University Now! is a unique opportunity for St. Boniface Diocesan High School students to earn university credits in partnership with the University of Winnipeg and/or the University of Manitoba while still in high school. These courses will have tuition over and above SBDHS tuition and are considered dual credits meaning they count for high school graduation and university credit with our partner institutions.
What does this mean?
Students will have the option to take either Calculus 1500 (University of Manitoba), Applied Computer Science 1805 (University of Winnipeg) or English 1001 (University of Winnipeg).
Once the student has successfully completed the post-secondary course, the student will earn a post-secondary credit that also counts toward fulfilling an elective credit requirement for high school graduation.
A few notes:
Post-secondary courses cannot blend with existing high school courses (i.e. Pre-calculus must be completed in order to take Introduction to Calculus 1500).
These post-secondary courses are optional course for students; they cannot be taken in lieu of a compulsory high school course.
Upon successful completion of the post-secondary course, the mark recorded on the student’s high school records will be as “Standing” (S) – this mark will not be included in the calculation to determine honour roll, awards and scholarships. The final mark will be awarded by the post-secondary institution which will be recorded on the student’s university transcript.
If the post-secondary course has not been successfully completed, the student will not be awarded a high school credit for the course or a post-secondary credit.
An additional fee will be added to the student's tuition which is at a significant discount to typical university tuition fees.
There may be a mandatory lab component to be taken along with the regular class schedule.
Textbooks and lab materials must be supplied by the student.
When will the courses be offered?
The courses will be offered in the second semester (February to June) as there may be some pre-requisite requirements that need to be met in order to be eligible. Introduction to Calculus and Applied Computer Science will be scheduled every other day, as these are half credit courses. English 1001 is a full-credit course and will be scheduled every day.
Is there a cost for University Now courses?
There is a one-time application fee for the post-secondary institution. Tuition fees are assessed yearly and are approximately 50% less than taking it after graduation, which is a significant cost reduction for the student and family. Students will be made aware of the exact costs prior to making application.
Can students withdraw from the course if they find it is not for them?
There are voluntary withdrawal dates for students to make this decision. These dates will be given to the student upon registration.
What courses are available?
Applied Computer Science 1805: Introduction to Programming (University of Winnipeg)
This course covers elementary procedural programming concepts. Topics include: primitive data types and their manipulation, basic input and output and elementary control structures. In addition, topics related to a specific programming paradigm that is chosen for the course is covered. Students will gain hands-on programming experience in the laboratory component of the course.
Teacher: Ms. S. Froese
English 1001 (University of Winnipeg)
This course offers a full introduction to university-level literary study, including the reading of creative literature (poetry, fiction, or drama); the theory and practice of literary criticism; the role of historical and cultural factors influencing literary texts; and research skills.
Teacher: Mr. D. Lisowski
Mathematics 1500: Introduction to Calculus (University of Manitoba)
In this course, students will learn the differentiation and integration of elementary functions, with applications to maxima and minima, rates of change, area, and volume. Through these components, students will learn its importance through a wide array of applications. Calculus is useful for analyzing models of changing phenomena in the world, analyzing statistics of changing population, data management and even space travel! The main objectives of this course is to understand definitions of limit and derivative, manipulate the properties and appreciate the applications. The midterm(s) and final examinations will be taken at the University of Manitoba campus. Students are required to have successfully completed Pre-calculus with a final grade of 85% as a prerequisite for this course.
Teacher: Ms. A. Kula