Online Learning

Online Learning 2016 – 2017

The University of Toronto offers students diverse learning options — one of these options is online learning. Several undergraduate courses are now also being offered online. It doesn’t matter which U of T campus you study at, these online courses are open to all students from our three campuses. Some space in each course will be specifically reserved for students from each campus.

U of T students register for these courses the same way they do for all other courses at U of T, through the ACORN/ROSI system. Students should consult their own Academic Calendars for regulations regarding taking courses on one of the other campuses. Students from other universities interested in taking a U of T online course can find more information here.

 

Undergraduate Online Course Descriptions

 

Introduction to History and Philosophy of Science (HPS100H1)

This is an introduction to the key issues in the history and philosophy of science. In the first half of the course, we will focus on a number of key philosophical questions: Can we know anything with absolute certainty? Is there a universal and unchangeable method of science? What is the mechanism of scientific change? What demarcates science from non-science? Can scientific theories provide true descriptions of the world? Is there scientific progress? In the second half of the course, we will outline the scientific worldviews accepted in different periods of the history of science. In particular, we will focus on the key components of the four major scientific worldviews – Aristotelian-medieval, Cartesian, Newtonian, and Contemporary (Quantum-Relativistic). The major goal of the course – learn to think critically on the issues of the history and philosophy of science. In your tutorials, you will master a number of skills that will allow you to identify problems, formulate conceptions, extract, analyse, evaluate, and design arguments. The pre-recorded lectures are available online; they should be watched any time prior to the week’s tutorial. Tutorial sessions are live at the portal.

Please take a moment to watch the course trailer.

 

Principles of Economics for Non-Specialists (ECO105Y1)

Fundamentals for consumers, businesses, citizens. Microeconomics focuses on cost/benefit analysis: gains from trade, price coordination, competition/monopoly, efficiency/equity tradeoffs, government/market failures, environmental policies, income/wealth distributions. Macroeconomics focuses on: GDP growth, unemployment, inflation, monetary/fiscal policies, business cycles, exchange rates, government deficits/debt, globalization. Emphasizes economic literacy, fewer mathematical tools than ECO100Y1.

 

Introduction to Environmental Science (ENV100Y5Y)

Introductory environmental science online course examining large-scale features of Earth, natural hazards, climate and weather systems, energy and mineral resources, human population growth, extinction, biodiversity, environmental toxins, soils and wetlands, forests and fisheries, water resources, urban environmental management, and food resources. Interdisciplinary interaction among science, social science, and the humanities is a major theme. The online section will use web-based tools for delivery of lecture content and utilize a variety of online communication tools. A term test and final exam will be held on the U of T Mississauga campus, at which time student attendance will be required.

 

Geographic Info & Mapping I (GGR272H1)

Introduction to digital mapping and spatial analysis using geographic information systems (GIS) is offered online by the Department of Geography within the Faculty of Arts and Science. Students learn how to use GIS software to find, edit, analyze and map geographic data to create their own maps, analyze geographic problems and use techniques that can be applied to a variety of subject areas. This course will be delivered using technologies that allow flexibility of timing for student review of content, completion of practical exercises, and participation in online activities. However, office hours including webinar sessions will be at regularly scheduled times weekly.  A final exam will require student attendance on the St. George campus.

Summer 2017 – TBC

 

Introduction to Neuroscience (HMB200H1)

A survey of brain systems, including evolution and development of the nervous system, brain stem system for defensive and approach responses, limbic and cortical systems for learning, and higher brain functions. Techniques for study of brain systems including pharmacology, gene targeting and human brain imaging are introduced.

 

Neurobiology of Behaviour (HMB300H1)

This intermediate course in neuroscience focuses on higher brain functions and mechanisms underlying human and animal behaviours. Topics may include advanced neurophysiological, neuroanatomical and genetic basis of various cortical functions, including learning and memory, “mirroring”, and executive function. Experimental techniques used in neuroscience research such as electrophysiological recordings, brain imaging and neurogenetics are emphasized.

 

Molecular Biology, Biotechnology and You (CSB201H1)

An online course intended to provide non-science students with an understanding of basic concepts in molecular biology and genetics, with particular emphasis on humans. Students will work online in groups on problem sets. The course will end with an introduction to biotechnology, including an opportunity for students to use their new knowledge to explore a real, multi-dimensional problem (e.g., cancer). Lectures will be delivered via the web and tutorials will require live webinar participation. The final exam will require attendance on the St. George campus.

