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Fall 2020 delivery

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Fall 2020 delivery

Latest update: Monday, June 15

Earlier last month, we announced that DC will offer a hybrid program delivery for our fall semester programs. We now have a clearer picture of what that may mean for our students, and have published a list of programs and how they will be delivered for our Fall semester on our COVID-19 program delivery chart.

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Academic delivery plan

The list below identifies Durham College’s (DC) approach to academic instruction in post-secondary programs for fall 2020 only. While every effort is made to ensure this list is accurate and current, it is subject to change based on the evolution of the COVID-19 pandemic and guidance from public health officials and the provincial government.

Details regarding the winter 2021 semester and beyond will be shared as more information becomes available. This approach means, that while semester 1 of a program may be delivered remotely or remotely and in-person, semester 2 or semester 3 of the same may be fully in-person later in the program. The listing below only applies to the fall 2020 semester.

Apprenticeship students looking for program delivery information are directed to contact their designated Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development (MLTSD) Employment Training Consultant (ETC). They will advise you what is possible.

Students with questions regarding Centre for Professional and Part-time Learning courses can visit the website for details regarding fall offerings.

Terminology

Remote: Fully remote delivery, onsite presence not required.

Remote/In-person: A combination of remote and face-to-face activities, onsite presence required for part of the program.

Deferred: Program and semester will not be offered in the fall 2020 semester.

Students with questions related to their program should contact their school office. Visit the academic schools page for contact details.

Program

Semester(s) Campus (if applicable) Fall 2020 proposed delivery method

School of Business, IT & Management

Accounting – Business Semester 1 and 3 Oshawa Remote
Accounting – Business – Transfer to Ontario Tech University Bachelor of Commerce (Hons) Semester 1 and 3 Oshawa Remote
Accounting – Business Administration (Co-op option available) Semester 1, 3 and 5 Oshawa Remote
Artificial Intelligence Analysis, Design and Implementation (graduate certificate) Semester 1 Oshawa Remote
Business Fundamentals Semester 1 Oshawa Remote
Computer Foundations Semester 1 Oshawa Remote
Computer Programming Semester 1 and 3 Oshawa Remote
Computer Programming and Analysis (Co-op option available) Semester 1, 3 and 5 Oshawa Remote
Computer Systems Technician Semester 1 and 3 Oshawa Remote
Computer Systems Technician – Transfer to Ontario Tech University Bachelor of Information Technology (Hons) Semester 1 and 3 Oshawa Remote
Computer Systems Technology (Co-op option available) Semester 1, 3 and 5 Oshawa Remote
Cosmetic Techniques and Management Semester 1 and 3 Oshawa Remote/In-person
Cybersecurity (graduate certificate) Semester 1 Oshawa Remote
Data Analytics for Business Decision Making (graduate certificate) Semester 1 Oshawa Remote
Entrepreneurship and Small Business – Business – Transfer to Ontario Tech University Bachelor of Commerce (Hons) Semester 1 and 3 Oshawa Remote
Entrepreneurship and Small Business – Business Semester 1 and 3 Oshawa Remote
Esport Business Management (graduate certificate) Semester 1 Oshawa Remote
Esthetician – Spa Management Semester 1 and 3 Oshawa Remote/In-person
Finance – Business Semester 1 and 3 Oshawa Remote
Finance – Business – Transfer to Ontario Tech University Bachelor of Commerce (Hons) Semester 1 and 3 Oshawa Remote
Finance – Business Administration (Co-op option available) Semester 1, 3 and 5 Oshawa Remote
Human Resources – Business – Transfer to Ontario Tech University Bachelor of Commerce (Hons) Semester 1 and 3 Oshawa Remote
Human Resources – Business Semester 1 and 3 Oshawa Remote
Human Resources – Business Administration (Co-op option available) Semester 1, 3 and 5 Oshawa Remote
Human Resources Management (graduate certificate) Semester 1 Pickering Remote
Human Resources Management (graduate certificate) Semester 3 N/A Remote/In-person
International Business Management (graduate certificate) Semester 1 Oshawa Remote
Marketing – Business – Transfer to Ontario Tech University Bachelor of Commerce (Hons) Semester 1 and 3 Oshawa Remote
Marketing – Business Semester 1 and 3 Oshawa Remote
Marketing – Business Administration (Co-op option available) Semester 1, 3 and 5 Oshawa Remote
Office Administration – Executive Semester 1 and 3 Whitby Remote
Office Administration – General Semester 1 Whitby Remote
Office Administration – Health Services Semester 1 and 3 Whitby Remote
Office Administration – Health Services (Four consecutive Semester) Semester 1 and 3 Whitby Remote
Office Administration – Health Services (Four consecutive Semester) Semester 4 Whitby Remote
Project Management (graduate certificate) Semester 1 and 2 Oshawa Remote
Recreation and Leisure Services Semester 1 Oshawa Remote
Recreation and Leisure Services Semester 3 Oshawa Remote/In-person
Sport Administration (two-year)/Sport Management (three-year) Semester 1, 3 and 5 Oshawa Remote
Sport Business Management (graduate certificate) Semester 1 Oshawa Remote
Supply Chain and Operations – Business Semester 1 and 3 Oshawa Remote
Supply Chain and Operations – Business – Transfer to Ontario Tech University Bachelor of Commerce (Hons) Semester 1 and 3 Oshawa Remote
Supply Chain and Operations Management – Business Administration (Co-op option available) Semester 1, 3 and 5 Oshawa Remote

