CISC280 Cooperative Education - Computer

Department of Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics: Computer/Information Science

I. Course Number and Title
CISC280 Cooperative Education - Computer
II. Number of Credits
3 credits
III. Minimum Number of Instructional Minutes Per Semester
12000 minutes
IV. Prerequisites
24 college credits, a GPA of 2.5 earned in courses in the Computer and Information Science area
V. Other Pertinent Information
VI. Catalog Course Description
This course uses 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 the light of theory and skills learned academically.
VII. Required Course Content and Direction
  1. Learning Goals:

    1. Course Learning Goals

    2. Students will be able to

      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. construct a list of experiences obtained throughout the co-op that enhance his/her qualifications for a future job opportunity; and
      4. express other factors, besides 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.

    3. Core Learning Goals (if applicable)

    4. This course is not included in the Core.
  2. Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities:

    1. All students must attend and participate in a co-op meeting arranged by the course coordinator.
    2. All students must work a minimum of 200 hours during the semester period in which the student is enrolled in the course. Students will maintain a log to register days, times, and total hours worked that will be signed by the student and the student’s immediate supervisor. The log will be turned in by the student to the course coordinator, to be verified with the employer, and it will be evaluated by the course coordinator as a part of the student’s final grade.
    3. All students will complete an in-depth typewritten project and submit one copy to his/her employer and two copies to the course coordinator and keep one copy for his/her personal file. (See project requirements for the required contents and criteria for evaluation for each project.)
    4. Each student will be evaluated by his/her employer using the criteria established by the course coordinator in conjunction with the employer’s standards of performance.
    5. Each student will submit a resume.
  3. Assessment Methods for Core Learning Goals:

    1. Assessment Methods for Course Learning Goals
    2. The assessment of Course Learning Goals is based on the student’s participation in the co-op, a student project, as well as employer and course-coordinator evaluations.

    3. Assessment Methods for Core Learning Goals (if applicable)

    4. This course is not included in the Core.
  4. Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Students:

    See course format for required materials.
VIII. Teaching Methods Employed
  1. Periodic meetings between college coordinator and student to review actual experience and observations in the light of theory and skills learned academically. Attendance required.
  2. Reports of observed incidents of concern to the student with recommendations.
  3. Comprehensive term paper consisting of a broad analysis of organization for which the student works or any other relevant aspect of the business. This major project should entail research, personal interviews, student’s opinion, recommendations and conclusions.
  4. College coordinator will develop, implement, and gather an evaluation instrument related to specific competencies and performance attained, as viewed by the immediate supervisor of the student.

Section VIII is not being used in new and revised syllabi as of 12/10/08.

Review/Approval Date - 1/99; Revised 6/09