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Environmental Engineering Technology

Diploma
Environmental Engineering Technology

Program Overview

Environmental engineering technologists are on the front lines of environmental protection. You apply science, ecology and engineering to minimize the adverse impacts of human activity on the natural world.

At Saskatchewan Polytechnic, you’ll learn the applied science behind environmental protection. When you graduate, you’ll have the skills to work in pollution monitoring, environmental audits, environmental management, site assessment and remediation, project management and waste management.

The Environmental Engineering Technology program is a 27-month diploma offered full time at Saskatchewan Polytechnic Moose Jaw campus. You’ll take five academic semesters and participate in two consecutive Co-operative Education work terms.

The well-rounded curriculum includes:

  • computer applications and modeling
  • ecology, hydraulics and water chemistry
  • environmental impact and mitigation
  • environmental monitoring and control
  • meteorology and atmospheric data collection and analysis
  • soil analysis
  • solid and liquid waste management
  • surveying and drafting

Your learning time is 60 per cent in the classroom and 40 per cent in labs, field camps and activities and projects. You’ll build practical skills that ensure you are job ready on graduation.

The Co-op Work Term Advantage

Co-operative work terms are paid, so you’ll earn while you learn. Saskatchewan Polytechnic arranges your interviews; it’s up to you to shine. It’s also a chance to develop important “soft skills” in job interviewing, professional attitude, interpersonal communication and more.

Diploma to Degree

Use your diploma to ladder into an applied science degree at Lakeland College in Alberta, an environmental science or environmental management degree at Royal Roads University in British Columbia or a technology degree at Memorial University in Newfoundland.

Career and Salary Information

Your Career

Jobs in environmental engineering technology can involve construction and design, environmental monitoring and assessment, pollution control, site remediation and reclamation, environmental audits and impact assessments, research, technical sales and support for waste management. You could work in an office or a field setting, as part of a team or independently. Potential employers include engineering firms, environmental consultants, telecommunication firms, utilities, municipalities and government agencies.

Potential Careers

Sample Job TitleNOC Classification1Earning Potential2
Project CoordinatorConstruction Managers (711)$43,700 - $120,000
Environmental Technologist I/IICivil Engineering Technologists and Technicians (2231)$39,600 - $92,100
Environmental Site AssessorInspectors in Public and Environmental Health and Occupational Health and Safety (2263)$36,100 - $91,000

Length and Start Date

Start Date(s): September

Length: 76 weeks: 

There are five academic semesters and two consecutive mandatory paid Co-operative Education work terms. Semesters and co-op work term time patterns are listed in Courses below.

Locations

  • Saskatchewan Polytechnic Moose Jaw campus

Admissions

Admission Requirements

 

*Previous Saskatchewan mathematics requirement also accepted: 

  • Math A30, B30 and C30

Special Admission

Applicants who do not possess the academic qualifications for a program may be admitted if evidence of probable success can be established through a special admission assessment. Interested individuals should still apply. Applicants are automatically considered for special admission. However, some specific admission requirements may still need to be met. Refer to the ACCUPLACER© cut scores for this program below, and review additional details concerning Special Admission.

ACCUPLACER©

  • 85 Arithmetic
  • 40 College Level Math
  • 80 Elementary Algebra
  • 75 Reading
  • 75 Sentence

Admission Method

First Qualified/First Admitted

The First Qualified/First Admitted (FQFA) process is used for the majority of Saskatchewan Polytechnic programs. When we determine that you meet the program's admission requirements, you will be offered admission based on the date you fully qualify for the program. The earlier you provide the appropriate documents and information that qualify you for admission to the next intake, the earlier you might begin your studies. Your application, once qualified, is always considered for the next intake. 

Applicants to programs with multiple intakes in an academic year remain in the application pool until the last intake for that academic year has begun. Programs using the FQFA process receive applications year round and maintain an application pool for each academic year. Qualified applicants who are not offered a seat must reapply for the next academic year. 

Sponsored programs or programs targeted to specific groups do not accept applications year round or maintain an application pool.

See Admission Processes for more information about this method of admission.

Tuition and Fees

Estimates are based on current rates and are subject to change. Amounts for a program may vary by campus. Totals shown here include all mandatory fees as well as books and supplies. For a complete breakdown of tuition and fees for this program, click here to access the Saskatchewan Polytechnic campus Tuition and Fee Schedules.

