Course Outline


Co-operative Education

Teacher:         Mr. Ferguson
              Co-op Office and room 179


"Cooperative education is a planned learning experience, for which credits are earned, that integrates classroom theory and learning experiences at a workplace to enable students to apply and refine the knowledge and skills acquired in a related curriculum course or a locally developed course."

Credit Value: 1, 2, 3 or 4

Required Text: none integration sessions.


All of the syllabus material can be found on the e-learning site (

Unit 1 - Pre-placement

In this unit, students will learn information to prepare them for their placement experience. They will create a cover letter, résumé, and reference list. They will complete a job application. They will learn how to prepare for an interview and write a thank you letter. They will learn about effective communication skills, health and safety, confidentiality, ethics, workplace legislation, skilled trades, OYAP, and labour unions.

Unit 2 - Weekly Journals and Log Sheets
This unit occurs while students are at their placement. They must complete a log sheet each week documenting the duties they perform and the hours they work. They must also reflect on their placement experience and describe how it relates to the in-school course they already took.  Students must have each log sheet signed by the placement supervisor and submitted to their co-op teacher. 

Unit 3 - Integration
This unit focuses on career information, placement-specific health & safety, human rights, labour market trends, and the changing role of men and women in the workplace.

Unit 4 - Summative Assessment
Students will create a portfolio that contains an exit résumé, a cover letter, a list of references, letters of recommendation, pictures of work they have done at their placement, post secondary research, and an employer interview. They will also create a brochure, webpage, or powerpoint presentation to present their co-op experience.


Students will be provided with numerous and varied opportunities to demonstrate the full extent of their achievement of the curriculum expectations, across all four categories of the Achievement Chart. Progress will be monitored on an on-going basis using a variety of assessment tools, including written work, formal testing, quizzes, teacher-student communication, discussion boards and chat rooms.

As required by the Ministry of Education, students will be assessed in four areas as follows:

Assessment Category
Knowledge and Understanding
Thinking and Inquiry

Final Grade

The final grade will be determined as follows (in accordance with Ministry of Education standards):

Term Work
Based on evaluations conducted throughout the course.
Summative Evaluation
A final evaluation in the form of assignments and an exam.

*Unless otherwise indicated all assignments will be submitted using the elearning dropbox for that assignment. Students will name their files as indicated in the worksheets. Both the .java and .class files are to be submitted for each program.


To help provide students with every opportunity for success, I believe that open communication between teachers and parents is essential.

I know how frustrating it can be when you're trying to contact a teacher, but end up playing telephone tag instead. While I prefer meeting face-to-face, I realize the busy schedules sometimes make that difficult. I welcome your questions, concerns and comments and I strongly believe that by working together, we can make the learning journey more enjoyable and successful for your son/daughter.

The more you know about the Co-op process, the more successful your son/daughter will be. To stay informed with respect to important dates, events and information in the RCI Co-op program, you have choices!


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If you have any comments or questions, please feel free to contact me (email is likely going to be your best method of reaching me). Thank you for your help. I'm looking forward to a great semester!