Applied Learning at Concordia

All of our Applied Learning courses have an authentic application, which provides open-ended challenges that focus on deliverables and real-world benefits for audiences beyond the classroom.

Concordia’s high school offers 11th and 12th grade students a variety of Applied Learning courses that are patterned on classes normally only available in higher education settings. These courses encourage academic vitality by asking students to identify and deepen their passion for a subject, allowing them to discover unique connections between their studies and real-world endeavors. 

Patterned on college-level courses, these specialized classes focus on academic rigor that values depth over breadth. Students employ higher order thinking and processing skills directly related to a field of study and practice the skills essential to a particular career field. They experiment with creative solutions to challenges and cultivate resilience in the face of new challenges or failure. In short, they learn by doing. 

All of our Applied Learning courses have an authentic application, which provides open-ended challenges that focus on deliverables and real-world benefits for audiences beyond the classroom. These courses adopt a flexible curriculum which responds to student input. They place an emphasis on interdisciplinary learning experiences not found in the traditional classroom, which enables students to apply knowledge and skills in novel settings. 

Applied Learning emphasizes research through reading and analysis of journal articles or literature pertinent to the students’ field of study, and fosters leadership and collaboration with peers as well as with experts in the field who work with students. 

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Applied Learning Courses

Advancing in today’s competitive and continually changing environment requires business insight. This course equips students with the fundamental principles that allow them to navigate the business and financial landscape of a global economy.

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.

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.

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 course explores these questions and allows students to pursue real-life solutions to world challenges.

This course provides students in the first semester 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 who are selected after applying for this unique class will meet for approximately 15 two-hour evening meetings at school during the second semester to complete the necessary training to complete a marine survey of school’s selected reef system during a 10-day trip aboard ship immediately following the end of school.

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.

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.

In this 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.

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.

This course builds engineering skills by providing students several realistic projects that require teamwork, problem solving, analytical thinking and creativity to complete.

This course introduces students to chemical engineering through the process of roasting and brewing coffee. The job of a chemical engineer is to design ways to convert matter to a more useful form. In this course students will learn how to take matter in one form, green coffee beans and convert it into a more usable form, coffee.

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.

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.

This course provides students with authentic experiences in creative writing. The vision for this course is to capture and create stories which ultimately, celebrate the human spirit and foster a sense of global community.

This semester-long applied learning 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.

Applied Learning in Action