Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University

Adult Basic Education Courses

The University Preparation program offers adult basic education courses and programs for students with diverse educational backgrounds and academic goals.

Gain access to a specific course or complete your B.C. Adult Graduation Diploma (formerly called the Adult Graduation [Dogwood] Diploma). Adult basic education helps with bridging to a career, vocational, or academic program.

Courses are designed to provide a strong foundation for adult learners. They are delivered in small, student-centered classes through teaching methods that can accommodate students’ life experience and learning styles.

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How to Enrol

Applications for the UPREP program are accepted throughout the year with three Semester intakes offered in the Fall, Summer and Winter terms.

  1. Contact an academic advisor or the department chairperson to ensure you register for the right courses. If you reside outside of Kamloops, contact the TRU location nearest you.
  2. After you've spoken with an advisor, you can Apply for admission to TRU. Also see the Admissions Information Package for UPREP.
  3. TRU will notify you of your acceptance and of your registration date.

Costs and Financial Aid

Low income students qualify for the Adult Upgrading Grant. This non-repayable grant covers costs for tuition, textbooks, ancillary fees, unsubsidized childcare and other fees. Learn more about the Adult Upgrading Grant.

Students who do not qualify for this grant are encouraged to contact the Students Awards and Financial Aid Office at TRU to access other sources to help fund their education.


Accuplacer Test

Students applying into UPREP for the first time are strongly encouraged to take the Accuplacer. The test is designed to assess the academic grade level you currently have which helps determine the correct level of courses for which you should be taking. Contact our Assessment Centre for costs and to schedule a testing time.


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If you have questions about any aspect of this program, contact us!


B.C. Adult Graduation Diploma

If your goal is to obtain a B.C. Adult Graduation Diploma our UPREP Program can assist you. This diploma is equivalent to the High School Dogwood Diploma.

Requirements:

  • Languages Arts 12 (TRU ENGL 0600)
  • Mathematics 11 or 12 (TRU MATH 0510)
  • Three Grade 12 ministry authorized courses or Social Studies 11 and two Grade 12 ministry authorized courses (TRU BIOL 0600, CHEM 0600, PHYS 0600, MATH 0600/0610, NAST 0500, NAST 0600, STSS 0500 or university-level courses)

Eligibility:

  • Applicants must be at least 18 years of age
  • Have successfully completed three credit courses as an adult
  • Have successfully completed at least one credit course at TRU

