2005-2006 Undergraduate Calendar

Co-operative Programs  
Director Cindy Dunne Associate Director Kristine Dawson Co-ordinators Carolyn Connor, Valerie Coppard, Amanda Dunn, Jennifer Cockell  
General Information Go to top of document
Administrative Assistant Betty Leveille Academic South, Room 362 905-688-5550, extension 4325 Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:30 - 4:30 e-mail:co-op@brocku.ca http://www.brocku.ca/co-op/ The Co-operative Programs Office at Brock provides information and assistance to applicants and registered students for all campus co-op and internship programs, and will:
- advise students regarding application to co-op programs, academic program requirements, job placements, and job searches
- recruit employers for co-op and internship placements
- maintain computerized online job banks for co-op and internship postings
- facilitate the co-op placement process from employer job posting through co-op employer offer to hire
- prepare students for successful placement experiences with pre-employment workshops
- introduce students and employer through co-op job postings and on-campus interview assistance;
- monitor and support employer/student placements with regards to placement quality and student contribution through · work site visitation and performance evaluation
- support student recruitment to co-op and internships programs and evaluate student applications for admission decisions
- provide placement information to the Registrar's Office for inclusion on students' academic transcripts
Students who are interested in applying to a co-op or internship program are encouraged to contact the Co-operative Programs Office for information.
What is a Co-op or Internship? Go to top of document
Co-operative education combines traditional undergraduate academic programming and relevant work experience in alternating terms. The work term experiences are designed to prepare students for their transition from university to the professional community. The 4 and 5 year programs enable students to acquire experience in their areas of career interest. The practical experiences and academic studies complement one another. The Co-op Programs Office manages the administration and facilitation of the co-op experience at Brock. Co-op coordinators for each program support students throughout their co-op experience. Brock University co-op programs have clear advantages, particularly the limited class sizes that ensure appropriate time is allocated to each individual student. Students can explore career possibilities, where their interests lie and the type of work environment that best suits them, helping them make informed decisions about their career options. Co-op graduates have the highest rates of employment after graduation. Many employers use co-op programs as a way to identify and recruit their future permanent workforce.  
List of Current Co-op Programs Go to top of document
(Please consult calendar copy for specific course requirements.) Accounting (BAcc Honours, 4.5 yrs) Applied Language Studies - Applied Linguistics Stream (BA Honours, 4 yrs) Applied Language Studies - Teaching English as a Second Language Stream (BA Honours, 4 yrs) Biochemistry (BSc Honours, 5 yrs) Biotechnology (BSc Honours, 5 yrs) Business Administration (BBA Honours, 4.5 yrs) Business Economics (BBE Honours, 4.5 yrs) Chemistry (BSc Honours, 5 yrs) Communications - Business Communications Stream (BA Honours, 4 yrs) Communications - Digital Culture Stream (BA Honours, 4 yrs) Communications - Media, Culture and Society Stream
(BA Honours, 4 yrs) Computer Science (BSc Honours, 4.5 yrs) Computing and Business (BCB Honours, 4.5 yrs) Computing and Network Communications (BSc Honours, 4.5 years) Computing and Solid-State Device Technology (BSc Honours, 4.5 yrs) Dramatic Arts - Drama in Education and Society Stream (BA Honours, 4 yrs) Dramatic Arts - Dramatic Literature Stream (BA Honours, 4 yrs) Dramatic Arts - Theatre Stream (BA Honours, 4 yrs) Earth Sciences - Environmental Geoscience (BSc Honours, 5 yrs) Economics (BA Honours, 4.5 yrs) Environment - Applied Environmental Science and Technology (BSc Honours, 4.5 yrs) Film Studies (BA Honours, 4.5 yrs) Mathematics and Computer Science (BSc Honours, 4.5 yrs) Neuroscience (BSc Honours, 5 yrs) Oenology and Viticulture (BSc Honours, 4 yrs) Physics (BSc Honours, 4.5 yrs) Popular Culture (BA Honours, 4 yrs) Political Science - Public Administration (BA Honours, 4.5 yrs) Psychology (BA Honours, with a Major, 5 yrs)
Admission to Co-operative Programs Go to top of document
Admission to the co-op option at Brock University takes place in the final year of high school, and a limited number of students are also considered at the end of the fall term of their first year of university study for admission the following September. Admission from secondary school (Ontario OAC, Grade 12U or M): Students applying to the co-op option normally require a minimum 80 percent average; some co-op degree programs also require at least one math with a 75 percent. Applicants may be required to submit a resume for consideration. Admission from university year 1 or 2: Students are eligible to apply for admission to the co-op option with a minimum 70 percent major average and a minimum non-major average of 60 percent, as calculated by the Registrar's Office. Admission is competitive, and students must submit a resume and attend a personal interview. Final decisions for admission are based on the results of the interview. International students on Study Permits are welcome to apply to and be considered for admission to co-op programs at Brock University. However, admission to some programs may be limited or restricted due to limitations imposed by industry requirements, or Canadian Immigration, which make it difficult to secure placements for Visa international students and present challenges for successful completion of required work terms. Visa students are ineligible to apply for Accounting Co-op and Public Administration Co-op.  
