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Open Studies

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Length: Maximum of 30 credits Delivery: Classroom or Online

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Courses in this program are delivered online (OS,OA) for the Summer 2021 semester.
For Fall 2021, courses are delivered online (OS, OA) or on-campus (OF/CLAS).
Learn more about our course delivery options

Overview

In the Open Studies program, students choose from a wide range of credit courses to explore their interests and aptitudes, enabling better-informed program and career choices as they develop strong study skills and earn post-secondary credits.

It offers students the flexibility to design their studies around multidisciplinary interests or focus their studies in one discipline area that interests them most. This program builds a well-rounded foundation for further education at SAIT with readily transferable courses.

The lesser of 50% of the credits within the credential being sought or a maximum of 30 credits can be applied from the Open Studies program to a future credential at SAIT.

Is this program the right fit for me?

To be successful in this program, you should:

  • invest your energy into your coursework and attend all your classes in a timely fashion. Students who attend all of their classes do better on assignments and tests
  • access free SAIT student services such as tutoring, learning strategy workshops, appointments with a learning strategist and student counselling services
  • review course listings and prepare for courses you are taking. 

English language proficiency

Open Studies students are more likely to be successful if they have an English language proficiency level that is appropriate for the courses in which they are enrolled.

Most require a proficiency level equivalent to at least a Canadian Language Benchmark Assessment (CLBA) score of 8 in all categories, or an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) band score of 6 in all categories. 

Credentials

No credential is awarded in Open Studies. Credits obtained in this program may be applied towards credentialed programs at SAIT.

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Career opportunities

Complete Open Studies courses in order to get a head start on your education, to reduce course load once in a credentialed program or to determine which career path best suits you.

You may also take courses for general interest or for personal or professional development.

Cost per course*

1.5 credit course: $315 - $450
3.0 credit course: $630 - $900

1.5 credit course (International): $1,103 - $1,575
3.0 credit course (International): $2,205 - $3,150

All courses will be charged ancillary fees regardless of the delivery method.

*Tuition, fees, books and supply costs are subject to change

Costs
Tuition and financial aid

Requirements

English proficiency is an institutional requirement at SAIT. It is a student’s responsibility to ensure that they have the necessary pre-requisites for the courses they want to enroll in.

Space is limited, so apply early!

When can you apply? 

Applications are accepted until the program start date but are subject to change.

  • Applications for fall 2021 open Oct. 7, 2020
  • Applications for winter 2022 open March 31, 2021
  • Applications for spring 2022 open on June 14, 2021.
Classes begin Year start date
Spring 2021 May 10, 2021
Summer 2021 July 5, 2021
Fall 2021 Sept. 7, 2021
Winter 2022 Jan. 10, 2022

How to apply

Why choose SAIT?

SAIT will focus on your future. Begin in Open Studies and explore curriculum from programs in our eight academic schools — business, construction, energy, health and public safety, hospitality and tourism, information and communications technologies, manufacturing and automation and transportation.

Admission Requirements

Admission and selection

  • Fall 2021 start: applications open Oct. 7, 2020.
  • Winter 2022 start: applications open March 31, 2021.
  • Spring 2022 start: applications open on June 14, 2021. 

Admission requirements

English Proficiency is an institutional requirement at SAIT. It is a student’s responsibility to ensure that they have the necessary pre-requisites for the courses they want to enroll in.

How to apply for Open Studies

Step 1: Apply to Open Studies and submit your transcripts and/or anticipated final grades.

Step 2: Ensure that you meet all of the admission requirements listed above and you meet the pre-requisites for courses.  

Step 3: Find out how to monitor your application status after you apply.

Courses

Note: To register in the following courses, students must be admitted into either the Open Studies Program or in another main academic program at SAIT.

To find the description for the courses shown below, please go to our course finder.

