The final year of high school is a launch pad for students into post-secondary, and life in general. While they are collecting the marks that universities will be scrutinizing, and learning about calculus or classical literature this year is in reality about something much bigger than pure academia. In this year students have the opportunity to learn life skills. These skills come in the form of time management, accountability, organisation, focus, and passion. In order to survive in the work force, or in universities it is these skills that are required to excel. Grade twelve is a time to take full control of your education, and acknowledge the repercussions and freedoms that come with that.
Accounting 12 expands on the accounting concepts learned in Accounting 11 and introduces new accounting concepts like depreciation, payroll, inventory management, and taxation to name a key few. Students will also learn how to use an industry standard software to computerize accounting methods and reporting. This course is ideal for students who are planning to pursue a career in accounting, business management, commerce, or an entrepreneurship opportunity.
Do you really know your own body? The human body is an extremely complex system with many subsystems (i.e. organs) that interact in truly amazing ways. Higher Order Thinking (H.O.T.) is practiced frequently by solving riddles like “Why do people breathe more rapidly in crowded rooms?” (The answer is not a lack of oxygen); or “Why do students feel the need to urinate more often during a provincial exam?”
In other words the course, contrary to popular belief, is not all about memorization. It is about problem solving. Cell biology starts the course, followed by an in-depth study of human anatomy and human physiology.
This is an introduction to calculus designed to prepare students for university calculus. Course content includes limit theory, differentiation, and intergration and applications.
Prerequisite: Chemistry 11
If you’re suffering from acidity in your stomach then you should take antacids. But what do ‘Antacids’ contain? What is the acid which produces the ‘fizz’ in soft drinks? How do they get the shiny chrome on your cars bumper? These questions and more will be answered in Chemistry 12. The course is an extension of the Chemistry studied in previous grades. Units of study include:
- Chemical reactions and their rates
- Chemical Equilibria
- Acid and Base Chemistry
Students will complete assignments, Unit tests and Module exams. To be successful in this course a student should have strong mathematics skills and problem-solving abilities.
Prerequisite: Communications 11
The goal of Communications 12 is to help you examine and improve upon the various communication skills you use in the workplace and in everyday life. In doing so, you will explore mass media, information, and literary communications. The course will help you to:
- Understand the influence of mass media and technology on your life.
- Improve your written and oral communication skills.
- Explore various types of workplace communications.
- Appreciate the role of storytelling in your life.
In this course, you’ll work through four modules:
- Module 1: Communication in the Age of Information
- Module 2: Explain, Describe, Persuade, Narrate!
- Module 3: Working with Words
- Module 4: Novel Study “Of Mice and Men” by John Steinbeck
Comparative Civilizations 12
Comparative Civilizations 12 will analyze the origins and development of the Chinese, Islamic, and Western Civilizations. The emphasis of this course will be on the belief systems and the interaction of the various facets of each culture. Students planning to take post secondary courses in history, literature, philosophy, fine arts or architecture will find this course very helpful.
Economics 12 explores the effects economic activity on our society, the nation, and the global community. In Economics 12, students gain an understanding of the principles behind government and social policies. Students planning to undertake advance studies in business will find this an essential course to understanding of how government, labour, and business interact.
This course will be of interest for students interested to expand their understanding of Canadian society, and global economic and social trends.
Prerequisite: English 11
English 12 is designed for students proceeding to university or a university transfer program. Through the integration of reading, writing, listening and viewing, it is designed to reinforce and extend the student’s knowledge of English.
It is not an English as a second language course.
English 12 students complete four modules. The literature selections for this course are chosen to appeal to a variety of interests, skills and meet English 12 curriculum requirements. Students are given the opportunity to choose a novel from three titles and to choose a drama selection from two titles.
After completing the course, students are required to write the BC Provincial English 12 exam worth 40% of their final grade in order to finish English 12 requirements for course completion and high school graduation.
English Literature 12
Prerequisite: English Literature 11 or English 11
The aim of English Literature 12 is to enhance student literacy and comprehensive knowledge of British literature. Every Module includes paragraph and essay literature responses and Module Tests. The selections in the course are organized chronologically to present the literature in a historical context.