Work Study Sequence Go to top of document
The work study sequence optimizes the quality of the work experience, by providing an opportunity to work during each cycle or season of a business. The alternating terms also ensure academic course requirements are met on a timely basis. A minimum of 3 work terms of 13 - 16 weeks each is required to complete degree requirements. Students are expected to complete the schedule as prescribed to meet graduation requirements. The start and end dates of each work term are program specific; please refer to the calendar entry for the degree program. All co-op and internship work terms are recorded as course entries on students' academic transcripts.  
Program Continuation Go to top of document
All co-op students are evaluated according to the academic regulations of their degree program, and continuation in the co-op option is contingent on maintaining the required academic performance. All co-op option students must also maintain a minimum 70 percent major average and a 60 percent minimum non-major average. Students with lower averages may not be permitted to continue in the co-op option. Students having difficulties meeting academic requirements are strongly encouraged to see an academic adviser. Students must maintain full-time status throughout the program. The only allowable exception is for students who have sufficient credits to complete while registered as a part-time student in the final term only, provided all full-time requirements of the Faculty have been met. All work terms must be complete prior to the final academic term.  
Pre-employment Training Go to top of document
All students are required to register in and complete a co-op pre-employment training and development course comprising of lectures, presentations and site-visits for two hours prior to enrolment in first co-op work terms.  
Graduation Requirements Go to top of document
Students in the co-op option must complete a minimum of three co-op work terms with satisfactory evaluations. To meet graduation requirements, students must submit work term reports and receive a satisfactory evaluation on both the work term and the work termreport.  
Withdrawals Go to top of document
In certain cases, students may choose to withdraw from the co-op option into the regular program. The University can withdraw a student involuntarily from the co-op option if the student has not completed the three required work terms with satisfactory evaluations, or if the student has not met the required academic performance. Unsatisfactory work term evaluations are reviewed and confirmed by the Director of the Co-op Program Office in consultation with a committee of the Dean and two faculty members. Involuntary withdrawals are noted on the student's academic transcript.  
Placement of Co-op Students Go to top of document
Co-op programs do not guarantee work term employment. The Co-op Office assists in securing employment opportunities. Ultimately it is students' performance, skills and attitude that determine whether they are offered a co-op assignment.  
Co-op Administration Fee Go to top of document
Co-op students are assessed an annual administrative fee in addition to regular academic tuition. Universities offering co-op programs incur significant costs related directly to operating the program, which are not provided for in government operating grants. The government Ministry has established guidelines for setting co-op fees in order that universities can recover the cost from program participants. Brock follows Ministry guidelines, and as with other Universities, sets fees to distribute cost recovery over the duration of the program. It is important to understand that the administrative fee is not a placement fee, but rather relates to all the non-academic costs of operating co-op programs. Please consult the Schedule of Fees for information regarding the amortization of Co-op fees. Co-op fees may increase each year.  
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