ECP130 - Law for Communications Operators

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Subject Title
Law for Communications Operators

Subject Description
This subject will introduce the concepts of the Canadian legal system, including criminal and civil offences. Students will learn how laws are created and its application at the provincial and municipal levels. Legislation pertaining to Emergency Communications Services will be introduced and how it impacts the working individuals. Additionally, effective courtroom witness preparation and presentation skills will be presented and implemented. Since Emergency Communications Operators may be directly impacted by specific legislation while performing their duties, this course will examine individual laws that relate to the release of information and broadcasting restrictions.

Credit Status
This is a 911 & Emergency Services Communications Program prescribed credit.

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

  1. Recognize the origins of law and in particular the evolution of the English Common Law System and its adoption in Canada.
  2. Explain the Canadian government structures and its associated processes.
  3. Describe the legislative processes for all three levels of Government.
  4. Demonstrate the origins of the Canadian Constitution focusing on the Charter of Rights and Freedom.
  5. Identify the structure and format of the Canadian Criminal Code, while consistently emulating and applying the elements of criminal offences.
  6. Identify the structure and format of various provincial statutes.
  7. Illustrate the ability to successfully extract required information from the various statutes. 
  8. Discuss the structure and levels of the Canadian court system.
  9. State the correct conduct and procedure for providing courtroom testimony.

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.

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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.

Mode of Instruction
You will be exposed to a variety of teaching methods including lectures, discussions, class exercises, small group work, and role playing assignments. Students will also undertake the assigned readings and prepare reports/essays on assigned topics. Students must be active participants in the learning process in order to be successful in meeting the learning outcomes of the course.
Important: ECP130 is a hybrid subject which means that not all classes are held in person (check your timetable for details).  A portion of the class learning will take place ONLINE.  Please note that hybrid subjects require a high degree of independent learning and time management skills.

Prescribed Texts
Th Canadian Justice System, An Overview, 3rd edtion
by Paul Atkinson, Lexis Nexis Canada Inc. ISBN# 9780433474555

Reference Material
The Canadian Justice System, Lexis/Nexis, Atkinson, 2nd edition

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 ( or at Seneca's Registrar's Offices.

Modes of Evaluation
Mid-term 15%
Final Exam 25%
Assignments 30% - Court Visit Journal (7%) // Research Paper (15%) // Legislation Presentation (8%)
Online Component 25% – Discussion Board (12%) // Online assignments (13%) // Participation (5%)

Approved by: Sandra Noble