All Students write a “mock” provincial exam worth 10% at the end of the course. The BC Provincial Literature 12 exam is recommended for students going into post-secondary studies in literature.
The course is divided into Modules and Units:
Module One: The Middle Ages
- Unit 1: The Anglo-Saxon Period
- Unit 2: The Medieval Period
Module Two: The Renaissance
- Unit 3: The Elizabethan Age
- Unit 4: Shakespearean Drama
- Unit 5: The Jacobean Era
- Unit 6: The Puritan Age
Module Three: The Restoration & Eighteenth Century
- Unit 7: The Restoration
- Unit 8: The Age of Pope
- Unit 9: The Age of Johnson
Module Four: The Nineteenth Century
- Unit 10: The Romantic Age
- Unit 11: The Victorian Age
Module Five: The Modern Age
- Unit 12: The Early Twentieth Century
- Unit 13: The Later Twentieth Century
Module Six: The Novel Study
- Unit 15: The English Novel: student choice from a list of classical novels selected for this course.
This course is designed to provide an introduction to the issues of starting and managing your own business. In the beginning of the course students learn about evaluating the business opportunity and the characteristics needed to be a successful entrepreneur.
Then, the course explores the business components of marketing, finance, organization, legal, operations, taxation, location, personnel, franchising, and e-commerce. The course ends with students creating a business plan for a small business, possible a business idea of their own.
This course is an excellent starting point for students thinking of someday starting their own business. Alternatively this course provides students with a better understanding of the businesses they may work for, and the different career possibilities within a business.
Family Studies 12
Family Studies 12 examines how the definition of family has changed and evolved as society has changed. The following topics are studied in depth:
- Families in a changing world
- Living in a family
- Facing family challenges
- Career opportunities
First Nations 12
BC First Nations Studies 12 focuses on the diversity, depth, and integrity of the cultures of British Columbia’s Aboriginal peoples. In emphasizing the languages, cultures, and history of First Nations peoples, the course addresses an important part of the history of British Columbia. The course provides an opportunity for students to acquire knowledge and understanding of the traditions, history, and present realities of BC Aboriginal peoples, as well as a chance to consider future challenges and opportunities.
BC First Nations Studies 12 is one of three provincial courses available for students to complete the Social Studies Graduation Program requirement. There is a provincial exam worth 20% of the final mark.
Foods 12 is designed to develop student’s food preparation skills. The course includes many labs to be completed at home while helping students develop an array of recipes they can keep for future meals. Foods 12 covers Food Preparation Foundations and Techniques, Nutrition and Healthy Eating, Social, Economic, and Cultural Influences and Career Opportunities in the Food Industry. This course offers skills for every person that can be applied on a daily basis throughout their lives.
French 12 is an advanced level, interactive, online French as a second language course focusing on communication skills of listening, speaking, reading, writing, viewing and presenting. This course follows the work from French 11.
Geography 12 examines the complex interrelationships and interactions between human activities and the diverse natural environments. Main topics of study include the following: weather and climate, vegetation and soils, tectonics and gradation, and resource assessment and management (with a focus on ecologically sound sustainable development).
Skills learned in Geography 12 are required in many existing and emergent career areas such as: regional planning; generating computer based maps and diagrams (G.I.S.); environmental impact analysis; location analysis and favourable site selection for various human activities; transportation planning; environmental law; and tourism development.
- Module 1: Mapping Skills
- Module 2: Tectonic Processes
- Module 3: Forces of Gradation
- Module 4: Weather and Climate
- Module 5: Biomes and Soils
- Module 6: Assessment and Management of Earth’s Resources
Grad Transition 12
Starting in the September 1, 2007 school year, Graduation Transition 12 replaces the Graduation Portfolio Assessment found in the original 2004 graduation program. All BC secondary school students who are enrolled in Grade 10, 11 and 12 as of September 1, 2007, and beyond must demonstrate they have met the requirements for:
Engage in 150 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity a week in Grade
10, 11 and 12.
Develop and maintain a long-term personal healthy living plan appropriate to your lifestyle that describes:
- sound nutritional habits
- regular exercise routines
- emotional health management (e.g. ways to manage stress)
- positive health choices
Participate in at least 30 hours of work experience and/or community service.
