Two courses comprise the Practicum Program in Human Ecology: HECOL 408 and HECOL 409. HECOL 408 must be successfully completed prior to completing HECOL 409.
Students are not permitted to register in Practicum Program courses while on academic warning.
Registration in Practicum Program courses is a two-part process. Students must first complete and submit an application form to the Practicum Coordinator in April prior to the academic year they will take their practicum courses. Students then register in HECOL 408 and HECOL 409.
HECOL 408 is offered in Fall and Winter Terms. Students enrolled in Fall Term must complete HECOL 409 in the immediately following Winter Term. Students enrolled in Winter Term must complete HECOL 409 in the immediately following Spring Term.
HECOL 409 is offered in Winter and Spring Term. Not all cooperating employers offer placements in all terms.
Students registering in Spring Term HECOL 409 will not be eligible for convocation in June immediately following their practicum.
Because of the intensity of the workload while completing HECOL 409, students must not exceed the 15-unit maximum in course registration for that term.
A student who has been assigned a grade of “W” or “NC” in a Practicum Program course is entitled to a second registration in this course. If a student receives a “W” or “NC” in the second attempt of a Practicum Program course, they are normally required to withdraw from the BSc in Human Ecology program.
Any student who has withdrawn from a Practicum Program course must receive the approval of the Practicum Coordinator to reregister in the course.
During their practicum students are expected to conduct themselves according to the AHEA Code of Ethics and the University of Alberta Code of Student Behavior.
Students should be aware that under the Protection of Persons in Care Act, they may be required to satisfy a criminal records check before being allowed to participate in the required practicum (field placement).
Students may only complete HECOL 409 once within their degree.
Practicum Intervention Policy: The Practicum Coordinator, on behalf of the Dean, may immediately deny assignment of a student to, withdraw a student from, or vary terms and conditions of a practicum placement if the Coordinator has reasonable grounds to believe this is necessary in order to protect the public interest. See Practicum Intervention Policy for details.
Accommodation for Persons with Disabilities: The Department of Human Ecology supports the principle of reasonable accommodation. Human Ecology students in need of accommodations during their practicum placement must submit a written request for and formalize a professional practice accommodation plan at the beginning of HECOL 408.