• Overview - 2018/2019

    The field of Public Safety offers rewarding career opportunities to individuals who are committed to serving and protecting our community.

    With so many diverse possibilities available, it can be a challenge to choose which area of public safety is right for you. Fanshawe's Public Safety Fundamentals is a one-year College Certificate program designed to get you started on your academic journey. In order to assist in identification of a particular field of Public Safety, this program offers a common first semester where you will explore the variety of opportunities in the field of safety and identify which specific area you wish to pursue. In the second semester you enter into one of three streams namely: Justice, Protection and Policing OR Legal OR Fire, so you may focus your studies on the area of public safety you are interested in.

    You will build strong skills in communication, human behaviour, law and ethics, physical fitness, and sensitivity training. You will develop knowledge in specific public safety disciplines, such as justice, protection, policing, law, fire inspection and fire safety education, to help prepare you for entry-level employment in public safety related fields or for future studies in public safety career programs. The program also offers excellent preparation for diploma programs in the School of Public Safety, namely: Police Foundations, Law Clerk and Fire Inspection and Fire Safety Education.

    Program coordinator:

    Stacey Pipicelli, B.A., ASQ-CSSGB
    E-mail: spipicelli@fanshawec.ca
    Phone: 519-452-4430 x5051

  • Admission Requirements - 2018/2019

    OSSD with courses from the College (C), University (U),
    University/College (M), or Open (O) stream
    OR
    Academic and Career Entrance Certificate (ACE) 
    OR
    Ontario High School Equivalency Certificate (GED)
    OR
    Mature Applicant with appropriate preparation

    English Language Requirements

    Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to demonstrate proficiency in English by one of the following methods:

    • A Grade 12 College Stream or University Stream English credit from an Ontario Secondary School, or equivalent, depending on the program's Admission Requirements
    • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) test with a minimum score of 550 for the paper-based test (PBT), or 79 for the Internet-based test (iBT), with test results within the last two years
    • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic test with an overall score of 6.0 with no score less than 5.5 in any of the four bands, with test results within the last two years. SDS Program Requirements. 
    • Canadian Academic English Language (CAEL) test with an overall score of 60 with no score less than 50 in any of the four bands, with test results within the last two years
    • Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE) with a minimum score of 53, with test results within the last two years
    • A Cambridge English Test (FCE/CAE/CPE) with an overall score on the Cambridge English Scale of 169 with no language skill less than 162, with test results within the last two years
    • An English Language Evaluation (ELE) at Fanshawe College with a minimum score of 70% in all sections of the test, with test results within the last two years
    • Fanshawe College ESL4/GAP5 students: Minimum grade of 80% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 8, 75% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 9, or 70% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 10

    Recommended Academic Preparation

    •  Any Grade 11 or Grade 12 Health and Physical Education Course (C) or (O)
    •  Any Grade 10, Grade 11 or Grade 12 Computer course(s) (O) or (C)

    Recommended Personal Preparation

    • Students should develop personal responsibility and leadership traits by participating in school and social organizations in positions such as cadets, prefect or student government

    • Ability to communicate and work in groups

    • Students should develop effective writing and speaking skills

    • A knowledge of and interest in the field of Public Safety

    Applicant Selection Criteria

    Where the number of eligible applicants exceeds the available spaces in the program, the Applicant Selection Criteria will be:
    1. Preference for Permanent Residents of Ontario
    2. Receipt of Application by February 1st (After this date, Fanshawe College will consider applicants on a first-come, first-served basis until the program is full)
    3. Achievement in the Admission Requirements
  • Courses

