The qualification categories distinguish between levels of knowledge based on a continuum ranging from the mastery of particular, established bodies of knowledge and skills to levels at the frontiers of knowledge where new knowledge is created and established assumptions and methods are challenged. Each qualification may be seen as a reference point along that continuum. The descriptions of each qualification outline its purpose, typical admission requirements and typical duration.
Overall Program Design and Outcome Emphasis
Programs provide more conceptual sophistication, specialized knowledge and intellectual autonomy. Students learn appropriate applications of conceptual frameworks. Normally require students to prepare, under supervision, a terminal research paper, thesis, project, exhibition, etc. May also require to complete other practice-based exercises intended to develop and demonstrate the student's readiness for employment.
Preparation for Employment and Further Study
For entry into graduate study in the field, second-entry professional degree programs or, depending upon content, employment in a particular field of practice or employment in a variety of fields.
Eight semesters or more. Normally 120 credits or the equivalent. May be supplemented by required professional experience (e.g., supervised practica, internships, work terms, co-ops).
Ontario Secondary School Diploma or equivalent, six university or university/college courses at the Grade 12 level, a minimum average set by the institution and additional requirements as programs require.
Ontario public university/consent holder pursuant to Post-secondary Education Choice and Excellence Act, 2000.
Baccalaureate/Bachelor's Degree: Honours
This section outlines the generic competencies that the holder of each qualification is expected to be able to demonstrate, with a focus on knowledge and skills transferable to the workplace or useful for further study. The descriptors indicate the different categories of competencies, which vary in nature and degree depending on the qualification. The capacity to work creatively and autonomously is required at all levels but in contexts that range from fixed routines to those characterized by ambiguity and uncertainty.
Depth and Breadth of Knowledge
Conceptual & Methodological Awareness/ Research and Scholarship
An understanding of methods of enquiry or creative activity, or both, in their primary area of study that enables the student to:
The ability to communicate information, arguments and analysis accurately and reliably, orally and in writing, to specialist and non-specialist audiences using structured and coherent arguments, and, where appropriate, informed by key concepts and techniques of the discipline.
Application of Knowledge
Awareness of Limits of Knowledge
An understanding of the limits to their own knowledge and ability, and an appreciation of the uncertainty, ambiguity and limits to knowledge and how this might influence analysis and interpretations.