 

Year 1 - $8,000
Year 2 - $5,400
Year 3 - $3,000

International Students

Moose Jaw

Year 1 (32 weeks) - $12,500 tuition only (estimated)

Year 2 (28 weeks) - $12,300 tuition only (estimated)

Year 3 (16 weeks) - $6,700 tuition only (estimated)

Courses

The program follows this academic and co-operative education schedule. Courses are outlined below by semester.
  Sept - Dec Jan - Apr May - Aug
Year 1 Semester 1 Semester 2 Work term 1
Year 2 Work term 2 Semester 3 May - July
Semester 4
Year 3 Semester 5     
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Year 1 - Semester 1

Code
Name/Description
Credits
 
DRFT 105
Computer Aided Drafting (CAD)
4
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You will receive an introduction to the techniques and standards required to communicate graphically. The course content includes a Computer Aided Drafting (CAD) user interface, view control, 2D geometric construction and drawing aids, layers, blocks, text, paper space, model space and plotting.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 64.0
Equivalent Course(s): DRFT 107
Potential Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Online, Lecture/Lab
MAT 101
Applied Technical Mathematics
5
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You will gain a basic background in trigonometry and algebra that is needed to do problem solving in applied areas and to advance to a study of calculus. You will study measurement, computations, algebraic operations, simplifications and solutions, trigonometry, graphing, exponents and logarithms. This course is intended to meet your needs in the construction stream of engineering technologies.
Credit Units: 5
Course Hours: 80.0
Equivalent Course(s): MAT 120
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Theory
PHYS 102
Applied Physics
4
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Your studies will focus on the basic physics principles of: vectors; Newton's three laws of motion; work, energy, power, impulse and momentum; temperature, heat, and fluid mechanics.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 64.0
Equivalent Course(s): MECA 121
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Theory
SEM 101
Technology Seminars
1
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You will receive an orientation to your program and learn where and how the technician/technologist fits into the workplace and society. You will become familiar with the role of technicians/technologists in society, study and time management skills, increasing diversity in the workplace, principles of sustainability, the impact of technology on society and workplace safety requirements.
Credit Units: 1
Course Hours: 15.0
Equivalent Course(s): ENGM 181, ETHC 183, ORTN 120, SEM 104
Potential Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Online, Lecture/Theory
SRVY 120
Surveying 1
5
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You will receive an introduction to the basics of surveying. The course content includes horizontal measurements, levelling, angle and direction measurement, computations, traverses and drafting plans.
Credit Units: 5
Course Hours: 80.0
Equivalent Course(s): SRVY 102
Potential Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Online, Lecture/Lab, Independent Study
TCOM 102
Communication in Technology
3
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Your studies will focus on the basic skills required of the technologist in the workplace. You will examine the communication process and interpersonal and workplace communication techniques. The course content includes technical writing and job search skills.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Equivalent Course(s): COMM 191, JOBS 190, JOBS 288, JOBS 290, TCOM 120, TMGT 180
Potential Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Online, Learn Linc, Lecture/Theory
TERR 121
Engineering Geology
5
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You will be provided with an introduction to physical geology and geomorphology. You will study the origins and classification of rocks and minerals, the geomorphological processes of erosion, water, and wind, and the landforms created by these processes. There will be an emphasis on Saskatchewan’s glaciated terrain. Labs will provide you opportunities to display spatial data and create map layouts using current GIS software, as well as an overview on map reading.
Credit Units: 5
Course Hours: 80.0
Equivalent Course(s): TERR 100
Potential Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Online, Lecture/Lab

