About the Course

Course Description

Students apply their academic knowledge while acquiring and expanding transferable skills through work experience. A self-directed learning agreement completed by the student, with input from the employer and approved by the course facilitator, will detail the learning outcomes and how proof of learning will be verified. Reflective journal entries, online discussion, face-to-face interviews, a self- and employer evaluation plus completion of a final product are required. This is an open learning class which takes place from May to December each year, with the majority of work being done over the summer months. Students must first obtain summer employment before registering for the course. 

Restrictions – Open to students enrolled in the College of Agriculture and Bioresources.

Pre-requisites – Completion of 60 credit units at the university level.

Note – Students with credit for PLSC 445 will not receive credit for this course.


Course Outline

Students must first secure employment before registering for this course. The student's employment must be full-time, and a minimum of 12 weeks in length, either paid or volunteer. Not all employment situations will qualify the student to participate in this course. Students must contact the course facilitator to get permission to register.

This course is a work experience that uses reflection and bi-weekly journal entries, cover letter and resume building and a final project as the primary methods of instruction and learning.

Prior to summer employment students will be required to complete CliftonStrengths® (an online assessment), and attend a mandatory workshop where they will create their Learning Agreements based on their Top 5 Talent Themes , transferable skills, and job descriptions. CliftonStrengths® measures recurring patterns of thought, feeling and behavior and helps identify the areas where you have the greatest potential for building strength.


Learning Outcomes

The overall goal of this course is to instill a positive attitude and to increase the knowledge and skills of students specific transferrable skills. Upon completion of this course, students will have:

  • Gained the tools through reflective journaling to increase self-awareness and have the ability to identify their talents and how that translates to their employability.
  • Increased ability to use reflection as a learning tool which in turn allows them to apply what they learned to new contexts or situations.
  • Enhanced their employability through their expanded knowledge of transferable skills.
  • Summarize and describe transferable skills that they have learned or enhanced during their employment.
  • Greater self-confidence through actual work experience and knowing their employability strengths.
  • Further developed workplace management skills, thus better preparing them for future employment.
  • Summarize the main steps of a process or activity relevant to their employment, and explain its importance in a larger context of the goals and mandate of the larger organization.
  • Explain how their actions in the workplace were consistent with professional obligations to the public, employer and profession required by Professional Agrologists.


“When students interview after graduation the employer knows they have the technical skills—what they are looking for is whether students also have the communication skills, social skills, dependability and initiative to be successful in diverse workplaces. That’s what this course addresses.” 

- Grant Wood, Instructor AGRC 445