Describe the duties performed, the connections between the experience and their employability and life skills and the benefit to the community and to the student.
Career and Life:
Develop a comprehensive plan that indicates they are prepared to successfully transition from secondary school. Present selected components of their transition plan to members of the school and/or community during an Exit Interview.
Note: Students must be in Grade 12 to complete their Exit Interview.
Completion of the Graduation Transitions learning outcomes will be noted on student transcripts as RM (Requirement Met) for Graduation Transitions, and graduating students will be awarded four (4) credits towards their Graduation Program.
This course is offered to students who are presently in Grade 12.
Playing the guitar is not only a great hobby, but taking it online is a fantastic way to learn and earn credits towards graduation. Beginning guitar players start at their level of understanding and advance to the next grade level by completing two of the five levels. The format is a clear, user-friendly and self-paced program that supports learning with video and audio clips in addition to very easily understood text. All levels not only include song practice, but also encourages students to further their guitar skill set and challenges them to reach a higher level of ability.
- how to read key signatures
- how to read chord charts
- how to read tab
- power chords
- sight reading notation
- finger picking
- folk/classic song practice
- basic music theory
- finger picking patterns
- playing lead
- folk music in tablature
- elements of Rock/Blues
- 12 bar chord progression
- chord shapes
- Rock/Blues constructions
- classical music in tablature
- open tuning
- open string song practice
History 12 is a world history course that deals with major events and trends of the 20th century. It concentrates on the time period between 1917 and 1991, with an emphasis on the West and its relation to world affairs. These years were dominated by the effects of the world wars, including the decline of European power, the polarization of the Cold War, the end of colonial empires, and the emergence of a new era. These were years of significant economic, social, and technological change. History 12 begins with the 1917 Russian Revolution and ends with the collapse of the Soviet Union.
Independent Directed Studies 12
What is IDS?
Independent Directed Studies allow a student, under the supervision of a teacher, 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.
- Students pursue one or more of the PLO’s for a given course for 1, 2, 3 or 4 credits.
- The number of PLO’s studied is up to the student and will vary in depth accordingly. The fewer the number of PLO’s undertaken,the greater the depth of study while the greater number of PLO’s studied, the more broad the learning may be.
- There is no limit to the total number of IDS credits a student may earn.
- Grade 12 IDS credits may count towards the minimum of 16 Grade 12 credits required for graduation.
- IDS credits allow for recognition of learning in an elective course a student may not have previously completed.
Who is this for?
- maybe you have deep interest in one specific topic
- maybe you’re in between semesters and find that you have to change schools without receiving credit for elective courses
- maybe you’re involved in a provincial level team sport
- maybe you are taking conservatory music or dance lessons
The scenarios are endless, so find out today if IDS is right for you!
Information Technology 12
Information Technology 12 is a course that is designed to be very resource rich. In this course you will be guided through an exploration of relevant, up-to-date resources as you explore topics in the information technology world. You will engage in active online discussions with your instructor and fellow learners, and you will be assessed on your active research and hands-on projects.
Law 12 is an introduction to the Canadian legal system with a focus on criminal, civil, family, and contract law. Topics of study include sources of law, the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, police procedures, arrest, detention, court procedures, parole, the Criminal Code, civil lawsuits, divorce, contract formation, and personal injury litigation.
Evaluation is based on assignments and discussion postings worth 40% and four module exams worth 60% of a student’s final grade.
All consumers are contacted by the marketing efforts companies offering the goods and services they buy. This course provides an introduction to the world of marketing. In this course students will learn the basic marketing concepts of: pricing, distribution, promotion, product discussions, and market research.
Students will evaluate marketing methods businesses to use to inform potential world markets of their products, describe how governments regulate businesses, and analyze how various cultures affect the way businesses market their products internationally and nationally. This course is of interest to students considering a career in marketing, sales, or business, and is also of interest to students who are interested to explore how business attempt to influence their purchasing decisions.