Year 1 - Semester 2

Code
Name/Description
Credits
 
CAMP 225
Survey Camp
6
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Using the knowledge gained in previous surveying and Computer Aided Drafting (CAD) courses, you will participate in surveying exercises and perform two projects in the field. In the first project, you will use the data collected in the field to produce a topographic map of one area. In the second project, you will document, design and layout a section of roadway including a horizontal curve. You will be introduced to the application of GPS survey equipment.
Credit Units: 6
Course Hours: 90.0
Prerequisites(s): COAP 108(concurrent), SRVY 222(concurrent)
Equivalent Course(s): CAMP 224
Potential Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Lab/Practical
COAP 108
Civil Design
3
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You will become familiar with and use standard drafting practices and symbols to produce typical civil engineering drawings using Computer Aided Drafting (CAD) software. You will also use the basic concepts and applications of civil design software.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 52.0
Prerequisites(s): DRFT 105
Corequisites(s): SRVY 222
Equivalent Course(s): COAP 176
Potential Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Online, Lecture/Lab
CONC 120
Concrete Technology
3
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You will be introduced to the practical and theoretical aspects of concrete technology. Building on the skills developed in the classroom and lab, you will perform current CSA test procedures on plastic and hardened concrete, and fine and coarse aggregates.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 52.0
Equivalent Course(s): CONC 102
Potential Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Online, Lecture/Lab
MAT 246
Analytical Geometry and Calculus
4
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You will study analytical geometry, graphical and numerical methods for understanding of the concepts and operations of technical calculus, and problem solving using derivatives. You will also receive an introduction to differential and integral calculus.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 64.0
Prerequisites(s): MAT 101 or MAT 120
Equivalent Course(s): MAT 220
Potential Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Online, Print Distance Individual, Lecture/Theory
MEAS 106
Analytical Measurements
3
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You will learn to work safely in a laboratory and field setting. You will learn to work effectively with measurement numbers related to the collection and analysis of water, air and soil samples. Emphasis will be placed on the importance of documenting practices and procedures in support of Quality Assurance/ Quality Control (QA/QC) and due diligence.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 39.0
Equivalent Course(s): ENVR 120, MEAS 108
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Lab
SOIL 120
Soil Analysis
3
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Your studies will focus on data collection, analysis and reports for the identification, classification and determination of properties of earth materials. You will perform industry-standard test procedures on soil and aggregate. You will evaluate the methods and determine the results.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 52.0
Prerequisites(s): TERR 121
Equivalent Course(s): SOIL 100
Potential Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Online, Lecture/Lab
SRVY 222
Surveying
4
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Building on the skills developed in SRVY 120 (Surveying 1), you will focus on topographic surveys using Total Stations with data collection. You will be introduced to survey drawings and maps, contours, profiles and cross sections, calculating construction volumes, and calculating horizontal and vertical curves. You will also be introduced to survey control using local grids, UTM and the Western Canada Land Survey System.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 65.0
Prerequisites(s): MAT 101, SRVY 120
Equivalent Course(s): SRVY 103
Potential Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Online, Lecture/Lab
TCOM 103
Workplace Communication
3
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Building on the skills you developed in TCOM 102 (Communication in Technology), you will apply basic research skills to create workplace documents. Your studies will focus on the workplace skills of creating effective client relations, conducting meetings and giving presentations.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Prerequisites(s): TCOM 102
Equivalent Course(s): COMM 181, COMM 190, TCOM 106, TCOM 123, TCOM 190
Potential Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Online, Lecture/Theory

Co-operative Work Term

Code
Name/Description
Credits
 
COOP 101
Co-operative Work Term
0
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Your co-operative education term will provide you with the opportunity to consolidate theoretical and practical concepts learned in the classroom and gain valuable experience in a work setting.
Credit Units: 0
Course Hours: 640.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Coop Education Work Term

