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  • Objectives
    The Military Arts and Science diploma will provide Non-Commissioned Members (NCMs) of the Canadian Forces and those interested in military affairs, a comprehensive knowledge of leadership, critical thinking, security studies, resource management, and communication skills deemed essential to the functioning of modern military or large corporations. This diploma will serve as a recognized component of the Non-Commissioned Members' training.
  • Academic Title
    Military Arts and Sciences Ontario College Diploma
  • Course description
    MAS1000      Canadian Military History: A Study of War and Military History 1867 to Present
    Description: This course introduces students to the general themes of Canadian military history in the post-Confederation period. Particular emphasis is placed on the following topics: the evolution of the Canadian military since 1867; traditions and customs of the Canadian Forces; the evolution of the role of the Canadian officer and approaches to leadership since 1867; the relationship between Canadian politics and society and the evolution of the Canadian military; the impact of changes in military arts and science and doctrine on operations and war fighting; and Canadian participation in joint and combined operations.
    Hours: 45
    Credits: 3

    MAS1010     The Law of Armed Conflict

    Description: This course gives students a solid knowledge of the rule of law regarding the use of force in international and non-international armed conflicts. The course examines the correct interpretation of these rules under international law and explains their applicability in operational situations, discusses the rules pertaining to the humane treatment of persons under a foreign power’s authority, the legal obligations pertaining to personal property, and the rules regulating the use of weapons. In addition, the course explores the notion of combatants, prisoners of war, the treatment of civilians and the obligation of limiting damage and unnecessary suffering, as well as special cases such as children-soldiers and mercenaries.
    Hours: 45
    Credits: 3

    MAS1020     The Canadian Forces and Modern Society: Civics, Politics and International Relations

    Description: This course addresses Canadian government and politics within a global context, and discusses the impact of political culture and socialization on understandings of the nature of politics, examines the changing role of the nation-state in the context of regional integration and globalization, assesses the nature and accountability of government processes and institutions, and considers the effectiveness of institutions linking state and society. The course also examines the influence of changes within Canadian society and within the international system on the organization and operation of the Canadian military.
    Hours: 45
    Credits: 3

    MAS1030     Operations Planning Process
    Description: Planning is indispensable to achieving a desirable outcome in the conduct of military operations. Although planning is constrained by various factors including human experience, information and time, the aim of any plan is to direct attention towards the identification and selection of a logical and reasoned course of action from a variety of options. Combining elements from business management and the social sciences, this course introduces students to an iterative logical framework process that guides, informs and shapes analysis of a given situation, to the identification of constraints and restraints, to the selection of a best course of action and ultimately to the development of a comprehensive operations plan.
    Hours: 45
    Credits: 3

    MAS1040     Fundamentals of Human Psychology
    Description: This course introduces the basic concepts of modern psychology, with emphasis on personality and social psychology, providing the foundation for future required MPL courses. It includes the essentials of the scientific method and its application to psychology. The first half incorporates the basic concepts of people as psychological beings (e.g., learning, emotion, and intelligence); the second half emphasizes fundamental social psychology elements (e.g., attitudes, group behaviour, and social influence).
    Hours: 45
    Credits: 3

    MAS1050     Management: Principles and Practices in a Canadian Defence Setting
    Description: Providing a broad introduction to management, including its principles and practices, in a Defence setting, this course identifies the mechanisms affecting the management of military and civilian personnel at the institutional level (i.e., within both the CF and DND at large), and covers topics in organization, roles and responsibilities, resources and capabilities, operational activities, and business planning. The course also provides an overview about the role of the individual manager and the associated principal tasks of planning, organizing, leading, decision-making, and controlling in a variety of dynamic circumstances.
    Hours: 45
    Credits: 3

    OLRN1024     Principles of Ethical Reasoning (Internet)
    Description: This course focuses on ethical issues faced by the individual as a person and more particularly as a professional with authority and responsibility for law enforcement. It will help the student clarify their values and establish a framework for ethical decision making. The course will focus the students' minds on the importance of moral philosophy as a component of the decision making process.
    Hours: 45
    Credits: 3

    OLRN1042     Writing Grammatically (Internet)
    Description: This course explains the rules of English grammar in a comprehensive, easy-to-follow manner. Beginning with a review of parts of speech, the course provides an in-depth explanation of sentence structuring and culminates in a practical review of paragraphing.
    Hours: 48
    Credits: 3

    OLRN1180     Critical Thinking (Internet)