School of Health & Community Services

Addictions and Mental Health (graduate certificate) Semester 1 and 3 Pickering Remote/In-person
Animal Care Semester 1 Whitby Remote
Behavioural Science – Honours Bachelor  Semester 1 Oshawa Remote
Child and Youth Care – Brock University Articulation Semester 1 and 4 Oshawa Remote/In-person
Child and Youth Care (compressed) Semester 1 and 4 Oshawa Remote
Communicative Disorders Assistant (graduate certificate) Semester 1 Oshawa Remote/In-person 
Community Integration Through Co-operative Education Semester 1 and 3 Oshawa Remote/In-person
Critical Care Nursing – e-learning (graduate certificate) Semester 1 and 2 Oshawa Remote/In-person
Dental Assisting (Levels I and II) Semester 1 Oshawa Remote/In-person
Dental Hygiene Semester 1, 3 and 4 Oshawa Remote/In-person
Dental Hygiene Semester 6 Oshawa Deferred to winter 2021
Dental Reception and Administration Semester 1 Oshawa Remote/In-person
Developmental Services Worker Semester 1 and 3 Oshawa Remote/In-person
Early Childhood Education Semester 1 and 3 Oshawa Remote/In-person
Fitness and Health Promotion Semester 1 Oshawa Remote
Fitness and Health Promotion Semester 3 Oshawa Remote/In-person
Massage Therapy Semester 1, 3 and 5 Oshawa Remote/In-person
Nursing – Collaborative Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BScN) (Hons) Semester 1, 3, 5 and 7 Oshawa Remote/In-person
Occupational Therapist Assistant and Physiotherapist Assistant Semester 1 and 3 Oshawa Remote/In-person
Personal Support Worker Semester 1 Oshawa Remote/In-person
Practical Nursing Semester 1, 3, 4 and 5 Oshawa Remote/In-person
Practical Nursing – Flex Program (weekend delivery) Semester 1, 3, 4 and 5 Oshawa Remote/In-person
Practical Nursing for Internationally Educated Nurses Semester 1 and 3 Oshawa Remote/In-person
Social Service Worker Semester 1 and 3 Oshawa Remote/In-person