Courses

*indicates Williams Lake Campus

Course Title
Fundamental Level (Grade 1-9 Equivalency)
* ENGL 0300 Fundamentals of English
* MATH 0300 Fundamental Math
Intermediate Level (Grade 10 Equivalency)
* EDCP 0400 Education and Career Preparation
ENGL 0400 Basic Language Skills
MATH 0400 Basic Math Skills
Advanced Level (Grade 11 Equivalency)
BIOL 0500 Biology
CHEM 0500 Introductory College Chemistry I
* COMP 0500 Introduction to Microcomputers
ENGL 0500 Developing Writing Skills
MATH 0410 Algebra 1
MATH 0510 Algebra 2
* MATH 0520 Foundations of Mathematics
* NAST 0500 Introduction to First Nations Studies
PHYS 0500 Introduction to Physics
SINC 0500 Foundations of Science
STSS 0500 An Introduction to Student Success
Provincial Level (Grade 12 Equivalency)
BIOL 0600 Human Biology
CHEM 0600 Introductory College Chemistry II
ENGL 0600 Literature and Composition
* ENGL 0620 Aboriginal Literature and Composition
MATH 0600 Pre-Calculus I
MATH 0610 Pre-Calculus II
* NAST 0600 An Overview of Major Issues in First Nations Studies
PHYS 0600 Introduction to Physics II
BIOL 0500
BIOL 0500
General Biology (5,0,2)
Credits: 4
Campus
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PREP
ABE - Advanced: This basic Biology course introduces students to the fundamentals of Biology. It includes a brief study of the cell, Binomial Nomenclature, and the major Phyla of Plant and Animal Kingdoms. Fundamentals of plant and animal physiology are introduced with emphasis on the inter-relationship among living organisms.
Note: This course is offered in Williams Lake. Required Lab: BIOL 0500L
BIOL 0600
BIOL 0600
Human Biology (5,0,2)(L)
Credits: 4
Campus
ED
PREP
ABE - Provincial: A study of the major principles of human anatomy and physiology from the origin of atoms and elements through to the structure and function of molecules, cells, tissues, organs and body systems. Introduces the basic principles of Genetics and Evolution. Laboratory work involves organizing observations, drawing conclusions and effective communication.
Prerequisite: CHEM 0500
Note: This course is taught by the University Preparation Department. Required Lab: BIOL 0600L
CHEM 0500
CHEM 0500
Foundations of Chemistry 1 (5,0,2)(L)
Credits: 4
Campus
ED
PREP
ABE - Advanced: This course is designed for those students who have taken no previous high school chemistry course but who now require the equivalent of Chemistry 11 for entry into a certain program or course. Topics covered include chemical arithmetic, chemical nomenclature, chemical formula calculations, energy, solutions, atomic theory, chemical bonding, acids and bases, and physical properties. The laboratory reinforces concepts introduced in the lectures.
Prerequisite: Principles of Math 11 or Applications of Math 12, or MATH 0500 or equivalent
Note: This course is taught by the University Preparation department Required Lab: CHEM 0500L
CHEM 0600
CHEM 0600
Foundations of Chemistry 2 (5,0,2)(L)
Credits: 4
Campus
ED
PREP
ABE - Provincial: A pre-university level course for students requiring a more in-depth introduction to chemistry than provided by CHEM 0500 or Chemistry 11. The course is an acceptable prerequisite for CHEM 111. Topics covered will be similar to those dealt with in Chemistry 12 and will include gas laws, reaction kinetics, chemical equilibrium, solubility of ionic substances, acids and bases, oxidation-reduction and organic Chemistry. The laboratory exercises will illustrate and reinforce topics covered in the lectures.
Prerequisite: Chemistry 11 or CHEM 0500
Corequisite: Principles of Math 12, or MATH 0600 or equivalent, is strongly recommended
Note: This course is taught by the University Preparation Department Required Lab: CHEM 0600L
COMP 0500
COMP 0500
Introduction to Personal Computers (1,2,3)
Credits: 3
Campus
ED
PREP
ABE - Advanced: This course is designed to introduce students to the personal computer environment at an advanced level. Students gain basic computing skills, including File Management, the Internet, Email, Word Processing, Spreadsheets, and slide presentation using popular word processing software. Historical and social issues arising from the use of computer technology is also covered.
Note: This course is taught by the University and Employment Preparation Department Required Lab: COMP 0500L Required Seminar: COMP 0500S
COMP 0600
COMP 0600
Introduction to Programming (2,0,4)
Credits: 3
Campus
ED
PREP
ABE - Provincial: A programming course designed for students who are planning to take a first year course in computer programming at the college or university level, CSOM or as a prerequisite for COMP 1130. It assumes no previous experience on computers and aims to develop problem solving skills and knowledge of a computer language. Students will learn the VISUAL BASIC.NET programming language.
Prerequisite: Principles of Math 11 or MATH 0510, COMP 0500 or instructor's permission
Note: This course is taught by the University Preparation Department Required Lab: COMP 0600L
EDCP 0400
EDCP 0400
Education and Career Preparation (6,0,0)
Credits: 4
Campus
ED
PREP
Education and Career Preparation 0400 is an ABE Intermediate course focusing on preparing adult learners with the life and employment skills required for successful employment. The students will be prepared to pursue various occupational and educational goals and to make effective decisions about their long and short term goals. There are eight diverse components to this program. They include communications skills, career exploration skills, study skills and time management, interpersonal skills and cooperation, personal skills, living skills, job preparation, and setting an educational plan. Students will participate in a series of experiential modules.
