Office of the Registrar
Faculty of Business Administration (2014/2015)
10.3 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.

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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

  • analyse an issue/problem related to the student's work environment,

  • demonstrate an understanding of the structure of a professional report, and

  • show reasonable competence in written communication and presentation skills. Students should consult UNIVERSITY REGULATIONS - Good Writing, and the evaluation form provided in the placement package.

Notes:

  1. Students shall not conduct primary research as part of the Work Report.

  2. Seminars on professional development, conducted by Business Co-operative Education Coordinators, are presented during Academic Term 3 to introduce and prepare students for participation in the subsequent work terms. Topics may include work term evaluation, work report writing, career planning, self-marketing skills, resume preparation, self-employment, workplace ethics, sexual harassment and workplace safety.

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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

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

  • demonstrate competence in creating a professional report, and

  • show competence in written communication and presentation skills.

    Note:

    Students are permitted to conduct primary research as part of the Work Report, when it is required to achieve the report's research objectives. If primary research is conducted as part of the Work Report, it must be conducted in accordance with all policies and regulations of the University and the Faculty of Business Administration, including Memorial University of Newfoundland's policy on ethics of research involving human participants (www.mun.ca/policy/site/policy.php?id=139).

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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 workplace. 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.

The Communications Component should reflect the growing professional development of the student and, as a minimum requirement, the student will;

  • demonstrate an ability to analyse a significant business issue/problem related to the student's experience in the workplace,

  • demonstrate a high level of competence in delivering a professional oral presentation, and

  • demonstrate a high level of competence in written communications.

The Communications Component for Work Term 3 consists of an Oral Presentation on a workplace-related business issue/problem. The presentation should be of about seven minutes duration followed by a three-minute question period and will normally be given on campus in a formal setting after students have returned to Academic Term. A written Executive Summary is also required. Guidelines for the preparation and delivery of this oral presentation along with deadlines are provided in the Business Co-operative Education Handbook.