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Co-operative Education III

Course Code: COOP 3500
Faculty: Student and Enrolment Services
Department: Co-operative Education
Credits: 9.0
Semester: 14 - 15 weeks at approximately 35 hours per week
Learning Format: Practicum
Typically Offered: TBD. Contact Department Chair for more info.
course overview

This co-operative education course is designed for BBA students to help meet their work experience degree exit requirement by contributing towards the work placement (500 hours) requirement where students, with the support of an Academic Advisor, will apply and expand learned academic transferable and program specific skills. Students will develop and use job search skills. Students will set learning outcomes for the work experience and will complete both a written or oral report outlining the nature and tasks of the work experience, detailing what they learned, and articulating how their academic and workplace experiences are connected particularly as related to the ten broad BBA learning outcomes. A student who successfully completes Coop 1100 plus one of Coop 1200, 2300 or 2400 plus this course, Coop 3500, is eligible for a Co-operative Education designation on her/his transcript for her/his degree.

Course Content

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 and reset goals 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    Written or Oral Report

5.1    synopsis of the organization, your position, and your responsibilities

5.2    outline of what you learned on the job as related to the ten broad BBA learning outcomes

5.3    prepared to meet industry and college standards in terms of writing and presentation skills

Methods of Instruction

Independent learning through a program-related work placement with support given by a program coordinator and worksite mentor.

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
Written or oral reports are completed based on given criteria

Employer’s evaluation is satisfactory based on given criteria

Program Coordinator’s evaluation is satisfactory based on given criteria

Learning Outcomes

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. Complete either an oral or written report based on defined criteria.

course prerequisites

Completion of an approved diploma + submission of designated application and job search documents + a cumulative grade point average of 2.33.

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.

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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.