AGR*3500 Experimental Education

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The following description is for the course offering in Fall 2018 and is subject to change. It is provided for information only. The course outline distributed to the class at the beginning of the semester describes the course content and delivery, and defines the methods and criteria to be used in establishing the final grades for the course.

Student initiated experiential learning opportunities can be developed as a credit course in consultation with a supervising faculty member. Details of the activities included in the program will be outlined in a learning contract initiated by the student and agreed by the faculty supervisor in the April prior to the commencement of the work experience. The employer will also provide a description of the project and/or the work experience. The course is designed to meet the needs of BSC(Agr.), BBRM and Agricultural Business students.

AGR 3500 allows a student to gain credit for relevant work experience with the addition of course assignments. This means a unique set up for the format of this course. Students are expected to work full time for the majority of the summer semester prior to enrolling in the Fall semester. This gives students the chance to work on their major project as well as set goals for the experience at the start of the work experience. Students must confirm commitment to this course the last week in April prior to official enrollment.

Pre-Requisite(s): 5.00 credits; Restriction(s): Instructor consent required.

 

Instructors:

Teaching Assistant:

Credit Weight:

0.50

Course Level:

  • Undergraduate

Academic Department (or campus):

Department of Plant Agriculture

Campus:

Guelph

Semester Offering:

  • Fall

Class Schedule and Location:

Please refer to Web Advisor for course schedule and location.

Learning outcomes:

By the end of this course, you should be able to:

  1. understand the industry in which you aim to be employed in after graduation based on direct experience in the industry.

  2. analyze a self-selected aspect of your chosen industry and communicate the analysis in the form of a written project.

  3. critically reflect on personal skill development through written and oral communication. 

  4. discuss challenges and successes with respect to personal goal setting using a poster as a visual aid.

Lecture Content:

  • The “first lecture” is emailed out at the start of the summer to ensure all students are informed of the course expectations at the start of the summer work experience.
  • The first scheduled lecture will be an introduction to the next part of the course (presentations and the expectations for the presentations).
  • Subsequent lecture times will be used for the presentations. 
Labs & Seminars:

Course Assignments and Tests:

Assignment or Test
Contribution to Final Grade
Learning Outcomes Assessed

Participation Information Sheet

2.5%

Understand the industry in which they aim to be employed in after graduation based on direct experience in the industry.

Proposal

2.5%

Be able to analyze a self-selected aspect of their chosen industry and communicate the analysis in the form of a written project.

Faculty Advisor Learning Contract

2.5%

Be able to analyze a self-selected aspect of their chosen industry and communicate the analysis in the form of a written project.

Employer Learning Contract

2.5%

Be able to analyze a self-selected aspect of their chosen industry and communicate the analysis in the form of a written project.

Part 1 of Self Assessment

10%

Be able to critically reflect on personal skill development.

Poster Presentation

20%

Have the ability to discuss challenges and successes with respect to personal goal setting using a poster as a visual aid.

Major Project

50%

Be able to analyze a self-selected aspect of their chosen industry and communicate the analysis in the form of a written project.

Part 2 of Self Assessment

10%

Be able to critically reflect on personal skill development. 

Final examination:

There is no final examination for this course.

Course Resources:

Required Texts:

There are no required textbooks for this course. .

Recommended Texts:

There are no recommended textbooks for this course. 

Lab Manual:

Not applicable.

Other Resources:

There are no additional resources for this course

Field Trips:

There are no field trips for this course. 

Additional Costs:

Students will be required to print a poster for their presentation. If you have concerns over the cost of printing, please contact the instructor.

Course Policies:

Grading Policies:

Please note there is a -10% per day late penalty on all assignments. This includes your major project. All assignments are due by 11:59pm EST via email to mavanryn@uoguelph.ca (with the exception of the major project; this is due to your faculty advisor). If you would like to ask for an extension, please contact me well before the due date with the grounds you feel should be taken into consideration. Working is not grounds for an extension. 

Course Policy on Group Work:

There is no group work in this course. 

Course Policy regarding use of electronic devices and recording of lectures:

Electronic recording of classes is expressly forbidden without consent of the instructor. When recordings are permitted they are solely for the use of the authorized student and may not be reproduced, or transmitted to others, without the express written consent of the instructor.

Other Course Information:

University Policies

Academic Consideration

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