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UWindsor Prep Program

Refresher classes to prepare incoming students for success!

Short, non-credit prep-courses designed to refresh learners' skills and provide a taste of what classes will bring in the fall. Take one, a few, or all of these prep-classes to get ahead and be prepared for the beginning of your UWindsor classes. Each course is designed to provide a review of grade 12 curriculum and build the skills learners will need in first-year classes. 

UWindsor Prep Advanced Functions and Problem-Solving Strategies is a non-credit online course that reviews grade 12 concepts and problem solving techniques to ensure students are prepared for calculus at the University of Windsor.  

This online course extends students’ experience with functions. Students will investigate the properties of polynomial, rational, logarithmic, and trigonometric functions; develop techniques for combining functions; broaden their understanding of rates of change; and develop facility in applying these concepts and skills. Students will review and develop strategies, mathematical processes, and thinking skills during problem-solving sessions. Emphasis will be placed on understanding various mathematical relationships, utilizing mathematical techniques in solving problems, and applying mathematical knowledge into various contexts.

Take this refresher if you are registered in the following UWindsor academic courses:

  • Functions and Differential Calculus MATH-1760 
  • Differential Calculus MATH-1720.

This prep program is ideal for:

  • Students starting in the Faculty of Engineering
  • Students starting in the Faculty of Science and majoring in Forensics, Economics, Environmental Science, Computer Science and Chemistry.  
  • Students required to take MATH-1760 or MATH-1720 as part of their degree program would also benefit from taking this refresher.
  • Any other student who wants to refresh their math skills. 

To successfully complete this course participants will regularly attend online classes and complete a series of assignments and quizzes. Upon completion students will be awarded a grade of complete or incomplete.

Learner Outcomes 

Exponential and Logarithmic Functions

  • demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between exponential expressions and logarithmic expressions, evaluate logarithms, and apply the laws of logarithms to simplify numeric expressions;
  • identify and describe some key features of the graphs of logarithmic functions, make connections among the numeric, graphical, and algebraic representations of logarithmic functions, and solve related problems graphically;
  • solve exponential and simple logarithmic equations in one variable algebraically, including those in problems arising from real-world applications.

Trigonometric Functions

  • demonstrate an understanding of the meaning and application of radian measure;
  • make connections between trigonometric ratios and the graphical and algebraic representations of the corresponding trigonometric functions and between trigonometric functions and their reciprocals, and use these connections to solve problems;
  • solve problems involving trigonometric equations and prove trigonometric identities.

Polynomial and Rational Functions

  • identify and describe some key features of polynomial functions, and make connections between the numeric, graphical, and algebraic representations of polynomial functions;
  • identify and describe some key features of the graphs of rational functions, and represent rational functions graphically;
  • solve problems involving polynomial and simple rational equations graphically and algebraically;
  • demonstrate an understanding of solving polynomial and simple rational inequalities.

Characteristics of Functions

  • demonstrate an understanding of average and instantaneous rate of change, and determine, numerically and graphically, and interpret the average rate of change of a function over a given interval and the instantaneous rate of change of a function at a given point
  • determine functions that result from the addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division of two functions and from the composition of two functions, describe some properties of the resulting functions, and solve related problems;
  • compare the characteristics of functions, and solve problems by modelling and reasoning with functions, including problems with solutions that are not accessible by standard algebraic techniques.

Prerequisites: Successful completion of MHF4U, Grade 12U Advanced Functions, is recommended. 

Textbook: No textbook is required.  

Technical Requirements: Access to the Blackboard Learning Management System will be provided. Learners will require access to a computer with high-speed internet access. 

Assessment: To successfully complete this course participants will regularly attend online classes and complete a series of assignments and quizzes. Upon completion students will be awarded a grade of complete or incomplete and successful learners will receive a Certificate of Completion from UWindsor Continuing Education.

Schedule: This class requires a commitment of four hours of work per day comprised of three hours independent study that includes watching pre-recorded lessons and one hour of live instruction between 4pm - 5pm weekdays, July 27-31 and August 4-8, 2020. Please note that due to the Civic Holiday on August 3rd, classes held this week will end on Saturday, August 8th.  

Fees: $350+HST. UWindsor Alumni, Staff and Students are all eligible for a discount. Contact continue@uwindsor.ca to get your discount code before registering online.

