prepares you for the academic demands of university through three (3) pillars: numeracy, literacy and academic success. Along with the courses, you will receive specialized, one-on-one academic coaching. You will receive a university certificate upon completion of the University Preparatory Program.

 

Who should attend?

Note: This program and its courses is currently only available to those with a contidtional offer to Ontario Tech University that requires successful completion of this program as a condition.

You may use the knowledge and skills developed through this program to prepare you for success in undergraduate university studies, such as:

  • Students with a conditional offer to an Ontario Tech University undergraduate program that requires completion of the University Preparatory Program. Students will be notified by the Office of the Registrar of any conditional offers that include completion of this program.

Required courses

Complete all the courses listed to receive a formal certificate:*

  • Mathematics

    Course code: MATH 100CL

    This course helps you develop a general understanding and knowledge of mathematical concepts for pre-calculus, including:

    • Calculate the rate of change, the slope of a line, secants and tangents, and line limits.
    • Use and verify graphically and algebraically, a variety of functions, including polynomial, trigonometric, and exponential functions.
    • Explain the limit of a function and make connections to the derivative of that function.
    • Verify graphically and algebraically the rules for determining derivatives.
  • Academic Writing

    Course code: WRIT 100CL

    This course helps you develop a firm understanding of oral, and written English, with a focus on academic literacy including:

    • Develop active reading, notetaking and comprehension strategies for critical thinking.
    • Improve reading and writing skills by understanding elements of style, academic vocabulary and text forms.
    • Develop an understanding of producing original content in academic writing by identifying audience, purpose and genre.
    • Organize ideas into cogent arguments by using active voice, and proper diction.
    • Develop problem solving skills needed to be a critical reader and writer.
  • Academic Success

    Course code: UNIV 100CL

    This course helps you develop an understanding of student academic readiness and success concepts including:

    • Synthesize and apply a personal plan for academic success.
    • Develop stronger self-efficacy and resilience in personal, academic and career choices.
    • Apply time management skills to university courses & planning.
    • Apply successful mental health strategies in university & beyond.
    • Achieve a higher level of intercultural communication competency and
    • Understand the core responsibilities of post-secondary student success, while developing coping mechanisms, study skills and student persistence strategies.

*Completion of the Univeristy Preparatory Program requires successful completion of all three (3) of the above listed courses except for learners with a conditional offer to the Faculty of Social Science and Humanities. Learners with a conditional offer to the Faculty of Social Science and Humanities that requires them to complete this program require sucessful completion of the Academic Writing and Academic Success courses only for successful completion of the University Preparation Program.

 

Fall 2020 Schedule:

Lectures start: September 7, 2020

Lectures end: December 7, 2020

Study week (no academic activities): October 15 to 20, 2020

Mathematics Tuesdays  10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Academic Writing Wednesdays 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Academic Success Thursdays 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

*Schedule is subject to change.

COVID-19 update: All Continuous Learning sessions are being offered online until further notice. Online participation instructions will be emailed to registered learners before the start on their courses/workshops. Thank you for your flexibility and understanding.

  • July 31, 2020—offer acceptance and $500 non-refundable deposit due
  • September 8, 2020—first day of classes
  • September 21, 2020—full payment of program fees due
  • October 13 to 18, 2020—study break, no classes or other academic activities
  • December 7, 2020—last day of classes

Final grades are typically posted within two (2) weeks of the last day of classes.

COVID-19 update: All Continuous Learning sessions are being offered online until further notice. Online participation instructions will be emailed to registered learners before the start on their courses/workshops. Thank you for your flexibility and understanding.

Online course delivery is a synchronous format. This means you must attend the virtual class at specified dates and times. 

Kaltura Virtual Classroom is used for online delivery to support interaction and engagement. Each course is 3 hours per week. We use this time flexibly to include lessons, tutorials and study time.

  • Computer/device with internet access
    • Minimum computer requirements for each of the Faculties can be found on the Information Technology Services website. If purchasing a computer, it is strongly recommended that those completing the University Preparatory Program as a part of a conditional offer to a program at Ontario Tech University follow the computer requirements for the Faculty/program their conditional offer is for.
  • Stable internet or data connection
  • Microphone
  • Webcam
  • Audio device (examples: speakers, headphones/earbuds, headset)
  • Additional software
    • A word processor 
    • Some courses in this program may require additional software. These will be listed in each course syllabus. Cost and procurement of additional required software is the learner's responsibility.
*To participate in video conferencing for courses, the device with internet access, microphone, webcam, and speaker/headphone capabilities can be the computer listed above or a different device.
Some courses in this program may require additional materials (example: textbook). These materials will be listed in each course syllabus. Cost and procurement of additionally required materials are the learner's responsibility.

