BIOL280 Cooperative Education: Biology/Biotechnology/Environmental Science

Department of Science & Technology: Biology

I. Course Number and Title
BIOL280 Cooperative Education: Biology/Biotechnology/Environmental Science
II. Number of Credits
3 credits
III. Number of Instructional Minutes
Work a minimum of 10,000 minutes on the job
IV. Prerequisites
Must meet the criteria established for each major
V. Other Pertinent Information
Safety glasses or goggles as required by employee.
VI. Catalog Course Description
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
  1. Course Learning Goals

    1. To allow the student the opportunity to integrate the academic knowledge with the employment skills necessary to be a contributing participant within an organization.
    2. To enhance the student's ability to apply decision making and problem solving skills outside of the classroom environment and within the scientific field.
    3. To provide the student with the opportunity to understand how a scientific laboratory functions, and its purpose or mission within an organization.
    4. To improve the written and oral communication skills necessary for success throughout all levels of an organization.
    5. To enhance the student's ability to critically evaluate his/her role or function within an organization and propose initiatives that will make him/her a more effective contributor.

    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 Division Chairman will have the final authority to grant this permission.

  2. Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities

    This is an open ended activity. The depth of the experience will depend on the nature of the job, the background and experience of the student. Upon successful completion of a Cooperative Education course the student should 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. 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 enhance 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

  4. Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Student:

    Student will participate in all required training programs requested by the employer. Safety and Good Laboratory Practice (GLP) guidelines must be an integral part of this training.

Review/Approval Date - 3/99; New Core 8/2015