    Description: Recommended: completion of English 1 or equivalent.
    This course gives you the opportunity to sharpen your critical thinking skills. It will help you to recognize how your own hidden assumptions, values, and biases affect your decision-making. In this collaborative environment, you will analyze the manipulative techniques used by individuals, vested interest groups and the media. You will learn how to identify false arguments and misleading arguments. Finally, you will have an opportunity to construct and evaluate your own arguments using critical and creative thinking strategies.
    Hours: 48
    Credits: 3

    OLRN1250     English 1 (Internet)
    Description: Communication remains an essential skill sought by employers, regardless of discipline or field of study. Using a practical, vocation-oriented approach, students focus on meeting the requirements of effective communication. Through a combination of lectures, exercises, and independent learning, students practise writing, speaking, reading, listening, locating and documenting information, and using technology to communicate professionally. Students develop and strengthen communication skills that contribute to success in both educational and workplace environments.
    Hours: 45
    Credits: 3

    OLRN1260     English 2 (Internet)
    Description: Recommended: English 1 (Internet) or equivalent.
    Students will investigate challenging communication problems that require collecting information, solving problems and making decisions. They will prepare analytical reports, sales and promotional materials, proposals and job search documents. These critical elements of business communications will be studied with an emphasis on clear reporting techniques and powerful persuasive strategies. In addition, students will generate presentations supported by technology, and assess their own communication skills in the context of career demands.
    Hours: 45
    Credits: 3

    OLRN1365     Leadership in a Team Environment

    Description: Teams have become the fundamental building blocks of organizational structure. Examine the skills and abilities needed to lead a team-based organization. Leading in a team environment requires competencies, tools and techniques that focus on group dynamics rather than solely on individual performance. Learn how to mobilize participation, build consensus, and enable individuals to maximize their team’s ability to achieve results.
    Hours: 45
    Credits: 3

    OLRN1375     Dispute Resolution

    Description: Recommended: Introductory course in Human Resources Management.
    This course surveys the major methods currently in use by organizations for resolving disputes by situating alternative dispute resolution in its historical, social and legal context. Various ADR techniques will be examined and compared, and participants will be provided with an overview of ADR mechanisms, their advantages and disadvantages, and recognize the appropriate situations in which to apply them. Special emphasis is placed on developing mediation skills. Critical issues such as getting parties to the table, ethical issues of the mediation process, power imbalances, the appropriateness of mediation and issues of culture, race and gender are addressed. Technical aspects of the mediation process covered include: stages in the mediation process, how to determine the interests of the parties, how to generate options for settlement, and how to get beyond impasses. Negotiation models and the practical techniques necessary to negotiate effectively are also covered. Participants also examine a range of formal and informal dispute resolution models currently in use by organizations.
    Hours: 42
    Credits: 3

    OLRN1385     Organizational Studies
    Description: Recommended: Business Communications II or equivalent.
    Organizational Studies takes a three-fold approach to organizational behaviour; how the individual employees, how their manager/leaders, and how organizations themselves can grow to be more productive. Productive here means, to individual employees, accepting of change and commitment. To managers/leaders, it means motivating and creating trust, and to organizations it means equity and profitability tempered by social conscience. When employees, managers/leaders, and organizations work toward a commonality of purpose, their productivity can be assured. This course will help students understand the nature of individual behaviours both in relation to co-workers and to managers/leaders. As well, students will learn why and how organizations act the way they do in the face of changing economic and societal pressures.
    Hours: 56
    Credits: 4

    OLRN1395     Learning, Thinking and Problem Solving
    Description: This course examines selected knowledge about human behaviour and how it is used by the individual. Students will learn how to better understand themselves and others and to use psychological theory and research to manage their own lives and problems more effectively.
    Hours: 42
    Credits: 3

    OLRN1510     Introduction to Project Management (Internet)
    Description: This course provides the student with an overview of the field of Project Management. The basic principles of general project management that are covered include: creation of work breakdown structures, using network diagram and Gantt charts, preparing budgets, controlling resources and project termination. The techniques are based on a study of the typical project lifecycle.
    Hours: 48
    Credits: 3

          Electives: Program Option 1  
       
    Description: Student must pass 1 Course(s)

    Elective Courses:

    OLRN1320     Financial Accounting I (Internet)
    Description: Recommended: Students must have access to and knowledge of Excel software for submitting assignments.
    This course provides an introduction to financial accounting. Emphasis will be on what accounting information is, understanding the accounting cycle, recording transactions, and the preparation and analysis of financial statements. The students will be exposed to a current software program that will enhance their ability to prepare financial statements. Software required: Excel
    Hours: 48
    Credits: 3

