Office of the Registrar
Faculty of Business Administration (2007/2008)
18.4 Work Term Descriptions

The following work terms are a requirement of the Bachelor of Commerce Co-operative program only.

The objectives of the Work Term component of the Business Administration Co-operative Program are embodied in the Work Term descriptions below. The descriptions serve to guide the student and employer toward achieving these objectives and to guide Business Co-operative Education and the Faculty of Business Administration in monitoring and evaluating each student's progress.

399W

Work Term I

follows the successful completion of Academic Term 3. For most students, it represents their first professional work experience in a business environment and as such represents their first opportunity to evaluate their choice of pursuing a career in business administration. Students are expected to learn, develop and practice the high standards of behaviour and performance normally expected in the work environment. (A detailed description of each job is normally posted during the job competition.)

As one component of the work term, the student is required to complete a work report. The work report, as a minimum requirement should

  1. analyze an issue/problem related to the student's work environment,

  2. demonstrate an understanding of the structure of a professional report, and

  3. show reasonable competence in written communication and presentation skills. (Students should consult the evaluation form provided in the placement package.)

Note:

Seminars on professional development, conducted by Business Co-operative Education, are presented during Academic Term 3 to introduce and prepare the student for participation in the subsequent work terms. Topics may include, among others, work term evaluation, work report writing, career planning, employment seeking skills, resume preparation, self-employment, ethics and professional concepts, behavioural requirements in the work place, assertiveness in the work place and industrial safety.

499W

Work Term 2

follows the successful completion of Academic Term 4. Students are expected to further develop and expand their knowledge and work-related skills and should be able to accept increased responsibility and challenge. In addition, students are expected to demonstrate an ability to deal with increasingly complex work- related concepts and problems. Students should conscientiously assess the various business opportunities relative to their individual interests.

The Work Report, as a minimum requirement should

  1. analyze an issue/problem related to the student's work environment and demonstrate an understanding of business concepts relative to the student's academic background,

  2. demonstrate competence in creating a professional report, and

  3. show competence in written communication and presentation skills.

599W

Work Term 3

follows the successful completion of Academic Term 5. Students should have sufficient academic grounding and work experience to contribute in a positive manner to the management and problem-solving processes needed and practiced in the work environment. Students should become better acquainted with their discipline of study, should observe and appreciate the attitudes, responsibilities, and ethics normally expected of business managers and should exercise greater independence and responsibility in their assigned work functions.

The Work Report should reflect the growing professional development of the student and, as a minimum requirement, will

  1. demonstrate an ability to analyze a significant business issue/problem related to the student's experience in the work environment,

  2. demonstrate a high level of competence in producing a professional report, and

  3. show a high level of competence in written communication and presentation skills.