All courses
Course code Course name Pre-requisites Credits Cost tier
ACCT-215 Introductory Financial Accounting I None 3.0 1
ANPH-209 Anatomy and Physiology  None 3.0 1
ANPH-220 Anatomy and Applied Terminology None 3.0 3
BCMP-225 Business Productivity Tools and Technology None 3.0 1
BFIN-255 Personal Financial Planning None 3.0 1
BIOL-2220 Organisms and their Relationships None 3.0 2
BLAW-300 Business Law None 3.0 1
BMAT-230 Business Mathematics None 3.0 1
COMM-209 Business Communications None 1.5 3
COMM-238 Technical Communications I None 3.0 1
COMM-256 Professional Communications and Presentation Skills None 3.0 2
COMM-288 Technical Communications II COMM-238 3.0 1
COMM-3310 Presentations COMN-220 OR COMM-1070 3.0 2
COMM-352 Communicating in the Workplace None 1.5 1
COMM-405 Industrial Communications None 3.0 1
COMM-415 Professional Communications None 1.5 1
COMN-220 Communication and Presentation Skills None 3.0 1
COMN-280 Communication and Presentation Skills II COMN-220 3.0 1
COMP-213 Computing for Engineering Technology None 3.0 1
COMP-220 Computer Fundamentals None 3.0 1
COMP-261 Applied Digital Technologies None 1.5 1
COMP-264 Introduction to Digital Productivity Applications None 1.5 1
COMP-267 Introduction to Digital Productivity Applications and Web Design None 1.5 1
DYNA-265 Dynamics None 1.5 1
ECON-250 Microeconomics None 3.0 1
ECON-305 Macroeconomics None 3.0 1
ENGL-205 Grammar and Proofreading None 3.0 1
ENGL-3370 Comparative World Literature COMN-220 OR COMM-1070 3.0 2
ENVS-2010 Environmental Science for Sustainability None 3.0 2
HILA-200 Health Information Law I None 1.5 3
INFC-215 Infection Prevention and Control None 1.5 1
LEGA-205 Keyboard Skill Building None 3.0 1
LEGL-200 Introduction to Law None 3.0 1
LEGL-210 Corporate Law None 3.0 1
LEGL-260 Litigation Law I None 3.0 1
LEGL-270 Real Estate Law I LEGA-205 and LEGL-200 3.0 1
LIBR-200 Introduction to Libraries None 1.5 1
MATH-1011 Technical Mathematics I None 3.0 1
MATH-206 Mathematics for Printers I None 1.5 1
MATH-237 Mathematics for Technologists None 3.0 1
MATH-238 Math for Engineering & Tech I None 3.0 1
MATH-262 Technical Mathematics I None 3.0 1
MATH-280 Calculus for Technologists Math-237 3.0 1
MATH-288 Mathematics for Engineering & Technology II MATH-238 3.0 1
MEDL-354 Medical Laboratory Technology Quality Management None 1.5 1
MEDT-211 Medical Terminology I None 1.5 1
MEDT-250 Medical Terminology II ANPH-209 and MEDT-211 OR ANPH-220 1.5 1
MGMT-244 Fundamentals of Information and Records Management None 3.0 1
MKTG-260 Marketing Essentials None 3.0 1
MKTG-275 Marketing You None 3.0 1
MNGT-200 Introduction to Business None 3.0 1
MNGT-250 Organizational Behaviour None 3.0 1
MNGT-255 Introduction to Management None 3.0 1
PATH-242 Pathophysiology I None 3.0 1
PATH-252 Pathophysiology II PATH-242 and ONE of ANPH-209 OR ANPH-220 3.0 1
PHIL-241 Critical Thinking None 3.0 1
PHIL-3010 Ethics None 3.0 2
PHYS-235 Engineering Physics None 1.5 1
PREP-200 Academic Preparation and Career Exploration None 3.0 1
PROF-201 Professional Practice I None 3.0 1
PROF-240 Healthcare Professionalism None 1.5 3
SCIE-2230 Science of Health and Wellness None 3.0 2
SCIE-2240 Science of Past Present Future None 3.0 2
SCMT-255 Introduction to Supply Chain Management None 3.0 1
SOCI-3060 Technology and Society None 3.0 2
SOCI-3340 Society and the Workplace None 3.0 2
SOCI-3380 Conformity and Deviance in the Workplace None 3.0 2
STAT-245 Statistics for Engineering and Technology I None 3.0 1
STAT-270 Quantitative Methods None 3.0 1
STAT-3110 Statistics for Science and Engineering MATH-1110 OR MATH-1111 3.0 1
STAT-4010 Research Methods None 3.0 2
STCS-255 Engineering Statics None 1.5 1
General courses
Course code Course name Pre-requisites Credits Cost tier
ENGL-205 Grammar and Proofreading ENGL 30-1 3.0 1