Conditional offer for program in:

  • Faculty of Business and I.T.;
  • Faculty of Energy Systems and Nuclear Science;
  • Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science;
  • Faculty of Health Sciences; or
  • Faculty of Science

3 required courses:

  • Mathematics
  • Academic Writing
  • Academic Success
Domestic $1500 Cdn + HST for 3 courses
International $4500 Cdn + HST for 3 courses

Conditional offer for program in:

  • Faculty of Social Science and Humanities

2 required courses:

  • Academic Writing
  • Academic Success
Domestic $1000 Cdn + HST for 2 courses
International $3000 Cdn + HST for 2 courses

Please note that a $500 Cdn non-refundable deposit is due July 31, 2020.

Total program fess are due September 21, 2020.

Please see the "Registration and payment" section and "Payments" policy of this webpage for more information.

To register for the program, learners must accept the offer sent to them by the Office of the Registrar through the online form provided with the conditional offer and pay the $500 non-refundable deposit by July 31, 2020.

Deposit and program fee payment can be made through any of the accepted methods listed on the Payment options webpage.

Full payment for the program must be received by the university by September 21, 2020. Payment can be made through any of the accepted methods listed on the Payment methods webpage. If payment is not received by September 21, 2020 you will be removed from the program and refunded all program tuition fees with the exception of the $500 non-refundable deposit. Removal from the program will also void any conditional offer to an Ontario Tech University undergraduate program that requires successful completion of this program.


Policies

  • Payments

    There is a $500 Cdn non-refundable deposit due July 31, 2020.

    Deposit and program fee payment can be made through any of the accepted methods listed on the Payment options webpage.

    Full payment for the program must be received by the university by September 21, 2020. Payment can be made through any of the accepted methods listed on the Payment methods webpage. If payment is not received by September 21, 2020 you will be removed from the program and refunded all program tuition fees with the exception of the $500 non-refundable deposit. Removal from the program will also void any conditional offer to an Ontario Tech University undergraduate program that requires successful completion of this program.

  • Withdrawal

    Withdrawal deadline: September 21, 2020

    Withdrawal from the University Preparatory Program will void any conditional offer to Ontario Tech requiring successful completion of this program.

    Learners who wish to drop the program must send their request continuouslearning@ontariotechu.ca on or before the withdrawal deadline (above). Withdrawal requests submitted by the withdrawal deadline are subject to a full refund of program fees with the exception of the $500 non-refundable deposit. 

  • Successful course and program completion

    For all required courses, a 70% or higher final grade is considered a pass. All final grades of 70% or higher will be recorded as PAS, indicating a "passing grade". All final grades lower than 70% will be recorded as FAL, indicating a "failing grade".

    For successful completion of the University Preparatory Program, learners must complete all required courses with a passing grade.

    Learners will receive a university certificate upon successful completion of this program. 

  • Academic Integrity
    Learners are expected to adhere to the conduct standards of Ontario Tech University. Information regarding student conduct can be found in the Student Conduct Policy in the University’s Policy Library.
  • Other
    Those completing the University Preparatory Program are subject the policies of Ontario Tech University and Continuous Learning. Ontario Tech policies can be found in the Policy library. Continuous Learning policies can be found  in the Regulations section of the Continuous Learning website. Specifically, those completing the University Preparatory Program are expected to adhere to the the General and Open enrolment regulations.

 

Frequently asked questions

For those with a conditional offer to an Ontario Tech University undergraduate program that requires completion of the University Preparatory Program:

  • How long is this program?
    This program is one-semester in length.
  • What courses will I take?
    The courses in this program focus on academic preparedness and prerequisite knowledge. The curriculum will vary based on your intended program of study and after an assessment by an Academic Advisor.
  • Will I be able to transition into my undergraduate program of choice in winter 2021?

    Provided that you successfully complete the University Preparatory Program (UPP) with a passing grade (PAS) in each required course, you will seamlessly transition into your undergraduate program of choice*. Students will not be permitted to transition into competitive programs including: Collaborative Nursing, Computer Science, Data Science and Medical Laboratory Science.

    *In addition to successfully completing UPP, students must also possess the required prerequisite courses for their intended undergraduate program of study.


 Registration Status
Fall 2020: Coming soon!

Location
Ontario Tech University North campus location
2000 Simcoe Street North, Oshawa*

*All Continuous Learning sessions are being offered online until further notice. Online participation instructions will be emailed to registered learners before the start of their courses. Thank you for your flexibility and understanding.

 Date
Fall 2020: September 7, 2020, to December 7, 2020

Credential
Certificate

 Fees
With conditional offer to Faculty of Social Science and Humanities:

  • Domestic: $1000 Cdn + HST
  • International: $3000 Cdn + HST

With conditional offer to all other Faculties:

  • Domestic: $1500 Cdn + HST
  • International: $4500 Cdn + HST

 

Contact Information: continuouslearning@ontariotechu.ca