CTM100 - Customs and Immigration

Outline info
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Subject Title
Customs and Immigration

Subject Description
This subject provides students with an understanding of Canada Customs, as it pertains to the duties of the Border Services officer, and the Customs Act, as it relates to the movement of persons and goods in and out of Canada. In addition, the student will be provided with an understanding of Employment and Immigration Canada as it relates to the administration and enforcement of the Immigration Act and the regulations, with particular emphasis on the admissibility and inadmissibility of persons entering Canada.

Credit Status
One full credit towards the Customs Professional Certificate Program will be granted upon successful completion of this subject.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

1. Explain and describe the history of the CBSA organization and overall responsibilities and roles of the agency, including the various components of the CBSA.
2. Explain and describe the applicable sections of the various acts that the CBSA enforces and/or administers.
3. Identify and explain the role of the border services officer and the ports of entry and the role of CIC inland.
4. Explain and describe the authorities of a border services officer with respect to arrest, detention, and seizure under various acts.
5. Explain and describe the organization and responsibilities of CIC both inland and at ports of entry.
6. Explain and describe the various role and functions (including differences) of the inland immigration officer and border services officer.
7. Explain and describe the authorities of a border services officer and how they relate to the various acts that the CBSA enforces and/or administers.
8. Identify and explain the disclosure process under the Customs Act and the Privacy Act, including those that permit disclosure to a particular agency.
9. Explain and describe how goods are classified including both prohibited and non-prohibited.
10. Explain and describe some of the various resources, including canine, that the CBSA uses in its enforcement efforts.

Cheating and Plagiarism
Each student should be aware of the College's policy regarding Cheating and Plagiarism. Seneca's Academic Policy will be strictly enforced.

To support academic honesty at Seneca College, all work submitted by students may be reviewed for authenticity and originality, utilizing software tools and third party services. Please visit the Academic Honesty site on http://library.senecacollege.ca for further information regarding cheating and plagiarism policies and procedures.

All students and employees have the right to study and work in an environment that is free from discrimination and/or harassment. Language or activities that defeat this objective violate the College Policy on Discrimination/Harassment and shall not be tolerated. Information and assistance are available from the Student Conduct Office at student.conduct@senecacollege.ca.

Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Disabilities Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.


Topic Outline

  • History and Overview of the CBSA
  • Powers / Authorities / POE
  • Legislation
  • Enforcement actions
  • Classification
  • Personal Search Procedures / Note taking
  • Admissions - Border locations (POE)
  • Admissions - Inland locations 

Mode of Instruction
This subject is delivered online. This may involve the use of digital materials and/or a text, group discussions, interaction with your instructor and online activities.  

Prescribed Texts
Title:                 Introduction to Customs Administration and Procedures
Author:             The Canadian Society of Customs Brokers
Publisher:         Emond Montgomery
Edition:             2009
ISBN:                9781552391419 

Reference Material

Required Supplies

Promotion Policy

Grading Policy
A+ 90%  to  100%
A 80%  to  89%
B+ 75%  to  79%
B 70%  to  74%
C+ 65%  to  69%
C 60%  to  64%
D+ 55%  to  59%
D 50%  to  54%
F 0%    to  49% (Not a Pass)
EXC Excellent
SAT Satisfactory
UNSAT Unsatisfactory

For further information, see a copy of the Academic Policy, available online (http://www.senecacollege.ca/academic-policy) or at Seneca's Registrar's Offices.

Modes of Evaluation
Assignments are due on the dates specified. Should extenuating circumstances arise, please contact your instructor prior to the assignment due date so that an appropriate course of action can be established. Late assignments may be subject to a penalty of up to 10% per week and will not generally be accepted beyond two weeks from the due date.

In cases of cheating or plagiarism, the College Academic Policy will prevail. Please ensure that all assignments and reports are properly documented.

Students are referred to the following website for Seneca College Library style guides, Academic Honesty Policy and Copyright guidelines: http:/senecacollege.ca/library

Dates for evaluations are specified in the weekly schedule addendum to this outline. The evaluation process may include, but is not limited to, tests, exams, assignments or presentations. Any absences or missed submissions due to medical or other reasons must be supported by medical or other appropriate documentation within one (1) week of the due date. The faculty and program area must be notified immediately in the event of a missed evaluation. Upon acceptance of the documentation, the weighting of the missed deliverable will normally be applied to the final exam.

English Competency

The ability to communicate effectively is essential for success in business. Therefore, you must demonstrate English competency in this course in both oral and written work. Ensure your written work includes correct sentence structure, spelling and punctuation. Always spell check, edit and proofread your work.

Grading is based on the following marking scheme:

Quiz 1 10%
Quiz 2 10%
MidTerm Test 25%
Assignment 10%
Discussion Forums (Participation) 20%
Final Exam * 25%

* Final Exams: The final exam for online courses must be written at the Test Centre of the College at which you registered. If you are unable to do so, please make alternative arrangements through the College at which you registered. All the academic policies of the College at which you registered apply. This includes, but is not limited to policies related to grading, supplemental exams, deferred exams and accommodations. 

Please retain this course outline document for future educational and/or employment use.

Program Manager:
Emiliano Introcaso

Approved by: Chair - Business Studies Danielle Mercier