Included in the following SAIT program(s):

ENGL-3370 Comparative World Literature  Either COMN 220 or COMM 1070 3.0 2

Included in the following SAIT program(s):

PHIL-241 Critical Thinking None 3.0 1

Included in the following SAIT program(s):

PHIL-3010 Ethics None 3.0 2

Included in the following SAIT program(s):

PREP-200 Academic Preparation and Career Exploration ENGL 30-1 3.0 1
This course is a career exploration and academic preparation course, designed for students who feel the need to explore their options before committing to a longer-term program. 

Business and communications courses
Course code Course name Pre-requisites Credits Cost tier
ACCT-215 Introductory Financial Accounting I None 3.0 1

Included in the following SAIT programs(s):

BCMP-225 Business Productivity Tools & Technology None 3.0 1

Included in the following SAIT programs(s):

BFIN-255 Personal Financial Planning None 3.0 1

Included in the following SAIT programs(s):

BLAW-300 Business Law None 3.0 1

Included in the following SAIT programs(s):

COMM-209 Business Communications ENGL 30-1 1.5 3

Included in the following SAIT programs(s):

COMM-238 Technical Communications I  ENGL 30-1 3.0 1

Included in the following SAIT program(s):

COMM-256 Professional Communications and Presentation Skills ENGL 30-1 3.0 2

Included in the following SAIT program(s):

COMM-288 Technical Communications II COMM 238 3.0 1

Included in the following SAIT program(s):

COMM-352 Communicating in the Workplace None 1.5 1

Included in the following SAIT program(s):

COMM-405 Industrial Communications None 3.0 1

Included in the following SAIT program(s): 

COMM-415 Professional Communications None 1.5 1

Included in the following SAIT program(s):

COMM-3310 Presentations Either COMN 220 OR COMM 1070 3 2

Included in the following SAIT program(s):

COMN-220 Communication and Presentation Skills  ENGL 30-1 3.0 1

Included in the following SAIT program(s):

COMN-280 Communication and Presentation Skills II COMN 220 3.0 1

Included in the following SAIT program(s):

ECON-250 Microeconomics None 3.0 1

Included in the following SAIT programs(s):

ECON-305 Macroeconomics None 3.0 1

Included in the following SAIT programs(s):

LEGA-205 Keyboard Skill Building None 3.0 1

Included in the following SAIT programs(s):

LEGA-200 Introduction to Law None 3.0 1

Included in the following SAIT programs(s):

LEGA-210 Corporate Law None 3.0 1

Included in the following SAIT programs(s):

LEGA-260 Litigation Law I None 3.0 1

Included in the following SAIT programs(s):

LEGA-270 Real Estate Law I LEGA-205 and LEGL-200 3.0 1

Included in the following SAIT programs(s):

MKTG-260 Marketing Essentials None 3.0 1

Included in the following SAIT programs(s):

MKTG-275 Marketing You None 3.0 1

Included in the following SAIT programs(s):

MNGT-200 Introduction to Business None 3.0 1

Included in the following SAIT programs(s):

MNGT-250 Organizational Behaviour None 3.0 1

Included in the following SAIT programs(s):

MNGT-255 Introduction to Management None 3.0 1

Included in the following SAIT programs(s):

SCMT-255 Introduction to Supply Chain Management None 3.0 1

Included in the following SAIT programs(s):

