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Applied Learning

One of the ways in which Concordia is special is that it offers 11th and 12th grade students a variety of Applied Learning courses that are patterned on courses normally only available in higher education settings. Applied Learning courses at Concordia encourage academic vitality by asking students to identify and deepen their passions, while building unique connections between academic studies and real-world endeavors.

Independent Lab Research students pose original questions and engage in novel research.

Applied Global Development and Public Health students organized an organic farm visit to fund their project of delivering produce from the farm to a local migrant school.

Applied Design*

This course focuses on the fundamentals of creating well-designed objects. Through the exploration of traditional design disciplines–textile design, graphic design and industrial design, students will learn about process, concept development and studio production techniques. Problem solving assignments will focus on creative form and function as applied to everyday items like fabrics, papers, advertising and posters, jewelry, clothing or furnishings. History of design and key movements such as Arts & Crafts, Bauhaus and Art Deco will also be a significant component of the course.

Duration: 1 Semester
Credit: 0.5
Prerequisite: Foundations of Studio Art

Applied Global Development & Public Health*

This course is designed for students who have taken either Global Development Studies or Epidemiology in the fall semester. This course will allow qualified students time and space to work through the stages of a formal project proposal (a project which is geared to respond to a global issue or global health scenario in a practical and results-oriented way). Students will implement the project or study and document experiences and data. Course goals will include the creation of sustainable partnerships with local organizations as well as sharing findings and experiences through a range of methods.If you see a problem in our world that you’d like to tackle, and you have the energy and passion to see a project through from creation to resolution, this course is the course for you.”

Duration: 1 Semester
Credit: 0.5
Prerequisite:2 credits high school history

Applied Human Anatomy and Physiology*


This course provides students with an introduction to the basics of human anatomy and physiology including anatomical terminology, biochemistry and cells, tissue types, the integumentary system, the skeletal system, joint and movement types and the muscular system. Students will become familiar with the function of each system, the structures that allow that system to carry out its function, dissect related animal structures, investigate careers in the health care field and complete placement hours in the Athletic Training clinic.

Duration: 1 Semester
Credit: 0.5
Prerequisite: Biology and Chemistry


This course builds on the fundamentals learned in AHAP I. Students will investigate the nervous, endocrine, cardiovascular, respiratory, lymphatic, immune, digestive and urinary systems. Students will become familiar with the function of each system, the structures that allow that system to carry out its function and will dissect related animal structures. Exercise physiology, neuromuscular function and the fundamentals of biomechanics will be investigated with a focus on the development of a treatment plan for an athlete with a musculoskeletal injury. Students must complete placement hours in the Athletic Training clinic.

Duration: 1 Semester
Credit: 0.5
Prerequisite: Applied Human Anatomy and Physiology I

Author Study*

This semester-long course provides advanced study of a significant author of the student’s choosing (with teacher approval). Individually, each student will focus on a selection of works by his or her chosen author, examining a range of issues associated with that writer’s literary canon, critical reception, and longevity. Coursework will include an in-depth study of form, style, and genre; social, cultural, and political contexts; dominant themes, motifs, and structures. Along with lively and insightful class discussions, and critical evaluative essays, students will be tasked with a public dissemination of their overall researched findings. This close examination of one particular writer offers students the unique opportunity to hone their own critical reading, thinking and writing skills, as they take an in-depth, scholarly look at an author of their choice.

Duration:1 Semester
Credit: 0.5
Two years of English credit

Big Data Analytics*

Big Data Analytics in the simplest of terms refers to the tools, processes and procedures allowing an organization to create, manipulate, and manage very large data sets and storage facilities. The process of sifting through sheer quantities of data proves to be a demanding process for any person to do. Big Data Analytics is a course that encompasses information technology, science and mathematics. This course will focus on the conceptual understanding and the application theory behind Big Data Analytics rather than explicit formulas and technical jargons. The main objective for this course is to create “awareness” and to be exposed to the realm of big data and the hidden dangers it might bring. This course will include some hands on experience utilizing big data analytics to solve some practical real life projects. Upon completion, you will be more aware about this big data phenomenon.

Duration: 1 Semester
Credit: 0.5
Prerequisite: Algebra 2

Digital Productions

This course is for communicators, movie-makers, and budding journalists. This full-year course will explore mass communications and the business of media production in our digitally connected world. We will work extensively in Concordia’s Design Lab, learning how to design, produce and distribute media. After mastering basic video and audio production skills, we will learn how to apply these skills to practical authentic learning projects, by taking on internal “clients” within our school. Students will be introduced to basics of media business practices: how to prepare for a first client meeting; how to plan and manage will complete weekly production assignments as well as an independent Semester project. Emphasis will be on the production process, managing projects to insure on-time completion, production values and effectiveness of message.

