Curriculum Guideline

Work Placement

Effective Date:
Course Code
CAEP 0205
Work Placement
Career and Employment Preparation
Applied Community Studies
Start Date
End Term
Not Specified
Semester Length
15 weeks
Max Class Size
Contact Hours
70 to 90 hours per semester, depending on disabling conditions.
Method Of Instruction
Field Experience
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.

Course Description
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.
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.
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.
Textbook Materials



CAEP 0201, 0202, 0203, 0204