SOCI-3060 Technology and Society None 3.0 2

Included in the following SAIT program(s):

SOCI-3340 Society and the Workplace None 3.0 2

Included in the following SAIT program(s):

SOCI-3380 Conformity and Deviance in the Workplace None 3.0 2

Included in the following SAIT program(s):

Math and science courses
Course code Course name Pre-requisites Credits Cost tier
BIOL-2220 Organisms and their Relationships None 3.0 2

Included in the following SAIT program(s):

BMAT-230 Business Mathematics MATH 20-1, 30-2 or better 3.0 1

Included in the following SAIT program(s):

DYNA-265 Dynamics None 1.5 1

Included in the following SAIT program(s):

ENVS-2010 Environmental Science for Sustainability None 3.0 2

Included in the following SAIT program(s):

MATH-206 Math for Printers I None 1.5 1

Included in the following SAIT program(s):

MATH-237 Mathematics for Technologists None 3.0 1

Included in the following SAIT program(s):

MATH-238 Math for Engineering & Tech l MATH 30-1 3.0 1

Included in the following SAIT program(s):

MATH-262 Technical Mathematics I None 3.0 1

Included in the following SAIT program(s):

MATH-280 Calculus for Technologists MATH-237 3.0 1

Included in the following SAIT program(s):

MATH-288 Mathematics for Engineering & Technology ll MATH 238 3.0 1

Included in the following SAIT program(s):

MATH-1011 Technical Mathematics l MATH 20-1 3.0 1

Included in the following SAIT program(s):

PHYS-235 Engineering Physics MATH 30-1 1.5 1

Included in the following SAIT program(s): 

SCIE-2240 Science Past Present Future MATH 20-1 and any Science 20 level course 3.0 2

Included in the following SAIT program(s):

SCIE-2230 Science of Health and Wellness None 3.0

Included in the following SAIT program(s):

STAT-245 Statistics for Engineering and Technology I MATH 30-1 or MATH 30-2 3.0 1

Included in the following SAIT program(s):

STAT-270 Quantitative Methods  MATH 30-1 or MATH 30-2 3.0 1

Included in the following SAIT program(s):

STAT-3110 Statistics for Science and Engineering MATH-1110 or
MATH-1111
3.0 1

Included in the following SAIT program(s): 

STAT-4010 Research Methodologies None 3.0 2

Included in the following SAIT program(s):

STCS-255 Engineering Statics  PHYS 20 1.5 1

Included in the following SAIT program(s):

Technology and information courses
Course code Course name Pre-requisites Credits Cost tier
COMP-213 Computing for Engineering Technology None 3.0 1

Included in the following SAIT program(s):

COMP-220 Computer Fundamentals  None 3.0 1

Included in the following SAIT program(s):

COMP-261 Applied Digital Technologies  None 1.5 1

Included in the following SAIT program(s):

COMP-264 Introduction to Digital Productivity Applications None 1.5 1

Included in the following SAIT program(s):

COMP-267 Introduction to Digital Productivity Applications and Web Design None 1.5 1

Included in the following SAIT program(s):

LIBR-200 Introduction to Libraries None 1.5 1

Included in the following SAIT program(s):

MGMT-244 Fundamentals of Information and Records Management None 3.0 1

Included in the following SAIT program(s):

Health and medical courses
Course code Course name Pre-requisites Credits Cost tier
ANPH-209 Anatomy & Physiology None 3.0 1

Included in the following SAIT program(s):

ANPH-220 Anatomy and Applied Terminology None 3.0 3

Included in the following SAIT program(s):

HILA-200 Health Information Law I None 1.5 3

Included in the following SAIT program(s):

INFC-215  Infection Prevention & Control None 1.5 1

Included in the following SAIT program(s):

MEDT-211 Medical Terminology I None 1.5 1

Included in the following SAIT program(s):

MEDT-250 Medical Terminology II ANPH 220 or MEDT 211 and ANPH 209 1.5 1

Included in the following SAIT program(s):

MEDL-354 Medical Laboratory Technology Quality Management None 1.5 1

Included in the following SAIT program(s):

