Applied Arts


Our goal is to prepare our students with a good foundation in Business, enabling them to be ready to advance to the next level of learning. All students of Rick Hansen Secondary School shall be given an opportunity to make sound choices after high school, be it work, college or university! Our students will learn and enjoy school more if they know that there are opportunities waiting for them. We believe in giving students quality OPPORTUNITIES with positive OUTCOMES.

Entrepreneurship & Marketing 10

Entrepreneurship & Marketing 10 is an introductory business course. These include business communications, economics, finance, marketing, and entrepreneurship. Entrepreneurship & Marketing 10 introduces students to the world of business within the local and global community and the various opportunities within it. While taking this course, students will develop computer skills and other economic survival skills necessary in today’s fast changing society.

Accounting 11

This is an introductory but rigorous course surrounding the concepts of accounting and its role in business. Students will learn basic debit and credit theory, explore financial statements such as the income statement, balance sheet and the general journal. In addition, students will look into different career paths available in accounting.  This course is best suited for students seeking a strong understanding of accounting concepts as well as students looking to study business at a post- secondary institution.

Marketing & Promotion 11

You are exposed to different forms of marketing every single day! In Marketing 11, you will learn the basics of marketing, the power it has, and how to use it to market your own business. The world of marketing is changing every single day with new technology coming out. You will take a close look at marketing methods that are in demand and how you can use them in your favour ethically. You will learn how powerful of a tool your phone can actually be. Something that is at your fingertips every single day can be used to start a business and live the life you dream. You will be learning different forms of social media, how to use them effectively and how to monetize them. Social media that you will be working with includes Instagram, Youtube and Snapchat. In addition, you will be taking opportunities to market and promote with the local community, use the initial market research process, and learning how corporations and brands hold so much influence.

Financial Accounting 12

In this intermediate Accounting course, we build on some of the basic concepts learned in Accounting 11. Students will explore, in detail, the relationships among assets, liabilities, and owner’s equity in addition to detailed analysis of expense accounts such as cost of goods sold. By the end of this course, students will have a strong grasp of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles and their application in different situations. Financial Accounting 12 is best suited for students looking to study business or accounting at a post-secondary institution.

Entrepreneurship 12

This course is designed to encourage students to explore, identify and develop the characteristics of a successful entrepreneur. Students will be given the opportunity to recognize business opportunities and sources of financial advice. As well as understand the need for goal setting, decision making, risk assessment, and creativity. Students will also be required to complete a business plan for a venture. The study of Entrepreneurship is fun and exciting. Celebrate your successes, learn from your mistakes, gain experience from involvement in the Entrepreneurial processes and make the most of your journey.

E-Commerce 12

School of Business only

Do you want to learn how to run an online business?  Do you have an idea that you want to implement right away? E-Commerce 12 is an introductory business course what will look at the theory and practice of how business is done online.  In addition to exploring how Instagram, Snapchat, YouTube and Facebook are changing the face of business, the course will cover entrepreneurship opportunities, economics of e-commerce, distribution channels and cyber marketing.

Home Economics

Food Studies 9

In Food Studies 9, students learn how to cook and bake using the design process which includes trial and error learning through prototyping. Skills of self-reflection and critique are introduced. This is a highly practical participation-based course where students cook approximately half of the time in class. Students will explore food in this course on a culinary adventure around the world, learning about different ethnic cuisines generally including: Mexican, Italian, First People’s cuisine, and a variety of Asian culinary traditions.

Food Studies 10

In Food Studies 10, students learn how to cook and bake using the design process which includes trial and error learning through prototyping. Skills of self-reflection and critique are introduced. This is a highly practical participation-based course where students cook approximately half of the time in class. Students will explore themes of sustainability and the “eat local” movement in this course; local ingredients will be showcased in our cooking labs.

Food Studies 11

In Food Studies 11, students further expand their understanding of design thinking by emphasizing the initial stages of the design process: Understanding Context, Ideating, and Defining. Students will leave this course with the ability to modify existing recipes and create their own. This is a highly practical participation-based course where students cook approximately half of the time in class.

