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Work Experience Practicum

Course Code: CAEP 0310
Faculty: Child, Family & Community Studies
Credits: 5.5
Semester: 15 Weeks
Learning Format: Seminar, Practicum
Typically Offered: TBD. Contact Department Chair for more info.
course overview

This course is designed to provide students with learning difficulties or barriers to education and employment with on the job experience related to their career goals. Students are placed at supervised and supportive worksites in fields that match their interests and abilities. Students are expected to demonstrate and practice appropriate work habits and attitudes while gaining exposure to different work environments.

Course Content

Topics to be explored include:

  • Safework practices
  •  Positive work habits and attitudes
  •  Employability/workplace and interpersonal skills
  •  Goal-setting and self-evaluation of job performance

Methods of Instruction

  • On-site practice and guidance
  • Seminar (small group discussion)

Means of Assessment

This course uses the mastery grading system and will conform to Douglas College policy regarding the number and weighting of evaluations. Typical means of evaluation would include a combination of:

  • Mid-point and final self-assessments
  • Demonstration of skills
  • Regular attendance and participation in class activities

Learning Outcomes

 Upon completion of the course, the successful student will be able to:

  1. Complete various inventories/assessments related to education and employment, and develop and participate in personal, education and career planning
  2. Identify and describe reasonable education / workplace accommodations/adjustments and support
  3. Participate in verbal and non-verbal feedback
  4. Demonstrate positive workplace values
  5. Respond to different forms of feedback positively, considering the information to support positive changes.
  6. Demonstrate organizational skills (e.g. use planning tools, follow schedules, maintain punctuality and attendance)
  7. Participate in work site training orientation
  8.  Identity and evaluate safe and unsafe work sites
  9.  Complete a minimum of one work experience in an identified job, based on interests, skills and abilities when applicable
  10. Set goals and participate in evaluations
  11. Demonstrate appropriate interpersonal skills with supervisors, coworkers and customers
  12.  Develop strategies for getting along with others, co-workers, supervisors, customers and other stakeholders
  13.  Define conflict and demonstrate conflict resolution strategies
  14. Demonstrate effective goal setting and time management skills

course prerequisites

Instructor permission


No corequisite courses


No equivalency courses

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.