Mathematics 12 – Pre-Calculus
Prerequisite: Mathematics 11 – Pre-Calculus
The goal of this course is to provide students with the mathematical understandings and critical-thinking skills identified for post-secondary studies that require the study of theoretical Calculus. Topics include relations and functions, trigonometry, permutations, combinations and binomial theorem. The seven mathematical processes (communication, connections, mental mathematics and estimation, problem solving, reasoning, technology, and visualization) are interwoven throughout the mathematical topics. After successful completion of the Mathematics 12 Pre-calculus course students can choose to take Calculus 12 to continue to develop the conceptual knowledge and skill set that will be useful for them moving forward to post-secondary programs that require Calculus.
Prerequisite: Physics 11
Physics 12 extends some of the concepts introduced in Physics 11. Kinematics (motion) and Dynamics (forces – not the “force” Luke!) are examined from a two dimensional perspective (wait until you examine motion in three dimensions!). Added to the mix is two-dimensional Momentum and Energy. In dizzying speed, circular motion and gravitation is also covered. The second half of the course has its electrifying and magnetic personality as Electrostatics, Circuits, Magnetism and Magnetic Induction (magic!) are examined. Many of society’s modern conveniences (TV’s computers, cell phones, lights) work because of the concepts studied in this course.
Physical Education 12
Physical Education 12 focuses on promoting a healthy lifestyle through encouraging regular physical fitness. Students will focus on improving and maintaining personal fitness and developing effective leadership and sports management skills. Students will also have the opportunity to analyze and respond to a variety of issues related to Physical Fitness/Education. Students in PE 11 and 12 are required to log 80 hours in three different movement categories.
Playing the Keyboard or Piano is not only a great hobby, but taking it on-line is a really fantastic way to learn and earn credits towards graduation. Beginning Keyboard/Piano players start at their level of understanding and advance to the next grade level by completing two of the five levels. The format is a clear, user-friendly and self-paced program that supports learning with video and audio clips in addition to very easily understood text. All levels not only include song practise but also encourage you to take the chords you are learning and add a melody to create your own tunes.
- learn how to read the Time/Key Signature and Rests, the Music Staff: spaces and line names
- learn where to read Middle C, the C scale and chords
- tones and semi-tones
- finger positions
- separate and together hand song practise using above
- Sharps, Flats, Natural and Accent Notes
- G Major Scale
- F Major Scale
- musical signs and symbols
- DM, BbM, Bm, Gm scales, triads and arpeggios
- Circle of 4ths and 5ths
- introduction to Blues
- AM, Am, Cm
- introduction to Jazz
- learn chord inversions, symbols and progressions
Psychology 12 is an extension of the material learned in Psychology 11.
Every day of our lives psychology has an affect on us – even if we don’t realize it. Ask yourself the following questions and see if you have the answers. If you don’t, psychology does:
- Why do you wake up each morning and seem to have a similar routine each day (i.e. brush your teeth, eat breakfast, etc)?
- How can you remember your first kiss, your first goal in soccer, or when you hurt yourself when you were 7 years old, but you can’t remember what you had for dinner last Tuesday?
- Why do people say, “You are exactly like your mother/father?” when describing your personality? And is it true?
- Why do we all jump back when we are surprised or scared?
- Did you know that there are approximately 300,000 psychopaths living in Canada that have never committed a crime?
This course is an extension of Punjabi 11. Students will continue to build upon the grammar learned in Punjabi 11. There will be a greater emphasis on reading and writing Punjabi through analysis of various authentic documents and other written works. This is a provincially examinable subject.
Spanish 12 develops the vocabulary and grammar taught in Spanish 10 and 11. Upon completion, the student will have a strong, thorough understanding of the language and culture, and be able to write and speak in a sophisticated manner on any number of topics. The course finishes with an optional provincial exam, worth 40% of the final mark. The Spanish 12 provincial exam is only offered in June, but it is no longer mandatory to write the provincial exam.
Therefore, students can opt out of the provincial exam and just take the course final mark that includes a practice provincial exam. For those students who opt to take the provincial exam will opt out of the practice provincial exam at the end of Module 4 and take the real provincial exam. There is an oral and listening component of the provincial exam and for those who choose to write it, you will be given an extra package to understand the process and how to prepare for it.