    Public Safety Fundamentals-2018/2019

    Level 1-Mandatory Credits
    Take all Level 1 - Mandatory Courses
    Take 1 Additional Subrequirement (Justice, Fire or Legal)
    PSYC-1106Human Behaviour for Public Sfty Services3
    Human behaviour and its understanding play a vital role in dealing with the public and in providing safety services effectively. This course offers students insight into a variety of human behaviours and related situations namely; peoples response to crisis, triage, stress in an emergency situation, fight or flight response, pain deflection and shock, and self-awareness of one's own behaviour as a public safety provider.
    COMP-1496Computer Fundamentals3
    To be effective in both college courses and employment, computer and software application skills are essential. Introductory computer concepts included in this course include: file management, internet searches and sites, Microsoft Suite: (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), email use, editing of work, and typing skill test (wpm).
    DEVL-1044Student Success Strategies2
    College readiness and career fundamental skills and strategies are the focus of this course. Students will develop their research skills in order to identify and select the stream of public safety they will pursue in Level 2 of this program. They will also be exposed to self-assessments of aptitudes, emotional self-awareness and social-skills, goal setting, time management, note-taking, test preparation strategies and managing college life.
    COMM-1122Document Use in Public Safety3
    The focus of this course is on documents used in Public Safety. Document use requires the user to find and use the information that they need and to then construct information presentation as required namely: graphs, maps, images, schedules, schematics, labels, lists forms and tables. Specific skills required in effective information presentation include: correct grammar, spelling, sentence structure and punctuation. The student will be required to complete public safety documents, use critical analysis and understanding of what goes where, present the information as required and appreciate the legal aspect of PS documents. Opportunity to write the WRIT test upon completion of this course will be available.
    SOCI-1076Ethics & Social Responsibility3
    This course addresses the ethical implications of working in the field of public safety and social responsibility of such employment. Ethical decision-making models and principles will be discussed so as to offer support to students in identifying and responding to ethical issues in their personal and professional lives. The public service culture, ethical fundamentals, social responsibilities and effects of volunteerism will be explored through student participation in volunteering.
    LAWS-1072Canadian Legal System3
    This course will provide an overview of the Canadian legal system with focus on Public Safety. Legislation and its application to public safety will be explored through presentation of how laws are created, federal and provincial legislation, criminal versus civil legislation, the Public Safety Act and the legal systems that are in place to protect the safety of members of the public. Specific public safety field legislations will be addressed.
    MATH-1194Practical Career Math3
    Building a sound foundation in math is important for both college and career success. This course includes basic arithmetic operations, fundamental operations and equations, basic arithmetic skills, problem solving, fractions, decimals, and exponents with focus on career specific applications related to the field of public safety. To this end, the final 2 modules of the course will include for the student progressing into Level 2 Fire Stream: basic trigonometry and geometry and for the student progressing into Level 2 Police or Legal Streams: both applications of ratios and percent, and basic statistics and probability. Students will take a pre and post diagnostic test during the course to assist in their self-determination of which level 2 stream of study in the Public Safety Fundamentals program fits their mathematical skill set and strengths.

    Justice


    Group 1
    DEVL-1043Public Safety Career Readiness4
    Job search skills and documents including a resume, cover letter and career portfolio with focus on a specific field of public safety are completed in this course. Practical career readiness skills developed in this course include cold calls, speaking and presentation skills, interview skills, dressing and dining skills. Students demonstrate proficiency in group dynamics, akin to a team in the Public Safety workforce, when tasked with case studies, presentations and scenarios. Virtual etiquette, protocol in the workplace, and respect for colleagues and supervisors are emphasized as well.
    BSCI-1239Addictions & Mental Health3
    Mental health issues are found throughout all society regardless of age, education, salary or position. As such, those working with the general public in public safety environments must be knowledgeable and compassionate towards both mental health issues and resulting problematic substance use including addictions. This course will offer insight into the field of mental health, the mental illness and disorders realm with identification of the signs, symptoms and appropriate responses. The course also recognizes that in many cases there is a correlation between Mental Illness and Addiction. The course examines this correlation.
    SOCI-1001Sociology & Canadian Society3
    This course is designed to acquaint the student with the sociological perspective and the analysis of social events. Topics of study will include research methodology, culture, socialization, deviance and crime, social inequality, social change, and collective behaviour. The student will also analyze how law enforcement personnel, law enforcement services, and society have benefited from the social sciences.
    SFTY-1058Justice, Protection & Policing3
    The Canadian Criminal Justice System will be the foundational knowledge explored in this course with focus on history, function, role and structure. Case study and experiential learning will be used to facilitate application and analysis of current issues in justice, protection and policing.
    SOCI-1077Sensitivity Training3
    The awareness of our own self and our own prejudices is essential before being able to offer sensitivity to others in the general public. This course provides self-awareness opportunity through personality assessment and self-reflection. Sensitivity training will occur through awareness of diversity education, cultural differences, language barriers and interpretations, gender and sexual orientation, religious practices, and Canadian Human Rights legislation.
    PHRE-1034Public Safety Activities3
    Public safety activities require not only physical fitness but also the knowledge of health and wellness. This course will offer why health and wellness is vital in the field of public safety in addition to developing the student's own physical fitness. Shift work and the effects on health will be discussed, scenarios and physical requirements will be explored and First Responder training and certification will be completed. Physical fitness workouts are a mandatory element of this course as per the field requirements.


