Online Courses

Online Learning Strategies has been active in the development of various fully online and hybrid undergraduate courses across faculties and divisions at the University of Toronto. Each of the courses below has participated in the Online Undergraduate Course Initiative. Please consult course timetable information provided by your registrar to confirm scheduling of online sections for the coming terms.

Current Online Courses

Introduction to History and Philosophy of Science (HPS100H1)

This is an introduction to the key issues in the history and philosophy of science.

In the first half of the course, we will focus on a number of key philosophical questions: Can we know anything with absolute certainty? Is there a universal and unchangeable method of science? What is the mechanism of scientific change? What demarcates science from non-science? Can scientific theories provide true descriptions of the world? Is there scientific progress?

In the second half of the course, we will outline the scientific worldviews accepted in different periods of the history of science. In particular, we will focus on the key components of the four major scientific worldviews – Aristotelian-medieval, Cartesian, Newtonian, and Contemporary (Quantum-Relativistic).

The major goal of the course – learn to think critically on the issues of the history and philosophy of science. In your tutorials, you will master a number of skills that will allow you to identify problems, formulate conceptions, extract, analyse, evaluate, and design arguments.

The pre-recorded lectures are available online; they should be watched any time prior to the week’s tutorial. Tutorial sessions are live at the portal.

Please take a moment to watch the course trailer.

Molecular Biology, Biotechnology and You (CSB201H1)

An online course intended to provide non-science students with an understanding of basic concepts in molecular biology and genetics, with particular emphasis on humans. Students will work online in groups on problem sets. The course will end with an introduction to biotechnology, including an opportunity for students to use their new knowledge to explore a real, multi-dimensional problem (e.g., cancer).

Introduction to Computer Programming (CSC108H1)

Programming in a language such as Python. Elementary data types, lists, maps.  Program structure: control flow, functions, classes, objects, methods. Algorithms and problem solving. Searching, sorting, and complexity. Unit testing. No prior programming experience required.

Introduction to Economics for Non-Specialists (ECO105Y)

Introduces microeconomics and macroeconomics as the basis for making smart choices in life as consumers, businesspeople, investors and informed citizens judging government policies. Microeconomics focuses on cost/benefit analysis of all decisions. Topics include gains from trade, how prices coordinate choices, the roles of competition and monopoly, efficiency/equity tradeoffs, government versus market failures, environmental policies, and income/wealth distributions. Macroeconomics focuses on the performance of market economies – measured by GDP growth, unemployment, inflation – and appropriate roles for government monetary and fiscal policies. Topics include GDP, economic growth, business cycles, unemployment, inflation, money and the Bank of Canada, exchange rates, government deficits, the national debt, globalization and trade policy.  Provides intuitive fundamentals for economic literacy without the mathematical details of ECO100Y.

Take a moment to watch the course trailer.

Introduction to Environmental Science (ENV100Y)

Introductory environmental science online course examining large-scale features of Earth, natural hazards, climate and weather systems, energy and mineral resources, human population growth, extinction, biodiversity, environmental toxins, soils and wetlands, forests and fisheries, water resources, urban environmental management, and food resources. Interdisciplinary interaction among science, social science, and the humanities is a major theme. The online section will use web-based tools for delivery of lecture content and utilize a variety of online communication tools. A term test and final exam will be held on the U of T Mississauga campus, at which time student attendance will be required. 

Special Topics in French Cultural Studies I: “Love, Sex and Desire in French Literature and Cinema (FCS 292H1S)

This course explores the themes of love, sex and desire in French literature through close reading and interpretative analysis of novels from the eighteenth to the twentieth centuries.  A comparative approach using various examples taken from literary texts and film adaptations explores the concept of love and its many definitions.

Reading and Writing Fiction and Non-Fiction in French  (FSL472H1)

Online course designed for students who wish to further develop their reading and writing skills in French. Students will acquire analytic tools to comprehend, analyze and write fiction and non-fiction texts. Multimedia approach to understanding the cultural experiences of francophone world.

Prerequisite: FSL375Y1

Geographic Info & Mapping I (GGR272H1)

Introduction to digital mapping and spatial analysis using geographic information systems (GIS). Students learn how to use GIS software to find, edit, analyze and map geographic data to create their own maps, analyze geographic problems and use techniques that can be applied to a variety of subject areas.

Introduction to Neuroscience (HMB200H1)

A survey of brain systems, including evolution and development of the nervous system, brain stem system for defensive and approach responses, limbic and cortical systems for learning, and higher brain functions. Techniques for study of brain systems including pharmacology, gene targeting and human brain imaging are introduced.

