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Career Portfolio Development

Course Code: BUSN 4500
Faculty: Commerce & Business Administration
Department: Business
Credits: 1.5
Semester: Hours acquired in the previous five years prior to this course.
Learning Format: Lecture, Seminar, Field Experience
Typically Offered: TBD. Contact Department Chair for more info.
course overview

This course requires students to reflect on both their work and classroom experience to assess their strengths and weaknesses in order to develop a personal road map for their future professional and personal development. This course requires that students have completed 500 hours of work experience, which must be documented and signed off by their supervisor. Students must prepare and present a portfolio that provides evidence from their workplace of applying the eight broad Learning Outcomes of the BBA Program, as well as knowledge and skills specific to their career path. In addition, students must complete a standardized business competency exam.

Course Content

1. Prepare a career portfolio which includes the following:

  • analysis of organizational, technical and interpersonal skills learned in the classroom and utilized in the workplace;
  • reflection on the connection between classroom and practical work experience; and
  • evidence from the work experience demonstrating competence in the eight learning outcomes:

         a.        client services;

         b.        cross cultural teamwork and interpersonal skills;

         c.        written communication;

         d.        oral communication;

         e.        financial analysis and technology;

         f.        problem solving and decision making;

         g.        ethics and leadership; and

         h.        continuous professional development.

2. Prepare and present an oral report using presentation software that includes a brief description of the student's job, demonstration of some of the eight learning outcomes via two robust examples of workplace experiences or accomplishments, and suggestions for improving the BBA program.

3. Complete a standardized business competency exam delivered during the course.

Methods of Instruction

The degree coordinator will monitor students in the completion of their portfolios and make contact with their employers as deemed necessary to ensure successful work experience. Each student will develop a professional quality portfolio and deliver a presentation at the end of the semester. In addition, a standardized business competency test will be completed.

Means of Assessment

Mastery, based upon satisfactory evaluation of ALL of the following:

  1. individual presentation of portfolio using presentation software and meeting the presentation standards specified in the course;
  2. comprehensive career portfolio report, meeting the standards specified in the course;
  3. completion of a standardized business competency exam; and
  4. attendance at course information sessions.

Learning Outcomes

The learner has demonstrated the ability to:

  1. find a suitable placement in an organization which relates to his/her program;
  2. explain how classroom learning experiences are reflected in the workplace;
  3. demonstrate knowledge and skills specific to his/her career path;
  4. prepare a learning portfolio; and
  5. present an oral report that will demonstrate specific work experiences that illustrate mastery of the eight broad learning outcomes in the workplace.

course prerequisites

105 CREDITS towards the BBA.

ENGL 1130 or CMNS 1115 (completion of both is highly recommended).

Note: Professional and quality writing is required for this course.  


500 hours of documented work experience is required prior to completing this course, program related experience preferred.



curriculum guidelines

Course Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this course and do not see a listing for the starting semester/year of the course, consider the previous version as the applicable version.

course schedule and availability
course transferability

Below shows how this course and its credits transfer within the BC transfer system. 

A course is considered university-transferable (UT) if it transfers to at least one of the five research universities in British Columbia: University of British Columbia; University of British Columbia-Okanagan; Simon Fraser University; University of Victoria; and the University of Northern British Columbia.

For more information on transfer visit the BC Transfer Guide and BCCAT websites.


If your course prerequisites indicate that you need an assessment, please see our Assessment page for more information.