Instructor Dr. Justin Teeuwen

Justin Teeuwen recently completed his Ph. D. in Educational Studies at the University of Windsor with a focus on Cognition and Learning. Dr. Teeuwen holds a Master of Science, Physics and a Bachelor of Education with a focus on Mathematics and Science from the University of Windsor. Justin has acquired over ten years teaching experience at the primary, secondary and post-secondary levels in the areas of mathematics and science, among other topics. He is a passionate instructor, incorporating his research interests in mentorship, motivation and wellness to his lessons. In addition to teaching advanced functions and physics, Dr. Teeuwen is also a motivational speaker, author and entrepreneur.

UWindsor Prep Physics is a non-credit online course that reviews grade 12 concepts to ensure students are prepared for physics at the University of Windsor.  

This online course facilitates a deeper understanding of physics concepts and theories. Students will explore: motion, forces, and energy; gravitational, electric, and magnetic fields; the wave nature of light; quantum mechanics; and special relativity. Emphasis will be placed on understanding theories, formulas, and techniques for solving problems in each of these fields; some emphasis will be placed on science investigation skills, including analysing data qualitatively and quantitatively.

Take this refresher if you are registered in the following UWindsor academic courses:

  • PHYS-1300 Introductory Physics for Life Sciences I or
  • PHYS-1400 Introductory Physics I

UWindsor Prep Physics is ideal for:

  • Students who are starting in the Faculty of Science and majoring in Physics, Biology, Forensics or Chemistry. 
  • Any other student who is required to take PHYS-1300 or PHYS-1400 as part of their degree program would also benefit from taking this refresher.
  • Anyone interested in expanding their understanding of physics knowledge. 

Learner Outcomes 

Analysing Data

  • Review essential concepts for analysis: scientific notation, significant digits, vector operations, and fundamental math tools;

Dynamics

  • Investigate, in qualitative and quantitative terms, forces in uniform circular motion, in a plane, and related problems;
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the forces involved in uniform circular motion and motion in a plane

Energy and Momentum

  • Investigate, in qualitative and quantitative terms, work, energy, momentum, and the laws of conservation of energy and conservation of momentum, and related problems;
  • Demonstrate an understanding of work, energy, momentum, and the laws of conservation of energy and conservation of momentum, in one and two dimensions.

Gravitational, Electric, and Magnetic Fields

  • Investigate, in qualitative and quantitative terms, gravitational, electric, and magnetic fields, and solve related problems;
  • demonstrate an understanding of the concepts, properties, principles, and laws related to gravitational, electric, and magnetic fields and their interactions with matter.

The Wave Nature of Light

  • Investigate, in qualitative and quantitative terms, the properties of waves and light, and solve related problems;
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the properties of waves and light in relation to diffraction, refraction, interference, and polarization.

Quantum Mechanics and Special Relativity

  • Investigate special relativity and quantum mechanics, and solve related problems;
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the evidence that supports the basic concepts of quantum mechanics and Einstein's theory of special relativity.

Prerequisites: Successful completion of MHF4U, Grade 12U Advanced Functions, is recommended. 

Textbook: No textbook is required.  

Technical Requirements: Access to the Blackboard Learning Management System will be provided. Learners will require access to a computer with high-speed internet access. 

Assessment: To successfully complete this course participants will regularly attend online classes and complete a series of assignments and quizzes. Upon completion students will be awarded a grade of complete or incomplete and successful learners will receive a Certificate of Completion from UWindsor Continuing Education.

Schedule: This class requires a commitment of three hours of work per day comprised of two hours independent study that includes watching pre-recorded lessons and one hour of live instruction between 11:30am - 12:30pm weekdays, July 27-31 and August 4-8, 2020. Please note that due to the Civic Holiday on August 3rd, classes held this week will end on Saturday, August 8th.  

Fees: $350+HST. UWindsor Alumni, Staff and Students are all eligible for a discount. Contact continue@uwindsor.ca to get your discount code before registering online.

Instructor Dr. Justin Teeuwen

Justin Teeuwen recently completed his Ph. D. in Educational Studies at the University of Windsor with a focus on Cognition and Learning. Dr. Teeuwen holds a Master of Science, Physics and a Bachelor of Education with a focus on Mathematics and Science from the University of Windsor. Justin has acquired over ten years teaching experience at the primary, secondary and post-secondary levels in the areas of mathematics and science, among other topics. He is a passionate instructor, incorporating his research interests in mentorship, motivation and wellness to his lessons. In addition to teaching advanced functions and physics, Dr. Teeuwen is also a motivational speaker, author and entrepreneur.

