TEJ2O Course Outline

Big Ideas

  • What are some cool advancements in electronics and computers? (“Cool Tech”)
  • How do I install operating systems such as Linux or Windows?
  • How do I network and configure computers?
  • What software will I install and use?
  • What kind of computer programming (coding) will I do?
  • How will I build and program circuits like a computer-controlled traffic light or an Arduino?
  • How do binary and digital logic make computers work?
  • What careers are related to computer technology and what education will I need for them?
  • What safety practices must I follow when working with electronic circuits and computers?
  • What are some environmental, ethical, and security issues related to computer technology?

Course Overview

This course introduces students to computer systems, networking, and interfacing, as well as electronics and robotics. Students will assemble, repair, and configure computers with various types of operating systems and application software. Students will build small electronic circuits and write computer programs to control simple peripheral devices or robots. Students will also develop an awareness of related environmental and societal issues, and will learn about secondary and postsecondary pathways and career opportunities in computer technology.

Course Outline/Resources

Always in development! Note that the ordered specified here is NOT the order the topics are learned. As in true “broad-based” or “project-based” fashion, the topics will be addressed as needed, depending on the projects chosen each semester.

 This is a work in progress and will be updated throughout the semester.

Co-op Outline

Old Contents Below — Please Ignore!

Before You Start

  1. Print and complete the Application Form  (need link)
  2. Make some initial inquiries about a potential co-op employer

First Term

  1. Introductions (day 1)

  2. Marking Overview
  3. Journals

    1. Reminder: when you get your MarkBook reports, double-check that the total hours listed from each journal are properly recorded.
    2. Note: journals more than two weeks late will not be marked; only the hours will be recorded.
  4. Review and update Application Form  (need link) (be sure it is filled in with a black or blue pen!)

  5. Course Calendar (check this regularly for deadlines and important dates!)
    This calendar shows the deadline for all assignments and the days the students are in school.

  6. Need 2 References (day 1)

  7. Resume (day 1)
    Build your resume at http://www.careercruising.com. Remember your username and password!

  8. Central Placements discussion (day 2)

  9. Update Training Agreement with proper related subject and mark (from transcript) (day 2)

    1. Not all related subjects may be listed in that page. See instructor for assistance.
  10. Pre-course Questionnaire (need new link) (day 2)

  11. Co-op Pre-course Survey (day 2)

  12. Young Workers Awareness Program — 7 Things You’d Better Know
  13. Cover Letter (day 2)
    Visit this website for excellent resources.

  14. Co-op Education Student Handbook  (need new link) (you will receive a hard copy of this) (day 3)

  15. Safety (days 3-4)

  16. Communication Video, w/ Communication assignment  (need new link) (day 5)

  17. Interview Questions (day 5)

  18. Guest Speaker – Interview Techniques (day 7)

  19. Training Agreement Responsibilities Assignment (day 7)

  20. Confidentiality (handout (need new link) , case studies, contract)

  21. Harassment (case studies) Eval’d (day 9)

    1. Sexual harassment – guest speaker & quiz

    2. Harassment – video and package

  22. First Week at the Workplace (need new link)

  23. In-school Session #1

    1. Student Profile

    2. OSP Assignment

    3. More to add…

  24. Employment Standards Act Worksheet(s)

  25. In-school Session #2 (mid-semester) (student checklist(teacher notes)

    (note to self: remove this list after ensuring everything is on the checklist. format like session #3)

    1. MarkBook Updates

    2. Review of Weekly Journals

    3. Add up total hours from weekly log sheets (on MarkBook printout) and record here. Should be ~110 hours for 2 credits or ~55 hours for 1 credit. Record on inside from cover of file (the journal dates are here).

    4. Adjustment to Hours Forms

    5. Pathways to Opportunity Supervisor Award

    6. Don’t make these spelling mistakes!
    7. Student Handbook – In-school course expectations

      1. Choose 5-6 specific expectations from your related course

    8. Student Handbook – Placement Opportunities (p. 14)

    9. Student Handbook – Employer Specific Expectations (p. 14)

    10. Mid-term Self-evaluation

    11. Update Profile, including pictures

    12. SHSM Students – need copies of Passport to Safety certificate, WHMIS certificate, and Ontario Skills Passport assignment

    13. Overview of Final Presentation (get started early!)

      1. Tip: create a GoogleDoc (or other easily-accessible document) and add comments to this weekly

    14. Portfolio Overview

    15. Finish OSP Assignment

  26. Changing Roles

  27. Careers

  28. Ladder Quiz

  29. First Month at Placement

  30. Employer Assessment I (see note)

    1. worth 16% of final mark


Second Term

  1. Essential Skills Eval’d

  2. Rough Draft Work Experience

  3. Employability Standards

  4. Placement Description

  5. Thank You Letter

  6. Ontario Skills Passport

  7. In-school Session #3 (student checklist)

    1. Administration
    2. Union Presentation & Assignment
    3. Portfolio overview
    4. Reflective Assignment overview
  8. In-school session #4 (teacher notes)
    1. Course Evaluation
    2. MarkBook updates
      1. Anything to hand in?
      2. Any mistakes? (highlight and return report to instructor)
    3. # of Hours (should be 195 to 200 hours)
      1. Reminder of Adjustment to Hours form
    4. Presentations during Exam period — January 25 (see Summative, below)
    5. Thank You letters (see exemplar)
      1. sample(s) available in O: drive
      2. print two — one for employer, one for instructor
      3. address the envelope
    6. Hand in portfolio
  9. Employer Assessment II (see note)
    1. worth 24% of final mark



  1. Reflective Assignment Overview
    1. worth 20% of final mark
    2. Work Experience Reflection  (also available as Google Document)

    3. Rough copy due in-school session #3
    4. Report Checklist [marking checklist]
      1. Suggested Headings
  2. Final Presentation

    1. Marking Rubric
    2. Reference: Essential Skills & Work Habits website
  3. Display (used during presentation)
  4. Employability Skills Portfolio   

    1. worth 10% of final mark
    2. Section 7 Reflection Template
      1. Reference: Essential Skills & Work Habits website