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Work Placement

Course Code: CAEP 0205
Faculty: Child, Family & Community Studies
Credits: 3.0
Semester: 15 weeks
Learning Format: Tutorial, Field Experience
Typically Offered: TBD. Contact Department Chair for more info.
course overview

This placement will provide experience in at least two different work or training environments related to career/job choices. Students will test their ideas, gather information and gain exposure to work sites. Students are also expected to demonstrate and practise appropriate work habits.

Course Content

  1. Introductions and mini interviews.
  2. Appropriate work habits.
    • dress
    • punctuality
    • attendance
    • completing tasks
    • asking for assistance
  3. Following instructions.
  4. Demonstrating initiative.
  5. Solving problems which arise.
  6. Observation of the work place. Identifying norms and cultures of the work place.
  7. Evaluating progress.
  8. Planning for change.
    • evaluation
    • behavioural contract
  9. Follow up and completion.

Methods of Instruction

The student will be placed in a minimum of 2 work or training situations related to career/job choices which are identified in career exploration.  In each situation, the student works according to the policies and procedures of that particular work setting.  Whenever skill level permits the student will undertake tasks as assigned by the work supervisor, the student should also be prepared for some periods of observation, and to ask questions to learn more about the nature and variety of employment options in that work place.

Students will be monitored in their work place by the instructor.  According to individual student need coaching and assistance will also be available.  Feedback will be elicited from the work place supervisor and shared with the student, verbally and in writing.

Following the work placement, students will evaluate their own performance and develop contracts to improve work habits, or make work adjustments as needed.  An assessment will also be made at this time of the appropriateness of the career choice.

Means of Assessment

A mastery model of on-going evaluation will be used.  A student will have completed the course when:

  1. He/she has actively participated in a minimum of two work placements.
  2. He/she has demonstrated appropriate work habits.
  3. He/she has been actively involved in feedback sessions, written and verbal evaluation process, and behavioural contracting as needed.
  4. He/she has demonstrated a willingness to implement identified steps towards improving work habits as necessary.
  5. He/she has completed a work placement report.

Learning Outcomes

  1. To gain exposure to a minimum of 2 work or training situations.
  2. To demonstrate classroom learnings concerning appropriate work habits.
  3. To gather information about selected career/vocational choices.
  4. To demonstrate appropriate interpersonal skills with supervisor and regular employees.
  5. To contribute to the identification of work adjustment needs, and to develop strategies and support to successfully make these adjustments.

course prerequisites

CAEP 0100


CAEP 0201, 0202, 0203, 0204

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.