 

Introductory Psychology: Part I (PSYA01H3)

This course offered by the Department of Psychology at U of T Scarborough can be taken in either traditional or online modes.  It provides a general overview of topics including research techniques in psychology, evolutionary psychology, the biology of behaviour, learning and behaviour, sensation, perception, memory and consciousness. The most influential findings from each of these areas will be highlighted.  Lectures are presented live and immediately made available online.  In addition the course will utilize collaborative online tools to support deep learning in the context of written assignments designed to promote critical thinking and online “tests” designed to support thinking and learning as they assess knowledge of content.  All assignments will be performed online with the exception of a final exam that will require student attendance on the UTSC campus.

 

Introductory Psychology: Part II (PSYA02H3)

This course offered by the Department of Psychology at U of T Scarborough can be taken in either traditional or online modes.  It provides a general overview of topics including language, intelligence, development, motivation and emotion, personality, social psychology, stress, mental disorders and treatments of mental disorders. The most influential findings from each of these areas will be highlighted.  Lectures are presented live and immediately made available online.  In addition the course will utilize collaborative online tools to support deep learning in the context of written assignments designed to promote critical thinking and online “tests” designed to support thinking and learning as they assess knowledge of content.  All assignments will be performed online with the exception of a final exam that will require student attendance on the UTSC campus.

 

Introduction to Computer Programming (CSC108H1)

Structure of computers; the computing environment. Programming in a language such as Python. Program structure: elementary data types, statements, control flow, functions, classes, objects, methods, fields. Lists; searching, sorting and complexity. Practical (P) sections consist of supervised work in the computing laboratory. These sections are offered when facilities are available, and attendance is required.

 

The Practice of Statistics I (STA220H1)

An introductory course in statistical concepts and methods, emphasizing exploratory data analysis for univariate and bivariate data, sampling and experimental designs, basic probability models, estimation and tests of hypothesis in one-sample and comparative two-sample studies. A statistical computing package is used but no prior computing experience is assumed.

 

Introduction to Medical Genetics (MGY250H1)

An introduction to medical genetics including the “omics” revolution, stem cells, cancer genetics, finding disease-causing mutations, genetic counselling and gene therapy.  The course material is delivered online and is approximately equivalent to 36 lecture hours.  Midterm and final exam are taken on campus or at a pre-approved site off-campus. 

 

Introduction to Medical Microbiology (MGY277H1)

An online introductory survey course that explores the agents of infectious disease including bacteria, viruses, and parasites as well as the host immune response. Other topics include the fundamentals of disease diagnosis and epidemiology.  This course will use web-based delivery of lectures and tutorials and utilize a range of communication tools equivalent to approximately three lectures per week. The midterm and final exam will require student attendance on the St. George campus.

 

Special Topics in French Cultural Studies I: “Love, Sex and Desire in French Literature and Cinema” (FCS 292H1S)

This course explores the themes of love, sex and desire in French literature through close reading and interpretative analysis of novels from the eighteenth to the twentieth centuries.  A comparative approach using various examples taken from literary texts and film adaptations explores the concept of love and its many definitions.

 

English Grammar (LIN204H5)

How the English language works: students will learn about fundamental grammatical concepts and structures and about their application to meaning-making in academic reading and writing contexts. This course does not count towards the Linguistic Studies minor or major program

 

Introduction to Christianity (RLG203H5)

An introduction to the diverse history of Christianity, from its origins as a Jewish sect to its contemporary importance as a major global religion, with a focus on how Christianity has both shaped and been shaped by various social, geographical, and cultural environments over the past two millennia

 

Environmental Politics in Canada (JPE250Y)

Analyzes environmental issues in Canadian politics. Topics include: regulation and property rights, the politics of agenda-setting; sustainable development; science in politics; the impact of federalism; and global influences on domestic policy-making. Substantive issues could include climate change, biodiversity, drinking water, land use and the degradation of natural resources.

 

Religion and Popular Culture (RLG233H1)

A course on the interactions, both positive and negative, between religion and popular culture. We look at different media (television, advertising, print) as they represent and engage with difference religious traditions, identities, and controversies.

 

Introduction to Sanskrit (RLG260H1 and RLG263H1)

An introduction to Classical Tibetan language for beginners (over two semesters). Development of basic grammar and vocabulary, with readings of simple texts. This is an online course. Lectures will be delivered via the web and mandatory tutorials will require live webinar participation. The final exam will require attendance on the St. George campus, or in another authorized exam centre.

 

Introduction to Classical Tibetan (RLG261H1 and RLG262H1)

An introduction to Classical Tibetan language for beginners (over two semesters). Development of basic grammar and vocabulary, with readings of simple texts. This is an online course. Lectures will be delivered via the web and mandatory tutorials will require live webinar participation. The final exam will require attendance on the St. George campus, or in another authorized exam centre.

