CPP600 - Co-op Professional Practice

Outline info
Last revision date 2017-05-29 00:27:02.088
Last review date 2017-07-17 00:15:07.745

Subject Title
Co-op Professional Practice

Subject Description
Co-operative (co-op) education is meant to provide learners with the opportunity to integrate academic learning with relevant work experience. It also provides the opportunity to learn more about themselves and their chosen field of study. The purpose of this work term is to enable the learner to make a smooth transition from the academic setting to a work environment.

Credit Status
One credit.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

  1. Identify personal career goals and set appropriate learning objectives.
  2. Identify their skills and explain why a co-op employer should hire them.
  3. Identify the skills, knowledge and experience required for a variety of jobs in their chosen field.
  4. Research appropriate employer information from a variety of sources.
  5. Apply a variety of job search techniques to find employment.
  6. Prepare a professional resume and cover letter and use them as marketing tools in their job search.
  7. Apply job interview techniques in order to present themselves in a confident and professional manner.

Essential Employability Skills
Communicate clearly, concisely and correctly in the written, spoken and visual form that fulfils the purpose and meets the needs of the audience.

Respond to written, spoken, or visual messages in a manner that ensures effective communication.

Show respect for diverse opinions, values, belief systems, and contributions of others.

Interact with others in groups or teams in ways that contribute to effective working relationships and the achievement of goals.

Take responsibility for one's own actions, decisions, and consequences.

Cheating and Plagiarism
Each student should be aware of the College's policy regarding Cheating and Plagiarism. Seneca's Academic Policy will be strictly enforced.

To support academic honesty at Seneca College, all work submitted by students may be reviewed for authenticity and originality, utilizing software tools and third party services. Please visit the Academic Honesty site on http://library.senecacollege.ca for further information regarding cheating and plagiarism policies and procedures.

All students and employees have the right to study and work in an environment that is free from discrimination and/or harassment. Language or activities that defeat this objective violate the College Policy on Discrimination/Harassment and shall not be tolerated. Information and assistance are available from the Student Conduct Office at student.conduct@senecacollege.ca.

Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Disabilities Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.


BCD002 - SAT or Coordinator Approval

Topic Outline

  1. Introduction to Cooperative Education
  2. Career Planning & Goal Setting
  3. Developing a Career Portfolio
  4. Self Assessment (Personality, Interests, Values)
  5. Skills Assessment / Gap Analysis
  6. Developing a Professional Resume
  7. Correspondence for Employment
  8. Interview Skills & Strategies
  9. Mock Interviews
  10. Job Search Strategies
  11. Developing Personal and Professional Networks
  12. Labour Market and Company Research
  13. Developing Learning Objectives
  14. Adapting to the Workplace
  15. Work Term Guidelines

Mode of Instruction

  • Interactive media-rich lectures
  • Group-centred discussions
  • Cooperative learning
  • Role Playing

Prescribed Texts
On line resources and web sites to be determined upon start of course.

Reference Material

Required Supplies

Promotion Policy

Grading Policy
A+ 90%  to  100%
A 80%  to  89%
B+ 75%  to  79%
B 70%  to  74%
C+ 65%  to  69%
C 60%  to  64%
D+ 55%  to  59%
D 50%  to  54%
F 0%    to  49% (Not a Pass)
EXC Excellent
SAT Satisfactory
UNSAT Unsatisfactory

For further information, see a copy of the Academic Policy, available online (http://www.senecacollege.ca/academic-policy) or at Seneca's Registrar's Offices.

Modes of Evaluation

  • 20% - Career Plan
  • 20% - Resume & Cover Letter
  • 20% - Mock Interview
  • 10% - Company Research Report
  • 30% - Portfolio

Please Note:  It is the student's responsibility to keep copies of materials (assignments, etc.) used for evaluative purposes.

Due Dates:
Late assignments may be penalized up to 10% of the grade or one full grade (whichever is less) starting the first day after the assignment is due.  Each subsequent week, a further 10% may be deducted starting on the first day of that week.  Zero grade 2nd week past due date.


Absence during scheduled tests and presentations require a medical note.  Failure to meet these requirements will result in an “F” grade in the assessment.  Students are required to notify the professor before the scheduled test or presentation if they are unable to attend.


As a student at Seneca College, you are expected to read the College Academic Policy, College Student Handbook.

In cases of cheating or plagiarism, the College Academic Policy will prevail.  Please ensure that all assignments and reports are properly documented.

Students are referred to the following website for the Seneca College Library APA Style Guides, Academic Honesty Policy and Copyright guidelines.


Please retain this subject outline document for future educational and/or employment use.

Approved by: Sandra Noble