School of Hospitality & Horticultural Science

Culinary Management Semester 1 and 3 Whitby Remote / In-person
Culinary Skills Semester 1 Whitby Remote / In-person
Horticulture – Food and Farming Semester 1 and 3 Whitby Remote / In-person
Horticulture Technician Semester 1 and 3 Whitby Remote / In-person
Hospitality – Hotel and Restaurant Operations Management (Co-op option available) Semester 1 and 3 Whitby Remote
Hospitality Skills Semester 1 Whitby Remote
Special Events Management (Co-op option available) Semester 1 and 3 Whitby Remote
Tourism – Destination Marketing – (Co-op option available) Semester 1 Whitby Deferred to winter 2021

School of Interdisciplinary Studies

General Arts and Science – General Certificate Semester 1 Oshawa Remote
General Arts and Science – Liberal Arts Ontario Tech University Transfer Semester 1 Oshawa Remote
General Arts and Science – Liberal Arts Ontario Tech University Transfer – Forensics Semester 1 Oshawa Remote
General Arts and Science – Science and Engineering Preparation Semester 1 Oshawa Remote
General Arts and Science – Trent University Transfer Semester 1 Oshawa Remote
General Arts and Science – Science and Engineering Preparation – Ontario Tech University Transfer Semester 1 Oshawa Remote
Pre-Health Sciences Pathway to Advanced Diplomas and Degrees Semester 1 Oshawa Remote
Pre-Health Sciences Pathway to Certificates and Diplomas Semester 1 Oshawa Remote
Pre-Health Sciences Pathway to Certificates and Diplomas (online option) Semester 1 Oshawa Remote

School of Justice & Emergency Services

9-1-1 Emergency and Call Centre Communications Semester 1 and 3 Oshawa Remote/In-person
Advanced Law Enforcement and Investigations (graduate certificate) Semester 1 Oshawa Remote/In-person
Court Support Services Semester 1 Oshawa Remote 
Emergency Services Fundamentals Semester 1 Oshawa Remote
Fire and Life Safety Systems Technician (Co-op option available) Semester 1 and 3 Oshawa Remote/In-person
Firefighter – Pre-service, Education and Training Semester 1 and 3 Oshawa Remote/In-person
Law Clerk Advanced (Co-op option available) Semester 1, 3 and 5 Oshawa Remote
Law Clerk Advanced (fast-track) Semester 2 Oshawa Remote
Mediation – Alternative Dispute Resolution (graduate certificate) Semester 1 Oshawa Remote
Paralegal Semester 1 and 3 Oshawa Remote/In-person
Paralegal (graduate certificate) Semester 1 and 3 Oshawa Remote/In-person
Paramedic Semester 1 Oshawa Remote/In-person
Paramedic – Advanced Care (graduate certificate) Semester 1 Oshawa Deferred to winter 2021
Paramedic – Advanced Care (graduate certificate) Semester 3 Oshawa Remote/In-person
Police Foundations Semester 1 and 3 Oshawa Remote/In-person
Protection, Security and Investigation Semester 1 and 3 Oshawa Remote/In-person
Victimology (graduate certificate) Semester 1 Pickering Remote
Youth Justice and Interventions (graduate certificate) Semester 1 Pickering Remote

School of Media, Art & Design

Advertising – Digital Media Management (graduate certificate) Semester 1 Oshawa Remote
Advertising and Marketing Communications Semester 1 and 3 Oshawa Remote
Animation – Digital Production Semester 1, 3 and 5 Oshawa Remote
Broadcasting – Radio and Contemporary Media Semester 1 and 3 Oshawa Remote
Contemporary Web Design Semester 1 and 3 Oshawa Remote
Fine Arts – Advanced Semester 1, 3 and 5 Oshawa Remote/In-Person
Foundations in Art and Design Semester 1 Oshawa Remote/In-Person
Game – Art Semester 1, 3 and 5 Oshawa Remote
Graphic Design Semester 1, 3 and 5 Oshawa Remote
Interactive Media Design Semester 1 and 3 Oshawa Remote
Journalism – Mass Media/Journalism Semester 1, 3 and 5 Oshawa Remote
Journalism and Creative Writing – NEW Semester 1 Oshawa Remote
Media Fundamentals Semester 1 Oshawa Remote
Music Business Administration (two-year)/Music Business Management (three-year) Semester 1, 3 and 5 Oshawa Remote
Photography Semester 1 and 3 Oshawa Remote
PR and Strategic Communications Semester 1 and 3 Oshawa Remote
Video Production Semester 1 and 3 Oshawa Remote