Note: This course is taught by the University and Employment Preparation
ENGL 0300
ENGL 0300
Fundamentals of English (8,0,0)
Credits: 4
Campus
ED
PREP
ABE - Fundamentals: This course combines reading and writing to provide students with a greater ability to cope in work and educational situations. Students will practice reading and writing skills, and develop basic grammer.
Note: This course is taught by the University and Employment Preparation
ENGL 0400
ENGL 0400
Basic Language Skills (6,0,0)
Credits: 4
Campus
ED
PREP
ABE - Intermediate: This course is designed to provide students with the knowledge, skills, and strategies to enter higher level courses. It is based on the following core skills: vocabulary development, reading, writing and study skills.
Prerequisite: Completion of ENGL 0300, or English 9, or equivalent, with a B or better; or placement on the TRU entry assessment tests at an 0400 level in English
Note: This course is taught by the University Preparation Department
ENGL 0500
ENGL 0500
Developing Writing Skills (6,0,0)
Credits: 4
Campus
ED
PREP
ABE - Advanced: A basic writing skills course which covers mechanics, sentence structure, grammar and composition. The major modes of writing (description, narration, and exposition) are covered.
Prerequisite: Successful completion of ENGL 0400 or English 10, or equivalent with a C+ or better or Communications 12 with a C+ or better
Note: This course is taught by the University Preparation Department
ENGL 0600
ENGL 0600
Literature and Composition (6,0,0)
Credits: 4
Campus
ED
PREP
ABE - Provincial: ENGL 0600 is a Provincial Level (Grade 12 equivalency) course which prepares students for the demands of compositions required in academic courses. It provides for further development of writing and thinking skills begun in earlier levels. Students work with a variety of rhetorical models for essay development. Also included is a critical analysis of selected works of prose and poetry.
Prerequisite: ENGL 0500 or English 11 or equivalent, with a C+ or better, or completion of all of ESAL 0570 and 0580 with a grade of C or better
Note: This course is taught by the University Preparation Department
ENGL 0620
ENGL 0620
Aboriginal Literature and Composition (6,0,0)
Credits: 4
Campus
ED
PREP
ABE - Provincial: ENGL 0620 is a Provincial Level (Grade 12 equivalency) course which prepares students for the demands of compositions required in academic courses. It is an alternate course to ABE - Provincial and, as such, can be taken in the place of ENGL 0600. It provides for further development of writing and thinking skills begun in earlier levels. Students work with a variety of rhetorical models for essay development. It will include activities that are delivered in a way that maximizes the learning potential of Aboriginal learners (including learners' circles with talking sticks, oral presentations, and elders' presentations) and that helps ease entry of Aboriginal students into a university setting. Also, it includes a critical analysis of selected works of prose and poetry, many of which will be written by Aboriginal authors or which will cover topics relevant to Aboriginal issues.
Prerequisite: Successful completion of ENGL 0500 or English 11 or equivalent with a C+ or better or completion of all ESAL 0570 and ESAL 0580 with a grade of C or better or based upon the results of an Accuplacer assessment.
Note: Students cannot receive credit for both ENGL 0600 and ENGL 0620
MATH 0300
MATH 0300
Fundamental Math (8,0,0)
Credits: 4
Campus
ED
PREP
Adult Basic Education - Fundamental: This is an entry-level math course, which focuses on operations involving whole numbers, fractions, decimal, percents, and measurement. Problem-solving is practiced in all topic areas.
Note: This course is taught by the University and Employment Preparation Department
MATH 0400
MATH 0400
Basic Math Skills (6,0,0)
Credits: 4
Campus
ED
PREP
Adult Basic Education - Intermediate: Students practice and develop basic math skills, including a review of whole numbers, decimals, fractions, and percentages. Additional topics include systems of measurement, geometry, and an introduction to algebra.
Prerequisite: Minimum C+ standing in MATH 0300, or placement on the TRU entry assessment test at a MATH 0400 level; prerequisites must have been attained within the last two years
Note: This course is taught by the University and Employment Preparation Department
MATH 0410
MATH 0410
Algebra 1 (6,0,0)
Credits: 4
Campus
ED
PREP
Adult Basic Education - Intermediate: Students prepare for entry into Math 0510 or Math 0520, by reviewing basic math skills, graphing linear equations, performing operations with polynomials, handling inequalities, solving first and second degree equations and systems of two equations, and simplyifying and solving rational and radical expressions and equations. Students are also introduced to right-triangle trigonomentry. Together with MATH 0400: Basic Math Skills, this course fulfills the Adult Basic Education-Intermediate requirements.
Prerequisite: Minimum C+ standing in Math 0400, or placement on the TRU engry assessment test at a MATH 0410 level
Note: The prerequisite must have been attained within the last two years. This course is taught by the University and Employment Preparation Department.
MATH 0510
MATH 0510
Algebra 2 (6,0,0)
Credits: 4
Campus
ED
PREP
Adult Basic Education - Advanced: This course provides an advanced treatment of the topics covered in MATH 0410 and includes additional topics such as functions, graphs of quadratic functions, higher order radicals, systems of inequalities, and the trigonomic laws of sines and cosines.