    Group 2
    Take PSYC-1001 or WRIT-1089
    PSYC-1001Introduction to Psychology3
    This introductory course in psychology provides students the opportunity to review some of the major theories and research findings from various branches of psychology. Special attention will be given to implications and applications that are specific to issues in policing, law and security. The following topics will be covered: brain and behaviour, sensation and perception, learning, memory, sleep, drugs, stress, social relations, personality, and psychological disorders.
    WRIT-1089Reason & Writing 1 for Public Safety3
    This course will introduce public safety students to essential principles of reading, writing, and reasoning at the postsecondary level. Students will identify, summarize, analyze, and evaluate multiple short readings and write persuasive response essays to develop their vocabulary, comprehension, grammar, and critical thinking.

    Fire


    Group 1
    DEVL-1043Public Safety Career Readiness4
    Job search skills and documents including a resume, cover letter and career portfolio with focus on a specific field of public safety are completed in this course. Practical career readiness skills developed in this course include cold calls, speaking and presentation skills, interview skills, dressing and dining skills. Students demonstrate proficiency in group dynamics, akin to a team in the Public Safety workforce, when tasked with case studies, presentations and scenarios. Virtual etiquette, protocol in the workplace, and respect for colleagues and supervisors are emphasized as well.
    HLTH-1227Workplace Safety & WHMIS for Emergency3
    This course offers assessment of hazards in emergency environments, the measures that need to be taken to avoid accidents and injuries, and the awareness of self-safety when encountering compromised environments. WHMIS training will becompleted.
    MATH-1195Technology Math for Public Safety4
    This course is designed to introduce student to the fundamental concepts of math as they apply to public safety. Students will explore these concepts including: expressions and graphing of exponential, polynomial, trigonometric functions, and applications of geometry. Students successfully completing Math 1195 may fulfill admission requirements for Fanshawe College programs requiring Grade 12 Mathematics for College Technology (MCT4C).
    CHEM-1110Chemistry for Public Safety4
    This course is designed to introduce students to the fundamental concepts of chemistry as they apply to public safety. Students will explore these concepts including: matter, chemical - properties, bonds and reactions, solutions, solubility, gas properties, and chemistry of the atmosphere. Focus will be placed on fire safety and prevention where applicable. Students successfully completing CHEM-1110 may fulfill admission requirements for Fanshawe programs requiring Grade 11 Chemistry, Grade 11 (SCH3U).
    PHYS-1041Physics for Public Safety4
    This course is designed to introduce students to the fundamental concepts of physics as they apply to public safety. Students will explore these concepts with respect to motion; mechanical, electrical, electromagnetic, energy transformation, hydraulic, and pneumatic systems; and the operation of commonly used tools and machines. They will develop their scientific investigation skills as they test laws of physics and solve both assigned problems and those emerging from their investigations. Students will also consider the impact of technological applications of physics on society and the environment. Students successfully completing PHYS-1041 may fulfill admission requirements for Fanshawe programs requiring Grade 12 Physics, Grade 12 (SPH4C).


    Group 2
    Take SOCI-1077, PHRE-1034, WRIT-1089 or PSYC-1001
    SOCI-1077Sensitivity Training3
    The awareness of our own self and our own prejudices is essential before being able to offer sensitivity to others in the general public. This course provides self-awareness opportunity through personality assessment and self-reflection. Sensitivity training will occur through awareness of diversity education, cultural differences, language barriers and interpretations, gender and sexual orientation, religious practices, and Canadian Human Rights legislation.
    PHRE-1034Public Safety Activities3
    Public safety activities require not only physical fitness but also the knowledge of health and wellness. This course will offer why health and wellness is vital in the field of public safety in addition to developing the student's own physical fitness. Shift work and the effects on health will be discussed, scenarios and physical requirements will be explored and First Responder training and certification will be completed. Physical fitness workouts are a mandatory element of this course as per the field requirements.
    WRIT-1089Reason & Writing 1 for Public Safety3
    This course will introduce public safety students to essential principles of reading, writing, and reasoning at the postsecondary level. Students will identify, summarize, analyze, and evaluate multiple short readings and write persuasive response essays to develop their vocabulary, comprehension, grammar, and critical thinking.
    PSYC-1001Introduction to Psychology3
    This introductory course in psychology provides students the opportunity to review some of the major theories and research findings from various branches of psychology. Special attention will be given to implications and applications that are specific to issues in policing, law and security. The following topics will be covered: brain and behaviour, sensation and perception, learning, memory, sleep, drugs, stress, social relations, personality, and psychological disorders.