PATH-242 Pathophysiology I None 3.0 1

Included in the following SAIT program(s):

  • Health Information Management
PATH-252 Pathophysiology II ANPH 220 and PATH 242
3.0 1

Included in the following SAIT program(s):

PROF-201 Professional Practice 1 None 3.0 1

Included in the following SAIT program(s): 

PROF-240 Healthcare Professionalism None 1.5 3

Included in the following SAIT program(s):

Costs

The following costs are based on a single 1.5 or 3.0 credit course. Additional fees including health and dental are assessed based on the course delivery and the number of courses taken at a time. 

The cost tier for each course is listed alongside each course within the Courses tab.

2021/22 domestic cost per course

Course credits Tier 1 Tier 2 Tier 3
1.5 $315 $375 $450
3.0 $630 $750 $900

2021/22 international cost per course

Course credits Tier 1 Tier 2 Tier 3
1.5 $1,103 $1,313 $1,575
3.0 $2,205 $2,625 $3,150

SAIT Fees

The following fees are based on a two-semester full course load structure. Fees for part-time programs will be assessed based on the number of courses taken within a semester.

Campus athletic and recreation Fee: $183.20
Universal transit pass (UPass): $310 - check eligibility
Student support fee: $150
Student technology fee: $150

SAIT Students' Association (SAITSA) fee: $287.77

Health and Dental Fees

Domestic Students 

  • Health Plan: $122
  • Dental Plan: $130
  • For students with existing health and/or dental plans, please refer to the Saitsa website for information on opting out.

International Students 

  • Health and Dental Plan: $252
  • For more information on Health and Dental Benefits for International students please contact the  International Centre.

Books and supplies*

  • Books and supplies are approximately $1,000 - $1,500 per full-time year.
  • For an estimate of the costs associated with purchasing a device that meets the hardware and software requirements, see our computers and laptops page.

Find out about tuition and financial aid.

*Tuition, fees, books and supply costs are subject to change.

Next steps for incoming students

Have you been accepted to this program? Here's what you'll need for your first day of classes.

Fall 2021

Orientation

Your program orientation will take place on Aug.31. Watch your inbox for the time and location.
Learn more about our SAIT-wide orientation activities.

How to register for classes

You'll follow an open registration process to enrol in your classes. Learn how to register on our registration and schedules page.

Computers and laptops

This is a bring your own device program with a standard hardware and software requirement. See the specific requirements on our computers and laptops page

Preparation courses

To support your success, two short courses are available to you to help prepare you for the academic year: 
PERS 050: Student Rights and Responsibilities
This course is designed to introduce you to student rights and responsibilities at SAIT. You will learn about SAIT's rich and diverse community, become familiar with guidelines and procedures that create a safe, respectful learning experience for you, and gain practical tips for how you can engage in the SAIT community in a positive and responsible way. PRES-050 must be completed within 30 days from the start of the semester.
PREP 100: The SAIT Experience
Get tips and insider information on time management, exam preparation, effective notetaking and more through this free, online short course for new students. Plus, learn about discussion boards, online communication and submitting assignments online. Course completion is recommended by the end of your first semester.
Part-time students may register by emailing academic.coaching@sait.ca.

Required textbooks

Find your booklist on the SAIT Bookstore's website. The spring and summer booklists will be available closer to the program start date.

Can't find your program or course? The bookstore didn't receive a textbook list. Contact your program directly to determine if they're still refining course details or if you're in luck, no textbook is required this term.

Contact 

Phone: 403.284.8923
Email: open.studies@sait.ca

Academic chair

Sandie Cheney, Academic Chair
Email:  sandie.cheney@sait.ca

Next steps for all students

Here's what else you'll need to do to get ready!

Next steps for accepted students

Important dates and deadlines

Find important dates applicable to all students, including your transcript and tuition payment deadlines on our Important Dates page.

Important Dates

Have questions about this program?

Contact us at

Open Studies
403.284.8923
open.studies@sait.ca

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