School of Science & Engineering Technology

Architectural Technology Semester 1 Whitby Remote
Architectural Technology Semester 3 Whitby Remote/In-person
Architectural Technology Semester 5 Whitby Remote/In-person
Biomedical Engineering Technology Semester 1, 3 and 5 Oshawa Remote/In-person
Biotechnology – Advanced (fast-track) Semester 1 Oshawa Remote/In-person
Biotechnology – Advanced Semester 1, 3 and 5 Oshawa Remote/In-person
Chemical Engineering Technology Semester 1, 3 and 5 Oshawa Remote/In-person
Chemical Laboratory Technician Semester 1 and 3 Oshawa Remote/In-person
Civil Engineering Technician (Co-op option available) Semester 1 and 3 Whitby Remote/In-person
Civil Engineering Technology (Co-op option available) Semester 1, 3 and 5 Whitby Remote/In-person
Electromechanical Engineering Technology (Co-op option available) Semester 1 Oshawa Remote 
Electromechanical Engineering Technology (Co-op option available) Semester 3 and 5 Oshawa Remote/In-person
Electronics Engineering Technician Semester 1 Oshawa Remote 
Electronics Engineering Technician Semester 3 Oshawa Remote/In-person
Electronics Engineering Technology Semester 1 Oshawa Remote
Electronics Engineering Technology Semester 3 and 5 Oshawa Remote/In-person
Environment Health and Safety Management (graduate certificate)  Semester 1 Oshawa Deferred to fall 2021
Environmental Technology (Co-op option available) Semester 1, 3 and 5 Oshawa Remote/In-person
Environmental Technology (fast-track) Semester 1 Oshawa Remote/In-person
Health Care Technology Management – Honours Bachelor Semester 1 and 3 Oshawa Remote/In-person
Honours Bachelor of Health Care Technology Management (pathway to degree) Semester 1 Oshawa Remote/In-person
Mechanical Engineering Technician Semester 1 and 3 Oshawa Remote/In-person
Mechanical Engineering Technician – Non-Destructive Evaluation Semester 1 and 3 Oshawa Remote/In-person
Mechanical Engineering Technician – Non-Destructive Evaluation (fast-track) Semester 1 Oshawa Remote/In-person
Mechanical Engineering Technology Semester 1, 3 and 5 Oshawa Remote/In-person
Pharmaceutical and Food Science Technology Semester 1, 3 and 5 Oshawa Remote/In-person
Pharmaceutical and Food Science Technology (Fast-Track) Semester 1 Oshawa Remote/In-person
Water Quality Technician (Co-op option available) Semester 1 and 3 Oshawa Remote/In-person

School of Skilled Trades, Apprenticeship & Renewable Technology

Automotive Technician – Service and Management (Motive Power Technician) Semester 1 and 3 Whitby Remote / In-person
Building Construction Technician (Co-op option available) Semester 1 and 3 Whitby Remote / In-person
Carpentry and Renovation Technician (Co-op option available) Semester 1 and 3 Whitby Remote / In-person
Crane Operation, Rigging and Construction Techniques Semester 1 Whitby Remote / In-person
Electrical Engineering Technician Semester 3 Whitby Remote / In-person
Gas Technician 2 Semester 1 Whitby Remote / In-person
Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning Techniques (HVAC) Semester 1 Whitby Remote / In-person
Mechanical Technician – Elevating Devices (Co-op option available) Semester 1 and 3 Whitby Remote / In-person
Mechanical Technician – Millwright (Co-op option available) Semester 1 and 3 Whitby Remote / In-person
Power Engineering Techniques – Fourth Class Semester 1 Whitby Remote
Trades Fundamentals Semester 1 Whitby Remote / In-person
Welding Engineering Technician (Co-op option available) Semester 1 and 3 Whitby Remote / In-person

Fall 2020 FAQs

Will the fall semester be delivered remotely?

