Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

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Cooperative Education in Zoos
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Course Description

Provides an opportunity to apply classroom learning through work experience in animal care and management at the Oregon Zoo, supervised by professionals on site and by program instructor(s). May be taken up to four times for credit. Department permission required. Prerequisites: BMZA 100 and 101.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Upon successful completion, students should be able to:

Undergo continuous improvement of personal and professional competence through the real-life application of knowledge, techniques, procedures and skills used in the management of zoo animals.

Course Activities and Design

An internship experience for the student working under the supervision of both the on-site zoo professional and the Biology and Management of Zoo Animals faculty.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

  • Complete required number of on-site work hours
  • Fulfill identified learning objectives
  • Complete all required written assignments and required paperwork on time

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

Themes, Concepts, Issues

  • Working in a team environment to apply the concepts and skills learned through the Biology and Management of Zoo Animals program in an internship setting
  • Identify areas for skill development
  • Identify areas for improvement of career-relevant attitudes and practices
  • Enhance competence in identified areas
  • Broaden or deepen knowledge of the career field
  • Professional attitude and behavior
  • Personal growth
  • Reflect on learning process.
  • Reflect on personal strengths and challenges with respect to this workplace
  • Organizational structure of the work site

Process Skills

  • Working as part of a zoo team
  • Working safely in a zoo environment
  • Performing and coordinating daily care of animals in a zoo environment