Prerequisite: Minimum C standing in MATH 0410 or minimum C+ standing in Foundations of Mathematics and Pre-Calculus 10, or placement on the TRU entry assessment test at a Math 0510 level
Note: Prerequisites must have been attained within the last two years. This course is taught by the University and Employment Preparation Department.
MATH 0520
MATH 0520
Foundations of Mathematics (6,0,0)
Credits: 4
Campus
ED
PREP
Adult Basic Education – Advanced: Students learn and practice math skills that include basic algebra, rates, linear relations, systems of linear equations/inequalities, quadratic functions, geometry, and trigonometry.
Prerequisite: Foundations of Mathematics 10 and Pre-Calculus 10 with a minimum C or equivalent, within the last two years.
Note: This course is taught by the University and Employment Preparation Department
MATH 0600
MATH 0600
Pre-Calculus 1 (6,0,0)
Credits: 4
Campus
ED
PREP
Adult Basic Education - Provincial: This course is designed to provide students with a fundamental background to study calculus. Topics include a review of intermediate algebra, an introduction to functions, and a study of linear, quadratic, exponential, and logarithmic functions. Together with MATH 0610: Pre-Calculus 2, this course fulfills the ABE - Provincial Level (Grade 12 equivalency) requirements.
Prerequisite: Pre-Calculus 11 (minimum C) or equivalent, in the last two years
Note: This course is taught by the University and Employment Preparation Department. See transfer guide for transferability to other institutions.
MATH 0610
MATH 0610
Pre-Calculus 2 (6,0,0)
Credits: 4
Campus
ED
PREP
Adult Basic Education - Provincial: Students build on the skills developed in MATH 0600: Pre-Calculus 1. Topics include polynomial, rational, and trigonometric functions; analytical trigonometry; and sequences and series. Together with MATH 0600, this course fulfills the ABE Provincial Level (Grade 12 equivalency) requirements.
Prerequisite: MATH 0600 (minimum C), within the last two years
Note: This course is taught by the University and Employment Preparation Department
NAST 0500
NAST 0500
Introduction to First Nations Studies (6,0,0)
Credits: 4
Campus
ED
PREP
ABE - Advanced: This course provides students with an overview of historical and current social, economic, and political issues concerning Native people.
Prerequisite: None
Note: This course is taught in Williams Lake
NAST 0600
NAST 0600
An Overview of Major Issues in First Nations Studies (6,0,0)
Credits: 4
Campus
ED
PREP
In this course, students explore issues related to the role of elders, women, and leaders in matters pertaining to health, education, justice, and economical development in First Nations communities and off-reserve communities. Using the articles found in the textbook as a guide, the instructor will draw upon community resources to supplement the course content. Classroom activities will include presenting in small groups and conducting library and Internet searches.
Prerequisite: ENGL 0500 or equivalent
PHYS 0500
PHYS 0500
Introduction to Physics 1 (5,0,2)(L)
Credits: 4
Campus
ED
PREP
ABE - Advanced: This course is suitable for students with little or no physics background. Physics 0500 examines the basic principles upon which the discipline of physics is founded. In doing so, it provides students with a new perspective from which to view the world around them and with a solid content basis for future courses in physics should this be the objective. The course is oriented toward developing experimental and problem solving skills.
Prerequisite: MATH 0500
Note: This course is taught by the University Preparation Department Required Lab: PHYS 0500L
PHYS 0600
PHYS 0600
Introduction to Physics 2 (5,0,2)(L)
Credits: 4
Campus
ED
PREP
ABE - Provincial: This course is an indepth study of the principles of scientific measurement, vectors, two-dimensional kinematics and dynamics, electrostatics, electromagnetism, vibrations and waves and optics. Physics 0600 is a Provincial level (grade 12 equivalency) physics course. It will prepare students for university, trades and technology programs which require Physics 12 as a prerequisite. The course is primarily theoretical and places an emphasis on the mathematical analysis of physical phenomena and the development of problem solving and experimental skills.
Prerequisite: PHYS 0500 or Physics 11 and MATH 0510 or Principles of Math 11
Note: This course is taught by the University Preparation Department Required Lab: PHYS 0600L
SINC 0500
SINC 0500
Foundations of Science (5,0,2)
Credits: 4
Campus
ED
PREP
ABE - Advanced: This course introduces important basic science concepts relevant to the general or allied health sciences. The principles of chemistry, biology and physics are covered in a manner which emphasizes the links between disciplines. This course will sufficiently strengthen the students' background in science, so that they can further explore their area of interest.
Note: This course is taught by the University Preparation Department Required Lab: SINC 0500L
STSS 0500
STSS 0500
An Introduction to Student Success (6,0,0)
Credits: 4
Campus
ED
PREP
This course is designed for University Preparation students to enhance their learning skills and to promote success in lifelong learning. The course is experiential in nature with practical applications, and includes small group activities designed to improve student success.
Prerequisite: Completion of ENGL 0400 or equivalent
SOSC 0600
SOSC 0600
Introduction to Social Sciences (6,0,0)
Credits: 4
Campus
ED
PREP
This course provides an overview of the following disciplines of social science: Anthropology, Psychology, Political Science, Sociology and History.
Prerequisite: ENGL 0500 or equivalent
Note: This course is taught by the University Preparation Department