This course is a work placement which occurs in the semester immediately following Co-operative Education I. It enables students to apply and develop more extensively their knowledge and skills prior to returning to their academic program of studies. Over the duration of the paid work placement, students, with the support of a faculty advisor, use and expand transferable job skills and program specific skills. Students set learning objectives for the work experience and complete a work placement project. A student who successfully completes Co-operative Education I and this course will receive a Co-operative Education designation on her/his transcript for her/his diploma.
1.0 Job Search Skills
1.1 write targeted letters of application and resumes which meet college and industry standards
1.2 research potential placement employers
1.3 complete successfully a job interview
2.0 Goal Setting
2.1 set work placement learning objectives
2.2 re-evaluate as situation requires
2.3 analyse success through self-assessment which is communicated to the faculty advisor verbally and in writing
2.4 outline growth and development since previous work placement which is communicated to the faculty advisor verbally and in writing
3.0 Employability Skills
3.1 communicate effectively with coworkers, employer clients/customers, supervisors, and coop representatives
3.2 work effectively as a team member, including resolving conflict
3.3 use critical/creative thinking in decision making and problem solving
3.4 embrace learning opportunities
3.5 represent self and the college professionally and ethically
3.6 develop personal management skills related to time, organization, and stress
3.7 Accept criticism as a vehicle to learning
4.0 Program Specific Skills
4.1 apply learned academic knowledge and skills in the work environment
5.0 Work Placement Project
5.1 choose a topic related to student’s specific program or defined as a need by the employer
5.2 prepare project to industry and college standards
5.3 format to satisfy needs of employer and/or faculty advisor (formal written report, formal presentation, handbook, procedures manual, research paper, users’ manual, for example)
Methods of Instruction
Independent learning through a program-related work placement with support given by a faculty advisor and workplace supervisor.
Means of Assessment
Students will be assigned a grade of MASTERY when ALL of the following are achieved.
Job search documentation and job interview result in a work placement
Work placement learning objectives are defined and fulfilled
Work placement project is completed based on given criteria
Employer’s evaluation is satisfactory based on given criteria
Faculty advisor’s evaluation is satisfactory based on given criteria
At the end of the course, the successful student should be able to
1. Use job search skills to obtain a work placement.
2. Set, re-evaluate, and achieve realistic, measurable learning objectives.
3. Use transferable employability skills effectively.
4. Use program specific skills effectively.
5. Prepare a work placement project to meet college and employer standards.
COOP 1100 + submission of designated application and job search documents + a cumulative grade point average of 2.33 or permission of the Dean.
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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.
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