BHS487 - Practicum and Professional Development Portfolio

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Subject Title
Practicum and Professional Development Portfolio

Subject Description
Students will construct a professional portfolio and engage in volunteer and professional development opportunities that enhance their skills and knowledge as Behaviour Sciences and Community Services professionals.  The purpose of this course is to enable the student to make a smooth transition from an academic to a work environment.   Students also undertaken 28 hours of professional development activities or volunteer activities in parallel to the course.

Credit Status

Required credit

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

  1. Develop an understanding of the needs of professionals in behavioural sciences
  2. Create an effective online collection of their skills
  3. Participate in one or more volunteer or professional development opportunities in a relevant area that equates to 28 hours of activities.
  4. Select a container and platform for a portfolio
  5. Assess the professional development requirements for behavioural sciences professionals
  6. Evaluate the use of social media and advertising in a professional context
  7. Develop a career plan including milestones for achievement.

Essential Employability Skills
Respond to written, spoken, or visual messages in a manner that ensures effective communication.

Execute mathematical operations accurately.

Apply a systematic approach to solve problems.

Use a variety of thinking skills to anticipate and solve problems.

Locate, select, organize, and document information using appropriate technology and information systems.

Analyze, evaluate, and apply relevant information from a variety of sources.

Manage the use of time and other resources to complete projects.

Academic Integrity
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Please visit the Academic Integrity website to understand and learn more about how to prepare and submit work so that it supports academic integrity, and to avoid academic misconduct.

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Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Accessibility Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.