 

Introductory Chemistry from a Materials Perspective (APS164)

This online course is structured around the principle of structure-property relationship. This relationship refers to an understanding of the microstructure of a solid, that is, the nature of the bonds between atoms and the spatial arrangement of atoms, which permits the explanation of observed behavior. Observed materials behavior includes mechanical, electrical, magnetic, optical, and corrosive behavior. Understanding this foundational structure-property relationship then allows scientists and engineers to control and carefully tailor the properties of materials. Progression through the course is guided by carefully selected real-world examples of high intrinsic interest. For example, the development of a high strength, high elastic constant polymer for use in the production of a ballistic vest creates a rich environment for exploring hydrogen bonding and crystallinity in polymers.

 

Mechanics (APS160H1F)

In this online course, the principles of statics are applied to composition and resolution of forces, moments and couples. The equilibrium states of structures are examined. Throughout, the free body diagram concept is emphasized. Vector algebra is used where it is most useful, and stress blocks are introduced. Shear force diagrams, bending moment diagrams and stress-strain relationships for materials are discussed. Stress and deformation in axially loaded members and flexural members (beams) are also covered.

 

Calculus for Engineers I (APS162H1 F/S)

This online-only course focuses on the fundamental tools of calculus and its connections to engineering. The topics include limits, differentiation, graphing, optimization problems, and definite and indefinite integrals. Problems combining calculus with geometry, linear algebra, statics, and mechanics will be examined.

 

Calculus of Engineers II (APS163H1 F/S)

This online-only course focuses on the fundamental tools of calculus and its connections to engineering. The topics include methods of integration, an introduction to differential equations, series and Taylor series, vector differentiation, and partial differentiation. Problems combining calculus with geometry, linear algebra, statics, and mechanics will be examined.

 

 


Application Information

 

Visiting Students

Visiting Students from recognized universities located in North America may be admitted to the University of Toronto on the basis of a Letter of Permission issued from their home university. The purpose of enrolling in courses as a Visiting Student is to transfer credits back to an undergraduate degree program at your home institution.

Applications are made directly to the University of Toronto division that is offering the online course. Please follow the links below to review Visiting Student application information for academic divisions providing undergraduate online courses:

 

Non-Degree Students

If you wish to upgrade your university record to qualify for graduate school, a professional program, or for personal interest, you may apply as a Non-degree Student. Non-degree students enroll in degree credit courses, for which they have the prerequisites, but are not proceeding towards a degree. For more information please visit the following website:

 

Engineering – Special Students

Special Students are those taking courses offered by the Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering (FASE), but are not working towards an undergraduate degree within the Faculty. Often these are also “visiting students,” who have received a letter of permission from their home university and are working towards a degree at that institution. For more information please visit the following website:

 

University of Toronto Students

Current University of Toronto students register for undergraduate online courses the same way they do for all other courses, through the ACORN/ROSI system. Students should consult the Academic Calendar for their program requirements with regard to eligibility of courses from other divisions.

 

 


FAQ about Off-Site Exam Proctoring

 

Who is eligible to write a final exam for an online course at an off-site exam centre?

In order to be eligible, students must reside more than 125 km from the campus during the term in which the course was offered.

 

I am taking some courses online and some on campus this term. Can I make arrangements to write the exam for my online course at another location as it is more convenient for me?

Students who are taking other degree program courses that are not online in the same term are considered to be available to write an exam “on campus” and are not eligible.

 

When do I need to make these arrangements?

You are required to submit your request form to your registrar’s office no later than twelve (12) business days after the first day of the term.

 

How is the outside exam centre location determined?

The application form will ask you to propose an exam centre near to your place of residence and to provide a contact name and email. Your proposed location will be reviewed and confirmed by the registrar. If arrangements with the proposed exam centre are not possible for any reason, another centre may be identified by the registrar. A list of suggested exam centres is available here.

 

Are there any fees associated with online course exam proctoring?

Students are responsible for any fees payable to the external exam centre providing the invigilation service. Exam invigilation fees per exam can range from $60 to $200 depending on the costs of the host institutions. Please keep in mind fees can range higher than the average noted. Fees are determined by the host institution, and students are required to pay these fees directly to the host institution. Additional costs payable to UofT may include courier of the exam questions/documents to and from the off-site invigilator.

 

When will the exam be scheduled?

The exam will be scheduled for proctoring at the external exam centre at the same time as it is being written on campus, with adjustments to take into account time zone variance. Normally this will occur during the end of term exam period).

 

I am taking an online course offered by another division. Who do I contact to request an off-site exam?

Contact your home faculty registrar with your request. (ie Faculty of Arts and Science, UTM, UTSC, Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering)