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Science Summer Transition Program: Module Descriptions

The five-week summer modules are designed to help you feel confident in starting university this fall. Each module will cover the core concepts and material that are required for first year university study. Please note that these courses do not take the place of grade 12 biology, math, physics, or chemistry.  Instead, they are a review of high school content that is fundamental to succeeding in university-level science courses.  

For more details about the topics that will be covered in each module, please see below:

The University Experience

Day(s): Mondays, August 3 to September 3, 2021
Time: 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM (EST)

The University Experience Module is designed to help students develop and/or enhance essential skills that they will use in most of their university courses. In this module each unit will review strategies for:

Week 1:  Note-taking and academic reading

Week 2: Effective studying and the myths of multi-tasking

Week 3: Maintaining Academic Integrity in In-class and Online Environments

Week 4: Writing and Research Strategies

Week 5: Professional Communications with Professors and Peers


Day(s): Mondays, July 19 to August 20, 2021
Time: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM (EST)

Week 1: Biological macromolecules I [Carbohydrates & Proteins]

Week 2: Biological macromolecules II [Lipids & Nucleic acids]

Week 3: Cell Biology [Prokaryote vs Eukaryote cell structure, Mitosis, Meiosis]

Week 4: Molecular Biology [Eukaryotic DNA Replication, Transcription, Translation]

Week 5: Evolution [Natural selection, Adaptation, Convergent and Divergent evolution]

Each module (each week) will include:

Asynchronous teachingSynchronous teaching
Lecture notes
Taped lectures
Assignments (quizzes, crossword puzzles and other fun-with-learning activities)
Evaluations (objective- and subjective-type questions)
Meeting the students 3 hours every week via Zoom to discuss specific topics from the modules which need emphasis and also to discuss queries from the students related to the modules/ lecture notes and assignments/ evaluations.


Day(s): Wednesdays & Fridays, July 19 to August 20, 2021
Time: 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM (EST)

Week 1:  Experimentation and Measurement
Scientific method; Physical and chemical changes and properties; Experimentation and measurement: Measurement: mass, length temperature; Derived Units: density, Volume; Accuracy, precision, and significant figures; Rounding numbers; Unit conversion; Problem solving; Estimation.

Week 2: Atoms and Elements
Building blocks of matter; Laws supporting the atomic theory: The Conservation of Mass and the law of Definite Proportions; Law of multiple proportions and Dalton’s Atomic Theory; Atomic Structure: electrons, protons, and neutrons; Atomic numbers, isotopes, and ions; Atomic weights and the mole; Periodic table of elements

Week 3: Molecules, Compounds and Nomenclature
Chemical Bonds: ionic and covalent; Representing compounds: chemical formulas and molecular models; Formulas and names; Formula mass and mole concept for compounds; Percent composition and empirical formulas

Week 4: Chemical Reactions and Stoichiometry
Chemical equation; Balancing chemical equations; Chemical arithmetic: Stoichiometry; Limiting Reactants, Theoretical yield, Percent yield; Solution concentration and solution stoichiometry

Week 5: Reactions in Aqueous Solution
Solutions and solubility; Precipitation reactions; Acid-base reactions; Oxidation-reduction reactions

This course will offer students a solid review of high school material that will not be explicitly covered in university courses again but is the fundamental knowledge students need in order to succeed in their first-year chemistry courses. Students will deepen their understanding of chemistry through the review of atomic theory, chemical bonding, molecules and compounds, chemical reactions and stoichiometry, solutions and solubility, precipitation reactions, acid-base reactions, and oxidation-reduction reactions. Throughout all the units, a large emphasis will be placed on developing systematic problem-solving skills.

Math Essentials

Day(s): Tuesdays & Thursdays, July 19 to August 20, 2021
Time: 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM (EST)

Week 1:  Exponents, factoring and rational expressions

Week 2: Solving linear/quadratic equations and inequalities

Week 3: Exponential and logarithmic functions

Week 4: Trigonometry

Week 5: Limits and an introduction to derivatives

Throughout the course, we will be also discussing study skills and mathematical problem-solving strategies to help best prepare you for your university mathematics course. 


Day(s): Tuesdays & Thursdays, July 19 to August 20, 2021
Time: 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM (EST)
Drop-in tutorials on Wednesdays from 8:00 - 9:00 PM (EST)

Week 1:  1-D motion. 1-dimensional motion is described including acceleration and force using constant gravity as an example. Angular (radian) measurements and a second example of 1-dimensional motion described in the case of rotation about a fixed point.

Week 2: Momentum and Energy. Conservation and relationships in energy and momentum. Rotational energy and torque.

Week 3: Graphing. Graphing in linear motion including interpretation of graphical data with calculus. Basic derivatives and integrals will be introduced using 1-D motional examples

Week 4: Astronomy. Newtonian gravitation and orbital motion. Introduction to astronomy.

Week 5: Oscillatory motion. Introduction to waves and oscillatory motion. Sound and linearly polarized light will be used in a series of demonstrations.