Neurobiology of Behaviour (HMB300)

This intermediate course in neuroscience focuses on higher brain functions and mechanisms underlying human and animal behaviours. Topics may include advanced neurophysiological, neuroanatomical and genetic basis of various cortical functions, including learning and memory, “mirroring”, and executive function. Experimental techniques used in neuroscience research such as electrophysiological recordings, brain imaging and neurogenetics are emphasized.

Natural Hazards (JGE378H5)

Earth is a dangerous place and risk is an inherent feature of life on this planet. Some of the events and processes that we call “hazardous,” such as earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, floods, tsunamis, cyclones, and forest fires are natural environmental processes. We define them as hazards only when they pose a threat to human interests. In this course we will examine natural hazards as well as some technological hazards — their causes, their potential impacts on people, and their management and mitigation

English Grammar (LIN204H5

Students will learn about fundamental grammatical concepts, focusing on the major grammatical categories in English and how they interact at the phrase level. They will be introduced to the main constituents of English sentences and learn about the basic relationship between tense, aspect, and modality. Students will learn to apply this knowledge as a tool to think analytically about English, evaluating various registers and styles, and gaining an awareness of their own style of speaking and writing.

Introduction to Medical Genetics (MGY250H1)

An introduction to medical genetics including the “omics” revolution, stem cells, cancer genetics, finding disease-causing mutations, genetic counselling and gene therapy.  The course material is delivered online and is approximately equivalent to 36 lecture hours.  Midterm and final exam are taken on campus or at a pre-approved site off-campus.

Introduction to Medical Microbiology (MGY277H1)

An online introductory survey course that explores the agents of infectious disease including bacteria, viruses, and parasites as well as the host immune response. Other topics include the fundamentals of disease diagnosis and epidemiology.  This course will use web-based delivery of lectures and tutorials and utilize a range of communication tools equivalent to approximately three lectures per week. The midterm (given the week before Reading Week) and final exam will require student attendance on the St. George campus.

Environmental Politics in Canada (JPE250Y)

Analyzes environmental issues in Canadian politics. Topics include: regulation and property rights, the politics of agenda-setting; sustainable development; science in politics; the impact of federalism; and global influences on domestic policy-making. Substantive issues could include climate change, biodiversity, drinking water, land use and the degradation of natural resources.

Introductory Psychology: Part I (PSYA01H3)

This course offered by the Department of Psychology at U of T Scarborough can be taken in either traditional or online modes.  It provides a general overview of topics including research techniques in psychology, evolutionary psychology, the biology of behaviour, learning and behaviour, sensation, perception, memory and consciousness. The most influential findings from each of these areas will be highlighted.  Lectures are presented live and immediately made available online.  In addition the course will utilize collaborative online tools to support deep learning in the context of written assignments designed to promote critical thinking and online “tests” designed to support thinking and learning as they assess knowledge of content.  All assignments will be performed online with the exception of a final exam that will require student attendance on the UTSC campus. 

Introductory Psychology: Part II (PSYA02H3)

This course offered by the Department of Psychology at U of T Scarborough can be taken in either traditional or online modes.  It provides a general overview of topics including language, intelligence, development, motivation and emotion, personality, social psychology, stress, mental disorders and treatments of mental disorders. The most influential findings from each of these areas will be highlighted.  Lectures are presented live and immediately made available online.  In addition the course will utilize collaborative online tools to support deep learning in the context of written assignments designed to promote critical thinking and online “tests” designed to support thinking and learning as they assess knowledge of content.  All assignments will be performed online with the exception of a final exam that will require student attendance on the UTSC campus. 

Introduction to Christianity (RLG203H5)

An introduction to the diverse history of Christianity, from its origins as a Jewish sect to its contemporary importance as a major global religion, with a focus on how Christianity has both shaped and been shaped by various social, geographical, and cultural environments over the past two millennia

Religion and Popular Culture (RLG233H)

A course on the interactions, both positive and negative, between religion and popular culture. We look at different media (television, advertising, print) as they represent and engage with difference religious traditions, identities, and controversies.

Introductory Sanskrit (RLG260Y)

An introduction to Sanskrit for beginners. An overview of basic grammar and development of vocabulary, preparing students for the reading and translation of texts.

Classical Tibetan (RLG261H)

An introduction to Tibetan for beginners. An overview of basic grammar and development of vocabulary, with readings of simple texts.

History and Religion Research Opportunities Program (RLG299Y1)

The purpose of the Research Opportunity Program is to provide an opportunity for degree students in their second-year in the Faculty of Arts and Science to work on the research project of a professor in return for 299Y course credit. The Program is completely voluntary and serves to enhance the fundamental connection between teaching and research in a research intensive university. Enrolling in a ROP early in their academic careers gives students an opportunity to become involved in original research. They can expect to learn research methods and share in the excitement and discovery of acquiring new knowledge while earning course credit towards their degree and program requirements. Also, students develop continuing relationships with faculty members who can act as mentors during their undergraduate years and assist them in applications to graduate schools or professional faculties. Professors benefit from the help and enthusiasm of specifically selected students.