UWindsor Prep Biology is a non-credit online course that reviews grade 12 concepts and to ensure students are prepared for Biology at the University of Windsor.  

A review of the expectations from the Grade 12 University Biology will be presented in condensed format that is designed to enhance the understanding of the core concepts.   These five main topics include biochemistry, metabolic processes, molecular genetics, homeostasis and population dynamics.  Students will have an opportunity to learn directly from on-line lectures, virtual labs and investigations, assignments and case studies.  Both formative and summative evaluations will be provided to assess student learning during the course.

Take this refresher if you are registered in the following UWindsor academic courses:

  • BIOL-1101 Cell Biology or
  • BIOL-1111 Biological Diversity

UWindsor Prep Biology is ideal for:

  • Students starting in the Faculty of Science and majoring in Biology, Forensics, Economics, Environmental Science and Chemistry.  
  • Any other student who is required to take BIOL 1101 and BIOL 1111 as a part of their degree program would also benefit from taking this refresher.
  • Learners interested in enhancing their knowledge of biology.

Learner Outcomes 

  • Understand prokaryotic cells, eukaryotic cells and the function of organelles
  • Understand the structure and function of important biological macromolecules including carbohydrates, lipids, proteins and nucleic acids
  • Investigate the transfer of energy involved in the reactions of cellular respiration and photosynthesis
  • Understand the history of discovery of the structure and function of DNA
  • Understand the process of DNA replication, protein synthesis, mutations and genetic modifications and their application in agriculture and industry
  • Construct feedback loops to understand how the body maintains homeostasis through the nervous system, endocrine system and urinary system.
  • Analyze the relationship between population growth and sustainable ecosystems

Topics Covered 

Biochemistry 

  • Cellular Structures & Function
  • Macromolecules

Metabolic Processes

  • Thermodynamics
  • Cellular Respiration
  • Photosynthesis

Molecular Genetics

  • DNA Replication
  • Protein Synthesis
  • Biotechnology

Homeostasis

  • Human Systems
  • Feedback Mechanisms

Population Dynamics

  • Population Growth
  • Earth’s Sustainability

Prerequisites: Successful completion of SBI4U, Grade 12U Biology, is recommended. 

Textbook: No textbook is required.  

Technical Requirements: Access to the Blackboard Learning Management System will be provided. Learners will require access to a computer with high-speed internet access. 

Assessment: To successfully complete this course participants will regularly attend online classes and complete a series of assignments and quizzes. Upon completion students will be awarded a grade of complete or incomplete and successful learners will receive a Certificate of Completion from UWindsor Continuing Education.

Schedule: 9:30am to 12:30pm, Weekdays, August 10-21, 2020. 

Fees: $350+HST. UWindsor Alumni, Staff and Students are all eligible for a discount. Contact continue@uwindsor.ca to get your discount code before registering online.

Instructor: Andrea Altenhof

Andrea Altenhof has been teaching science to students in the Catholic School System for the past 20+ years. She was seconded to work with eLearning Ontario as a curriculum writer and reviewer and taught ABQ Senior Science courses for the Centre for Executive and Professional Education at the University of Windsor.  Andrea is married and is the proud parent of twin teenage sons.

UWindsor Prep Chemistry is a non-credit online course that reviews grade 12 concepts to ensure students are prepared for Chemistry at the University of Windsor.  

This preparatory course offers a refresher to students who will be taking first year Chemistry courses.  Introductory concepts required for first and second semester classes will be covered.  These topics include nomenclature, types of reactions and balancing chemical equations, stoichiometry, properties of elements and the Periodic Table, VSEPR Theory, gas laws, thermodynamics, rates of reaction, chemical equilibria, acid-base theory, electrochemistry, and organic chemistry.

Take this refresher if you are registered in the following UWindsor academic courses:

  • CHEM-1100 General Chemistry I or
  • CHEM-1103 Topics for General Chemistry

UWindsor Prep Chemistry is ideal for:

  • Students starting in the Faculty of Science and majoring in Chemistry, Biochemistry, Biology, Forensics, Environmental Science and Physics.  
  • It is also ideal for students who are in Civil Engineering taking CHEM-1103.  
  • Any other student who is required to take CHEM-1100 or CHEM-1103 as a part of their degree program would also benefit from taking this refresher.