    OLRN1415     Quantitative Methods I

    Description: The statistical portion of the course enables the students to use various types of graphs to present information. Students are also introduced to basic measures of central tendencies and dispersions for both sample and population. Students will be able to use these basic statistical measures to make reasonable business decisions. Students will also be able to use time-series knowledge to perform short term forecasting using a statistical package as a tool. Student will also be able to use the consumer price index to find the purchasing power of a dollar and ?real? wages. Students will be able to use knowledge of basic mathematical functions to describe business relationships and build models. They will be able to apply knowledge of linear and quadratic functions and constrained optimization to practical business situations. Students will be able to apply knowledge of simple and compound interest and annuities to mathematics of finance areas.
    Hours: 45
    Credits: 3

    OLRN1425     Technical Mathematics
    Description: This first-level mathematics course for engineering technology programs begins with a review of fundamental concepts, arithmetic operations, and units of measure. This is followed by an in-depth study of basic algebra, trigonometric and other functions, and quadratic equations.
    Hours: 64
    Credits: 4

          Electives: Program Option 2     
    Description: Student must pass 1 Course(s)

    Elective Courses:

    MAS1060     Technology, Society and Warfare

    Hours: 45
    Credits: 3

    OLRN1305     Racism and Discrimination

    Description: Racism and discrimination will be defined and discussed in the context of Canadian multicultural society. Learners will identify types of discrimination and racism and discuss the connection between discrimination and society. Sociological factors, such as the media, that may contribute to biases and prejudice will also be analyzed. The objectives of this course are to sensitize students to intolerance that is based on race or ethnicity and to consider ways to handle these issues in a pluralistic society.
    Hours: 45
    Credits: 3

    OLRN1435     Developing Leadership Capacity

    Description: This course introduces the latest concepts and approaches to leadership. Within the context of unprecedented changes in the world we live in, the course focuses on supporting students through a process of learning and inquiry that will prepare them to maximize their learning effectiveness and to increase their own leadership capacity. Through learning assignments, activities, readings, lesson notes, assessments and group work, students will assess where their strengths and opportunities for improvements are regarding their own personal leadership behaviour, the quality of their interpersonal relationships, their organizational awareness and tehir awareness of the larger environmental context. This work will provide a foundation for students to identify and develop priorities and action plans to further enhance their leadership development. In order to maximally benefit from this course, you need to have experience with working in an organization because many of the course assignments, assessments and activities require this context.
    Hours: 45
    Credits: 3

    OLRN1445     Leadership and Communication
    Description: Learn the theory and application of effective communication skills for leaders. A critical function of leaders is to represent their organization not only internally, but also to external audiences, such as the media, other organizations, stakeholder groups, the public, and government. This highly interactive course will improve skills in communicating messages plainly and concisely to both internal and external audiences, dealing with the media, and writing clearly for people outside your organization. A key component will be articulating a personal philosophy of leadership.
    Hours: 45
    Credits: 3

    OLRN1455     Management Principles
    Description: This course focuses on the development of modern management; organizational theory; the processes of planning, organizing, leading and controlling; communications; behavioural strategies and techniques; ethical and social responsibilities in the practice of management; an overview of human relations.
    Hours: 45
    Credits: 3

    OLRN1480     Introduction To Computers (Internet)
    Description: This course will familiarize students with fundamental computer concepts and bring the student with few computer skills to a level of comfort with concepts, jargon and the most used applications. Graduates will be able to use the most common functions of the WINDOWS operating system, a common word processor such as Microsoft Word and an electronic spreadsheet such as Microsoft Excel. If neither of these programs is available to the students, they may use Open Office (Sun Microsystems) downloadable free.
    Hours: 45
    Credits: 3

    OLRN1610     Management/Leadership Skills (Internet)
    Description: This course is designed to provide participants with an understanding of management and leadership styles and an opportunity to develop a personal leadership style. In today's changing economic and political climate, the role of a manager/supervisor is extremely demanding and complex. In addition to managing the many practical aspects of a business operation, he/she must provide leadership by motivating, empowering, and supporting staff. Problem solving and team building skills are essential.
    Hours: 40
    Credits: 3