Interpersonal and Family Relationships 11

This course is recommended for students who want to pursue a career in social and youth work or counselling; it is also a beneficial course for any student who wants to learn about healthy interpersonal relationships. In this course students learn to create service design opportunities for individuals and families across the lifespan. They will explore factors involved in interpersonal relationships, including types, roles, and functions, as well as, the nature of committed relationships, including the influences of community and culture. Other core elements of the course include the components of healthy relationships and how to thrive and reciprocate in a variety of interpersonal relationships and identify indicators of unsafe relationships.

Food Studies 12

In Food Studies 12, students further expand their understanding of design thinking by emphasizing the initial stages of the design process: Understanding Context, Ideating, and Defining. Students will leave this course with the ability to modify existing recipes and create their own. This is a highly practical participation-based course where students cook approximately half of the time in class.  Students will be challenged to think like a developing chef or home-cook.

Child Development and Caregiving 12

This course is recommended for students who want to pursue a career in social and youth work, counselling, psychology, childcare, or education; it is also a beneficial course for any student who plans to be a parent in the future. In this course students learn the stages of child development from birth to age 12, including cognitive, social, physical, and emotional development, and language and speech. Students will also explore the various theories of child development, including cultural influences, and how and why theories change over time. An emphasis on healthy living and best practices for children will be included in this course.

Applied Skills 

Peer Tutoring 11 & 12

This course is for Grade 11 & 12 students who have a desire to learn about and experience the challenges and opportunities that are 'alive' in teaching and learning. As a peer tutor, students are to be exemplars of curiosity, self-initiation, strong work ethic, punctuality, and a collaborative disposition. Students taking this course will have a deep desire to help their peers meet the learning targets in the subjects they are studying. The course includes units in: (1) roles and responsibilities of peer tutors, (2) ethics in and of education, (3) factors that impact students' achievement, (4) developing study habits, (5) and instructional theory, practice and design. The course also includes a practicum experience during which peer tutors support the work of the teacher. The aims of the practicum include providing the peer tutor the opportunity develop skills, abilities and understandings needed to work in 'helping' professions and to provide specific, strategic and appropriate assistance other students. Students in grade 12 also have the opportunity to earn 'volunteer hours' by participating in the 'after-school/lunchtime' peer tutoring program.

Yearbook 10, 11 & 12

This course is open to grade 10, 11 and 12 students. Knowledge and skills to create the school yearbook will be learned. Students, through hands-on work, learn the various aspects of yearbook production including page design and layout, desktop publishing, digital photography, graphic design, copywriting and marketing. These skills transfer easily to other areas of the curriculum and post-secondary courses that require report writing, presentation layout and photography.

Physical Education Leadership 10-12

Enrollment by instructor approval only. The grade 1-0-12 students in this course will work in teams to plan, promote, and run the intramural activity program during the lunch break. They will also be responsible for special activity days throughout the school year. 

Psychology 11

Psychology 11 investigates how perception and our senses, development, emotions, anxiety and environment can have an impact on human behavior such as personality, memory and mental health. This course focuses on learning through scientific inquiry, connecting psychological case studies to present world issues and investigating strategies of identification/understanding /coping/treatments. Our Core Focus is on hypothesizing, critical thinking, communication, relevance and reflection.

Leadership 10, 11 & 12

Do you want to have fun, learn about what it means to be a good leader, plan school events and impact your school and community in a positive way? Do you want some meaningful volunteer experience to put on your resume and University applications? Then consider joining Student Leadership. We are looking for new members for the upcoming year and if you are the type of person who is a: team player, takes initiative, follows through on commitments, is responsible, friendly, enthusiastic and are available to volunteer outside of school time, in the school and in the community for a minimum of 20 hours (10 hours per semester), then Leadership could be a great fit for you! As a linear course, the goal of leadership is to develop your communication, organization, planning and employment skills to their full potential while practicing each on a daily, weekly and monthly basis. Each of you will be asked to put your skills into motion through developing and promoting school spirit and culture at Hansen! In addition, you will be making valuable connections within the school and community that will enable you to demonstrate your leadership role. How will you make your time here at RHSS count? How will you fill these halls?