Year 2 - Semester 3

Code
Name/Description
Credits
 
ENVR 200
Atmospheric Environment
5
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You will learn the basics of meteorology with a focus on how the earth’s atmosphere impacts pollutants. The course includes laboratory and field measurements of meteorological parameters, airborne pollutants and noise.
Credit Units: 5
Course Hours: 80.0
Prerequisites(s): MEAS 106, PHYS 102
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Lab
ENVR 234
Environmental Ecology 1
2
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You will study energy flow and productivity, nutrient cycles, limnology, population growth and human ecology.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 32.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Theory
HYDO 225
Groundwater Technology
6
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You will discuss the principles of groundwater, drilling, design and construction. You will also discuss the maintenance requirements of wells, groundwater protection and groundwater law.
Credit Units: 6
Course Hours: 96.0
Prerequisites(s): SOIL 120, MAT 246
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Theory
HYDR 220
Hydraulics
6
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You will receive an introduction to the application of basic fluid mechanics principles (including pressure measurement, forces on submerged planes, buoyancy and stability, general energy equation and viscosity) and the fundamentals of hydrodynamics (including hydraulics of flow in pipes, flow measurement devices and pumping system design).
Credit Units: 6
Course Hours: 96.0
Prerequisites(s): MAT 246, PHYS 102
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Lab
LABS 202
Environmental Laboratory Analysis
4
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You will focus on learning the lab skills required to obtain environmental quality measurements. You will apply these theories to proper sampling protocol and laboratory analysis, with an emphasis on interpreting the laboratory results and applying the results to the regulations.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Prerequisites(s): MAT 120
Corequisites(s): WTER 230
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lab/Practical
STAT 201
Statistics for Construction Engineering Technologies
3
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Your studies will focus on the concepts and computations of statistics within the technical world in this technology statistics course. Statistical thinking and communicating will be emphasized. You will use mathematical methods and notations to gain a general understanding of statistical terminology, skills and methods. The course consists of three basic and building parts - an introduction to descriptive statistics (by organization and presentation techniques using tables and graphs), probability theory (presented as the link between descriptive and inferential statistics) and inferential statistics (by way of technical and business applications based on simple random sampling, confidence intervals, hypotheses testing and regression-correlation analysis).
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 48.0
Prerequisites(s): MAT 101
Equivalent Course(s): MAT 233, STAT 120
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Theory
WTER 230
Water Chemistry 1
5
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You will study the general principles of chemistry and chemical calculations. Stoichiometry, concentration determination, equilibrium, acid-base chemistry, pH, volumetric and gravimetric analysis, and interpreting quantitative results with regard to accepted standards will be emphasized.
Credit Units: 5
Course Hours: 68.0
Prerequisites(s): MAT 101, MEAS 106, LABS 202(concurrent)
Corequisites(s):
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Theory

Year 2 - Semester 4

Code
Name/Description
Credits
 
ENVR 201
Environmental Site Assessment
5
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You will acquire the knowledge needed to plan, design, organize and implement the first two phases of an Environmental Site Assessment (ESA). During the first phase, you will collect current and historical site information and identify potential environmental concerns. During the second phase, you will locate, sample, identify and monitor the contaminants.
Credit Units: 5
Course Hours: 80.0
Prerequisites(s): ENVR 200, HYDO 225
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Lab
ENVR 235
Environmental Ecology 2
5
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You will build on concepts introduced in ENVR 234 - Environmental Ecology 1. Your studies will involve a continued and more concentrated focus on energy flow and productivity, nutrient cycles, limnology, population growth and human ecology.
Credit Units: 5
Course Hours: 70.0
Prerequisites(s): ENVR 234
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Lab
ENVR 236
Terrestrial and Aquatic Environmental Monitoring
5
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You will be introduced to the formation, taxonomy, and chemical properties of soils. You will learn about the relationships between terrestrial, riparian and aquatic environments. You investigate various protocols to monitor and assess the health of each environment. Emphasis will be placed on demonstrating safe practices for outdoor field activities and laboratory settings. You will learn about the risks of various substances to environmental and human health.
Credit Units: 5
Course Hours: 70.0
Prerequisites(s): ENVR 200, LABS 202, SOIL 120, WTER 230
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Lab
HYDR 221
Hydraulics
3
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You will continue your study of flow in pipe networks, building on the knowledge gained in HYDR 220 - Hydraulics (including friction and minor head losses). You will examine open channel flow, pump selection and flow measurement techniques. The course content includes practical laboratory experiments and writing laboratory reports.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 50.0
Prerequisites(s): HYDR 220
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Lab
MGMT 103
Construction Contracts
3
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You will be introduced to construction contracts and all of its aspects, including Canadian contract law and the contract standards (CCDC). The course provides an introduction to construction project organization and contracting. You will also be introduced to how a typical construction project is organized, awarded, managed and completed; as well as the roles and requirements of all parties involved.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 40.0
Equivalent Course(s): MGMT 225
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Theory
WTER 226
Organic Chemistry
3
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You will study the general principles of organic chemistry and the importance of microbiology as they apply to environmental monitoring, control and analysis. You will apply these theories to proper sampling protocol and laboratory analysis, with an emphasis on interpreting the laboratory results.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 50.0
Prerequisites(s): WTER 230, (LABS 220 or LABS 202)
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Lab

