ESTR 037 - Intermediate-Level Essential Skills for Trades

Strong essential skills are critical for student success in NLC's Foundational Trades programs. This course imparts Intermediate-Level Essential Skills for NLC Foundational Trades that require Grade 10 ability. Skills in reading text and document use are acquired through an emphasis on numeracy and science, including whole numbers, decimals, fractions, percentages, ratio and proportion, measurement and conversion, geometry, and mechanical science.

 

Hours: 120 (Seminars/Tutorials: 120)

 

Total Weeks:  20

 

Prerequisites:
(1) Minimum “C” or equivalent in ENGL 026 or in English Language Arts 9 or Intermediate-Level placement on the CCP English Assessment
AND
(2) Minimum “C” or equivalent in MATH 026 or in Mathematics 9 or Intermediate-Level placement on the CCP Math Assessment.

 

Non-Course Prerequisites: 
None

 

Co-requisites: 
None

 

Course Content:
Module 1: Intermediate Numeracy for Trades:
Whole Numbers
-addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, order of operations
Decimals
-addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division of decimals
Fractions
-addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division of fractions
-converting fractions to decimals and decimals to fractions
-changing improper fractions to mixed numbers and vice versa
-common denominators
Percentages
-converting between fractions, decimals, and percentages
-calculation of percentage increases and decreases
Ratio and Proportion
-simplification of ratios
-calculation of direct and indirect proportions
-comparison of two rates
Measurement and Conversion
-reading imperial and metric tape measures
-conversion between metric and imperial measurement
-conversion between squared units (area) and cubed units (volume) of measurement
Introduction to Geometry
-angle measurement
-area, perimeter, and volume
Module 2: Intermediate Reading Text and Document Use for the Trades
Reading Text:
-reading strategies
-messages, memos, letters, and short reports
-reading directions
-reference and technical material in sentence and paragraph form
Document Use:
-forms, schedules, and bulletins
-data collection
-warning signs, symbols, and labels
-graphs and charts
-reference and technical material in words, numbers and icons
Module 3: Intermediate Science for the Trades
Mechanical Science:
-force, power, motion, speed, velocity, friction, and torque
-simple machines
-lever operations
-wheels, axles, and pulleys
-inclined planes
-hydraulic jacks and presses

 

Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
Demonstrate Intermediate Essential Skills in numeracy for the trades:
-add, subtract, multiply, and divide whole numbers, decimals, and fractions
-convert fractions to decimals and decimals to fractions
-change improper fractions to mixed numbers and vice versa
-choose common denominators
-convert between fractions, decimals, and percentages
-calculate percentage increases and decreases
-simplify ratios
-calculate direct and indirect proportions
-compare two rates
-read imperial and metric tape measures
-convert between metric and imperial measurement
-convert between squared units (area) and cubed units (volume) of measurement
-measure angles, area, perimeter, and volume
Demonstrate Intermediate Essential Skills in reading text for the Trades:
-explain short instructions and warnings written on signs, labels, and packaging
-apply written instructions about the use, maintenance, and storage of personal protective equipment
-apply written instructions in safety bulletins and material safety data sheets (MSDS)
-explain regulations that govern occupational health and safety
-explain short comments written on technical drawings
-locate information contained in messages, memos, letters and short reports
Demonstrate Intermediate Essential Skills in document use for the trades:
-define icons used in WHMIS, fire control, and other hazard management systems
-define warning and directional signs
-define symbols found on technical drawings
-locate data such as quantities in lists and tables
-review flowcharts to find information
-complete entry forms and other trades documents
Demonstrate Intermediate Essential Skills in mechanical science for the trades:
-explain force, power, motion, speed, and velocity
-calculate units of measurement using either imperial or metric units

 

Grading System:  Percentage

 

Passing Grade:  67%

 

Percentage of Individual Work:  100

 

Additional Course Comments:
Successful completion of ESTR 037 satisfies the academic admission requirements for NLC's Foundational Trades programs that require Grade10 ability. Accordingly, students who successfully complete ESTR 037 will receive a conditional letter of acceptance for one of the following programs:

Automotive Service Technician Foundation  Hairstylist Foundation
Building Maintenance Heavy Mechanical Trades Foundation
Enhanced Carpentry Foundation Oil and Gas Field Operator
Enhanced Millwright Foundation Professional Cook 1 Institutional Entry
Enhanced Plumber Foundation Welder Foundation
Esthetics and Nail Care Technology  

Students must declare their chosen Trade by Week 15 of ESTR 037. 

Text Books:
Textbooks are subject to change.  Please contact the bookstore at your local campus for current book lists.