NSCC Open Textbook Catalogue

This catalogue contains NSCC Open Textbook Titles that have been authored or adapted at NSCC and Open Textbooks being used by NSCC instructors.

All titles hosted on NSCC Pressbooks.

101 results
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Nutrition and Labelling for the Canadian Baker

CC BY (Attribution)   English

Author(s): The BC Cook Articulation Committee

Subject(s): Baking

Publisher: BCcampus

Last updated: 09/08/2022

This book is intended to give students a basic understanding of nutritional information and labelling in the baking industry. In particular, there is a focus on Canadian regulations regarding labelling and merchandising of baked goods, as well as baking for customers with special diets, allergies, and intolerances.

Nutrition and Labelling for the Canadian Baker is one of a series of Culinary Arts books developed to support the training of students and apprentices in British Columbia’s food service and hospitality industry. Although created with the Professional Cook and Baker programs in mind, these have been designed as a modular series, and therefore can be used to support a wide variety of programs that offer training in food service skills.

Other books in the series include:

  • Basic Kitchen and Food Service Management
  • Food Safety, Sanitation, and Personal Hygiene
  • Human Resources in the Food Service and Hospitality Industry
  • Meat Cutting and Processing for Food Service
  • Modern Pastry and Plated Desserts
  • Understanding Ingredients for the Canadian Baker
  • Working in the Food Service Industry
  • Workplace Safety in the Food Service Industry

The series has been developed collaboratively with participation from public and private postsecondary institutions.


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Music and the Child

CC BY-NC-SA (Attribution NonCommercial ShareAlike)   English

Subject(s): Music, Education, Early childhood care and education

Publisher: Open SUNY Textbooks

Last updated: 09/08/2022

Children are inherently musical. They respond to music and learn through music. Music expresses children’s identity and heritage, teaches them to belong to a culture, and develops their cognitive well-being and inner self worth. As professional instructors, childcare workers, or students looking forward to a career working with children, we should continuously search for ways to tap into children’s natural reservoir of enthusiasm for singing, moving and experimenting with instruments. But how, you might ask? What music is appropriate for the children I’m working with? How can music help inspire a well-rounded child? How do I reach and teach children musically? Most importantly perhaps, how can I incorporate music into a curriculum that marginalizes the arts?

This book explores a holistic, artistic, and integrated approach to understanding the developmental connections between music and children. This book guides professionals to work through music, harnessing the processes that underlie music learning, and outlining developmentally appropriate methods to understand the role of music in children’s lives through play, games, creativity, and movement. Additionally, the book explores ways of applying music-making to benefit the whole child, i.e., socially, emotionally, physically, cognitively, and linguistically.

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Math for Trades Volume 2

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Author(s): Chad Flinn, Mark Overgaard

Subject(s): Applied mathematics, Traditional trades, crafts and skills, Building skills and trades, Mathematical foundations, Mathematics

Publisher: BCcampus

Last updated: 09/08/2022

The Math for Trades: Volume 2 textbook continues where the first volume left off. Volume 2 increases the challenge with topics such as converting units, working with equations, perimeter, area and volume. Once again the material is presented from a trades perspective with easy-to-understand examples and videos explanations accompanying questions. The goal of this volume is to take the material you learned in Math for Trades: Volume 1 and apply it to more advanced topics that you may encounter during your trades training.

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Math for Trades Volume 1

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Author(s): Chad Flinn, Mark Overgaard

Subject(s): Mathematics, , Applied mathematics

Publisher: BCcampus

Last updated: 09/08/2022

Download FREE digital formats or read online.The <em>Math for Trades: Volume 1</em> textbook represents the building blocks for math training. The book includes whole numbers, fractions, decimals, and percents. The material is presented from a trades perspective with easy-to-understand examples and video explanations accompanying questions. The goal of this volume is to get students prepared for the more advanced topics that they will encounter during their trades math education.
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Mastering Strategic Management - 1st Canadian Edition

CC BY-NC-SA (Attribution NonCommercial ShareAlike)   English

Author(s): Janice Edwards

Subject(s): Business and Management, Business strategy, Management: leadership and motivation,

Publisher: NSCC

Last updated: 09/08/2022

Teaching strategic management classes can be a very difficult challenge for professors. In most business schools, strategic management is a “capstone” course that requires students to draw on insights from various functional courses they have completed (such as marketing, finance, and accounting) to understand how top executives make the strategic decisions that drive whether organizations succeed or fail. Many students have very little experience with major organizational choices. This undermines many students’ engagement in the course.

Our book is designed to enhance student engagement. A good product in any industry matches what customers want and need, and the textbook industry is no exception. It is well documented that many of today’s students are visual learners. To meet students’ wants and needs (and thereby create a much better teaching experience for professors), our book offers the following:

  • Several graphic displays in each chapter that summarize key concepts in a visually appealing format. Chapter 1 “Mastering Strategy: Art and Science”, for example, offers graphic displays on (1) the “5 Ps” of strategy; (2) intended, emergent, and realized strategies; (3) strategy in ancient times; (4) military strategy; and (5) the evolution of strategic management as a field of study. The idea for the graphic displays was inspired by the visually rich and popular series on business published by DK Publishing.
  • Rich, illustrative examples drawn from companies that are relevant to many students. As part of our emphasis on examples, the chapters use several companies as examples to bring various concepts to life. In Chapter 1 “Mastering Strategy: Art and Science”, Apple is used as the ongoing example.
  • A “strategy at the movies” feature in each chapter that links course concepts with a popular motion picture. In Chapter 1 “Mastering Strategy: Art and Science”, for example, we describe how The Social Network illustrates intended, emergent, and realized strategies.
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Introduction to Sociology - 2nd Canadian Edition

CC BY (Attribution)   English

Subject(s): Sociology, , ,

Last updated: 09/08/2022

Introduction to Sociology adheres to the scope and sequence of a typical introductory sociology course. In addition to comprehensive coverage of core concepts, foundational scholars, and emerging theories, we have incorporated section reviews with engaging questions, discussions that help students apply the sociological imagination, and features that draw learners into the discipline in meaningful ways. Although this text can be modified and reorganized to suit your needs, the standard version is organized so that topics are introduced conceptually, with relevant, everyday experiences.