Learner Outcomes 

  • Understand periodic trends, how elements combine to form bonds, and molecular geometry
  • Balance chemical equations, identify types of chemical reactions, and predict products of chemical reactions
  • Understand the concept of the mole and how it relates to chemical reactions and solution chemistry
  • Understand how gas laws explain the behaviour of gases
  • Name and draw organic compounds based on name and/or structure
  • Analyze rates of reactions, energy changes, and causes of equilibrium changes
  • Understand redox reactions and their relationship to galvanic cells

Prerequisites: Successful completion of SCH4U, Grade 12U Chemistry, is recommended. 

Textbook: No textbook is required.  

Technical Requirements: Access to the Blackboard Learning Management System will be provided. Learners will require access to a computer with high-speed internet access. 

Assessment: Participants can expect to complete a combination of short assignments, quizzes and activities during the course. Daily online participation is also required for successful completion. Upon completion students will be awarded a grade of complete or incomplete. Learners who successfully complete this course will receive a Certificate of Completion from UWindsor Continuing Education

Schedule: 1:30pm to 4:30pm, Weekdays, August 17-28, 2020. 

Fees: $350+HST. UWindsor Alumni, Staff and Students are all eligible for a discount. Contact continue@uwindsor.ca to get your discount code before registering online.

Instructor: Emilia Iacobelli

Emilia Iacobelli is a secondary school Chemistry and Mathematics teacher with the Greater Essex County District School Board.  She is also a proud University of Windsor graduate.  She graduated from the Concurrent Honours Chemistry (with thesis)/Bachelor of Education program in 2017, with teachable subjects in Chemistry and Mathematics, also obtaining her IB Certification in these subject areas.  She subsequently completed her Master of Education degree in 2019 and is currently pursuing a PhD in Educational Studies with a focus on Mathematics Education.  Since her B.Ed. graduation, Emilia has also completed a number of additional qualifications in Special Education, Teaching English Language Learners, and Guidance and Career Education.  She has a passion for teaching and a lifelong love of learning that she hopes to instill in her students.

UWindsor Prep Microsoft Excel for University is a non-credit online course that dives into the fundamentals of using Microsoft Excel from a practical use perspective.  The course covers principles of data collection and analysis, building functional spreadsheets, Excel tools, and macros. Emphasis is placed on practicality; tutorials use the framework of a business case to illustrate the real-world application of course content.  Excel concepts learned in this course can be applied to a variety of scenarios and in various academic programs. 

UWindsor Prep Microsoft Excel for University is open to all. It is specifically created for incoming and current students of the University of Windsor or students entering post-secondary education. This course is recommended for:

  • Students in the Odette School of Business
  • Students in the Faculty of Engineering 
  • Students taking any research/statistics course 
  • Co-op Students

Learner Outcomes 

  • Determine what categories of data are relevant to a given business scenario, and present collected data in an organized, logical format; 
  • Employ Microsoft Excel tools, in varying levels of complexity, to present and analyze business data (including calculated cells, logical statements and other functions, charts and pivot tables, and filtering);
  • Understand basic syntax of Microsoft Visual Basic within the context of macro code
  • Record macros and write simple code for macros  

Prerequisites: None - open to all.

Textbook: No textbook is required.  

Technical Requirements: Access to the Blackboard Learning Management System will be provided. Learners will require access to a computer with high-speed internet access and Microsoft Excel.

Assessment: Participants can expect to complete a combination of short assignments and activities during the course. Daily online participation is also required for successful completion. Upon completion students will be awarded a grade of complete or incomplete. Learners who successfully complete this course will receive a Certificate of Completion from UWindsor Continuing Education

Schedule: 1:30pm to 4:30pm, Weekdays, August 10-14, 2020

Fees: $175+HST. UWindsor Alumni, Staff and Students are all eligible for a discount. Contact continue@uwindsor.ca to get your discount code before registering online.

Instructor: Connor Hasegawa

Connor Hasegawa is a partner at Futurelab, a Windsor-based consulting firm; in this role, he advises clients in both the public and private sectors, across a wide range of industries, on a variety of issues related to strategy and innovation. Connor completed a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours with Thesis) at the Odette School of Business at the University of Windsor, and conducted research on leadership and organizational behaviour within innovative teams throughout the course of his degree. He has participated in substantial Excel-related course redesign at the Odette School of Business, and has developed and taught Excel tutorials there for several years.


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