Duration: 2 Semester
Credit: 1.0
Prerequisite: None


Engineering I*

Engineering I: Engineering, Technology and Robotics*

This course builds engineering skills by providing students several realistic projects that require teamwork, problem solving, analytical thinking and creativity to complete. The major goals of the course are to expose students to design process, research and analysis, teamwork, communication methods, global and human impacts, robotics, programming, engineering standards and technical documentation. Students develop problem-solving skills and apply their knowledge of research and design to create solutions to various challenges that increase in difficulty throughout the course. Students also learn how to document their work and communicate their solutions to their peers and members of the professional community.

Duration: 1 Semester
Credit: 0.5
Prerequisite: Two years of high school science and completing or concurrent enrollment of Algebra 2

Engineering II*

Engineering II: Engineering and Design*

This is a semester long cross-disciplinary STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) course that will involve both Engineering and the Art of Design. Students will work in teams to solve real problems using skills from across disciplines to communicate the issues, research potential solutions, build prototypes, creatively problem solve and design finished creations that are esthetically pleasing, robust in their design, ecologically friendly, helpful to the community and simple to use. Students will create several small projects throughout the semester and then ultimately present their final project to a panel of engineers, designers and potential users for review and evaluation.

Duration: 1 Semester
Credit: 0.5
Prerequisite: Engineering I and two years of high
school science or teacher approval


In this one-semester class, students will learn how to identify the origins and spread of infectious diseases. We will use statistics and principles of disease transmission to analyze data related to the spread of disease and the development and cycle of pandemics. Students will learn how to design appropriate research studies and analyze the resulting data. This class will also examine recent international epidemics and study how scientists and statisticians join forces to save the world every day.

Duration: 1 Semester
Credit: 0.5
Prerequisite: completion of Algebra 2 and two years of high school science

Global Development*

“A different world cannot be built by indifferent people.”– Horace Mann Is it possible to eliminate global poverty? Is an education a privilege or a right? What does sustainable development actually mean? What is my individual role in responding to global issues? This semester-long course will explore these questions and more by providing an introduction to global issues and sustainable development. Students will spend the semester developing a firm foundation of knowledge about key global issues and the interconnectedness of these issues, as well as an understanding of what defines a sustainable solution or response. Students will explore numerous case studies and analyze real and potential solutions for complex problems. For any student interested in making our world a better place, this course will be both a starting point and a launch pad for awareness and action.

Duration: 1 Semester
Credit: 0.5
Prerequisite: 2 credits high school history

Independent Lab Research - Life Science

Independent Lab Research - Life Science I

Students will develop and carry out independent research in the area of life science under the guidance of one or more faculty members. The goal is to have a project that may be entered into a science fair or a paper that may be published.

Duration: 1 Year
Credit: 1.0
Prerequisite: Two years of high school science and faculty approval

Independent Lab Research - Life Science II*

In this course students who have completed a year of independent research will continue to develop their projects through refinement, additional data gathering, and possibly exploring related questions.

Duration: 1 or 2 Semesters
Credit: 0.5 per Semester
Prerequisite: Independent Lab Research I and Faculty Approval

Social Entrepreneurship

Social Entrepreneurship

Social entrepreneurship is an emerging field that lies at the intersection of business and social change. A social entrepreneur uses skills and strategies within the business world to innovatively and sustainably solve social, environmental, and economic problems. In this course all of the work is active and you will learn by doing as you solve real problems. The majority of the work you will do in this course is collaborative and team based. Throughout the course you will develop a set of skills and tools that you will apply to our own social enterprise, Third Culture Coffee Roasters. Your curiosity and sense of urgency will drive the curriculum. After completing this course I hope that you will be an agent for change, no matter where you go after you leave Concordia.

Duration: 2 Semesters
Credit: 1.0
Prerequisites: Grade 11/12 students

Advanced Social Entrepreneurship

This course is for students who want to take what they learned in social entrepreneurship and work in an executive role to grow Third Culture Coffee Roasters.

Duration: 1 or 2 Semesters
Credit: 0.5 per Semester
Prerequisites: Social Entrepreneurship and Faculty Approval

* Denotes a one semester course

All Applied Learning Courses have

  • An Authentic Application, which
    • Provides open-ended challenges that focus on deliverables, and real world benefits for authentic audiences beyond the classroom
  • Academic Rigor, which
    • Values depth over breadth,
    • Is patterned on college-level courses, and
    • Requires higher order thinking skills

  • A Focus on Process Skills (learning by doing), which
    • Emphasizes skills directly related to the field of study, including
      • Practicing the skills of the career field,
      • Experimenting with creative solutions to challenges,
      • Cultivating resilience in the face of challenges or failure,
      • Researching through reading and analysis of journal articles or literature in the field of study, and
      • Fostering leadership and teamwork.

Applied Learning Courses may have

  • Learning and experiences outside of the classroom,
  • Flexible curriculum which responds to student input,
  • Interdisciplinary learning where students apply knowledge and skills in novel settings, and
  • Experts in the field who work with students.