At this time, fall semester dates have not changed. Where possible, programs will be delivered remotely. Where there is a need for in-person learning activities, programs will be delivered both remotely and in-person.

For a list of programs and their delivery formats, please see the program delivery chart below. Dates and delivery may be subject to change based on public health and government direction in keeping with program learning outcomes.

If the fall semester is delivered remotely, will my education be the same or “as good” as face-to-face delivery?

 Remote delivery at DC provides students with a high-quality academic experience in a rich and supportive learning environment that will help them learn the vocational and durable skills employers are looking for.

Our exceptional faculty are committed to supporting students remotely, enabling them to achieve their goals while providing an interactive and student-centric experience. By leveraging a variety of tools, students will receive a quality education at DC.

We have tools and supports in place to ensure that remote delivery meets our quality standards.

Is it better for me to just wait until next fall so that everything is “back to normal”?

That is a personal decision. We can commit that regardless of the mode of delivery (remote or in-person), you will receive a rich, high-quality, student-centric education at Durham College.

There are pros and cons each way on this decision. Waiting a year may mean more certainty in terms of delivery, but it will also mean that you will have to wait an additional year to graduate and start working. Students who wait a year may have to reapply to their program, and spots may not be available. 

My program has a lab/studio/shop requirement. If a portion of the fall semester is delivered remotely, how will that be handled?

Some programs will be delivered remotely and in-person. Students in programs with lab/shop/studio in-person delivery requirements will be scheduled for classes on campus.

Theoretical content will be delivered remotely, and in-person activities will be delivered on campus, following all directives from public health and safety.  

My program has a field placement/practicum/co-op requirement. If a portion of the fall semester is delivered remotely, how will that be handled?

Learning outcomes that are addressed by experiential learning opportunities may be achieved through alternate forms of learning, which may include a capstone or remote placements. 

Some field placements/practicums/co-ops will proceed as planned, either in person or remotely. Where an experiential learning program component is suspended, the college will ensure that students have the opportunity to achieve the required learning outcomes. 

If I am offered admission for the fall, can I defer to January and hold my spot?

Contact Strategic Enrolment Services for information regarding admissions.

What does remote course delivery mean?

Remote courses offer an interactive and engaging student-centric experience. Courses are led by faculty who are committed to supporting students, enabling them to achieve their goals and be successful. All student-faculty and student-student interactions occur remotely, online.

 Faculty will post course-related learning materials, assignments, resources, etc. in DC Connect, the college’s learning management system. Faculty and students will interact using various technologies that may include Microsoft Teams, DC Connect’s virtual classroom and Office 356.

Courses will be delivered synchronously, asynchronously or using a blend of the two approaches.

What is the difference between synchronous and asynchronous course delivery?
  • Synchronous – courses will have scheduled meeting, or class, times in a virtual classroom, using Microsoft Teams or DC Connect’s virtual classroom.
  • Asynchronous – where learning takes place at times and locations of the student’s own choosing through online communications technologies. Instruction may occur through interactive discussion posts, content sharing, video recordings, etc. 

Courses may also blend the two delivery approaches, combining elements of non-scheduled and scheduled activity.

What technology will I need if my program is delivered remotely?

It is recommended that students have access to a computer (desktop or laptop) and have internet access. Recommended specifications will be posted to each program page on the college’s website in the coming weeks.  

Students in laptop programs should review technical requirements for their programs. Information is available on the program page on the college’s website. 

Will there be additional support for students coming directly from high school, who may feel underprepared?

DC will offer students academic support, ensuring they have the math, science and writing skills necessary to be successful in September. The college is preparing remediation strategies to ensure students are successful in their program.  

Academic support options will be available before the beginning of the semester and throughout the academic year.