F10 Co-Op Work Term Requirement
REFLECTING ON ORAL COMMUNICATIOIN IN THE WORKPLACE
The co-op work term experience provides you with an opportunity to apply classroom
learning in the workplace, to discover expectations of employers, and to further develop
interpersonal skills. The accounting and financial management professions have
determined that personal skills such as written and oral communication, analytical skills
awareness of professional ethics, and leading and participating in groups are equally as
important as technical skills.
As we move forward with the implementation of a Learning Model within the School of
Accounting and Finance, one set of outcomes addresses oral communication skills.
Skills included in this area include: prepare and deliver presentations, prepare and
deliver interactive verbal communications, and listen to understand.
Since you started
your program, these outcomes have been both central in a given course and secondary
in other courses.
Continuing the type of reflective work you have done in your previous
placement, you are now asked to think about how
oral communication in the
has impacted your oral communication skills.
In the fall term of 2008, you benchmarked your teamwork skills through the completion
of three reflections.
You received re-enforcing feedback on these reflections, and you
were asked to identify areas for personal improvement.
One of the most consistent
themes for improvement, identified by your peers, is communications.
You took Speech
Communication (SPCOM) 223, Public Speaking in the fall term of 2009.
In this course
you studied and practiced how to design and deliver three prepared speeches and five
In other courses you have been required to make oral
During this co-op work term, you are expected to critically reflect upon
oral communication skills in the workplace, building on your past experiences and
integrating work term experiences with what has happened in the classroom.
The first submission is a mid-term “work in progress”
due Monday, November 1, 2010
and should be approximately 2 pages, single spaced.
The final submission,
Tuesday January 11, 2011
, should incorporate feedback from Reflection # 1, the “work
in progress” reflection and should be 5 pages in length, single spaced.
Take the time to properly lay-out and organize your reflections.
Make sure to review
them thoroughly to minimize grammatical and sentence structure errors so that the
reviewers are focused on what you are saying.
Significant errors will result in a
requirement to re-submit.
You will receive timely feedback on both reflections.
on your mid-term reflection is formative in nature.
This feedback will affirm the value of
your opinions and provide a different perspective to your experiences.
The feedback on
your final reflection will be both formative and summative.
Like your mid-term feedback,
your reviewer will again provide you with their perspective on what you wrote.