    OLRN1985     Business Communications II

    Description: Employers are looking for employees who possess strong analytical skills and good written and oral communication skills. The first step in applying these skills is in the job search process. Understanding how problems can be solved will be transferred to the job search, report writing and oral communication components of the course. The appropriate documentation and research required to execute an effective job search strategy will be created in this course. Report-writing skills involving detailed problem solving will be applied. As employees advance in their careers, the ability to produce a well-documented, complete and concise report becomes increasingly important. Finally, the ability to speak confidently about a variety of topics to various group sizes is of crucial importance. This course will allow the student to further develop effective oral presentation skills which will be invaluable in career development.
    Hours: 42
    Credits: 3
    Pre-Requisites: OLRN1250

          Electives: Program Option 3     
    Description: Student must pass 2 Course(s)

    Elective Courses:

    OLRN1103     Cults And Terrorism (Internet)

    Description: This course will focus on conformity issues surrounding religious fundamentalism, sects, cults, and terrorist groups. The reasons why people join, and why they may have a difficult time leaving, will be examined. Society's contributions to supporting cultic groups will be explored. Strategies for protecting individuals and vulnerable populations from cultic and terrorist activity will be developed.
    Hours: 45
    Credits: 3

    OLRN1150     Criminal Psychology - Psychopathic Minds (Internet)
    Description: What makes a psychopath tick? Are they born that way, or are they products of society? Are serial killers really possessed with evil, or do they know exactly what they are doing? In this course, students will study how and why some individuals become criminals and why some actually become killers. You will study what is known about serial killers, stalkers, rapists and criminals. Also, the latest techniques used in criminal profiling and questioning will be examined.
    Hours: 45
    Credits: 3

    OLRN1160     Criminal Psychology II - Criminal Minds (Internet)
    Description: Does rehabilitation really work for criminals? Do alcohol and drugs cause individuals to commit more crimes? What motivates cult members, racists and terrorists into committing acts of violence? This course further explores issues discussed in Criminal Psychology - Psychopathic Minds (Internet), and compares and explains psychological models as they relate to criminology.
    Hours: 45
    Credits: 3

    OLRN1295     Introduction To Children's Literature (Internet)

    Description: Recommended: College-level English or equivalent.
    This subject will explore and evaluate the fiction, poetry, and non-fiction genres of children's literature with their historical contexts as they apply.
    Hours: 42
    Credits: 3

    OLRN1335     Portfolio Approach to Career and Educational Planning

    Description: Recommended: College-level English (must be able to receive and present information in English).
    This course facilitates personal growth through career and educational planning activities including self-assessment, reflection, and the production of an autobiographical essay, a career plan and educational plan. Students also have the opportunity to value, articulate, and document what they have learned outside the classroom through life experience. Each student produces a portfolio containing this documentation which may be used to seek college credit through the prior learning assessment process.
    See OntarioLearn website www.conestogac.on.ca/ontariolearn for course details.
    Hours: 45
    Credits: 3

    OLRN1465     Environmental Citizenship
    Description: Based on the general principles of national citizenship, environmental citizenship goes beyond national borders to emphasize global environmental rights and responsibilities ? to focus on both conservation of and planned sustainable use of our planet’s resources, as well as the recognition that environmental health is a prerequisite to human health. Learn more about the environment and how to take responsible environmental action. A journey into adopting attitudes and behaviours that foster global environmental responsibility.
    Hours: 45
    Credits: 3

    OLRN1485     Co-Dependency as an Addiction
    Description: This course provides an overview of how individuals can become addicted to others and relationships. It will examine the personalities of abusers and those who are abused. How individuals with complimentary personality disorders unite and form bonds will be examined. Object Relations Theory and how women and men are unconsciously drawn to abusive partners because of personality disorders caused by childhood abuse or neglect will be the focal point of this course. Students will learn how individuals with Co-Dependent personalities can become capable of breaking free from the cycle many get caught in.
    Hours: 45
    Credits: 3

    OLRN1935     Canadian Politics (Internet)

    Description: An overview of Canadian politics covering the structure of Canadian Government, the practice of politics and a background of major political issues.
    Hours: 42
    Credits: 3

    OLRN1970     Abnormal Psychology (Internet)

    Description: This course focuses on various types of psycho pathology or abnormal behaviour as defined by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, Fourth Revision (published by the American Psychiatric Association). This course will examine the various symptoms and features associated with different types of mental disorders such as schizophrenia, substance use disorders, mood disorders, dissociative disorders, personality disorders, eating disorders and anxiety disorders.
    Hours: 45
    Credits: 3

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