Look around the world we live in.  Everything we touch and see can be drawn and designed.  Did you ever wonder how architects and engineers produce blueprint drawings? In Drafting & Design courses you will learn auto-CAD, Inventor and Revit, the same computer programs used in these professions and many others.  You will learn the basic types of technical drawings and how to draw them on the computer.  Mechanical drafting styles will be used to draw machine parts and the like.  Architectural drafting styles will be used to draw house plans.  By the end of the course you will be able to draw the complete set of plans needed to build a house, 3D solid models, 3D animations and fully rendered layouts.  These courses are valuable for students looking to go into engineering at university.  Unleash the designer in you!!!  Take Drafting & Design

Students can start in grade 9, 10, 11 or 12!  There are three levels of Drafting & Design classes to choose from.  In grade 9 or 10, students start by taking Drafting 9/10. If a student wishes to start in grade 11 or 12, they can do so by taking Drafting & Design 11.  As student progress towards Drafting & Design 12 they are presented with open-ended project based learning opportunities.  These fun and engaging courses open the doors to the world of design and rapid digital prototyping.

Drafting and Design is rated one of the top three high school design programs in British Columbia and #1 in the Fraser Valley.  (*Based on results from 2008 Skills Canada Competition.)   


This course introduces the student to the hand tools and power tools found in industry and in a good home hobby shop.  The safe and best way to use the tools is learned while confidence is developed in this safe environment.  Students can make small tables, cabinets, chairs, pictures and mirror frames, and lathe projects such as bowls, trays, judges’ gavels and more. 


This course reinforces the safe use of tools and equipment.  More advanced projects especially in furniture making and cabinet making are introduced.  We also make projects for the school and community such as display cases and theatre scenery and props.


This course is geared towards students who are creative and like working with hand tools.  Various aspects of woodcarving, veneering, fretwork and intarsia will be covered in this class and students will build various projects of their own choice and design.  Students who took Woodwork 10 and enjoyed it will now be able to take this in-depth course that will allow students to learn in-demand craftsmanship skills. 


This course allows the students to continue to build a variety of projects, specializing in a favourite area of carpentry work.  This is a directed studies course where the student sets out a plan for this course.  The teacher and student ensure that the Provincial Learning Outcomes for the C & J course are met.


This course continues with the designing and creating of motorized vehicles.  Students will work in teams to construct a mini-bike using shop materials and engines.  Theory will involve steering geometry, gear ratios, and engine principles along with safe welding techniques.  Finished ‘works’ will be test driven and evaluated on design and function.  An important course if you are planning to take Auto 11.


This course is the introduction to motorcycle and automotive technology.  Students learn theory, basic shop safety and hands-on repair all in a true ‘auto shop’ setting.  The students will work school, students and customer’s vehicles while learning safe shop practices.  If motorcycles interest you, there will be a number on hand needing repair work.  A great course for someone wanting to know more about the car or bike you own.


Recommendation:  Automotive Technology 11.  Open to Grade 12’s who have taken Auto 11.  This course is geared for those students who truly enjoy working on cars, trucks, motorcycles, etc.  While Auto 11 covers the topics of how a car works, Auto 12 gives the students a more challenging hands-on experience along with the appropriate theory.  Braking systems, auto electrical, transmissions and emissions are just a few of the topics covered.  Since the basics were covered in Auto 11, a great deal of time will be spent in the shop working on projects.

AUTOMOTIVE TECHNOLOGY 12 – Engine and Drivetrain

Recommendation:  Automotive Technology 12.  For those students who have a passion for anything mechanical or are planning a career in the automotive industry, this course is a must.  This course is a shop learning experience where students will demonstrate their learning by working on motors and transmissions and is almost exclusively hands-on.  This course is usually offered in the second semester in order that any student who has taken Automotive Technology 12 may be able to register for this course.


From metal furniture to decorative art, this course offers an opportunity to learn the technical and artistic aspects of creating practical and decorative projects out of metal.  This course is open to those who have taken metal work course before as well as those who have not.  Students start with small projects, learning the technical processes necessary for creation of major projects. Students help to evaluate their projects, with the help of the teacher, based on the selected elements and principles of artistic design.  

METAL FABRICATION & MACHINING 12 – Art Metal & Jewellery

Recommendation:  Metal Fabrication and Machining 11 (Metal 11A).  The focus of this course is metal fabrication.  It is open to students who have attained a “B” in Metal Fabrication 11 or other students who have a background in art or technology, with teacher permission.