The Practice of Statistics I (STA220H1)

An introductory course in statistical concepts and methods, emphasizing exploratory data analysis for univariate and bivariate data, sampling and experimental designs, basic probability models, estimation and tests of hypothesis in one-sample and comparative two-sample studies. A statistical computing package is used but no prior computing experience is assumed.

Online Courses in Development

Hybrid Courses

Russian for Russians (SLA210)

This course is a hybrid course that will be conducted partly online and partly in class. It is designed for students with Russian background – students who are raised at home where Russian is/was spoken, who speak or merely understand basic Russian but are otherwise illiterate in Russian (cannot/have difficulty reading or writing). This course helps heritage learners of Russian develop/maintain writing and reading skills as well as develop cultural literacy. This language class includes two face-to-face contact hours weekly, with a focus on development of speaking skills and listening comprehension through class discussion. The remainder of course will be conducted online via self-directed tutorials and homework assignments. The online format uses web-delivery of lecturettes, practice exercises and assignments. Face-to-face attendance is required two hours per week. Assessment includes interim tests and essays.

Advanced Russian Writing Skills (SLA430H1 )

The course will support students in gaining proficiency in presentational mode and in improvement of language competence for communication in academic contexts. Students will elevate their skills to the advanced level. Emphasis is on grammatical structures, syntax, lexicon, content organization, construction of complex presentation and expression of scholarly ideas and critical thought with accuracy and consistency in use of the Russian language. Offered online only with final exam on the St. George campus.

Geographic Info & Mapping II (GGR273H1)

This course builds on GGR272H1 by providing students with practical spatial analysis methods and the underlying theory needed to understand how to approach various geographic problems using geographic information system (GIS) software and a variety of data types and sources.This online course will use web-based delivery of lectures and tutorials and utilize a range of communication tools. The final exam will require student attendance on the St. George campus.

Foundations in Effective Academic Communication (CTLA01H3)

This highly interactive online course offered by the Centre for Teaching and Learning at U of T Scarborough is designed to fast-track the development of critical thinking, reading, writing and oral communication skills for English Language Learners. Through the emphasis on academic writing and rapid expansion of vocabulary, students will gain practical experience with university-level academic texts and assignment expectations.

Professional Programs

Mechanics (APS160H1F)

In this online course, the principles of statics are applied to composition and resolution of forces, moments and couples. The equilibrium states of structures are examined. Throughout, the free body diagram concept is emphasized. Vector algebra is used where it is most useful, and stress blocks are introduced. Shear force diagrams, bending moment diagrams and stress-strain relationships for materials are discussed. Stress and deformation in axially loaded members and flexural members (beams) are also covered.

Calculus for Engineers I (APS162H1 F/S)

This online-only course focuses on the fundamental tools of calculus and its connections to engineering.  The topics include limits, differentiation, graphing, optimization problems, and definite and indefinite integrals.  Problems combining calculus with geometry, linear algebra, statics, and mechanics will be examined.

Calculus for Engineers II (APS163H1 F/S)

This online-only course focuses on the fundamental tools of calculus and its connections to engineering.  The topics include methods of integration, an introduction to differential equations, series and Taylor series, vector differentiation, and partial differentiation.  Problems combining calculus with geometry, linear algebra, statics, and mechanics will be examined.

Introductory Chemistry from a Materials Perspective (APS164)

This online course is structured around the principle of structure-property relationship. This relationship refers to an understanding of the microstructure of a solid, that is, the nature of the bonds between atoms and the spatial arrangement of atoms, which permits the explanation of observed behaviour. Observed materials behaviour includes mechanical, electrical, magnetic, optical, and corrosive behaviour. Topics covered in this course include: structure of the atom, models of the atom, electronic configuration, the electromagnetic spectrum, band theory, atomic bonding, optical transparency of solids, magnetic properties, molecular bonding, hybridized orbitals, crystal systems, lattices and structures, crystallographic notation, imperfections in solids, reaction rates, activation energy, solid-state diffusion, materials thermodynamics, free energy, and phase equilibrium.

Research and Scholarship in Nursing (NUR430)

The course is NUR430: Research and Scholarship in Nursing. It is a required course offered in the second (final) year of the second entry undergraduate in nursing program. Offered online, the course focuses on the application and critical examination of the research process used in the development of nursing science. The link between nursing research and scholarship is emphasized through an understanding of the relationships between research, theory, and practice. The overall goal is to prepare students to find, critique, and appropriately integrate research findings into their nursing practice. At minimum all students should become excellent research consumers but we also hope to inspire some of them to become producers of nursing research.