Non-Credit Courses

A-Z Learning Services also has a number of specialized programs that are the result of collaboration with other departments and faculties.

Click on the submenu below to navigate through the different non-credit courses offered through A-Z Learning Services such as BOOST Program, STEP Program or BU101 program.

BOOST (BOST 0N00) Program

While the news of being placed on Academic Suspension can be upsetting, don’t let it discourage you. Paths through post-secondary education are as diverse as the students who travel them. The Brock community wants to support you on this journey, which is why we encourage you to register for the BOOST (BOST 0N00) Program.

BOOST is an alternative to academic suspension. Students who are facing a full year of academic suspension can instead choose to participate in BOOST (a non-credit pass/fail course) while carrying a reduced course load (3 credits—no more than 1.5 per term).

TOPICS AND SKILLS YOU WILL EXPLORE

  • Goal setting and growth mindset
  • Getting and staying motivated
  • Time and attention management
  • Adapting to online learning
  • Academic writing for the Humanities, Sciences, Business, and English Literature
  • Exam study strategies and assignment planning
  • Critical, numerical, and scientific thinking
  • Confidence and self-efficacy

Course Structure

Duration: Fall term
Contact Time: Two 90-minute on-campus lectures per week plus additional hours as needed for one-to-one consultations. Lectures are small group working sessions giving students opportunities to discuss and practice course topics.
Course Materials: All provided on Sakai

Course Fee

$850

Course Policies

Attendance in online group discussions and participation are mandatory.
Satisfactory completion of course assignments is mandatory.

Continued Enrollment at Brock

To avoid suspension, you must pass BOOST and achieve a minimum 60 percent overall average once three credits have been attempted.
Please see Academic Regulations for more details.
2021-2022 Undergraduate Calendar – Academic Regulations and University Policies (brocku.ca)

Program Learning Outcomes

  • By experimenting with a variety of learning and study strategies, students will be able to align said strategies with their needs as individual learners, and with their academic, professional, and personal goals.
  • By exploring their post-secondary experiences holistically, students will be able to articulate how their skills can be transferred to real-world professional contexts.
  • By employing a variety of goal setting and self-management strategies, students will be able to create and plan for specific, attainable goals related to their academic, professional, and personal ambitions.
  • By engaging in a collaborative and reflective learning community, students will gain the skills needed to create professional networks with their colleagues, instructors, and community.

WHY TAKE BOOST?

  • Helps you identify and strengthen the skills you already have!
  • Provides a welcoming and diverse learning community led by professional instructors
  • Allows you space and support to explore and work on skill areas that you want to improve
  • Connects you with a Learning Skills Specialist who is in your corner for the full academic year and beyond.
  • Re-introduces you to the wide range of supports available on campus including: Career Zone, Student Health Services, Academic Advising, and more.
  • Guides you along the path forward that is best for you!

How to Enrol in BOOST

  1. Login at my.brocku.ca
  2. In the Student Self Serve menu under “Additional Information,” click on “BoostAPP”
  3. Read the conditions of participation
  4. Complete the application

Once you receive an email approving your participation in the program:

  1. Register for BOOST just like you’d register for any other course at Brock
  2. Once you’re registered in BOOST you’ll be able to register for your other classes (No more than 1.5 credits per term.)

Questions or concerns?  Contact us at learning@brocku.ca or call 905-688-5550 (x5774)
Click here to download the BOOST 2021 course brochure.

STEP (STEP 0N00) Program

STEP is a non-credit course that provides first-year Brock students with opportunities to enhance their first-year journey through strategies to meet each challenge with confidence.
In STEP classes, students explore high-impact strategies and have the opportunity to apply these strategies to their academic course work. Students are also encouraged to engage in the Brock community and explore the many academic supports and community programs available.

Eligibility

Eligibility for participation is determined by the Registrar and is communicated to students when they receive their offer of conditional acceptance.

Requirements

Students who are given the opportunity to participate in the program are required to:

  • Register for STEP through the Applicant & Student Self Serve tab on my.brocku.ca
  • Maintain a reduced course load (Maximum 1.5 credits per term)
  • Pass all courses for the entire academic year
  • Achieve a minimum 60 per cent average for the entire academic year
  • Meet STEP course requirements including meeting with your Instructor to identify personal goals and challenges, attending and participating in all sessions, and completing all assignments on time

Course Structure

Duration: Fall term
Contact Time: Two 90-minute on-campus lectures per week plus additional hours as needed for one-to-one consultations. Lectures are small group working sessions giving students opportunities to discuss and practice course topics.
Course Materials: All provided on Sakai

Course Fee

$850

Learning Outcomes

STEP’s student-centered activities and assignments provide first-year students with an opportunity to master and demonstrate the following learning outcomes:

  • Self-awareness and an ability to identify how factors such as self-regulation, personal motivation, strengths, or learning style relate to their personal goals, challenges, and successes.
  • Self-directed learning skills such as taking initiative, assessing learning needs, formulating goals, implementing learning strategies, and evaluating the effectiveness of chosen strategies on their learning.
  • Self-advocacy, engagement, or coping skills by connecting with university services, engaging in a university event, or analyzing a personally challenging situation.
  • Academic writing skills, demonstrating appropriate formatting, use of research, and documentation style.

Each assignment offers students a variety of ways to demonstrate their learning and skill development.

Strategy Development Areas

  • Scheduling Strategies
  • Note-taking
  • Academic writing
  • Reading and Research
  • Academic Integrity
  • Numeracy and Problem Solving
  • Navigating university policies and resources
  • Goal setting
  • Studying and Focus
  • Group Project
  • Presenting

Any questions or concerns, please contact us at learning@brocku.ca or call us at 905-688-5550 (x5774).

BU101 is a free, non-credit, asynchronous online academic skills program for incoming undergraduate and graduate students to build technology, scheduling, notetaking, and studying skills.

Click here to see our BU101 2020 results.

We offer faculty-specific BU101 options to help you prepare for program demands such as science, academic writing, and mathematics. Each BU101 allows you to earn a Certificate of Completion.    

Join BU101 by clicking on one of the faculty options above, beginning August 1, 2021. 
BU101 is available for any Brock student, not just incoming first-year students!