    Legal


    Group 1
    DEVL-1043Public Safety Career Readiness4
    Job search skills and documents including a resume, cover letter and career portfolio with focus on a specific field of public safety are completed in this course. Practical career readiness skills developed in this course include cold calls, speaking and presentation skills, interview skills, dressing and dining skills. Students demonstrate proficiency in group dynamics, akin to a team in the Public Safety workforce, when tasked with case studies, presentations and scenarios. Virtual etiquette, protocol in the workplace, and respect for colleagues and supervisors are emphasized as well.
    COMP-1497Computer Applications: Legal3
    Computer applications as pertain to legal work will be introduced in this course. The skills, applications and software that the student will demonstrate proficiency in are: Microsoft Suite: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, OneNote, virtual library research, printing (printer use skills e-filing, scanning, sending complex docs to printer), formatting documents in Word and Excel, schedule meetings using Outlook, typing skills in Word and wpm count, scribing / minute taking in Word, legal letter, memo drafting and legal transcription.
    LAWS-1073Fundamentals of Legal Documentation3
    Documentation in the legal world is of paramount importance. This course will serve to introduce the student to the fundamentals of legal document use through: Formatting appropriate to legal documents, Citations - Legal (McGill Guide), MLA and APA, Legal Materials - Statutes, Cases, Regulations, Secondary Sources, Basic legal research concepts and skills necessary in the creation of certain documents, Legal terminology, Creation of documents from scratch, Appropriate document layout for legal versus other formats e.g. Medical, Tracking - Review and Citation functions in Microsoft Word, and creation of Table of Contents.
    LAWS-1074Canadian Government: Legal System Focus3
    This course will take a detailed look at the Canadian Legal System. Focus will be on the history of Canadian law, Canadian Constitution, rights and freedoms in Canada, the judicial structure, civil and criminal cases, the many courts and their differing levels / jurisdictions.
    BUSI-1068Effective Meetings & Presentations3
    This course covers the concepts, skills, and techniques for running effective business meetings and makingeffective presentations. Course material covered is applicable to all business sectors and audiences of all types and sizes. Emphasis is placed on learning appropriate strategies and multi-media techniques and applying them toindividual and group work assignments with business and non-business topics. Students learn to effectively incorporate computer applications like PowerPoint and digital media tools into business meetings and presentations. Students develop life-long strategies for dealing with presentation anxiety and stress.
    SOCI-1077Sensitivity Training3
    The awareness of our own self and our own prejudices is essential before being able to offer sensitivity to others in the general public. This course provides self-awareness opportunity through personality assessment and self-reflection. Sensitivity training will occur through awareness of diversity education, cultural differences, language barriers and interpretations, gender and sexual orientation, religious practices, and Canadian Human Rights legislation.


    Group 2
    Take PSYC-1001 or WRIT-1089
    PSYC-1001Introduction to Psychology3
    This introductory course in psychology provides students the opportunity to review some of the major theories and research findings from various branches of psychology. Special attention will be given to implications and applications that are specific to issues in policing, law and security. The following topics will be covered: brain and behaviour, sensation and perception, learning, memory, sleep, drugs, stress, social relations, personality, and psychological disorders.
    WRIT-1089Reason & Writing 1 for Public Safety3
    This course will introduce public safety students to essential principles of reading, writing, and reasoning at the postsecondary level. Students will identify, summarize, analyze, and evaluate multiple short readings and write persuasive response essays to develop their vocabulary, comprehension, grammar, and critical thinking.

