ECP130 - Law for Communications Operators

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Subject Title
Law for Communications Operators

Subject Description
This subject introduces students to the Canadian legal system, including criminal and provincial offences. Students learn how laws are created and their application at the federal, provincial and municipal levels. Specific legislation applying to Emergency Communications Services will be examined, along with their direct impact on the role of Emergency Communication Operators. Students will also become familiar with administrative law and the importance of procedural applications.

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. Explain the English common law system and the other origins of Canadian law.
  2. Describe the legislative processes for all three levels of Government in Canada.
  3. Demonstrate the origins of the Canadian Constitution with emphasis on the Charter of Rights and Freedom.
  4. Identify the structure and format of the Canadian Criminal Code.
  5. Apply the elements of selected criminal offences.
  6. Identify the structure and format of various provincial statutes, including the Police Services Act, Coroners Act, Mental Health Act, and Ambulance Act.
  7. Identify the purpose of administrative law and its application to organizational procedures, business cases, and briefing notes.
  8. Identify the structure and levels of the Canadian court and tribunal system.

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