Year 2 - Semester 5

Code
Name/Description
Credits
 
ENVR 202
Environmental Remediation
4
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You will plan, design, organize and implement different types of environmental remediation using Phase I and Phase II Environmental Site Assessment (ESA) techniques. You will use gathered information and knowledge in the application of these techniques. Techniques used will include bioremediation, barrier systems, mechanized systems, and excavations.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 64.0
Prerequisites(s): ENVR 201, ENVR 236
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Lab
ENVR 203
Liquid and Solid Waste Management
6
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You will build on previous courses and include all aspects of waste management methods used in the public and private sectors. Using regulatory guidelines and industry standards, you will compare waste treatment options and choose appropriate waste management solutions. You will apply your skills in management and planning of domestic and industrial hazardous waste problems, impacts and treatment/disposal.
Credit Units: 6
Course Hours: 96.0
Prerequisites(s): ENVR 201, HYDO 225, WTER 226
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Lab
ENVR 228
Environmental Management
5
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You will learn how to apply environmental management systems using the International Organization for Standardization (ISO 14000 series). You will study environmental liability, accountability and due diligence in terms of risk assessment and risk management, Occupational Health and Safety, and emergency response planning.
Credit Units: 5
Course Hours: 80.0
Prerequisites(s): ENVR 236
Corequisites(s):
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Lab
ENVR 229
Environmental Impact
5
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You will learn about the evolution of the environmental impact assessment process in Canada and in particular, Saskatchewan. The environmental impacts associated with various industry activities will be explored. The components of an Environmental Impact Statement will be reviewed. You will learn how to evaluate an area for environmental sensitivities and how to mitigate potential impacts of proposed activities. You will complete several exercises that will assist in the preparation of a preliminary environmental impact report or environmental protection plan.
Credit Units: 5
Course Hours: 80.0
Prerequisites(s): ENVR 201, ENVR 235, ENVR 236
Corequisites(s):
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Lab
HYDO 200
Contaminant Hydrogeology
4
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You will discuss the technical, theoretical and practical aspects of contaminant hydrogeology including sources of contamination, mechanisms of groundwater flow and contaminant transport. In addition, you will study modeling approaches and common field practices.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 64.0
Prerequisites(s): ENVR 201, HYDO 225, WTER 226
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Lab
MGMT 226
Project Management
4
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Your studies will focus on the project management process. You will practice scheduling, resource allocation, estimating and bidding. You will estimate cost for a small project and prepare a project bid.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 64.0
Prerequisites(s): MGMT 103
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Theory
TCOM 104
Applied Research in Technology
2
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You will develop a technical proposal and apply advanced research skills to a technical problem. You will use the technical problem-solving process in an applied research project and present your research findings in a written report and oral presentation.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Prerequisites(s): TCOM 103 or ENGL 101
Equivalent Course(s): COMM 115, COMM 182, COMM 290, TCOM 239
Potential Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Online, Lecture/Theory

PLAR & Transfer Credit

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition

Saskatchewan Polytechnic recognizes that adults learn in many different ways and through many different means. This includes acquiring knowledge and skills through life and work experience or non-formal training.


Transfer Credit

Many Saskatchewan Polytechnic students benefit from transferring credit. You may be eligible to transfer credit from or to another college or university. To learn more, visit our transfer credit web page.

 


Transfer credit options vary over time; this information is subject to change. Transfer credit options for this program include:

  • block credit transfer into the third year of the Bachelor of Science degree programs, Royal Roads University
  • admission eligibility to the Bachelor of Technology program, Memorial University, Newfoundland (13 courses, totalling 39 credit hours, are required to fulfill the degree requirements; courses are available online)

Student Awards

Thanks to the generosity of donors and alumni, Saskatchewan Polytechnic gives away more than $2 million in student awards during the academic year.

Saskatchewan Polytechnic offers student awards for every certificate and diploma program at every campus. You don't have to be a brainiac to receive a student award. Not all student awards are based on marks - some are based on financial need or things like community or volunteer involvement.

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Accreditation

Canadian Technology Accreditation Board (CTAB), valid for 3 years until March 1, 2016.

The Canadian Technology Accreditation Board (CTAB) accredits the program at the Engineering Technologist level, which allows you to work across Canada.

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