    Residency-Mandatory
    Students Must Complete a Minimum of 11 credits in this
    program at Fanshawe College to meet the Program Residency
    requirement and graduate from this program

  • Careers - 2018/2019

    Career Opportunities

    The Public Safety Fundamentals (PSF) program is designed to provide opportunities for students to experience post-secondary public safety studies in a supportive environment. The intent of the program is to facilitate internal pathways between the PSF program and career programs within the School of Public Safety. Graduates will proceed to programs in the School of Public Safety as their next step towards employment. Given the fundamental skills achieved throughout the program, graduates will be better prepared for entry level employment opportunities if they chose to pursue employment instead of further studies. If you are looking for a solid first step in exploring your future School of Public Safety career program, and establishing a strong foundation year of academic studies, this program is for you!
  • More Information - 2018/2019

    A One-Year Ontario College Certificate Program
    Program Code: PSF1
    Campus Code: LC (LC - London)
    September Admission
    15 week terms
    Academic Calendars available at
    www.fanshawec.ca/academicdates

    Contact

    School of Public Safety: 519-452-4207

    Program Description

    The Public Safety Fundamentals (PSF) program is a one-year preparatory studies certificate program designed to provide opportunities for students to experience post-secondary public safety studies in a supportive environment. The program provides a pathway for those students interested in pursuing a career in the field of public safety, mature applicants returning to school, and applicants who are seeking further information prior to making a public safety program choice. The PSF program is delivered in two – 15 week semesters offering combined in-class, blended and online courses, and incorporating experiential learning.

    The program is designed to provide students with the opportunity to build a strong knowledge base in fundamental public safety skills relevant to, and in preparation for, their chosen public safety program. Skills in communication, human behaviour, law and ethics, physical fitness, sensitivity training and knowledge of specific public safety disciplines (e.g., Justice, Protection & Policing, Legal) will prepare the student for entry level employment in public safety related fields or for future studies in public safety career programs. This certificate program’s focus is to instill an appreciation of the professional roles, responsibilities and academic requirements of public safety disciplines. In the program, students will develop skills and strategies they can use to master the challenges of post-secondary education and those found in the workplace. Students will also participate in self-assessments of aptitudes and skills, labour market assessments, job search techniques and strategies, and the writing of employment search correspondence and resumes. The concept of professional portfolios will be introduced.

    In the first level of the program, given the foundational nature of the program, the curriculum will focus on fundamental skills in areas such as strategies for college success, communications, practical math, computer basics, human behaviour and ethics. In the second level of this program, students will be required to select and follow one of the School of Public Safety program streams such that the student’s second level studies aligns with their School of Public Safety (SoPS) diploma program goal.

    The following program streams of study are available:

    Justice, Protection and Policing: Designed for students interested in pursuing a justice, protection or policing career program in the School of Public Safety.

    Legal: Designed for students interested in pursuing a legal career program in the School of Public Safety.

    Fire: Designed for students interested in pursuing a career in fire sciences.

    Students interested in pursuing a career in emergency telecommunications may choose either the Legal or Justice, Protection and Policing program stream for Level 2.

    Students who successfully complete the program may receive additional consideration when applying for admission to public safety and other career programs.

    Important Note: Students need to be aware that the preferred designated preparatory program for the Paramedic Program is the Pre-Health Sciences Pathway to Advanced Diplomas and Degrees program.

    Other Information

    • Applicants should be aware that a Police Record Check and Vulnerable Sector Screening, including a check of the Pardoned Sexual Offenders Database are required for many Public Safety Careers.

    • Applicants should be aware that certain physical fitness standards are required in some Public Safety Careers.

    Learning Outcomes 
    1. Develop an education and career plan within the range of field of public safety professions, including the preparation of resumé and cover letter;
    2. Identify major theoretical models associated with the study of human behaviour to explain their potential impact on public safety;
    3. Evaluate various aspects of the changing society and the impact of these changes on personal and social responsibility for citizens and public safety workers;
    4. Select and use relevant and appropriate terminology when communicating with other public safety providers;
    5. Apply concepts from one of the following areas of scientific study in order to demonstrate relevance to a field of public safety: chemistry, anatomy, biology, ecology, climatology, computer science;
    6. Identify current policies, procedures and legislation in Canada's legal system as pertains to the field of Canadian Public Safety;
    7. Compare and contrast the professional roles of a specific public safety stream.

    Program Pathways

    For information about Pathways visit www.fanshawec.ca/programpathways 
    • Internal pathways within Fanshawe College: The intent of the Public Safety Fundamentals program is to facilitate internal pathways between the PSF program and career programs primarily within the School of Public Safety. Students may also be eligible for other career programs at Fanshawe College.
    • External pathways to and from Fanshawe College: The Public Safety Fundamentals program will provide sound college readiness skills and career of preference research such that a graduate from this program could also select from other provincial Public Safety college programs.
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