Students will integrate academic studies with a full-time paid work experience in a program related position with an employer organization. Students will apply academic knowledge and acquire more competence through relevant experience in their field of study while completing a 12- to 16- week work term. The work term will be monitored by Co-op faculty. Students will examine how the application of new skills affects their work and their relationships with others in the organization. They will also assess their interest in and attitude towards their field of study. Students will identify and analyze new skills in relation to their work and develop professional learning goals for the term.
Work Term Responsibilities
Students must submit their employer contact details and their contact information to the Career Connection. Students will also develop work term learning goals in 8 key competency areas. Throughout the semester the student will review and refine these goals with their supervisor as well as their Co-op Instructor.
Students will reflect on their learning through a variety of assignments during the work term such as online discussions and reflective journaling. This reflection can include skills and tools you are learning, challenges you are facing, office etiquette issues, complexities in meeting new people, organizational culture insights and more as such things relate to your educational and career goals.
MID TERM SITE VISIT
A site visit will be scheduled for the middle of the semester. The Co-op instructor will attend the student's workplace to discuss (with the student and supervisor) the student’s progress and achievement of learning goals in the 8 competencies. At this time the employer and student can reflect on the learning progress to date in the co-op position.
END OF TERM
The student will meet with their supervisor to discuss their assessment of their competencies and goals they have achieved. The student is responsible for submitting a completed Employer Assessment form to their Co-op instructor that the employer is required to complete. The student also completes an end of term report or project for final evaluation.
WORK TERM GRADING
To achieve a Mastery (passing) grade on a Co-op work term as per KPU's Student Evaluation and Grading Policy, completion of the following is required:
- obtain a rating of satisfactory, or better, on all supervisor and Co-op faculty evaluations; and
- obtain a rating of satisfactory, or better, for all work term assignments
Students must register for their Co-op work term only at the advisement of the Co-op office. Should a student accept a Co-op position and not follow the normal registration procedure, the Co-op office will proceed with manual registration for that student and Co-op work term course.
**All credits earned through the Co-op program apply directly to your Co-op designation. COOP 1101 is a 1-credit academic course; the Co-op work terms (1150, 2150, etc.) are additive credits.