CHEM280 Cooperative Education: Chemistry

Department of Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics: Chemistry

I. Course Number and Title
CHEM280 Cooperative Education: Chemistry
II. Number of Credits
3 credits
III. Number of Instructional Minutes
Work a minimum of 10,000 minutes on the job.
IV. Prerequisites
24 college credit hours must be completed, with a minimum of 12 chemistry credits. Student must have a GPA of at least 2.5 earned in the chemistry courses.
V. Other Pertinent Information
Safety glasses or goggles, as required by employer.
VI. Catalog Course Description
This course provides on-the-job experience and observation in a field directly related to the student's academic preparation and career objectives. Periodic meetings between College Coordinator and student are held to review actual experience and observation in light of theory and skills learned academically.
VII. Required Course Content and Direction

Cooperative Education is a three-credit course which provides the full or part-time student with an opportunity to put into practice, while on the job, the theory and skills developed in the classroom.

The Cooperative Education Coordinator will attempt to place all eligible applicants into positions related to their field of study. At the same time, the student is advised to seek employment acceptable for the program. A position is not guaranteed by acceptance into the Cooperative Education course.

If the student is already working in a field directly related to his/her academic study and/or career aspiration, and the immediate job supervisor can provide an additional experience which will broaden or enhance the student's performance and understanding, it may be possible to accept this position into the Cooperative Education program. The Cooperative Education Coordinator or Departmental Dean will have the final authority to grant this permission.

  1. Course Learning Goals

    Students will:

    1. apply the academic knowledge to the employment skills necessary to be a contributing participant within an organization;
    2. apply decision making and problem solving skills outside of the classroom environment and within the chemical field;
    3. describe how a chemical laboratory functions and its purpose or mission within an organization;
    4. demonstrate written and oral communication skills necessary for success throughout all levels of an organization; and
    5. evaluate his/her role or function within an organization and propose initiatives that will make him/her a more effective contributor.
  2. Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities

    Course Outline:

    1. Identify the organization in which the co-op was done; describe its purpose, mission statement, brief history, and structure.
    2. Describe his/her role within the work environment and evaluate the level of academic skills required to succeed in this role.
    3. Analyze the tasks completed within the co-op and suggest alternatives that might improve the overall performance of the organization.
    4. Provide a list of experiences obtained throughout the co-op that enhances his/her qualifications for a future job opportunity.
    5. List other factors, beside technical skills, that are critical for the success of a person within a working environment, such as reliability, punctuality, good attitude, ability to work with others, consistency, etc., and explain their importance.
    6. Obtain a satisfactory evaluation from the employer.
  3. Assessment Methods for Course Learning Goals

    The nature of the work will determine the extent of the learning activities. However, the student is expected to confer with the course coordinator and present written updates of the progress. The grading process will be determined by the evaluation by the employer, as well as the coordinator input.
  4. Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Student:

    Students participate in all required training programs requested by the employer. Safety and Good Laboratory Practice (GLP) guidelines are an integral part of this training. The nature of the work will determine the extent of the learning activities. A written proposal will be evaluated to ensure that the student obtains maximum benefits from the exercise. Student is expected to confer with the course coordinator and present written updates of the progress.

Review/Approval Date - 2/99; Revised 6/08; New Core 8/2015