For the student, this book is based on the teaching and research experience of numerous sociologists. In today’s global socially networked world, the topic of Sociology is more relevant than ever before. We hope that through this book, students will learn how simple, everyday human actions and interactions can change the world. In this book, you will find applications of Sociology concepts that are relevant, current, and balanced.

For instructors, this text is intended for a one-semester introductory course and includes these features:

  • Sociological Research: Highlights specific current and relevant research studies.
  • Sociology in the Real World: Ties chapter content to student life and discusses sociology in terms of the everyday.
  • Big Picture: Features present sociological concepts at a national or international level.
  • Case Study: Describes real-life people whose experiences relate to chapter content.
  • Social Policy and Debate: Discusses political issues that relate to chapter content.
  • Section Summaries distill the information in each section for both students and instructors down to key, concise points addressed in the section.
  • Key Terms are bold and are followed by a definition in context. Definitions of key terms are also listed in the Key Terms, which appears at the end of each chapter.
  • Section Quizzes provide opportunities to apply and test the information students learn throughout each section. Both multiple-choice and short-response questions feature a variety of question types and range of difficulty.
  • Further Research: This feature helps students further explore the section topic and offers related research topics that could be explored.
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Introduction to Psychology [Lumen/OpenStax]

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Author(s): OpenStax, Lumen Learning

Subject(s): Psychology

Publisher: NSCC

Last updated: 09/08/2022

Provides an important opportunity for students to learn the core concepts of psychology and understand how those concepts apply to their lives. A comprehensive coverage of core concepts is grounded in both classic studies and current and emerging research, including coverage of the DSM-5 in discussions of psychological disorders. Incorporates discussions that reflect the diversity within the discipline, as well as the diversity of cultures and communities across the globe.

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Introduction to Psychology

CC BY-NC-SA (Attribution NonCommercial ShareAlike)   English

Author(s): Charles Stangor, Jennifer Walinga

Subject(s): Psychology, ,

Publisher: BC Campus

Last updated: 09/08/2022

This book is designed to help students organize their thinking about psychology at a conceptual level. The focus on behaviour and empiricism has produced a text that is better organized, has fewer chapters, and is somewhat shorter than many of the leading books. The beginning of each section includes learning objectives; throughout the body of each section are key terms in bold followed by their definitions in italics; key takeaways, and exercises and critical thinking activities end each section.

To facilitate learning outcomes, three techniques have been used:

  1. Chapter openers.The focus on behaviour begins each chapter with an opener showcasing an interesting real-world example of people who are dealing with behavioural questions and who can use psychology to help them answer those questions. The opener is designed to draw the student into the chapter and create an interest in learning about the topic.
  2. Psychology in everyday life.Each chapter contains one or two features designed to link the principles from the chapter to real-world applications in business, environment, health, law, learning, and other relevant domains. For instance, the application in Chapter 7 “Growing and Developing” — “What Makes a Good Parent?” — applies the concepts of parenting styles in a mini handbook about parenting, and the application in Chapter 4, “Brains, Bodies, and Behaviour,” is about the difficulties that left-handed people face performing everyday tasks in a right-handed world.
  3. Research focus.Empiricism is also emphasized throughout, but without making it a distraction from the main story line. Each chapter presents one or more close-ups on research — well-articulated and specific examples of research within the content area, each including a summary of the hypotheses, methods, results, and interpretations. This feature provides a continuous thread that reminds students of the importance of empirical research. The research foci also emphasize the fact that findings are not always predictable ahead of time (dispelling the myth of hindsight bias) and help students understand how research really works.

In short, the authors  have attempted to bring psychology to life in ways that really matter to students while, at the same time, maintaining content and conceptual rigor, with a strong focus on the fundamental principles of empiricism and the scientific method.

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Introductory Business Statistics with Interactive Spreadsheets – 1st Canadian Edition

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Author(s): Mohammad Mahbobi, Thomas K. Tiemann

Subject(s): Business studies: general, , Probability and statistics

Last updated: 09/08/2022

Introductory Business Statistics with Interactive Spreadsheets – 1st Canadian Edition is an adaptation of Thomas K. Tiemann’s book, Introductory Business Statistics. This new edition still contains the basic ideas behind statistics, such as populations, samples, the difference between data and information, and sampling distributions as well as information on descriptive statistics and frequency distributions, normal and t-distributions, hypothesis testing, t-tests, f-tests, analysis of variance, non-parametric tests, and regression basics. New topics include the chi-square test and categorical variables, null and alternative hypotheses for the test of independence, simple linear regression model, least squares method, coefficient of determination, confidence interval for the average of the dependent variable, and prediction interval for a specific value of the dependent variable.

This new edition also allows readers to learn the basic and most commonly applied statistical techniques in business in an interactive way — when using the web version — through interactive Excel spreadsheets. For each topic, a customized interactive template has been created within which selected values can be repeatedly changed to observe how the entire process, as well as the outcomes, are automatically adjusted.

Also, in this adapted edition, the real-world examples throughout the text, and the information in general, have been revised to reflect Canadian content.

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Fundamentals of Heat, Light & Sound

CC BY (Attribution)   English

Author(s): Lumen Learning, OpenStax

Subject(s): Physics, Optical physics, Applied physics

Last updated: 09/08/2022