- January 10, 2023
Open Studies is available only for domestic learners.
Applications for Winter term open September 22, 2022.
Open Studies Regional allows learners living in the area surrounding Calgary to take College courses to:
- qualify for admission to a Bow Valley College program, or
- explore a subject or field before committing to a program
A variety of course offerings will include introductory courses in business, community studies, health, social sciences, and technology. Please note that Open Studies is not an independent program and is limited to a selection of entry-level courses. If you are interested in a particular course not listed below, please contact us.
Courses are delivered with a blend of learning activities that are in-class or online. Learners are required to participate in scheduled learning activities and some scheduled exams may be required.
Campuses in Airdrie, Cochrane, and Okotoks are available to provide in-person services. Contact Regional, or view our locations to contact the campus nearest you and find out more about Regional programming.
Open Studies applicants do not need to meet specific academic requirements of the College, however standard English-language proficiency is recommended.
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Course outlines are available here.
Winter TermCourses are subject to change
Through practice and reflection, learners nuture personal and professional relationships using interpersonal communication skills. With a focus on other-oriented communication, learners demonstrate how inequities and power dynamics influence relationships.
This survey course focuses on understanding the goals and essential components for the development of successful early childhood programs. Through the study of the role of early childhood professionals, students will gain insight into their own philosophy of early childhood education.
This first-year composition course introduces learners to academic writing and critical thinking. They read and analyze sociopolitical, cultural, and gender issues in texts with an emphasis on experiences of people whose voices were historically silenced, particularly those of Indigenous communities in Canada. Learners develop strategies to communicate their own ideas and integrate them with those of others by quoting, paraphrasing, and summarizing source material. Learners present their written assignments professionally according to APA formatting guidelines.
The central theme of the course focuses on the relationship between thinking, human behaviour, and organizational effectiveness. Opportunity is provided for learners to experience incidental learning as they evaluate their own behaviour. Learners explore how concepts and ideas pertaining to human behaviour can transform self, relationships, and the workplace.
The focus of this course is on the importance of aligning human resources practices with organizational strategies and employment acts. Learners identify and discuss trends in workplace health and safety. Additionally, the role that the human resources functional processes, practices and programs have in creating an engaged workforce is developed and reflected on.
This course introduces learners to the multifaceted roles of managers within an organization through theory and practical application. While analyzing and critically reflecting on the functions of management, learners have the opportunity to connect key concepts with their own professional practice. Topics such as strategic planning, organizational structure and design, leadership, motivation, controls, and team dynamics are examined.
Introduction to organizations and sustainability articulates a management approach to integrating economic, ethical, and environmental responsibilities into all aspects of organizations working to benefit society. Learners examine ethics of business and constructs of morally appropriate behavior concerning decision-making and businesses' relationship with the community. Concepts and practical approaches are used to discuss and integrate sustainability criteria with business requirements, including performance management and evolving strategies as business needs change.